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Ponant: East Coast of Greenland

16 Days FROM AUD 17,060

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Undertake an incredible 16 day National Geographic voyage to the discover the mystical East Coast of Greenland. On board the L'Austral you will find a superior level of luxury and elegance as you traverse some of the most incredible sights and scenery of the Arctic. Sailing from Kangerlussuaq, you will discover the wild, alpine landscapes of Greenland. Discover Scoresbysund, the largest fjord system in the world, encounter small Greenlander communities who still live by hunting lifestyles. Make your way to Jan Mayen Island the worlds northernmost volcanic island and encounter an amazing array of Arctic wildlife.

Optional Activities : Kayaking

Trip Code: ACPOECG

Travel Style: Expedition Cruise

Location: Kangerlussuaq, Ammassalik region, Blosseville Coast, Ittoqqortoormiit region, Northeast Greenland Park & Jan Mayen.

Ship: L'AUSTRAL

Flights: Return charter flights from Paris are included. 

WHY CHOOSE THIS CRUISE?

  • Undertake this voyage aboard the L'Austral, a luxury mega-yacht designed to bring elegance and serene experiences together to provide the upmost cruising experience. 

  • Discover Scoresbysund, the worlds largest and most incredible fjord network. 

  • Encounter unique Arctic wildlife including seals, Arctic foxes and hares, an array of sea birds and of course, the polar bear. 

  • This voyage will take you through incredible landscapes including polar ice caps, fjords populated with massive icebergs, patches of ice floe, glacier-molded coastline and alpine landscapes.

  • You will have the opportunity to meet and talk to local Inuit community members who still live by hunting traditions that have been passed down for generations. 

CRUISE ITINERARY

Flight from Paris to Kangerlussuaq is included in your cruise package and it is highly recommended to arrive in Paris the day before this flight. On arrival at Kangerlussuaq you will be met and transferred to the pier. Embarkation time is between 4.00pm and 5.00pm, at which time cabins and suites will be ready to check in to. The vessel will depart at 6.00pm.

Located to the north of the Arctic Circle, this town is the starting point of magnificent discoveries surrounded by unspoiled nature. Indeed, just a few dozen kilometres from there it is possible to get close to the Greenland ice sheet, the largest body of ice in the Northern Hemisphere. From Kangerlussuaq, admire also the superb landscapes of tundra in autumnal colours, where Arctic hares, musk oxen, Arctic foxes, reindeer, falcons and eagles live.

Embarkation in Kangerlussuaq

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.

At Sea

Set sail in the traces of the Norwegian explorer Erik Le Rouge by travelling along the south coast of Greenland. Your ship will head deep into the longest network of fjords in the region, the Prinz Christian Sund. This sumptuous natural canal, surrounded by craggy mountains and impressive glaciers will offer you stunning landscapes. During your journey, you will also get a glimpse of the spectacular cliffs of Akpatok, a mysterious and uninhabited island where it is not uncommon in the summertime to encounter bears, drawn by the impressive colony of thick-billed murres that have taken up residence there.

South Coast of Greenland

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.

Ammassalik Region - Day 4 & 5

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.

Blosseville Coast - Day 6 & 7

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.

Ittoqqortoormiit Region - Day 8 & 9

With a craggy coastline formed by gigantic fjords, magnificent alpine mountains looming over them, the shores of north-east Greenland offer breathtaking 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.

Northeast Greenland National Park

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.

Ittoqqortoormiit Region - Day 11 to 12

Take this time to reflect on the amazing memories you have made so far. Enjoy the various amenities on board and spend time with your fellow passengers and crew.

At sea

The island of Jan Mayen, belonging to Norway, lies hidden off Greenland’s coastlines, lost between the Arctic Ocean and the North Atlantic Ocean. This small piece of land is inhabited by only a handful of Norwegian meteorologists. Tongues of ice descend from its volcanic summit, which culminates at 2,227 metres and is covered with a thick glacial coat. These tongues join the sea, between ranges of black volcanic rocks at times tinged with red. If the sky is clement, you will have the chance to glimpse the summit, decked out in magnificent light. The visit of a small fin whale will perhaps enable you to complete this memorable picture.

Jan Mayen Island, Svalbard

As you head toward Tromoso, take this last day of sailing to truly embrace and reflect on the amazing journey so far.

At sea

Disembarkation is scheduled for 7am. Upon disembarkation you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight to Paris.

In the north of the Arctic circle you’ll discover Tromso 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.

Disembarkation in Tromso
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Pricing & date

Ponant: East Coast of Greenland from AUD 17,060
Departing Ending Duration
15 Aug 2021 30 Aug 2021 16
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OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

Kayaking

Kayaking

Important Information

  • Cabin accommodation on board L'Austral
    All meals whilst on board including snacks
    All scheduled landings and excursions
    Expedition jacket provided (yours to keep) 
    Pair of expedition boots for use during your voyage
    Group transfer to/from pier
    Guiding by experienced expedition leader and team including a National Geographic Leader and Photographer
    All port fees
    All landing fees
    Open bar (excluding premium brands) 
    Flight from Paris to Kangerlussuaq on embarkation day 
    Flight from Tromso to Paris on disembatkation day

    Exclusions 

    Airfares from disembarkation city 
    Visa fees (if applicable) 
    Travel insurance
    Personal expenses, such as laundry, onboard communication (telephone calls, faxes and email service) 
    Gratuities for the crew
    Pre or post cruise travel expenses
    Optional activities, refer to optional activities section for details.

  • 2 Light Adventure
  • Available upon request, contact us for more details. 

  • Return charter flights from Paris are included in cruise cost.  Highly recomended to arrive in Paris one day prior to commencement of itinerary. 

    Itinerary is subject to change depending on weather and ice conditons.

  • Departure date, season and availability.

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Sustainability

Being environmentally accountable is a crucial part of our organisation. Chimu is currently striving towards using less paper, taking several initiatives to do so and tracking our progress along the way. Our goal: A paperless organisation. For this reason, all information given to you will be sent electronically. We encourage those who choose to travel with us to support our aspirations and actions and ask that you reconsider printing out documentation. To view these documents, you can download them to your iPad or portable computer before and during your trip.

Chimu is passionate and dedicated to sustainability measures and understands the crucial part sustainability plays within the tourism industry.

We use local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprint. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion and culture of the country you’re visiting. Our guides are all highly qualified (most with university degrees) or equip with many years of experience and are paid above the standard wage. Whether it be our knowledgeable local guides, locally produced meals or the transport on tour, we do not use imported goods when local products are available. We aim to minimise our impact on the environment and give as much back as possible to the communities we work in.

You will undertake this voyage on board the L'Austral. This vessel employs the latest technology to minimise the consumption of heavy fuels, and limits the use of plastic to a minimum to preserve the serene environments in which it operates. While visiting the many national parks, heritage sites, museums and landmarks our travellers are encouraged to explore whilst remaining culturally aware and sensitive. We further encourage you to buy appropriate souvenirs and discourage the buying of anything wrongfully made or taken from the environment i.e. shells and endangered species products. Information on how you can be environmentally conscious, and travel responsibly will be made available in our Travellers Guides and provided during your travels by guides and staff.

For more information on our sustainability policies, including how we are striving towards being a paperless organisation, click HERE