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Example 15 Day Cruise aboard L'Austral
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From Longyearbyen in Spitsbergen, L’Austral heads for Jan Mayen Island, located on the threshold of the Arctic and North Atlantic Oceans. This isolated and uninhabited volcanic island was a whale hunting center and is home to large bird colonies. Explore Scoresby Sund, the largest fjord in the world. In this pure and preserved world, see abundant wildlife in a landscape of tundra and ice, a real delight for the eyes and for photographers. Sail along the Blosseville Coast, named after the French captain who explored it in 1833. Here, the ice sheet meets the sea. During the last part of your cruise, sail up the west coast of Greenland. Admire the blue-tinged icebergs of Narsaq, then call in at Nuuk, the capital of Greenland, before heading for Kangerlussuaq, where this unforgettable cruise ends.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Longyearbyen | Embark
Day 2 : At Sea
Day 3 : Jan Mayen Island
Day 4 : Isikajia
Day 5 : Rodefjord
Day 6 : Ittoqqortoormiit
Day 7 : Blosseville Coast
Day 8 : Ammassalik Island
Day 9 : Qingminguartali | Nansen Harbor
Day 10 : Skjoldungen
Day 11 : Prins Christian Sund
Day 12 : Narsaq
Day 13 : Nuuk
Day 14 : Evighedsfjorden
Day 15 : Kangerlussuaq | Disembark

Highlights

  • Visit the vestiges of ancient peat houses from the Thule civilization
  • Discover the uninhabited Skjoldungen Island and its magnificent landscapes
  • View wildlife including polar bears, walruses, caribou, musk oxen, and whales
  • Explore the famous and stunning Prins Christian Sund

Ship

L'Austral

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Northern lights - Aurora borealis Reflection of colorful houses in Greenland Late summer in West Greenland Sail past bird colonies on your Arctic cruise Looking for wildlife in the Arctic

Day 1 Longyearbyen | Embark

Longyearbyen is the capital of the Norwegian Svalbard archipelago, located on Svalbard’s main island, and is the northernmost territorial capital on the planet. With winter temperatures dropping to below 40°C, the landscapes of this mining town are simply breathtaking. The glaciers, the mountains stretching as far as the eye can see, and the untouched nature make you feel like you’re in completely unexplored territory.

Day 2 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 3 Jan Mayen Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 4 Isikajia

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 5 Rodefjord

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 6 Ittoqqortoormiit

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 7 Blosseville Coast

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 8 Ammassalik Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 9 Qingminguartali | Nansen Harbor

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Welcome to this small, sheltered bay on the east coast of Greenland some 200 km south of Tasiilaq, for a date with history and the ice. When your ship calls here, you have the opportunity to visit the vestiges of ancient peat houses from the Thule civilization. Then, after navigating through the ice, reach the departure point of the first- ever crossing of the Greenland ice sheet, led in 1888 by Fridtjof Nansen, a great Norwegian polar explorer. This is a magical place where you can climb a gentle slope to reach the ice sheet’s first foothills and get a better idea of just how gigantic it is.

Day 10 Skjoldungen

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Discover Skjoldungen Island on the southeast coast of Greenland. This uninhabited land boasts magnificent landscapes that are sure to dazzle you. The island is surrounded by a stunning fjord, a distinctive feature of which is its double entrance: it forms a bend before joining the sea on the other side. Mountains, glacial valleys, rocky outcrops, tundra, and willow forests make up the beautiful scenery which you can be able to admire more closely when you land here. At this port of call, surrounded by wild and pristine nature, it is quite common to see bearded seals, orcas, but also birds such as the common redpoll, the northern wheatear, or the common raven.

Day 11 Prins Christian Sund

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 kilometers between Greenland’s southeast and southwest. 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. If you are lucky, you may get to witness the aurora borealis, a stunning light show put on by the polar night…

Day 12 Narsaq

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After sailing in the Kangerlluarssuk fjord, discover the town of Narsaq. Be dazzled by the beauty of the surrounding icebergs − large masses of ice in different shapes and shifting colors. Dominated by lush mountains, this small town is typical of Greenland. It is known for its sheep farming, made possible by the rich, grassy plains to the town’s north. This rather rare activity reflects a past and a technique inherited from the Vikings. Admire the stunning interplay of colors between the multicolored house facades and the glaciers with their myriad shades of blue, and dive into the Scandinavian history of Narsaq by visiting the local museum. A unique experience.

