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Disko Bay

Disko Bay: Meeting the Inuit & Discovering the Unknown

Reykjavík - Nuuk - Example 16 Day Cruise aboard Le Commandant Charcot
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Embark on a 16-day Disko Bay: Meeting the Inuit & Discovering the Unknown Cruise aboard Le Commandant Charcot from Reykjavik to Nuuk. Take in panoramic views from Perlan, the "Pearl of Reykjavík," and wander the historical center's streets. Cruise King Frederick VI Coast, encountering icebergs and landscapes. Navigate Prins Christian Sund, framed by peaks and waterfalls. Explore the Inuit village of Aappilattoq at Greenland's southern tip. Immerse in Nanortalik's Inuit culture, engaging in traditional activities. Visit Narsaq's ice-covered shores, among snowy mountains, and join polar treks. Sail through Baffin Bay, on the lookout for polar bears. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Disko Bay and the natural wonders of Qeqertarsuaq, observing humpback whales amidst basaltic organ landscapes. Disembark at Nuuk.
Hallgrimskirkja Church in ReykjavikMidnight sun light, IlulissatHouses of GreenlandDisko Bay
Highlights
  • Enjoy views from Perlan and stroll through Reykjavík's historical center
  • Cruise along King Frederick VI Coast, witnessing icebergs and landscapes
  • Navigate through Prins Christian Sund, surrounded by peaks and waterfalls
  • Explore the Inuit village of Aappilattoq at Greenland's southern tip
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Day 1: Reykjavik | Embark

Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland, sits alongside a vast bay in the western part of the country. Perlan, also known as the "Pearl of Reykjavík," is a museum situated on ’Oskjuhlið hill, offering stunning views of the verdant landscapes. Nearby, visitors can easily find their way to the iconic Hallgrímskirkja church and the historic center, where charming streets like Skólavördustígur and Laugavegur are lined with delightful shops. For relaxation just outside the city, tourists can explore the Reykjanes peninsula and its renowned Blue Lagoon thermal pools.

In the afternoon, embark on the Le Commandant Charcot for your 16-day cruise.
 

Day 2: At Sea

Experience extraordinary moments aboard Le Commandant Charcot, the pioneering luxury polar exploration vessel and the inaugural PC2-class polar cruise ship designed to navigate deep into ice-bound waters inaccessible to standard vessels. Equipped with state-of-the-art oceanographic and scientific gear curated by a panel of experts, Le Commandant Charcot offers onboard lectures and discussions with specialists to deepen your understanding of polar regions. Join us in advancing scientific research with PONANT as we embark on a journey of discovery to uncover the secrets of these captivating destinations.

Day 3: King Frederick VI Coast

As you sail along the shores of the King Frederick VI Coast, icebergs in various sculpted shapes will appear. The northern waters here are dotted with pieces of floating ice and form a dreamlike landscape. The snowy mountains, ice-covered fjords and small islands that edge the Greenlandic coastline magnify this setting that you will sail along during an exceptional cruise.

 

Day 4: Prins Christian Sund | Aappilattoq

Your ship glides silently towards the Greenland coast, in a setting punctuated by pointed peaks and majestic glaciers… You are on the verge of crossing the Prins Christian Sund, a narrow channel that stretches out and zigzags over some one hundred kilometres between Greenland’s south-east and south-west. Fall under the spell of the primitive beauty of these unique landscapes, including rocky cliffs and waterfalls that are fed by the ice sheet and plunge into the icy waters. Here, bearded seals love to lie on the floating ice to soak up the sunshine.

Aappilattoq (Augpilatok), is a small Inuit village of around one hundred inhabitants, whose name means “sea anemone” in Greenlandic. Located in a mountainous region inaccessible by road, its picturesque, colourful houses stretch out to the southern tip of Greenland, on the banks of the spectacular Prince Christian Sound. Some one hundred kilometres long, the sound connects the Labrador Sea to the Irminger Sea, meandering through stunning landscapes such as majestic glaciers, craggy peaks, and rocky cliffs with waterfalls fed by the ice sheet. This region was uninhabited in the 19th century. The village was created in the 1920s and the main activities revolve around hunting, fishing and livestock farming.

Day 5: Nanortalik

In the Greenlandic municipality of Kujalleq, you will explore the Inuit village of Nanortalik. A few hundred kilometers from the southern tip of Greenland, it is one of the island’s southernmost locations. Fishing is the main economic resource for its inhabitants, with whom you will be able to share an unforgettable moment. While a coat of snow still covers the landscapes, enjoy winter activities and discover Inuit traditions.

Day 6: Narsaq Fjord

At winter’s end, venture to the ice-covered shores of the Inuit village of Narsaq. The pioneering spirit and a taste for exploration will possess you as you progress towards this small, typically Greenlander commune. Nestling in the heart of majestic scenery, it will welcome you in a setting dominated by snowy mountains. The multicoloured façades of the houses offer a magical decor and will fill you with wonderment. You will visit the village, partake in polar treks and enjoy local performances, all of which will enable you to discover how these inhabitants live at the end of winter and help you absorb the Greenlandic philosophy.

