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Landscape with red fisherman houses on Lofoten islands, Norway

Polar Lights: From North Cape to the Lofoten Islands

Lakselv-Narvik - Example 10 Day Cruise aboard Le Commandant Charcot
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Embark on a 10-day cruise aboard Le Commandant Charcot, chasing the enchanting Polar Lights in the Arctic wilderness. Starting in Lakselv, renowned for salmon fishing and surrounded by ancient Trollholmsund formations, continue to Honningsvag, halfway between Oslo and the North Pole, boasting colorful houses and access to the North Cape. Sail past Bear Island's remote seabird haven, explore Hammerfest, the world's northernmost town, and its UNESCO-listed Struve Geodetic Arc. Discover Tromso's neoclassical beauty, Harstad's natural wonders and archaeological sites, and the Lofoten Islands' alpine peaks and deep-blue fjords. Conclude your Arctic journey with a flight from Lakselv to Paris, leaving you with unforgettable Polar memories.
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Highlights
  • Discover the salmon-rich Lakselv village at the end of Porsangerfjorden
  • Explore the last ice age remnants in Trollholmsund's dolomites
  • Witness the grandeur of the Northern Lights and soaring cliffs
  • Admire Tromso, the "Paris of the North," with neoclassical beauty
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Day 1: Fly to Lakslev | Embark

Fly from Paris to Lakslev, where you will be greeted at the airport by a local English-speaking representative. Afterward, proceed to the pier for embarkation.

Discover Lakselv, whose name means “Salmon River”, lying at the end of the immense Porsangerfjorden. As its name indicates, this small village is renowned for the salmon fishing in the waters of its river, which are brimming with this fish and others. The village is ideally located, offering privileged access to the surrounding magnificent nature. In particular, it retains traces of the last ice age in Trollholmsund, where dolomites with dreamlike silhouettes can be seen. Do not miss this extraordinary sight!

Day 2: Lakslev

Discover Lakselv, whose name means “Salmon River”, lying at the end of the immense Porsangerfjorden. As its name indicates, this small village is renowned for the salmon fishing in the waters of its river, which are brimming with this fish and others. The village is ideally located, offering privileged access to the surrounding magnificent nature. In particular, it retains traces of the last ice age in Trollholmsund, where dolomites with dreamlike silhouettes can be seen. Do not miss this extraordinary sight!

Day 3: Honningsvag

If you feel like you have arrived at the end of the world in Honningsvåg, it is because this is the case. Halfway between Oslo and the North Pole, it competes with Hammerfest for the status of “the northernmost town in Continental Europe”. Colorful houses light up this charming and typically Norwegian fishing port nestled in the hollows of the region’s mountainous terrain. Travelers come to stay in the village to go to the North Cape. At the end of the road, you will see the globe which indicates that you are at the very end of Europe. At this point, only the Svalbard archipelago separates you from the North Pole. There is a sea as far as the eye can see. The Northern Lights, the view of the immense cliff plunging into the sea, the thousands of puffins, gannets, and cormorants that spin around you: everything here is grandiose.

Day 4: Sailing along Bjornoya (Bear Island)

Halfway between Norway and Spitsbergen, you will sail not far from the coastlines of Bjørnøya, the southernmost island of Svalbard. From your ship, observe this isolated piece of land discovered in 1596 by the Dutch navigator Willem Barents, then look for the Northwest Passage. Following a tough fight between a polar bear and the members of the expedition, he dubbed the place Bear Island. Regularly covered by a thick layer of fog, Bjørnøya shelters a meteorological station built in 1923, which is still in operation. Declared a nature reserve in 2002, the island is above all home to an enormous colony of sea birds during summer.

Day 5: Hammerfest

Hammerfest, located on the northwestern coast of the island of Kvaloya, beyond the 70th parallel north, is often considered the northernmost town in the world. Conserved in an immaculate natural setting, this charming fishing port enjoys a rich history, as is evidenced by various vestiges dating back to the Stone Age, Napoleonic wars, or the Second World War. During your port of call, you will have the opportunity to discover the Struve Geodetic Arc, a chain of triangulations stretching across Europe from Hammerfest to the Black Sea, and the first technical and scientific object to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 6: Tromso

In the north of the Arctic Circle, you’ll discover Tromsø, a secluded town located in the county of Troms. Norwegians call it the “Paris of the north”. You’ll soon see why when you discover its extensive neoclassical architectural heritage. A stunning example is the Arctic Cathedral, a major monument whose stylistic purity echoes the outline of the mountains surrounding the town.

Day 7: Harstad

Beyond the Arctic Circle, north of the Norwegian Sea, and at the gateway to the Vesterålen archipelago and the sumptuous Lofoten islands, Harstad enjoys an extraordinary natural setting. A favored destination for its gentle way of life, the small town and surrounding area are a concentration of northern Norway’s finest features: majestic coniferous forests, rugged mountains, bewitching fjords, and preserved archipelagos. As inhospitable as they are magnificent, these lands still bear traces of the Bronze Age. For example, work tools, jewels and cairns sheltering many tombs that date back several millennia have been discovered during archaeological excavations. Profitez également d’une visite de l’église médiévale de Trondenes, le bâtiment médiéval le plus au nord du monde, qui date du XIIIe siècle et raconte l’histoire méconnu de l’Eglise de Norvège.

Day 8: Leknes, Lofoten

Are you attracted by the force of the elements, by the world’s end, by untamed landscapes? Welcome to the Lofoten Islands, an archipelago moored in the Norwegian Sea, beyond the Arctic Circle. Here, you will sail in majestic decors of alpine summits, sandy coves, sharp peaks emerging from the sea, and deep-blue fjords rippling with fish. The small town of Leknes is on Vestvagoy Island. All around you are the jagged shapes of mountains, and bays that empty and fill with the tides. During this port of call, you will be able to hike or partake in other open-air activities to ensure that you really appreciate all the region’s natural treasures. You will set off to meet the Vikings at the Lofotr Viking Museum and reach the small fishing port of Henningsvær, which is picturesque and lively, with its cafés, art gallery, and modern art museum. 

Day 9: Narvik

Beyond the Arctic Circle, you will discover Narvik, nestling in the heart of impressive mountains that plunge into the Ofotfjord. It is on the verge of obtaining the “sustainable destination” label, a national label awarded to destinations that are committed to a sustainable approach to tourism for the long term. You will be mesmerized by its scenery. From Narvik, it is possible to take the Ofoten Line towards Sweden. This historic railway once linked the mineral-rich mines of Kiruna in Sweden to the ice-free port of Narvik.

Day 10: Narvik | Disembark | Fly to Paris

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Beyond the Arctic Circle, you will discover Narvik, nestling in the heart of impressive mountains that plunge into the Ofotfjord. It is on the verge of obtaining the “sustainable destination” label, a national label awarded to destinations that are committed to a sustainable approach to tourism for the long term. You will be mesmerized by its scenery. From Narvik, it is possible to take the Ofoten Line towards Sweden. This historic railway once linked the mineral-rich mines of Kiruna in Sweden to the ice-free port of Narvik.

After breakfast, disembark in Narvik, where a local English-speaking representative will meet and greet you at the port. Then, transfer to the airport in time for your check-in on the Lakselv/Paris flight. It is highly recommended that you stay one night in Paris after this flight.

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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
  • 9 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 9 Dinners
  • 9 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. 
  • All transfers mentioned in the itinerary
  • Flight Paris - Lakselv and Narvik - Paris selected by PONANT in economy class.
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  • 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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