Venture into the pristine lands of the east coast of Greenland during a unique 16-day expedition cruise with National Geographic. Set sail from Kangerlussuaq and venture into one of the regions most undiscovered islands; sail along the Blosseville Coast and witness how the ice sheet meets the sea. Discover the Scoresby Sund, the world’s largest fjord network and the Ittoqqortoormiit Region, home to a small community of Greenlanders, where you can discover about the life and traditions of the last hunters in the polar regions. Journey towards Northeast Greenland National Park, the largest national park in the world and a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. With no trace of human life, enjoy the magically coloured landscapes that span as far as the eye can see and the powerful glaciers that surround you. Make the momentous crossing across the Arctic Circle before visiting Jan Mayen Island, situated at the limit of the Arctic and North-Atlantic oceans, this remote and uninhabited volcanic island was once a major whaling base and is home to large colonies of birds. Travelling alongside a National Geographic expert and photographer, discover one of the world’s most breath-taking regions during the adventure of a lifetime.

This Expedition Cruise is onboard Ponant’s L'Austral ship, part of the Sisterships fleet. View full details including deck plans and features onboard here.

Flight Paris/Kangerlussuaq + transfers + flight Tromso/Paris

Trip highlights

Explore the eastern coast of Greenland, a seldom-visited region which is mostly unexplored by the masses, ensuring the untouched nature makes for a remarkable adventure.

Enjoy nature in its purest form as we explore alpine landscapes, polar ice caps, intricate fjords dotted with gigantic icebergs and coastlines torn by glaciers.

Travel alongside a National Geographic photographer and expert who will enrich your expedition experience by conducting workshops, giving you tips and sharing their National Geographic assignment stories.

Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve of the Northeast Greenland National Park, the world’s largest national park.

Itinerary - 16 Days

1 Kangerlussuaq

Begin your expedition cruise in Kangerlussuaq on the west coast of Greenland. 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 kilometres 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 the superb landscapes of tundra in autumnal colours, where Arctic hares, musk ox, Arctic foxes, reindeer, falcons and eagles can be found.

2 At Sea

Spend your time at sea and make the most of the amenities on board L'Austral. Enjoy a relaxing massage in the onboard spa whilst gazing out to sea or take a dip in the swimming pool. You may be able to catch up with our onboard National Geographic Experts and Photographers as they give greater insight into the destination via communal workshops. Alternatively, venture to the upper deck to enjoy the spectacular scenery and you may be lucky enough to observe marine wildlife in the waters below.

3 Southern Coast of Greenland

Sailing along the south coast of Greenland, head deep into the longest network of fjords in the region, the Prinz Christian Sund. This breath-taking natural canal, that is surrounded by craggy mountains and impressive glaciers that offer stunning landscapes. During your journey, you will also get a glimpse of the spectacular cliffs of Akpatok, a mysterious and uninhabited island where it is not uncommon in the summertime to encounter bears, drawn by the impressive colony of thick-billed murres that have taken up residence there.

4-5 Ammassalik Region

Set off for the region of Ammassalik, a small island of primitive and wild beauty where the Inuit people choose to live. The name of this island is a reference to the capelin, a small flamboyant silver-coloured fish, whose presence in the thousands announces to inhabitants the return of spring.
Discover the alpine mountains that merge intimately with the sea, while the fjords are adorned with high snow-capped peaks and drifting icebergs, make for a remarkable sight.

6-7 Blosseville Coast

A long stretch of coast in King Christian IX Land, Blosseville Coast is an isolated and unexplored area of eastern Greenland. Named after Jules Poret de Blosseville, a French explorer and sailor, who in 1833 set off to discover the remote region.

Surrounded by ice, icebergs and pieces of pack ice, Blosseville Coast is one of these wild and hard-to-reach places that very few people are lucky enough to explore.

8-9 Ittoqqortoormiit Region

Situated between the largest national park and the longest system of fjords in the world, the town of Ittoqqortoormiit, whose name means “great house” in Greenlandic, is one of the most remote inhabited places in the world.

Frozen in for nine months of the year, discover a traditional way of life with hunter traditions still practised today. As soon as the thickness of the ice floe allows, locals set out on the trail of walruses, seals, narwhals, musk ox and polar bears, travelling by traditional dog sleds.

10 Northeast Greenland National Park

The vast Arctic paradise of Greenland National Park is the largest in the world, where acres and acres of pristine wilderness can be found.

Northeast Greenland National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, is a particularly isolated region that is cut off for many months of the year by the ice floes. Offering great historical and cultural significance, the park is furthermore home to a selection of magnificent wildlife including; polar bears, walruses, musk ox, reindeer and fox.

11-12 Ittoqqortoormiit Region

Situated between the largest national park and the longest system of fjords in the world, the town of Ittoqqortoormiit, whose name means “great house” in Greenlandic, is one of the most remote inhabited places in the world.

Frozen in for nine months of the year, discover a traditional way of life with hunter traditions still practised today. As soon as the thickness of the ice floe allows, locals set out on the trail of walruses, seals, narwhals, musk ox and polar bears, travelling by traditional dog sleds.

13 At Sea

Spend your time at sea and make the most of the amenities on board L'Austral. Enjoy a relaxing massage in the onboard spa whilst gazing out to sea or take a dip in the swimming pool. You may be able to catch up with our onboard National Geographic Experts and Photographers as they give greater insight into the destination via communal workshops. Alternatively, venture to the upper deck to enjoy the spectacular scenery and you may be lucky enough to observe marine wildlife in the waters below.

14 Jan Mayen Island, Svalbard

Hidden off Greenland’s coastlines is the island of Jay Mayen situated between the Arctic Ocean and the North Atlantic Ocean.

Inhabited by only a few Norwegian meteorologists, Jan Mayen offers a unique opportunity to enjoy the spectacular landscapes of this remote island. The almighty volcanic summit, which culminates at 2,227 metres is covered with a thick glacial coat. Connected to the sea by tongues of ice, between ranges of black volcanic rocks that at times can appear to be tinged with red, make for a spectacular sight. If the sky is clement, you will have the chance to glimpse the summit, decked out in magnificent light.

Whilst marvelling at this impressive view you may also be lucky enough to spot marine wildlife in the icy waters below, including whales.

15 At Sea

Spend your time at sea and make the most of the amenities on board L'Austral. Enjoy a relaxing massage in the onboard spa whilst gazing out to sea or take a dip in the swimming pool. You may be able to catch up with our onboard National Geographic Experts and Photographers as they give greater insight into the destination via communal workshops. Alternatively, venture to the upper deck to enjoy the spectacular scenery and you may be lucky enough to observe marine wildlife in the waters below.

16 Tromsø

As your expedition cruise comes to an end, complete your journey in Tromsø, Norway. A secluded town, named locally as the ‘Paris of the North’ thanks to the extensive neoclassical architectural heritage. Explore the iconic Arctic cathedral, a major monument whose stylistic purity echoes the outline of the mountains surrounding the town.

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