Baffin Bay Secrets

14 days / 13 nights
    Close departure
    Roundtrip flight included
    Baffin Bay Secrets
    Flight Paris / Kangerlussuaq + Transfers + Flight Kangerlussuaq / Paris

    Cruise The Arctic

    from 14 August 2018 to 27 August 2018
    14 days / 13 nights

    Departure Port : Kangerlussuaq
    Arrival Port : Kangerlussuaq

    Ship : LE SOLEAL

    • Ref : KK0945 - S140818

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    The first destination is the North-West coast of Greenland which will welcome you with its majestic icebergs, colourful villages encircled by mountains and its basalt formations. This is the ideal opportunity for meeting the local population and learning about Greenland Inuit culture.

    The North of Greenland will then reveal its remote villages of peat houses where the last bear hunters and narwhal fishers live in the middle of the Arctic tundra according to their ancestral traditions. You will also see the remains of ancient Inuit civilisations and will discover Savissivik, the largest “iceberg graveyard” in Greenland.

    The next destination will be the Nunavut in Canada, with its immense cliffs, bird colonies and fjord

    Subject to ice and weather conditions. The expedition highlights and itineraries described above illustrate possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed.

     

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    Highlights

    • Outings and shore visits in Zodiac® inflatables with your naturalist guides;
    • Hiking opportunity;
    • Visit traditional villages and encounter the Inuit people;
    • Disko Bay, listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site, to see the Northern Hemisphere’s largest icebergs;
    • Landscapes: ice floes, jagged mountains, icebergs, ice caps, steep-sided valleys, sheer cliffs, huge glaciers;
    • Wildlife: polar bears, a lot of caribou, Arctic terns, walruses, whales, musk oxen.

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    Staterooms & Suites

    • Superior Stateroom
      AU$35,430
      AU$18,890
      Not Available
    • Deluxe Stateroom
      AU$38,230
      AU$20,290
      Not Available
    • Prestige Deck 4
      AU$42,770
      AU$22,560
      Not Available
    • Prestige Deck 5
      AU$44,890
      AU$23,620
      Not Available
    • Prestige Deck 6
      AU$47,110
      AU$24,730
      Not Available
    • Deluxe Suite
      AU$65,770
      AU$34,060
      Not Available
    • Prestige Deck 5 Suite
      AU$89,310
      AU$45,830
      Not Available
    • Prestige Deck 6 Suite
      AU$93,770
      AU$48,060
      Not Available
    • Owner's Suite
      AU$107,770
      AU$55,060
      Not Available
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    LE SOLEAL

    Designed in 2013 and loyal to the PONANT spirit, Le Soléal like her sisterships embodies the subtle alliance between luxury, intimacy and wellbeing which is Ponant’s signature. The elegance of her exterior and interior lines and her intimate size (only 132 staterooms and suites)make this a rare and innovative yacht on the cruise market. 

    Interior Design

    With her fluid lines and a modern colour scheme combining natural wood with shades of grey and white, Le Soléal presents references to a nautical theme.

    Port of call & excursions

    14 August 2018 – Ilulissat

    Kangerlussuaq

    Embarkation 14/08/2018 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 14/08/2018 at 18H00 .

    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 travellers 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 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 also the superb landscapes of tundra in autumnal colours, where Arctic hares, musk oxen, Arctic foxes, reindeer, falcons and eagles live. 

    15 August 2018 – Ilulissat

    15 August 2018 – Ilulissat

    Arrival 15/08/2018. Departure 15/08/2018.

    At the heart of Disko Bay - a UNESCO World Heritage Site - the Ilulissat Icefjord provides an extraordinary spectacle of almost surreal beauty, with the largest icebergs of the northern hemisphere. The sculptural icebergs continue their timeless journey, shimmering with their eternal light. Vast pieces of ice break off from the bergs and rejoin the inexorable movement of the sea. Close by lies the town of Ilulissat, the region’s principal destination. Encircled by icebergs, it has retained a unique mix of traditional Arctic life, with multicoloured wooden houses, huskies and the leather tanners who still work today using the ancient methods of their ancestors. 

