Adventure in Greenland

11 days / 10 nights
    Expedition
    Return flight included
    Adventure in Greenland
    Flight Kangerlussuaq / Paris + transfer

    Cruise The Arctic

    from 5 August 2019 to 15 August 2019
    11 days / 10 nights

    Departure Port : Reykjavík
    Arrival Port : Kangerlussuaq

    Ship : LE BOREAL

    • Ref : RK155 - B050819

    With the exceptional presence of Patrick Baudry.  

    This PONANT itinerary is your chance to embark on an 11-day expedition cruise to Greenland. Aboard Le Boréal, you will enjoy a combination of adventure and discovery in the company of an experienced team of naturalist guides, anthropologists, ornithologists and marine mammal specialists...  

    From Reykjavik, you will touch the east coast of Greenland at Nansen Harbor, the departure point of the first ever crossing of the ice sheet by the Norwegian Fridtjof Nansen. You will be able to disembark and walk along the first foothills of the ice sheet, a gigantic mass of frozen freshwater.  

    During your cruise and Zodiac® outings, you will have many opportunities to admire an abundant and varied fauna: seals, whales, orcas, not to mention the many species of seabirds.

    Your ship will then sail down the narrow Prins Christian Sund passage, which connects the south-east of Greenland to the south-west. Jagged mountains, rocky cliffs, waterfalls and floating ice form a wonderful wild landscape in which frolic colonies of bearded seals.

    To the country’s west, you will sail amid the blue icebergs of the Narsaq region, and among the largest icebergs in the Northern Hemisphere in Disko Bay, before reaching the steep cliffs where nest the many birds in the fjord of Eternity.

    Subject to ice and weather conditions. The expedition highlights and itineraries described above illustrate possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed.

    • Free parka Free parka
    • Naturalists Naturalists
    • Free boot rental Free boot rental
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    Highlights

    • With the participation of Patrick Baudry, former test pilot and former astronaut, writer, consultant on aeronautics and space activities.
    • Outings and shore visits in Zodiac® inflatables with your naturalist guides.
    • Visit traditional villages and meet the Inuit people.
    • Sail along the Prins Christian Sund, a narrow, 100-km long passage that winds its way through cliffs and glaciers.
    • Discover Disko Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where you’ll see the largest icebergs in the Northern Hemisphere.
    • The scenery: fjords, iridescent glaciers and icebergs, wild tundra, lakes, and mountain ranges.
    • The wildlife: musk oxen, Arctic foxes, humpback whales, orcas, seals.

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      LE BOREAL

      Like her sisterships, Le Boréal embodies the subtle alliance between luxury, intimacy and wellbeing which is PONANT’s signature. The elegance of her exterior and interior lines and her intimate size (only 132 staterooms and suites) make this a rare and innovative yacht on the cruise market.

      Interior Design
      Superior materials, discreet elegance and a tasteful décor reflect a nautical mood subtly revisited. Aboard, soothing neutral grey tones are enlivened by splashes of red, our signature theme linking tradition and innovation to create personal touches in the spirit of a “private yacht”.

      Port of call & excursions

      5 August 2019 – At sea

      Reykjavík

      Embarkation 05/08/2019 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 05/08/2019 at 18H00 .

      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.

      6 August 2019 – At sea

      6 August 2019 – At sea

      Arrival 06/08/2019. Departure 06/08/2019.

      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.

      7 August 2019 – Nansen Harbor

      7 August 2019 – Nansen Harbor

      Arrival 07/08/2019. Departure 07/08/2019.

      Travelling to Nansen Harbor is the guarantee of a voyage back in time and will enable you to discover a superb bay, into which the ice cap plunges directly. Arriving in these parts, you will immediately understand why Fridtjof Nansen chose this place for his ice cap crossing in August 1888. Indeed, it is particularly easy to access the cap from here and you will certainly be able to follow in some of this great Norwegian explorer’s footsteps. A unique experience, one that will definitely delight the most adventurous among you.

      7 August 2019 – Qingminguartalik

      7 August 2019 – Qingminguartalik

      Arrival 07/08/2019. Departure 07/08/2019.

      Welcome to a small protected bay on the eastern coast of Greenland, around 200 km south of Tasiilaq, for a date with history and ice. During this port of call, you will have the opportunity to visit the remains ofold peat houses from the Thule civilisation. Then, after sailing through the ice, you will reach the starting point of the very first crossing of the Greenland ice cap, led in 1888 by Fridtjof Nansen, the great Norwegian polar explorer. A magical place where you can climb the gentle slopes of the ice cap’s first foothills to better appreciate its huge size.

      8 August 2019 – Skjoldungen

      8 August 2019 – Skjoldungen

      Arrival 08/08/2019. Departure 08/08/2019.

