The Geographic North Pole

16 days / 15 nights
    Expedition
    Outbound flight included
    The Geographic North Pole
    Flight Paris/Longyearbyen + Transfer

    Cruise The Arctic

    from 24 July 2021 to 8 August 2021
    16 days / 15 nights

    Departure Port : Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen
    Arrival Port : Reykjavík

    Ship : LE COMMANDANT CHARCOT

    • Ref : LR124 - O240721

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    Push the limits of sailing with this exceptional new 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!

    Beware though, 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…

    We are privileged guests in these extreme lands where we are at the mercy of weather and ice conditions. The itinerary, landings on certain sites and the observation of certain wildlife cannot be guaranteed. They vary from day to day, making each PONANT cruise a unique experience. The Captain and the Expedition Leader will make every effort to ensure that your experience is as rich as possible, while complying with the safety rules and instructions imposed by the AECO. 

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    Highlights

    • Be among the few people in the world who have reached the Geographic North Pole!
    • Outings and shore visits in Zodiac® inflatables with the naturalists.
    • Hiking opportunity.
    • Landscapes: ice floes, icebergs, polar ice cap… In Spitsbergen, jagged mountains, steep-sided valleys, sheer cliffs, huge glaciers.
    • Wildlife: polar bears, Arctic foxes, Svalbard reindeer, Arctic terns, walruses, seals, whales.

    Flight Paris/Longyearbyen + Transfer

    Outbound flight included

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    Prestige Stateroom Deck 8

    • Area : 20 m²
    • Capacity : up to 2 guests per stateroom
    • 5 m² private balcony
    • Shower
    • Individually-controlled airconditioning
    • Stateroom layout: king-size bed or twin beds - communicating staterooms available
    • Minibar - 24hr room service
    • Flat screen satellite TV
    • Video on demand
    • IPod™ docks
    • Safe
    • French bath products
    • Dressing table with hairdryer
    • Direct line telephone
    • 110V American (two flat pins)/220V European (round sockets with two round pins)
    • Internet access Wifi.
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    Privilege Stateroom Deck 6

    • Area : 28 m²
    • Capacity : up to 3 guests per stateroom
    • 5 m² private balcony
    • Shower
    • Individually-controlled airconditioning
    • Stateroom layout: king-size bed or twin beds - communicating staterooms available
    • Minibar - 24hr room service
    • Flat screen satellite TV
    • Video on demand
    • IPod™ docks
    • Safe
    • French bath products
    • Dressing table with hairdryer
    • Direct line telephone
    • 110V American (two flat pins)/220V European (round sockets with two round pins)
    • Internet access Wifi.
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    Privilege Stateroom Deck 7

    • Area : 28 m²
    • Capacity : up to 3 guests per stateroom
    • 5 m² private balcony
    • Shower
    • Individually-controlled airconditioning
    • Stateroom layout: king-size bed or twin beds - communicating staterooms available
    • Minibar - 24hr room service
    • Flat screen satellite TV
    • Video on demand
    • IPod™ docks
    • Safe
    • French bath products
    • Dressing table with hairdryer
    • Direct line telephone
    • 110V American (two flat pins)/220V European (round sockets with two round pins)
    • Internet access Wifi.
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    Privilege Stateroom Deck 8

    • Area : 28 m²
    • Capacity : up to 3 guests per stateroom
    • 5 m² private balcony
    • Shower
    • Individually-controlled airconditioning
    • Stateroom layout: king-size bed or twin beds - communicating staterooms available
    • Minibar - 24hr room service
    • Flat screen satellite TV
    • Video on demand
    • IPod™ docks
    • Safe
    • French bath products
    • Dressing table with hairdryer
    • Direct line telephone
    • 110V American (two flat pins)/220V European (round sockets with two round pins)
    • Internet access Wifi.
    Price Ponant Bonus
    Book now and get the guaranteed best price. 15%off the public rates, per person,  based on  double occupancy.   
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    Prestige Suite Deck 8

    • Area : 40 m²
    • Capacity : up to 4 guests per stateroom
    • 10 m² private balcony
    • 2 Showers
    • Individually-controlled airconditioning
    • Stateroom layout: king-size bed or twin beds - communicating staterooms available
    • Minibar - 24hr room service
    • Flat screen satellite TV
    • Video on demand
    • IPod™ docks
    • Safe
    • French bath products
    • Dressing table with hairdryer
    • Direct line telephone
    • 110V American (two flat pins)/220V European (round sockets with two round pins)
    • Internet access Wifi.
    Price Ponant Bonus
    Book now and get the guaranteed best price. 15%off the public rates, per person,  based on  double occupancy.   
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    Privilege Suite Deck 6

