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Luxury Expedition
Le Commandant Charcot - 270 Guests
THE GEOGRAPHIC NORTH POLE
16-day expedition cruise to the North Pole

Push the limits of sailing with this exceptional 16-day expedition cruise to the Geographic North Pole. To reach this mythical point covered by ice floe all year round, 700 km away from any emerged land, you will board Le Commandant Charcot, the first hybrid electric polar exploration vessel.

Setting sail from Spitzbergen, you will enjoy an unforgettable maritime experience at the heart of sumptuous landscapes that are constantly evolving according to changes in the ice and the light. This itinerary, which lends itself perfectly to the observation of the wildlife, particularly rich at this time of the year, will take you as far as the pack ice. Then you will slowly progress to the heart of this silent world, frozen by the extreme cold, in the direction of the Grail of all polar explorers: the North Pole!

As the ice floe is constantly drifting, driven together by currents and winds, you too must keep moving if you want to remain on our planet's most northernmost point.




 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • With featured guests Ian Dawson and Sue Flood, British Photo Ambassadors.
  • The eye and the advice of our photo ambassadors, a privileged opportunity to immortalise your trip with, in the programme: workshops, conferences and personalized advice to improve your photographic skills.
  • Be among the few people in the world to go in search of the Geographic North Pole!
  • Enjoy the unique experience of sailing through the heart of the ice floe and the opportunities to observe the endless variety of forms and states of the ice, in the silence and respect of the landscapes through which you travel through.
  • Landscapes: ice floes. In Spitsbergen, jagged mountains, steep-sided valleys, sheer cliffs, gigantic glaciers.?
  • Wildlife: polar bears, Northern fulmar, ivory gull, seals, whales.
  • Many brand-new activities*: kayaking, hiking or snowshoeing, polar plunge.
*Subject to weather and ice conditions and to sailing opportunities

DATES / RATES

Rates are listed per person in USD
Start DateEnd DateStarting from
Jul 11, 2024Jul 26, 202440,060
Jul 26, 2024Aug 11, 202449,210
Sep 26, 2024Oct 12, 2024Fully Booked
Jul 22, 2025Aug 06, 202537,018
Aug 06, 2025Aug 21, 202537,018
Aug 21, 2025Sep 05, 202537,018
Mandatory Transfer Package Details:

For your serenity, PONANT selects a flight and organizes the transfer between the airport and the port. This package is included in your cruise fare.

Embarkation day Paris/Longyearbyen

Flight Paris/Longyearbyen selected by PONANT.

Approximate flight duration: 4h30

We highly recommend you arrive in Paris the day before this flight.

We suggest you to be at the check-in counter 2 hours before departure.

Meet & greet at the airport by our local English-speaking representative.

Transfer to the pier for embarkation.

- Cruise aboard your cruise ship -

This programme includes:

  • Flight Paris/Longyearbyen selected by PONANT in economy class.
  • Transfer mentioned in the programme.
  • English-speaking assistance.

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, on a European airline.
  • Due to limited local transportation resources, waiting might be generated.
  • For passengers in transit in Paris, we recommend staying one night in Paris before this flight.
  • Programme and flight schedule are subject to change without prior notice.
Rates are listed per person in USD
Start DateEnd Date(Starting from)
Starting from
(Mid-range)
Starting from
(High-end)
Starting from
Jul 11, 2024Jul 26, 202440,06040,06040,060
Jul 26, 2024Aug 11, 202449,21049,21049,210
Sep 26, 2024Oct 12, 2024Fully BookedFully BookedFully Booked
Jul 22, 2025Aug 06, 202537,01837,01837,018
Aug 06, 2025Aug 21, 202537,01837,01837,018
Aug 21, 2025Sep 05, 202537,01837,01837,018
Mandatory Transfer Package Details:

For your serenity, PONANT selects a flight and organizes the transfer between the airport and the port. This package is included in your cruise fare.

Embarkation day Paris/Longyearbyen

Flight Paris/Longyearbyen selected by PONANT.

Approximate flight duration: 4h30

We highly recommend you arrive in Paris the day before this flight.

We suggest you to be at the check-in counter 2 hours before departure.

Meet & greet at the airport by our local English-speaking representative.

Transfer to the pier for embarkation.

- Cruise aboard your cruise ship -

This programme includes:

  • Flight Paris/Longyearbyen selected by PONANT in economy class.
  • Transfer mentioned in the programme.
  • English-speaking assistance.

