Explore Greenland in Luxury 15 Days aboard L'Austral
Set sail on this thrilling voyage to discover the unexplored shores of eastern and southern Greenland. Travelling aboard a luxury expedition vessel you will follow in the paths of the great French explorers as you journey from Spitsbergen to the eastern coast of Greenland, via the famous Jan Mayen Island. You will then spend nine full days exploring Greenland’s enchanting coastline with its alpine landscapes, blue-tinged icebergs, sublime fjords and rich history. Each day will bring a new adventure, with exciting Zodiac cruises and ample land excursions bringing you up-close to the stunning scenery and diverse wildlife of these remote and enthralling lands.
Namibia Birding and Photography GuideAn accomplished and experienced Namibia birding and photographic guide, Toni holds a Namibia Academy for Tourism and Hospitality Level 3 qualification (the highest level attainable in Namibia) and is widely renowned for her extensive knowledge of the cultures, ornithology, flora, astronomy and wildlife of the country. Read more >
Wildlife Guide & PhotographerAndy is a 6th generation Falkland Islander, with a passion for wildlife, plants and photography. Raised in the Falkland Islands, Andy developed a close affinity with the Islands natural environment at a young age. School holidays where spent in the ‘camp’ or countryside with friends and family. For more than 10 years, Andy had the privilege of spending a time on Sea Lion Island, visiting his mother who managed one of the Islands premier tourist destinations. Read more >
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Falklands Expert & GuideBorn in Chartres in the West Falklands, Jenny grew up on the family farm where her love for animals was nurtured by the25,000 sheep, horses and cows that lived alongside her. Forever a nature, conservation and wildlife enthusiast Jenny has travelled extensively throughout the Falkland Islands, visiting each and every wildlife island at least once, and even travelling around some by yacht. Read more >
- Exploring the east coast of Greenland and its pristine territories
- Good wildlife observations including walruses, Arctic terns, caribou, musk oxen, Arctic foxes and hares, whales, seals and orcas
- Spectacular scenery with fjords, rugged mountains, glaciers, icebergs, wild tundra, sheer cliffs and the polar ice cap
- Zodiac shore visits and outings with naturalist guides & hiking opportunities
- Visiting traditional villages and meeting the Inuit people
- Flights Paris to Longyearbyen & Kangerlussuaq to Paris
- Transfers between airport and ship
- Full board accommodation on board ship, including drinks
- Polar parka
- Loan of rubber boots
- Landings and excursions shown in itinerary
ITINERARY14 Nights 15 Days
- Day 1 | Paris to Longyearbyen
- Day 2 | Isbukta, Spitsbergen
- Day 3 | At Sea
- Days 4 - 5 | Jan Mayen Island & At Sea
- Days 6 - 11 | Blosseville Coast / Eastern Greenland
- Days 12 - 14 | Southwest Greenland
- Day 15 | Kangerlussuaq
Paris to Longyearbyen
Your adventure will begin this morning in Paris where you will meet your representatives and the rest of the passengers at the airport for your included flight to Longyearbyen. This 4.5 hour flight will see you landing in one of the most remote and enchanting settlements in the world, the capital of the Svalbard archipelago.
Upon landing you will then be transferred to the port to board your luxury expedition vessel. Spend some time settling in to your luxurious cabin and familiarising yourself with the ship as we prepare to sail away from Longyearbyen and into Isfjorden. Some time on deck should reward in excellent seabird sightings.
Today we will make the most of our short time in Svalbard by enjoying a brief exploration of this unique and enchanting area. We plan to sail to the southeast tip of Spitsbergen, the archipelago’s largest island, to visit the small bay of Isbukta. Here we will find the immense Vasil’evbreen glacier and enjoy the first of many thrilling Zodiac cruises of our trip. This exciting excursion will bring us up-close to the more than 20km long glacier front and if conditions allow, we will also attempt a shore landing to take a walk along the first section of the glacier. We will also hope to visit Stellingfjellet to see one of the largest guillemot colonies on the archipelago before making our way into the sea to begin our journey to Greenland.