    • Area : 48 m²
    • Capacity : up to 4 guests per stateroom
    • 12.5 m² private balcony
    • Shower & Balneo bathtub
    • Butler service
    • Individually-controlled airconditioning
    • Stateroom layout: king-size bed or twin beds - communicating staterooms available
    • Minibar - 24hr room service
    • Flat screen satellite TV
    • Video on demand
    • IPod™ docks
    • Safe
    • French bath products
    • Dressing table with hairdryer
    • Direct line telephone
    • 110V American (two flat pins)/220V European (round sockets with two round pins)
    • Internet access Wifi.
    Price Ponant Bonus
    Book now and get the guaranteed best price. 15%off the public rates, per person,  based on  double occupancy.   
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    Privilege Suite Deck 8

    • Area : 48 m²
    • Capacity : up to 4 guests per stateroom
    • 12.5 m² private balcony
    • Shower & Balneo bathtub
    • Butler service
    • Individually-controlled airconditioning
    • Stateroom layout: king-size bed or twin beds - communicating staterooms available
    • Minibar - 24hr room service
    • Flat screen satellite TV
    • Video on demand
    • IPod™ docks
    • Safe
    • French bath products
    • Dressing table with hairdryer
    • Direct line telephone
    • 110V American (two flat pins)/220V European (round sockets with two round pins)
    • Internet access Wifi.
    Price Ponant Bonus
    Book now and get the guaranteed best price. 15%off the public rates, per person,  based on  double occupancy.   
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    Suite Duplex

    • Area : 48 m²
    • Capacity : up to 4 guests per stateroom
    • 26 m² private balcony with jacuzzi
    • Shower & Balneo bathtub
    • Butler service
    • Individually-controlled airconditioning
    • Stateroom layout: king-size bed or twin beds - communicating staterooms available
    • Minibar - 24hr room service
    • Flat screen satellite TV
    • Video on demand
    • IPod™ docks
    • Safe
    • French bath products
    • Dressing table with hairdryer
    • Direct line telephone
    • 110V American (two flat pins)/220V European (round sockets with two round pins)
    • Internet access Wifi.
    Price Ponant Bonus
    Book now and get the guaranteed best price. 15%off the public rates, per person,  based on  double occupancy.   

    LE COMMANDANT CHARCOT

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    LE COMMANDANT CHARCOT

    Be the first aboard Le Commandant-Charcot, the world's luxury polar exploration vessel, and enjoy a unique sailing experience in the Arctic or Antarctic!

    With its hybrid propulsion combining liquefied natural gas (LNG) and electric generators, Le Commandant-Charcot has been designed to minimise the environmental impact of travel to the furthest latitudes. 

    The decoration of the ship, imagined by two internationally renowned design and architecture firms - the studio of Jean-Philippe Nuel and Wilmotte & Associés - is designed to be in harmony with the environment. The approach is contemporary with the desire to create a warm and elegant setting; stone, wood and leather recall the natural environment in which the ship is sailing.

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

    Port of call & excursions

    24 July 2021 – At sea along Spitsbergen

    Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen

    Embarkation 24/07/2021 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 24/07/2021 at 18H00 .

    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.

    25 July 2021 – At sea along Spitsbergen

    25 July 2021 – At sea along Spitsbergen

    Arrival 25/07/2021. Departure 25/07/2021.

    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.

    26 July 2021▸30 July 2021 – Sailing ice floes

    26 July 2021▸30 July 2021 – Sailing ice floes

    Arrival 26/07/2021. Departure 30/07/2021.

    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: birds, seals and polar bears.

    31 July 2021 – Geographic North Pole

    31 July 2021 – Geographic North Pole

    Arrival 31/07/2021. Departure 31/07/2021.

    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 the Commandant-Charcot.

    1 August 2021▸5 August 2021 – Sailing ice floes along Greenland

    1 August 2021▸5 August 2021 – Sailing ice floes along Greenland

    Arrival 01/08/2021. Departure 05/08/2021.

    The north-east of Greenland is renowned for being home to one of the oldest and thickest layers of ice on the planet. Aboard your ship, you will have the unique opportunity of sailing to the heart of this icy wilderness, many thousands of years old, and will notably travel along the coast of the North-East Greenland National Park, recognised as a biosphere reserve by UNESCO. From your ship you will also discover Scoresby Sund, the largest fjord in the world. In this pure and preserved world, you will see abundant wildlife in a landscape of tundra and ice, a real delight for the eyes and for photographers.

    6 August 2021▸7 August 2021 – At sea

    6 August 2021▸7 August 2021 – At sea

    Arrival 06/08/2021. Departure 07/08/2021.

    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.

    8 August 2021▸7 August 2021 – Reykjavík

    Reykjavík

    Disembarkation 08/08/2021 at 07H00 .

    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.