    16 August 2018 – Ilulissat

    16 August 2018 – Ilulissat

    Arrival 16/08/2018. Departure 16/08/2018.

    At the heart of Disko Bay - a UNESCO World Heritage Site - the Ilulissat Icefjord provides an extraordinary spectacle of almost surreal beauty, with the largest icebergs of the northern hemisphere. The sculptural icebergs continue their timeless journey, shimmering with their eternal light. Vast pieces of ice break off from the bergs and rejoin the inexorable movement of the sea. Close by lies the town of Ilulissat, the region’s principal destination. Encircled by icebergs, it has retained a unique mix of traditional Arctic life, with multicoloured wooden houses, huskies and the leather tanners who still work today using the ancient methods of their ancestors. 

    17 August 2018 – Paul-Émile Victor Base Camp, Eqi Glacier

    17 August 2018 – Paul-Émile Victor Base Camp, Eqi Glacier

    Arrival 17/08/2018. Departure 17/08/2018.

    "The most beautiful place in the Arctic" is how Paul-Émile Victor described Greenland, a land of great table icebergs and of towering ice formations calved by the giant glaciers of the polar ice cap. The Eqi Glacier is one of the region’s most impressive sights. Here, the silence is broken only by the roaring and cracking of the ice. It is impossible to know if one is shivering from cold or from the sheer thrill of being here... Imagine the vast outline of a glacier, its translucent crystals glowing with an ice-blue fire in the sunlight. Paul-Émile Victor’s shelter cannot be overlooked; it was from here that the French Polar Expeditions’ anthropological and geographic explorations set off in the 1950s. 

    18 August 2018 – Karrat Fjord

    18 August 2018 – Karrat Fjord

    Arrival 18/08/2018. Departure 18/08/2018.

    During your cruise along the Greenland coast, we invite you to discover the Karrat Fjord. Located in the north of the famous Uummannaq Bay, it stretches out towards the ice sheet. As you sail in this exceptional setting, take the time to admire the beautiful icebergs that surround you, as well as the sheer cliffs that tower along the fjord.

    19 August 2018 – Kullorsuaq

    19 August 2018 – Kullorsuaq

    Arrival 19/08/2018. Departure 19/08/2018.

    Well beyond the Arctic Circle, in the majestic landscapes of Greenland’s Northwest, you will find the village of Kullorsuaq, the last bastion of Greenland’s traditional hunters. Here is where you will find Greenland’s true character… Vast mineral expanses, sumptuous mountains, impressive glaciers and, above all, the local population which still lives off fishing and seal or bear hunting. Hospitality and respect for nature are essential elements in the daily lives of these men, who live an austere life. When we drop anchor in this remote part of the world, set off to discover these friendly people who are also talented craftsmen, deftly sewing the furs and skins of marine mammals. This will be a unique and authentic experience.

    20 August 2018 – Savissivik

    20 August 2018 – Savissivik

    Arrival 20/08/2018. Departure 20/08/2018.

    Some places in this world are so magical that their beauty cannot be described in words… Savissivik, a small Inuit village with less than a hundred inhabitants, is one such place. Rightly considered to be the biggest iceberg graveyard in Greenland, it is a stunning sight to behold. During your Zodiac® outing, you will sail between these icy giants. Once on land, you can hike to a viewpoint from which to enjoy breathtaking views over these icebergs, which come in an incredibly diverse range of shapes and colours. Photographers will love it. Savissivik Bay attracts many bears and is also known for having been the home of one of the world’s biggest meteorites, but the latter has now been moved to a museum in New York.

    21 August 2018 – Qaanaaq (Thule) 

    21 August 2018 – Qaanaaq (Thule) 

    Arrival 21/08/2018. Departure 21/08/2018.