Today will be spent at sea sailing towards Greenland, charting a course for Jan Mayen along the way. Whilst at sea you can enjoy some time to relax in preparation for the adventures that lie ahead. Join your onboard photographer to get some hints and tips on capturing the perfect wildlife and scenic images, spend some time on deck looking out for seabirds and whales, or indulge in a relaxing spa treatment. Whatever you decide to do with your time at sea, the luxury facilities and comfort on offer will be sure to impress.
Jan Mayen Island & At Sea
As we continue our sail towards Greenland we will pass by the isolated and uninhabited volcanic island of Jan Mayen, and your captain will steer the ship as close as possible for you to capture some excellent pictures of this unique place. Located on the threshold of the Arctic and North Atlantic Oceans, Jan Mayen Island features a dramatic landscape of tongues of ice descending from its 2,227 metres high snow-coated volcanic summit. It is also a well-known hotspot for whales and large bird colonies.
On day 5 we will be approaching the Greenland coast and excitement will build as we prepare to make the first of many landings on this huge geologically diverse island.
Blosseville Coast / Eastern Greenland
Welcome to majestic Greenland! Over the course of the next 6 days you will discover a world of wild natural environments, alpine landscapes, scenic fishing ports and lots of ice! Each day will bring something new and exciting to discover, with thrilling Zodiac cruises and shore visits bringing you up-close to nature at its most powerful. Our landing schedule will be flexible here with your captain and experienced crew choosing the best places to visit for enchanting scenic and wildlife experiences.
Areas we expect to visit as we discover the east coast include Watkins Fjord, Tugtilik, Storo Island, Sermilik and Tasilaq. In Qingminguartalik we can enjoy some exciting sea-ice cruising as we reach the starting point of Fridtjof Nansen’s very first crossing of the Greenland ice cap and enjoy a gentle climb up the slopes of the ice cap’s first foothills to better appreciate its huge size. You will also have the opportunity to visit the town to see some remnants of the Thule civilisation and learn more about Thule culture.
Sailing further along the ice cap we will reach Nansen Harbour where the ice cap plunges directly into a superb bay which is perfect for a Zodiac cruise. On the uninhabited land of Skjoldungen Island you can discover some magnificent landscapes of glacial valleys, rocky outcrops, mountains and willow forests. The island is surrounded by a stunning fjord and a landing here will offer us the chance to see the orcas and bearded seals that are often found here alongside a large bird population including northern wheatears, common redpolls and common ravens.
We will then cross the narrow, zig-zagging channel of the Prins Christian Sund where some time on deck as we sail through the icy waters will reward in some fantastic photo opportunities of the rocky cliffs and waterfalls that make up the awe-inspiring landscape here. Bearded seals are often spotted here, and it is also an excellent place to witness the natural phenomenon of the Northern Lights which, if luck prevails, we may get a taste of. Other areas you may visit on the east coast include Augpilatok and Igaliku.
Sailing west along Greenland’s south coast our next stop will bring us to the beautiful town of Narsaq. From the ship you will be able to see typical Greenland, where small villages and towns are surrounded by the most wonderful natural landscapes. The surrounding icebergs contrasting against the multi-coloured house creates a unique setting as well as fantastic scenic photo opportunities.
Our last adventure will see us gently cruising into Evighedsfjorden, “the fjord of eternity”, just a few kilometres south of Kangerlussuaq. A visit here will reward in spectacularly diverse scenery from glaciers and jagged cliffs to tundra blanketed in flora. A cruise here will be a fantastic way to round off our voyage around Greenland and will also give us some more birdwatching opportunities as we keep an eye out for colonies of black-legged kittiwakes and seagulls as well as white-tailed eagles.
Having sailed through the 190km long Kangerlussuaq Fjord, our voyage will end in the former American military base town of Kangerlussuaq. After disembarkation you will be transferred to the airport for your included flight back to Paris.
What Our Customers
Superlatives abound – a truly amazing experience...awesome. Thanks to all for making it such a memorable experience.
We have just returned from our Spitsbergen trip with Wildfoot and had to tell you what an amazing time we had! We saw 6 polar bears including a mother with 2 cubs as well as whales, walruses and lots of birds. The ship (Expedition) was really comfortable and the guides were so helpful and friendly. Thank you so much for making it all so easy.
I came to Wildfoot because a friend had booked with you when you were Antarctica Bound and they were right. Everything went perfectly, even when our flight was cancelled, you made sure we still made it to the ship with time to spare. L’Austral is a beautiful ship with first class service and food and the guides looked after us well. Very happy to recommend Wildfoot and L’Austral...
