Set sail for Spitsbergen

8 days / 7 nights
    Roundtrip flight included
    Set sail for Spitsbergen
    Flight Paris / Tromso + Transfers + Flight Longyearbyen / Paris

    Cruise The Arctic

    from 27 June 2017 to 4 July 2017
    8 days / 7 nights

    Departure Port : Tromso
    Arrival Port : Longyearbyen

    Ship : LE BOREAL

    • Ref : TL0345 - B270617

    Discover Spitsbergen with a brand new Ponant itinerary. On this island, the sea spreads its thick, glittery coat of ice and time stretches out to eternity.

    Step aboard the Le Boréal in Tromso for an 8-day expedition cruise.

    Accompanied by a team of experienced naturalist guides, experience unique nature with jagged mountains, icebergs, enclosed - and sometimes dizzyingly high - valleys, massive glaciers and glacier toes.

    Cruise by Bear Island, halfway between Norway's northernmost point and Spitsbergen's southernmost point. There, you can see the numerous seabirds who seek shelter on the island's vast southern cliffs: guillemots, Atlantic Puffins, fulmars, glaucous gulls and more.

    Surrounded by the icy Arctic Ocean and nestling in between millennial glaciers and carved mountains, Spitsbergen in the summer is a place where the sun never sets.

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    • Naturalists Naturalists
    • Free boot rental Free boot rental
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    Staterooms & Suites


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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

      27 June 2017 – Sailing along Bjornoya Island


      Embarkation 27/06/2017 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 27/06/2017 at 18H00 .

      In the north of the Arctic circle you’ll discover Tromsø, a secluded town located in the county of Troms. Norwegians call it the “Paris of the north”. You’ll soon see why when you discover its extensive neoclassical architectural heritage. A stunning example is the Arctic cathedral, a major monument whose stylistic purity echoes the outline of the mountains surrounding the town.

      28 June 2017 – Sailing along Bjornoya Island

      28 June 2017 – Sailing along Bjornoya Island

      Arrival 28/06/2017 . Departure 28/06/2017 .

      29 June 2017 – Hornsund, Spitsbergen

      29 June 2017 – Hornsund, Spitsbergen

      Arrival 29/06/2017 . Departure 29/06/2017 .

      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.

      30 June 2017 – Bellsund, Svalbard

      30 June 2017 – Bellsund, Svalbard

      Arrival 30/06/2017 . Departure 30/06/2017 .

      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.

      1 July 2017 – Magdalena Bay - Spitzberg

      1 July 2017 – Magdalena Bay - Spitzberg

      Arrival 01/07/2017 . Departure 01/07/2017 .

      2 July 2017 – Woodfjord Glacier of Monaco

      2 July 2017 – Woodfjord Glacier of Monaco

      Arrival 02/07/2017 . Departure 02/07/2017 .

      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 translucent 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.

      3 July 2017 – Ny Alesund

      3 July 2017 – Ny Alesund

      Arrival 03/07/2017 . Departure 03/07/2017 .

      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!

      4 July 2017▸3 July 2017 – Longyearbyen


      Disembarkation 04/07/2017 at 07H00 .

      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.


      • 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.

      • 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.




      Exploring the world’s extreme regions while enjoying luxury comfort and service: that is the unique Expedition Cruise concept brought to you by Ponant, the world’s leading polar cruise specialist.

      Exceptional itineraries

      Ponant Expedition cruises take you off the beaten path, for true adventures that are both authentic and refined. We have designed a large number of itineraries just for you, to give you access to exceptional lands all around the globe. From the Arctic to the Antarctic via Alaska, South America or Oceania, each luxury Expedition is the promise of a different and unique cruise experience.

      A luxury expedition voyage

      No matter which destination you choose, you will always find the same exceptional standards of comfort, service and elegance that have forged Ponant’s reputation. Our sisterships have earned Class Comfort 1 certification and can sail in the world’s most extreme regions, whilst offering an intimate and refined luxury atmosphere and environment. A certain idea of luxury, a way of experiencing cruising... differently.

