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At The Genesis Of The French Polar Expeditions

We invite you to experience the exceptional by discovering the east coast of Greenland in Spring, during a brand-new 11-day cruise. In this season, where a thick layer of ice protects access to the shores and the day stretches into infinity, you will have a unique opportunity to venture into an extremely remote part of the world, source of fascination to generations of explorers.

Aboard Le Commandant Charcot, the first hybrid electric polar exploration ship, you will brave the elements to reach the region of Ammassalik. Between immense glaciers, winding fjords carrying gigantic icebergs, polar caps and thick patches of ice floe, you will discover a nature enhanced by the special luminosity of the midnight sun. In this season, the sun’s rays lie level with the horizon diffusing a magical palette of blue, magenta, purple and pink.

Then you will continue sailing ever further north until you reach the coast of Blosseville. This wild region of jagged peaks was identified in 1833 by Commander Blosseville during a voyage that caused his disappearance and that of his crew: an enigmatic wreck that would lead to one of the biggest French exploration missions two years later.

Relive this period in the history of sailing during this unique cruise which will take you also further north to the Ittoqqortoormiit Region, to the heart of this hostile but sublime realm of ice.


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    HIGHLIGHTS

    • Set off on the trail of the great explorers who in the past attempted to approach the eastern coast of Greenland, a region that long remained isolated as it was hard to reach.
    • Outings and shore visits in a Zodiac® dinghy or hovercraft with an reinforced team of naturalist-guides.
    • Hiking opportunity.
    • Explore the east coast of Greenland and its still pristine territories upon which the French explorers Jules de Blosseville, Jean-Baptiste Charcot and Paul-Emile Victor, set foot in the past.
    • An encounter with the Inuit people to share their springtime traditions while the ice is still ubiquitous.
    • D’Aunay Bay: Jean-Baptiste Charcot’s first stop on his expedition to map this coast.
    • The never-explored Blosseville Coast and its thick layer of ice come straight from the North Pole.
    • Landscapes: alpine landscapes, polar ice cap, fjords, populated with gigantic icebergs, a coastline torn by glaciers, patches of ice floe drift ing from the North Pole.
    • Wildlife: polar bears, seals, Arctic foxes and hares, sea birds.
    • Our experts are fine-tuning your programme of activities, find out more very soon.

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    ITINERARY

    APRIL 30, 2022 REYKJAVÍK

    Embarkation 4/30/2022 from 16h00 to 17h00
    Departure 4/30/2022 at 18h00

    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.

    MAY 1, 2022 AT SEA ABOARD LE COMMANDANT CHARCOT

    Arrival 5/1/2022
    Departure 5/1/2022

    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.

    MAY 2, 2022 NANSEN HARBOR

    Arrival 5/2/2022
    Departure 5/2/2022

    Travelling to Nansen Harbor is the guarantee of a voyage back in time and will enable you to discover a superb bay, into which the ice cap plunges directly. It was because of the proximity and accessibility of the glacier that Fridtjof Nansen chose this location for his crossing of the ice cap crossing in August 1888. Sailing along the coast, you can imagine the first steps of the great explorer on the Greenland ice sheet.

    MAY 3, 2022 AMMASSALIK REGION

    Arrival 5/3/2022
    Departure 5/3/2022

    Still almost unknown just a century ago, the east coast of Greenland remains the most authentic and majestic region. Here, the alpine mountains merge intimately with the sea, while the fjords are adorned with high snow-capped peaks and drifting icebergs. Follow in the wake of Captain Jean-Baptiste Charcot’s famous ship, the Pourquoi Pas?, which set off with its crew to discover Ammassalik, a small island of primitive and wild beauty where the Inuit people chose to live. The name of this island is a reference to the capelin, a small flamboyant silver coloured fish, whose presence in the thousands announces to inhabitants the return of spring. A surprising discovery in a spectacular setting.