    Welcome to Greenland’s northernmost town. With some 600 inhabitants, Qaanaaq, which is also called “New Thule”, perfectly illustrates the quintessence of Inuit culture. Shrouded in darkness during the long winter months, this town, where most people get around by dog sled, was created in the 1950s. The Inuit, who at the time lived some one hundred kilometres further south, were forced to settle here after an American air base was created in their home village. 

    22 August 2018 – Pond Inlet, Nunavut

    22 August 2018 – Pond Inlet, Nunavut

    Arrival 22/08/2018. Departure 22/08/2018.

    On Baffin Island, located in northern Canada at the mouth of the famous NorthWest Passage, there is a small Inuit settlement at the very bounds of infinity. To get there, cross the Arctic Circle, the imaginary line that separates man from lands of mystery and wonder. It’s not so much the way of life that sets Pond Inlet’s inhabitants apart, so much as the setting. Snow-capped mountains, fjords and glaciers combine in a dazzling natural environment that fills space and expands time. Some discoveries change you forever: this is one of them.

    23 August 2018 – Sam Ford Fjord, Nunavut

    23 August 2018 – Sam Ford Fjord, Nunavut

    Arrival 23/08/2018. Departure 23/08/2018.

    All around you is a raw landscape of spectacular beauty. Nothing seems to want to disturb the silence. You are in the Sam Ford Fjord, on the east coast of Baffin Island. Located only a few kilometres away from the Inuit community of Clyde River, this fjord has the kind of world’s end appearance that only the Arctic lands can offer. From your ship, allow yourself to be dazzled by the series of vertiginous cliffs plunging into the waters of the fjord. These impressively high walls of rock, known worldwide to climbing enthusiasts, are reflected in the waters of the fjord, as though to completely shift perspectives and blur the lines between land and sea.

    24 August 2018 – Clyde River, Nunavut

    24 August 2018 – Clyde River, Nunavut

    Arrival 24/08/2018. Departure 24/08/2018.

    Amidst Baffin Island’s breathtaking scenery, set off to discover Clyde River, also known as Kangiqtugaapik. This picturesque village of less than 1,000 souls, inhabited mainly by Inuits, nestles in the heart of a sheltered bay. It is surrounded by glaciers, mountains, coastal shores and sublime fjords: many preserved natural sites whose beauty will not fail to move you. The community of Clyde River, known for its handicraft pieces sculpted in whalebones, lives to the rhythm of hunting. The surrounding wildlife is very rich and lends itself to this perfectly, with the presence of seals, whales, narwhals, caribou, Arctic foxes and hares.

    25 August 2018 – Isabella Bay, Ninginganiq Wildlife Area

    25 August 2018 – Isabella Bay, Ninginganiq Wildlife Area

    Arrival 25/08/2018. Departure 25/08/2018.

    Welcome to the kingdom of the cetaceans! Here, those who love the giants of the Arctic won’t know where to look. Isabella Bay is in fact part of the Ninginganiq National Wildlife Area, one of the finest places to observe bowhead whales. From your ship, watch the sumptuous ballet performed by these impressive mammals. With undersea faults over 300 metres deep, Isabella Bay, located on the north-east coast of Baffin Island, attracts cetaceans which come here to feed. In addition to the bowhead whales, the uncontested stars of these parts, the Ninginganiq Wildlife Area is also home to ringed seals, narwhals, polar bears, king eiders, little auks and northern fulmars.

    26 August 2018 – Sisimiut

    26 August 2018 – Sisimiut

    Arrival 26/08/2018. Departure 26/08/2018.

    During your cruise, we invite you to discover Sisimiut, founded in 1756 and the second largest town in Greenland. This small town is typical of Greenland, boasting bewitching panoramas: here and there, colourful stilt houses dot the undulating landscape, and the small fishing port stands as the gateway to an icy realm. As for the town centre, it is home to a number of historic buildings, a small church and a museum which retraces the history of the Inuit people, as well as many craft shops. When your ship drops anchor here, you will set out to meet the locals in a typically arctic atmosphere.

