Polar Regions Arctic Cruise

Le Commandant Charcot North Pole Expedition

Push the limits of sailing with this exceptional 16- to 18-day expedition cruise to the Geographic North Pole. Reach this mythical point covered by ice floe all year round, over 430 miles away from any emerged land, aboard 245-guest Le Commandant Charcot. This modern, hybrid-electric ship is the world’s first luxury icebreaker, blending sustainability, gastronomy, wellness, entertainment, science and active programming with French flair. And with a variety of included activities—such as kayaking, citizen science and ice fishing—this expedition to the Top of the World will not disappoint.

Your expedition begins in Paris, France, where you will enjoy the ease of a charter flight to Longyearbyen arranged just for your expedition. Then set sail from Spitsbergen and enjoy an unforgettable maritime experience at the heart of sumptuous landscapes that are constantly evolving according to changes in the ice and the light. Your time at sea will be unparalleled with the incredible navigation capabilities of Le Commandant Charcot, the first Polar Class 2 icebreaker and first hybrid-electric polar exploration ship powered by liquified natural gas. Upon the ship’s launch in 2021, her equipment exceeded criteria used in both the tourism industry and the military.

This itinerary, which lends itself perfectly to the observation of the wildlife, particularly rich at this time of the year, will take you as far as the pack ice. Then slowly progress to the heart of this silent world, frozen by the extreme cold, in the direction of the Grail of all polar explorers: the North Pole! Beware though, as the ice floe is constantly drifting, driven together by currents and winds, the ship must keep moving to remain on the planet’s most northernmost point.

Main 16-day itinerary departures cruise round-trip from Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, bookended by charter flights connecting to Paris, France. An alternative 18-day itinerary adds a unique visit to Nordvest-Spitsbergen National Park for icy landscapes and emblematic fauna of the Far North. Or, disembark in Reykjavik, Iceland, on the Le Commandant Charcot North Pole to Iceland route.

Read on for details about this trip, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s North Pole cruises, Arctic cruises, Svalbard cruises and Arctic land trips.