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Ponant: The Genesis of French Polar Expeditions

Overview

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Discover the incredible east coast of Greenland on this 11 day voyage. Aboard the Le Commandant, the first hybrid electric polar exploration ship, you will have the unique opportunity to explore the Ammassalik and Blosseville regions. Here you will find winding fjords, filled with giant icebergs, immense glaciers, crystal polar caps and thick ice floes. Discover the luminescent beauty of the midnight sun as it meets the horizon. Immerse yourself in this surreal realm of ice. 

Optional Activities : Kayaking

Trip Code: ACPOGOFE

Travel Style: Expedition Cruise 

Location: Arctic

Ship: Le Commandant Charcot

Flights: We offer a range of flight options to meet your cruise. Contact us today to discuss.

WHY CHOOSE THIS CRUISE?

  • Sail aboard the Le Commondant, the first hybrid electric polar exploration ship. This vessel perfectly combines luxury and elegance to deliver a surreal sailing experience. 

  • Discover the incredibly beautiful regions of Blosseville and Ammassalik where ice reigns supreme, all of which is visually enhanced by the unique luminosity of the midnight sun. 

  • Relive the history of the incredibly brave French Explorers who set the stage for these incredible journeys. 

  • Encounter unique arctic wildlife including seals, arctic foxes and hares, sea birds, whales and of course the legendary polar bear. 

CRUISE ITINERARY

Please make your way to the port at Le Harve in time for embarkation which will commence from 4:00pm with sailing due to commence at 6:00pm.

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 Oskjuhlio 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 Hallgrimskirkja church, and to the historical centre where one can stroll along the Skolavordustigur 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.

Embarkation in Reykjavik

During your days 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. This day without a port of call is perfect to enjoy conferences or shows proposed on board, as well as a perfect opportunity to familiarise yourself with your crew and fellow passengers.

At Sea

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.

Amassalik Region, Days 3-5

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, Days 6-9

The day will be spent at sea on return to Reykjavik. You may spend this time to reflect on the incredible places you have seen and share stories of the amazing memories you have made with your fellow passengers. For lovers of the sea you will be able to visit the upper deck to admire the spectacle of waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe the odd marine species.

At Sea

Disembarkation is scheduled for 7:00am. You may continue to explore the region or choose to depart on your flight homebound or to whatever adventure lay ahead.

Disembarkation in Reykjavik
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Pricing & date

Departing Ending Duration
14 Jun 2021 25 Jun 2021 12
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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

    Exclusions 

    Airfares to/from embarkation and 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. 

  • 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