The Saga of Erik the Red

13 days / 12 nights
    Expedition
    New itinerary
    The Saga of Erik the Red

    Cruise The Arctic

    from 9 August 2017 to 21 August 2017
    13 days / 12 nights

    Departure Port : Reykjavík
    Arrival Port : Kangerlussuaq

    Ship : LE SOLEAL

    • Ref : S090817

    Cruise with Ponant on a brand new itinerary to discover Viking ruins as you follow in the footsteps of Norwegian explorer Erik the Red.

    Step aboard the Le Soléal in Reykjavik for a 13-day expedition cruise to southern Greenland.

    Sailing along the steep eastern coastline, the ship will plunge into deep southern Greenland fjords and continue up past mountains worn away by glaciers and covered with rich, abundant flora.

    Accompanied by a team of anthropologists, ornithologists, geologists and experts in marine mammals, you can get up close to the amazing wildlife: seals, whales and maybe even polar bears.

    To the west of the country, you will sail amongst the blue icebergs of the Narsarsuaq region and the northern hemisphere's largest icebergs in Ilulissat.

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      LE SOLEAL

      Designed in 2013 and loyal to the PONANT spirit, Le Soléal like her sisterships embodies the subtle alliance between luxury, intimacy and wellbeing which is Ponant’s signature. The elegance of her exterior and interior lines and her intimate size (only 132 staterooms and suites)make this a rare and innovative yacht on the cruise market. 

      Interior Design

      With her fluid lines and a modern colour scheme combining natural wood with shades of grey and white, Le Soléal presents references to a nautical theme.

      Port of call & excursions

      9 August 2017 – Overnight at port

      Reykjavík

      Embarkation 09/08/2017 from 16H00 to 18H00 . Departure 09/08/2017 at 00H00 .

      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.

      9 August 2017 – Overnight at port

      9 August 2017 – Overnight at port

      Arrival 09/08/2017. Departure 09/08/2017.

      10 August 2017 – Reykjavik

      10 August 2017 – Reykjavik

      Arrival 10/08/2017. Departure 10/08/2017 late afternoon.

      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.

      11 August 2017 – Sailing Denmark's Strait

      11 August 2017 – Sailing Denmark's Strait

      Arrival 11/08/2017. Departure 11/08/2017.

      12 August 2017 – Nansen Harbor

      12 August 2017 – Nansen Harbor

      Arrival 12/08/2017. Departure 12/08/2017.

      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.

      13 August 2017 – Skjoldungen

      13 August 2017 – Skjoldungen

      Arrival 13/08/2017. Departure 13/08/2017.

      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.

      14 August 2017 – Prins Christian Sund

      14 August 2017 – Prins Christian Sund

      Arrival 14/08/2017. Departure 14/08/2017.

      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…

      14 August 2017 – Herjolfsnes

      14 August 2017 – Herjolfsnes

      Arrival 14/08/2017. Departure 14/08/2017.

      Just at the exit of the famous Prins Christian Sund passage, on the south-west coast of Greenland, lies Herjolfsnes, one of the emblematic locations of the Viking conquest of Greenland. It’s here that Herjolf, one of Erik the Red’s companions, established his trading post. This was a strategic location, as all Norwegian longships arriving in Greenland had to come through here. Discover this superb place brimming with history, as well as the vestiges of the church, houses and farms. Tomb excavations conducted in Herjolfsnes revealed that, in the 14th century, the garments worn in Greenland were exactly the same as those worn in the major European capitals!

      15 August 2017 – Hvalso

      15 August 2017 – Hvalso

      Arrival 15/08/2017. Departure 15/08/2017.

      Around you, a grassy meadow filled with flowers stretches out, dotted with imposing granite rocks. A few semi-wild sheep and horses greet you; they are the only inhabitants of this place surrounded by beautiful mountains. You are in Hvalsø, in the heart of the fertile lands in Greenland’s south. During the 10th century, this site was colonised by the Vikings, who established a large community here. When your ship calls at these lands brimming with history, you will see the ruins of a church whose remains are still very well preserved. It was most likely built in the 14th century. It has lost its timber roof, but its four stone walls continue to stand proudly as a moving relic of a long-gone era.

      15 August 2017 – Narsaq

      15 August 2017 – Narsaq

      Arrival 15/08/2017. Departure 15/08/2017.

      After sailing in the Kangerlluarssuk fjord, 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. It is known for its sheep farming, made possible by the rich, grassy plains to the town’s north. This rather rare activity reflects a past and a technique inherited from the Vikings. Admire the stunning interplay of colours between the multicoloured house facades and the glaciers with their myriad shades of blue, and dive into the Scandinavian history of Narsaq by visiting the local museum. A unique experience.

      15 August 2017 – Erik Le Rouge Fjord

      15 August 2017 – Erik Le Rouge Fjord

      Arrival 15/08/2017. Departure 15/08/2017.

      16 August 2017 – Sailng Greenland West Coast

      16 August 2017 – Sailng Greenland West Coast

      Arrival 16/08/2017. Departure 16/08/2017.

      17 August 2017 – Nuuk and West institutions

      17 August 2017 – Nuuk and West institutions

      Arrival 17/08/2017. Departure 17/08/2017.

