Embark on a cruise of incredible diversity between Iceland and the sublime forests of Canada, crossing the magical Greenland ice. From Iceland, your ship will first head for South-East Greenland, a region where the alpine mountains and glaciers merge with the sea. This coast of Greenland was still unknown almost just a century ago, and it remains the most authentic and majestic region. Follow on the footsteps of great explorers that set off to discover this area a long time ago while you get to know the local cultures and people. In the eastern Canadian coast, you will find Newfoundland, a truly unique land with stunning landscapes. Discover its capital, St John’s, a vibrant, historic, colourful, and contemporary city. Enjoy this surprising discovery in a spectacular setting. * Flight Saint Pierre and Miquelon / Montreal + transfer included. SPECIAL OFFER First-time PONANT cruisers can enjoy £450 discount on expedition cruises when booked before 31st March 2019. Full T&C’s apply.
Visit the iced shores of the area aboard of one of our Zodiac® inflatables with a team of experienced naturalist guides.
Fall in love with the wilderness of Greenland and Newfoundland, characterised by beautiful blue-tinged icebergs, glaciers, fjords, rugged mountains and wild tundra.
Enjoy seeing the wildlife: Arctic terns, caribou, musk oxen, whales and orcas.
Sail along the Prins Christian Sund, a narrow, 100-km long passage that winds its way through cliffs and glaciers.
Visit traditional villages and meet the Inuit people and its traditions.
Experience the remote lands of Greenland and Newfoundland alongside a National Geographic Photographer and Expert, who are specialised in the destination.
Itinerary - 10 Days
1 Reykjavík, Iceland
Start your adventure in Iceland’s capital, Reykjavík. For a panoramic view of the lush, green landscapes, make your way to Perlan, the “Pearl of Reykjavík”, a large environmental structure located on ’Oskjuhlið hill. Stroll along the lively streets and the little shops in the historical centre or relax just outside the city in famous thermal lagoons of the Blue Lagoon inthe Reykjanes peninsula.
2 At Sea
Le Champlain is an innovative and environmentally-friendly ship, with elegantly designed staterooms and suites, lounge areas that open onto the outside and a limited capacity that will offer you a truly unique cruising experience. This day at sea will give you the chance to explore the ship and enjoy all the services and activities on board.
3 Ammassalik Island, Greenland
Discover the east coast of Greenland, where the alpine mountains merge closely with the sea, and the fjords are adorned with high snow-capped peaks and drifting icebergs. Follow in the wake of Captain Jean-Baptiste Charcot’s famous ship, the Pourquoi Pas?, which set off with its crew to discover Ammassalik. The name of this island is a reference to the capelin, a small silver coloured fish, whose presence announces to inhabitants the return of spring. This small island offers a spectacular and wild setting where the Inuit people chose to live. Set off to meet the inhabitants of this remote region, with deep-rooted traditions, and discover the Inuit culture.
4 Nansen Harbor, Greenland
Travel back in time in Nansen Harbor while discovering a superb bay. Follow in some of the great Norwegian explorer Fridtjof Nansen footsteps, who chose this place for his ice cap crossing. A unique experience that will definitely delight the most adventurous among you.
5 Skjoldungen, Greenland
Discover the uninhabited Island of Skjoldungen, surrounded by a stunning fjord. Its stunning landscape brings together mountains, glacial valleys, rocky outcrops, tundra and willow forests, creating an unmissable show. In this pristine landscape is also quite common to see bearded seals, orcas and birds such as the common redpoll, the northern wheatear, or the common raven.
6 Prins Christian Sund
The Prins Christian Sund is a narrow channel that stretches out and zigzags between Greenland’s south-east and south-west. Be hypnotised by the wild beauty of these landscapes, with rocky cliffs, waterfalls, and icy waters. Spot the seals laying on the floating ice to soak up the sunshine. If you are lucky, you may get to witness an aurora borealis, a stunning light show put on by the polar night.
7-8 At Sea
During your time at sea, make the most of the services and facilities onboard. Enjoy a day of relaxation in the luxurious spa or head to the fitness centre for a workout. If the weather is nice, head to the swimming pool or relax with some sunbathing on deck. You can also visit the boutique shop or see what shows and activities are scheduled. Alternatively, meet the National Geographic photographers in their dedicated space or head to the upper deck to enjoy the views.
9 Saint John’s, Newfoundland
Newfoundland is a large island off the east coast of Canada with a very diverse landscape including the towering Long Range Mountains in the west, plus forests and bays. St. John's, the province's capital, has become a rare destination full of character and charisma, with a contemporary, sophisticated edge. Stroll along its steep streets down to the port and discover the bright coloured houses that have become a symbol of the town. You can also head up to Signal Hill for fantastic views across the city and the harbour in one direction, and out to the Atlantic Ocean in the other.
10 Saint Pierre Island, Saint Pierre and Miquelon
After discovering Newfoundland, head further off the beaten path with a trip to Saint Pierre Island, one little known French Island off the coast of Canada. Though small, it has an interesting history and a breath-taking scenery.