      Discover Skjoldungen Island on the south-east coast of Greenland. This uninhabited land boasts magnificent landscapes that are sure to dazzle you. The island is surrounded by a stunning fjord, a distinctive feature of which is its double entrance: it forms a bend before joining the sea on the other side. Mountains, glacial valleys, rocky outcrops, tundra and willow forests make up the beautiful scenery which you will be able to admire more closely when you land here. At this port of call, surrounded by wild and pristine nature, it is quite common to see bearded seals, orcas, but also birds such as the common redpoll, the northern wheatear, or the common raven.

      9 August 2019 – Prins Christian Sund

      9 August 2019 – Prins Christian Sund

      Arrival 09/08/2019. Departure 09/08/2019.

      Your ship glides silently towards the Greenland coast, in a setting punctuated by pointed peaks and majestic glaciers… You are on the verge of crossing the Prins Christian Sund, a narrow channel that stretches out and zigzags over some one hundred kilometres between Greenland’s south-east and south-west. Fall under the spell of the primitive beauty of these unique landscapes, including rocky cliffs and waterfalls that are fed by the ice sheet and plunge into the icy waters. Here, bearded seals love to lie on the floating ice to soak up the sunshine. If you are lucky, you may get to witness an aurora borealis, a stunning light show put on by the polar night…

      10 August 2019 – Narsaq Fjord

      10 August 2019 – Narsaq Fjord

      Arrival 10/08/2019. Departure 10/08/2019.

      From your ship, discover the town of Narsaq. You will be dazzled by the beauty of the surrounding icebergs − large masses of ice in different shapes and shifting colours. Dominated by lush mountains, this small town is typical of Greenland and is located in the heart of a wonderful natural landscape. The multicoloured house facades and the glaciers with their myriad shades of blue offer a magical setting, conducive to wonderment.

      11 August 2019 – Nuuk

      11 August 2019 – Nuuk

      Arrival 11/08/2019. Departure 11/08/2019.

      When Erik Le Rouge, the exiled Norse chief, landed on the coast of Nuuk, he found a fertile and welcoming land dotted with fjords. He settled there with a group of his former countrymen, and the Norse remained the principal inhabitants until, over a period of 500 years, their population declined and gave way to the Inuit. Nuuk is situated at the mouth of one of the largest networks of fjords in the world, where the waters never freeze. The town spreads gently out towards the Davis Strait and enjoys an historic center that is particularly rich in national heritage. The vivid reds, blues, greens and yellows of the houses are a lively contrast to the somber waters of Greenland and serve to lift the spirits of the locals during the Winter months.

      12 August 2019 – Kitsissuarsuit (Dog's Island)

      12 August 2019 – Kitsissuarsuit (Dog's Island)

      Arrival 12/08/2019. Departure 12/08/2019.

      The Dutch were the first to come and hunt whales on this island they called “isle of dogs” - Kitissuarsuit in Greenlandic. Indeed, when they arrived there in the summertime, the inhabitants had left the island, leaving behind their dogs, and moved to the neighbouring fjords for a season of fishing. Kitissuarsuit is considered to be the larder of the small town of Aasiaat, which is further away from the fishing areas, and the villagers still live self-sufficiently thanks to the marine resources, while trying to keep their age-old traditions alive.

      13 August 2019 – Disko Bay

      13 August 2019 – Disko Bay

      Arrival 13/08/2019. Departure 13/08/2019.

      To the east of Baffin Bay, discover Disko Bay, scattered with countless icebergs produced by the Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From your ship, admire the majestic ballet of these ice giants as they slowly drift across the dark waters. This site is a natural marvel of Greenland, and is also renowned as an observation point for the region’s many humpback whales. The encounters with wild fauna and stunning landscapes in the heart of this spectacular and fragile nature will be pure moments of wonder for you.

      14 August 2019 – Evighedsfjorden

      14 August 2019 – Evighedsfjorden

      Arrival 14/08/2019. Departure 14/08/2019.

      Your ship glides slowly along the water towards the west coast of Greenland, to enter Evighedsfjorden, just a few kilometres south of Kangerlussuaq. Evighedsfjorden means “the fjord of Eternity”, and for good reason: just when you think you’ve reached the end of this stretch of sea measuring over 100 kilometres in length, it seems to go on forever, as though to bring even more pleasure to those sailing in it. The spectacular scenery ranges from glaciers to tundra with an abundant flora, and jagged cliffs where numerous bird species have taken up residence. Take the time to observe the white-tailed eagles and the colonies of seagulls and black-legged kittiwakes flying overhead in the area.

      15 August 2019▸14 August 2019 – Kangerlussuaq

      Kangerlussuaq

      Disembarkation 15/08/2019 at 07H00 .

