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15D14N Exploring the Northeast Greenland National Park on Le Commandant Charcot

15D14N Exploring the Northeast Greenland National Park on Le Commandant Charcot

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From: $20777 From: €19784 From: £16983 From: RM90336 From: CAD26920 From: SGD28817 From: AUD29992 From: HKD163689
Greenland

Luxury cruise aboard to experience a truly exceptional sea voyage with a difference. Discover expeditions to the majestic landscapes of the Artic and the Antarctic. Great choice for couples, solo travelers and those who love small-ship cruising. Ponant Cruises offers exceptional bilingual service, world-class dining and elegantly-appointed accommodation and public areas in terms of the onboard experience. Choose a cruise on an Explorer Class vessel, you will benefit from several expedition-style features. Relaxing in the Blue Eye Lounge, an underwater multi-sensory environment that boasts comfortable seating and privileged views of life beneath the waves. Ponant’s expedition ships also carry a fleet of Zodiacs deployed frequently throughout each itinerary for sightseeing excursions and trips ashore.

Cities to Visit: Greenland, Reykjavík
Language: English

Tour Deal

~ First Time Cruiser Discount of EUR 250



Travel Period: from June 8, 2023 till June 22, 2023
Tour Highlight
~Discover the largest national park in the world – a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve – at the magical moment when nature wakes up. 
~Outings and shore visits in a zodiac inflatable or hovercraft* with a reinforced team of naturalist-guides.
~Visit the old Norwegian trapper cabins that added a special flavour and richness to Jørn Riel’s series of Arctic tales about the people of Greenland.
~The landscapes: mountains striped with multi-coloured strata, fjords, jagged mountains, glaciers, icebergs, ice floes, hummocks, wild tundra, sheer cliffs, polar ice
~The wildlife: polar bears, narwhals, seals, musk oxen, Arctic foxes and hares, orcas, sea birds.
~Many brand-new activities: kayaking, hiking or snowshoeing, ice fishing, polar plunge, ice floating, dog sledding, participative science.
What To Expect
Welcome to the world’s largest national park, in the heart of the splendid north-east coast of Greenland! Aboard Le Commandant Charcot, you will experience the joys of pure discovery. Let yourself be guided and surprised by the opportunities for navigation and exploration that these wild and unknown ice-covered shores provide. The ship will enable you to explore one of the most difficult regions to access in the Far North, at the end of spring.

As summer begins, the snow and the ice still envelop the landscapes of these northern lands. On your journey, you will discover the extreme climate of the Ittoqqortoormiit region. This territory shelters the northernmost community of Greenland, among which are the pole’s last hunters.

You will then set sail towards Northeast Greenland National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and a dreamlike world where coloured alpine landscapes mingle with immense glaciers and astonishing icebergs revealing their immerged presence and blue-tinged volumes beneath the surface of the dark waters.

At the start of summer, the solid and powerful sea ice dictates how visitors can venture out to it. It is the perfect time to observe the exceptional Arctic wildlife that inhabits the region. The polar bear is king here. You might witness, roaming this white desert, a solitary male in search of the ideal hunting or fishing spot, or a mother teaching her cub the secrets of survival.

Before returning to the Icelandic coastlines, Le Commandant Charcot will attempt to reach, with respect to the environment, the north of the national park and the remote shores of Ile-de-France. Discovered in 1905 by the Duke of Orléans, Ile-de-France is characterised by the thick ice pack that covers it, which comes from the North Pole as a result of the Transpolar Drift. This is a voyage in search of meaning, at the boundaries of the known world.
  • Day 1: ARRIVE REYKJAVÍK, ICELAND (EMBARKATION)

    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.

    : Dinner
  • Day 2: 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.

    : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 3: 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.

    : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 4: ITTOQQORTOORMIIT REGION

    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.

    : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 5: ITTOQQORTOORMIIT REGION

    Today, continue cruising Ittoqqortoormiit region

    : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 6: ITTOQQORTOORMIIT REGION

    Another day cruising in Ittoqqortoormiit region

    : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 7: DODMANSBUGTEN

    In Gael Hamke Bay, you will sail towards Dodmansbugten, or “dead man’s bay”, in the south of Clavering Island. This is where the last Inuit settlement of Northeast Greenland was discovered around 1823. Here, you can still find typical trapper cabins like those described by the Danish explorer and writer Jørn Riel in his stories of the Arctic, humoristic accounts drawn from the dozens of years he spent exploring the fascinating lands of what is now the Northeast Greenland National Park. Further west, you will be able to discover the vestiges of the former Eskimonaes radio and weather station, captured by German troops during World War II to achieve control of the meteorological intelligence for the region.

    : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 8: DANMARKSHAVN

    Sailing through the fascinating landscapes of the Northeast Greenland National Park, you will make your way to Danmarkshavn on the southern coast of Germania Land. Built in 1948, to this day Danmarkshavn remains a station of prime importance for determining meteorological conditions in Europe and North America. Despite the difficulty in accessing this coast often covered by ice, the spot was chosen during the wintering of the Danmark in 1906 as the base for an important scientific expedition through the region by dog sled. The north of this bay that is only free of ice for a very short time each year in August can only be reached by ships built to sail through ice.

    : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 9: EXPLORATION OF NORTHEAST GREENLAND NATIONAL PARK

    With a craggy coastline formed by gigantic fjords, magnificent alpine mountains looming over them, the shores of north-east Greenland offer breath-taking landscapes and are home to the largest national park in the world. Covering an area of around one million square kilometres, almost half the island, the North-East Greenland National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, is a particularly isolated region. Cut off for many months of the year by the ice floe, it is renowned for its pristine nature and rich wildlife.

    : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 10: EXPLORATION OF NORTHEAST GREENLAND NATIONAL PARK

    Continue to explore the North-East Greenland National Park

    : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 11: ÎLE-DE-FRANCE

    In the Northeast Greenland National Park, we are humbled by the changing and extreme ice conditions in this site where we are privileged guests. We will try to go as far north as possible to land on the coast of the famous Île-de-France, a mythical site of French polar expeditions discovered on 28 July 1905 during a polar exploration campaign led by Philippe of Orléans, Duke of Orléans (1869-1926). A little-known polar explorer, in 1905, 1907 and 1909 Duke Philippe of Orléans organised three Arctic expeditions aboard La Belgica, led by Captain Adrien de Gerlache de Gomery and his crew, thus entering the closed circle of the heroes of the Far North. During the 1905 expedition that led him to Spitsbergen in Greenland, he was accompanied by his friend the doctor Joseph Récamier and by the nature artist Edouard Mérite.

    : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 12: MYGGBUKTA

    To the south of the Northeast Greenland National Park, near the Hold with Hope Peninsula, in the King Christian X Land region, you will visit Myggbukta, a former Norwegian whaling, meteorological and radio station established in 1922 by Johan A. Olsen. It was he who gave this site its name meaning “mosquito bay” in Norwegian. This large bay situated at more than 73° latitude north is covered in superb arctic tundra extending as far as the eye can see. This rich vegetation cover allows a large population of musk oxen to thrive. If you are lucky, you may get to spot a few.

    : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 13: 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.

    : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 14: 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.

    : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 15: DEPART REYKJAVÍK (EMBARKATION)

    Your cruise end with breakfast this morning.

    : Breakfast
Whats Included
~ 14 nights shipboard on Ponant Cruise
~ All meals & drinks onboard (excluding premium brands)
~ Safety & port charges
~ 24 hour room service (special selection)
~ Butler service (special selection)
~ Free unlimited WIFI onboard
~ Evening entertainment and events

Whats Excluded
~ International air ticket
~ Airport transfer
~ Travel Insurance & Visa
~ Gratuities
~ Personal expenses.
~ Any other service not mentioned in the programme.

Where to Visits

Information

~ First Time Cruiser Discount of EUR 250



Travel Period: from June 8, 2023 till June 22, 2023
Tour Highlight
~Discover the largest national park in the world – a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve – at the magical moment when nature wakes up. 
~Outings and shore visits in a zodiac inflatable or hovercraft* with a reinforced team of naturalist-guides.
~Visit the old Norwegian trapper cabins that added a special flavour and richness to Jørn Riel’s series of Arctic tales about the people of Greenland.
~The landscapes: mountains striped with multi-coloured strata, fjords, jagged mountains, glaciers, icebergs, ice floes, hummocks, wild tundra, sheer cliffs, polar ice
~The wildlife: polar bears, narwhals, seals, musk oxen, Arctic foxes and hares, orcas, sea birds.
~Many brand-new activities: kayaking, hiking or snowshoeing, ice fishing, polar plunge, ice floating, dog sledding, participative science.
What To Expect
Welcome to the world’s largest national park, in the heart of the splendid north-east coast of Greenland! Aboard Le Commandant Charcot, you will experience the joys of pure discovery. Let yourself be guided and surprised by the opportunities for navigation and exploration that these wild and unknown ice-covered shores provide. The ship will enable you to explore one of the most difficult regions to access in the Far North, at the end of spring.

As summer begins, the snow and the ice still envelop the landscapes of these northern lands. On your journey, you will discover the extreme climate of the Ittoqqortoormiit region. This territory shelters the northernmost community of Greenland, among which are the pole’s last hunters.

You will then set sail towards Northeast Greenland National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and a dreamlike world where coloured alpine landscapes mingle with immense glaciers and astonishing icebergs revealing their immerged presence and blue-tinged volumes beneath the surface of the dark waters.

At the start of summer, the solid and powerful sea ice dictates how visitors can venture out to it. It is the perfect time to observe the exceptional Arctic wildlife that inhabits the region. The polar bear is king here. You might witness, roaming this white desert, a solitary male in search of the ideal hunting or fishing spot, or a mother teaching her cub the secrets of survival.

Before returning to the Icelandic coastlines, Le Commandant Charcot will attempt to reach, with respect to the environment, the north of the national park and the remote shores of Ile-de-France. Discovered in 1905 by the Duke of Orléans, Ile-de-France is characterised by the thick ice pack that covers it, which comes from the North Pole as a result of the Transpolar Drift. This is a voyage in search of meaning, at the boundaries of the known world.
  • Day 1: ARRIVE REYKJAVÍK, ICELAND (EMBARKATION)

    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.