      Discovering the wonders of the world

      The hikes, excursions and Zodiac outings organised during your Expedition cruise provide ample opportunity for you to discover the hidden treasures of these regions. With guidance from our experienced naturalists, lecturers and guides, you will be able to approach a rich and unfamiliar wildlife and flora and meet little-known tribes and ethnic groups. On board and on land, our specialists will provide a cultural, historical or geological dimension, and will take great pleasure in answering all of your questions.

      Flight Paris / Tromso + Transfers + Flight Longyearbyen / Paris

      Embarkation day              Paris / Tromsø


      Paris - Tromsø on a chartered PONANT flight.

      A hot meal with drink will be served during the flight.

      Meet and greet by our local agent at the airport. He will introduce you to Tromsø culture and history.

      Tromsø is a small and spirited city set largely on an island close to the wild of the polar region. Dominated by breathtaking snow-topped peaks and the starting point for many polar expeditions, the city enjoys a surprisingly pleasant climate and features round-the-clock activity during the almost perpetually bright days of summer. With many of its ancient wooden buildings lovingly restored, Tromsø is a pretty little city with plenty to please the eye. Tromsø centre is the largest wooden city north of Trondheim and has a rich architectural inheritance in the Imperial style of the 1800s, richly interspersed with both beautiful and not so nice buildings from later periods.

      You will cross the city by bus and might be surprised first of all by the important number of wooden houses aligned according to old urban rules. Tromsø escaped undamaged by World War II and one of the few towns in northern Norway able to preserve its charming old buildings.

      Visit of the Arctic Cathedral after having crossed the Tromsø bridge linking island to mainland. This amazing Artic Cathedral is one of the city’s most iconic modern landmarks. Inspired by Norway’s absorbing folklore and natural beauty its simple interior lends prominence to a spectacular triangular stained-glass window that fills an entire wall. A rich mix of native cultures also affords a unique insight into the Arctic’s indigenous traditions. Do not miss the stained glass window (140 square meters) depicting “the return of Christ”.

      Your tour will end at the port for your embarkation. 


      Disembarkation day             Longyearbyen / Paris


      Disembarkation in Longyearbyen.

      Meet and greet by our local agent at the port.


      The administrative center of Spitsbergen, in the Svalbard Archipelago, is a gateway to the wonders of the high Arctic region.

      Just 1300km from the North Pole, Longyearbyen has an average temperature of 7°C in July and

      -21°C in February with less than 300 mm precipitation per year, from which larger part is in form of snow.

      Almost all the colorful houses are built on poles to combat the permafrost (frozen ground), and the lion’s share of all produce is shipped or flown in.

      Summer in this area is a magical time, when the sun never sets and the cries of migratory birds fill the air.


      You will start your guided walk of Longyearbyen discovery through the old and new town, the valey up to Nybyen and will end at the traditional miner’s house.


      A snack under an arctic lavvo tent will be offered prior to your flight.

      Your tour will end with your transfer to the airport for check-in.

      A late meal will be served on board the plane after the take-off.


      Your program includes: 

      • Privatised flight Paris / Tromso and Longyearbyen/Paris in economy class, on European airline
      • Airport / Port transfer - Port to airport transfer
      • Visits and transfers mentioned above
      • English speaking assistance


      Note : 

      • Flights are subject to change without prior notice.
      • Seats are limited and subject to availability.
      • This is the referral program and the order of visits can be modified.
      • For passengers in transit in Paris, we recommend to stay one night in Paris before and after this flight to ensure onward connections.

      Important information

      Expeditions programs include activities such as Zodiac® outings (often with "wet landing"), moderate walks to more active hikes. All this accompanied by your expedition team of naturalist guides. Calls, landings & zodiac® cruises will depend on weather conditions, position of ice (during polar cruises) and winds and the state of the sea. These can force a change of plans at any time.


      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.


      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 for 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. 




      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)


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