Encounter with the Last Guardians of the North Pole

Nuuk - Nuuk

Greenland
April
12 Nights

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coast mountains and icebergs of East Greenland
No solo supplement
Nuuk - Nuuk
April 5 2025 - April 17 2025
12 Nights

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£16,250
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Cruise Overview

Join us for a 13-day adventure in western Greenland, aboard Le Commandant Charcot, with special guests Nicolas Dubreuil, a French adventurer and polar specialist, and Sue Flood, a British Photo Ambassador.

Experience the magic of spring in western Greenland as the icy landscape transforms from barren plains to drifting patches, creating pathways for migrating narwhals and belugas.

Explore the rugged coast of western Greenland, living among the last hunters in this remote region. Immerse yourself in the wisdom of the Inuit community in Kullorsuaq, a village that epitomizes the essence of timelessness.

In Disko Bay, be mesmerized by the sight of majestic icebergs floating on dark waters. Spend four unforgettable days in Kullorsuaq, a village accessible only with Le Commandant Charcot, and immerse yourself in the warmth and hospitality of its inhabitants.

Experience dog sled rides, polar plunges, and snorkeling adventures amidst the ice. Learn the art of ice fishing and join the villagers in crafting essential items for their daily lives.

Encounter with the Last Guardians of the North Pole Map

Cruise Highlights

Cruise Highlights

  • Featured guests Nicolas Dubreuil, French explorer and specialist in the polar regions and Sue Flood, British Photo Ambassador.
  • Arctic Wildlife Encounters: Witness the migration of narwhals and belugas, as channels of open water form amidst the ice floes, providing a glimpse into the lives of these majestic creatures.
  • Exclusive Access to Kullorsuaq: Immerse yourself in the Inuit community of Kullorsuaq, one of the hardest-to-access villages in the region, and gain insights into their way of life and wisdom.
  • Marvel at the surreal beauty of Disko Bay, where majestic icebergs drift serenely on dark waters, creating a breathtaking spectacle.
  • Adventure Activities: Enjoy various adventure activities, including dog sled rides, polar plunges, snorkeling amidst the ice, polar trek and ice fishing, providing firsthand experiences of life in the Arctic*
  • Exploration of Baffin Bay: Explore the icy vastness of Baffin Bay, embark on polar trek and keep an eye out for the legendary polar bear, emblematic of the Arctic wilderness.

Itinerary

Itinerary

Embark on a journey along the western coast of Greenland sailing in the magnificent Disko Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as in the ice-covered Baffin Bay.

Nuuk capital of Greenland
Day 1

Nuuk

Nuuk, the capital city of Greenland, is a vibrant and culturally rich urban center nestled on the southwestern coast of the world's largest island. With its stunning natural surroundings and unique blend of traditional Inuit culture and modern amenities, Nuuk offers visitors a captivating glimpse into Greenlandic life.

Exploring Nuuk reveals a wealth of attractions and experiences. Visitors can delve into Greenland's rich history and heritage at the Greenland National Museum, home to artifacts spanning thousands of years, including the famous Qilakitsoq mummies. The Nuuk Art Museum showcases contemporary Greenlandic art, providing insight into the island's vibrant artistic scene.

Embarkation from 16:00 to 17:00

Departure at 18:00

no single supplement north pole cruises guest on deck
Days 2 -4

At sea aboard Le Commandant Charcot

Spend your days at sea aboard Le Commandant Charcot, the pioneering luxury polar exploration vessel designed to navigate the most inaccessible icy waters. As the world's first PC2-class polar cruise ship, it ventures into the heart of the ice, unlocking remote seas and oceans beyond the reach of conventional vessels.

Equipped with state-of-the-art oceanographic and scientific instruments handpicked by a team of experts, Le Commandant Charcot offers an unparalleled opportunity for scientific exploration. Engage with onboard specialists through lectures and discussions, delving deeper into the mysteries of the polar regions.

