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Longyearbyen/Reykjavik
15-night The Geographic North Pole Cruise
August 26, 2023
PONANT: Le Commandant Charcot
Longyearbyen/Reykjavik
Vacation Offer ID 1460368
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Cruise, meals, and more... including:

  • Complimentary Open Bar including alcoholic beverages, bottled water, soft drinks, specialty coffees, and fully stocked stateroom mini bar
  • Complimentary Fine Cuisine Restaurants
  • Complimentary 24-hour room service for all staterooms and suites
  • Complimentary Unlimited Wi-Fi throughout the ship
  • Complimentary Gratuities
  • Complimentary 24-hour butler service in suites
  • Complimentary use of Wellness facilities
  • Complimentary Concierge Service for all staterooms and suites
  • HERMES amenities
  • Open Bridge Policy
15-night The Geographic North Pole Cruise
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  • Suggested Shore Excursions
Destination Arrival Departure
Longyearbyen

Longyearbyen 08/26/2023

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.,
08/26/2023 08/26/2023
At Sea

At Sea 08/27/2023

The largest island in the Svalbard archipelago, its name meaning "pointed mountains" in German, Spitsbergen is the last piece of land before the Arctic ice floe. Aboard your ship, you will sail along the extremely spectacular coastline of this icy land. Between millennial glaciers and rugged mountains, you will discover a jagged coastline, hollowed-out by fjords. A unique setting, the refuge of a particularly rich avifauna, offering you the possibility of taking fabulous photographs from the deck of your ship.,
08/27/2023 08/27/2023
At Sea

At Sea 08/28/2023

Enjoy the absolutely unique experience of sailing to the heart of the ice floe, this vast expanse of virgin, immaculate ice. The landscapes are constantly changing, shifting from a smooth, flat wilderness to a chaos of ice, then to channels of open water. Your ship will sail along these naturally open channels and through the areas where the frozen layer is thinnest, offering you the chance to experience magic maritime moments in the midst of drifting sea ice. It will also often be an opportunity to see a particular kind of fauna, totally dependent on the ice floe.,
08/28/2023 08/31/2023
At Sea

At Sea 09/01/2023

Sailing ice floes,
09/01/2023 09/01/2023
North Pole

North Pole 09/02/2023

Defined by a 90° North latitude, the Geographic North Pole lies on the Earth's rotational axis, at the intersection of all meridians. Plunged into darkness for six months of the year, then lit by the sun for the following six months, this mythical site, permanently covered in ice and remote from any land, has fascinated generations of explorers. So far, only a very few people have ever reached it: an exploit which is now accessible to you aboard Le Commandant Charcot.,
09/02/2023 09/02/2023
At Sea

At Sea 09/03/2023

Enjoy the absolutely unique experience of sailing to the heart of the ice floe, this vast expanse of virgin, immaculate ice. The landscapes are constantly changing, shifting from a smooth, flat wilderness to a chaos of ice, then to channels of open water. Your ship will sail along these naturally open channels and through the areas where the frozen layer is thinnest, offering you the chance to experience magic maritime moments in the midst of drifting sea ice. It will also often be an opportunity to see a particular kind of fauna, totally dependent on the ice floe.,
09/03/2023 09/03/2023
At Sea

At Sea 09/04/2023

Sailing ice floes,
09/04/2023 09/04/2023
At Sea

At Sea 09/05/2023

Spend exceptional moments sailing onboard Le Commandant Charcot, the world's first luxury polar exploration vessel and the first PC2-class polar cruise ship capable of sailing into the very heart of the ice, on seas and oceans that the frozen conditions render inaccessible to ordinary ships. Le Commandant Charcot is fitted with oceanographic and scientific equipment selected by a committee of experts. Take advantage of the on-board lectures and opportunities for discussion with these specialists to learn more about the poles. Participate in furthering scientific research  and let us discover together what these fascinating destinations have yet to reveal to us.,
09/05/2023 09/09/2023
Reykjavik

Reykjavik 09/10/2023

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 Öskjuhlíð 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 Skólavörðustígur 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.,

Optional Private Excursions

Avoid the crowds and hustle and bustle associated with a group activity. For a memorable trip ashore, we invite you to consider a private shore excursion. Enjoy the undivided attention of your own driver/guide and the flexibility of experiencing the aspects of the local culture that most interest you. Below are just some samples of the private shore excursions we can arrange for you. Let us personalize your experience!

