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Le Commandant Charcot - 270 Guests

Inuit Spring Of Ammassalik

Reykjavik Roundtrip

Explore the hypnotic and icy landscapes of the Ammassalik and Blosseville regions, aboard Le Commandant Charcot. You will respectfully access these exceptional lands, which are inaccessible to traditional ships during spring. The uncertainty here offers surprises and immaqa (perhaps, in Inuktitut), moments frozen in time. As is taught by Inuit wisdom, life thrives on the present moment.


 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Experience the exceptional: meet the Inuit people at the end of the winter, to share unique moments on the ice floe, discover their spring traditions and let yourself be transported during a dog sled outing.
  • Aboard Le Commandant Charcot, a polar exploration vessel opening to the exterior, take time with these unique moments of exploration and observation, in the silence and respect of fragile landscapes and encountered species.
  • Set off on the trail of the great explorers who attempted to navigate the eastern coast of Greenland, a region that long remained isolated due to being hard to reach and only accessible at this time of year thanks to Le Commandant Charcot.
  • Experience the dog sled, at the heart of Inuit culture, an activity designed with our hosts.
  • Travelling across the Denmark Strait with the possibility of seeing blue whales and humpback whales.
  • Exploring the region of Ammassalik, on board or on the ice floe, from alpine terrain to landscapes of ice sculpted by the elements.
  • The Blosseville Coast and its ice cap that comes straight from the North Pole.
  • The landscapes: alpine landscapes, polar ice cap, winding fjords, icebergs caught in the ice, calving glaciers, patches of ice floe drifting from the North Pole, compression ridges, broken-up ice floe.
  • The wildlife: blue whales, humpback whales, polar bears, seals, sea birds.
  • Many brand-new activities*: dog sledding, kayaking, hiking or snowshoeing, ice fishing, polar diving, participative science.

DATES / RATES

Rates are listed per person
Start DateEnd DateFrom EURFrom USD
Apr 26, 2024May 06, 2024EUR 16,240 USD 19,680
May 06, 2024May 16, 2024EUR 16,240 USD 19,680
Rates are listed per person
Start DateEnd DateFrom EURFrom USD
Apr 26, 2024May 06, 2024EUR 16,240 USD 19,680
May 06, 2024May 16, 2024EUR 16,240 USD 19,680

ITINERARY

Day 1: Reykjavík
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.

Day 2: Sailing through the Denmark Strait
Lying between Greenland and Iceland, the Denmark Strait was crossed for the first time by theVikings in the late 10th century, during Erik the Red's expeditions. In the Second World War, its waters were the theatre of a battle between the Kriegsmarine and the Royal Navy, on 24 May 1941. In the wintertime, extremely dense pack ice forms along the Greenlandic coasts and, while the Transpolar Drift sweeps icebergs along throughout the year, the strait is generally clear of ice during the summer. In the depths of the strait lies the world's largest waterfall, an undersea cataract formed by the difference in temperature between the cold waters of the Greenland Sea and the warmer waters of the Irminger Sea. Numerous cetacean species thrive in this rich ecosystem.

Days 3-8: Exploration of Ammassalik Region
Still relatively unknown just a century ago, the east coast of Greenland remains the most authentic and majestic region in the Arctic. Explore this part of the world where the alpine mountains merge intimately with the sea and the fjords are adorned with high, snow-capped peaks and icebergs drifting or trapped in the pack ice. You will slowly immerse yourself in the heart of frozen landscapes of surreal beauty. The infinite variety of textures in the different types of ice creates an ever-changing scenery. Follow in the wake of the famous Pourquoi Pas?, the ship of Captain Jean-Baptiste Charcot who set off with his crew in 1934 to land Paul-Émile Victor in Ammassalik. A small island of primitive and wild beauty, for his first ethnographic mission, during which he would study the Ammassalimiut, a little-known Inuit community. In this deceptively frozen landscape, the silence is broken only by the sounds of dogs and the grating of sled runners against the ice. You will receive a warm welcome in villages still protected by the fast ice. You will have the opportunity to discover the Inuit culture's ancestral traditions during joyous and authentic moments shared with the communities.

Day 9: Blosseville Coast
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.

Day 10: Sailing through the Denmark Strait
Lying between Greenland and Iceland, the Denmark Strait was crossed for the first time by theVikings in the late 10th century, during Erik the Red's expeditions. In the Second World War, its waters were the theatre of a battle between the Kriegsmarine and the Royal Navy, on 24 May 1941. In the wintertime, extremely dense pack ice forms along the Greenlandic coasts and, while the Transpolar Drift sweeps icebergs along throughout the year, the strait is generally clear of ice during the summer. In the depths of the strait lies the world's largest waterfall, an undersea cataract formed by the difference in temperature between the cold waters of the Greenland Sea and the warmer waters of the Irminger Sea. Numerous cetacean species thrive in this rich ecosystem.

Day 11: Reykjavík - Disembarkation

Le Commandant Charcot (Luxury Expedition, 270-guests)

Le Commandant-Charcot welcomes you to an intimate and refined atmosphere. Equipped with just 135 staterooms including 31 suites with balconies and outside views, the ship offers outstanding gastronomy in its two restaurants, relaxation in the indoor pool surrounded by its winter garden, relaxation in the well-being area with sauna and Snow Room... Like on a private yacht, each of our guests is unique.

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WHAT'S INCLUDED

At PONANT, the "all-inclusive" includes:
  • accommodation in stateroom,
  • the full meal plan,
  • the Open Bar: beginning with boarding, and during the duration of the cruise, a wide selection of drinks (mineral water, soft drinks, wine, beer, Charles Heidsieck champagne, spirits, coffee, tea) is served on request and at any time of the day. Certain premium alcoholic beverages on the menu are not included in the Open Bar,
  • free Wi-Fi internet access 24 hours a day*,
  • activities offered during expedition cruises (see section "Expedition cruises"),
  • access to all the common areas:
  • on board our sister ships and Ponant Explorers: fitness room, steam room, hair salon, swimming pool (sea water, heated), solarium, lounges, theater, boutique & leisure area.
  • on board of our three-masted Le Ponant: Solarium of 400 m², marina, lounge, Boutique & leisure area.
  • For all our cruises in the Arctic and Antarctic, we charter aircraft and transfers in order to facilitate the arrival and the departure of our passengers
  • Port taxes are included in your cruise fare.
  • The breakfasts, lunches and dinners served on board are included in the price of the cruise
  • Access to the steam room and the fitness room is free, except on Le Ponant which does not have them.
  • What champagne is included in the price of the cruise?
  • The rates displayed on our site are per person, on the basis of a double occupancy.

ADVENTURE OPTIONS
  • Dog sledding
  • Kayaking - Le Commandant Charcot
  • Ice fishing
  • Polar plunge
  • Hiking or snowshoeing
  • Participative science 

 

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