    : Dinner
  • Day 2: 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.

    : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 3: 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.

    : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 4: ITTOQQORTOORMIIT REGION

    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.

    : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 5: ITTOQQORTOORMIIT REGION

    Today, continue cruising Ittoqqortoormiit region

    : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 6: ITTOQQORTOORMIIT REGION

    Another day cruising in Ittoqqortoormiit region

    : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 7: DODMANSBUGTEN

    In Gael Hamke Bay, you will sail towards Dodmansbugten, or “dead man’s bay”, in the south of Clavering Island. This is where the last Inuit settlement of Northeast Greenland was discovered around 1823. Here, you can still find typical trapper cabins like those described by the Danish explorer and writer Jørn Riel in his stories of the Arctic, humoristic accounts drawn from the dozens of years he spent exploring the fascinating lands of what is now the Northeast Greenland National Park. Further west, you will be able to discover the vestiges of the former Eskimonaes radio and weather station, captured by German troops during World War II to achieve control of the meteorological intelligence for the region.

    : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 8: DANMARKSHAVN

    Sailing through the fascinating landscapes of the Northeast Greenland National Park, you will make your way to Danmarkshavn on the southern coast of Germania Land. Built in 1948, to this day Danmarkshavn remains a station of prime importance for determining meteorological conditions in Europe and North America. Despite the difficulty in accessing this coast often covered by ice, the spot was chosen during the wintering of the Danmark in 1906 as the base for an important scientific expedition through the region by dog sled. The north of this bay that is only free of ice for a very short time each year in August can only be reached by ships built to sail through ice.

    : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 9: EXPLORATION OF NORTHEAST GREENLAND NATIONAL PARK

    With a craggy coastline formed by gigantic fjords, magnificent alpine mountains looming over them, the shores of north-east Greenland offer breath-taking landscapes and are home to the largest national park in the world. Covering an area of around one million square kilometres, almost half the island, the North-East Greenland National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, is a particularly isolated region. Cut off for many months of the year by the ice floe, it is renowned for its pristine nature and rich wildlife.

    : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 10: EXPLORATION OF NORTHEAST GREENLAND NATIONAL PARK

    Continue to explore the North-East Greenland National Park

    : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 11: ÎLE-DE-FRANCE

    In the Northeast Greenland National Park, we are humbled by the changing and extreme ice conditions in this site where we are privileged guests. We will try to go as far north as possible to land on the coast of the famous Île-de-France, a mythical site of French polar expeditions discovered on 28 July 1905 during a polar exploration campaign led by Philippe of Orléans, Duke of Orléans (1869-1926). A little-known polar explorer, in 1905, 1907 and 1909 Duke Philippe of Orléans organised three Arctic expeditions aboard La Belgica, led by Captain Adrien de Gerlache de Gomery and his crew, thus entering the closed circle of the heroes of the Far North. During the 1905 expedition that led him to Spitsbergen in Greenland, he was accompanied by his friend the doctor Joseph Récamier and by the nature artist Edouard Mérite.

    : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 12: MYGGBUKTA

    To the south of the Northeast Greenland National Park, near the Hold with Hope Peninsula, in the King Christian X Land region, you will visit Myggbukta, a former Norwegian whaling, meteorological and radio station established in 1922 by Johan A. Olsen. It was he who gave this site its name meaning “mosquito bay” in Norwegian. This large bay situated at more than 73° latitude north is covered in superb arctic tundra extending as far as the eye can see. This rich vegetation cover allows a large population of musk oxen to thrive. If you are lucky, you may get to spot a few.

    : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 13: 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.

    : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 14: 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.

    : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 15: DEPART REYKJAVÍK (EMBARKATION)

    Your cruise end with breakfast this morning.

    : Breakfast
Whats Included
~ 14 nights shipboard on Ponant Cruise
~ All meals & drinks onboard (excluding premium brands)
~ Safety & port charges
~ 24 hour room service (special selection)
~ Butler service (special selection)
~ Free unlimited WIFI onboard
~ Evening entertainment and events

Whats Excluded
~ International air ticket
~ Airport transfer
~ Travel Insurance & Visa
~ Gratuities
~ Personal expenses.
~ Any other service not mentioned in the programme.

Per Pax
From: $20777 From: €19784 From: £16983 From: RM90336 From: CAD26920 From: SGD28817 From: AUD29992 From: HKD163689
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~ Postpone or cancel free of charge up to 10 days after the booking is confirmed
~ From 10 days after the booking is confirmed to 365 days prior to departure: EUR 150 plus RM100 refund admin fees per guest per cruise for the cruise service only
~ From 364 to 211 days prior to departure: 10% of total price
~ From 210 - 91 days prior to departure: 25% of total price
~ Cancellation within 90 days prior to departure: 100% of total price


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~ Deposit payment of 25% must be received within 10 days after the booking is confirmed.
~ Balance payment must be made 90 days prior to departure
~ Booking made within 90 days prior to departure require full payment at the time of booking