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Ponant: The Geographic North Pole

16 Days FROM AUD 38,320

Overview

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This 16 Day voyage is a takes you to the unique and mystical point where ice claims the seas year round. You will set sail from Spitsbergen on the Le Commondant, the first hybrid powered Polar vessel. This unique experience blends supreme luxury and comfort with the mystifying beauty of the North Pole. Slowly sail the heart of this frozen world, drift among the pack ice floes as they shimmer and reflect the beautiful serenity of these amazing places. 

Optional Activities : Kayaking

Trip Code: ACPOLCGNP

Travel Style: Expedition Cruise

Location: Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Geographic North Pole & Reykjavik.

Ship: Le Commandant Charcot

Flights: One way charter flight from Paris is included. 

WHY CHOOSE THIS CRUISE?

  • Undertake this voyage on board the Le Commondant, a new, state-of-the-art vessel purpose build for expedition cruising. The vessel combines grace and elegance to provide the first Hybrid Luxury Polar Exploration Vessel

  • Be one of the few people in the world to sail to the Geographic North Pole, a feat only achieved by 30 000 people in the world, an extraordinary small figure considering the effects of globalisation. 

  • Encounter unique wildlife including seals, whales, sea birds and the illusive polar bear. 

  • The experience of being on the first luxury ice breaker provides a unique experience where indescribable landscapes merge with sleek elegance and luxury to provide a truly surreal experience.

CRUISE ITINERARY

Take a flight from Paris to Longyearbyen organised by Ponant. You will be met at the airport by our English-speaking representative. You will also be transferred to the pier for embarkation.

We highly recommend you arrive in Paris the day before this flight.

Flight From Paris To Longyearbyen

Embarkation which will commence from 4:00pm with sailing due to commence at 6:00pm.

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.

Embarkation In Longyearbyen

The largest island in the Svalbard archipelago, its name meaning “pointed mountains” in German, Spitsbergen is the last piece of land before the Arctic ice floe. Aboard your ship, you will sail along the extremely spectacular coastline of this icy land. Between millennial glaciers and rugged mountains, you will discover a jagged coastline, hollowed-out by fjords.

At Sea Along Spitsbergen

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: birds, seals and polar bears.

Sailing The Ice Floes - Days 3-7

Defined by a 90° North latitude, the Geographic North Pole lies on the Earth’s rotational axis, at the intersection of all meridians. Plunged into darkness for six months of the year, then lit by the sun for the following six months, this mythical site, permanently covered in ice and remote from any land, has fascinated generations of explorers. So far, only a very few people have ever reached it: an exploit which is now accessible to you aboard the Commandant-Charcot.

The Geographic North Pole

The north-east of Greenland is renowned for being home to one of the oldest and thickest layers of ice on the planet. Aboard your ship, you will have the unique opportunity of sailing to the heart of this icy wilderness, many thousands of years old, and will notably travel along the coast of the North-East Greenland National Park, recognised as a biosphere reserve by UNESCO. From your ship you will also discover Scoresby Sund, the largest fjord in the world. In this pure and preserved world, you will see abundant wildlife in a landscape of tundra and ice, a real delight for the eyes and for photographers.

The Ice Floes Of Greenland - Days 4-13

During your days at sea toward Reykjavik, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Take this time to share and revel in the incredible memories you have made so far with your fellow passengers.

At Sea Day 14 & 15

Disembarkation is scheduled for 7:00am.

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.

Disembarkation In Reykjavik
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OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

Kayaking

Kayaking

Important Information

  • All accommodation on board Le Commondant
    All meals whilst on board including snacks
    All scheduled landings and excursions
    Guiding and lectures by English-speaking expedition leader and team
    Expedition jacket provided (yours to keep) 
    A pair of expedition boots for use during your voyage 
    Group transfer to/from pier
    Open Bar (excluding premium brands)
    Room Service
    All port taxes
    Flight Paris/Longyearbyen Day 1 

    Exclusions 

    Airfares from disembarkation city
    Visa fees (if applicable)
    Travel Insurance
    Personal expenses such as laundry, on-board communication (telephone calls, faxes)
    Gratuities for the crew (recommend US$15 per person per day)
    Optional Activities whilst on-board

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

  • One way charter flight from Paris on Day 1 is included in cruise cost. Highly recommend to arrive in Paris one day prior to commencment of itinerary. 

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

     

  • Departure date, season and availability

SPEAK TO A SPECIALIST

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 Le Commondant. This new, state-of-the-art vessel utilises the latest technology to minimise its impact upon the serene environments through which it sails. Liquid Nitrogen Gas (LNG) is used as opposed to regular fuel in order to limit the damage done to water and ocean life. 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