      When Erik Le Rouge, the exiled Norse chief, landed on the coast of Nuuk, he found a fertile and welcoming land dotted with fjords. He settled there with a group of his former countrymen, and the Norse remained the principal inhabitants until, over a period of 500 years, their population declined and gave way to the Inuit. Nuuk is situated at the mouth of one of the largest networks of fjords in the world, where the waters never freeze. The town spreads gently out towards the Davis Strait and enjoys an historic center that is particularly rich in national heritage. The vivid reds, blues, greens and yellows of the houses are a lively contrast to the somber waters of Greenland and serve to lift the spirits of the locals during the Winter months.

      18 August 2017 – Disko Bay

      18 August 2017 – Disko Bay

      Arrival 18/08/2017. Departure 18/08/2017.

      To the east of Baffin Bay, discover Disko Bay, scattered with countless icebergs produced by the Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From your ship, admire the majestic ballet of these ice giants as they slowly drift across the dark waters. This site is a natural marvel of Greenland, and is also renowned as an observation point for the region’s many humpback whales. The encounters with wild fauna and stunning landscapes in the heart of this spectacular and fragile nature will be pure moments of wonder for you.

      19 August 2017 – Ilulissat

      19 August 2017 – Ilulissat

      Arrival 19/08/2017. Departure 19/08/2017.

      At the heart of Disko Bay - a UNESCO World Heritage Site - the Ilulissat Icefjord provides an extraordinary spectacle of almost surreal beauty, with the largest icebergs of the northern hemisphere. The sculptural icebergs continue their timeless journey, shimmering with their eternal light. Vast pieces of ice break off from the bergs and rejoin the inexorable movement of the sea. Close by lies the town of Ilulissat, the region’s principal destination. Encircled by icebergs, it has retained a unique mix of traditional Arctic life, with multicoloured wooden houses, huskies and the leather tanners who still work today using the ancient methods of their ancestors. 

      20 August 2017 – Eternity Fjord

      20 August 2017 – Eternity Fjord

      Arrival 20/08/2017. Departure 20/08/2017.

      21 August 2017▸20 August 2017 – Kangerlussuaq

      Kangerlussuaq

      Disembarkation 21/08/2017 at 07H00 .

      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. 

      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.

      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…

      Important information

      Expeditions programs include activities such as Zodiac® outings (often with "wet landing"), moderate walks to more active hikes. All this accompanied by your expedition team of naturalist guides. Calls, landings & zodiac® cruises will depend on weather conditions, position of ice (during polar cruises) and winds and the state of the sea. These can force a change of plans at any time.

       

      Taking into consideration the unusual and exceptional character of expedition itineraries, the calls shown are an indication only. The final route will be confirmed by the Captain and Expedition Leader, who will take into account the touristic quality of the sites and above all, the safety of the passengers. Their decision will be subject to that of local authorities and the expert pilots present on board during the navigation in polar and /or isolated zones.

       

      Travelling to polar/isolated regions is an exhilarating experience. The raw beauty and untouched wilderness offer an unusual chance to experience a place where there is little evidence of human presence. Inevitably, there are some consequences that come with such remoteness: please remember that you are far from modern hospitals with full medical facilities, thus evacuation is highly expensive. Without the necessary medical coverage, all expenses will have to be immediately paid for with your personal funds. We urge you to subscribe a full coverage insurance, choose your insurance company very carefully and be extremely vigilant and ensure your insurance is fully comprehensive. 

       

       

       

      Dressing tips:



        • Water-resistant parka offered on board (for adults only) on Expedition cruises where the stamp “Parka gift” appears

       

        • Half calf rubber boots with non-slip soles, which will allow you to land in 20 cm of cold water, keeping your feet dry for walks and visits on steep paths. You can also bring water-resistant hiking boots. A boots rental will be offered onboard (for adults only) on Expedition cruises where the stamp “Boots offered” appears

       

        • Comfortable pants: classic Winter pants, warm cotton tracksuit

       

        • Water-resistant windbreaker over pants - COMPULSORY

       

        • Winter pants with water-resistant over pants is the ideal combination: water-resistance and comfort suitability of pants are essential

       

        • Pullover, sweat-shirt or fleece jacket

       

        • Fleece muffler and fleece cap or thermal beanie covering ears (avoid scarfs which do not stand still)

       

        • Water-resistant and supple gloves

       

        • Polarized sunglasses with high UV filter

       

        • Mosquito repellent

       

        • Walking sticks (highly recommended)

       

      Pre/Post & Overlands

      1. During your cruise

        19/08/2017 – Helicoptere flight over the glacier (2 hours)

        670.00 $ **

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        10/08/2017 – Glacier Adventure

        290.00 $ **

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      2. Your packages

        09/08/2017 – Flight From Paris (Economic Class) + Direct Group Transfer : On The Way to Reykjavik Port (Pre)

      3. Before your cruise

        09/08/2017 – Transfer to the pier of Reykjavik

        39.00 $ **

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      Attention: the prices listed at the time of your reservation can be different from those listed in the brochure. These prices can evolve based on availability and the real time rates of the airline companies selected.
      Travellers are advised to check all the information with the authorities concerned prior to the departure date. Ponant advises Travellers to consult the country factsheets relating to the chosen destinations. Ponant specifically draws Travellers' attention to the fact that the information provided may change up until the departure date, and they are advised to consult that information up until the time of departure. CDP invites Travellers to adjust their behavior to the visited country, to exercise vigilance and to avoid carrying valuable objects during their travel.
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