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From the St Lawrence to Greenland, the Last Moments of Winter

Saint Pierre Island - Reykjavík

Canadian Arctic, Greenland, Iceland
06/03/2025 to the 21/03/2025
15 Nights
245 Guests

Starting from per person

£18,560

Select cruise date

Starting from the Gulf of Saint Lawrence's shores, we will explore the southwestern coast of Greenland, delving into timeless moments amid the icy landscapes. As winter transitions to spring, embrace the emotions, marvel at the dreamlike Far North landscapes, and be captivated by the unknown.

The snow-clad northern forests present an enchanting scene while the ice breakup commences in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence. Nature, seemingly frozen, whispers its secrets to those attuned to listen. Our itinerary includes a port of call in Cap-aux-Meules in the Magdalen Islands, offering activities such as walks on frozen beaches. Explore the mysteries concealed by the cliffs of the Gaspé Peninsula from the sea, engaging in winter activities like discovering Forillon National Pak, snowshoeing in L'Anse-au-Griffon Valley, and meeting the Micmac, one of the First Nations of the Canadian provinces. 

Leaving the North American continent, we'll sail through the Strait of Belle Isle and reach the ice-covered southwestern coast of Greenland—a historic first for a cruise line during this season. Time will seemingly pause in the face of this immense ice-covered terrain adorned with drifting icebergs, fragmented ice floes, majestic fjords, and rugged mountains. From magical moments to unforgettable memories, this journey to the world's boundaries promises to be full of surprises.

 

from the st lawrence to greenland the last moments of winter map

Cruise Highlights

Cruise Highlights

  • Embark on an exclusive winter voyage into the Gulf of Saint Lawrence and the southwestern coast of Greenland on a luxury icebreaker, offering unique encounters with local communities amidst stunning snow-covered landscapes.
  • Join us in welcoming Cindy Miller Hopkins, our featured American Photo Ambassador, whose expertise will enhance your photographic skills through workshops, conferences, and personalised advice.
  • Explore traditional villages and engage with the indigenous Micmac and Inuit communities to share their rich culture and way of life.
  • Engage in outings and shore visits led by a team of naturalist guides.
  • Experience an all-new port of call in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, with opportunities for skiing in nearby resorts or exploring the town's history.
  • Enjoy various winter activities such as polar hiking, snowshoeing, fat biking, Nordic skiing, and shore visits on the ice floe.
  • Look for regional wildlife, including moose, reindeer, caribou, wolves, polar bears, Arctic foxes, Ivory gulls, and Greenland seals.
  • Conditions permitting, witness the adorable whitecoat seal pups in the Magdalen Islands—the only breeding ground for Greenland seals worldwide.
  • Imagine landscapes of vast open spaces, majestic fjords, pristine boreal forests, expansive ice floes, and snow-covered valleys.

Itinerary

Itinerary

Explore Canada and Greenland On A Unique Icebreaker Cruise as it Emerges from the Winter

Saint Pierre Island
Day 1

Saint Pierre Island, Saint Pierre And Miquelon

10th February 2025

Off the shores of Canada, explore Saint Pierre Island, one of the two principal islands in the Saint Pierre and Miquelon archipelago, the sole French territory in North America. With a natural harbour, the island, named after the patron saint of fishermen, flourished around the fishing industry, and echoes of its maritime past still endure. Tales of whale hunting, cod fishing, and alcohol smuggling during Prohibition resonate in the capital, Saint-Pierre. The island is a haven for observing remarkable wildlife, featuring whales, fin whales, dolphins, seals, puffins, and petrels among its diverse fauna.

Embarkation from 16:00 to 17:00

Departure 17/01/2025 at 18:00

At Sea in pool on Charcot PONANT
Day 2

At Sea Aboard Le Commandant Charcot

7th March 2025

Embark on an extraordinary voyage aboard Le Commandant Charcot, the world's inaugural luxury polar exploration vessel and the premier PC2-class polar cruise ship designed to navigate deep into the heart of ice-bound seas and oceans, places typically unreachable by conventional ships. Le Commandant Charcot is equipped with state-of-the-art oceanographic and scientific instruments meticulously chosen by a committee of experts. Immerse yourself in on-board lectures and engaging discussions with these specialists to deepen your understanding of the polar regions. Join hands in advancing scientific research onboard, unveiling the yet-to-be-discovered wonders concealed in these captivating destinations.

