Discovery of the king of the Arctic

13 days / 12 nights
    Close departure
    Roundtrip flight included
    Discovery of the king of the Arctic
    Flight Paris/Longyearbyen + transfers + flight Longyearben/Paris

    Cruise The Arctic

    from 16 July 2018 to 28 July 2018
    13 days / 12 nights

    Departure Port : Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen
    Arrival Port : Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen

    Ship : LE BOREAL

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    Follow the trail of the polar bear during an Expedition Cruise in the Arctic. PONANT invites you to set sail aboard Le Boréal for a memorable 13-day cruise around Spitsbergen, one of the jewels of the northern hemisphere.  

    The main island of the Norwegian Svalbard archipelago, Spitsbergen offers magical landscapes, a blend of ancient glaciers, jagged mountains and spectacular fjords. In summer, the sun shines day and night, to better showcase the vastness of the ice and the animals that inhabit the region – whales, arctic foxes, walruses, but also polar bears, the undisputed kings of the ice.  

    Setting sail from the cosmopolitan village of Longyearbyen, your journey will begin with an exploration of the wild and unspoiled east coast of Spitsbergen.

    You will then reach the Bellsund fjord, whose lush green valleys will not fail to delight you.

    This will be followed by a visit to Ny Alesund, the former mining town that is today home to a scientific base, a museum and the most northerly post office in the world.

    Further to the north you will find the majestic Monaco glacier, an impenetrable wall with blue-tinged highlights. You may even encounter a polar bear – a moving experience that you will never forget – before charting a course south to conclude your journey.

    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

    • The most complete PONANT cruise to Spitsbergen. 13 days for a fully-comprehensive discovery of the kingdom of the polar bear;
    • Outings and shore visits in Zodiac® inflatables with your naturalist guides;
    • Hiking opportunity ;
    • Landscapes: ice floes, jagged mountains, icebergs, plains covered with moss and lichens, lakes and rivers.
    • Wildlife: polar bears, Arctic foxes, Svalbard reindeer, Arctic terns, walruses, whales, puffins.

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    Staterooms & Suites

    • Superior Stateroom
      AU$32,850
      AU$17,860
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    • Deluxe Stateroom
      AU$35,390
      AU$19,130
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    • Prestige Deck 4
      AU$39,510
      AU$21,190
      Not Available
    • Prestige Deck 5
      AU$41,450
      AU$22,160
      Not Available
    • Prestige Deck 6
      AU$43,450
      AU$23,160
      Not Available
    • Deluxe Suite
      AU$60,390
      AU$31,630
      Not Available
    • Prestige Deck 5 Suite
      AU$81,770
      AU$42,320
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    • Prestige Deck 6 Suite
      AU$85,790
      AU$44,330
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    • Owner's Suite
      AU$98,510
      AU$50,690
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    Like her sisterships, Le Boréal 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
    Superior materials, discreet elegance and a tasteful décor reflect a nautical mood subtly revisited. Aboard, soothing neutral grey tones are enlivened by splashes of red, our signature theme linking tradition and innovation to create personal touches in the spirit of a “private yacht”.

    Port of call & excursions

    16 July 2018 – Gnalodden, Spitsbergen

    Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen

    Embarkation 16/07/2018 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 16/07/2018 at 18H00 .

    Longyearbyen is the capital of the Norwegian Svalbard archipelago, located on Svalbard’s main island, and is the northernmost territorial capital on the planet. With winter temperatures dropping to below 40°C, 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.

    17 July 2018 – Gnalodden, Spitsbergen

    17 July 2018 – Gnalodden, Spitsbergen

    Arrival 17/07/2018 . Departure 17/07/2018 .

    The Gnålodden Cliff culminates at over 700 metres high and is home to over a thousand species of sea birds. Tridactyl gulls, northern fulmars and thick-billed murres are lords and masters in this often deafening commotion, particularly during the nesting season. Polar bears and Arctic foxes also frequent the site, a delight for lovers of the animal kingdom. The “bird cliff”, as it is known, is surrounded at its foot by very rich vegetation, unfurling its carpet of moss across a décor of wild tundra. During your visit, stop at the former hunter’s cabin, which was also used as a satellite station during the 1930s. 

    17 July 2018 – Horn Glacier, Spitsbergen

    17 July 2018 – Horn Glacier, Spitsbergen

    Arrival 17/07/2018 . Departure 17/07/2018 .

