The North Pole from Iceland

Le Commandant Charcot
Le Commandant Charcot
250 Passengers
Starting Summer 2021 — Icebreaker

Push the limits of sailing with this exceptional 16-day expedition cruise to the Geographic North Pole. This mythical point, covered by ice floe all year round,  is 400 mi (700 km) away from any emerged land.

Leaving from Reykjavik, you will sail along the east coast of Greenland until reaching the pack ice. Then you will slowly progress to the heart of this silent world, frozen by the extreme cold, in the direction of the Grail of all polar explorers: the North Pole!

To reach Longyearbyen, where you will disembark, you will follow an itinerary that lends itself perfectly to the observation of the wildlife, particularly rich at this time of the year, and will enjoy an unforgettable sailing experience at the heart of sumptuous landscapes that are constantly evolving according to changes in the ice and the light.

Highlights
• Be among the few people in the world who have reached the Geographic North Pole!
• Outings and shore visits in Zodiac inflatables with naturalists.
• Hiking opportunities.
• Landscapes: ice floes, icebergs, polar ice cap. In Spitsbergen, jagged mountains, steep-sided valleys, sheer cliffs, huge glaciers.
• Wildlife: polar bears, Arctic foxes, Svalbard reindeer, Arctic terns, walruses, seals, whales.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 Reykjavík, Iceland & Embarkation
Days 2 & 3 At Sea
Days 4 to 8 Sailing Ice Floes along Greenland
Day 9 Geographic North Pole
Days 10 to 14 Sailing Ice Floes
Day 15 At Sea along Spitsbergen (Norway)
Day 16 Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen & Disembarkation

Day 1 — Reykjavík, Iceland & Embarkation

Iceland’s capital stretches along the edge of a vast bay in the west of the country. Perlan, the “Pearl of Reykjavík”, a museum located on ’Oskjuhlið hill, offers a panoramic view of the lush, green landscapes. A little further, one can easily spot the signpost showing the way to the evangelical Hallgrímskirkja church, and to the historical center where one can stroll along the Skólavördustígur and the Laugavegur, two lively streets with charming small shops. For some relaxation just outside of the city, visitors have the opportunity to visit the Reykjanes peninsula and its famous thermal lagoons of the Blue Lagoon.

Days 2 & 3 — At Sea

During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness center. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the lectures or to meet the photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

Days 4 to 8 — Sailing Ice Floes along Greenland

The northeast of Greenland is renowned for being home to one of the oldest and thickest layers of ice on the planet. Aboard your ship, you will have the unique opportunity of sailing to the heart of this icy wilderness, many thousands of years old, and will notably travel along the coast of the North-East Greenland National Park, recognized as a biosphere reserve by UNESCO. From your ship you will also discover Scoresby Sund, the largest fjord in the world. In this pure and preserved world, you will see abundant wildlife in a landscape of tundra and ice, a real delight for the eyes and for photographers.

Day 9 — 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.

Days 10 to 14 — Sailing Ice Floes

Enjoy the absolutely unique experience of sailing to the heart of the ice floe, a vast expanse of virgin, immaculate ice. The landscapes are constantly changing, shifting from a smooth, flat wilderness to a chaos of ice, then to channels of open water. Your ship will sail along these naturally open channels and through the areas where the frozen layer is thinnest, offering you the chance to experience magic maritime moments in the midst of drifting sea ice. It will also be an opportunity to see a particular kind of fauna, totally dependent on the ice floe: birds, seals and polar bears.

Day 15 — At Sea along Spitsbergen (Norway)

The largest island in the Svalbard archipelago, its name meaning “pointed mountains” in German, Spitsbergen is the last piece of land before the Arctic ice floe. Aboard your ship, you will sail along the extremely spectacular coastline of this icy land. Between millennial glaciers and rugged mountains, you will discover a jagged coastline, hollowed-out by fjords. A unique setting, the refuge of a particularly rich avifauna offers you the possibility of taking fabulous photographs from the deck of your ship.

Day 16 — Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen & Disembarkation

Longyearbyen is the capital of the Norwegian Svalbard archipelago, located on Svalbard’s main island, and is the northernmost territorial capital on the planet. 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.

