Northeast Greenland National Park in Luxury – With National Geographic – 13 Days aboard Le Commandant Charcot
Set sail for this unique Arctic trip designed in collaboration with National Geographic to offer you an in-depth exploration of the world’s largest National Park. Exploring along Greenland’s beautiful northeast coast you will sail aboard a luxury expedition vessel that has been built to reach areas usually inaccessible to most other vessels at this time of year. Surrounded by ice, snow and incredible landscapes at every turn, you will visit local communities, spectacular fjords and glaciers, and enjoy Zodiac cruising and shore visits in search of a multitude of wildlife including Polar bears, musk oxen, various species of whale and an abundance of seabirds. Travelling in the company of an experienced and knowledgeable expedition team, as well as special guest photographers and experts from National Geographic, you will learn all there is to know and discover all there is to discover of this remarkably remote corner of the world.
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 >
Photographer and founder of the Travel Photographer Of The Year awardsA fascination with natural light and a passion with nature, landscape and travel underpin Chris Coe's photography. His images often have a striking simplicity and graphic quality. More recent work has introduced a subtlety with experimentation with both movement and light.Read more >
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 >
Special Guest LecturerExclusive to this voyage, Doug Allan, a multi award winning polar photographer and cameraman, will be your special guest lecturer. Doug has been on over 20 expeditions to Svalbard to film its wildlife, and knows the wonders of this area more than most. Read more >
Special Guest Photography GuideChris was 32 when he finally realised he really did want to be a photo-journalist and walked out on his career in IT sales to become a wildlife photographer Read more >
- Unique in-depth exploration of Northeast Greenland National Park, the largest national park in the world
- Travel in Spring, when nature in this icy paradise awakes
- Incredible scenery at every turn – from majestic fjords and snow-capped mountains to ice floes, glaciers, icecaps, and icebergs
- Search for sightings of a huge variety of iconic wildlife including Polar bears, orcas, narwhals, musk oxen, walruses, Arctic foxes, and a myriad of seabirds
- Visit remote Inuit communities to share in their traditions and learn all about life this far north
- Visit historic trapper cabins and learn about Polar explorations and trades of days gone by
- Enjoy exciting Zodiac and hovercraft cruises, shore visits and hiking opportunities
- Special National Geographic expedition – enrichment programme with a National Geographic photographer and experts onboard
- Full board accommodation on board, including bar/beverage service
- Zodiac cruises and shore excursions
- Entertainment and expert lecture programme
- Loan of rubber boots
- Expedition parka
ITINERARY12 Nights 13 Days
Reykjavik - Embark
Your thrilling Arctic Greenland trip begins in Reykjavik, the vibrant Icelandic capital, where after arriving independently you will make your way to the port to board your luxury expedition vessel. After settling into your supremely comfortable cabin and familiarising yourself with the fantastic facilities on board, you might wish to make your way to the deck to watch as we leave Iceland behind and set sail into the Denmark Strait towards Greenland.
We recommend arriving in Reykjavik a few days ahead of departure to allow you time to soak up the sights of this very special city and its beautiful surroundings. Please let us know if you would like any advice on places to visit and stay.
These two days will be spent at sea sailing towards Greenland. This will be the perfect time to relax and enjoy the luxurious facilities on board including the spa, wellness centre, fitness centre, swimming pool and panoramic lounge. You might also choose to spend some time on deck looking for seabirds and whales following the ship and soaking up the beautiful surroundings.
Your first area for discovery in Greenland will be the scenic Ittoqqortoormiit area, one of the most remote inhabited places in the world. Incomparably located between the world’s largest national park and the world’s longest fjord system, Ittoqqortoormiit really is unlike any other place on earth. During our exploration here we will hope to come ashore to visit the Inuit community and learn all about their traditions and way of life this far north where the land is covered with ice and snow for nine months of the year and hunting remains the main source of food.
Dodmansbugten & Danmarkshavn
Continuing our exploration of Northeast Greenland National Park’s eastern coast, next up is Dodmansbugten, or “dead man’s bay”, where the last Inuit settlement of Northeast Greenland was discovered around 1823. Located within Gael Hamke Bay, we can enjoy some exploration around here to see the old trapper cabins and the vestiges of the former Eskimonaes radio and weather station which was captured by German troops during World War II to achieve control of the meteorological intelligence for the region.
Sailing further north, you will reach Danmarkshavn on the southern coast of Germania Land. Here you can learn all about the area’s historical and current day importance for determining meteorological conditions and other scientific intelligence.
Today will be spent exploring even deeper along the jagged coastlines, gigantic fjords and breathtaking shores of Northeast Greenland National Park. Surrounded by magnificent alpine mountains, this is the largest National Park in the world and is a designated UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. As we explore by land and sea we will get up close to the area’s renowned nature and wildlife, hoping for sightings of the Polar bears and musk oxen that are often spotted in this wild and isolated area.
Ile-de-France & Myggbukta
If ice conditions allow, we now hope to sail even further north to land on the coast of the famous Ile-de-France, a mythical site of French polar expeditions discovered on 28 July 1905, before returning south to visit Myggbukta, a former Norwegian whaling, meteorological and radio station established in 1922 by Johan A. Olsen. This large bay situated at more than 73° latitude north is covered in superb arctic tundra extending as far as the eye can see, and is an excellent place to spot musk oxen.
Leaving beautiful Greenland behind, it’s now sadly time to make our way back to Reykjavik filled with memories of our unforgettable Arctic adventures. Take some time to relax and make use of the fantastic facilities onboard, enjoy the last of your fascinating lecture and presentation programme, or spend some time on deck searching for sightings of whales and seabirds.
Reykjavik - Disembark
Arrival back into port at Reykjavik signals the end of your Arctic trip and after breakfast it will be time to disembark and make your way onwards or homewards. There are multiple options for extending your adventures so please make sure to ask us for advice on where to go, where to stay and what to see in Iceland should you wish to extend your stay here.
A view from Above
What Our Customers
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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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