      From 1941 to 1992, the town of Kangerlussuaq in Greenland was home to an American military base. Nowadays, thanks to its international airport, it has become a transit point for travellers seeking adventure in the Far North. Located to the north of the Arctic Circle, this town is the starting point of magnificent discoveries surrounded by unspoiled nature. Indeed, just a few dozen kilometres from there it is possible to get close to the Greenland ice sheet, the largest body of ice in the Northern Hemisphere. From Kangerlussuaq, admire also the superb landscapes of tundra in autumnal colours, where Arctic hares, musk oxen, Arctic foxes, reindeer, falcons and eagles live. 

      Formalities

      • The information below is current but subject to change at any time without advance notice from government authorities. Please consult your respective government agencies for visa and health information.

      • Passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond the completion of your trip. Passport must contain at least two completely clear, blank, unused visa pages for each visa required, not including any amendment pages. Visa pages with stains or ink from other pages in the passport are not usable. Guests who deviate from the scheduled embarkation or disembarkation port should research the foreign entry requirements for the port country. Due to government regulations, regrettably, Ponant will have to deny boarding to any guest who fails to obtain the appropriate travel documentation for this trip.

      • Warning about the use of drones: the use of drones aboard PONANT ships, whether they are sailing at sea, at a port of call or anchored, is strictly forbidden. The use of drones on land in the Arctic and Antarctic regions is also strictly forbidden by international polar regulations. In other regions, it may be possible to use drones on land if permission has been obtained from the relevant authorities of each country and each region travelled through, as well as a pilot’s licence that should be obtained from your home country. Passengers are responsible for obtaining these permits; they should be able to present them at all times. Passengers who do not obtain these authorisations expose themselves to the risk of legal proceedings.

      Theme

      Polar Expedition

      Polar Expedition

      Discover the unique concept of PONANT polar expedition cruises: explore the world’s extreme regions while enjoying luxurious comfort and service.

      A luxury expedition voyage

      Choosing a PONANT expedition cruise means choosing a state of mind: the alliance of elegance and authenticity, of exploration and comfort, of adventure and refinement… The comfort of your ship and your stateroom, personalised and attentive service, refined gastronomy: a very special atmosphere that we take great care to maintain. In the heart of the ice floes of the Arctic and the Antarctic, our luxurious services will ensure that your expedition cruise is an unforgettable experience.

      PONANT, polar specialists

      With almost 20 years of experience in the extreme regions, PONANT, the world’s number 1 polar cruise company, is a real polar specialist. PONANT will take you to the most remote regions in total safety: our Captains and crew are professionals, specially trained to sail in icy waters. Our latest-generation fleet has the most modern technology to guarantee both your safety and respect for the regions visited. The size of our ships means we can get as close as possible to areas that are difficult to reach, offering a privileged access to preserved sites. Our flexibility enables us to adapt to the surprises inherent to these expedition itineraries.

      Professional expedition teams, varied activities

      After scouting missions in the field, our Expedition Leaders and their teams of naturalist guides design exceptional itineraries in the polar regions. During the cruise, they organise daily outings and shore visits in Zodiac® dinghies and hikes on land so as to get as close as possible to nature and wild fauna. In the Arctic and in Alaska, the close relationships that our teams have been able to build with the local communities will enable you to understand the life of these peoples of the Far North, and to share it for a few hours. On board, the naturalist guides will share their knowledge during various conferences on fauna, the history of the great explorations, geology and climatology…

      Flight Kangerlussuaq / Paris + transfer

      For your serenity, PONANT selects a flight for your trip and provides a transfer.  This package is included in your cruise fare.

      Disembarkation Day Kangerlussuaq/Paris

      Disembarkation and transfer to Kangerlussuaq airport.

      Flight Kangerlussuaq/Paris selected by PONANT.

      Approximate flight duration: 5h00

      We highly recommend to plan a departure from Paris the day after this flight.

       

      This programme includes:

      • Flight Kangerlussuaq/Paris in economy class.
      • Transfer pier/airport.

       

      This programme does not include:

      • Personal expenses.
      • Any other service not mentioned in the programme.

       

       Note:

      • Flight included in the programme is, as of today, operated in economy class.
      • Detailed programme including flight schedule will be provided with your “travel document”.
      • For passengers in transit in Paris:  we recommend to stay one night in Paris after this flight to ensure your connecting flight.
      • Package subject to availability.
      • This programme is subject to change without prior notice.

      Guest(s) Lecturer(s)

      Patrick Baudry

      Patrick Baudry

      Patrick Baudry is a retired Lieutenant-Colonel from the French Air Force and second Frenchman to become an astronaut for the French government space agency, CNES.

