Islands of the North Sea

11 days / 10 nights
    New itinerary
    Islands of the North Sea

    Cruise Northern Europe

    from 2 June 2020 to 12 June 2020
    11 days / 10 nights

    Departure Port : Copenhagen
    Arrival Port : Reykjavík

    Ship : LE BELLOT

    • Ref : E020620

    Discover the North Sea and its islands thanks to this new itinerary designed by PONANT, a journey to the lands of legends.

    From Denmark, your 11-day cruise aboard Le Bellot—one of the latest additions to our fleet -will take you to Iceland, via Norway, Scotland, the Orkney Islands and Shetland Islands, as well as the Hebrides.

    You will visit Stavanger, a cosmopolitan and prosperous small town with a perfectly balanced blend of old and new. During your stopover, walk the paved streets and admire the wonderfully preserved fishermen's houses that date from the 18th century.

    You will then reach the Shetland Islands and the port of Lerwick. This port is well known because just a few kilometres inland lie the remarkable ruins of Scalloway Castle, built in 1600. Then it will be Kirkwallthe capital of the Orkney Islands off the coast of Scotland, home to sea birds, gannets, shags, grey petrels and many other animals.

    You will also discover Heimaey, the only inhabited island in the Westmann Islands. Fishing is the main source of income in this exceptional site. You can admire its volcanoes and its almost-desert like landscapes.

    Finally, Le Bellot will take you to Reykjavik is the most northerly capital in the world, lying slightly above the 64th parallel. Houses with colourful roofs line its streets and this, coupled with the many ducks in its lake, produces a picture postcard setting. It boasts real cultural riches, particularly in contemporary art, notably with the Reykjavik Art Museum.

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    Highlights

    • On your embarkation, there will be the possibility to visit Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark.
    • Sailing in the Lysefjord, meaning the “fjord of light”, flanked by granite cliffs that are several hundred metres high.
    • Heimaey Island provides a possibility to observe the colonies of puffins, the real treasure of this island off the Icelandic coast.
    • Portree, the main town of the Isle of Skye, with its lively port and its cultural centre.

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    Staterooms & Suites

    • Deluxe Stateroom
      $11,220
      $8,820
      Not Available
    • Prestige Deck 4
      $12,560
      $9,850
      Not Available
    • Prestige Deck 5
      $13,200
      $10,340
      Not Available
    • Prestige Deck 6
      $13,860
      $10,850
      Not Available
    • Deluxe Suite Deck 5
      $19,400
      $15,110
      Not Available
    • Deluxe Suite Deck 3
      $19,400
      $15,110
      Not Available
    • Deluxe Suite Deck 4
      $19,400
      $15,110
      Not Available
    • Deluxe Suite Deck 6
      $19,400
      $15,110
      Not Available
    • Prestige Deck 5 Suite
      $26,380
      $20,480
      Not Available
    • Prestige Deck 6 Suite
      $27,710
      $21,500
      Not Available
    • Privilege Suite Deck 6
      $29,090
      $22,560
      Not Available
    • Privilege Suite Deck 5
      $29,090
      $22,560
      Not Available
    • Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 6
      $32,000
      $24,800
      Not Available
    • Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 5
      $32,000
      $24,800
      Not Available
    • Owner's Suite
      $51,270
      $26,030
      Not Available
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    LE BELLOT

    Featuring innovative and environmentally-friendly equipment, elegantly designed staterooms, spacious suites with large windows, and lounge areas that open onto the outside, this new limited-capacity yacht boasting just 92 staterooms and suites will offer you a truly unique cruising experience.

    As the first ship in a new series that remains true to the Ponant spirit, Le Bellot will embody the unique atmosphere that is the cruise line’s hallmark: a subtle blend of refinement, intimacy and comfort.

    Aboard this ship that flies the French flag, you will experience the incomparable pleasure of an intimate cruise, with the possibility of exploring an ever-increasing range of destinations in an ethnic-chic ambiance with luxury service.

    Experience a luxurious setting where the accent is on authenticity and passion for travel.