Reykjavik - The Golden Circle - FD Tour

Capture the ‘The Big Three’ on this classic excursion to Gullfoss Waterfall, Geysir Strokkur and Thingvellir National Park.

From Reykjavík you will drive over the Mosfellsheidi heath to beautiful Thingvellir National Park, a place of tremendous interest as a primary site of both Iceland’s geological and historical heritage. In 2004 the site of Thingvellir was inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. On this tour you get the opportunity to walk through the geological fault known as Almannagja - the place where Europe’s oldest national legislative assembly, the Icelandic Althing, was established in the year 930AD, and where it convened in grandiose surroundings every summer for nearly eight centuries. After your walk in Thingvellir, the tour continues over the Lyngdalsheidi heath into the fertile farmlands of the south, to visit the most beautiful waterfall of the country, Gullfoss. Nearby, you’ll also stop at the Geysir geothermal area with its multitude of hot springs, where the most active one, Strokkur, spouts every few minutes. Return to Reykjavik through the Grimsnes region.
Tour Duration: 7-8 hours
Tour can operate: Morning
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes - however some rough grounds
Physical Activity Level: Moderate
Included: Private car with driver-guide Pick up/drop off at the port. 
Not Included: Meals
 
Reykjavik - Bathing in the Blue Lagoon - HD Tour

Here guests can enjoy a relaxing bathe in the surreal milky waters of Iceland’s most famous of geothermal Spas – The Blue Lagoon. So what exactly IS the Blue Lagoon? Well, it is Iceland's most unique and popular attraction. Guests will enjoy bathing and relaxing in Blue Lagoon geothermal seawater, known for its positive effects on the skin. A visit to the spa promotes harmony between body, mind and spirit, and enables one to soak away the stresses of modern life. The spa's guests rekindle their relationship with nature, soak up the scenic beauty and enjoy breathing the clean, fresh air. In addition to bathing in the lagoon guests have access to a sauna with a view of the lagoon, a sauna with white walls that resemble silica mud and a cozy steam bath carved into a lava cave. Of course, guests bathing in the milky waters of the lagoon have easy access to the famous white silica mud, an essential part of this ultimate in spa experiences.

Tour Duration: 3-4 hours

Tour can operate: Morning or Afternoon

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Physical Activy Level: Easy

Included: Private car with driver-guide,  Blue Lagoon Comfort Experience (entrance fee, towel rental, Silica Mud Mask, choice of one drink at the Lagoon.) Pick up/drop off at the port. 

Not Included: Meals

Reykjavik - Langjökull Glacier & the Ice Tunnel. Optional Snowmobiles - FD Tour
Experience Iceland's stunning natural topography in an exhilarating new way during this full-day, off-road adventure on the Langjökull Glacier with optional snowmobile experience.
Start out early morning on a four-wheel-drive tour into Reykjavík’s hinterland. We drive through the tunnel of Hvalfjordur to the Borgarfjordur area. Watch for the historical home of the famed Icelandic historian and law speaker Snorri Sturluson, author of Snorra Edda. Along the way you will see the lava waterfalls of Hraunfossar and Barnafoss. Turning off the paved road you will travel into the gravel desert of Kaldidalur, from the edge of the Langjökull Glacier, you can either choose to board a snowmobile for an hour of fun and excitement on the ice, or opt to stay aboard the 4X4 and allow your driver to expertly take you on a drive out onto the icecap (weather and conditions permitting). All the basic equipment needed for the snowmobile tour will be provided, winter overalls and safety helmets, along with over boots and gloves. Our return journey takes us through the Kaldidalur or “Cold Valley” which offers spectacular views of the surrounding glaciers and their imposing landscapes. On clear days 3 glaciers can be seen from this point including Ók, thought in ancient times to be the home of giants! Our last stop will be at Thingvellir, the most significant historical and geological site in Iceland where in 930 AD the Vikings formed Althingi - the oldest still-existing parliament in the world. In 2004 the site of Thingvellir was inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. We then drive directly from Thingvellir to Reykjavik.
Please note: Due to the remote destination of this tour, there will be a box lunch along the way. Guests are asked to wear good footwear for this tour.
Tour Duration: 11-12 hours
Tour can operate: Mornings
Wheelchair Accessible: No
Physical Activity Level: Moderate / Strenuous
Included: Transportation by private 4x4 super jeep with driver-guide. Pick up/drop off at the port. 
Not Included: Meals
Snowmobile tour is at additional cost
Reykjavik Highlights - HD Tour
Reykjavík is the world's most northerly capital, with more than one third of Iceland’s population.  Today Reykjavík is a modern city with a variety of restaurants, museums, galleries and theatres.  Visit the most important sights of the city, including the  Old Town, the city cathedral, Hallgrimskirkja church and the “Pearl” (no entrance fees included in this tour).