* Itinerary may be subject to change

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Rates Arctic 2021
Prestige
Stateroom
Deck 6
Prestige
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Deck 7
Prestige
Stateroom
Deck 8
Privilege
Stateroom
Deck 6
Privilege
Stateroom
Deck 7
Privilege
Stateroom
Deck 8
Prestige
Suite
Deck 7
Prestige
Suite
Deck 8
Privilege
Suite
Duplex
Suite
The Owner's Suite is ̶a̶v̶a̶i̶l̶a̶b̶l̶e̶ ̶for $78,380

Le Havre - Reykjavík
$19,370 $19,740 $20,120 $24,090 $25,040 $25,980 $33,540 $34,490 $36,380 $51,500 
The Owner's Suite is ̶a̶v̶a̶i̶l̶a̶b̶l̶e̶ ̶for $53,210

Reykjavík - Reykjavík
$13,160 $13,420 $13,670 $16,360 $17,020 $17,650 $22,780 $23,420 $24,710 $34,970 
The Owner's Suite is ̶a̶v̶a̶i̶l̶a̶b̶l̶e̶ ̶for $108,610

Paris - Reykjavík
Includes Paris/Longyearbyen Flight
$30,790Full$31,370Full$31,960Full$38,140Full$39,620 $41,090 $52,870Full$54,350Full$57,290 $80,850 
The Owner's Suite is ̶a̶v̶a̶i̶l̶a̶b̶l̶e̶ ̶for $108,610

Reykjavík - Paris
Includes Longyearbyen/Paris Flight
$35,860Full$29,650Full$37,240Full$44,510 $46,250 $47,980 $61,840Full$63,580Full$67,030 $94,750 
The Owner's Suite is ̶a̶v̶a̶i̶l̶a̶b̶l̶e̶ ̶for $108,610

Paris - Reykjavík
Includes Paris/Longyearbyen Flight
$29,100 $29,650 $30,210 $36,020 $37,420 $38,800 $49,890 $63,580Full$54,040 $76,220 
The Owner's Suite is ̶a̶v̶a̶i̶l̶a̶b̶l̶e̶ ̶for $126,650

Reykjavík - Seattle
Includes Nome/Seattle Flight
$41,980Full$38,810Full$43,590Full$47,160 $48,980 $50,790 $72,220Full$74,240Full$70,750Limited$99,770 
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   Owner's Suite
Deck 8 • Area: 1230ft² / 114m² • Capacity: up to 2 guests per stateroom
2000ft²/186m² private balcony with jacuzzi • Shower & Balneo bathtub • Butler service • Individually-controlled air-conditioning • Stateroom layout: king-size bed or twin beds • Minibar - 24hr room service • Flat screen satellite TV • Video on demand • IPod™ docks • Safe • French bath products • Dressing table with hairdryer • Direct line telephone • 110V American/220V European • Internet access Wifi.
   Duplex Suite
Decks: 6 & 7 • Area: 515ft² / 48m² • Capacity: up to 4 guests per stateroom
280ft²/12.5 m² private balcony with jacuzzi • Shower & Balneo bathtub • Butler service • Individually-controlled air-conditioning • Stateroom layout: king-size bed or twin beds • Minibar - 24hr room service • Flat screen satellite TV • Video on demand • IPod™ docks • Safe • French bath products • Dressing table with hairdryer • Direct line telephone • 110V American/220V European • Internet access Wifi.
   Privilege Suite
Decks: 6 & 8 • Area: 515ft² / 48m² • Capacity: up to 4 guests per stateroom
135ft²/12.5m² private balcony • Shower & Balneo bathtub • Butler service • Individually-controlled air-conditioning • Stateroom layout: king-size bed or twin beds • Minibar - 24hr room service • Flat screen satellite TV • Video on demand • IPod™ docks • Safe • French bath products • Dressing table with hairdryer • Direct line telephone • 110V American/220V European • Internet access Wifi.
   Prestige Suite
Decks: 7 & 8 • Area: 430ft² / 40m² • Capacity: up to 4 guests per stateroom
Composed of two interconnected Prestige Staterooms as indicated by double arrow on Deck Plan ⟷
110ft²/10m² private balcony • 2 Showers • Individually-controlled air-conditioning • Stateroom layout: king-size bed or twin beds • Minibar - 24hr room service • Flat screen satellite TV • Video on demand • IPod™ docks • Safe • French bath products • Dressing table with hairdryer • Direct line telephone • 110V American/220V European • Internet access Wifi.
   Privilege Stateroom
Decks 6, 7 & 8 • Area: 300ft² / 28m² • Capacity: up to 3 guests per stateroom
55ft²/5m² private balcony • Shower • Individually-controlled air-conditioning • Stateroom layout: king-size bed or twin beds - communicating staterooms available • Minibar - 24hr room service • Flat screen satellite TV • Video on demand • IPod™ docks • Safe • French bath products • Dressing table with hairdryer • Direct line telephone • 110V American/220V European • Internet access Wifi.
   Prestige Stateroom
Decks: 6, 7 & 8 • Area: 215ft² / 20m² • Capacity: up to 2 guests per stateroom
55ft²/5m² private balcony • Shower • Individually-controlled air-conditioning • Stateroom layout: king-size bed or twin beds - communicating staterooms available • Minibar - 24hr room service • Flat screen satellite TV • Video on demand • IPod™ docks • Safe • French bath products • Dressing table with hairdryer • Direct line telephone • 110V American/220V European • Internet access Wifi.