Days 5 - 8

Kullorsuaq

Nestled along the rugged coastline of Greenland, Kullorsuaq emerges as a remote and enchanting village, offering a glimpse into the unique way of life in the Arctic. Situated amidst breathtaking natural scenery, this hard-to-reach settlement embodies the essence of traditional Greenlandic culture and hospitality.

Kullorsuaq's modest yet colorful buildings dot the landscape, framed by towering mountains and pristine waters. As one of the most remote villages in the region, its isolation lends an air of tranquility and authenticity, inviting visitors to immerse themselves in its timeless charm.

Exploring Kullorsuaq reveals a close-knit community deeply rooted in Inuit traditions and values. Residents warmly welcome visitors, eager to share their rich cultural heritage through storytelling, music, and traditional crafts.

Baffin Bay icebergs
Days 9 -12

Baffin Bay Exploration

Exploring Baffin Bay unveils a world of wonder and discovery. Polar treks across the ice floes offer a glimpse into the Arctic's fragile ecosystem, while wildlife encounters with seals, whales, and seabirds provide moments of awe and wonder. The elusive polar bear, symbol of the Arctic wilderness, may even make an appearance, roaming the icy expanses in search of prey.

For adventurers and nature enthusiasts alike, Baffin Bay offers endless opportunities for exploration and adventure. From kayaking amidst towering icebergs to hiking along rugged coastlines, there's no shortage of ways to immerse oneself in the beauty of this remote and untamed wilderness.

Nuuk capital of Greenland
Day 13

Nuuk

Today, we have returned to Nuuk which stands as a vibrant emblem of Greenlandic life and culture. This bustling capital city, framed by majestic mountains and serene fjords, offers a unique blend of tradition and modernity against a backdrop of stunning natural beauty.

As Greenland's administrative and cultural center, Nuuk pulses with activity while maintaining an inviting, laid-back atmosphere. Its colorful waterfront buildings overlook tranquil waters, creating a picturesque setting for exploration and discovery.

Disembarkation at 08:00

Activities

Activities

Zodiac Cruising

Zodiac ride in Antarctica PONANT

Join us on daily adventures with our fleet of Zodiacs, expertly piloted by polar guides who will take you to the heart of stunning natural landscapes and wildlife. Enjoy the excitement of shore landings on secluded beaches and cruises through icy waters to explore intriguing sites. Every day promises new adventures and unforgettable encounters with the wild while experiencing the comfort and thrill of our Zodiacs.

Ice Fishing

Ice Fishing activity

Where else could be more fitting for the pursuit of ice fishing than the frigid Arctic regions? With the guidance of our naturalist guides, you'll seek out the ideal location to carve a hole into the ice floe or frozen lakes, attempting to catch fish using an age-old method. Seizing the opportunities presented by weather and ice conditions, you'll engage in this unique activity, equally appealing to avid game fishing enthusiasts and those with a curiosity for new discoveries.*

*Optional activity with limited available spots. Please enquire with our Travel Experience Team at the time of booking.

Hiking

Hiking and snowshoeing on Le Commandant Charcot

Amid our shore landings, you'll have the chance to join our seasoned naturalist guides for hiking expeditions of varying difficulty levels based on the ecological resilience of the unique biome. These excursions may range from leisurely coastal strolls to extended treks lasting several hours, taking you to breathtaking viewpoints and historic sites. You'll seize the moment, adapting your journey to the prevailing weather and ice conditions.

Kayaking

Kayaking in Greenland PONANT

Embark on a thrilling sea kayaking adventure that lasts for two hours and takes you through breathtaking polar landscapes. You'll paddle in a tandem kayak alongside a partner, guided by a qualified polar navigation expert. All necessary equipment will be provided, so you don't have to worry about a thing. As you glide through the icy waters, you'll be surrounded by stunning vistas that are sure to leave an indelible mark on your memory. This is a seamless and exciting way to experience the wonders of the natural world.

*Please note that limited spots are available for this exclusive experience and there is an additional charge. Please enquire at time of reservation. 

