Discovering the Northeast Greenland National Park - with National Geographic

13 days / 12 nights
    Expedition
    National Geographic
    Discovering the Northeast Greenland National Park - with National Geographic

    Cruise The Arctic

    from 24 June 2021 to 6 July 2021
    13 days / 12 nights

    Departure Port : Reykjavík
    Arrival Port : Reykjavík

    Ship : LE COMMANDANT CHARCOT

    • Ref : O240621

    In partnership with National Geographic Expeditions

    Set sail with PONANT on a brand-new itinerary, specifically designed for Le Commandant-Charcot, the first hybrid electric polar exploration ship. This 13-day expedition cruise will offer you the unique opportunity to discover the north-east coast of Greenland, one of the most difficult regions to access in the Far North, and in a particularly interesting period of the year.

    Setting sail from Reykjavik, you will first reach the region of Ittoqqortoormiit, home to a small community of Greenlanders: this will be the occasion to find out about the life of the last hunters in the polar regions.

    Then you will head for the Northeast Greenland National Park, the largest national park in the world and a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve: here, there is no trace of human life, just alpine magically coloured landscapes as far as the eye can see and powerful glaciers.

    As summer begins, the ice floe breaks up, letting animals get closer to the coastlines: these are optimal conditions for observing the exceptional Arctic fauna.

    You will attempt to reach the Ile de France, discovered by the Duke of Orleans in 1905. This particularly remote region is protected by thick pack ice, brought directly from the North Pole by the transpolar current. You will then reach Reykjavik, where you will leave the ship.

    We are privileged guests in these extreme lands where we are at the mercy of weather and ice conditions. The itinerary, landings on certain sites and the observation of certain wildlife cannot be guaranteed. They vary from day to day, making each PONANT cruise a unique experience. The Captain and the Expedition Leader will make every effort to ensure that your experience is as rich as possible, while complying with the safety rules and instructions imposed by the AECO. 

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    Highlights

    • Discover the largest national park in the world, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, at the magical moment when nature wakes up.
    • A cruise in partnership with National Geographic Expeditions off erring enrichment with a National Geographic Photographer and an Expert onboard.
    • Outings and shore visits in Zodiac® inflatables with the naturalists.
    • Hiking opportunity.
    • Landscapes: mountains striped with multi-coloured strata, fjords, jagged mountains, glaciers, icebergs, wild tundra, sheer cliff s, polar ice cap.
    • Wildlife: polar bears, narwhals, seals, musk oxen, Arctic foxes and hares, walruses, orcas, sea birds.

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    Prestige Stateroom Deck 6

    • Area : 20 m²
    • Capacity : up to 2 guests per stateroom
    • 5 m² private balcony
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    • Individually-controlled airconditioning
    • Stateroom layout: king-size bed or twin beds - communicating staterooms available
    • Minibar - 24hr room service
    • Flat screen satellite TV
    • Video on demand
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    Prestige Stateroom Deck 7

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    • 5 m² private balcony
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    • Stateroom layout: king-size bed or twin beds - communicating staterooms available
    • Minibar - 24hr room service
    • Flat screen satellite TV
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    Prestige Stateroom Deck 8

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    • 5 m² private balcony
    • Shower
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    • Minibar - 24hr room service
    • Flat screen satellite TV
    • Video on demand
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    Privilege Stateroom Deck 6

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    • 5 m² private balcony
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    • Stateroom layout: king-size bed or twin beds - communicating staterooms available
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    Privilege Stateroom Deck 7

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    • 5 m² private balcony
    • Shower
    • Individually-controlled airconditioning
    • Stateroom layout: king-size bed or twin beds - communicating staterooms available
    • Minibar - 24hr room service
    • Flat screen satellite TV
    • Video on demand
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    Privilege Stateroom Deck 8

    • Area : 28 m²
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    • 5 m² private balcony
    • Shower
    • Individually-controlled airconditioning
    • Stateroom layout: king-size bed or twin beds - communicating staterooms available
    • Minibar - 24hr room service
    • Flat screen satellite TV
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    Prestige Suite Deck 7

    • Area : 40 m²
    • Capacity : up to 4 guests per stateroom
    • 10 m² private balcony
    • 2 Showers
    • Individually-controlled airconditioning
    • Stateroom layout: king-size bed or twin beds - communicating staterooms available
    • Minibar - 24hr room service
    • Flat screen satellite TV
    • Video on demand
    • IPod™ docks
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    • French bath products
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    Prestige Suite Deck 8

