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Ponant: Greenland of Great Explorers

15 Days FROM USD 12,240

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Discover the pristine and unexplored shores of Greenland’s east coast on this 15-day Arctic cruise as you follow in the footsteps of the early explorers. Spectacular scenery awaits, from vast icebergs to tundra, sheer cliffs, rugged mountains, glaciers, fjords and the polar ice cap. Then there is the wildlife - from polar bears to walruses, musk oxen, Arctic foxes, whales and a proliferation of birdlife. Setting sail from Longyearbyen, the capital of the Norwegian Svalbard archipelago you head to Jan Mayen Island, where tongues of ice descend from a volcanic summit. On to Greenland’s east coast to explore Scoresby Sund, the isolated town of Ittoqqortoormiit and the wild and remote Blosseville Coast, where the ice sheet meets the sea. Then to Greenland’s west coast, to marvel at the blue-tinged icebergs of Narsaq, before ending your adventure in Kangerlussuaq.

Optional Activities : Kayaking

Trip Code: ACTSGGE

Travel Style: Expedition Cruise

Location: Arctic

Ship: L'AUSTRAL

Flights: Return charter flights from Paris are included. 

WHY CHOOSE THIS CRUISE?

  • Undertake this incredible voyage on board the L'Austral, a luxury mega-yacht, combining the latest technology to offer an elegant and luxurious sailing experience.

  • Encounter the unique wildlife of the Arctic including musk oxen, Arctic foxes and hares, whales, seals and orcas.

  • You will have the opportunity to delve into the Inuit heritage and traditions of the region as you encounter traditional fishing villages and have the opportunity to speak local residents. 

  • Bare witness to an incredibly diverse array of scenery from rugged mountains deep fjords filled with icebergs and glaciers.

CRUISE ITINERARY

Flight from Paris to Longyearbyen is included in your cruise package and it is highly recommended to arrive in Paris the day before this flight. On arrival at Longyearbyen, 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.

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.

Longyearbyen

Nestling on the south-east point of the island of Spitsbergen, this small bay shelters an immense glacier, the Vasil’evbreen, whose front is more than 20 kilometres long. This is an opportunity for an unforgettable Zodiac® outing. If the conditions allow it, you will be able to land directly at the foot of this majestic glacier, so as to discover the moraine and walk on the first section of the glacier. Depending on the ice conditions, you will also perhaps be lucky enough to approch Stellingfjellet, home to one of the largest guillemot colonies on the archipelago.

Isbukta & Stellingfjellet

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

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

Take this time at sea to reflect on the journey so far. Enjoy some time with your fellow passengers and crew. Enjoy the ships various offerings.

At Sea

This is a truly remote and unknown area. The Watkins Range is Greenland's highest mountain range and named after British Explorer, Gino Watkins. Enjoy the peaceful serenity of a land infused with volcanic rock, ice, rugged coastline and towering mountains.

Watkins Fjord

Cruise along ice filled fjords of Tugtilik, also known as Lake Fjord. This uninhabited region is dotted with high mountains and chunks of ice floe. You may even be able to spot the odd seal as they dart below the ice.

Tugtilik & Storo Island

Sermilik fjord literally means the 'place with glaciers'. Here you will find several icebergs floating in a channel fed by several glaciers. The unique backdrop snow capped peaks and crystal blue lakes are dotted with sights of colourful towns like Tasilaq.

Sermilik & Tasilaq

Welcome to a small protected bay on the eastern coast of Greenland, around 200 km south of Tasiilaq. During this port of call, you will have the opportunity to visit the remains of old peat houses from the Thule civilisation. Then, after sailing through the ice, you will reach the starting point of the very first crossing of the Greenland ice cap, led in 1888 by Fridtjof Nansen, the great Norwegian polar explorer. A magical place where you can climb the gentle slopes of the ice cap’s first foothills to better appreciate its huge size.

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. Arriving in these parts, you will immediately understand why Fridtjof Nansen chose this place for his ice cap crossing in August 1888. Indeed, it is particularly easy to access the cap from here and you will certainly be able to follow in some of this great Norwegian explorer’s footsteps. A unique experience, one that will definitely delight the most adventurous among you.

Qingminguartalik & Nansen Harbour

Discover Skjoldungen Island on the south-east coast of Greenland. This uninhabited land boasts magnificent landscapes that are sure to dazzle you. The island is surrounded by a stunning fjord, a distinctive feature of which is its double entrance: it forms a bend before joining the sea on the other side. Mountains, glacial valleys, rocky outcrops, tundra and willow forests make up the beautiful scenery which you will be able to admire more closely when you land here. At this port of call, surrounded by wild and pristine nature, it is quite common to see bearded seals, orcas, but also birds such as the common redpoll, the northern wheatear, or the common raven.

Skjoldungen

Your ship glides silently towards the Greenland coast, in a setting punctuated by pointed peaks and majestic glaciers… You are on the verge of crossing the Prins Christian Sund, a narrow channel that stretches out and zigzags over some one hundred kilometres between Greenland’s south-east and south-west. Fall under the spell of the primitive beauty of these unique landscapes, including rocky cliffs and waterfalls that are fed by the ice sheet and plunge into the icy waters. Here, bearded seals love to lie on the floating ice to soak up the sunshine. If you are lucky, you may get to witness an aurora borealis, a stunning light show put on by the polar night.

Prins Christian Sund & Augpilatok

From your ship, discover the town of Narsaq. You will be dazzled by the beauty of the surrounding icebergs − large masses of ice in different shapes and shifting colours. Dominated by lush mountains, this small town is typical of Greenland and is located in the heart of a wonderful natural landscape. The multicoloured house facades and the glaciers with their myriad shades of blue offer a magical setting, conducive to wonderment.

Igaliku & Narsaq Fjord

Take this time at sea to reflect on your incredible journey so far. Share in the memories you have made with your crew and fellow passengers.

At Sea

Your ship glides slowly along the water towards the west coast of Greenland, to enter Evighedsfjorden, just a few kilometres south of Kangerlussuaq. Evighedsfjorden means “the fjord of Eternity”, and for good reason: just when you think you’ve reached the end of this stretch of sea measuring over 100 kilometres in length, it seems to go on forever, as though to bring even more pleasure to those sailing in it. The spectacular scenery ranges from glaciers to tundra with an abundant flora, and jagged cliffs where numerous bird species have taken up residence. Take the time to observe the white-tailed eagles and the colonies of seagulls and black-legged kittiwakes flying overhead in the area.

Evighedsfjorden

Disembarkation is scheduled for 7 am

From 1941 to 1992, the town of Kangerlussuaq in Greenland was home to an American military base. Nowadays, thanks to its international airport, it has become a transit point for travellers seeking adventure in the Far North. 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.

Disembarkation in Kangerlussaq
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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 
    All port fees
    All landing fees
    Open bar (excluding premium brands) 
    Flight from Paris to Kangerlussuaq on embarkation day 
    Flight from Kangerlussuaq to Paris on disembarkation 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 recommended to arrive in Paris on day prior to commencement of itinerary. 

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

  • Departure date, season and availability. 

SPEAK TO A SPECIALIST

Talk to one of our Destination Specialists to plan your South American adventure and turn your dream into a reality. With exceptional knowledge and first hand experience, our consultants will assist in every way possible to make your journey the most memorable it can be, matching not only the itinerary, but the accommodation and activities to suit your style of travel and budget.

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.

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