The Icelandic Loop

8 days / 7 nights
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    The Icelandic Loop

    Cruise The Arctic

    from 29 July 2019 to 5 August 2019
    8 days / 7 nights

    Departure Port : Reykjavík
    Arrival Port : Reykjavík

    Ship : LE BOREAL

    • Ref : B290719

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    PONANT takes you on a voyage of discovery in Iceland and the Arctic Circle for a truly exotic cruise on the trail of the Vikings.  

    For 8 daysLe Boréal will take you to extreme lands and breathtaking scenery. Glaciers, lava fields, geysers and steam baths – this is undoubtedly the place of all the superlatives.  

    You will embark in Reykjavik, the most northerly capital in the world. Houses with colourful roofs line its streets and this, coupled with the many ducks in its lake, produces a picture postcard setting. It boasts real cultural riches, particularly in contemporary art, notably with the Reykjavik Art Museum.

    During the cruise, Le Boréal will cross the Arctic Circle, and sail towards the ice floe. You will then reach the small and remote island of Grímsey. This is the kingdom of birds such as guillemots and puffins. Its volcanic rock forms splendid basaltic columns in certain areas.

    You will also call at Seydisfjördur, one of the most picturesque ports in the country and the gateway to a 1250-hectare nature reserve that is home to a multitude of birds.

    To conclude you will discover Heimaey. The only inhabited island in the Westmann Islands, fishing is the main source of income in this exceptional site. You can admire its volcanoes and its almost-desert like landscapes.

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    Highlights

    • Discovery of Reykjavik, capital of Iceland.
    • Optional Golden Circle excursion: the 3 most emblematic sites in Iceland.
    • Crossing the Arctic circle.
    • Landscapes: vast glaciers, breathtaking fjords, volcanic rock, basalt pillars, jagged cliffs and geysers.
    • Wildlife: Atlantic puffins, Northern gannets, Arctic terns, Minke whales, humpback whales, Icelandic horses.
    • A passionate lecturer on board.

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    Prestige Deck 5

    • Area : 18 m²
    • Capacity : up to 2 guests per stateroom
    • Private balcony
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
    • Shower
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod™ players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet acces wifi.
    Price
    Reference rate, per person  based on  double occupancy.   
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    Prestige Deck 6

    • Area : 18 m²
    • Capacity : up to 2 guests per stateroom
    • Private balcony
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
    • Shower
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod™ players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet acces wifi
    •  Butler service.
    Price
    Reference rate, per person  based on  double occupancy.   

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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

    29 July 2019 – Isafjördur

    Reykjavík

    Embarkation 29/07/2019 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 29/07/2019 at 18H00 .

    Iceland’s capital stretches along the edge of a vast bay in the west of the country. For a panoramic view of the lush, green landscapes, make your way to Perlan, the “Pearl of Reykjavík”, alarge environmental structure located on ’Oskjuhlið hill. Look out for the signpost showing the way to the evangelical Hallgrímskirkja church, and to the historical centre where you can stroll along the Skólavördustígur and the Laugavegur. The little shops in these lively streets will entice you to do a bit of shopping. For some relaxation just outside of the city, you’ll have the opportunity to visit the Reykjanes peninsula and its famous thermal lagoons of the Blue Lagoon.

    30 July 2019 – Isafjördur

    30 July 2019 – Isafjördur

    Arrival 30/07/2019 midday. Departure 30/07/2019 early evening.

    Your ship will take you to the heart of the fjords of North-West Iceland, a wild land of lost valleys and steep cliffs, where man struggles to survive. In this very isolated region we find the Isafjörður fjord, undoubtedly one of the most beautiful in the country, mainly for its relief, forged by many very ancient basaltic flows. The town of Isafjörður, which nestles at the back of its fjord, between imposing mountains, is a delightful little town that lives exclusively from fishing. The capital of the Western fjords, its old wooden houses bear witness to its past as a major fishing port.

    30 July 2019 – Crossing the Arctic Circle 

    30 July 2019 – Crossing the Arctic Circle 

    Arrival 30/07/2019. Departure 30/07/2019.