      Selected in 1980 by CNES (National Centre for Space Studies) to form the first group of French cosmonauts with Jean-Loup Chrétien, he trained at the Soviet Russian Star City centre near Moscow until 1982. He qualified on the Soyouz-T and Saliout 7 spacecraft, and was a member of the back-up crew for the first France-Soviet space flight. For the flight he learned how to do scientific experiments in physiology, biology, astrophysics and processing of material in space.

      In 1986, Patrick Baudry was appointed advisor for manned-flights to the Aérospatiale president. He participated in the Hermès programme as test pilot of the European space shuttle programme until it ended.

      He then joined Airbus as a test pilot contributing to development of a range of models, including the A320 and A380, and did flying demonstrations at major world trade fairs.

      A founding member and President of the Association of European Astronauts, he is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Association of Space Explorers, and a member of the International Academy of Astronautics and the Air and Space Academy.

      Today, Patrick Baudry is a writer, speaker and consultant for aeronautical and space activities, dividing his time between talks he gives for companies or individuals, and consultancy missions in France and abroad.

      Languages spoken: French, English, Russian

       

      Photo credit: Jean Daniel Lorieux

       

      Possibility of withdrawal in case of force majeure.

      Important information

      Expeditions programs include activities such as Zodiac® outings (sometimes with "wet landing"), moderate walks to more active hikes. All this accompanied by your expedition team of naturalist guides. Certain zodiac® outings will not allow for landings just cruising. Landings will depend on weather conditions, position of ice and winds and the state of the sea. These can force a change of plans at any time.

      Travelling to polar/isolated regions is an exhilarating experience. The raw beauty and untouched wilderness offer an unusual chance to experience a place where there is little evidence of human presence. Inevitably, there are some consequences that come with such remoteness: please remember that you are far from modern hospitals with full medical facilities, thus evacuation is highly expensive. Without the necessary medical coverage, all expenses will have to be immediately paid from with your personal funds. We urge you to subscribe a full coverage insurance, choose your insurance company very carefully and be extremely vigilant and ensure your insurance is fully comprehensive.

      Taking into consideration the unusual and exceptional character of expedition itineraries, the calls shown are an indication only. The final route will be confirmed by the Captain and Expedition Leader, who will take into account the touristic quality of the sites and above all, the safety of the passengers. Their decision will be subject to that of local authorities and/or the expert pilots present on board during the navigation in polar and /or isolated zones.

      Dressing tips:

      • Water-resistant parka offered on board (for adults only) on Expedition cruises where the stamp “Parka gift” appears
      • Half calf rubber boots with non-slip soles, which will allow you to land in 20 cm of cold water, keeping your feet dry for walks and visits on steep paths. You can also bring water-resistant hiking boots. A boots rental will be offered onboard (for adults only) on Expedition cruises where the stamp “Boots offered” appears

       

      • Comfortable pants: classic Winter pants, warm cotton tracksuit
      • Water-resistant windbreaker over pants - COMPULSORY
      • Winter pants with water-resistant over pants is the ideal combination: water-resistance and comfort suitability of pants are essential
      • Pullover, sweat-shirt or fleece jacket
      • Thermal sweater
      • Fleece muffler and fleece cap or thermal beanie covering ears (avoid scarfs which do not stand still)
      • Water-resistant and supple gloves
      • Polarized sunglasses with high UV filter
      • Walking sticks (highly recommended)

      Feel free to visit the PONANT online shop which offers a selection of equipment and accessories adapted to our destinations at the following address: https://boutique.ponant.com

      Benefits of the PONANT shop:

      • expert advice to gear up
      • a selection of technical equipment and accessories approved by our naturalists
      • Duty Free prices
      • delivery directly on board

      Pre/Post & Overlands

      1. Your packages

        05/08/2019 – Flight From Paris (Economic Class) + Transfer to the pier of Reykjavik (Pre)

        450.00 € **
      2. During your cruise

        13/08/2019 – Helicopter flight over the glacier (2 hours)

        650.00 € **

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      3. Before your cruise

        05/08/2019 – Transfer to the pier of Reykjavik

        40.00 € **

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      Attention: the prices listed at the time of your reservation can be different from those listed in the brochure. These prices can evolve based on availability and the real time rates of the airline companies selected.
      Travellers are advised to check all the information with the authorities concerned prior to the departure date. Ponant advises Travellers to consult the country factsheets relating to the chosen destinations. Ponant specifically draws Travellers' attention to the fact that the information provided may change up until the departure date, and they are advised to consult that information up until the time of departure. CDP invites Travellers to adjust their behavior to the visited country, to exercise vigilance and to avoid carrying valuable objects during their travel.
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