Add ons:
  • A visit to the open-air museum of Arbaer Travel back to Reykjavik’s past with a visit to a fascinating collection of town and farm buildings from the last few centuries.   
  • A visit to the Pearl vantage point. The new Perlan is an exciting interactive exhibition about Iceland’s nature and geology.  Entrance includes the “Wonders of  Iceland Exhibit  (including Glaciers and Ice Cave) and the 360° Observation Deck.
  • Hallgrimskirkja Church Climb the tower of this iconic church for a beautiful view over the city and sea.   (Tower access closed during church services and some events)
  • A visit to the National museum The National Museum of Iceland’s permanent exhibition, Making of a Nation - Heritage and History in Iceland, provides insight into the history of the Icelandic nation from the Norse Settlement to the present day. The exhibition includes about 2.000 objects.
Tour Duration: 3-4 hours
Tour can operate: Morning or Afternoon
Wheelchair Accessible: No - Arbaer museum is not accessible
Physical Activity Level: Easy
Included: Private car with driver-guide,  Pick up/drop off at the port. 
Not Included: Meals and entrance fees (optional)
Adrenaline buggy ride & Thingvellir National park
Highlights:
  • Adrenaline buggy safari – through rough terrain and beautiful landscapes in the countryside
  • Visit Thingvellir National Park – main historical site in Iceland
  • See famous valley where the American and Eurasian tectonic plates drift apart
  • Optional visit to geothermal pool at Laugarvatn with natural steam sauna

Tour Duration: 6 h

Tour can operate: Any time

Wheelchair Accessible: No

Physical Activity Level:Moderate

Inclusions: 
  • Private buggy ride (single or dbl drive)
  • Private luxury vehicle with private English speaking driver-guide
Not Included:
  • Lunch (payable locally)
  • Admission fee to Fontana SPA in Laugarvatn (optional visit)
  • Tips and Gratuities
Super-jeep safari to the glacier cave and snowmobiling
Highlights:
  • Super-jeep safari through remote highland valley Kaldidalur (cold valley)
  • Snowmobiling on the second biggest ice cap in Europe – Langjokull glacier
  • Unique experience – visit to man-made ice cave (tunnel in the ice) and see the glacier from inside

Tour Duration: 8 h
Tour can operate: Morning
Wheelchair Accessible: No
Physical Activity Level: Moderate

Inclusions:
  • Snowmobile safari on the glacier (single or dbl ride)
  • Entrance to the ice tunnel
  • Private vehicle with private English speaking guide

Not Included:
  • Lunch (payable locally)
  • Optional visit to geothermal baths (Krauma)
  • Tips and gratuities
Blue Lagoon experience with transfers – 4 Hours
In the southwest corner of Iceland is the Reykjanes peninsula, less than 1-hour drive from the capital or 20-minute drive from Keflavik International Airport.
There the Mid-Atlantic Ridge comes ashore. The nature is magnificent. Various volcanic formations are found on Reykjanes Peninsula, such as mountains and hills chiefly made of volcanic tuff, large and small lava flows plus different types of volcanoes and volcanic edifices. The Reykjanes peninsula volcanic zone is a direct continuance of the North Atlantic Ridge that surfaces from the ocean at Reykjanes, and it is home to many important geological formations, some of which are utterly unique, including numerous types of volcanoes, naturally carved pools, craters, and geothermal pools.
Few things are cozier than relaxing in a hot pool in the middle of nature. Iceland has an abundance of easily accessible natural pools, but it is perhaps the Blue Lagoon the most spectacular of them all.
The Blue Lagoon was founded in 1992. Its specialty is the geothermal sea, which is two thirds of salt water and one third of fresh water. It is found at a depth of up to 2000 meters and is led by a pipe from the source to the lagoon where guests can enjoy it and relax. It is rich in minerals, silica, and algae, which is the basis of all skin products in the Blue Lagoon.
National Geographic has chosen the Blue Lagoon as one of the 25 wonders of the world. The Blue Lagoon has developed into an experience company based on spas, research and development, skin care, hotels, and restaurants
Treat yourself and experience it during your stay in Reykjavik. Alternatively, this is the ultimate way to unwind and chill after or prior a long-haul flight when you arrive of depart to / from Iceland.
What to expect: Landmarks of natural wonders of the country, insight into geology, relaxation.  
Basis: Private tour.
 