    On board your ship, cross the mythical line of the Arctic Circle. This famous parallel runs at around 66° 33’ latitude north. Often considered the gateway to the Arctic, it is simply the latitude from which it is possible to observe the midnight sun at least once in the year. Once over the Circle, during the summer months, you will therefore be able to sail in permanent daylight and the low light that is so particular to the polar regions. A unique moment, which will doubtless remain one of the highlights of your cruise.

    31 July 2019 – Sailing around the island of Grímsey

    31 July 2019 – Sailing around the island of Grímsey

    Arrival 31/07/2019. Departure 31/07/2019.

    Grímsey is a small island located 40 km North of mainland Iceland. It was formed by volcanic rock that has generated majestic basalt pillars. The island has been inhabited since the Vikings came to Iceland and legend has it that it is named after the colonial sailor Grìmur, who sailed from the region of Sogn in Norway. This site is home to fabulous wildlife, with many bird colonies having chosen to nest along the jagged cliffs, such as the ‘‘clowns of the sea’’ known as the Atlantic Puffins. While many travellers come here in order to cross the invisible line into the Arctic Circle, the island is also famed as a place to observe the midnight sun.

    31 July 2019 – Grímsey

    31 July 2019 – Grímsey

    Arrival 31/07/2019 midday. Departure 31/07/2019 early evening.

    Grimsey is the northernmost island of Iceland surging from the Arctic ocean, with the Arctic circle running through the island. Its contrasted contours are surprising. From Grímseyjarhreppur, the island’s only town located on the west coast, then heading due south, you can take in the beauty of the hillsides, lushly carpeted with moss and grass. On the rest of the coastline, imposing basalt cliffs inhabited by sea birds stand proud.

    1 August 2019 – Akureyri

    1 August 2019 – Akureyri

    Arrival 01/08/2019 early morning. Departure 01/08/2019 late afternoon.

    The elegant city of Akureyri is located very close to the Arctic circle, tucked away in the Eyjafjörður fjord. It displays a stunning palette of colours: blue waters in the harbour, bronze mountain ash on the squares and brightly-coloured houses in the historical centre. As you walk along the cobbled streets, you’ll come across rows of terraces with wooden furniture. A vast stairway cut into the hillside leads you up to the emblematic feature of the town, namely the Akureyrarkirkja church. You’ll be amazed by the very beautiful botanical garden made possible by a microclimate.

    2 August 2019 – Seydisfjördur

    2 August 2019 – Seydisfjördur

    Arrival 02/08/2019 midday. Departure 02/08/2019 late afternoon.

    At the end of your journey through the heart of a very beautiful 17-km-long fjord, discover Seyðisfjörður, on the north-east coast of Iceland. Its typically Scandinavian, colourful houses and small blue church stand in the middle of an enchanting setting, between rivers and waterfalls. The village, surrounded on all sides by mountains with snow-topped peaks, has around 700 inhabitants. This small fishing port with a very picturesque charm is not far from Skálanes, a nature reserve of more than 1,000 hectares that is home to about fifty bird species. This port of call combines nature and culture, with wonderment guaranteed.

    3 August 2019 – Heimaey, Vestmannaeyjar

    3 August 2019 – Heimaey, Vestmannaeyjar

    Arrival 03/08/2019 mid afternoon. Departure 03/08/2019 evening.

    This land seated off the southern coast of Iceland is the largest of the Vestmann islands, and is the only inhabited island in the archipelago. The steep Edfell volcanoes and the green prairies of Herjólfsdalur offer rich contrast of nature. On the Stórhöfði road, look out over grey sand beaches and cliffs carved out by the Arctic ocean. From here, you can also see the bronze landscapes of the mountaintops. You could visit Eldheimar, an ultra-modern and interactive museum which traces the volcanic eruption has experienced Heimaey in 1973.

    4 August 2019 – Reykjavík

    4 August 2019 – Reykjavík

    Arrival 04/08/2019 early morning. Departure 04/08/2019.