    Nestling between millennial glaciers and carved mountains, and considered to be “the crown of Arctic Norway”, Spitsbergen is a place that never sees the night. Your ship will take you closer to this fascinating archipelago and, more particularly, the Hornsund fjord. Considered to be Svalbard’s southernmost fjord, it is especially reputed to be its most stunning: at the end of its vast bay, 8 great glaciers slowly make their way down to the sea before giving way to the many icebergs elegantly drifting along its cold and mysterious waters.

    18 July 2018 – Bakanbukta - Ginevrabotnen, Spitsbergen

    18 July 2018 – Bakanbukta - Ginevrabotnen, Spitsbergen

    Arrival 18/07/2018 . Departure 18/07/2018 .

    Located to the east of Spitsbergen, this bay has many surprises in store. At the entrance to the national park on the east coast, it is a region often taken over by the ice until late in the season. This preserved bay offers the opportunity to discover the assets of the High Arctic: the tundra, glaciers and polar bears. Near to the bear den areas of Barentsøya and Edgeøya, this site often provides an occasion for great sightings of the local fauna.

    18 July 2018 – Agardhbukta, Spitsbergen

    18 July 2018 – Agardhbukta, Spitsbergen

    Arrival 18/07/2018 . Departure 18/07/2018 .

    Located to the east of Spitsbergen, in Storfjorden, Agardhbukta is a former trapping site where a cabin remains. During your visit here, you will have the opportunity to see the ice floes and explore one of the spots where the polar bears pass by to travel to Bellsund, on the western coast of Spitsbergen. The vast plains of the Agardhdalen area also offer the psossibility of long hikes to disover the High Arctic tundra.

    19 July 2018 – Boltodden, Spitsbergen

    19 July 2018 – Boltodden, Spitsbergen

    Arrival 19/07/2018 . Departure 19/07/2018 .

    On the eastern coast of Spitsbergen, in the heart of an exceptional geological site, set off to discover the remnants left by the first to explore the region, the Pomors. These settlers, hunters and trappers from Nothern Russia, were the first to discover the Svalbard Archipelago, in the 14th century. At the time, they believed they had arrived on the coast of Greenland. They named this land “Grumant”. This port of call will certainly fascinate history and geology lovers. 

    19 July 2018 – Isbukta, Spitsbergen

    19 July 2018 – Isbukta, Spitsbergen

    Arrival 19/07/2018 . Departure 19/07/2018 .

    Nestling on the south-east point of the island of Spitsbergen, this small bay shelters an immense glacier, the Vasil’evbreen, whose front is more than 20 kilometres long. This is an opportunity for an unforgettable Zodiac® outing. If the conditions allow it, you will be able to land directly at the foot of this majestic, so as to discover the moraine and walk on the first section of the glacier. Depending on the ice conditions, you will also perhaps be lucky enough to approch Stellingfjellet, home to one of the largest guillemot colonies on the archipelago.

    20 July 2018 – Bellsund, Spitsbergen

    20 July 2018 – Bellsund, Spitsbergen

    Arrival 20/07/2018 . Departure 20/07/2018 .

    You will head to the Bellsund fjord to follow in the footsteps of the first explorers who came from the Norwegian coast, or those of the many fur traders seeking game and trophies. Boasting an astonishingly rich wildlife, the arms of the fjord separate to form two lush valleys. Give free rein to your imagination in the heart of this majestic natural environment where time seems to stand still.

    21 July 2018 – Ny-Alesund

    21 July 2018 – Ny-Alesund

    Arrival 21/07/2018 . Departure 21/07/2018 .

    During your cruise, discover Ny-Ålesund, a former mining town that has been transformed into a scientific base. Founded in 1916, this small town was the departure point for many Arctic expeditions, including those of the famous explorer Roald Amundsen. Don't miss a visit to the museum and its famous post office, considered to be the most northerly in the world!

    21 July 2018 – Kongsfjorden (King Bay), Spitsbergen

    21 July 2018 – Kongsfjorden (King Bay), Spitsbergen

    Arrival 21/07/2018 . Departure 21/07/2018 .