Start / End:   City center Hotel or address or Keflavik International Airport.
Duration:      4 hours.
Vehicle:        01st Class.
Guide: English-speaking driver guide. Other languages on request.     
Entrances:     Comfort entrance to Blue Lagoon with use of the towel, mud mask and first drink at your choice.
Meals: None.
Physical activity level:      Grade Easy. Walking required over uneven surfaces.
Wheelchair accessible: NO
Tour operates: morning, afternoon.
Notes: Tour program may be reversed for logistic / planning purposes.
Blue Lagoon & Reykjanes Peninsula – 8 Hours
In the southwest corner of Iceland is the Reykjanes peninsula, less than 1-hour drive from the capital or 20-minute drive from Keflavik International Airport.
Explore the Reykjanes peninsula and visit the Blue Lagoon. This geothermal area includes solfataras, fumaroles, mud pots and hot springs and sulphur was mined there early in the 18th century and then again in the 19th century. Gunnuhver is the largest mud geyser in Iceland, about 20 metres wide. Grindavik, the small fishing village with about 3000 inhabitants, has a long history, including when pirates from Morocco and Algeria arrived in the 17th century and took fifteen residents to sell as slaves. Additionally, we will take in the magnificent coastline and dramatic breaking waves by the Reykjanes lighthouse and “The Bridge Between the Continents” which connects the American and Eurasian tectonic plates.
Few things are cozier than relaxing in a hot pool in the middle of nature. Iceland has an abundance of easily accessible natural pools, but it is perhaps the Blue Lagoon the most spectacular of them all.
Treat yourself and experience it during your stay in Reykjavik. Alternatively, this is the ultimate way to unwind and chill after or prior a long-haul flight when you arrive of depart to / from Iceland.
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What to expect: Landmarks of natural wonders of the country, insight into local history and geology, relaxation. Coastal villages.
 
Basis: Private tour.
Start / End:   City center Hotel or address or Keflavik International Airport.
Duration:      8 hours.
Vehicle:        01st Class.
Guide: English-speaking driver guide. Other languages on request.     
Entrances:     Comfort entrance to Blue Lagoon with use of the towel, mud mask and first drink at your choice.
Meals: None.
Physical activity level:      Grade Easy. Walking required over uneven surfaces.
Wheelchair accessible: NO
Tour operates: morning, afternoon.
Notes: Tour program may be reversed for logistic / planning purposes.
Golden Circle Classic – 8 Hours
Iceland’s main attraction is the Golden Circle, it combines most of what Iceland has to offer, beautiful landscape, powerful geysers and the most magnificent waterfall. The highlights of the tour are Thingvellir National Park, the Geysir area and the Gullfoss waterfall.
This tour is designed to let you explore the highlights of Golden Circle route. We will show you sights that are not marked on a map, and only the locals know about. We will start the tour by heading to Þingvellir, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Thingvellir, 50 km (31 miles) to the east of Reykjavík, is the national shrine of Iceland and its most historic site, and one of its most beautiful places. The oldest existing parliament in the world first met here in AD930. It has always been the focal point for the country, and whenever a major event is to be celebrated, thousands of people come here.
We continue the Golden Circle by heading to the famous Geysir geothermal area which is home to The Great Geysir and its active sidekick Strokkur! Although the original Geysir is not predictably active, its neighbour, Strokkur, will erupt every 5-7 minutes - so have your camera ready.
We then drive a few minutes down the road to the most famous part of the Golden Circle: Gullfoss, or “Golden Falls “. To stand at Gullfoss and bask in the beauty and the wonder of nature is an uplifting experience. One certainly feels energized after this tour and contact with stunning nature.
During the tour, a delicious lunch will be offered at the local geothermal tomato farm, a unique venue for a special lunch.
,What to expect: Stunning scenery, landmarks of the natural wonders of the country, insight into local history.
Basis: Private tour.
Start / End:   City center Hotel or address.
Duration:      8 hours.
Vehicle:        01st Class.
Guide: English-speaking driver guide. Other languages on request.     
Entrances:     Greenhouse visit.
Meals: 3 courses lunch at Geothermal farm.
Physical activity level:      Grade Easy. Walking required over uneven surfaces.
Wheelchair accessible: no
Tour can operate: morning and afternoon.
Notes: Tour program may be reversed for logistic / planning purposes.
 