Day 13 Nuuk

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 a 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.

Day 14 Evighedsfjorden

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Your ship glides slowly along the water towards the west coast of Greenland, to enter Evighedsfjorden, just a few kilometers south of Kangerlussuaq. Evighedsfjorden means “the fjord of Eternity”, and for good reason: just when you think you’ve reached the end of this stretch of sea measuring over 100 kilometers in length, it seems to go on forever, as though to bring even more pleasure to those sailing in it. The spectacular scenery ranges from glaciers to tundra with an abundant flora, and jagged cliffs where numerous bird species have taken up residence. Take the time to observe the white-tailed eagles and the colonies of seagulls and black-legged kittiwakes flying overhead in the area.

Day 15 Kangerlussuaq | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
From 1941 to 1992, the town of Kangerlussuaq in Greenland was home to an American military base. Nowadays, thanks to its international airport, it has become a transit point for travelers seeking adventure in the Far North. Located to the north of the Arctic Circle, this town is the starting point of magnificent discoveries surrounded by unspoiled nature. Indeed, just a few dozen kilometers from there it is possible to get close to the Greenland ice sheet, the largest body of ice in the Northern Hemisphere. From Kangerlussuaq, admire also the superb landscapes of tundra in autumnal colors, where arctic hares, musk oxen, arctic foxes, reindeer, falcons and eagles live. 

L'Austral

Per person starting at
$12,920
Superior Stateroom
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Superior Stateroom
8 cabins, 226 sq ft, located on Le Champollion Deck. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area and private bath.
Deluxe Stateroom
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Deluxe Stateroom
28 cabins, 200 sq ft with private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, private bath.
Prestige Stateroom
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Prestige Stateroom - Deck 4
200 sq ft with 43 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, private bath.
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Prestige Stateroom - Deck 5
200 sq ft with 43 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, private bath.
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Prestige Stateroom - Deck 6
200 sq ft with 43 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, private bath.
Deluxe Suite
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Deluxe Suite
3 suites, 290 sq ft with 54 sq ft private balcony, located on the Le France Deck. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, desk, minibar, private bath.
Prestige Suite
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Prestige Suite - Deck 5
398 sq ft with 86 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, communicating cabins available. Separate living area, private bath.
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Prestige Suite - Deck 6
398 sq ft with 86 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, communicating cabins available. Separate living area, private bath.
Owner's Suite
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Owners Suite
484 sq ft with 97 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, communicating cabins available. Separate living, dining areas, private bath with large tub and shower, minibar, 2 flat screen TVs, DVD, CD, and IPOD, Video on demand, Satellite phone

Notes

Please note:
Fares are based on double occupancy and are capacity controlled. Rates may increase at any time as the ship sells out and subject to change without notice.

*Rates are capacity controlled and are subject to change without notice.

Cruise fares are per person and include the following:
  • All meals while on board the ship 
  • Gratuities to onboard crew, local guides and drivers
  • Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
  • “Open Bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)
  • Evening entertainment and events
  • 24h room service (special selection)
  • English-speaking lecturer 
  • 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
  • Highly experienced bilingual (French-English) Expedition team 
  • Park entry fees into protected areas
  • Complimentary boot rental on select cruises
  • Free and unlimited Wi-Fi (Internet access may be slower or in some situations interrupted, depending on certain geographic locations or other circumstances beyond our control).
 Cruise, Flights & Transfers program rates are per person and also include:
  • Flights Paris/Longyearbyen and Kangerlussuaq/Paris in economy class, on European airlines
  • Meet and Greet by representatives at the destination airport
  • Transfers to and from the ship and other services before and after the cruise according to detailed programs available upon request 10 months prior departure
* Flights are being studied and are subject to change until the flight plan is confirmed and this up to 3 months prior to each cruise
 
Cruise fares do not include:
  • Any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned in each “Cruise, Flights & Transfers” package and for which details are available upon request
  • Pre or post cruise programs, overland programs or shore excursions mentioned
  • Visa expenses and/or immigration reciprocity taxes if applicable
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional Spa package to be booked prior to your departure
  • Beverages other than the ones mentioned
  • Laundry services, hair salon and à la carte Spa treatments
  • Personal expenses, on board medical consultations and drug prescriptions
  • Cancellation/luggage/assistance/repatriation/medical insurance(s)
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