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L'Austral - Kangerlussuaq (Greenland) to Nome, Alaska (USA)

August 26 - September 16, 2014 -  22 days / 21 nights on board 

  • Embark aboard L'AUSTRAL for a 5* expedition from Kangerlussuaq to Nome.
  • We are inviting you to board L’AUSTRAL and set sail for the Far North, well beyond the Arctic Circle, to a legendary, highly coveted maritime route: the Northwest Passage, the only possible shipping route between the Atlantic and the Pacific. In Winter, this “roof of the world” is transformed into a majestic white desert; whilst in Summer, for a few short weeks, the temperature rises enough for the ice to melt. Life reappears, nature is reborn, the mythical route is finally free and we can breathe in the unique scent of great adventure.
Itinerary Arrival Departure

Day 1 - Kangerlussuaq (Greenland)
Embarkation of L'Austral from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

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Day 2 - Sisimiut (Greenland)

8:00 am

12:30 pm

Day 3 - Ilulissat - Disko Bay (Greenland) 
At the heart of Disko Bay - a UNESCO World Heritage Site - the Ilulissat Icefjord provides an extraordinary spectacle of almost surreal beauty. The sculptural icebergs continue their on timeless journey, shimmering with their eternal light. Vast pieces of ice break off from the bergs and rejoin the inexorable movement of the sea. Close by lies the town of Ilulissat, the region’s principal destination. Encircled by icebergs, it has retained a unique mix of traditional Arctic life, with multicoloured wooden houses, huskies and the leather tanners who still work today using the ancient methods of their ancestors.

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8:00 pm

Day 4 - Uppernavik's Fjord (Greenland)

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Day 5 - Melville Bay (Greenland)

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Day 6 - Savissivik (Greenland)

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Day 7 - Pond Inlet (Nunavut, Canada) 
Placed like a custodian on the northern edge of Baffin Island, Pond Inlet appears to guard over the entrance to the legendary North West Passage. Formerly called Tununiq by the Inuit, this region was long ago inhabited by their ancestors, the Thule, who left behind numerous archaeological artefacts, little vestiges of the past. No matter where you look, your eyes will alight upon a unique landscape of snow-capped mountain ranges, each more beautiful than the last, standing opposite ice-blue glaciers whose vertiginous flows descend into the ocean. In the summertime, when the sun doesn’t set below the horizon, the light is truly magical, a palette of opaline blues, dusky pinks and pure white. Don’t miss the opportunity to see the bird colonies of Bylot Island; LE SOLÉAL route will sail you close to this uninhabited "Garden of Eden" so that you may wonder at its natural marvels.

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Day 8 - Leopold cliff (Nunavut, Canada)

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Beechey (Nunavut, Canada) 
Beechey Island, looking across at the huge silhouette of Cape Riley, at the eastern end of Resolute Bay, will call to mind some of the most important moments of Franklin’s expedition. Sir John set off in 1845 in search of the mythical North West Passage and was forced to take shelter in Erebus Harbour for two long years, while he waited for the ice floes to recede and allow him a way through. It is a spectacular location; seeing the three wooden grave markers, bleached by the sun (indicating the burial places of at least three of Captain Franklin’s men) and visiting the memorial that has been erected in memory of Franklin and his men can only reinforce the hushed sense of reverence. If the surrounding wilderness impresses us, the ochres and yellows of the rocky desert soften the striking landscape.
   
Day 9 - Fort Ross (Nunavut, Canada) 
Sailing the Franklin and Ross Straits

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Day 10 - Gjoa Haven (Nunavut, Canada) 
Sailing Queen Maud Gulf

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Day 11 - Cambridge Bay (Nunavut, Canada) 
During the 15th century, linking Europe and Asia by the sea became the grail of generations of explorers and adventurers. Today, La Compagnie du Ponant is offering you the chance to explore this region which still sees only infrequent traffic, but where passion and the spirit of adventure abound. Do not miss the Bay of Cambridge, one of the mythical sites in this region. Here, when you look towards the horizon, way off on the other side of the fjord, you can see the silhouette of the Maud, Captain Roald AMUNDSEN’s famous three-master. When she got trapped here after partially sinking, it was a chance for the famous navigator to explore the Northeast Passage near the Siberian coast between 1918 and 1920. Though today we can still see part of her hull breaking the surface, a repatriation to Norway is being envisaged, to make the Maud the centrepiece of a new Museum.