Golden Circle Classic and Aurora Chase – 10 Hours
This tour is designed to let you explore the highlights of Golden Circle route ending with a hunt of the Northern Lights. We will show you sights that are not marked on a map, and only the locals know about. We will start the tour by heading to Þingvellir, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Thingvellir, 50 km (31 miles) to the east of Reykjavík, is the national shrine of Iceland and its most historic site, and one of its most beautiful places. The oldest existing parliament in the world first met here in AD930. It has always been the focal point for the country, and whenever a major event is to be celebrated, thousands of people come here.
We continue the Golden Circle by heading to the famous Geysir geothermal area which is home to The Great Geysir and its active sidekick Strokkur! Although the original Geysir is not predictably active, its neighbor, Strokkur, will erupt every 5-7 minutes - so have your camera ready.
We then drive a few minutes down the road to the most famous part of the Golden Circle: Gullfoss, or “Golden Falls “. To stand at Gullfoss and bask in the beauty and the wonder of nature is an uplifting experience. One certainly feels energized after this tour and contact with stunning nature.
Before chasing the lights, it will be possible to have a light dinner in a local restaurant.
The Northern Lights usually start showing up in the North. Although as the intensity increases, they can be seen further south. That is why the best places to see the Northern Lights in Iceland are those beaches, waterfalls or locations facing North. Many of them are a short drive from Reykjavik. You just need a clear sky, a place away from the light pollution. Our driver guide is an expert to find those best locations according to the forecast and chase the best sightings of the Green Lady.
,What to expect: Stunning scenery, landmarks of the natural wonders of the country, insight into local history. Auroras might be visible in the right weather conditions from late August to early April.
Basis: Private tour.
Start / End:   City center Hotel or address.
Duration:      10  hours.
Vehicle:        01st Class.
Guide: English-speaking driver guide. Other languages on request.     
Entrances:     None.
Meals: Icelandic Soup.
Difficulty:      Grade Easy. Walking required over uneven surfaces.
Notes: Tour only available from late August until early April.
South Shore Adventure – 10 Hours
We take you along the south coast of Iceland, one of the country’s most scenic regions, as far as Vík, a charming village surrounded by high beautiful bird cliffs.
Among the stops on this tour are at the gorgeous Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls, the Reynisfjara black sand beach, Dyrhólaey and Vik..
Driving through Vatnajökull National Park, established in 2008 covers 14,1% of Iceland and ranks as Europe's second largest. The unique qualities of Vatnajökull National Park are primarily its great variety of landscape features, created by the combined forces of rivers, glacial ice, and volcanic and geothermal activity. Vatnajökull is Europe's largest glacier.
The south side of Vatnajökull is characterized by many high, majestic mountain ridges, with outlet glaciers descending between them onto the lowlands. Sheltered by the high ice, the vegetated oasis of Skaftafell overlooks the black sands deposited to its west by the river Skeiðará.
Dyrhólaey is a 120-metre high promontory, not far from Vík. The place got its name from the massive arch that the sea has eroded from the headland. (The name literally means "door-hole"). There are also amazing rock formations all along the Birdlife here is abundant, with puffins and eider ducks being the most common species in the area. The lighthouse on the top of the cliff stands impressive and stoic in this often very windy area.
What to expect: Stunning scenery, landmarks of the natural wonders of the country, insight into local history and geology. Coastal villages.
Basis: Private tour.
Start / End:   City center Hotel or address.
Duration:      10 hours.
Vehicle:        01st Class.
Guide: English-speaking driver guide. Other languages on request.     
Entrances:     None.
Meals: None.
Physical activity level:      Grade Easy. Walking required over uneven surfaces.
Wheelchair accessible: no