Cape Aux Meules
Day 3

Cap-Aux-Meules, Magdalen Islands

8th March 2025

While serving as the administrative and economic hub of the Magdalen Islands archipelago in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, the village of Cap-aux-Meules maintains a serene atmosphere, making it an ideal destination for exploring pristine nature.

Situated on the island of the same name, derived from the sandstone rocks of the cape historically used for grindstones, this location is primarily recognized as the maritime gateway to the archipelago. Consequently, it provides exclusive access to numerous sites celebrated for their natural and historical significance, including Havre-Aubert, acknowledged as one of the Most Beautiful Villages in Quebec.

 

Gaspe PONANT
Day 4

Gaspé

9th March 2025

In the serene embrace of the Canadian winter, Gaspé proudly stands as a preserved and authentic gem along the edge of the dark waters of the Gulf of Saint Lawrence. Nature appears to hold its breath in the glacial darkness. The majestic Mount Jacques-Cartier, the highest peak of the Chic-Choc Mountains range, adorns itself in a pristine blanket of snow while the frozen rivers wind through the landscape, capturing time in their icy embrace.

Immerse yourself in the captivating landscapes of the L'Anse-au-Griffon Valley during a snowshoe walk in the heart of Forillon National Park. Later, in Percé, facing the renowned eponymous Rock, explore the natural beauty of the "magic forest," where thousands of conifers, adorned in an immaculate white cloak, stand as silent guardians over this isolated piece of land. Discover the charm of this delightful town, where captivating history and the warmth of the locals blend in a harmonious union.

sailing st laurence gulf PONANT
Day 5

Sailing Saint Lawrence Gulf

10th March 2025

In the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, some waters remain veiled in lingering ice, yet the thaw has commenced, creating a captivating spectacle. The fractured ice takes on enchanting forms, seemingly pirouetting across the undulating waves. Navigating through the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, you trace the footsteps of Jacques Cartier, who first reached these waters in 1534 during his inaugural voyage.

From the vantage point of the ship's bridge, with a stroke of fortune, you may witness seals and belugas inhabiting the region during this season. On the horizon, the boreal forests, their summits adorned in the last vestiges of snow, present an idyllic snapshot of this slice of Canada—a moment of indescribable magic.

Corner Brook PONANT
Day 6

Corner Brook

11th March 2025

Nestled at the entrance of the Humber River, within the embrace of the Bay of Islands, lies the harbour town of Corner Brook, embraced by majestic mountains. A blanket of snow adorns the slopes that beckon you to partake in winter pursuits amid a magnificent backdrop. On the fabled island of Newfoundland, explore the terrain through snowshoeing or engage in skiing or snowboarding adventures at the esteemed Marble Mountain Ski Resort. Alternatively, meander through the streets of this genuine Newfoundland town, unravelling its storied history at your own pace.

Crossing belle Island Strait PONANT
Day 7

Crossing Belle Isle Strait

12th March 2025

Navigating the Strait of Belle Isle promises a moment of profound emotion. Your vessel will glide into this passage, marking the division between Newfoundland and the North American continent just as the process of ice breakup commences. From the bridge's vantage point, should the ice persist, you might catch sight of the Greenland seals inhabiting these waters, punctuated by fragments of drifting ice, as they seek out breeding grounds. Time seems to freeze in this moment, enveloped in a magical enchantment.

Blue Lagoon outdoor hot pool on Le Commandant Charcot PONANT-OlivierBlaud
Day 8

At Sea Aboard Le Commandant Charcot

13th March 2025

As we depart Canada, spend time indulging in Le Commandement Charcot's outstanding facilities. Enjoy the view of the ice from the heated outdoor lagoon, and spend time in the indoor pool, relaxation areas or sauna. During your time at sea, our team of naturalists and scientists will undertake presentations in the ship's theatre and share their knowledge with you, ready for our next destination, Greenland.

