Set sail with Ponant on a brand-new itinerary, specifically designed for their brand-new polar exploration vessel, Le Commandant Charcot. This 13-day exploration cruise will offer you the unique opportunity to discover the northeast coast of Greenland, one of the most difficult regions to access in the Far North, in spring, when the ice and snow are still in abundance.
Setting sail from Reykjavik, you will first reach the region of Ittoqqortoormiit, home to a small community of Greenlanders, where you will find out about the life of these last hunters in the polar regions.
Then, your ship will head for the Northeast Greenland National Park, the largest national park in the world and a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve: with no trace of human life, just beautiful alpine landscapes as far as the eye can see and powerful glaciers.
Travelling in the Arctic regions in spring is the perfect time to observe the exceptional wildlife that it shelters. The polar bear is king here. You will perhaps admire, roaming this white desert, a solitary male in search of the ideal hunting or fishing spot, or a mother teaching her cub the secrets of survival.
You will attempt to reach the north of the national park, and 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 disembark in Reykjavik.
Day 1: Reykjavik, Iceland
Days 2 & 3: At Sea
Days 4 & 5: Ittoqqortoormiit
Day 6: Dodmansbugten
Day 7: Danmarkshavn
Day 8: Northeast Greenland National Park
Day 9: Ile-de-France
Day 10: Myggbukta
Days 11 & 12: At sea
Day 13: Reykjavik
Arrive in Reykjavik, Iceland's capital city. Embarkation is in the late afternoon for an early evening departure. Take some time to explore the city, visit the historical centre or perhaps enjoy the famous thermal pools at the Blue Lagoon.
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 perhaps be tempted by the swimming pool. Enjoy lectures by your onboard experts, or take in the scenery on deck.
Still almost unknown just a century ago, the east coast of Greenland remains the most authentic and majestic region. Follow in the footsteps of Captain Jean-Baptiste Charcot's famous ship, the Porquoi 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 silver fish, whose presence in the thousands announces the arrival of spring. A surprising discovery in a spectacular setting.
This uninhabited territory, which bears the name of the French explorer and sailor who discovered this region, lies to the south of Scoresby Sund. Surrounded by ice, icebegs and pieces of pack ice, Blosseville Coast is one of these wild and hard-to-reach places that very few people are lucky enough to explore.
Make the most of the many services and activities on board today. Perhaps you'll visit the upper deck to admire the spectacle of waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species
Arrive in Reykjavik in the early morning and disembark for your return flight home
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