Greenland and Newfoundland
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Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include walking tours, visits to sites, safari drives, and easy hikes; and some days will have more physical activities such as longer hikes, kayaking, snorkeling, or biking.

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Premium expeditions are led by a National Geographic expert, an expedition team, or top guides, and tap into National Geographic's worldwide resources to allow for in-depth exploration and special access to sites and experts in the field. Itineraries are fully planned, with some free time. Accommodations are high-end or best available. Ground transportation and most meals and activities are included in the trip price.

EXPEDITION OVERVIEW

In partnership with National Geographic Expeditions.PONANTinvites you on an all-new expedition cruise, between the magical ice ofGreenlandand the charms of the island of Newfoundland. Come aboardLeChamplainfor an exceptional 10-day circuit from Reykjavik to Saint Pierre and Miquelon. From Iceland, your ship will first head for South-East Greenland. Discover Inuit culture inAmmassalikand set off to meet the inhabitants of this remote region, with deep-rooted traditions.You will then call atNansen Harbor, the departure point of the first ever crossing of theice sheetby the Norwegian Fridtjof Nansen.The final leg of your cruise to Greenland: the narrowPrins Christian Sundpassage, which connects the south-east of Greenland to the south-west. Jagged mountains, rocky cliffs, waterfalls and floating ice form a wonderful wild landscape in which frolic colonies ofbearded seals.Le Champlainwill then make its way south to call at Saint-John's. The capital of the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador is one of the oldest anglophone cities in North America. It is nestled in the heart of a stunning natural environment, and strolling through its historic core or along its sloping streets lined with colourful houses is an enjoyable experience.You will disembark in Saint Pierre and Miquelon, a little piece of France located off the coast of Canada.We are privileged guests in these remote lands, where we are at the mercy of weather, ice, tidal and current conditions. Landings on certain sites and the observation of certain wildlife cannot be guaranteed. They vary from day to day, making each PONANT cruise a unique experience. The Captain and the Expedition Leader will make every effort to ensure that your experience is as rich as possible, while complying with the safety rules and instructions imposed by the AECO.

Trip highlights

Visit the iced shores of the area aboard of one of our Zodiac inflatables with a team of experienced naturalist guides.

Fall in love with the wilderness of Greenland and Newfoundland, characterised by beautiful blue-tinged icebergs, glaciers, fjords, rugged mountains and wild tundra.

Enjoy seeing the wildlife: Arctic terns, caribou, musk oxen, whales and orcas.

Sail along the Prins Christian Sund, a narrow, 100-km long passage that winds its way through cliffs and glaciers.

Visit traditional villages and meet the Inuit people and its traditions.

Experience the remote lands of Greenland and Newfoundland alongside a National Geographic Photographer and Expert, who are specialised in the destination.

M Jackson

Geographer, glaciologist, National Geographic Emerging Explorer, and TED Fellow MJacksonstudies and writes about glaciers, people, and climate change. She earned a doctorate from the University of Oregon in geography and glaciology and holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Montana. She is a U.S. Fulbright Ambassador and three-time U.S. Fulbright Scholar. M authored two books,The Secret Lives of GlaciersandWhile Glaciers Slept: Being Human in a Time of Climate Change, which explore the complex effects of climate change on communities. She has worked for more than ten years across the Arctic guiding backcountry trips and has served as an Expert for National Geographics student and adult expeditions in Alaska, Iceland, and Antarctica.

Dan Westergren
Former Director of Photography National Geographic Travel

As the longtime photo editor for National Geographic Traveler magazine, Dan Westergren was responsible for the magazines photographic vision, which has earned the publication numerous awards. Hes been lucky to photograph amazing places for Traveler, such as the summits of Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn, and Kilimanjaro as well as the North Pole. On one of these memorable assignments, after seven days of skiing in the cold footsteps of Fritjof Nansen and the other famous adventurers who have gone north from Svalbard, he finally stood for himself at the North Pole and felt he had personally reached out and touched the heart of exploration at the Society. Dan is an experienced teacher, having served as a photography expert for National Geographic Expeditions around the worldfrom Antarctica to the Arctic.

Itinerary - 10 Days

1 Reykjavík, Iceland

Start your adventure in Iceland’s capital, Reykjavík. For a panoramic view of the lush, green landscapes, make your way to Perlan, the “Pearl of Reykjavík”, a large environmental structure located on ’Oskjuhlið hill. Stroll along the lively streets and the little shops in the historical centre or relax just outside the city in famous thermal lagoons of the Blue Lagoon inthe Reykjanes peninsula.

2 At Sea

Le Champlain is an innovative and environmentally-friendly ship, with elegantly designed staterooms and suites, lounge areas that open onto the outside and a limited capacity that will offer you a truly unique cruising experience. This day at sea will give you the chance to explore the ship and enjoy all the services and activities on board.

3 Ammassalik Island, Greenland

Discover the east coast of Greenland, where the alpine mountains merge closely with the sea, and the fjords are adorned with high snow-capped peaks and drifting icebergs. Follow in the wake of Captain Jean-Baptiste Charcot’s famous ship, the Pourquoi Pas?, which set off with its crew to discover Ammassalik. The name of this island is a reference to the capelin, a small silver coloured fish, whose presence announces to inhabitants the return of spring. This small island offers a spectacular and wild setting where the Inuit people chose to live. Set off to meet the inhabitants of this remote region, with deep-rooted traditions, and discover the Inuit culture.

4 Nansen Harbor, Greenland

Travel back in time in Nansen Harbor while discovering a superb bay. Follow in some of the great Norwegian explorer Fridtjof Nansen footsteps, who chose this place for his ice cap crossing. A unique experience that will definitely delight the most adventurous among you.

5 Skjoldungen, Greenland

Discover the uninhabited Island of Skjoldungen, surrounded by a stunning fjord. Its stunning landscape brings together mountains, glacial valleys, rocky outcrops, tundra and willow forests, creating an unmissable show. In this pristine landscape is also quite common to see bearded seals, orcas and birds such as the common redpoll, the northern wheatear, or the common raven.

6 Prins Christian Sund

The Prins Christian Sund is a narrow channel that stretches out and zigzags between Greenland’s south-east and south-west. Be hypnotised by the wild beauty of these landscapes, with rocky cliffs, waterfalls, and icy waters. Spot the seals laying on the floating ice to soak up the sunshine. If you are lucky, you may get to witness an aurora borealis, a stunning light show put on by the polar night.

7-8 At Sea

During your time at sea, make the most of the services and facilities onboard. Enjoy a day of relaxation in the luxurious spa or head to the fitness centre for a workout. If the weather is nice, head to the swimming pool or relax with some sunbathing on deck. You can also visit the boutique shop or see what shows and activities are scheduled. Alternatively, meet the National Geographic photographers in their dedicated space or head to the upper deck to enjoy the views.

9 Saint John’s, Newfoundland

Newfoundland is a large island off the east coast of Canada with a very diverse landscape including the towering Long Range Mountains in the west, plus forests and bays. St. John's, the province's capital, has become a rare destination full of character and charisma, with a contemporary, sophisticated edge. Stroll along its steep streets down to the port and discover the bright coloured houses that have become a symbol of the town. You can also head up to Signal Hill for fantastic views across the city and the harbour in one direction, and out to the Atlantic Ocean in the other.

10 Saint Pierre Island, Saint Pierre and Miquelon

After discovering Newfoundland, head further off the beaten path with a trip to Saint Pierre Island, one little known French Island off the coast of Canada. Though small, it has an interesting history and a breath-taking scenery.