We had always wanted to see the Arctic and travelling all the way from Australia needed lots of information. After getting nowhere, we came across Wildfoot and found people who knew what they were talking about! Sara and John were so helpful and made the process easy, suggesting Iceland Greenland and Spitsbergen. This was perfect for us – amazing scenery and lots of wildlife, especially the polar bears in Spitsbergen. Thanks for everything. Ps, the ship was great too!
Just wanted to say thank you for suggesting a trip to Franz Josef Land as something different for the Arctic. We had a super trip and really enjoyed the Sea Spirit. Galapagos next!
Standing on the North Pole has been an ambition of mine since childhood and now I have done it! Thank you for making the process so easy - seeing polar bears and whales too was a real bonus.
The Sea Spirit expedition was excellent and the team organising it all were extremely good. 10 out of 10. Everything went very smoothly. The Iceland extension worked perfectly, all the organisation, connections etc. were excellent
The cruise was beyond my expectations. Got to see everything the captain wanted, even a polar bear mother with three cubs. Coal Miners Cabins were smashing. I did loads of birding and exploring over three days. All the people were great from the expedition leaders down to the passengers. So glad to have achieved my ambition of some 50 years standing and got amongst the ice of the Arctic, walked amongst it’s islands and witnessed the antics of its wonderful wildlife. What’s next??? I’ll need to speak with Sara again.
Thanks so much for enabling me to get to places I had always wanted to see from a very young age. “Ace” as my boys used to say!
Just wanted to send a quick note to say thank you very much for all your help in arranging our recent trip to Svalbard. Everything ran smoothly and the trip was a great success. Unfortunately I had to flew back a few days early and missed out on Isfjord Radio, which the rest of the team said was a brilliant place with amazing food, still the Basecamp Hotel and Nordenskiold Lodge were pretty amazing places, so I’m not complaining!
Writing back to tell you that the trip to the Arctic was all that it promised and more. It was a great wild-life sightseeing opportunity and the staff were really good.I had an excellent trip and have thousands of photos to go through.
I had an absolutely fabulous time won the Sergey Vavilov, it is an excellent ship. Sara was indeed right in her recommendation that they would be the most likely to push north into the ice to find the polar bears. We even circumnavigated Spitsbergen which was awesome and not o n the itinerary.It is such a wonderful way to take a trip when you are on your own – so if any of your potential single clients are unsure, definitely recommend it – I didn’t feel alone from the moment I stepped on board. I will be at the Birdfair next weekend and so will catch up with whoever is there – regarding this trip, and potentially my next!
Great cruise, staff and expedition team. Had a great trip.
Great cruise, staff and expedition team. Had a great trip.
We had a wonderful time, even though we didn't do all the places we were supposed to but we all felt were we went instead couldn't beaten. Saw animals I wanted to see. Bit worried what the food was like as some of the ships cooking leaves something to be desired, but food was very good. We thought all the guides were brilliant and informative, friendly and knowledgeable It was far better than we expected and even my husband thoroughly enjoyed it!
I wanted to let you know that I had a wonderful cruise in the Russian Far East. The landscape and destination were inspiring, we had some excellent wildlife sightings (sea otter, grey whale, Steller's sea eagle, snowy owl and Arctic fox were all firsts for me), and the Heritage team were superb. Rough seas forced a few changes to the itinerary but we also had some fabulous weather. All in all, a thrilling travel experience.Thanks once again for all your efforts
I thought you might like to know that this was an excellent holiday. Our guide, Brad, was absolutely wonderful, his enthusiasm and knowledge made the holiday even better. All in all the whole trip was excellent and we saw lots of bears, 24 on the first day. Fewer on the second and third days but still plenty, as well as arctic foxes,silver foxes and snowy owls. Even on the last day near the town we saw a bear on rocks by the beach.
What a great trip! Wildfoot built a great trip for us and every aspect was spot on. Our Iguazu guide was fun, interesting and helpful and all the transfers were timely and comfortable. The Antarctica Trip was superb - WIldfoot had given us the best advice and helped us choose the right ship and tour for what we wanted - A truly memorable Experience Thank You Wildfoot
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