    Iceland’s capital stretches along the edge of a vast bay in the west of the country. For a panoramic view of the lush, green landscapes, make your way to Perlan, the “Pearl of Reykjavík”, alarge environmental structure located on ’Oskjuhlið hill. Look out for the signpost showing the way to the evangelical Hallgrímskirkja church, and to the historical centre where you can stroll along the Skólavördustígur and the Laugavegur. The little shops in these lively streets will entice you to do a bit of shopping. For some relaxation just outside of the city, you’ll have the opportunity to visit the Reykjanes peninsula and its famous thermal lagoons of the Blue Lagoon.

    5 August 2019▸4 August 2019 – Reykjavík

    Reykjavík

    Disembarkation 05/08/2019 at 08H00 .

    Iceland’s capital stretches along the edge of a vast bay in the west of the country. For a panoramic view of the lush, green landscapes, make your way to Perlan, the “Pearl of Reykjavík”, alarge environmental structure located on ’Oskjuhlið hill. Look out for the signpost showing the way to the evangelical Hallgrímskirkja church, and to the historical centre where you can stroll along the Skólavördustígur and the Laugavegur. The little shops in these lively streets will entice you to do a bit of shopping. For some relaxation just outside of the city, you’ll have the opportunity to visit the Reykjanes peninsula and its famous thermal lagoons of the Blue Lagoon.

    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.

    Guest(s) Lecturer(s)

    Raphaël Enthoven

    Raphaël Enthoven

    After working at LIRE Magazine from 2002 to 2005, RE was involved in the launch of Philosophie Magazine where he has been a regular columnist since the first issue. His columns have been arranged in three collections, all published by Gallimard (L’endroit du décor, Le Philosophe de service et autres textes and Matière Première). His first book, Un jeu d’enfant – la philosophie, part essay-part novel, was published by Fayard in 2007. Having obtained his state teaching qualification, RE worked alongside Michel Onfray to launch the free university, Université Populaire in Caen, and contributed to Société Normande de Philosophie before organising and hosting, since 2004, first at the François Mitterrand Library then the Odéon Theatre, monthly meetings with philosophers, writers and art historians inspired by that oxymoron so dear to Antoine Vitez of “elitism for everyone”. At the same time, from 2003 to 2006, RE created an oral library on France-Culture, part of the Commentaires programme (available on CD), the purpose being to reach as wide an audience as possible with discussions on classical thinking.

    From 2007 to 2011, while conceiving and presenting Philosophie on ARTE (since 2008), RE produced and presented Les Nouveaux chemins de la connaissance which provided and still provides France-Culture listeners with an hour a day on philosophy, history of art and literature. Lastly, having had a morning slot on France-Culture (Le monde selon Raphaël Enthoven), RE launched a new show in September 2012 called Le Gai Savoir, broadcast every Sunday from 4pm to 5pm, and finally a series of short programmes (Imaginez) on ARTE from Monday to Friday at 12.41pm. He won the Fémina Essay Prize for Dictionnaire amoureux de Marcel Proust, co-written with Jean-Paul Enthoven (published by Plon/Grasset). He followed this with Le Snobisme – questions de Caractère, co-written with Adèle Van Reeth in February 2015.  

    In August 2015, he joined Europe 1 and created La morale de l'Info (a daily three-minute slot on the Thomas Sotto show) and Qui-Vive (Saturdays 3pm-4pm). 

    In September 2015, he published Anagrammes pour lire dans les Pensées (Actes Sud) with Chen Jiang-Hong and Jacques Perry-Salkow, then Vermeer - le jour et l'heure with Jacques Darriulat (Fayard). His latest book, Little Brother, was published by Gallimard in March 2016. 

    Language spoken: French

     

    Photo credit: ARR

    Possibility of withdrawal in case of force majeure.

    Pre/Post & Overlands

    1. After your cruise

      05/08/2019 – Icelandic Landscapes

      440.00 AU$ **

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    2. Before your cruise

      29/07/2019 – Transfer to the pier of Reykjavik

      60.00 AU$ **

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    3. During your cruise

      04/08/2019 – Glacier Adventure

      465.00 AU$ **

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      04/08/2019 – Inside the Volcano - Private departure

      780.00 AU$ **

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