Explore and discover the pristine lands of the east coast of Greenland during a first ever 16-day Expedition Cruise with National Geographic. Joining you onboard are a National Geographic photographer and National Geographic Expert David Scott Silverberg, who will not only take you deeper into understanding our journey, but teach you how to capture the wonders along the way.

Setting sail from Kangerlussuaq, north of the Arctic Circle, we will pass into the icy coastal waters of Greenland, before turning south and heading for the Blosseville Coast, where we will witness how the ice sheet meets the sea.

Discover Scoresby Sund, the world’s largest fjord network and the Ittoqqortoormiit Region, home to a small community of Greenlanders, where you can discover about the life and traditions of some of the last hunters in the polar regions.

Journey towards Northeast Greenland National Park, the largest national park in the world and a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. With no trace of human life, enjoy the magically coloured landscapes that span as far as the eye can see and the powerful glaciers that surround you. This remote region is one that few people have ever seen and yet has global influences on ocean currents and weather patterns that affect us all.

Crossing back north across the Arctic Circle, we will visit Jan Mayen Island, situated at the boundary of the Arctic and North-Atlantic oceans, this remote and uninhabited volcanic island was once a major whaling base and is home to large colonies of birds.

All along our voyage, David Scott Silverberg and your National Geographic photographer, along with your Expedition Team, will help you discover one of the world’s most breath-taking regions during the adventure of a lifetime.

This Expedition Cruise is onboard Ponant’s L’Austral ship, part of the Sisterships fleet.

Flight Paris/Kangerlussuaq + transfers + flight Tromso/Paris included.

Trip highlights

Travelling with renowned National Geographic Expert, David Scott Silverberg, a geographer who works on conservation projects across six continents.

Travelling with a renowned National Geographic photographer that will help you capture the pristine landscapes of Greenland, whether you are a seasoned photographer or using your phone.

Explore the eastern coast of Greenland, a seldom-visited region that is mostly unexplored, ensuring the untouched nature makes for a remarkable adventure.

Enjoy nature in its purest form as we explore alpine landscapes, polar ice caps, intricate fjords dotted with gigantic icebergs and coastlines torn by glaciers.

Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve of the Northeast Greenland National Park, the world’s largest national park.

Itinerary - 16 Days

1 Kangerlussuaq

Begin your expedition cruise in Kangerlussuaq on the west coast of Greenland. 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 the superb landscapes of tundra in autumnal colours, where Arctic hares, musk ox, Arctic foxes, reindeer, falcons and eagles can be found.

2 At Sea

During your day at sea, we will sail along the west coast of Greenland. Meet David Scott Silverberg, your onboard National Geographic Expert, as he gives greater insight into Greenland via lectures and discussions over coffee in the bar. Meanwhile your National Geographic photographer will give initial talks and workshops to help you capture the story of your adventure with your camera, whether you are a seasoned photographer, or using your phone. Come and learn how to make the most of the incredible photographic opportunities you will find along your voyage. 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 alongside one of our naturalists.

3 Southern Coast of Greenland

Sailing along the south coast of Greenland, head deep into the longest network of fjords in the region, the Prinz Christian Sund. The breath-taking natural canal that is surrounded by craggy mountains and impressive glaciers that offer stunning landscapes. During your journey, you may also get a glimpse of the spectacular cliffs of Akpatok, a mysterious and uninhabited island with an impressive colony of thick-billed murres that have taken up residence there.

4-5 Ammassalik Region

Set off for the region of Ammassalik, a small island of primitive and wild beauty where the Inuit people choose to live. The name of this island is a reference to the capelin, a small flamboyant silver-coloured fish, whose presence in the thousands announces to inhabitants the return of spring and plays a key role in the traditional local diet. Discover the alpine mountains that merge intimately with the sea, while the fjords are adorned with high snow-capped peaks and drifting icebergs, make for a remarkable sight.

6-7 Blosseville Coast

A long stretch of coast in King Christian IX Land, Blosseville Coast is an isolated and unexplored area of eastern Greenland. Named after Jules Poret de Blosseville, a French explorer and sailor, who in 1833 set off to discover this remote region. Surrounded by ice, icebergs and pieces of pack ice, Blosseville Coast is one of those wild and hard-to-reach places that very few people are lucky enough to explore. Take time to reflect on the remoteness of the landscape and to capture its beauty with the support of your National Geographic photographer, who will be providing workshops, as well as one-on-one support.

8-9 Ittoqqortoormiit Region

Situated between the largest national park and the longest system of fjords in the world, the town of Ittoqqortoormiit, whose name means “great house” in Greenlandic, is one of the most remote inhabited places in the world.

Frozen in for nine months of the year, discover a traditional way of life with hunter traditions still practised today. As soon as the thickness of the ice floe allows, locals set out on the trail of walruses, seals, narwhals, musk ox and polar bears, travelling by traditional dog sleds.

10 Northeast Greenland National Park

The vast Arctic paradise of Greenland National Park is the largest in the world, where acres and acres of pristine wilderness can be found.

Northeast Greenland National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, is a particularly isolated region that is cut off for many months of the year by the ice floes. Offering great historical and cultural significance, the park is furthermore home to a selection of magnificent wildlife including; polar bears, walruses, musk ox, reindeer and fox.

11-12 Ittoqqortoormiit Region

Take some more time to explore the Ittoqqortoormiit Region, one of the most remote inhabited places in the world home to a small community of Greenlanders, and discover about the life and traditions of some of the last hunters in the polar regions.

13 At Sea

During your day at sea, make the most of your time onboard L'Austral. Look out for wildlife in the air and the sea, catch up with our onboard National Geographic Expert and photographer as they give greater insight into the destination via lectures and workshops, or visit the photo gallery area where you can take a look at some of the professional photos that have been taken during your trip so far. Alternatively, head to the observation lounge to enjoy some reading through a collection of National Geographic magazines and books or, if you prefer some privacy, head to your room where you will find a range of National Geographic documentaries to watch.

14 Jan Mayen Island, Svalbard

Hidden off Greenland’s coastlines is the island of Jay Mayen situated on the boundary between the Arctic Ocean and the North Atlantic Ocean. Inhabited by only a small number of Norwegian meteorologists, Jan Mayen offers a unique opportunity to enjoy the spectacular landscapes of this remote island. The almighty volcanic summit, which culminates at 2,227 metres, is covered with a thick glacial coat. Connected to the sea by tongues of ice, between ranges of black volcanic rocks that at times can appear to be tinged with red, make for a spectacular sight. If the sky is clear, you will have the chance to glimpse the summit, decked out in magnificent light. This volcanic uprising provides a great marine habitat and so gives the opportunity to look for whales feeding in the icy waters.

15 At Sea

Today is your last day at sea and we encourage you to make the most of your time onboard L’Austral. Catch up with our onboard National Geographic Expert David Scott Silverberg and the National Geographic photographer to recap on your Greenland adventure and better understand its people and landscapes. National Geographic and Ponant share the deep belief that when people understand the world, they care more deeply and are inspired to act to protect it.

16 Tromsø

As your expedition cruise comes to an end, complete your journey in Tromsø, Norway. A secluded town, named locally as the ‘Paris of the North’ thanks to the extensive neoclassical architectural heritage. Explore the iconic Arctic cathedral, a major monument whose stylistic purity echoes the outline of the mountains surrounding the town.

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