Tour can operate: morning and afternoon.
Notes: Tour program may be reversed for logistic / planning purposes.
South Shore including Jökulsárlón – 12 Hours
We take you along the south coast of Iceland, one of the country’s most scenic regions, as far as Jökulsárlón and its Glacier lagoon.
Among the stops on this tour are at the gorgeous Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls, the Reynisfjara black sand beach, Vik, Dyrhólaey promontory and Jökulsárlón Glacier lagoon.
Driving through Vatnajökull National Park, established in 2008 covers 14,1% of Iceland and ranks as Europe's second largest. The unique qualities of Vatnajökull National Park are primarily its great variety of landscape features, created by the combined forces of rivers, glacial ice, and volcanic and geothermal activity. Vatnajökull is Europe's largest glacier.
The south side of Vatnajökull is characterized by many high, majestic mountain ridges, with outlet glaciers descending between them onto the lowlands. Sheltered by the high ice, the vegetated oasis of Skaftafell overlooks the black sands deposited to its west by the river Skeiðará.
Dyrhólaey is a 120-metre high promontory, not far from Vík. The place got its name from the massive arch that the sea has eroded from the headland. There are also amazing rock formations all along the Birdlife here is abundant, with puffins and eider ducks being the most common species in the area. The lighthouse on the top of the cliff stands impressive and stoic in this often very windy area.
Jökulsárlón has been a part of the Vatnajökull National Park since 1017. The Glacier lagoon is open to the sea and so contains a mixture of salt and freshwater, giving it a unique blue-green color. There are hundreds of seals here in the winter and the lagoon supports many species of fish including krill, herring, trout and, occasionally, salmon. During the excursion you sail among the huge icebergs in the picturesque scenery of Jökulsárlón.
When possible the Zodiac goes almost all the way up to the glacier (as close as safe).
What to expect: Stunning scenery, landmarks of the natural wonders of the country, insight into local history and geology. Coastal villages. Wildlife and birdwatching.
Basis: Private tour.
Start / End:   City center Hotel or address.
Duration:      12 hours.
Vehicle:        01st Class.
Guide: English-speaking driver guide. Other languages on request.     
Entrances:     Zodiac boat tour on the glacier
Meals: None.
Physical activity level:      Grade Easy. Walking required over uneven surfaces.
Wheelchair accessible: no
Tour can operate: morning and afternoon.
Notes: Tour program may be reversed for logistic / planning purposes.
Aurora Chase – 4,5 Hours
?The northern lights are a truly spectacular natural phenomenon caused by the interaction of particles from the sun with the upper atmosphere near the Magnetic Pole. Our tour takes you to see this unique phenomenon from the best location possible on the day.
The Northern Lights usually start showing up in the North. Although as the intensity increases, they can be seen further south. That is why the best places to see the Northern Lights in Iceland are those beaches, waterfalls or locations facing North. Many of them are a short drive from Reykjavik. You just need a clear sky, a place away from the light pollution. Although at times of high solar activity they can be widely visible even from the capital, our driver guide is an expert to find those best locations according to the forecast and chase the best sightings of the Green Lady. 
,What to expect: Stunning scenery, insight into this rare and unique phenomenon. Northern Lights might be visible in the right weather conditions from late August to early April.
Basis: Private tour.
Start / End:   City center Hotel or address. 
Duration:      4,5 hours.
Vehicle:        01st Class 
Guide: English-speaking driver guide. Other languages on request.      
Entrances:     None.
Meals: None. 
Physical activity Level:      Grade Easy. Walking required over uneven surfaces.
Wheelchair accessible: no
Tour can operate: morning and afternoon. 
Notes: Tour only available from late August until early April.
Food tour in Reykjavik – 3 hs
Experience the foodie side of the Icelandic capital!
On this food walking tour you will try the truly authentic food from Iceland and also get a nice orientation of Reykjavik city.
 