QAQORTOQ PONANT
Day 9

Qaqortoq

14th March 2025

Embark on the currents of the Davis Strait, and Qaqortoq, the largest town in southern Greenland, unveils itself within a rocky landscape adorned with pristine white in winter and enchanting green in summer. As your vessel enters the fjord hugging the town, the delightful sight of brightly-coloured houses perched on the hillsides surrounding this charming fishing port, the southernmost in Greenland, becomes apparent in the distance.

A stroll through the town centre offers a glimpse of Danish influences, featuring numerous historical buildings and landmarks, including the country's renowned and oldest fountain adorned with whales. Nearby, the open-air fish market beckons, providing the opportunity to witness fishermen selling the day's catch.

NARSALIK PONANT
Day 10

Narsalik

15th March 2025

Nestled in the intricate web of fjords and bays in Greenland's southwest, the quaint village of Narsalik adds vibrant hues to the Arctic's pristine white with its colourful houses. In this remote corner of the world, you explore to connect with the Inuit community, creating unforgettable moments of shared experiences. Crafted in collaboration between PONANT and the residents of Narsalik, winter activities become a canvas for building lifelong memories. Throughout this shared time, curiosity and discovery will guide your journey.

Nanortalik PONANT
Day 11

Nanortalik

17th March 2025

Venture into the heart of the Kujalleq municipality in Greenland as you visit the Inuit village of Nanortalik. Positioned a few hundred kilometres from the southern extremity of Greenland, it stands as one of the island's southernmost points. The primary economic livelihood of its residents revolves around fishing, providing you with an opportunity to partake in unforgettable moments with the locals. Embrace the snowy landscapes and engage in winter activities, immersing yourself in the rich tapestry of Inuit traditions.

Cape Farvel PONANT
Day 13

Cape Farvel Passage

18th March 2025

 

The Cape Farvel Passage in southern Greenland is a maritime route with historical significance and captivating natural beauty. It serves as a gateway between the Labrador Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, connecting the vast expanse of the Arctic waters. Navigating through Cape Farvel Passage provides a unique experience, surrounded by dramatic coastal landscapes and the icy embrace of the Arctic environment.

The passage has been traversed by explorers throughout history, adding an air of adventure and exploration to this remote, pristine maritime route.

Observatory on a luxury icebreaker ship
Days 14 - 15

At Sea Aboard Le Commandant Charcot

19th - 20th March 2025

As we leave the captivating scenery of Greenland in our wake, spend time indulging in Le Commandement Charcot's outstanding facilities. Enjoy the view from the heated outdoor lagoon, and spend time in the indoor pool, relaxation areas or sauna.

During your time at sea, our team of naturalists and scientists will undertake presentations in the ship's theatre and share their knowledge with you, ready for our next destination, Iceland.

Reykjavik in Iceland in the winter
Day 16

Reykjavík

21st March 2025

 

Reykjavík, Iceland's capital, extends along the shores of a vast bay in the western part of the country. Perlan, known as the "Pearl of Reykjavík," stands proudly on' Oskjuhlið hill, offering a breathtaking panoramic view of the lush, green landscapes. A short distance away, the signpost guides visitors to the iconic Hallgrímskirkja church and the historical centre, where charming streets like Skólavördustígur and Laugavegur invite strolls amid lively small shops. For those seeking relaxation beyond city limits, the Reykjanes peninsula beckons with its renowned thermal lagoons, including the famous Blue Lagoon.

Disembarkation at 08:00

Activities

Activities

Hiking or Snowshoeing

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. And when our itineraries permit, donning snowshoes* will transport you into the footsteps of early explorers, unlocking the uncharted corners that have remained largely untouched by mankind.

 

*Kindly be aware that there are limited spaces available for snowshoeing.

If you are interested in participating in these adventurous activities please enquire about availability at the time of reservation. All activities are subject to availability and weather conditions.

Exploring By Zodiac

Exploring by Zodiac from Le Commandant Charcot

Exploring by Zodiac is an integral part of any expedition cruise. Led by a team of outstanding guides and naturalists, Zodiacs are a fantastic and intimate way to experience the pristine polar environment up close. When the conditions permit, the Zodiacs are launched, and you can enjoy a cruise or shore landing, experience close encounters with wildlife, and get up close to the magnificent ice formations. It's a perfect way to absorb the pristine nature fully.

