Northeast U.S. and Atlantic Canada – Exploring Hidden Harbors (Northbound)

Duration: 11 days

Departure:
April 22, 2019
  • Explore the rugged coastline of Nova Scotia
  • Discover two iconic rivers in one voyage – the St. Lawrence and the Saguenay
  • Enjoy culture, history and natural beauty every day of the voyage
  • Visit small, less-frequented ports and colorful harbors
The historic Cape Forchu Lighthouse has welcomed visitors to Nova Scotia for over 175 years.
Northeast U.S. and Atlantic Canada
Perce Rock, often referred to as “The Rock” or “Le Roche” by locals is one of the highlights of the Gaspé Peninsula.
Perce Rock, often referred to as “The Rock” or “Le Roche” by locals is one of the highlights of the Gaspé Peninsula.
This expedition begins in the buzzing city of New York, where you can stroll through Central Park, or marvel at the architecture of the Empire State building before setting sail.

Itinerary

We explore the unparalleled beauty of the rugged coast of Eastern Canada, also known as the Canadian Maritimes. This area is renowned for soaring natural features and charming coastal villages. Cruising up the impressive St. Lawrence River with vast expanses of water before us, we venture into the Saguenay River, with dramatic cliffs and amazing wildlife. Enjoy all this seldom-traveled area has to offer and join us in exploring some hidden gems ashore.
Day 2
New York
Lady Liberty
A tall building in a city

After embarking MS Fram, join us on deck as we sail past the Statue of Liberty on our way out of the harbor.

A tall building in a city
A woman sitting at a table with wine glasses
Day 3
At sea
Relax at Sea
A woman sitting at a table with wine glasses

A day at sea means you can join the lectures by the Expedition Team, spend time on deck or relax in the Panorama Lounge with fellow travelers. Or, perhaps you'd like a refreshing workout in our well-equipped fitness room and then let your muscles relax in one of our outdoor whirlpools.

Day 4
Yarmouth
A Town Built by Ships
A bridge over a body of water

A lovely historic town built on shipbuilding and trade, Yarmouth boasts fine Victorian homes, museums, churches, wharves and other hidden gems. Join an excursion to see ornate Captain's homes, and the lighthouse that guided sailors safely back home after long journeys at sea. Or take a seaside walking trail to Cape Forchu, and explore the rugged landscape as you take in stunning views.  

A bridge over a body of water
A painting of a beach next to a body of water
Day 5
Halifax
Seacoast City with Rich History
A painting of a beach next to a body of water

While the area around Halifax has been inhabited by native Mi'kmaq peoples for millennia, modern Halifax was founded in 1749 as a British military outpost. Today it is Atlantic Canada’s entertainment and cultural capital, melding the old and new worlds. Modern office towers of glass and steel stand beside historic buildings that once stored the booty of privateers. Located on the second largest natural harbour in the world, life here revolves around the sea and the surrounding areas offer plenty of fun activities on land, water and in the air. Spend some time to explore this vibrant urban centre set on the edge of true wilderness.

Day 6
Louisburg
Where the Past is Present
A small house in front of Fortress of Louisbourg

Sailing along the eastern shores of Nova Scotia, we head for the large island of Cape Breton to reach Louisbourg, home to the historic jewel, the Fortress of Louisbourg. At this National Historic Site, you can experience what life was like in the bustling French fortified town in 1744, then one of the largest European fortifications in North America. As you might expect, the rugged coastal setting offers up plenty of outdoor adventure, with brilliant hiking and biking trails. 

A small house in front of Fortress of Louisbourg
A large clock tower in front of a house
Day 7
Chéticamp
Deep Acadian Traditions
A large clock tower in front of a house

This traditional fishing village is located on majestic, lush Cape Breton Island on the shores of the Gulf of St. Lawrence.  The village dates back to the 1785 and is an Acadian community that has managed to maintain age-old French traditions and culture.  Nearby Cape Breton Highlands National Park is perfect for exploring with hiking trails for any level of ability. Enjoy spectacular sea views as you walk through valleys and forests where moose, black bears and bald eagles can be found.  

Day 8
Cap-aux-Meules
Home of the Madelinots
A large body of water

Twelve islands make up the roughly 60 miles long sand archipelago called Îles de la Madeleine. The six largest of these islands are connected by miles of sand dunes, peppered with fuzzy tufts of grass. Shaped by wind and waves, the iron-rich red and grey sandstone cliffs amaze with their spectacular forms.

The coastline here is dotted with harbors, multi-colored houses and picturesque bays. We dock in Cap-aux-Meules, home to more than half of the archipelago’s population. Long before the arrival of Europeans, native people came to these islands to fish and hunt for seal and sea cows. Preceded by Basque fishermen, Jaques Cartier arrived in 1534, and by 1765, the islands were inhabited by 22 French-speaking Acadians and their families.

