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Le Boreal - 264 Guests

Pristine Spitsbergen

With PONANT, set off to discover the west coast of Spitsbergen during an 11-day expedition cruise into the heart of the Svalbard Archipelago. Aboard Le Boreal, fall under the spell of the magical Arctic Far North, with its ice floes, polar bears and breathtaking glaciers.


 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Outings and shore visits in Zodiac® inflatables with your naturalist guides.
  • Hiking opportunity.
  • Sail in Spitsbergen's fjords and towards the ice floe.
  • Landscapes: ice floes, jagged mountains, icebergs, ice caps, steep-sided valleys, sheer cliffs, huge glaciers.
  • Wildlife: polar bears, Arctic foxes, Svalbard reindeer, Arctic terns, walruses, whales, puffins.

DATES / RATES

Rates are listed per person
Start DateEnd DateFrom EURFrom USD
Aug 17, 2022Aug 27, 202213,550 13,936
Rates are listed per person
Start DateEnd DateFrom EURFrom USD
Aug 17, 2022Aug 27, 202213,550 13,936


ITINERARY

AUGUST 17, 2022 - LONGYEARBYEN, SPITSBERGEN
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.

AUGUST 18, 2022 - ISFJORDEN
The vast Isfjorden is one of the main fjords in Svalbard. These different branches reach the heart of the island of Spitsbergen. Located deep inside the Billejforden, the Nordenskiöld Glacier with its front of ice, nearly 5 km wide, is one of the most spectacular in the Svalbard Archipelago. You will perhaps have the opportunity to discover the ghost town of Pyramiden. Constructed at the foot of a mountain in the form of a pyramid, this former mining town, founded by Sweden at the beginning of the 20th century before being sold a few years later to the Soviet Union, and abandoned in 1998, has conserved all the buildings from its glory days, when it lived off coal mining.

AUGUST 19, 2022 - KONGSFJORDEN (KING BAY), SPITSBERGEN
Very close to the former mining town of Ny-Ålesund, set off to discover Kings Bay. Your ship will sail in one of the most beautiful fjords in Svalbard: Kongsfjorden (the fjord of the King), a gateway to grandiose landscapes. Here, the snow-capped mountains are reflected in the water where superb icebergs try to outdo each other in their beauty, a delight for photographers. Seals, reindeer, barnacle geese and black guillemots frequent these places that have a unique atmosphere. Once you arrive at the end of the fjord, admire the Kongsbreen (glacier of the King) and its three characteristic rocky points, which take their names from three Scandinavian countries: Svea (Sweden), Dana (Denmark) and Nora (Norway).

AUGUST 19, 2022 - NORDVEST-SPITSBERGEN NATIONAL PARK
Like the other protected areas of Svalbard, the Nordvest-Spitsbergen National Park was established in the early 1970s to protect this exceptional environment against the growing interest of the mining industry. Nunataks, glaciers, islands and large bays, arctic tundra scattered with moss and lichen in shades of silver and gold... This region will fascinate you with its landscapes and with the numerous vestiges that bear witness to the history of the men - whale hunters and those involved in the first expeditions to the North Pole - who found themselves on these shores from the start of the 17th century. In this pristine environment, you will be able to observe arctic sterns or seals on the rocks that emerge at low tide.

AUGUST 20, 2022 - SAILING ICE FLOES
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 ice floe.

AUGUST 21, 2022 - NORDVEST-SPITSBERGEN NATIONAL PARK
Like the other protected areas of Svalbard, the Nordvest-Spitsbergen National Park was established in the early 1970s to protect this exceptional environment against the growing interest of the mining industry. Nunataks, glaciers, islands and large bays, arctic tundra scattered with moss and lichen in shades of silver and gold... This region will fascinate you with its landscapes and with the numerous vestiges that bear witness to the history of the men - whale hunters and those involved in the first expeditions to the North Pole - who found themselves on these shores from the start of the 17th century. In this pristine environment, you will be able to observe arctic sterns or seals on the rocks that emerge at low tide.

