Around Svalbard – Far North in Luxury 11 DaysAboard: Le Commandant Charcot
Sail aboard a luxury expedition vessel as you discover the riches of magical Svalbard in style. This exciting Arctic expedition cruise will see your ship attempt a full circumnavigation of Svalbard, reaching remote territories, the ice floes coming down from the North Pole, and Nordaustlandet, a far north region inaccessible to most other cruise ships at this time of year. The expanse of the Polar Arctic is yours to explore, with thrilling Zodiac cruises, hovercraft rides and shore visits bringing you right up to the action. See unforgettable landscapes of Polar deserts, glaciers, mountains, iceberg-filled waters and colourful tundra, and search for wildlife including Polar bears, walrus, whales, reindeer, Arctic fox and an abundance of seabirds.
- Attempt a full circumnavigation of Svalbard
- Discover Nordaustlandet, Europe’s largest ice cap
- Explore around the South East Svalbard Nature Reserve and Northwest Svalbard National Park
- Sail through the unforgettable Hinlopen Strait
- Search for incredible Arctic wildlife including Polar bears, reindeer, walruses, whales and a myriad of birds
- Spectacular scenery at every turn with icebergs, ice caps, jagged mountains, sheer cliffs & huge glaciers
- Travel in ultimate comfort aboard a luxurious expedition ship
- Enjoy thrilling Zodiac and hovercraft cruises, shore visits and hiking opportunities
- Full board accommodation on board, including bar/beverage service
- Flights from Paris to Longyearbyen & return
- Transfers between airport and ship
- Zodiac cruises and shore excursions
- Entertainment and expert lecture programme
- Loan of rubber boots
- Expedition parka
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Paris to Longyearbyen - Embark
Join your included flight from Paris to Longyearbyen, the administrative capital of Svalbard, where you will transfer to the port to board your luxury expedition vessel. You can settle into your supremely comfortable cabin and familiarise yourself with the ship as we sail out of Longyearbyen surrounded by wonderful scenery and head into the Isfjord as your Arctic adventure begins.
Northwest Spitsbergen National Park
As we begin our exploration of Spitsbergen, Svalbard’s largest island's, stunning west coast, we will spend some time exploring around the Northwest Spitsbergen National Park where the Nunataks, glaciers, islands, large bays, and arctic tundra scattered with moss and lichen in shades of silver and gold provide a spectacular backdrop to Arctic adventures. Enjoying Zodiac cruises and shore visits, you will discover areas of historical importance and discover remnants of historical expeditions and trades of days gone by. We will also be on the lookout for sightings of wildlife including Arctic terns and seals.
As we arrive along the far northern reaches of Svalbard, we will spend 3 or 4 days exploring around the incredibly impressive Nordaustlandet/Nordaust-Svalbard Nature Reserve area. This vast Polar desert is a delight to explore, not to mention the exhilaration of knowing you are in one of the most northernly places on the planet. Discover imposing glaciers and majestic icebergs, fjords, cliffs, ice caps and a wide variety of wildlife including huge colonies of thick-billed murres on the steep cliffs, with Arctic foxes and maybe even Polar bears stalking below.
During our time here we will also attempt to reach Kvitoya, Svalbard's easternmost island.
It’s now time for an unforgettable sail through the Hinlopen Strait which separates Nordaustlandet and Spitsbergen and is a wildlife and scenery paradise. With breathtaking views of magnificent basalt formations, imposing icebergs drifting in the sea and the ice cap stretching as far as the eye can see, this magical landscape is a sight to behold. It is also a fantastic area for birdwatching as well as for spotting polar bears and walruses.
South East Svalbard Nature Reserve
The second largest protected area in all of Norway, the South East Svalbard Nature Reserve offers fantastic wildlife viewing opportunities including chances of seeing Svalbard reindeer, Arctic foxes and cetaceans. Designated as an Important Bird Area, you should be able to observe a huge variety of seabirds here, and a visit to Edgeoya Island is likely to bring great chances of spotting Polar bears. As well as the wildlife, you’re likely to be equally impressed by the landscapes on show here too as we explore around to see stunning panoramas of rocky islets, mountain plateaux, vast tundra plains, and ice floes.
Having sailed along the south coast of Spitsbergen, you arrive at Hornsund, considered “the crown of Arctic Norway”. This stunning area with its impressive glaciers and abundant icebergs will be the perfect finale to this magical expedition. You will sail around the fjord between imposing glaciers and carved mountains and enjoy your final Zodiac cruises in the iceberg-strewn waters.
Longyearbyen to Paris - Disembark
As you arrive back into beautiful Longyearbyen, after breakfast it will be time to disembark and join your included flight back to Paris. Numerous further Arctic adventures are available in Longyearbyen so please enquire should you wish to extend your experience and spend a few more days in this unique Arctic town.
A view from Above
The truly luxurious, brand-new (2021) Le Commandant Charcot is the latest addition to the stunning fleet of high-class Ponant expedition ships. Re-imagining luxury Polar cruises, the ship is the very first hybrid-electric polar exploration ship powered by liquefied natural gas and has been designed with the greatest attention to detail in terms of safety and respect for the environment. Offering more comfort and luxury than any other expedition ship on the market, Le Commandant Charcot features a beautiful indoor swimming pool, a fantastic spa, gym and wellness area, and truly elegant common areas including a panoramic indoor restaurant, Blue Lagoon outdoor restaurant, lounge bar, observation lounge and conservatory. Every element of the ship has been designed to both convey French-style discreet luxury and arouse wonder and amazement. The 135 exceptional suites and staterooms, ranging in size from20 to 115 m², provide ultimate relaxation after a long day of exploring. With private balconies or terraces, each room allows for incredible views of your surroundings, and with their unique understated design each room exudes the feeling and sense of sailing on a private yacht. Large comfortable beds, air-conditioning, minibars, satellite TV, Bose Bluetooth speakers, Wi-Fi, bathrobes and top-of-the-line toiletries are just a few of the room features. Premium rooms also feature a butler service, and some even have their own private jacuzzis.
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