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Day 12 - Cruising the Coronation Gulf and the Duke of York Archipelago (Nunavut, Canada)

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Day 13 - Jesse Harbour (Territoires du Nord-Ouest, Canada) 
Prince of wales strait

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Day 14 - Franklin Bay

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Day 15 - Sailing Beaufort Sea
Day 16 - Herschel Island (Tyukon, Canada) 
The Canadian Arctic Archipelago is composed of a myriad of islands with jagged coastlines and reveals landscapes you will only see at this far end of the world. Come and discover the small canadian island of Herschel, a frozen paradise located in the Beaufort Sea just 2 km off the coast of the Yukon, within the Ivvavik National Park. During a long mapping expedition in 1826, Sir John FRANKLIN was the first european to lay eyes on these unique places and their inhabitants, the Inuvialuit, the nordic cousins of the Inuit. It was during this trip that he named the island after one of his friends, John HERSCHEL, a brilliant british astronomer and scientist. Herschel Island is a landmark in the West Arctic and has since served alternately as a whaling station, a relay station and a refuge for travellers. As Summer approaches, the soft glow of twilight begins to break the opacity of the polar night, and the hours of darkness get shorter and shorter… Set off in the wake of the great explorers, to discover a remote land, its people and cultures, and experience unique moments and rare emotions in landscapes you will not find anywhere else.

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Day 17 - Sailing the Arctic Ocean

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Day 18 - Point Barrow (Alaska, USA)

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Day 19 - Navigation towards the ice floe (Alaska, USA)

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Day 20 - Nome (Alaska, USA) 
Disembarking

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Cruise Fares

Please contact us for more information and availability.

Cruise Category

Brochure Fare

Ponant Bonus Fare*

Superior Stateroom

$16,384

$15,147

DeLuxe Stateroom

$18,295

$16,867

Prestige Stateroom - Deck 4

$19,796

$18,218

Prestige Stateroom - Deck 5

$20,615

$18,955

Prestige Stateroom - Deck 6

$21,434

$19,692

Deluxe Suite

$25,256

$23,132

Prestige Suite - Deck 5

$28,669

$26,204

Prestige Suite - Deck 6

$30,307

$27,678

Owner Suite

$46,414

$42,174

Safety and port taxes

$1,638

$1,638

Airport Taxes

$202

$202

One Child (8-12 years old) sharing cabin with 2 adults

$3,010

$3,010

3rd adult Passenger in a Superior Stateroom

$10,445

$9,802

3rd Passenger in a Prestige Suite

$16,588

$15,331

Single supplement in cabin*

Starting at + 100%

Starting at + 100%

 Prices are per person, based on double-occupancy and subject to fuel adjustment.

*On request. Limited availability. Fares may be subject to Fuel adjustement according to our terms and conditions.  

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Our fares include:
•Port and safety charges
•Open bar (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands - list available on board)
•Gratuities
•Your cruise including all meals from dinner on the day of embarkation to breakfast on the day of disembarkation
•Welcome aboard and captain’s cocktail parties, gala dinner
•Mineral water, tea, filter coffee, white, red and rosé wines served with meals
•24 hour room service (selected menu)
•Evening entertainments and events, and/or organised shows
•Porterage from the quayside to the ship and vice versa
•English-speaking guest-speaker (when applicable)

Our fares do not include:
•Flights and airport taxes
•Transfers, day rooms and other services at arrival & departure, before embarkation and after disembarkation
•Optional shore excursions (sold on board)
•Insurances
•Personal expenses
•Other drinks not included in open bar

** Ponant Bonus Fares:
Special Savings program off published cruise-only fares for select voyages, in all stateroom and suite categories. Ponant Bonus fares are capacity controlled, subject to availability and may change at any time without notice. Ponant Bonus could decrease or be closed for specific stateroom and suite categories or entire cruise.

Ponant bonus fares represent savings from the published fare and may not be combined with certain other promotional offers. Some cruise credits may not be combinable. The bonus fares represent our best available rate at time of booking.