Embark in Kangerlussuaq, GreenlandEmbarkation this afternoon.
Sisimiut, GreenlandColorful Greenland town
Ilulissat - Disko Bay, GreenlandAt the heart of Disko Bay - a UNESCO World Heritage Site - the Ilulissat Icefjord provides an extraordinary spectacle of almost surreal beauty. The sculptural icebergs continue their on timeless journey, shimmering with their eternal light. Vast pieces of ice break off from the bergs and rejoin the inexorable movement of the sea. Close by lies the town of Ilulissat, the regionís principal destination. Encircled by icebergs, it has retained a unique mix of traditional Arctic life, with multicoloured wooden houses, huskies and the leather tanners who still work today using the ancient methods of their ancestors.
Uppernavik's Fjord, Greenland
Pond Inlet, Nunavut, CanadaPlaced like a custodian on the northern edge of Baffin Island, Pond Inlet appears to guard over the entrance to the legendary North West Passage. Formerly called Tununiq by the Inuit, this region was long ago inhabited by their ancestors, the Thule, who left behind numerous archaeological artifacts, little vestiges of the past. No matter where you look, your eyes will alight upon a unique landscape of snow-capped mountain ranges, each more beautiful than the last, standing opposite ice-blue glaciers whose vertiginous flows descend into the ocean. In the summertime, when the sun doesnít set below the horizon, the light is truly magical, a palette of opaline blues, dusky pinks and pure white. Donít miss the opportunity to see the bird colonies of Bylot Island; Le Soleal's route will sail you close to this uninhabited "Garden of Eden" so that you may wonder at its natural marvels.
Leopold Cliff & Beechey, Nunavut, CanadaBeechey Island, looking across at the huge silhouette of Cape Riley, at the eastern end of Resolute Bay, will call to mind some of the most important moments of Franklinís expedition. Sir John set off in 1845 in search of the mythical North West Passage and was forced to take shelter in Erebus Harbor for two long years, while he waited for the ice floes to recede and allow him a way through. It is a spectacular location; seeing the three wooden grave markers, bleached by the sun (indicating the burial places of at least three of Captain Franklinís men) and visiting the memorial that has been erected in memory of Franklin and his men can only reinforce the hushed sense of reverence. If the surrounding wilderness impresses you, the ochres and yellows of the rocky desert soften the striking landscape.
Navigating Detroit / Ross Fort, Nunavut, CanadaSailing the Franklin and Ross Straits
Gjoa Haven, Nunavut / Navigating Queen Maud DetroitSailing Queen Maud Gulf
Cambridge BayDuring the 15th century, linking Europe and Asia by the sea became the grail of generations of explorers and adventurers. Today, La Compagnie du Ponant is offering you the chance to explore this region which still sees only infrequent traffic, but where passion and the spirit of adventure abound. Do not miss the Bay of Cambridge, one of the mythical sites in this region. Here, when you look towards the horizon, way off on the other side of the fjord, you can see the silhouette of the Maud, Captain Roald AMUNDSENís famous three-master. When she got trapped here after partially sinking, it was a chance for the famous navigator to explore the Northeast Passage near the Siberian coast between 1918 and 1920. Though today we can still see part of her hull breaking the surface, a repatriation to Norway is being envisaged, to make the Maud the centrepiece of a new Museum.
Cruising the Coronation Gulf and the Duke of York Archipelago (Nunavut, Canada)
Jesse HarbourPrince of wales strait
Sailing Beaufort SeaPort details pending
Herschel Island (Tyukon, Canada)The Canadian Arctic Archipelago is composed of a myriad of islands with jagged coastlines and reveals landscapes you will only see at this far end of the world. Come and discover the small canadian island of Herschel, a frozen paradise located in the Beaufort Sea just 2 km off the coast of the Yukon, within the Ivvavik National Park. During a long mapping expedition in 1826, Sir John FRANKLIN was the first european to lay eyes on these unique places and their inhabitants, the Inuvialuit, the nordic cousins of the Inuit. It was during this trip that he named the island after one of his friends, John HERSCHEL, a brilliant british astronomer and scientist. Herschel Island is a landmark in the West Arctic and has since served alternately as a whaling station, a relay station and a refuge for travellers. As Summer approaches, the soft glow of twilight begins to break the opacity of the polar night, and the hours of darkness get shorter and shorterÖ Set off in the wake of the great explorers, to discover a remote land, its people and cultures, and experience unique moments and rare emotions in landscapes you will not find anywhere else.
Point Barrow (Alaska, USA)
Navigation towards the ice floe (Alaska, USA)
Nome (Alaska, USA)Disembarkation this morning.