The Geographic North Pole in Luxury 16 DaysAboard: Le Commandant Charcot
The ultimate bucket list adventure – discover the northernmost point of the planet, in luxury! In the magical lands of Spitsbergen on the Arctic island of Svalbard, you will step aboard the world’s first hybrid electric polar exploration vessel to journey to the enchanting mythical point of the Geographical North Pole. Enjoy an unforgettable maritime experience as you discover magnificent landscapes and search for enigmatic wildlife along the enchanting Spitsbergen coastline and take a thrilling cruise through the ice floes, before eventually arriving at the Holy Grail of all polar explorers: the North Pole!
Various departures available. Please enquire for full rates and dates.
- Be among the very few people in the world to have ever reached the Geographic North Pole!
- Discover the wild and beautiful landscapes of Spitsbergen, with its jagged mountains, sheer cliffs and icy coastlines
- Enjoy thrilling navigation through the heart of the ice floes
- Search for sightings of wildlife including Polar bears, whales, walrus and a myriad of seabirds
- Explore on foot and by Zodiac boat
- Activity options including hiking, kayaking, snowshoeing and Polar plunges (costs may apply for some activities)
- 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.
At Sea Along Spitsbergen
Today will be spent onboard sailing along Spitsbergen’s dramatic west coast surrounded by enchanting scenery and a constant chance of observing wildlife. The largest island in Svalbard, between millennial glaciers and rugged mountains, you will discover a jagged coastline, hollowed-out by fjords. Photo opportunities abound, and as we sail, some time on deck should hopefully reward in wildlife sightings. We may even be lucky enough to spot a Polar bear!
Sailing the Ice Floes
As we make our way slowly towards the Geographical North Pole, we can enjoy the unique experience of sailing through the vast expanse of virgin, immaculate ice that makes up the ice floe between Spitsbergen and the farthest northern reaches of the globe. Wildlife sightings are likely as we sail through the constantly changing landscapes that are covered by a frozen layer of ice. Combined with a fantastic programme of lectures and presentations, and the wonderful amenities on board your ship, these days at sea are likely to be truly memorable.
The Geographic North Pole
Defined by a 90° North latitude, the Geographic North Pole lies on the Earth’s rotational axis, at the intersection of all meridians. Plunged into darkness for six months of the year, then lit by the sun for the following six months, this mythical site, permanently covered in ice and remote from any land, has fascinated generations of explorers. So far, only a very few people have ever reached it: an exploit which is now accessible to you aboard Le Commandant Charcot.
Back to Longyearbyen
After our unforgettable discovery of the northernmost point on the planet, it’s time to head back into the ice floes for some more exciting ice navigation. We will then spend a further two days enjoying some more exploration along the west coast of Spitsbergen in search of wildlife and memorable experiences.
Longyearbyen to Paris
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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