Experience nature in its truest and purest form as we set sail on an unforgettable expedition cruise along the north-east coast of Greenland, where ice floe waters and dramatic landscapes await. Begin your journey in Reykjavík, the capital city of Iceland, and head towards the eastern Greenland region of Ittoqqortoormiit, the remotest inhabited community in the western hemisphere. Continue your journey aboard the Le Commandant-Charcot and venture into Northeast Greenland National Park, the largest national park in the world and a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve which is completely uninhabited. Take in the spectacular scenery as we cruise past impressive glaciers and arctic wildlife on the shores. We will attempt to reach the site of the fated Ile de France, which was discovered by the Duke of Orleans in 1905.

This Expedition Cruise is onboard Ponant’s Le Commandant-Charcot ship. View full details including deck plans and features onboard here.

Trip highlights

Explore Northeast Greenland National Park, the largest National Park in the world and a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

Witness magnificent wildlife such as polar bears, narwhals, seals, musk oxen, Arctic foxes and hares, walruses, orcas and sea birds.

Travel alongside experienced National Geographic photographers and experts who will offer unique and enriching insight into the destination.

Visit Ittoqqortoormiit, one of the remotest inhabited places in the world where you can observe the traditional ancestral way of life.

Itinerary - 13 Days

1 Reykjavík

Begin your journey in Iceland’s capital, Reykjavík where you can take the time to explore this picturesque city before embarking the ship. Visit the evangelical Hallgrímskirkja church, Perlan, the “Pearl of Reykjavík”, a museum located on ’Oskjuhlið hill and head outside of the city to Reykjanes peninsula where you can enjoy the famous thermal lagoons of the Blue Lagoon.

2 At Sea

Spend the day at sea and make the most of the amenities onboard Le Commandant-Charcot, the first hybrid electric polar exploration ship. Enjoy a relaxing massage in the onboard spa whilst gazing out to sea or take a dip in the swimming pool. You may be able to catch up with our onboard National Geographic Experts and Photographers as they give greater insight into the destination via communal workshops. Alternatively, venture to the upper deck to enjoy the spectacular scenery and you may be lucky enough to observe marine wildlife in the waters below.

3 Ittoqqortoormiit Region

Located between the largest national park and the longest system of fjords in the world, the town of Ittoqqortoormiit is an iconic place in Greenland. Situated four degrees north of the Arctic Circle on Greenland’s coast, Ittoqqortoormiit is the epitome of the “edge of the world” and is instantly recognisable by the colourful buildings that look out to sea.

Covered with ice and snow for nine months of the year, you will be able to discover the ancestral way of life of the last hunters of the polar region. As soon as the thickness of the ice floe allows, they set out on the trail of walruses, seals, narwhals, musk ox and polar bears, travelling by traditional dog sleds.

4-10 Northeast Greenland National Park

Greenland’s National Park is the world’s largest covering 972,000 square kilometres and a popular destination amongst researchers. Stretching from the topmost ice-capped regions of the northern hemisphere to the northernmost part at the end of the world, this is a park of epic proportions.

The Arctic paradise is home to an incredible range of flora and fauna as well as some of the world’s most spectacular scenery including imposing glaciers, snow-swept peaks and stunning coastlines. The UNESCO Biosphere Reserve is a particularly isolated region that is cut off for many months of the year by the ice floe. We will venture into these remote lands possibly coming across arctic wildlife that live within the pristine yet isolated wilderness.

11 Ittoqqortoormiit Region

Located between the largest national park and the longest system of fjords in the world, the town of Ittoqqortoormiit is an iconic place in Greenland. Situated four degrees north of the Arctic Circle on Greenland’s coast, Ittoqqortoormiit is the epitome of the “edge of the world” and is instantly recognisable by the colourful buildings that look out to sea.
Covered with ice and snow for nine months of the year, you will be able to discover the ancestral way of life of the last hunters of the polar region. As soon as the thickness of the ice floe allows, they set out on the trail of walruses, seals, narwhals, musk ox and polar bears, travelling by traditional dog sleds.

12 At Sea

Spend the day at sea and make the most of the amenities onboard Le Commandant-Charcot, the first hybrid electric polar exploration ship. Enjoy a relaxing massage in the onboard spa whilst gazing out to sea or take a dip in the swimming pool. You may be able to catch up with our onboard National Geographic Experts and Photographers as they give greater insight into the destination via communal workshops. Alternatively, venture to the upper deck to enjoy the spectacular scenery and you may be lucky enough to observe marine wildlife in the waters below.

13 Reykjavík

The last day on your expedition cruise to Greenland will take you back to Reykjavík where you can enjoy the city and continue your journey home.

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