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Ponant: The Geographic North Pole Reverse

16 Days FROM USD 30,210

Overview

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Set sail from Spitsbergen on this remarkable 16 day voyage to the mythical point in which ice floes cover year round. This is a voyage which combines indescribable scenery with the immense luxury of Le Commondant, the first hybrid powered vessel in the Polar regions. Bare witness to far reaching ice floes, solitary floating icebergs and jagged mountain peaks. Observe wildlife such as polar bears, arctic foxes, Svalbard reindeer, walruses and seals all within their natural habitat. 

Optional Activities :

Trip Code: ACPOTGNP

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?

  • Undertake an incredible journey to the Geographic North Pole, a region of our planet where only 30 000 people have ever travelled before. 

  • You will undertake this voyage on board the Le Commondant a new, state-of-the-art Hybrid luxury Polar exploration vessel, adding an extraordinary degree of elegance to this incredible journey. 

  • Encounter unique wildlife including arctic fox, reindeer, walrus, whales and even the legendary polar bear. 

  • This itinerary perfectly combines indescribable natural landscapes with the luxury of a state-of-the-art vessel, making this a truly luxurious and surreal experience. 

CRUISE ITINERARY

Iceland’s capital stretches along the edge of a vast bay in the west of the country. 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.

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

Embarkation In Reykjavik

During your days at sea along Spitsbergen, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Take this time to familiarise yourself with your crew and fellow passengers.

At Sea - Day 2 & 3

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 - 8

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.

Geographic North Pole

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 - Day 10 - 14

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

Upon disembarkation in Longyearbyen you will be transferred to the airport for your flight booked by Ponant to Paris.

Longyearbyen is the capital of the Norwegian Svalbard archipelago, located on Svalbard’s main island, and is the northernmost territorial capital on the planet. Disembark your vessel here and say farewell to your fellow passengers and bask on the fantastic memories you have created together.

Disembarkation In Longyearbyen

Take the flight from Longyearbyen to Paris You will be met at the port by our local English-speaking representative, you will then be transferred to the airport in time for your check-in.

Flight From Longyearbyen To Paris
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Pricing & date

Ponant: The Geographic North Pole Reverse from USD 30,210
Departing Ending Duration
08 Aug 2021 23 Aug 2021 16
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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