Zodiac cruises are included as part of the experience on all expedition cruises, and no booking is required.

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.

Starting from per person

£18,560

Select cruise date

Why Reserve With Us?

Choose Your Cabin

Choose Your Cabin

Prestige Stateroom Deck 6
  • A king-size bed (180 x 200 cm) or two single beds (90 x 200 cm)
  • A bathroom with shower
  • A panoramic sliding bay window
  • A 5 m² glazed private balcony
Price per person
£18,560
Prestige Stateroom Deck 7​
  • A king-size bed (180 x 200 cm) or two single beds (90 x 200 cm)
  • A bathroom with shower
  • A panoramic sliding bay window
  • A 5 m² glazed private balcony
Price per person
£18,890
Prestige Stateroom Deck 8​
  • A king-size bed (180 x 200 cm) or two single beds (90 x 200 cm)
  • A bathroom with shower
  • A panoramic sliding bay window
  • A 5 m² glazed private balcony
Price per person
£19,230
Deluxe Suite Deck 6​
  • A lounge area with chaise longue and two armchairs
  • A king-size bed (180 x 200 cm) or two single beds (90 x 200 cm)
  • A bathroom with shower
  • A panoramic sliding bay window
  • A 5 m² glazed private balcony
Price per person
£19,740
Deluxe Suite Deck 7​
  • A lounge area with chaise longue and two armchairs
  • A king-size bed (180 x 200 cm) or two single beds (90 x 200 cm)
  • A bathroom with shower
  • A panoramic sliding bay window
  • A 5 m² glazed private balcony
Price per person
£20,580
Deluxe Suite Deck 8​
  • A lounge area with chaise longue and two armchairs
  • A king-size bed (180 x 200 cm) or two single beds (90 x 200 cm)
  • A bathroom with shower
  • A panoramic sliding bay window
  • A 5 m² glazed private balcony
Price per person
£21,260
Prestige Suite Deck 7​
  • A lounge with sofa, armchair, TV and sliding courtesy door
  • A king-size bed (180 x 200 cm) or two single beds (90 x 200 cm)
  • Two bathrooms with shower
  • Two panoramic sliding bay windows
  • A 10 m² glazed private balcony
Price per person
£26,980
Prestige Suite Deck 8
  • A lounge with sofa, armchair, TV and sliding courtesy door
  • A king-size bed (180 x 200 cm) or two single beds (90 x 200 cm)
  • Two bathrooms with shower
  • Two panoramic sliding bay windows
  • A 10 m² glazed private balcony
Price per person
£27,830
Grand Prestige Suite Deck 6​
  • Priority boarding
  • Champagne and fruit basket upon arrival
  • Butler service
  • An assortment of sweet or savoury canapés and fruit basket every day
  • A lounge area with chaise longue and second TV
  • A Samsung tablet connected to Wifi
  • A king-size bed (180 x 200 cm) or two single beds (90 x 200 cm)
  • A bathroom with shower and Balneo bathtub
  • A panoramic sliding bay window
  • A 5 m² glazed private balcony
  • Two pairs of Swarvoski CL Companion 10 x 30 binoculars
Price per person
£28,670
Privilege Suite Deck 8​
  • Priority boarding
  • Champagne and fruit basket upon arrival
  • Butler service
  • An assortment of sweet or savoury canapés and fruit basket every day
  • A lounge with sofa bed, armchair, and sliding courtesy door
  • A Samsung tablet connected to Wifi
  • A bedroom with king-size bed (180 x 200 cm) or two single beds (90 x 200 cm)
  • A bathroom with shower and Balneo bathtub
  • Two panoramic sliding doors and rectangular porthole
  • A 12.5 m² glazed private balcony
  • Two pairs of Swarvoski CL Companion 10 x 30 binoculars
Price per person
£30,370
Duplex Suite Deck 6​
  • Private return transfer
  • Priority boarding
  • Champagne and fruit basket upon arrival
  • Butler service
  • An assortment of sweet or savoury canapés and a basket of fruit every day
  • A lounge with armchairs, sofa bed, steam fireplace and TV
  • A dining room with a 6-seater table
  • A minibar with RIEDEL crystal glasses
  • A Samsung tablet connected to Wi-Fi
  • A bedroom with king-size bed (180 x 200 cm) or two single beds (90 x 200 cm) and TV
  • A bathroom with shower and balneo bathtub
  • Five panoramic windows and a glazed panoramic swing door
  • A private 26 m² terrace: outdoor lounge with sofa and armchairs, jacuzzi
  • Two pairs of Swarvoski CL Companion 10 x 30 binoculars
Price per person
£41,320
Owner's Suite​
  • Private return transfer
  • Priority boarding
  • Champagne and fruit basket upon arrival
  • Butler service
  • An assortment of sweet or savoury canapés and fruit basket every day
  • A bedroom with king-size bed (180 x 200 cm) or two single beds (90 x 200 cm)
  • A living room with armchairs, two sofa beds, steam fireplace, and second TV
  • A desk and bookcase
  • A Samsung tablet connected to Wifi
  • A dining room with a 6-seater table
  • A minibar with RIEDEL crystal glasses
  • A bathroom with shower and Balneo bathtub
  • A one-hour spa treatments per person (for 2 people) in the well-being space, chosen from the facial and body treatments on offer
  • A private 186 m² terrace: outdoor lounge with deckchairs, hot tub, two sofas, and dining table
  • Two panoramic sliding bay windows
  • Two pairs of Swarvoski CL Companion 10 x 30 binoculars
  • A Swarovski Optik ST VISTA telescope
Price per person
£68,950
Why Reserve With Us?

