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Ponant: Mythical Northwest Passage

25 Days FROM USD 47,160

Overview

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For the very first time, take an incredible journey to the mythical and emblematic North-West Passage. On board Le Commondant, a new state-of-the-art hybrid electric polar vessel, you will undertake an incredible 25 day journey to the most remote sites in the Northwest Passage. Leaving from Reykjavik you will sail along the magical South Coast of Greenland before reaching the Hudson Strait. You will chart a course through the Bellot Strait, offering you incredible views of countless icebergs. Experience the surreal journey through the Fury & Helca Strait as you cover ice passages that are inaccessible by most other vessels. This is truly a unique journey into the incredible labyrinth of ice where the most mysterious and incredible opportunities await.

Optional Activities : Kayaking

Trip Code: ACPOMNP

Travel Style: Expedition Cruise

Location: Arctic, Greenland

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?

  • Undertake this voyage on board the incredible Le Commondant, the first hybrid electric polar exploration ship, purpose built for luxurious and sustainable expedition cruising experiences.

  • Cross the Northwest Passage to discover the most remote places and waterways that are only accessible due to this unique vessel. 

  • You will have the opportunity to visit a traditional Inuit village in the Fury and Helca strait, allowing you to have unique encounters and learn the lifestlyes and ways of these incredible peoples. 

  • Encounter unique wildlife of the Arctic including Arctic foxes, sea birds, narwhals, belugas, walrus and even polar bears.

  • Discover incredible landscapes from expanses of tundra to vast landscapes of ice floe, jagged mountain peaks and incredible blue glaciers.

CRUISE ITINERARY

Embarkation time is scheduled between 4 & 5pm with departure at 6pm.

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

Embarkation in Reykjavik

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.

Southern Coast of Greenland - Day 3 & 4

Take this time to enjoy the various amenities on board, enjoying yourself in the company of your fellow passengers and crew.

At Sea - Days 5 & 6

Linking Hudson Bay, the second largest bay in the world, to the Atlantic Ocean, the Hudson Strait was identified for the first time by the Venetian explorer Sebastian Cabot in 1517. However, it wasn’t until 1660 that the English sailor Henry Hudson explored this maritime passage as far as the bay. Offering privileged access to the centre of Canada, in the 18th Century the Hudson Strait became a commercial route, notably used for fur trading. Some 800 km in length and congested with ice for most of the year, it will offer you a truly unique sailing experience.

Hudson Strait - Day 7  to 10

At the heart of the Arctic Ocean, set sail in the footsteps of the British explorer W.E. Parris who in 1822, during his desperate quest to find the North West Passage, discovered the Fury and Hecla Strait. The expedition that he led with two Royal Navy vessels, HMS Fury and HMS Hecla, in the hope of crossing the mythical maritime passageway, ended in failure. Trapped in the ice, the two ships were blocked to the north of Foxe Basin, but this allowed them to identify the strait separating the Melville peninsula and Baffin Island. Covered by ice floe for the majority of the year, this narrow stretch of sea is very difficult to access. When you enter the passage, you will have the privilege of visiting the Inuit village of Igloolik.

Fury & Hecla Strait - Day 11 & 12

At the far north of the American continent, you will sail in the most northerly part of the Arctic archipelago. Covering some 1.4 million km² and boasting more than 35,000 islands, this region offers spectacular landscapes made up of sheer reliefs and gigantic fjords. Notably characterised by the particularly impressive scale of its channels, sculpted by glacial erosion and trapped in a thick ice floe for most of the year, the region has been little mapped or explored.

North Arctic Archipelago - Day 15 to 18

Located in the north of Canadian archipelago of the Northwest Territories, Banks Island, also known as Banks Land offers landscapes that are as sumptuous as they are spectacular. The island, covering some 70,000 km², offers a landscape of hills and valleys as well as sheer cliffs and canyons, a result of the glacial erosion. To the north of the island, the Aulavik National Park is home to a very rich wildlife mainly consisting of Arctic wolves, muskox, caribou, Arctic foxes, lemmings and many varieties of birds.

Banks Island - Day 19 & 20

Bordering the north coasts of Alaska and Canada, the Beaufort Sea was feared for centuries because of its extreme climatic conditions. Covered for most of the year with a thick layer of ice, and unexplored until 1914, this part of the Arctic Ocean, named in honour of the British Admiral Francis Beaufort, will reveal to you its sumptuous icy landscapes. Will a bit of luck, maybe you will cross the path of some Beluga, the region being renowned for hosting many colonies of these white whales.

Beaufort Sea Ice Floes - Day 21 to 24

Disembarkation is scheduled for 7 am

Located along the Bering Strait at the westernmost point of Alaska, Nome offers the rustic charm of a former gold-mining town, set in the middle of magnificent wilderness. As you weave in and out of the brightly coloured houses, you will discover the pioneering legacy that still marks local traditions. Fishing, reindeer rearing, sledge-racing... People here live from their manual labour. The surrounding plains provide stunning vantage points for observing Arctic fauna.

Disembarkation in Nome
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Pricing & date

Ponant: Mythical Northwest Passage from USD 47,160
Departing Ending Duration
07 Sep 2021 01 Oct 2021 25

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

Kayaking

Kayaking

Important Information

  • Cabin accommodation on board Le Commondant 
    All meals whilst on board
    All drinks (excluding premium brands) 
    All scheduled landings/excursions
    Guiding and lectures by English speaking expedition leader and team 
    All port fees
    All landing fees
    Expedition jacket provided (yours to keep) 
    A pair of expedition boots for use during your voyage
    Flight Nome to Seattle on Day 25

    Exclusions

    Airfare to embarkation city 
    Visa fees (if applicable) 
    Travel insurance
    Personal expenses
    Gratuities for the crew
    Pre or post cruise trael expenses
    Optional activities, refer to opritonal activities section for details

  • 2 (light adventure)
  • Available upon request, contact us for more details.

  • Please note flight from Nome to Seattle on disembarkation day is included in your cruise price.

    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 Le Commondant. This vessel, is the first hyrbid electric polar expedition vessel, which utillises technologies such as liquefied natural gas (LNG) to rely less on traditional fuel options to encourage more sustainable travel in such pristine regions of the world.  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

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