    Very close to the former mining town of Ny-Ålesund, set off to discover Kings Bay. Your ship will sail in one of the most beautiful fjords in Svalbard: Kongsfjorden (the fjord of the King), a gateway to grandiose landscapes. Here, the snow-capped mountains are reflected in the water where superb icebergs try to outdo each other in their beauty, a delight for photographers. Bearded seals, reindeer, barnacle geese and black guillemots frequent these places that have a unique atmosphere. Once you arrive at the end of the fjord, admire the Kongsbreen (glacier of the King) and its three characteristic rocky points, which take their names from three Scandinavian countries: Svea (Sweden), Dana (Denmark) and Nora (Norway).

    22 July 2018 – Sailing toward the ice floes

    22 July 2018 – Sailing toward the ice floes

    Arrival 22/07/2018 . Departure 22/07/2018 .

    Your captain will sail right up to the limit of the ice, to the edge of the ice floe. Weather conditions and state of the ice allowing, you will be able to go out in a Zodiac® dinghy for a unique experience in the middle of these floating slabs of ice. In addition to this grandiose journey through the middle of these floes with their cut and blue-tinged edges, sometimes over 2 metres thick, it is also often an opportunity to see a particular kind of fauna, totally dependent on the ice floe: birds, seals and polar bears.

    23 July 2018 – Daghogda, Wijdefjorden

    23 July 2018 – Daghogda, Wijdefjorden

    Arrival 23/07/2018 . Departure 23/07/2018 .

    Sailing into Wildefjorden will guarantee you an unforgettable moment of wonderment. The particularity of this gigantic fjord is that it almost entirely separates the island of Spitsbergen in two, from north to south. Sailing in Wildefjorden will enable you to reach the Daghøgda Valley and go for an exceptional hike along an ancient glacial valley. At the end of your walk, you will reach two lakes surrounded by impressive vertical cliffs. It is an exquisite spectacle, in the heart of the Svalbard Archipelago’s longest fjord.

    24 July 2018 – Jotunkjeldene, Spitsbergen

    24 July 2018 – Jotunkjeldene, Spitsbergen

    Arrival 24/07/2018 . Departure 24/07/2018 .

    Discover the thermal springs of Jotunkjeldene. Located in Bockfjorden, to the north-east of Spitsbergen, they offer sumptuous landscapes thanks to their geological and botanical particularities. You will be surprised by the site’s entirely brown and red décor, punctuated by a carpet of algae and moss. Surrounded by majestic glaciers, the fjord rests on the Sverrefjellet volcano, which erupted 100,000 years ago and is now extinct. However, warm springs rise to the surface all year long. During your visit, do make sure that you walk on the surrounding moraine so as to preserve as much as possible the carbonate deposits formed by the springs, which are very fragile and subject to erosion.

    24 July 2018 – Monaco Glacier, Spitsbergen

    24 July 2018 – Monaco Glacier, Spitsbergen

    Arrival 24/07/2018 . Departure 24/07/2018 .

    Located to the North-West of the Svalbard archipelago, the Monaco Glacier is probably one of Spitsbergen’s most beautiful and majestic. Named in honour of Prince Albert I of Monaco, a sailor, it stands as an impenetrable, blue-tinged jagged wall, the last glacier before reaching a latitude of 80° North. Imagine the sound of the ice cracking as it breaks free and crashes into the transparent water. And to make the magical landscape even more perfect, you might be lucky enough to spot bears and whales, as these two animals have a special fondness for this area.  

    25 July 2018 – Sailing toward the ice floes

    25 July 2018 – Sailing toward the ice floes

    Arrival 25/07/2018 . Departure 25/07/2018 .

    Your captain will sail right up to the limit of the ice, to the edge of the ice floe. Weather conditions and state of the ice allowing, you will be able to go out in a Zodiac® dinghy for a unique experience in the middle of these floating slabs of ice. In addition to this grandiose journey through the middle of these floes with their cut and blue-tinged edges, sometimes over 2 metres thick, it is also often an opportunity to see a particular kind of fauna, totally dependent on the ice floe: birds, seals and polar bears.

    25 July 2018 – Ytre Norskoya, Svalbard

    25 July 2018 – Ytre Norskoya, Svalbard

    Arrival 25/07/2018 . Departure 25/07/2018 .

