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US & Canada – Exploring Hidden Harbours (Northbound)

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-travelled area has to offer and join us in exploring some hidden gems ashore.

Seaside gems
Our first stop is Yarmouth – a seaside gem with wonderful coastal scenery and enchanting history.

We then call at vibrant Halifax, a city that manages to blend old and new successfully, with fantastic outdoor activities and a rich cultural life on offer. Next up is Louisbourg, known for its amazing Fortress, constructed by the French in 1740.

Nature and French culture
Chéticamp (Cape Breton National Park), on the large island of Cape Breton, is our next destination for a day of exploration. Whether you hike, stroll or just enjoy the view – this national park offers plenty for everyone. We follow that up with some time in Îles-de-la-Madeleine to explore Cap-aux-Meules.

As we make our way to Bonaventure Island, enjoy the spectacle of one of the largest gannet colonies in the world.

Baie Comeau is our next port of call. A hub for logging, this settlement is rich with natural wealth and the hydroelectric dam at Manicougan Reservoir, which produces vast amounts of power for Québec. Heading up the Saguenay River during this picturesque time of year, we will explore the beauty of the river and the city of Saguenay.

Our final stop and where we bid farewell is beautiful Québec City, known as the soul of the province.

US & Canada – Exploring Hidden Harbours (Northbound) itinerary:

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Day 1 The Big Apple Never Sleeps
Our expedition starts in New York, that most iconic, unique and energetic of cities. Enjoy an overnight in the Big Apple.
Day 2 Lady Liberty
After breakfast at your hotel, we will take you on a city tour before embarking on MS Fram. Join us on deck as we sail past the Statue of Liberty on our way out of the harbour.
Day 3 Relax at Sea
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 A Town Built by Ships
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.
Day 5 Seacoast City with Rich History
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 Where the Past is Present
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.
Day 7 Deep Acadian Traditions
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 Home of the Madelinots
Twelve islands make up the roughly 100 km long sand archipelago called Îles de la Madeleine. The six largest of these islands are connected by kilometres 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 harbours, multi-coloured 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.
Day 9 Flora, Fauna and Magnificent Birds
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 88 metres high and 438 metres 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 Wildlife and Power
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.
Day 11 Beauty and Tranquillity on the River
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 400 metres. Along the river, picturesque villages dot the shores. The city of Saguenay lies 200 km’s 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 The Soul of Canada
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.
Please Note:
This is an expedition where the elements rule, and the weather and wind conditions will determine our final schedule. Safety is paramount and the captain will decide the sailing itinerary during the voyage. Therefore, this itinerary is just an indication of what you can experience, and why every expedition with Hurtigruten is unique.

US & Canada – Exploring Hidden Harbours (Northbound) reverse itinerary:

show main itinerary
This is an expedition where the elements rule, and the weather and wind conditions will determine our final schedule. Safety is paramount and the captain will decide the sailing itinerary during the voyage. Therefore, this itinerary is just an indication of what you can experience, and why every expedition with Hurtigruten is unique.
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.
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 400 metres. Along the river, picturesque villages dot the shores. The city of Saguenay lies 200 km’s 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.
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.
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 88 metres high and 438 metres 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.
Twelve islands make up the roughly 100 km long sand archipelago called Îles de la Madeleine. The six largest of these islands are connected by kilometres 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 harbours, multi-coloured 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
After breakfast at your hotel, we will take you on a city tour before embarking on MS Fram. Join us on deck as we sail past the Statue of Liberty on our way out of the harbour.
Our expedition starts in New York, that most iconic, unique and energetic of cities. Enjoy an overnight in the Big Apple.
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MS Fram, the ship servicing US & Canada – Exploring Hidden Harbours (Northbound)

MS Fram

Vessel Type: Expedition

Length: 114m

Passenger Capacity: 276

Built: 2007

MS Fram is designed for sailing in polar waters, holds the highest safety standards and is the perfect size for optimum nautical manoeuverability and guests' comfort. With space for only 276 guests, you are sure to get to know many of your fellow travellers. You will share stunning sights and memories of a lifetime long after returning home. The Norwegian word Fram means ‘forward’ – lifting expectations of the voyage at hand.

MS Fram was built in 2007 with one mission in mind - to bring her guests closer to nature, wildlife and unforgettable experiences. As well as offering numerous lounges in which to relax, our more active guests can use our well-equipped gym. Meanwhile, on deck, our Jacuzzis guarantee you surreal memories when passing the towering icebergs of Antarctica or Greenland.

 

Cabin layout for MS Fram
• 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 colourful harbours
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