Greenland of Great Explorers

04/09/2019 through 06/22/2020
04/09/2019 through 07/09/2020
Ponant

Greenland of Great Explorers

Set sail with PONANT on an new itinerary discovering the unexplored shores of the eastern coast of Greenland. During this 15-day expedition cruise, you will follow in the footsteps of the great French explorers who pushed the boundaries of polar navigation from the 19th century onwards.

From Longyearbyen in Spitsbergen, L'Austral will make its way to Jan Mayen Island, which was very dear to CaptainJean-Baptiste Charcot. Located on the threshold of the Arctic and North Atlantic Oceans, this isolated and uninhabited volcanic island was a whale hunting centre and is home to large bird colonies.

Your ship will then sail on toward the west coast of Greenland, known for its wild natural environments, its alpine landscapes, and its sea ice carried along the Transpolar Drift.

You will then sail along the , named after the French captain who saw it for the first time in 1833. Here, the ice sheet meets the sea.

During the last part of your cruise, you will sail up the west coast of Greenland. You will be able to admire the sublime fjords of Prins Christian Sund and the blue-tinged icebergs of Narsaq, before heading for Kangerlussuaq, where this unforgettable cruise will end.

We are privileged guests in these remote lands where we are at the mercy of weather, ice, tidal and current conditions. 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.

Itinerary

Day 1 Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen
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Day 2 Stellingfjellet, Svalbard
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Day 2 Isbukta, Spitsbergen
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Day 3 At Sea
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Day 4 Jan Mayen Island, Svalbard
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Day 5 At Sea
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Day 6 Watkins Fjord
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Day 7 Storo Island
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Day 7 Tugtilik
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Day 8 Tasiilaq
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Day 8 Sermilik
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Day 9 Qingminguartalik
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Day 9 Nansen Harbor
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Day 10 Skjoldungen
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Day 11 Augpilatok
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Day 11 Prins Christian Sund
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Day 12 Igaliku
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Day 12 Narsaq Fjord
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Day 13 At Sea
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Day 14 Evighedsfjorden
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Day 15 Kangerlussuaq
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