Some of the highlights of this tour are the visit of Reykjavik’s oldest restaurant, a stop at a gastropub, and of course, the possibility of trying a variety of local dishes. Among the specialties included in this tour, we can mention the special Lamb soup, the Unique Icelandic Lamb Hot dog, Lobster soup, and a Skyr Dessert.
You also get tips on what to eat, drink and where to have fun for the rest of your stay in Reykjavik.
 
Basis: Private tour.
Duration:      3 hours walking tour.
Start / End:   Ingólfur Square/City Center.
Vehicle:        None.
Guide: English-speaking. Other languages on request.   
Entrances:     None.
Meals: Tastings. Icelandic Traditional food is based on meat, fish and dairy, but other options may be available.
Physical activity level:      Grade Easy. Walking required over uneven surfaces.
Wheelchair accessible: NO
Tour operates: morning, afternoon.
Notes: Tour program may be reversed for logistic / planning purposes. This tour is not offered on public holidays.
 
Walking tour in Reykjavik – 3,5 hs
Reykjavík is a city of bold contrasts. The capital of Iceland is small but cosmopolitan and small-town; vibrant and sophisticated; young-at-heart and yet full of history. In this tour you will walk around the city and discover the main sights.
 
Together with your local guide, you will pass by the Hallgímskirkja church, the highest and probably most iconic building in town, as well as the Dome Church, which is Reykjavik’s Lutheran Cathedral and the bishop’s place in Iceland. The Dome Church is located downtown, next to the Alþingi, house of parliament.
 
You will see other emblematic sites like the “Sun Voyager” sculpture created by Icelandic sculptor Jon Gunnar Arnason. This gleaming steel sculpture is located on Reykjavik’s splendid waterfront and resembles a Viking long-ship, the ‘Solfar’ or ‘Sun Voyager.’ You will also see the modern building Harpa, a cultural and social centre in the heart of the city, and the Old Harbour.
 
Basis: Private tour.
Duration:      3,5 hours walking tour.
Start / End:   City.
Vehicle:        None.
Guide: English-speaking. Other languages on request.   
Entrances:     None.
Meals: None.
Physical activity level:      Grade Easy. Walking required over uneven surfaces.
Wheelchair accessible: NO
Tour operates: morning, afternoon.
Notes: Tour program may be reversed for logistic / planning purposes.
09/10/2023 09/10/2023
PONANT: Le Commandant Charcot

The world's first luxury icebreaker cruise ship

Reach the Geographic North Pole, complete an Arctic Ocean crossing, discover Greenland's extreme North East, or probe the icy wilderness of Antarctica…beginning in 2021, PONANT will be taking passengers in the footsteps of the great polar explorers aboard the newest addition to the fleet. With a refined onboard ambiance and luxury services—never before available in the far extremes of the Northern and Southern Hemispheres—with this new vessel PONANT provides more than just conventional cruises, but true polar odyssey expeditions.

The first ever PC2 Polar Class luxury cruise ship, this hybrid electric icebreaker is powered by Liquified Natural Gas—cutting edge technology that makes PONANT a pioneer in environmental protection.

The Icebreaker features Perfected “Clean Ship” fittings that go beyond the current industry-standard environmental regulations:

  • Reduction of SO2, NOX, CO2 and particle emissions thanks to the use of LNG
  • Zero emissions when in electric hybrid mode
  • Use of advanced diesel engine technology
  • Compliance with new IMO (International Maritime Organization) 2020 regulation on Sulphur emission levels
  • Compliance with ECA requirements (Emission Control Area)

Energy management

  • Energy optimization system that precisely measures consumptions and optimization of ship sailing methods
  • Waste Heat Recovery System
  • Electric output optimized and consumption reduced through the use of latest generation electric batteries

Water treatment

  • Advanced Waste Water Treatment system

FREE Unlimited WiFi is available on board all Ponant ships.*

*Internet access may be slower or in some situations interrupted, depending on certain geographic locations or circumstances beyond Ponant's control.

Ship Statistics
Year Built
2021
Year Refurbished
Year Entered Present Fleet
Previous Name
Country of Registry
Tonnage (GRT)
30000
Guests (Lowers)
270
Total Guests
270
Passenger Decks
5
Number of Crew
190
Officers' Nationality
Cruise/Hotel Staff Nationality
Total Rooms
135
Suites
64
Balconies
71
Ocean/River View
–
Interior
–
Accessible
3

Information provided within these pages has been updated as of July 2019. While we do our best to ensure that stateroom descriptions and deckplans appearing in this website are complete and accurate, we cannot be responsible for inaccurate representations, which may or may not be under our control. Please reconfirm stateroom accommodations and deck placement prior to booking.