AUGUST 22, 2022  AUGUST 24, 2022 - SOR-SPITSBERGEN NATIONAL PARK
The Sor-Spitsbergen National Park, established in 1973, is the largest national park in Norway and Europe with an area of up to 13,300 km2. Two-thirds of its area is made up of ice and its sublime landscapes are divided between vast plains along the coast, alpine relief and impressive glaciers. You will discover Hornsund, the southernmost fjord and one of the most beautiful fjords in Spitsbergen with a length of 28 km. Its 8 large glaciers extend down to the sea and form an immense 25 km long ice front and important iceberg calvings, making up one of the most spectacular panoramas in Spitsbergen. You will have the opportunity to observe numerous colonies of birds and polar bears living in this nature sanctuary.

AUGUST 25, 2022 - SAILING BY BJORNOYA (BEAR ISLAND)
Halfway between Norway and Spitsbergen, you will sail not far from the coastlines of Bjørnøya, the southernmost island of Svalbard. From your ship, observe this isolated piece of land discovered in 1596 by the Dutch navigator Willem Barents, then looking for the Northwest Passage. Following a tough fight between a polar bear and the members of the expedition, he dubbed the place Bear Island. Regularly covered by a thick layer of fog, Bjørnøya shelters a meteorological station built in 1923, which is still in operation. Declared a nature reserve in 2002, the island is above all home to an enormous colony of sea birds: skuas, guillemots, puffins, Tridactyl gulls, petrels, gulls and little auks all coexist here.

AUGUST 26, 2022 - AT SEA
During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship's upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

AUGUST 27, 2022 - TROMSO
In the north of the Arctic circle you'll discover Tromsø, a secluded town located in the county of Troms. Norwegians call it the "Paris of the north". You'll soon see why when you discover its extensive neoclassical architectural heritage. A stunning example is the Arctic cathedral, a major monument whose stylistic purity echoes the outline of the mountains surrounding the town.

Le Boreal (Luxury Expedition, 264-guests)

Le Boreal embodies the subtle alliance between luxury, intimacy and wellbeing which is PONANT's signature. The elegance of her exterior and interior lines and her intimate size (only 132 staterooms and suites) make this a rare and innovative yacht on the cruise market. Superior materials, discreet elegance and a tasteful decor reflect a nautical mood subtly revisited. Aboard, soothing neutral grey tones are enlivened by splashes of red, our signature theme linking tradition and innovation to create personal touches in the spirit of a private yacht.

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WHAT'S INCLUDED

For your serenity, PONANT selects flights and organises transfers between the airport and the port (and vice-versa). This package is included in your cruise fare.

Embarkation day - Paris/Longyearbyen

  • Flight Paris/Longyearbyen selected by PONANT.
  • Approximate flight duration: 4 h 30
  • We suggest you to be at the check-in counter 2 hours before departure.
  • We highly recommend you arrive in Paris the day before this flight.
  • Meet & greet at the airport by our local English-speaking representative.
  • Transfer to the pier for embarkation.

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Disembarkation Day - Tromso/Paris

Disembarkation

  • Meet and greet at the port by our local English-speaking representative.
  • Transfer to the airport in time for check-in of flight Tromso/Paris selected by PONANT.
  • Flight Tromso/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:

  • Flight Paris/Longyearbyen and Tromso/Paris selected by PONANT in economy class.
  • Transfers mentioned in the programme.
  • English-speaking assistance.

This programme does not include:

  • Personal expenses.
  • Any other service not mentioned in the programme.

Please note:

  • Flights included in the programme are as of today, operated in economy class, on a European airline.
  • Due to limited local transportation resources, waiting might be generated.
  • For passengers in transit in Paris, we recommend staying one night in Paris before and after these flights.
  • Programme and flight schedule are subject to change without prior notice.

 

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