    27 August 2018▸26 August 2018 – Kangerlussuaq

    Kangerlussuaq

    Disembarkation 27/08/2018 at 07H00 .

    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 travellers 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 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 also the superb landscapes of tundra in autumnal colours, where Arctic hares, musk oxen, Arctic foxes, reindeer, falcons and eagles live. 

    Formalities

    • The information below is current but subject to change at any time without advance notice from government authorities. Please consult your respective government agencies for visa and health information.

    • Passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond the completion of your trip. Passport must contain at least two completely clear, blank, unused visa pages for each visa required, not including any amendment pages. Visa pages with stains or ink from other pages in the passport are not usable. Guests who deviate from the scheduled embarkation or disembarkation port should research the foreign entry requirements for the port country. Due to government regulations, regrettably, Ponant will have to deny boarding to any guest who fails to obtain the appropriate travel documentation for this trip.

    • Warning about the use of drones: the use of drones aboard PONANT ships, whether they are sailing at sea, at a port of call or anchored, is strictly forbidden. The use of drones on land in the Arctic and Antarctic regions is also strictly forbidden by international polar regulations. In other regions, it may be possible to use drones on land if permission has been obtained from the relevant authorities of each country and each region travelled through, as well as a pilot’s licence that should be obtained from your home country. Passengers are responsible for obtaining these permits; they should be able to present them at all times. Passengers who do not obtain these authorisations expose themselves to the risk of legal proceedings.

    • Canada: Travel by sea - The eTA is not required for US, Australian and British citizens. Other nationalities: a Visa may be required, please contact Canada consulate website for details. http://www.canada.ca/en/index.html

    Theme

    POLAR EXPEDITION

    POLAR EXPEDITION

    Discover the unique concept of PONANT polar expedition cruises: explore the world’s extreme regions while enjoying luxurious comfort and service.

    A luxury expedition voyage

    Choosing a PONANT expedition cruise means choosing a state of mind: the alliance of elegance and authenticity, of exploration and comfort, of adventure and refinement… The comfort of your ship and your stateroom, personalised and attentive service, refined gastronomy: a very special atmosphere that we take great care to maintain. In the heart of the ice floes of the Arctic and the Antarctic, our luxurious services will ensure that your expedition cruise is an unforgettable experience.

    PONANT, polar specialists

    With almost 20 years of experience in the extreme regions, PONANT, the world’s number 1 polar cruise company, is a real polar specialist. PONANT will take you to the most remote regions in total safety: our Captains and crew are professionals, specially trained to sail in icy waters. Our latest-generation fleet has the most modern technology to guarantee both your safety and respect for the regions visited. The size of our ships means we can get as close as possible to areas that are difficult to reach, offering a privileged access to preserved sites. Our flexibility enables us to adapt to the surprises inherent to these expedition itineraries.

    Professional expedition teams, varied activities

    After scouting missions in the field, our Expedition Leaders and their teams of naturalist guides design exceptional itineraries in the polar regions. During the cruise, they organise daily outings and shore visits in Zodiac dinghies and hikes on land so as to get as close as possible to nature and wild fauna. In the Arctic and in Alaska, the close relationships that our teams have been able to build with the local communities will enable you to understand the life of these peoples of the Far North, and to share it for a few hours. On board, the naturalist guides will share their knowledge during various conferences on fauna, the history of the great explorations, geology and climatology…

    Flight Paris / Kangerlussuaq + Transfers + Flight Kangerlussuaq / Paris

    For your serenity, PONANT selects flights and organizes the transfers between the airport and the port. This package is included in your cruise fare.

     

    Embarkation Day - Paris/Kangerlussuaq

    Flight Paris/Kangerlussuaq selected by PONANT. Approximate flight duration: 4 h 40.

