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Polar Odyssey: North East Spitsbergen and Greenland

13 Days FROM USD 16,640

Overview

This brand new 13 day cruise will have you exploring the incredible sights of Greenland and North East Spitsbergen. On board Le Commondant Charcot, the first hybrid powered polar exploration boat, you will reach Greenland and explore the sights of Scoresbysund, the worlds largest fjord system. As you wail into the Northeast Greenland National Park, the largest national park in the world, you will find find a unique biosphere, complete with tundra and glacial landscapes. it is in the national park you will find the magnificent King Oscar and Kaiser Franz Joseph Fjords, where musk oxen and polar bears call home; you may have the rare opportunity to spot these elusive animals on the horizon. 

Crossing the Greenland Sea you will reach the Nordvest-Spitsbergen National Park. Once settled by small groups of former whalers and sailors the area has now largely been reclaimed by the local wildlife, indeed, walrus can often be spotted on one of the many zodiac excursions you will take in the region. Finally, you will explore the incredible glaciers of Kongsfjorden near Ny-Alesund, an international research station and former mining settlement. Your voyage will end in the quaint settlement of Longyearbyen, the departure point for a number of incredible expeditions to the northern Arctic.

Optional Activities :

Trip Code: ACPOPO

Travel Style: Small Ship Expedition Cruise

Location: Greenland and Spitsbergen

Ship: Le Commandant Charcot

Flights: Local charter package included in cruise package. Please contact us for more information.

CRUISE ITINERARY

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.

Please note embarkation is scheduled between 4-5pm.

Arrival and Embarkation in Reykjavik

Spend exceptional moments sailing aboard Le Commandant Charcot, the world’s first luxury polar exploration vessel and the first PC2-class polar cruise ship capable of sailing into the very heart of the ice, on seas and oceans which the frozen conditions render inaccessible to ordinary ships. Le Commandant Charcot is fitted with oceanographic and scientific equipment selected by a committee of experts. Take advantage of the on-board lectures and opportunities for discussion with these specialists to learn more about the poles. Participate in furthering scientific research with PONANT and let us discover together what these fascinating destinations have yet to reveal to us.

At Sea

Covering an area of 13,700 km2 (5,290 mi2), Scoresby Sound is the largest and deepest fjord system in the world. Named after the explorer and whale hunter William Scoresby, who mapped the region in 1822, it opens onto the Greenland Sea to the north of the Blosseville Coast. This wild and desert region offers untouched panoramas of infinite beauty, with high snow-capped peaks rising tall alongside icebergs immersed in clear, blue-tinged waters. Rode Fjord and its cliffs coloured red by iron ore provide a fascinating setting you will not want to miss. Discovering these stunning places in the wake of great explorers like Captain Charcot, who was deeply attached to the land of the Inuit, inspires a profound reverence.

Scoresbysund - Day 3 to 5

With a craggy coastline formed by gigantic fjords, magnificent alpine mountains looming over them, the shores of north-east Greenland offer breathtaking landscapes and are home to the largest national park in the world. Covering an area of around one million square kilometres, almost half the island, the North-East Greenland National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, is a particularly isolated region. Cut off for many months of the year by the ice floe, it is renowned for its pristine nature and rich wildlife.

The King Oscar Fjord marks the northern border of Scoresby Sound to the east of Greenland. The sea heads into its main fjord, formed by a maze of valleys, which makes an impression with its majestic and gigantic size. Few have set eyes on this dreamlike yet hostile landscape, where bare and jagged mountains disappear into waters dotted with icebergs, crowned with their characteristic turquoise blue. Here you will be able to admire the strange beauty of Berzelius Bjerg, a mountain made up of strata of coloured rock formed by former marine sediments. During his expedition in 1899, the geologist and explorer A.G. Nathorst named the fjord after Oscar II, the king of Sweden and Norway.

Northeast National Park, King Oscar Fjord

Explored during the Second German North Polar Expedition between 1869 and 1870 by Carl Koldewey, the Kejser Franz Joseph Fjord bears the name of the eponymous Austrian emperor. Located in the Northeast Greenland National Park, this major geological formation is characterised by its size. Everything here is larger than life. Attestupan, the world’s highest coastal cliff, edges the fjord with ochre walls, contrasting with the deep blue of the sea and the cerulean-hued white of the floating icebergs. As you sail, perhaps you’ll spot the reddish Teufelsschloss – the Devil’s castle in German – that looks over the waters of the fjord from 1,303 metres (4,275 feet) up.

Franz Josef Fjord

With a craggy coastline formed by gigantic fjords, magnificent alpine mountains looming over them, the shores of north-east Greenland offer breathtaking landscapes and are home to the largest national park in the world. Covering an area of around one million square kilometres, almost half the island, the North-East Greenland National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, is a particularly isolated region. Cut off for many months of the year by the ice floe, it is renowned for its pristine nature and rich wildlife.

National Park - Day 8 to 9

The following day will be spent at sea toward the Nordvest-Spitsbergen National Park.

At Sea

Like the other protected areas of Svalbard, the Nordvest-Spitsbergen National Park was established in the early 1970s to protect this exceptional environment against the growing interest of the mining industry. Nunataks, glaciers, islands and large bays, arctic tundra scattered with moss and lichen in shades of silver and gold... This region will fascinate you with its landscapes and with the numerous vestiges that bear witness to the history of the men ─ whale hunters and those involved in the first expeditions to the North Pole ─ who found themselves on these shores from the start of the 17th century. In this pristine environment, you will be able to observe arctic sterns or seals on the rocks that emerge at low tide.

Nordvest-Spitsbergen

Very close to the former mining town of Ny-Ålesund, set off to discover Kings Bay. Your ship will sail in one of the most beautiful fjords in Svalbard: Kongsfjorden (the fjord of the King), a gateway to grandiose landscapes. Here, the snow-capped mountains are reflected in the water where superb icebergs try to outdo each other in their beauty, a delight for photographers. Seals, reindeer, barnacle geese and black guillemots frequent these places that have a unique atmosphere. Once you arrive at the end of the fjord, admire the Kongsbreen (glacier of the King) and its three characteristic rocky points, which take their names from three Scandinavian countries: Svea (Sweden), Dana (Denmark) and Nora (Norway).

Kongsfjorden, Spitsbergen

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 to Paris
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Pricing per person & date

Polar Odyssey: North East Spitsbergen and Greenland from USD 16,640
Departing Ending Duration
03 Jun 2022 15 Jun 2022 13

Important Information

  • Cabin accommodation on board vessel
    All meals whilst on board
    Charter flight Longyearbyen to Paris on disembarkation day
    Guiding and lectures by experienced expedition crew
    All scheduled landings and excursions by zodiac
    Landing fees
    Pre and post cruise and ferry transfers

    EXCLUSIONS

    Accommodation in Paris
    International Flights
    All items of a personal nature
    Customary gratuities for staff/crew
    Any pre or post cruise travel extensions
    Travel insurance

  • 2 (light adventure)
  • Available on request. Please contact us for more information.

  • Please note this itinerary may be subject to change depending on weather and ice conditions.

  • Departure date, seasonality 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.

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.

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