IN THE WAKE OF CAPTAIN JEAN-BAPTISTE CHARCOT

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15 DAYS

At the boundaries of the Arctic territories, you are invited on the inaugural cruise of Le Commandant-Charcot, the first hybrid electric polar exploration vessel.

This exceptional 15-day voyage between Iceland and Greenland will take you to discover the emblematic sites of the polar adventure led by the famous French explorer, Jean-Baptiste Charcot.

Your journey will start in Le Havre, which has been the starting point for many expeditions in direction of the frozen territories of the north. After passing the Rockall Rock, frequently battered by impressive waves, you will sail along the coast of the Alftanes Peninsula, in the south-west of Iceland. In this region, haunted by the sinking of the Pourquoi Pas? IV, you will take part in a small ceremony at the site where the wrecked ship lies: a very emotional moment.

You will then reach the shores of Greenland to sail along the majestic and mysterious Blosseville Coast. You will discover the Scoresby Sund, the world’s largest fjord network. The Arctic will then reveal itself to you such as you had always imagined it: clad in a thick layer of ice and snow with sparkling reflections and spellbinding silence.

ITINERARY SUMMARY
DayPlaceHighlights
Day 1Le HavreBoard the Le Commandant Charcot for it’s inaugural cruise starting in this historical harbour
Day 2Saint-MaloBe immersed in the rich diversity of this towns heritage
Days 3 & 4At SeaRelax on board the world’s first hybrid luxury polar exploration
Day 5Sailing in front of the Islet of RockallBetween Ireland and Iceland, this is one of the remotest places on Earth
Day 6At SeaTake time to unwind as you sail towards Iceland
Day 7AlftanesIn the south-west of Iceland, explore this peninsula with a famous past
Days 8 & 9Blosseville CoastExplore this isolated and unexplored part of eastern Greenland
Days 10 & 11Ittoqqortoormiit RegionWith a name meaning “great house” this is one of the remotest inhabited places in the world
Day 12Jan Mayen Island, SvalbardInhabited by only a handful of Norwegian meteorologists this is a geologically fascinating island
Days 13 & 14At SeaSpend your last two days at sea sorting through your photos and reminiscing on the adventure that you’ve had
Day 15Reykjavik, IcelandDisembarkation

Ship Offering This Itinerary

Le Commandant Charcot
Render Le Commandant Charcot

Hailing as the world’s first hybrid luxury polar exploration vessel, the Le Commandant Charcot combines the top tier of luxury with sustainable development at the heart of the design. Equipped with 135 luxury staterooms featuring elegant and warm stone, wood and leather detailing’s to reflect the natural environment that the ship will be sailing in, the Le Commandant Charcot is setting a new level for opulence in the polar regions.  Guests are spoilt for choice when it comes to places to relax and unwind on-board with an abundance of social areas to choose from ranging from two pools (indoor and outdoor), a beauty corner, theater, three different lounges, multiple reception areas and different restaurants to choose from.

 

Day 1 Le Havre, France

Le Commandant Charcot Render

Formerly the home port of the SS France, the emblematic ocean liner that in the 1960s was the maritime link between Europe and the United States, Le Havre is rich with a substantial maritime and port tradition. A major trading location during the Industrial Revolution and the gateway to the New World in the era of the transatlantic adventures, the town became very prosperous before being bombed heavily during the Second World War. Magnificently rebuilt by the architect Auguste Perret, the city founded in 1517 by François I now boasts a modern style that is perfectly integrated with its historic structure: a fabulous example of Post-War architecture that is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 2 Saint-Malo

Saint-Malo

The mere mention of Saint-Malo’s name is enough to plunge you back into the richness of its past. The fortifications stand as testimony to the Malouins’ determination to defend their citadel, fought over by France and Britain in turn. When you drop anchor here, immerse yourself in the diversity of its heritage: the time when privateers sailed the oceans in search of trade and victories; the legendary yacht races the port city is still famous for, such as the Route du Rhum; and the final resting place of the French writer François-René de Chateaubriand, who was born here and chose to be buried here anonymously.

Days 3-4 At Sea

Dining Room Render Le Commandant Charcot

During your days at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

Day 5 Sailing in front of the Islet of Rockall

Lost in the middle of the North Atlantic, between Ireland and Iceland, Rockall is one of the remotest places on Earth. The eroded summit of an extinct volcano, the site was formed some 55 million years ago, when the Laurasia supercontinent broke up, followed by the separation of Europe and Greenland. Frequently swept by immense waves, this granite rock standing some twenty metres above the water will offer you spectacular panoramas.

Day 6 At Sea

Arctic bird life

During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

Day 7 Alftanes

Alftanes

In the south-west of Iceland, discover the Alftanes Peninsula, made sadly famous by the sinking of the Pourquoi Pas? IV. In 1936, the French explorer Jean-Baptiste Charcot was returning to France aboard the Pourquoi Pas IV after having provided support to the expedition led by Paul-Émile Victor in Greenland, when the ship was caught in a violent storm and was wrecked off the coast. The memory of this tragic event offers a striking contrast with the calmness of the surrounding countryside, made up of vast green plains and distant hills.

Days 8-9 Blosseville Coast

Aboard your ship, follow in the footsteps of Jules Poret de Blosseville, a French explorer and sailor. In 1833, aboard La Lilloise, he set off to discover this isolated and unexplored part of eastern Greenland and gave French names to various sites on the coast. The adventure probably has an unfortunate outcome, since the crew was never found. This uninhabited territory, which now bears his name, lies to the south of Scoresby Sund. Surrounded by ice, icebergs and pieces of pack ice, Blosseville Coast is one of these wild and hard-to-reach places that very few people are lucky enough to explore.

Days 10-11 Ittoqqortoormiit Region

Ponant Lady in Greenland

Located 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 remotest inhabited places in the world. 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.

Day 12 Jan Mayen Island, Svalbard

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The island of Jan Mayen, belonging to Norway, lies hidden off Greenland’s coastlines, lost between the Arctic Ocean and the North Atlantic Ocean. This small piece of land is inhabited by only a handful of Norwegian meteorologists. Tongues of ice descend from its volcanic summit, which culminates at 2,227 metres and is covered with a thick glacial coat. These tongues join the sea, between ranges of black volcanic rocks at times tinged with red. If the sky is clement, you will have the chance to glimpse the summit, decked out in magnificent light. The visit of a small fin whale will perhaps enable you to complete this memorable picture.

Days 13-14 At Sea

Arctic Tern

During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

Day 15 Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik, Iceland

Iceland’s capital stretches along the edge of a vast bay in the west of the country. Perlan, the “Pearl of Reykjavík”, a museum located on ’Oskjuhlið hill, offers a panoramic view of the lush, green landscapes. A little further, one can easily spot the signpost showing the way to the evangelical Hallgrímskirkja church, and to the historical centre where one can stroll along the Skólavördustígur and the Laugavegur, two lively streets with charming small shops. For some relaxation just outside of the city, visitors have the opportunity to visit the Reykjanes peninsula and its famous thermal lagoons of the Blue Lagoon. It is here in Reykjavik that you will disembark from the Le Commandant Charcot.

To book this cruise contact us on 1300 323 194 or email: contact@arctictravelcentre.com.au

We will tailor the perfect holiday to suit your needs.