    Meet & greet at the airport by our local English-speaking representative.

    Transfer to the pier for embarkation.

     

    – Cruise on board Le Soléal –

     

    Disembarkation Day - Kangerlussuaq/Paris

    Disembarkation. Meet and great at the port by our local English-speaking representative.

    Transfer to the airport in time for flight check-in.

    Flight Kangerlussuaq/Paris selected by PONANT. Approximate flight duration: 4 h 40.

     

    Please note:

    Tourist infrastructures are very limited in Kangerlussuaq. We kindly ask you for your flexibility and understanding:

    • Due to limited local transportation resources, waiting might be generated.
    • Due to local transportation conditions, comfort is basic and carry on could be limited on board the buses used for the passengers transfer to the airport (if too large the carry on could be transferred with the main luggage). We recommend the use of a back pack.
    • Due to limited human resource, please note that drivers act as guides.
    • Flights included in the programme are in economy class.
    • Detailed programme including flight schedule will be provided with your travel document.
    • For passengers in transit in Paris, we recommend staying one night in Paris before and after your connecting flight.
    • Package subject to availability.
    • This programme is subject to change.

     

    To know your PONANT flight schedule, please contact your travel advisor; it is also indicated on your electronic ticket included in your travel documents.

    Passengers must check in at least two hours before flight departure time.

    Important information

    Expeditions programs include activities such as Zodiac® outings (sometimes with "wet landing"), moderate walks to more active hikes. All this accompanied by your expedition team of naturalist guides. Certain zodiac® outings will not allow for landings just cruising. Landings will depend on weather conditions, position of ice and winds and the state of the sea. These can force a change of plans at any time.

    Travelling to polar/isolated regions is an exhilarating experience. The raw beauty and untouched wilderness offer an unusual chance to experience a place where there is little evidence of human presence. Inevitably, there are some consequences that come with such remoteness: please remember that you are far from modern hospitals with full medical facilities, thus evacuation is highly expensive. Without the necessary medical coverage, all expenses will have to be immediately paid from with your personal funds. We urge you to subscribe a full coverage insurance, choose your insurance company very carefully and be extremely vigilant and ensure your insurance is fully comprehensive.

    Taking into consideration the unusual and exceptional character of expedition itineraries, the calls shown are an indication only. The final route will be confirmed by the Captain and Expedition Leader, who will take into account the touristic quality of the sites and above all, the safety of the passengers. Their decision will be subject to that of local authorities and the expert pilots present on board during the navigation in polar and /or isolated zones.

     

    Dressing tips:

    • Water-resistant parka offered on board (for adults only) on Expedition cruises where the stamp “Parka gift” appears
    • Half calf rubber boots with non-slip soles, which will allow you to land in 20 cm of cold water, keeping your feet dry for walks and visits on steep paths. You can also bring water-resistant hiking boots. A boots rental will be offered onboard (for adults only) on Expedition cruises where the stamp “Boots offered” appears

     

    • Comfortable pants: classic Winter pants, warm cotton tracksuit
    • Water-resistant windbreaker over pants - COMPULSORY
    • Winter pants with water-resistant over pants is the ideal combination: water-resistance and comfort suitability of pants are essential
    • Pullover, sweat-shirt or fleece jacket
    • Fleece muffler and fleece cap or thermal beanie covering ears (avoid scarfs which do not stand still)
    • Water-resistant and supple gloves
    • Polarized sunglasses with high UV filter
    • Mosquito repellent
    • Walking sticks (highly recommended)

    Feel free to visit the PONANT online shop which offers a selection of equipment and accessories adapted to our destinations at the following address: https://boutique.ponant.com

    Benefits of the PONANT shop:

    • expert advice to gear up
    • a selection of technical equipment and accessories approved by our naturalists
    • Duty Free prices
    • delivery directly on board

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