Balcony

Prestige Stateroom with Balcony (PR6) $37,040
  • Category: PR6
  • Deck 6
Prestige Stateroom with Balcony (PR7) $37,720
  • Category: PR7
  • Deck 7
Prestige Stateroom with Balcony (PR8) $38,410
  • Category: PR8
  • Deck 8
Privilege Stateroom with Balcony (PV6) $39,430
  • Category: PV6
  • Deck 6
Privilege Stateroom with Balcony (PV7) $41,130
  • Category: PV7
  • Deck 7
Privilege Stateroom with Balcony (PV8) $42,510
  • Category: PV8
  • Deck 8

Suite

Owner's Suite (SA) $42,510
  • Category: SA
  • Deck 8
Prestige Suite (PS7) $54,100
  • Category: PS7
  • Deck 7
Prestige Suite (PS8) $55,810
  • Category: PS8
  • Deck 8
Privilege Suite (VS6) $57,510
  • Category: VS6
  • Deck 6
Privilege Suite (VS8) $60,930
  • Category: VS8
  • Deck 8
Suite Duplex (DU) $83,110
  • Category: DU
  • Deck 6
Fares listed are per person, based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted.

All fares are quoted in US Dollars.

Deck 9

Stateroom Key

  • Owner's Suite (SA)
  • Suite Duplex (DU)
  • Privilege Suite (VS8)
  • Privilege Suite (VS6)
  • Prestige Suite (PS8)
  • Prestige Suite (PS7)
  • Privilege Stateroom with Balcony (PV8)
  • Privilege Stateroom with Balcony (PV7)
  • Privilege Stateroom with Balcony (PV6)
  • Prestige Stateroom with Balcony (PR8)
  • Prestige Stateroom with Balcony (PR7)
  • Prestige Stateroom with Balcony (PR6)
Deck 8

Stateroom Key

  • Owner's Suite (SA)
  • Suite Duplex (DU)
  • Privilege Suite (VS8)
  • Privilege Suite (VS6)
  • Prestige Suite (PS8)
  • Prestige Suite (PS7)
  • Privilege Stateroom with Balcony (PV8)
  • Privilege Stateroom with Balcony (PV7)
  • Privilege Stateroom with Balcony (PV6)
  • Prestige Stateroom with Balcony (PR8)
  • Prestige Stateroom with Balcony (PR7)
  • Prestige Stateroom with Balcony (PR6)
Deck 7

Stateroom Key

  • Owner's Suite (SA)
  • Suite Duplex (DU)
  • Privilege Suite (VS8)
  • Privilege Suite (VS6)
  • Prestige Suite (PS8)
  • Prestige Suite (PS7)
  • Privilege Stateroom with Balcony (PV8)
  • Privilege Stateroom with Balcony (PV7)
  • Privilege Stateroom with Balcony (PV6)
  • Prestige Stateroom with Balcony (PR8)
  • Prestige Stateroom with Balcony (PR7)
  • Prestige Stateroom with Balcony (PR6)
Deck 6

Stateroom Key

  • Owner's Suite (SA)
  • Suite Duplex (DU)
  • Privilege Suite (VS8)
  • Privilege Suite (VS6)
  • Prestige Suite (PS8)
  • Prestige Suite (PS7)
  • Privilege Stateroom with Balcony (PV8)
  • Privilege Stateroom with Balcony (PV7)
  • Privilege Stateroom with Balcony (PV6)
  • Prestige Stateroom with Balcony (PR8)
  • Prestige Stateroom with Balcony (PR7)
  • Prestige Stateroom with Balcony (PR6)
Deck 5

Stateroom Key

  • Owner's Suite (SA)
  • Suite Duplex (DU)
  • Privilege Suite (VS8)
  • Privilege Suite (VS6)
  • Prestige Suite (PS8)
  • Prestige Suite (PS7)
  • Privilege Stateroom with Balcony (PV8)
  • Privilege Stateroom with Balcony (PV7)
  • Privilege Stateroom with Balcony (PV6)
  • Prestige Stateroom with Balcony (PR8)
  • Prestige Stateroom with Balcony (PR7)
  • Prestige Stateroom with Balcony (PR6)