The unexplored Greenland

14 days / 13 nights
    Return flight included
    The unexplored Greenland
    Visit + transfer + flight Kangerlussuaq/Paris

    Cruise The Arctic

    from 3 August 2016 to 16 August 2016
    14 days / 13 nights

    Departure Port : Reykjavík
    Arrival Port : Kangerlussuaq

    Ship : L'AUSTRAL

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    Come aboard Le Soléal for an 11-day, 5-star expedition from Reykjavik to Kangerlussuaq.

    Le Soléal will sail through silence broken only by the cracking of icebergs, to introduce you to the landscapes of this radiant, virgin land. Here, when the ice breaks up and the granite peaks shed their white mantle for a brief Summer, a spellbinding world of bewitching power and beauty emerges.

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    • Outings and landings in Zodiac® dinghies among icebergs and glaciers.

    • Natural delights: fjords, iridescent glaciers and icebergs, wild tundra, lakes, alpine peaks.

    • Wildlife: Musk Oxens, Arctic Foxes, Humpback Whales, Orcas, Seals, Narwhals, possibility of viewing Polar Bears.

    • Encounters: Inuit people. Discovery of its traditions and visit of villages.

    • Disko Bay, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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    Staterooms & Suites


      There are no staterooms available for booking. Please contact our cruise advisors.


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      In May 2011, l'Austral joined PONANT's fleet. This superb mega-yacht with 132 staterooms is the result of the expertise of the Italian Fincantieri shipyard and French sophistication, as interpreted by designer Jean-Philippe Nuel. L'Austral remains faithful to our philosophy - to create a unique atmosphere, a subtle blend of luxury, intimacy and well-being.
      A sleek silhouette softened by elegantly smooth contours and large, arched windows opening up to the sea and the light: so many features come together to give L’Austral her distinctive shape. Precious materials, discreet elegance and a perfect balance between chic and casual, combine to make you feel as if you are on your own private yacht. A design blending tradition and innovation, where a nautical mood has been subtly recreated. A welcoming atmosphere of relaxed sophistication revolves around shades of grey, taupe, white and ivory enlivened by touches of cinnamon, caramel and tan.. So many personal touches create the spirit of a “private yacht.”
      You will encounter unique itineraries, calls inaccessible to large ships, chic and elegant yacht-like ambiance, refined and personalized service as well as gastronomic cuisine.

      Port of call & excursions

      3 August 2016 – Reykjavik - Hafnarfjordur

      Embarkation 03/08/2016 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 03/08/2016 at 18H00 .

      4 August 2016 – Reykjavik - Hafnarfjordur

      4 August 2016 – Reykjavik - Hafnarfjordur

      Arrival 04/08/2016 . Departure 04/08/2016 at 18H00 .

      Iceland’s capital stretches along the edge of a vast bay in the west of the country. For a panoramic view of the lush, green landscapes, make your way to Perlan, the “Pearl of Reykjavík”, alarge environmental structure located on ’Oskjuhlið hill. Look out for the signpost showing the way to the evangelical Hallgrímskirkja church, and to the historical centre where you can stroll along the Skólavördustígur and the Laugavegur. The little shops in these lively streets will entice you to do a bit of shopping. For some relaxation just outside of the city, you’ll have the opportunity to visit the Reykjanes peninsula and its famous thermal lagoons of the Blue Lagoon.

      5 August 2016 – Knut Rasmussen Fjord

      5 August 2016 – Knut Rasmussen Fjord

      Arrival 05/08/2016 . Departure 05/08/2016 .

      6 August 2016 – Ammassalik

      6 August 2016 – Ammassalik

      Arrival 06/08/2016 . Departure 06/08/2016 .

      Still almost unknown just a century ago, the east coast of Greenland remains the most authentic and majestic region. Here, the alpine mountains merge intimately with the sea, while the fjords are adorned with high snow-capped peaks and drifting icebergs. Follow in the wake of Captain Jean-Baptiste Charcot’s famous ship, the Pourquoi Pas?, which set off with its crew to discover Ammassalik, a small island of primitive and wild beauty where the Inuit people chose to live. The name of this island is a reference to the capelin, a small flamboyant silver coloured fish, whose presence in the thousands announces to inhabitants the return of spring. A surprising discovery in a spectacular setting.

