Luxury Expedition
L'Austral - 264 Guests
GREENLAND OF GREAT EXPLORERS
Arctic Expedition

Set sail with PONANT on an new itinerary discovering the unexplored shores of the eastern coast of Greenland. During this 15-day expedition cruise, you will follow in the footsteps of the great French explorers who pushed the boundaries of polar navigation from the 19th century onwards.


 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Outings and shore visits in Zodiac® inflatables with a team of experienced naturalist guides.
  • Hiking opportunity.
  • Exploring the east coast of Greenland and its pristine territories once trodden by the first French explorers Jules de Blosseville, Jean-Baptiste Charcot and Paul-Émile Victor.
  • Visiting traditional villages and meeting the Inuit people.
  • The scenery: fjords, rugged mountains, glaciers, icebergs, wild tundra, sheer cliffs, polar ice cap, ice floes.
  • The wildlife: Arctic terns, musk oxen, Arctic foxes and hares, whales, seals and orcas.
  • Sail along the Prins Christian Sund, a narrow, 100-km long passage that winds its way through cliffs and glaciers.

DATES / RATES

Rates are listed per person in USD
Start DateEnd DateSuperior StateroomDeluxe StateroomPrestige Deck 4Prestige Deck 5Prestige Deck 6Deluxe SuitePrestige Deck 5 SuitePrestige Deck 6 SuiteOwner\'s Suite
Jun 25, 2020Jul 09, 202015,18012,92014,18014,77015,39020,57027,09028,32041,920
Mandatory Transfer Package Details:

For your serenity, PONANT selects flights and organizes the transfers between the airport and the port (and vice-versa). This package is included in your cruise fare 

Embarkation Day - Paris/Longyearbyen

Flight Paris/Longyearbyen selected by PONANT.

Approximate flight duration: 4 hours, 30 min.

Meet and greet at airport.

Transfer to the pier for embarkation.

 
– Cruise on board your ship –

 
Disembarkation Day - Kangerlussuaq/Paris

Disembarkation.

Meet and great at the port.

Transfer to the airport in time for flight check in.

Flight Kangerlussuaq/Paris selected by PONANT.

Approximate flight duration: 4 hours, 40 min.

 
Your programme includes:

  • Flights Paris/Longyearbyen and Kangerlussuaq/Paris selected by PONANT in economy class.
  • Transfers as per programme.
  • Assistance from our local representative.

Your programme does not include:

  • Tips for the local guide.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Other services not mentioned in the programme.

 
Please note:

Tourist infrastructures are very limited in Longyearbyen and Kangerlussuaq. We kindly ask you for your flexibility and understanding:

  • Due to limited local transportation resources, waiting might be generated.
  • Due to local transportation conditions, comfort is basic and 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). The use of a back pack is suggested.
  • Due to limited human resource, please note that drivers act as guides.
  • For passengers in transit in Paris, it is recommended to stay one night in Paris before and after your connecting flight.
  • Programme and flight schedule are subject to change.
Rates are listed per person in USD
Start DateEnd Date(Starting from)
Superior Stateroom
(Mid-range)
Prestige Deck 6
(High-end)
Owner\'s Suite
Jun 25, 2020Jul 09, 202015,18015,39041,920
Mandatory Transfer Package Details:

For your serenity, PONANT selects flights and organizes the transfers between the airport and the port (and vice-versa). This package is included in your cruise fare 

Embarkation Day - Paris/Longyearbyen

Flight Paris/Longyearbyen selected by PONANT.

Approximate flight duration: 4 hours, 30 min.

Meet and greet at airport.

Transfer to the pier for embarkation.

 
– Cruise on board your ship –

 
Disembarkation Day - Kangerlussuaq/Paris

Disembarkation.

Meet and great at the port.

Transfer to the airport in time for flight check in.

Flight Kangerlussuaq/Paris selected by PONANT.

Approximate flight duration: 4 hours, 40 min.

 
Your programme includes:

  • Flights Paris/Longyearbyen and Kangerlussuaq/Paris selected by PONANT in economy class.
  • Transfers as per programme.
  • Assistance from our local representative.

Your programme does not include:

  • Tips for the local guide.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Other services not mentioned in the programme.

 
Please note:

Tourist infrastructures are very limited in Longyearbyen and Kangerlussuaq. We kindly ask you for your flexibility and understanding:

  • Due to limited local transportation resources, waiting might be generated.
  • Due to local transportation conditions, comfort is basic and 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). The use of a back pack is suggested.
  • Due to limited human resource, please note that drivers act as guides.
  • For passengers in transit in Paris, it is recommended to stay one night in Paris before and after your connecting flight.
  • Programme and flight schedule are subject to change.


ITINERARY

Day 1: LONGYEARBYEN, SPITSBERGEN
Longyearbyen is the capital of the Norwegian Svalbard archipelago, located on Svalbard’s main island, and is the northernmost territorial capital on the planet. With winter temperatures dropping to below 40°C, the landscapes of this mining town are simply breathtaking. The glaciers, the mountains stretching as far as the eye can see and the untouched nature, make you feel like you’re in completely unexplored territory.

Day 2: STELLINGFJELLET, SVALBARD

ISBUKTA, SPITSBERGEN
Nestling on the south-east point of the island of Spitsbergen, this small bay shelters an immense glacier, the Vasil’evbreen, whose front is more than 20 kilometres long. This is an opportunity for an unforgettable Zodiac® outing. If the conditions allow it, you will be able to land directly at the foot of this majestic glacier, so as to discover the moraine and walk on the first section of the glacier. Depending on the ice conditions, you will also perhaps be lucky enough to approch Stellingfjellet, home to one of the largest guillemot colonies on the archipelago.

Day 3: AT SEA
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.

Day 4: JAN MAYEN ISLAND, SVALBARD
The island of Jan Mayen, belonging to Norway, lies hidden off Greenland’s coastlines, lost between the Arctic Ocean and the North Atlantic Ocean. This small piece of land is inhabited by only a handful of Norwegian meteorologists. Tongues of ice descend from its volcanic summit, which culminates at 2,227 metres and is covered with a thick glacial coat. These tongues join the sea, between ranges of black volcanic rocks at times tinged with red. If the sky is clement, you will have the chance to glimpse the summit, decked out in magnificent light. The visit of a small fin whale will perhaps enable you to complete this memorable picture.

Day 5: AT SEA

Day 6: WATKINS FJORD

Day 7: TUGTILIK

STORO ISLAND

Day 8: SERMILIK

TASIILAQ

Day 9: QINGMINGUARTALIK
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.

NANSEN HARBOR
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.

Day 10: SKJOLDUNGEN
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.

Day 11: PRINS CHRISTIAN SUND
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…

AUGPILATOK

Day 12: IGALIKU

NARSAQ FJORD
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.

Day 13: AT SEA

Day 14: EVIGHEDSFJORDEN
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.

Day 15: KANGERLUSSUAQ
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. 

L'Austral (Luxury Expedition, 264-guests)

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.

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WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Gratuities are included
  • Free Expedition Jacket to Keep and boots are available for rent
  • Bottled Water, Bar Drinks, Beer, House Wines and Soft Drinks are included with lunch and dinner
  • Complimentary onboard WiFi (beginning in 2019)
  • Complimentary Traveler's Valet laundry servicce (beginning in 2019)

 
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DISCLAIMER: Rates are per person and subject to change.