    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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • We remind you that all our ships have a doctor on board and medical facilities. However, these cannot, under any circumstances, be compared to any medical structure on land. Given the remote areas in which we will be sailing for a number of days, safety requirements mean that we are obliged to ask each passenger signing up for this program to provide us, no more than 45 days before departure, with a medical certificate from their GP, as well as the completed medical questionnaire received during registration.

    Theme

    Polar Expedition

    Polar Expedition

    Discover the unique concept of PONANT polar expedition cruises: explore the world’s extreme regions while enjoying luxurious comfort and service.

    A luxury expedition voyage

    Choosing a PONANT expedition cruise means choosing a state of mind: the alliance of elegance and authenticity, of exploration and comfort, of adventure and refinement… The comfort of your ship and your stateroom, personalised and attentive service, refined gastronomy: a very special atmosphere that we take great care to maintain. In the heart of the ice floes of the Arctic and the Antarctic, our luxurious services will ensure that your expedition cruise is an unforgettable experience.

    PONANT, polar specialists

    With almost 20 years of experience in the extreme regions, PONANT, the world’s number 1 polar cruise company, is a real polar specialist. PONANT will take you to the most remote regions in total safety: our Captains and crew are professionals, specially trained to sail in icy waters. Our latest-generation fleet has the most modern technology to guarantee both your safety and respect for the regions visited. The size of our ships means we can get as close as possible to areas that are difficult to reach, offering a privileged access to preserved sites. Our flexibility enables us to adapt to the surprises inherent to these expedition itineraries.

    Professional expedition teams, varied activities

    After scouting missions in the field, our Expedition Leaders and their teams of naturalist guides design exceptional itineraries in the polar regions. During the cruise, they organise daily outings and shore visits in Zodiac® dinghies and hikes on land so as to get as close as possible to nature and wild fauna. In the Arctic and in Alaska, the close relationships that our teams have been able to build with the local communities will enable you to understand the life of these peoples of the Far North, and to share it for a few hours. On board, the naturalist guides will share their knowledge during various conferences on fauna, the history of the great explorations, geology and climatology…

    Flight Paris/Longyearbyen + Transfer

    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.

    Important information

    Expedition programmes include activities such as Zodiac® outings and landings (sometimes with "wet landing"), moderate walks to more active hikes, all accompanied by your expedition team of naturalist guides.

    Ports of call, visited sites, outings and landings will depend on weather conditions, position of ice, winds and the state of the sea. These can force a change of plans at any time. The Captain and the Expedition Leader may at any time cancel or stop any activity, or even modify the itinerary. The final itinerary will be confirmed by the Captain, who will take into account the touristic quality of the sites and above all, the safety of the passengers. His decision will be based on advice from experts and authorities.

    Travelling to polar/isolated regions is an exhilarating experience in remote areas: please remember that you are far from modern hospitals with full medical facilities, thus evacuation is extremely expensive. Without adequate medical coverage, all expenses will have to be immediately paid with your personal funds. We urge you to subscribe to full coverage insurance, choose your insurance company very carefully, be extremely vigilant and ensure your insurance is fully comprehensive, especially if you are insured by your credit card. PONANT offers an insurance contract with extensive guarantees, please contact us for more information.

    Clothing tips:

    • A PONANT polar water-resistant parka is offered on board for all departures with the logo “Free Parka” (no children sizes, in case of consecutive cruises, only one complimentary parka).
    • Half calf rubber boots with non-slip soles, which will allow you to go ashore in 20 cm of cold water, keeping your feet dry for walks and visits on steep paths. Boot rental will be offered onboard (for adults only) on Expedition cruises where the logo “Free Boot Rental” appears
    • Comfortable trousers: classic Winter trousers, warm cotton tracksuit, wool leggings
    • Waterproof and windproof over-trousers – MANDATORY
    • Winter trousers with waterproof over trousers are the ideal combination: water-resistance and comfort of trousers are essential
    • Pullover, sweat-shirt or fleece jacket
    • Woollen or thermolactyl Thermal underwear
    • A warm hat, woollen ear muffs or fleece ear muffs, fleece or woollen neck warmer (avoid scarves that do not stay in place)- MANDATORY
    • Wool or silk glove liners, water-resistant and supple gloves
    • Thick warm socks (ideally woollen)

    Accessories:

    • Small waterproof backpack (to protect your camera from water).
    • Binoculars (strongly recommended for wildlife viewing).
    • Highly protective sunglasses.
    • Walking poles (highly recommended).

    Do not hesitate to visit the online PONANT store which offers a selection of equipment and accessories adapted to our destinations, at the following address: https://boutique.ponant.com

    Benefits of the PONANT store:

    • Advice on equipment from our experts to help you prepare for your polar expedition
    • A wide range of technical equipment for polar expeditions, approved by our experts
    • Two delivery options: delivery to your home or directly to your cabin on board the ship
    • Duty Free shopping for cabin delivered items

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