    Port of call & excursions

    2 June 2020 – Skagen

    Copenhagen

    Embarkation 02/06/2020 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 02/06/2020 at 18H00 .

    Connected to the far eastern side of Sealand island, a few kilometres away from the Swedish coasts, Copenhagen offers you the high colour of Scandinavian capitals. You can discover the city's riches that weaves through the canal networks through the historical districts of Christiansborg and Nyhavn. Many palaces provide an apercu of Danish history. For eating, you can try out the smorebrod, a traditional dish composed of several kinds of smoked fish.

    3 June 2020 – Skagen

    3 June 2020 – Skagen

    Arrival 03/06/2020 early morning. Departure 03/06/2020 midday.

    4 June 2020 – Stavanger

    4 June 2020 – Stavanger

    Arrival 04/06/2020 early morning. Departure 04/06/2020 midday.

    At the far end of the country, stands the harbour town of Stavanger, with its warm, friendly atmosphere. A friendliness you’ll notice in the little old town cobbled streets, which has some 170 old wooden houses, as well as in its modern city centre, always bustling.

    4 June 2020 – Sailing in Lysefjorden

    4 June 2020 – Sailing in Lysefjorden

    Arrival 04/06/2020 late afternoon. Departure 04/06/2020 late afternoon.

    You will sail into the heart of one of Norway’s most breathtaking fjords, its marvellous décor dominated by pristine nature, between vertiginous granite cliffs, crystal-clear waters and luxuriant vegetation. Very close to Stavanger, the quiet waters of Lysefjorden stretch out over around forty kilometres, beneath impressive rocks. Admire the world-famous site of Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock), a majestic cliff in the shape of a pulpit that rises to more than 600 metres above the waters. A bit further on, Flørli, from the top of its 4,444 steps, is the world’s longest wooden stairway, whereas the Kjerag, with its mythical boulder wedged between two rock faces, provides an unusual and unforgettable spectacle. 

    5 June 2020 – Lerwick, Shetland Islands

    5 June 2020 – Lerwick, Shetland Islands

    Arrival 05/06/2020 early afternoon. Departure 05/06/2020 evening.

    The small and charming capital of the Shetland Islands, with its sea front of old houses and narrow streets, offering travellers its old districts and a warm port atmosphere. Geopark Shetland, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is located to the north. Incredibly well-preserved archaeological sites and ruins prove that the islands’ occupation dates back to the first Neolithic colonies. The Shetland Museum and Archives recounts the Shetlands’ history of heritage and culture: Lerwick’s abundant waters were even fished by the Dutch in the past.

    6 June 2020 – Kirkwall, Scotland

    6 June 2020 – Kirkwall, Scotland

    Arrival 06/06/2020 early morning. Departure 06/06/2020 early evening.

    Capital of the Orkney archipelago, Kirkwall, which means “church bay”, is an ideal stopover before continuing on to the Northern Isles. Sheltered in a wide bay, the lively town welcomes the visitor with its charming paved alleyways edged by old houses and craft shops. Tankerness House, the oldest homestead in the town, is a must-see landmark. But the true architectural treasure of the aptly named Kirkwall is none other than its remarkable red and gold stone cathedral. And because whisky is inseparable from Scotland’s identity, stop at the Highland Park Distillery for a highly instructive visit.

    7 June 2020 – Portree, Isle of Skye

    7 June 2020 – Portree, Isle of Skye

    Arrival 07/06/2020 late morning. Departure 07/06/2020 evening.

    Nestling in the crux of a gorgeous bay, Portree reflects the magnificence of the grandiose Isle of Skye as well as being its main town. Apart from the charm of its colourful houses, the town’s outstanding location on the banks of a loch makes it a very pleasant place to be. From its colourful harbour bustling with local craftsmen’s shops, you can take in a stunning view of the surrounding hills. Before trekking through the wilderness and drinking in the natural beauty of the Isle of Skye, check out some of the beautiful images in the Aros Centre.

    8 June 2020 – Stornoway, Hebrides

    8 June 2020 – Stornoway, Hebrides

    Arrival 08/06/2020 early morning. Departure 08/06/2020 late afternoon.