Deck Plan

What's Included

Included

  • Luxury 5* expedition cruise as per the itinerary.
  • On the day of embarkation a flight from Montreal to Saint Pierre & Miquelon in economy class. Business class upgrades may be available. Please enquire with our Travel Experience Team.
  • Transfer from the airport to the ship.
  • All listed activities are included but subject to availability. Please enquire about activities at the time of booking.
  • All-inclusive experience with dining and drinks included.
  • Zodiac excursions.
  • Onboard lectures by guest speakers and guides.
  • An expedition parka (adult sizes only)

Optional Extras

  • International flight to Montreal. Our Travel Experience Team is happy to assist you with this.
  • Hotels in Montreal prior to embarkation. We recommend arriving in Montreal the day before your departure. Our Travel Experience Team is happy to assist you with hotel booking.
  • Flights from Reykjavík to your home destination. Our Travel Experience Team is happy to assist you with this.
  • Hotels in Reykjavík. We recommend staying one night in Reykjavík before taking your flight to your home destination.
  • Spa treatments unless they are included in your cabin choice.
  • Purchases from the onboard boutique.
  • Rubber boots for shore landings are available for rental.
  • Personal expenses
  • Any other service not mentioned in the programme.

Important Information

  • This expedition involves travelling to lovely remote places with limited medical facilities. We ask you to be healthy and fit to participate. If you have a severe medical condition or have recently undergone surgery, please get in touch with us before making a reservation. Our Travel Experience Team will be happy to assist you with any questions.
  • Whilst our expeditions do not require exceptional fitness, you must be mobile enough to climb in and out of a Zodiac and undertake short walks.
  • Expedition programmes include zodiac outings and landings (sometimes with "wet landing"), moderate walks, and 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, ice position, winds and the state of the sea. These can force a change of plans at any time. The Captain and the Expedition Leader may cancel or stop any activity or modify the itinerary. The final itinerary will be confirmed by the Captain, who will consider 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.
  • You must take out comprehensive travel insurance, which includes medical evacuation and cancellation at the time of booking. To learn more, please see our guide to Travel Insurance For Expedition Cruises.
  • You must hold a passport with a minimum of 6 months validity beyond completing your trip. Please check to see if you require a visa to enter the countries of embarkation and disembarkation. If you have any questions, our Travel Experience Team is always on hand to answer them.
  • Please note that an EKG (electrocardiogram) by your general practitioner will be required for a polar plunge.
  • Due to regulations in the Arctic, it is unfortunately impossible to use drones on this expedition at any time.
  • To guarantee the safety and well-being of our guests, certain items are strictly prohibited on board.
  • The minimum age for children to participate in this expedition is 8.
  • Due to the remote nature of this expedition, for safety reasons, we regret that pregnant women can not participate.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask our Travel Experience Team.

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