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, on a European airline.
  • Due to limited local transportation resources, waiting might be generated.
  • For passengers in transit in Paris, we recommend staying one night in Paris before this flight.
  • Programme and flight schedule are subject to change without prior notice.


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: AT SEA ALONG SPITSBERGEN
The largest island in the Svalbard archipelago, its name meaning “pointed mountains” in German, Spitsbergen is the last piece of land before the Arctic ice floe. Aboard your ship, you will sail along the extremely spectacular coastline of this icy land. Between millennial glaciers and rugged mountains, you will discover a jagged coastline, hollowed-out by fjords. A unique setting, the refuge of a particularly rich avifauna, offering you the possibility of taking fabulous photographs from the deck of your ship.

Days 3 - 7: NAVIGATING THROUGH THE SEA ICE
Enjoy the absolutely unique experience of sailing to the heart of the ice floe, this vast expanse of virgin, immaculate ice. The landscapes are constantly changing, shifting from a smooth, flat wilderness to a chaos of ice, then to channels of open water. Your ship will sail along these naturally open channels and through the areas where the frozen layer is thinnest, offering you the chance to experience magic maritime moments in the midst of drifting sea ice. It will also often be an opportunity to see a particular kind of fauna, totally dependent on the ice floe.

Day 8: GEOGRAPHIC NORTH POLE
Defined by a 90° North latitude, the Geographic North Pole lies on the Earth’s rotational axis, at the intersection of all meridians. Plunged into darkness for six months of the year, then lit by the sun for the following six months, this mythical site, permanently covered in ice and remote from any land, has fascinated generations of explorers. So far, only a very few people have ever reached it: an exploit which is now accessible to you aboard Le Commandant Charcot.

Days 9 - 10: NAVIGATING THROUGH THE SEA ICE
Enjoy the absolutely unique experience of sailing to the heart of the ice floe, this vast expanse of virgin, immaculate ice. The landscapes are constantly changing, shifting from a smooth, flat wilderness to a chaos of ice, then to channels of open water. Your ship will sail along these naturally open channels and through the areas where the frozen layer is thinnest, offering you the chance to experience magic maritime moments in the midst of drifting sea ice. It will also often be an opportunity to see a particular kind of fauna, totally dependent on the ice floe.

Days 11 - 15: AT SEA ABOARD LE COMMANDANT CHARCOT
Spend exceptional moments sailing aboard Le Commandant Charcot, the world’s first luxury polar exploration vessel and the first PC2-class polar cruise ship capable of sailing into the very heart of the ice, on seas and oceans which the frozen conditions render inaccessible to ordinary ships. Le Commandant Charcot is fitted with oceanographic and scientific equipment selected by a committee of experts. Take advantage of the on-board lectures and opportunities for discussion with these specialists to learn more about the poles. Participate in furthering scientific research with PONANT and let us discover together what these fascinating destinations have yet to reveal to us.

Day 16: REYKJAVÍK
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.

Le Commandant Charcot (Luxury Expedition, 270-guests)

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

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WHAT'S INCLUDED

For your serenity, PONANT selects a flight and organises the transfer between the airport and the port. This package is included in your cruise fare.

Embarkation day - Paris/Longyearbyen

Flight Paris/Longyearbyen selected by PONANT.
Approximate flight duration: 4 h 30.

We highly recommend you arrive in Paris the day before this flight.
We suggest you to be at the check-in counter 2 hours before departure.

Meet & greet at the airport by our local English-speaking representative.

According to the flight arrival time in Longyearbyen, PONANT adapt its services or activites before your transfer to the pier for embarkation.

- Cruise aboard your cruise ship -

This programme includes:
  • Flight Paris/Longyearbyen selected by PONANT in economy class.
  • Transfer mentioned in the programme.
  • English-speaking assistance.

This programme does not include:

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

Please note:

  • Flight included in the programme is as of today, operated in economy class, on a European airline.
  • Due to limited local transportation resources, waiting might be generated.
  • For passengers in transit in Paris, we recommend staying one night in Paris before this flight.
  • Programme and flight schedule are subject to change without prior notice.
  • PONANT will adapt the content of the transfer offer from and to airport according to your flight schedule.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

ADVENTURE OPTIONS
  • Hiking Or Snowshoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Polar Plunge
  • Ice Fishing

 
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DISCLAIMER: Rates are per person and subject to change.