    • Area : 40 m²
    • Capacity : up to 4 guests per stateroom
    • 10 m² private balcony
    • 2 Showers
    • Individually-controlled airconditioning
    • Stateroom layout: king-size bed or twin beds - communicating staterooms available
    • Minibar - 24hr room service
    • Flat screen satellite TV
    • Video on demand
    • IPod™ docks
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    • French bath products
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    Privilege Suite Deck 8

    • Area : 48 m²
    • Capacity : up to 4 guests per stateroom
    • 12.5 m² private balcony
    • Shower & Balneo bathtub
    • Butler service
    • Individually-controlled airconditioning
    • Stateroom layout: king-size bed or twin beds - communicating staterooms available
    • Minibar - 24hr room service
    • Flat screen satellite TV
    • Video on demand
    • IPod™ docks
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    Privilege Suite Deck 6

    • Area : 48 m²
    • Capacity : up to 4 guests per stateroom
    • 12.5 m² private balcony
    • Shower & Balneo bathtub
    • Butler service
    • Individually-controlled airconditioning
    • Stateroom layout: king-size bed or twin beds - communicating staterooms available
    • Minibar - 24hr room service
    • Flat screen satellite TV
    • Video on demand
    • IPod™ docks
    • Safe
    • French bath products
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    • Direct line telephone
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    Suite Duplex

    • Area : 48 m²
    • Capacity : up to 4 guests per stateroom
    • 26 m² private balcony with jacuzzi
    • Shower & Balneo bathtub
    • Butler service
    • Individually-controlled airconditioning
    • Stateroom layout: king-size bed or twin beds - communicating staterooms available
    • Minibar - 24hr room service
    • Flat screen satellite TV
    • Video on demand
    • IPod™ docks
    • Safe
    • French bath products
    • Dressing table with hairdryer
    • Direct line telephone
    • 110V American (two flat pins)/220V European (round sockets with two round pins)
    • Internet access Wifi.
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    Owner's Suite

    • Area : 114 m²
    • Capacity : up to 2 guests per stateroom
    • 186 m² private balcony with jacuzzi
    • Shower & Balneo bathtub
    • Butler service
    • Individually-controlled airconditioning
    • Stateroom layout: king-size bed or twin beds - communicating staterooms available
    • Minibar - 24hr room service
    • Flat screen satellite TV
    • Video on demand
    • IPod™ docks
    • Safe
    • French bath products
    • Dressing table with hairdryer
    • Direct line telephone
    • 110V American (two flat pins)/220V European (round sockets with two round pins)
    • Internet access Wifi.
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    LE COMMANDANT CHARCOT

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    LE COMMANDANT CHARCOT

    Be the first aboard Le Commandant-Charcot, the world's luxury polar exploration vessel, and enjoy a unique sailing experience in the Arctic or Antarctic!

    With its hybrid propulsion combining liquefied natural gas (LNG) and electric generators, Le Commandant-Charcot has been designed to minimise the environmental impact of travel to the furthest latitudes. 

    The decoration of the ship, imagined by two internationally renowned design and architecture firms - the studio of Jean-Philippe Nuel and Wilmotte & Associés - is designed to be in harmony with the environment. The approach is contemporary with the desire to create a warm and elegant setting; stone, wood and leather recall the natural environment in which the ship is sailing.

    Equipped with just 135 staterooms including 31 suites with balconies and outside views, Le Commandant-Charcot welcomes you in an intimate and refined atmosphere. Outstanding gastronomy in the 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.

    Port of call & excursions

    24 June 2021 – At sea

    Reykjavík

    Embarkation 24/06/2021 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 24/06/2021 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.

    25 June 2021 – At sea

    25 June 2021 – At sea

    Arrival 25/06/2021. Departure 25/06/2021.

    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.

    26 June 2021 – Ittoqqortoormiit Region

    26 June 2021 – Ittoqqortoormiit Region

    Arrival 26/06/2021. Departure 26/06/2021.

    Located between the largest national park and the longest system of fjords in the world, the town of Ittoqqortoormiit, whose name means “great house” in Greenlandic, is one of the remotest inhabited places in the world. Covered with ice and snow for nine months of the year, you will be able to discover the ancestral way of life of the last hunters of the polar region. As soon as the thickness of the ice floe allows, they set out on the trail of walruses, seals, narwhals, musk ox and polar bears, travelling by traditional dog sleds.

    27 June 2021▸2 July 2021 – Northeast Greenland National Park

    27 June 2021▸2 July 2021 – Northeast Greenland National Park

    Arrival 27/06/2021. Departure 02/07/2021.

    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.

    3 July 2021 – Ittoqqortoormiit Region

    3 July 2021 – Ittoqqortoormiit Region

    Arrival 03/07/2021. Departure 03/07/2021.