    Discover Lewis, the largest island of the Hebrides, considered to be the cradle of Gaelic culture. Here, the peat- and heather- covered valleys and lochs stretch on to infinity, and numerous bird colonies have taken up residence in the long, jagged coastlines where. Not far from Stornoway, the island’s main town, built by the Vikings in the 9th century stands one of Scotland’s most prominent prehistoric sites: The Standing Stones of Callanish. Dating back to more than 3,000 years B.C., these imposing stones placed in a cruciform pattern were laid out according to the moon and stars and their main purpose was to keep track of seasonal cycles, as this was essential for farmers at the time.

    9 June 2020 – At sea

    9 June 2020 – At sea

    Arrival 09/06/2020. Departure 09/06/2020.

    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 observer marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

    10 June 2020 – Heimaey, Vestmannaeyjar

    10 June 2020 – Heimaey, Vestmannaeyjar

    Arrival 10/06/2020 midday. Departure 10/06/2020 evening.

    This land seated off the southern coast of Iceland is the largest of the Vestmann islands, and is the only inhabited island in the archipelago. The steep Edfell volcanoes and the green prairies of Herjólfsdalur offer rich contrast of nature. On the Stórhöfði road, look out over grey sand beaches and cliffs carved out by the Arctic ocean. From here, you can also see the bronze landscapes of the mountaintops. You could visit Eldheimar, an ultra-modern and interactive museum which traces the volcanic eruption has experienced Heimaey in 1973.

    11 June 2020 – Reykjavík

    11 June 2020 – Reykjavík

    Arrival 11/06/2020 early morning. Departure 11/06/2020.

    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.

    12 June 2020▸11 June 2020 – Reykjavík

    Reykjavík

    Disembarkation 12/06/2020 at 08H00 .

    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.

    Formalities

    • 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.

    • Warning about the use of drones: the use of drones aboard PONANT ships, whether they are sailing at sea, at a port of call or anchored, is strictly forbidden. The use of drones on land in the Arctic and Antarctic regions is also strictly forbidden by international polar regulations. In other regions, it may be possible to use drones on land if permission has been obtained from the relevant authorities of each country and each region travelled through, as well as a pilot’s licence that should be obtained from your home country. Passengers are responsible for obtaining these permits; they should be able to present them at all times. Passengers who do not obtain these authorisations expose themselves to the risk of legal proceedings.

    Guest(s) Lecturer(s)

    Christine Clerc

    Christine Clerc

    Following her academic studies at the French Institute of Political Science and the Louvre Institute, Christine Clerc became a journalist for l'Express under the helm of Françoise Giroud (1971). She continued her career as a senior reporter and columnist for the weekly newspaper Le Point. She then worked as a regular columnist for various national publications such as Le Figaro, Figaro Magazine, Valeurs Actuelles, Marianne — as well as for the regional press (Télégramme de Brest and Midi Libre).

    She also produced special portraits of great artists (such as Yves Saint Laurent, Paul Delvaux, Charlotte Perriand, Lorin Maazel) for Elle magazine, the Reader's Digest and Connaissance des Arts.

    Christine has been also a radio commentator for RMC and RTL and a member of Europe1's Press Club. She was the first woman awarded the prestigious Prix Albert Londres (the French equivalent of the Pulitzer prize), with her first novel Le Bonheur d’être Français (1982) — an  account of interviews throughout the country, meeting the famous and the anonymous to capture the essence of being French.

    Christine also published around 20 other novels: La Guerre de Mitterrand; Journal intime de Jacques Chirac; Les de Gaulle, une famille française; Tigres et Tigresses, Histoire intime des couples présidentiels sous la Ve République; De Gaulle-Malraux, une histoire d’amour; Les Conquérantes; « Tout est fichu ! » Les coups de blues du Général and in 2016 Victor Hugo amoureux. She contributed to various TV documentaries.

    She was bestowed as a Chevalier des Arts et Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) and Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur (Knight of the Legion of of Honour). She is the president of the "Prix d'Aujourd'hui" award, which nominates the best historical or philosophic publication of the year.

    Language spoken: French

     

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