- An exploration between the territories of Greenland and
Svalbard, to discover the history of the great explorers and Norwegian
trappers, in landscapes that are as majestic as they are unexplored.
- Outings and shore visits in a zodiac inflatable or
hovercraft* with a reinforced team of naturalist guides
- The encounter with the Greenlandic Inuit people of
- Scoresby Sound, the world’s largest fjord system,
and land of exploration for Captain Charcot; there is still a stela in
remembrance of him, as well as his old dwelling.
- The Northeast Greenland National Park, the largest national
park in the world, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, at the magical moment
when nature awakens.
- Circumnavigation around Nordaustlandet, land of ice and the
largest ice cap in Europe.
- Sail in the Hinlopen Strait between Spitsbergen and
- Kvitoya, the white island, covered by the ice cap.
- Landscapes: mountains striped with multi-coloured strata,
fjords, ice floes, glaciers, icebergs, wild tundra, sheer cliffs,
steep-sided valleys and polar ice cap.
- Wildlife: polar bears, narwhals, seals, musk oxen, Arctic
foxes and hares, walruses, orcas, Svalbard reindeer, sea birds.
- Many brand-new activities: kayaking, hiking or snowshoeing,
ice fishing, polar plunge, ice floating, dog sledding, participative
*Subject to the regulation in force.
DATES / RATES
Rates are listed per person
|Start Date||End Date||From EUR||From USD|
|Jun 22, 2023||Jul 10, 2023||23,674
Rates are listed per person
|Start Date||End Date||From EUR||From USD|
|Jun 22, 2023||Jul 10, 2023||23,674
22 JUNE 2023 -
Embarkation 22/06/2023 from 16:00 to 17:00
Departure 22/06/2023 at 18:00
Iceland’s capital stretches along the edge of a vast bay in
the west of the country. Perlan, the “Pearl of
Reykjavík”, a museum located on
’Oskjuhlið hill, offers a panoramic view of the lush,
green landscapes. A little further, one can easily spot the signpost
showing the way to the evangelical Hallgrímskirkja church,
and to the historical centre where one can stroll along the
Skólavördustígur and the Laugavegur, two
lively streets with charming small shops. For some relaxation just
outside of the city, visitors have the opportunity to visit the
Reykjanes peninsula and its famous thermal lagoons of the Blue Lagoon.
23 JUNE 2023 - SAILING
THROUGH THE DENMARK STRAIT
Lying between Greenland and Iceland, the Denmark Strait was crossed for
the first time by theVikings in the late 10th century, during Erik the
Red’s expeditions. In the Second World War, its waters were
the theatre of a battle between the Kriegsmarine and the Royal Navy, on
24 May 1941. In the wintertime, extremely dense pack ice forms along
the Greenlandic coasts and, while the Transpolar Drift sweeps icebergs
along throughout the year, the strait is generally clear of ice during
the summer. In the depths of the strait lies the world’s
largest waterfall, an undersea cataract formed by the difference in
temperature between the cold waters of the Greenland Sea and the warmer
waters of the Irminger Sea. Numerous cetacean species thrive in this
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JUNE 2023 - BLOSSEVILLE COAST
Aboard your ship, follow in the footsteps of Jules Poret de
Blosseville, a French explorer and sailor. In 1833, aboard La Lilloise,
he set off to discover this isolated and unexplored part of eastern
Greenland and gave French names to various sites on the coast. The
adventure probably has an unfortunate outcome, since the crew was never
found. This uninhabited territory, which now bears his name, lies to
the south of Scoresby Sund. Surrounded by ice, icebergs and pieces of
pack ice, Blosseville Coast is one of these wild and hard-to-reach
places that very few people are lucky enough to explore.
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JUNE 2023 - ITTOQQORTOORMIIT REGION
On the East coast of Greenland, in the Ittoqqortoormiit region, you
will have the rare opportunity of immersing yourself in the heart of
isolated scenery and exploring the beauty of its landscapes. The high
alpine mountains stand out in the sky, revealing dark rock edges. The
region is home to the longest fjord system in the world, Scoresby
Sound. On the edge of the fjord, the eponymous village is considered
one of the most remote inhabited places in the world. The colourful
houses, so typical of Greenland, dot the landscape with small red,
yellow and blue patches that stand out against the surrounding arid
landscape. Immersing yourself in this region will allow you to discover
the ancestral way of life of the last hunters of the polar region. This
will be a veritable deep-dive into the lives of the Arctic’s
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JULY 2023 - EXPLORATION OF NORTH-EAST GREENLAND
Set sail for North-East Greenland to immerse yourself further and up
higher in the Arctic region to explore the unexpected riches of the sea
ice, where traditional ships cannot travel at this time of the year. As
the light shifts and the moods of the sky change, the different states
of the ice and the infinite diversity of its textures create an
exceptionally stunning tableau. With patience and humility, you will
sail amid the pearl-white floating cathedrals and the ice carried by
the Transpolar Drift. En route, icebergs have their journey halted by
ice and pressure ridges reveal their sharp edges. In the midst of this
icy vastness, beauty is found in the detail and the magic of the
moment. In the realm of polar bears, Le Commandant Charcot is a
reassuring cocoon built for polar exploration and offers you wonderful
opportunities to observe these lords of the ice when you happen upon
them. You may even get the chance to admire the moving sight of a
mother and her cub travelling across the immaculate icy expanse.
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JULY 2023 - AT SEA ABOARD LE COMMANDANT CHARCOT
Spend exceptional moments sailing aboard Le Commandant Charcot, the
world’s first luxury polar exploration vessel and the first
PC2-class polar cruise ship capable of sailing into the very heart of
the ice, on seas and oceans which the frozen conditions render
inaccessible to ordinary ships. Le Commandant Charcot is fitted with
oceanographic and scientific equipment selected by a committee of
experts. Take advantage of the on-board lectures and opportunities for
discussion with these specialists to learn more about the poles.