    Located between the largest national park and the longest system of fjords in the world, the town of Ittoqqortoormiit, whose name means “great house” in Greenlandic, is one of the remotest inhabited places in the world. Covered with ice and snow for nine months of the year, you will be able to discover the ancestral way of life of the last hunters of the polar region. As soon as the thickness of the ice floe allows, they set out on the trail of walruses, seals, narwhals, musk ox and polar bears, travelling by traditional dog sleds.

    4 July 2021▸5 July 2021 – At sea

    4 July 2021▸5 July 2021 – At sea

    Arrival 04/07/2021. Departure 05/07/2021.

    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.

    6 July 2021▸5 July 2021 – Reykjavík

    Reykjavík

    Disembarkation 06/07/2021 at 07H00 .

    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.

    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.

    • We remind you that all our ships have a doctor on board and medical facilities. However, these cannot, under any circumstances, be compared to any medical structure on land. Given the remote areas in which we will be sailing for a number of days, safety requirements mean that we are obliged to ask each passenger signing up for this program to provide us, no more than 45 days before departure, with a medical certificate from their GP, as well as the completed medical questionnaire received during registration.

    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…

    National Geographic

    National Geographic

    See the world through National Geographic’s eyes and make a difference.
     
    For 130 years, the National Geographic Society has funded groundbreaking scientists and explorers, sharing their findings with the world. National Geographic’s deep belief is that when people understand the world, they care more deeply and take responsibility for it. A portion of the proceeds from your purchase of any cruise in partnership with National Geographic Expeditions will go towards the National Geographic Society’s non-for-profit mission to explore and protect the planet. (Indeed, National Geographic Society receives funds from National Geographic Partners LLC, funded in part by your purchase. To learn more, visit www.natgeo.com/info.)

    A National Geographic expert and photographer join each voyage to share their knowledge and insights. They will enrich the expedition experience through fascinating presentations, informal discussions and see the world through the lens of a National Geographic photographer, learning new techniques along the way.

    Important information

    Expedition programmes include activities such as Zodiac® outings and landings (sometimes with "wet landing"), moderate walks to more active hikes, all accompanied by your expedition team of naturalist guides.

    Ports of call, visited sites, outings and landings will depend on weather conditions, position of ice, winds and the state of the sea. These can force a change of plans at any time. The Captain and the Expedition Leader may at any time cancel or stop any activity, or even modify the itinerary. The final itinerary will be confirmed by the Captain, who will take into account the touristic quality of the sites and above all, the safety of the passengers. His decision will be based on advice from experts and authorities.

    Travelling to polar/isolated regions is an exhilarating experience in remote areas: please remember that you are far from modern hospitals with full medical facilities, thus evacuation is extremely expensive. Without adequate medical coverage, all expenses will have to be immediately paid with your personal funds. We urge you to subscribe to full coverage insurance, choose your insurance company very carefully, be extremely vigilant and ensure your insurance is fully comprehensive, especially if you are insured by your credit card. PONANT offers an insurance contract with extensive guarantees, please contact us for more information.

    Clothing tips:

    • A PONANT polar water-resistant parka is offered on board for all departures with the logo “Free Parka” (no children sizes, in case of consecutive cruises, only one complimentary parka).
    • Half calf rubber boots with non-slip soles, which will allow you to go ashore in 20 cm of cold water, keeping your feet dry for walks and visits on steep paths. Boot rental will be offered onboard (for adults only) on Expedition cruises where the logo “Free Boot Rental” appears
    • Comfortable trousers: classic Winter trousers, warm cotton tracksuit, wool leggings
    • Waterproof and windproof over-trousers – MANDATORY
    • Winter trousers with waterproof over trousers are the ideal combination: water-resistance and comfort of trousers are essential
    • Pullover, sweat-shirt or fleece jacket
    • Woollen or thermolactyl Thermal underwear
    • A warm hat, woollen ear muffs or fleece ear muffs, fleece or woollen neck warmer (avoid scarves that do not stay in place)- MANDATORY
    • Wool or silk glove liners, water-resistant and supple gloves
    • Thick warm socks (ideally woollen)

    Accessories:

    • Small waterproof backpack (to protect your camera from water).
    • Binoculars (strongly recommended for wildlife viewing).
    • Highly protective sunglasses.
    • Walking poles (highly recommended).

    Do not hesitate to visit the online PONANT store which offers a selection of equipment and accessories adapted to our destinations, at the following address: https://boutique.ponant.com

    Benefits of the PONANT store:

    • Advice on equipment from our experts to help you prepare for your polar expedition
    • A wide range of technical equipment for polar expeditions, approved by our experts
    • Two delivery options: delivery to your home or directly to your cabin on board the ship
    • Duty Free shopping for cabin delivered items

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