      7 August 2016 – Sermilik

      7 August 2016 – Sermilik

      Arrival 07/08/2016 . Departure 07/08/2016 .

      8 August 2016▸9 August 2016 – Eastern Coast of Greenland

      8 August 2016▸9 August 2016 – Eastern Coast of Greenland

      Arrival 08/08/2016 . Departure 09/08/2016 .

      10 August 2016 – Passing Cape Farewell

      10 August 2016 – Passing Cape Farewell

      Arrival 10/08/2016 . Departure 10/08/2016 .

      11 August 2016 – Sailing along Western coast of

      11 August 2016 – Sailing along Western coast of

      Arrival 11/08/2016 . Departure 11/08/2016 .

      12 August 2016 – Nuuk

      12 August 2016 – Nuuk

      Arrival 12/08/2016 . Departure 12/08/2016 .

      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.

      13 August 2016 – Ilulissat - Disko Bay

      13 August 2016 – Ilulissat - Disko Bay

      Arrival 13/08/2016 . Departure 13/08/2016 .

      14 August 2016 – Ilulissat - Disko Bay

      14 August 2016 – Ilulissat - Disko Bay

      Arrival 14/08/2016 . Departure 14/08/2016 .

      15 August 2016 – Sailing in the fjords

      15 August 2016 – Sailing in the fjords

      Arrival 15/08/2016 . Departure 15/08/2016 .

      16 August 2016▸15 August 2016 – Kangerlussuaq


      Disembarkation 16/08/2016 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. 


      • 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.




      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…

      Visit + transfer + flight Kangerlussuaq/Paris

      August 16th, 2016          Kangerlussuaq / Paris

      Cabine to be released in the morning

      • You will have access to the grand lounge
      • An optional excursion will be available on board. You will therefore be able to participate in an excursion in the morning

      Lunch on board L’Austral

      In the beginning of the afternoon, disembarkation via ship’s tender (ship at anchor). 

      Your luggage will be transported separately, from L’AUSTRAL to the airport.

      Depart from the pontoon by local bus. You will be travelling through Greenlandic tundra landscape. This track stretches amidst beautiful and still wild scenery. During your visit, a stop might enable you to see musk oxen. Although musk oxen observation is not guaranteed, you have very good chances to view herds of oxen from close by. These animals seem to come directly from prehistory; they were already living when mammoths were pasturing on tundra. This is one of the arctic emblems. You can also enjoy amazing Greenlandic nature and possibly see reindeers.

      Bring your binoculars. Tour duration: around 2 hours.

      At the end of the excursion you will be transferred to the airport in connection with your flight.

      Flight details are subject to change:

      Flight take off in Kangerlussuaq at 9:20PM local time on direct flight privatized by PONANT with XL Airways XLF921M. A hot meal will be served on the plane.

      Flight will land in Paris CDG on the next day at 5:55AM local time, terminal 2A. Flight duration: 4:35.


      Your program includes:

      • Flight Kangerlussuaq/Paris in economy class, on European airline.
      • Tundra excursion and transfer pier/airport by local bus
      • Separate luggage transfer.
      • English - speaking assistance.



      • Please be aware that due to local transportation conditions, carry on could be limited on board the buses used for the passengers transfer to the airport (if too large the carry on could be transferred with the main luggage). We recommend the use of a back pack.
      • Local transportation resources being limited, waiting might be generated
      • Please note that truck drivers act as guides and tourist infrastructures are very limited in Kangerlussuaq; we have requested the best guides available and we kindly ask you for your understanding in this matter.
      • REMINDER: we recommend you to take your binoculars to see reindeers, even if not guaranted to see them in wild nature, it’s often seen.


      Seats are limited and subject to availability.

      This program is subject to change according to flight details.

      The duration of the tour is subject to change. The order of the visits may be reversed.

      For passengers in transit in Paris, we recommend to stay one night in Paris before and after the flights and connections.

      Important information

      Expeditions programs include activities such as Zodiac® outings (often with "wet landing"), moderate walks to more active hikes. All this accompanied by your expedition team of naturalist guides. Calls, landings & zodiac® cruises will depend on weather conditions, position of ice (during polar cruises) and winds and the state of the sea. These can force a change of plans at any time.


      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 the expert pilots present on board during the navigation in polar and /or isolated zones.


      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 for 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.




      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


        • 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


        • Mosquito repellent


        • Walking sticks (highly recommended)


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