Participate in furthering scientific research with PONANT and let us
discover together what these fascinating destinations have yet to
reveal to us.
4 JULY 2023 - NAVIGATING
THROUGH THE SEA ICE
Enjoy the absolutely unique experience of sailing to the heart of the
ice floe, this vast expanse of virgin, immaculate ice. The landscapes
are constantly changing, shifting from a smooth, flat wilderness to a
chaos of ice, then to channels of open water. Your ship will sail along
these naturally open channels and through the areas where the frozen
layer is thinnest, offering you the chance to experience magic maritime
moments in the midst of drifting sea ice. It will also often be an
opportunity to see a particular kind of fauna, totally dependent on the
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JULY 2023 - NORDAUST-SVALBARD NATURE RESERVE
The Nordaust-Svalbard Nature Reserve has been protecting the
northernmost and coldest part of the archipelago, Nordaustlandet (North
East Land), since 1973. This vast polar desert covered by two ice caps
is the second largest island in the Svalbard archipelago. Protected by
the Gulf Stream, the fjords and cliffs in the west and north are home
to large colonies of birds and walruses. The landscapes in the colder
east and south are dominated by imposing glaciers that calve majestic
icebergs in the vast Hinlopen Strait. Large colonies of thick-billed
murres have taken up residence on the sheer cliffs. You may even get
the chance to see a bear or an Arctic fox roaming in the vicinity.
7 JULY 2023 - SAILING IN
THE HINLOPEN STRAIT
Sailing in the Hinlopen Strait, in the heart of the Arctic Ocean,
between the Norwegian islands of Spitsbergen and Nordaustlandet
promises an unforgettable experience. This territory of the
Nordaust-Svalbard Nature Reserve offers breathtaking panoramas, with
magnificent basalt formations and the ice cap stretching as far as the
eye can see, diving into the sea. The shore line cut by the fjords
moving inland composes a magical landscape in which icebergs float here
and there, the result of the calving of the surrounding glaciers. This
place, today a popular spot to observe the seabirds nesting in the
enormous cliffs, polar bears and walruses, was once intrinsically
linked to the history of the whalers who frequented the region from the
17th century. Indeed, it was one of them, Thijmen Jacobsz Hinlopen,
then director of a Dutch whaling company, who gave the strait its name.
Later on, Russian trappers, European explorers, scientists and even
mountaineers roamed this region, as hostile as it is sublime.
8 JULY 2023 -
SORAUST-SVALBARD NATURE RESERVE
The Søraust-Svalbard Nature Reserve is the second largest
protected area in Norway. Established in 1973, this nature conservation
area stretching over more than 21,000 km2 will offer you stunning
panoramas including coastal landscapes, rocky islets, mountain
plateaux, vast tundra plains, and ice floes. With a little luck, you
will be able to observe a wide variety of seabirds, given the site is
listed as an Important Bird Area, as well as cetaceans, Svalbard
reindeer, or even Arctic foxes. Among other things, Edgeoya Island is
renowned for providing shelter to a number of polar bears during the
9 JULY 2023 - HORNSUND
Nestling between millennial glaciers and carved mountains, and
considered to be “the crown of Arctic Norway”,
Spitsbergen is a place that never sees the night. Your ship will take
you closer to this fascinating archipelago and, more particularly, the
Hornsund fjord. Considered to be Svalbard’s southernmost
fjord, it is especially reputed to be its most stunning: at the end of
its vast bay, 8 great glaciers slowly make their way down to the sea
before giving way to the many icebergs elegantly drifting along its
cold and mysterious waters.
10 JULY 2023 -
Arrival 10/07/2023 early morning
Disembarkation 10/07/2023 at 07:00
Longyearbyen is the capital of the Norwegian Svalbard archipelago,
located on Svalbard’s main island, and is the northernmost
territorial capital on the planet. With winter temperatures dropping to
below 40°C, the landscapes of this mining town are simply
breathtaking. The glaciers, the mountains stretching as far as the eye
can see and the untouched nature, make you feel like you’re
in completely unexplored territory.
Le Commandant Charcot (Luxury Expedition, 270-guests)
Le Commandant-Charcot welcomes you to an intimate and refined atmosphere. Equipped with just 135 staterooms including 31 suites with balconies and outside views, the ship offers outstanding gastronomy in its two restaurants, relaxation in the indoor pool surrounded by its winter garden, relaxation in the well-being area with sauna and Snow Room... Like on a private yacht, each of our guests is unique.
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Transfer + flight Longyearbyen/Paris
For your serenity, PONANT selects a flight and organises the transfer
between the port and the airport. This package is included in your
Disembarkation Day -
- Meet and greet at the port by our local English-speaking
- Transfer to the airport in time for check-in of flight
Longyearbyen/Paris selected by PONANT.
- Flight Longyearbyen/Paris selected by PONANT.
- Approximate flight duration: 4 h 30.
We highly recommend you stay one night in Paris after this flight.
This programme includes:
This programme does not
- Flight Longyearbyen/Paris selected by PONANT in economy
- Transfer as mentioned in the programme.
- English-speaking assistance.
- Personal expenses.
- Any other service not mentioned in the programme.
- Due to limited local transportation resources, waiting
might be generated.
- Flight included in the programme is as of today, operated
in economy class, on a European airline.
- For passengers in transit in Paris, we recommend staying
one night in Paris after this flight.
- Programme and flight schedule are subject to change without
- PONANT will adapt the content of the transfer offer from
and to airport according to your flight schedule.