 

Polar Trek

Nordic Ski Polar Trek in Greenland

Embark on a novel and exclusive escapade in the heart of the Far North. Step out of the comfort of Le Commandant Charcot for a two-day and one-night Nordic skiing expedition in a small, self-sufficient group. Amidst the ice floe, grant yourself the opportunity for complete immersion in polar nature, accompanied by knowledgeable local Greenlandic guides. Set up camp in the heart of the expansive wilderness. Throughout this timeless adventure, the rewards of contemplation and serenity will complement your exertions, creating moments of camaraderie and shared experiences.*

 

*Optional activity with limited available spots, subject to an additional fee. Please enquire with our Travel Experience Team at the time of booking. 

Dog Sledding

Dog Sledding in Greenland on an icebreaker cruise

Experience a timeless tradition that traces back 6,000 years before our era. Inuit relied on sled dogs around 1000 AD, spreading their use across the Arctic. These loyal companions have journeyed with trappers in the American Far North and explorers on their most daring expeditions.

Guided by skilled handlers and your knowledgeable local guide, embark on a mesmerizing sled dog ride through captivating landscapes. Seizing weather and ice opportunities, you'll delve into the heart of this traditional mode of transport and venture across the ice floe.

Polar Plunge

Polar Plunge activity PONANT

If weather and ice conditions permit, you'll have the chance to partake in a one-of-a-kind adventure: a polar plunge. Clad only in your swimwear, you'll immerse yourself in the icy waters amidst the vast expanse of the ice.

Your Ship

Your Ship

Le Commandant Charcot

Introducing the majestic Le Commandant Charcot, the world's first luxury icebreaker. Imagine exploring the seldom visited furthest reaches of the polar regions in comfort levels never seen before on an icebreaker. Her unique icebreaking PC2 Polar Class 2 Hull allows it to explore captivating destinations locked in by sea ice from the North Pole to the frozen seas of East Greenland and Antarctica, which are off-limits to standard expedition ships. The onboard experience is second to none, with fine dining, an outdoor heated lagoon and sumptuous ensuite cabins with verandas. With a team of onboard expedition experts, Le Commandant Charcot is perfect for adventurers and connoisseurs looking to explore the unexplored in safety and style.

Ship Highlights

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The World’s first Luxury Icebreaker Built For Polar Exploration

The ice-strengthened hull and powerful engines give Le Commandant Charcot an extraordinary ability to explore places where no other cruise ship has ventured before offering out-of-this-world itineraries. Equipped with a fleet of Zodiacs for excursions and kayaks, this is the ultimate expedition ship.
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Outstanding Onboard Experience & Fine Cuisine

From bathing in the heated outdoor blue lagoon to unwinding in the relaxation area complete with detox bar, indoor pool, and seating with large windows, Le Commandant Charcot is conceived around the guest experience at every level. Enjoy the finest gourmet food at the ship’s two restaurants.
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Small Group Size​

Le Commandant Charcot takes a maximum of 245 guests with only 200 on Antarctica voyages. The ship is spacious and never feels crowded. A small group size offers our guests the best experience on the ship, during Zodiac excursions and shore landings.
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World Class Expedition Teams and Leaders

What makes expeditions on Le Commandant Charcot truly pioneering is the team’s experience behind it. From captains to expedition leaders, naturalists, guides, scientists, and special guest speakers, there is a passion and wealth of experience that is shared with you every step of the way.
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Environmentally Responsible Expeditions

From cutting-edge hybrid electric engines powered by liquid natural gas to an outdoor pool heated with recycled thermal energy generated by the ship’s engine, the ship utilizes the latest technologies to be a leader in environmentally respectful cruising.
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Luxury Accommodation

Le Commandant Charcot offers luxury never seen before on an icebreaker. The tastefully designed cabins feature balconies and ensuites. For those looking for exceptional luxury, there is a choice of suites featuring private deck areas with jacuzzis, large living spaces, and dining areas.
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Dedicated to Scientific Discovery

Equipped with science laboratories, Le Commandant Charcot offers a platform to host scientists and researchers to gain valuable insights into understanding and protecting the most remote places on Earth with their knowledge shared with guests during presentations.

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