    At first sight, the small island of Ytre Norskøya seems to be sterile and arid land. But once you are ashore, you will be welcomed by a thick carpet of golden moss, dotted with pygmy buttercups, Svalbard poppies and lichen. On the beach are the remains of the ovens that were used to melt whale blubber, precious evidence of the history of the whalers who came and set up in this area as of the 17th century. Another trace of the past: the presence of one of the largest cemeteries in Svalbard, with no fewer than 165 tombs. The Ytre Norskøya cliff is home to many sea birds, including little auks, barnacle geese, Atlantic puffins and thick-billed murres.

    26 July 2018 – Signehamna, Spitsbergen

    26 July 2018 – Signehamna, Spitsbergen

    Arrival 26/07/2018 . Departure 26/07/2018 .

    Located on the western coast of the Lilliehöök fjord, Signehamna bears many traces of its past. Indeed, you will see the remnants of a former German weather station that was used during the Second World War. In the heart of this sheltered bay frequented by many sea birds, abandoned cans, cables and utensils just lie on the floor like historic evidence that visitors are asked not to touch. Around you, admire the mosses and lichens that are characteristic of the tundra as well as the very old plutonic rocks. A short walk will enable you to enjoy a superb panorama with a view over the lake and a chain of snow-topped mountains.

    26 July 2018 – 14th July Glacier, Spitsbergen

    26 July 2018 – 14th July Glacier, Spitsbergen

    Arrival 26/07/2018 . Departure 26/07/2018 .

    At the entrance to Cross Bay, between tundra, plutonic rocks and mountains covered with a surprising endemic flora, set off to discover the 14th July Glacier. It was thus named by Prince Albert I of Monaco, following an expedition that he led there at the beginning of the 20th century. The glacier’s surroundings are frequented by numerous birds (Tridactyl gulls, thick-billed murres, barnacle geese, common eiders, Atlantic puffins…), as well as Arctic foxes and reindeer. As you arrive in front of the glacier, admire the impressive wall of ice and the reflection of the cliffs in the water. It is quite common to see a section of ice come loose, or a bearded seal lounging on an iceberg. 

    27 July 2018 – Alkhornet, Spitsbergen

    27 July 2018 – Alkhornet, Spitsbergen

    Arrival 27/07/2018 . Departure 27/07/2018 .

    At the northern entrance of Isfjorden, there is a small paradise for bird lovers: the Alkhornet Cliff. It is home to a very rich avifauna, made up of thousands of birds frolicking in a joyous tumult: gulls, guillemots, pink-footed geese, terns, seagulls, puffins, Arctic skuas… The Alkhornet Cliff, easily recognisable by its rhinoceros-horn shape, is also frequented by reindeer, which are not overly timid. Attracted by the tundra that covers the foot of the mountain, they come to graze in peace in a verdant setting covered with grass and moss. With a little luck, you will perhaps have the opportunity to see some seals and Arctic foxes, who are also regular visitors.

    27 July 2018 – Nordenskiöld Glacier, Spitsbergen

    27 July 2018 – Nordenskiöld Glacier, Spitsbergen

    Arrival 27/07/2018 . Departure 27/07/2018 .

    Situated deep inside Isfjorden, the Nordenskiöld Glacier is one of the very beautiful discoveries of your cruise. Its front of ice, nearly 5 km wide, is one of the most spectacular in the Svalbard Archipelago. 30 metres high, the glacier, like a gigantic frozen statue whose sections of ice sometimes come spectacularly loose, is impressive. The polar bear, the king of the Arctic, will perhaps make an appearance in these parts, which are also frequented by reindeer and seals. 

    28 July 2018▸27 July 2018 – Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen

    Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen

    Disembarkation 28/07/2018 at 05H00 .

    Longyearbyen is the capital of the Norwegian Svalbard archipelago, located on Svalbard’s main island, and is the northernmost territorial capital on the planet. With winter temperatures dropping to below 40°C, 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.

    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.

    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/Longyearbyen + transfers + flight Longyearben/Paris

     For your serenity, PONANT selects a flight for your trip and provides transfers and visits. This package is included in your cruise fare.

     

    Embarkation Day - Paris/Longyearbyen

    Flight Paris/Longyearbyen 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 Boréal –

     

    Disembarkation Day - Longyearbyen/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 Longyearbyen/Paris selected by PONANT. Approximate flight duration: 4 h 40.

     

    Note: 

    • 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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