Day 7-9: Baffin Bay Exploration

In the icy waters of Baffin Bay, you will sail into the heart of the scattered sea floe. You will be captivated by icebergs in dreamlike shapes as your ship takes you into the ice of the Far North. Everything comes in shades of white here and, if you watch closely, you may get a glimpse of the lord of this kingdom, the polar bear, wandering this environment in search of food.. The polar light gives a shine to the water and the ice floe that you sail along as you explore Baffin Bay, leaving you with memories of unforgettable moments.

Day 10-11: Disko Bay

To the east of Baffin Bay, discover Disko Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where the icebergs produced by the Ilulissat Icefjord are caught in the ice of the northern winter at this time of year. From your ship, admire the majestic ballet of these ice giants, frozen into dreamlike and extraordinary forms. This site is a natural marvel of Greenland  and is also renowned as an observation point for the region’s many humpback whales. The encounters with wild fauna and stunning landscapes in the heart of this spectacular and fragile nature will be pure moments of wonder for you.

Day 12-13: Qeqertarsuaq

On the southern coast of Disko Island, Qeqertarsuaq is one of just two small villages on this island the size of Corsica. Its isolation makes it an observation post popular among naturalists since the beginning of polar exploration and the set-up, in 1906, of the Arctic Centre research facility. You will have the chance to explore the natural wonders of Greenland, meet its wildlife such as the humpback whale and contemplate the basaltic organ landscapes that offer pure moments of wonder for you. In the heart of this spectacular and fragile nature, enjoy the breath-taking views of the grandiose and varied landscapes of Disko Island and Disko Bay.

Day 14: Baffin Bay Exploration

In the icy waters of Baffin Bay, you will sail into the heart of the scattered sea floe. You will be captivated by icebergs in dreamlike shapes as your ship takes you into the ice of the Far North. Everything comes in shades of white here and, if you watch closely, you may get a glimpse of the lord of this kingdom, the polar bear, wandering this environment in search of food.. The polar light gives a shine to the water and the ice floe that you sail along as you explore Baffin Bay, leaving you with memories of unforgettable moments.

Day 15: At Sea

Spend exceptional moments sailing aboard Le Commandant Charcot, the world’s first luxury polar exploration vessel and the first PC2-class polar cruise ship capable of sailing into the very heart of the ice, on seas and oceans which the frozen conditions render inaccessible to ordinary ships. Le Commandant Charcot is fitted with oceanographic and scientific equipment selected by a committee of experts. Take advantage of the on-board lectures and opportunities for discussion with these specialists to learn more about the poles. Participate in furthering scientific research with PONANT and let us discover together what these fascinating destinations have yet to reveal to us.

Day 16: Nuuk | Disembark | Flight to Paris

  • 1 Breakfast
When Erik Le Rouge, the exiled Norse chief, landed on the coast of Nuuk, he found a fertile and welcoming land dotted with fjords. He settled there with a group of his former countrymen, and the Norse remained the principal inhabitants until, over a period of 500 years, their population declined and gave way to the Inuit. Nuuk is situated at the mouth of one of the largest networks of fjords in the world, where the waters never freeze. The town spreads gently out towards the Davis Strait and enjoys an historic center that is particularly rich in national heritage. The vivid reds, blues, greens and yellows of the houses are a lively contrast to the somber waters of Greenland and serve to lift the spirits of the locals during the Winter months.

Disembark at Nuuk after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your flight back to Paris.and transfer to the airport for your flight back to Paris.

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Fares are based on double occupancy and are capacity controlled. Rates may increase at any time as the ship sells out and are subject to change without notice.
Included
  • 15 Breakfasts, 14 Lunches, 15 Dinners
  • 15 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Ponant Activities: A variety of excursions and activities will be offered during your cruise, weather dependent, and can be reserved on board
  • Port Fees
  • Unlimited Wifi
  • Onboard Entertainment 
  • Captain’s Welcome Cocktail and Gala Dinner
  • Gratuities to Onboard Crew
  • “Open Bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)
  • 24h Room Service (special selection)
  • English-Speaking Lecturer 
  • Highly experienced and bilingual (French-English) expedition staff
  • Park Entry Fees into Protected Areas
  • Water sports activities (except scuba diving) using the ship’s equipment, when permitted by local authorities and confirmed by ship Master according to safety and sea conditions onsite. 
  • Flight Nuuk/Paris selected by PONANT in economy class
  • Transfer to the airport in time for check-in of flight Nuuk/Paris selected by PONANT
Excluded
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Visa Fees
  • Optional Excursions - Ponant allows you to pre-book your excursions approximately six to two months prior to the cruise* departure. Please note that this is subject to change. Please contact us for more details.
  • Any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned
  • Luggage Handling 
  • Laundry Services, Hair Salon, and à La Carte Spa Treatments
  • Pre or post cruise programs, overland programs or shore excursions 
  • Beverages other than the ones mentioned in inclusions
  • CDP recommends that every Traveler has full and adequate travel insurance covering the risks of cancellation, assistance being required, repatriation, damages to and loss of baggage, and medical expenses

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