PONANT Moment in the heart of the Arctic

    PONANT Moment in the heart of the Arctic

    Landing on the ice floe!

    © Laurence Fischer

    “As we reached the most northerly latitude of our voyage, optimal conditions enabled us to undertake an exceptional landing on the ice floes off the coast of Ellesmere Island, the northernmost island of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. Before us stretched luminous landscapes as far as the eye can see, untouched and pristine ice floes, coming straight down from the North Pole, revealing only the tracks of a polar bear that had recently been in the area. We enjoyed this majestic panorama, in the middle of the emblematic Nares Strait, the final frontier between the extreme north of Canada and Greenland. A highlight and an extraordinary experience for all the guests.

    Etienne Garcia, Captain of Le Soléal


    © Laurence Fischer


    A one-of-a-kind dinner!

    “After a tremendously thrilling encounter with the inhabitants of Kullorsuaq, we organised a big barbecue on a beach at 75°N, during which the guests mingled with the inhabitants of this small remote village in Greenland. Everyone was keen to get to know each other. We had prepared a typically French picnic and the 180 Greenlanders present offered to share their traditional meal with us. It was an absolutely unique and convivial social occasion! The two cultures came together and interacted to the sound of the crackling of the wood fire, of Inuit dancing and singing… The guests introduced the inhabitants to smoked ham and to the taste of fresh butter. The Greenlanders taught our guests how to recognise the herbs that flavour the local meat cooked directly on stone. We danced, we sang, we chatted, we laughed, we talked with our hands… until the end of the night. This evening would leave indelible marks in everyone’s hearts. A warm breath of humanity in the middle of the icebergs.” /p>

    Nicolas Dubreuil, Corporate Expedition Leader



    PONANT supports the Upernavik FabLab

    Culture and traditions of local communities are an invaluable wealth that deserve our support. PONANT initiated a partnership with the Upernavik FabLab (fabrication lab): the goal of the Upernavik FabLab is to train local craftsmen of the Inuit community and give them the means to reproduce emblematic pieces, which can then be sold in museums and on board our ships. PONANT contributes financially to the FabLab’s equipment purchases.



    © Laurence Fischer



    PONANT Cruise – Ultima Thule, the horizontal Everest


    Croisière oenologique PONANT vignes et océan An expedition cruise into the heart of Ultima Thule, the mythical northern kingdom, following the footsteps of the Vikings. From the mountains softened by the glaciers of Greenland’s west coast to the Arctic Cordillera’s steep mountains to the tundra in the High Arctic Thule region, this itinerary takes in the most grandiose landscapes of the polar regions. Next departure:  from 29 July to 14 August 2018

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