The locals who live here today are called Madelinots, and they identify themselves both as Acadians and Québécois. Others are descendants of survivors from the more than 400 shipwrecks on the island. Come ashore and discover this little outpost, where high winds and ocean storms are a part of life. Have a nibble at Café la Côte, Pas Perdu, Café d’Chez Nous or something to drink at Bar Le Central to feel the island’s bohemian pulse. If you feel like being active, you can go kayaking or enjoy a hike in this relatively flat terrain.

A large body of water
A body of water in front of a house
Day 9
Bonaventure Island
Flora, Fauna and Magnificent Birds
A body of water in front of a house

Famous as the home for over 280,000 gannets, Bonaventure Island is one of the world’s largest and most accessible gannet colonies. It is also home to numerous grey seals, who enjoy basking on the rocks of this uninhabited National Park. The imposing Percé Rock, at 289 feet high and 1,437 wide, provides a spectacular light show through its natural arch at sunset. Join us as we cruise around the island in our small boats or enjoy one of the numerous hiking trails in the Percé area for spectacular views.

Day 10
Baie Comeau
Wildlife and Power
A whale jumping out of the water
As we sail, keep an eye out for some of the area's abundant wildlife. If you're lucky, you may spot a whale!

Baie Comeau is situated banks of the St. Lawrence and Mancouagan Rivers, making it an ideal location for creating hydroelectricity, and the Manicougan Reservoir Dam produces vast amounts of power for the Québec region.  This area has abundant wildlife and you may just get a glimpse of whales, moose  and reindeer!  Enjoy a hike to really explore the region.  

A whale jumping out of the water
As we sail, keep an eye out for some of the area's abundant wildlife. If you're lucky, you may spot a whale!
A person flying a kite in a large body of water
Day 11
Saguenay and Saguenay River
Beauty and Tranquillity on the River
A person flying a kite in a large body of water

We spend the morning cruising up the Saguenay River which was carved by glaciers over 10,000 years ago – featuring cliffs rising up to over 1,300 feet.  Along the river, picturesque villages dot the shores.

The city of Saguenay lies 125 miles north of Québec City with around 150,000 people calling it home.  This lively city is sure to delight you with the sheer number of experiences on offer.  Well-landscaped hiking trails with breath-taking views take you amongst lush forests and ravines. 

Relish in some of the renowned culinary delights of the area – well known for organic produce, microbreweries and cheese.  And of course there is La Fabuleuse – a captivating performance that showcases Saguenay’s fascinating history in a unique sound and visual display.

Day 12
Québec City
The Soul of Canada
A view of a city
Québec City is a UNESCO World Heritage site with a rich history dating back to the 1600's.

Our last morning and we arrive at Québec City - known as the soul of Québec. Dating back to 1608, the Old Town is today a UNESCO World Heritage site. As one of Northern Canada’s oldest towns, the city is a labyrinth of narrow cobblestone streets with stone buildings and houses from a bygone era. 

The Old Town of Québec is split in two, known as the Upper and Lower Towns. The city is a perfect size for exploring the museums and narrow streets on foot. Perched at the top of the Upper Old Town and located inside the walls of Old Québec are the iconic Fairmont Le Château Frontenac Hotel as well as La Citadelle, both with magnificent views of the St. Lawrence River.

A view of a city
Québec City is a UNESCO World Heritage site with a rich history dating back to the 1600's.
Hurtigruten offers unique expedition cruises to some of the most remote and pristine waters of the world. As with all expeditions; nature prevails. Weather, and ice and sea conditions, sets the final framework for all Hurtigruten’s operations. Safety and unparalleled guest experiences are at all times our top priorities. All our indicative itineraries are continuously evaluated for adaptions, whether this is due to constraints the elements unexpectedly presents – or exciting possibilities nature and wildlife offer. That is why we call it an expedition.

What's Included

Included in Your Expedition

  • Hurtigruten expedition in the cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis
  • Wind- and water-resistant jacket
  • Landings with small boats and activities on board and ashore
  • Professional English-speaking expedition team that gives lectures as well as accompanies landings and activities
  • Complimentary tea and coffee

Not Included In Your Expedition

  • International flights
  • Travel protection plan
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional excursions and gratuities
MS Fram in Antarctica
Photo: Sandra Walser
Icebergs – one of many favorite photo motives when on an expedition with MS Fram
Photo: Tomas Mauch

Your Ship

MS Fram

Year built 2007
Year of refurbishment 2020
Shipyard Fincantieri, Italy
Passenger capacity 318 (200 in Antarctica)
Beds 276
Gross tonnage 11647
Length 114 m / 374 ft
Beam 20.2 m / 66 ft
Speed 13 knots
MS Fram in Antarctica
Photo: Sandra Walser

The original Fram was the most famous explorer ship of its time, and the achievements of her expeditions are unparalleled. MS Fram honors the heritage of the original Fram, using the most advanced technology and making her exceptionally well suited for expedition voyages in polar regions.

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