    MAY 4, 2022 STORO ISLAND

    Arrival 5/4/2022
    Departure 5/4/2022

    In the Ammassalik region, the small island of Storo welcomed the famous French explorer Paul-Emile Victor during his first stay in Greenland in 1932. This young ethnologist was set down by Captain Charcot at Ammassallik then made his way to the island of Storo, where he spent a year hosted by an Inuit family. Bones, stones, a tomb and a few vestiges of huts and wooden cabins are evidence that people have been coming to the island for a very long time. Its location facing the Denmark Strait, at the entrance of a small fjord, is indeed ideal for hunting or for observing the whales, narwhals or belugas that live in the fish-rich waters of the Greenland Sea.

    MAY 5, 2022 KANGERLUSSUAQ (EAST GREENLAND)

    Arrival 5/5/2022
    Departure 5/5/2022

    Midway between the magnificent Sermilik fjord and the vast expanses of Liverpool Land, you will discover the impressive Kangerlussuaq Fjord, one of the largest on the south-east coast of Greenland. You will sail through a wonderful décor of ice and vertiginous, jagged peaks of dark grey rock coated in snow that plunge into the deep blue waters of the fjord. The fjord is fed by the gigantic Kangerlussuaq glacier, the largest on the east coast of the Greenland Ice Sheet. In the north-west, the Watkins Range is home to the tallest peaks in the Arctic. Gunnbjorns Fjeld stands 3,693 metres (12,000 feet) tall. Known for its abundant fauna, this hard-to-reach fjord is uninhabited, although Inuit hunters have been visiting it for thousands of years.

    MAY 6, 2022 EXPLORATION OF BLOSSEVILLE COAST

    Arrival 5/6/2022
    Departure 5/6/2022

    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.

    MAY 7, 2022 D'AUNAY BAY

    Arrival 5/7/2022
    Departure 5/7/2022

    Along the Blosseville Coast, you’ll explore the magnificent D’Aunay Bay and superb glaciers in the surrounding area. This wide sheltered bay was baptised in 1833 by the French sailor Jules de Blosseville in honour of Raoul D’Aunay, second-in-command on La Lilloise. Shimmering reflections of the Greenland Sea, permanent snow cover, prominent peaks, and the silent, majestic drifting of the ice and icebergs... from the deck of your ship or during an outing in a Zodiac® dinghy in the company of our naturalist guides, you will experience pure moments of contemplation far from any other trace of human life as you discover virtually unexplored lands.

    MAY 8, 2022 ITTOQQORTOORMIIT REGION

    Arrival 5/8/2022
    Departure 5/8/2022

    Located between the largest national park and the longest system of fjords in the world, the town of Ittoqqortoormiit, whose name means “great house” in Greenlandic, is one of the remotest inhabited places in the world. Covered with ice and snow for nine months of the year, you will be able to discover the ancestral way of life of the last hunters of the polar region. As soon as the thickness of the ice floe allows, they set out on the trail of walruses, seals, narwhals, musk ox and polar bears, travelling by traditional dog sleds.

    MAY 9, 2022 AT SEA ABOARD LE COMMANDANT CHARCOT

    Arrival 5/9/2022
    Departure 5/9/2022

    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.

    MAY 10, 2022 REYKJAVÍK

    Arrival 5/10/2022 early morning
    Disembarkation 5/10/2022 at 07h00

    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.

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    WHAT'S INCLUDED

    Services provided

    • Private balcony for all our cabins and suites
    • Terrace for the Duplex suites and the Owner's suite
    • Butler service and priority boarding : Owner’s Suite, Duplex Suites, Privilege Suites and Grand Prestige Suites
    • Individually-controlled airconditioning
    • Stateroom layout: king-size bed, or twin beds, communicating staterooms available, children welcome
    • Minibar - 24hr room service
    • Satellite TV channels (availability dependent on navigation); selection of videos on demand
    • Bose™ Bluetooth speaker
    • Safe
    • Selection of Dyptique Paris top-of-the-line bath products.
    • Dressing table, bath robes, Hairdryer
    • Direct line telephone
    • 110V American (two flat pins)/220V European (round sockets with two round pins)
    • Internet access Wifi : Satellite reception (availability dependent on navigation and latitude)

     
    
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