Aerial view of modern expedition ship with dark blue hull, white upper decks & helicopter pad on its bow, parked in ice at the North Pole.
Aerial view of Le Commandant Charcot polar expedition ship stopped in the ice with guests ashore during a Ross Sea expedition.
White church with multiple dark red steeples in Reykjavik at sunset, seen during the Icelandic Mosaic cruise.
Group of polar travelers in bright jackets stand atop ice & snow during the Le Commandant Charcot North Pole Expedition.
Aerial view of Le Commandant Charcot expedition ship's bow with travelers standing on the heli pad watching the sunrise.
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Polar Regions Arctic Cruise

Le Commandant Charcot North Pole to Iceland Expedition

The list of travelers who have reached the North Pole is short, and even shorter is the tally of those who’ve sailed from the North Pole to Iceland. Combine multiple iconic Arctic sights with the fun of disembarkation in Reykjavik, Iceland, on this one-of-a-kind expedition aboard 235-guest Le Commandant Charcot. This cutting-edge luxury icebreaker is the first of its kind in many realms (ice class rating, propulsion, sustainability, science), heralding a new era of North Pole exploration.

This epic journey to reach the Geographic North Pole starts with a charter flight from Paris, France, to Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen. Sail along the famed Svalbard archipelago searching for polar bears, then continue north to reach the mythical point covered by ice floe all year round. More than 430 miles away from any emerged land, take in the silence and immensity. The ice floe here is constantly drifting, driven together by currents and winds, so the ship must keep moving to remain on the planet’s most northernmost point.

Return south along the east coast of Greenland, sailing among ice floes. 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.

Along the way, benefit from the latest expedition ship technology aboard Le Commandant Charcot, with her onboard safety equipment exceeding both tourism and military criteria and her sustainable features attaining a Clean Ship label. She is the first cruise ship with dedicated wet and dry labs for a team of scientists, and has been specially fitted with oceanographic and scientific equipment selected by a committee of experts. Take advantage of the onboard lectures and opportunities for discussion and citizen science research with these specialists to learn more about the poles. And opt to kayak, snowshoe and even go ice fishing on this incredible journey.

The expedition concludes in Reykjavik, Iceland, where you can explore an entirely new Arctic landscape and city on your own. A similar journey aboard Charcot sails to the North Pole round-trip from Longyearbyen and Paris; see Le Commandant Charcot North Pole Expedition for details.

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



Itinerary

The Geographic North Pole Longyearbyen to Reykjavik Itinerary

This Geographic North Pole expedition begins with a charter flight from Paris, France, and ends by disembarking in Reykjavik, Iceland. Enjoy days at sea along Svalbard, northeast Greenland and the Arctic ice floe, and a day exploring the Geographic North Pole.

Route map of alternative Le Commandant Charcot North Pole Expedition, with a flight from Paris to Longyearbyen & time sailing beside Spitsbergen & northeast Greenland before disembarking in Reykjavik, Iceland.
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Day 1
Fly Paris, France, to Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen & Embark

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 -104°F, 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, provide the feeling of being in completely unexplored territory.

Accommodations

Le Commandant Charcot

Meals

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Day 2
At Sea

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. Sail along the extremely spectacular coastline of this icy land. Between millennial glaciers and rugged mountains, discover a jagged coastline, hollowed-out by fjords. This unique setting, the refuge of a particularly rich avifauna, offers the possibility of taking fabulous photographs from the deck of the ship.

Accommodations

Le Commandant Charcot

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 3 - 7
Sailing Ice Floes

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. Sail along these naturally open channels and through the areas where the frozen layer is thinnest, offering 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.

Accommodations

Le Commandant Charcot

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Geographic North Pole

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 aboard your ship.

Accommodations

Le Commandant Charcot

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 9 - 10
Sailing Ice Floes

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. Sail along these naturally open channels and through the areas where the frozen layer is thinnest, offering 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.

Accommodations

Le Commandant Charcot

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 11 - 15
At Sea

Spend exceptional moments sailing aboard your luxury PC2-class polar cruise ship capable of sailing into the very heart of the ice, on seas and oceans which the frozen conditions render inaccessible to ordinary ships. The ship is fitted with oceanographic and scientific equipment selected by a committee of experts. Take advantage of the onboard lectures and opportunities for discussion with these specialists to learn more about the poles. Participate in furthering scientific research and discover together what these fascinating destinations have yet to reveal.

Accommodations

Le Commandant Charcot

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 16
Disembark Reykjavik, Iceland

Following an early breakfast, disembark the ship in Iceland’s incredible capital, and continue travels or begin the trip home.

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 center 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, take the opportunity to visit the Reykjanes peninsula and its famous thermal lagoons of the Blue Lagoon.

Accommodations

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Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Charter flight from Paris, France, to Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen; all meals while on board the ship; captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner; “open bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands); evening entertainment and events; room service; highly qualified bilingual French/English expedition team; lectures presented by the expedition team; Zodiac and shore excursions; park entry fees into protected areas; complimentary unlimited WiFi on board; port fees and taxes (except for child passengers–see Families & Children); gratuities; activities indicated in cruise documents.

Exclusions

Other meals and services not mentioned in the program; optional add-on excursions or packages; ground services before or after the cruise; visa expenses; possible immigration reciprocity taxes; gratuities for the local guide; luggage handling; beverages beyond those in Inclusions; laundry, hair salon, spa treatments, onboard medical consultations and other personal charges; cancellation, luggage, assistance, repatriation, medical and insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 25% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations beyond 14 days after booking confirmation are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
181 days or more – $250
180 to 91 days – 25% of total trip cost
90 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot), including a booster shot for those eligible. There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

This Commandant Charcot North Pole to Iceland Expedition begins in Paris, France (CDG), and ends in Reykjavik, Iceland (KEF). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Recommended flight arrival and departure times are specific to each voyage; consult your Adventure Specialist for guidelines relating to your departure. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Internal Flights

An Economy class group charter flight between Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, and Paris, France, is included with this trip’s itinerary. The charter flight is unique per departure and details will be confirmed in advance. There is a luggage limit of 50 lbs (23 kg) checked luggage and 18 lbs (8 kg) cabin baggage for Economy class. Additional Economy class baggage allotment can be requested and purchased and is based on availability. Business Class seating is available upon request and may incur an additional charge. The luggage limit for business class is two 50 lbs (23 kg) checked luggage and 22 lbs (10 kg) cabin baggage.

Activities

Various optional, included activities may be available on this Commandant Charcot North Pole to Iceland Expedition: kayaking, citizen science, polar plunge, walking, hiking, ice fishing and snowshoeing. Additional activities include practicing photography, Zodiac cruising and shore-based excursions. In addition to these off-ship excursions, a multitude of onboard activities keep guests engaged, including live music, dance and theater; spa treatments; exercise and stretching classes; specialty food, wine and cocktail tastings; organized games; and lectures by guides and possible special guests.

Room Configuration

Select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. This supplement may vary depending on cabin category and remaining availability per departure. A willing-to-share program is not available. Triple and quadruple rates may be available in select cabin categories; contact AdventureSmith for details.

Families & Children

Children 6 years and older at time of travel are welcomed on this expedition. Children under 18 years old at time of travel may receive special discounts when sharing a cabin with one or two full-fare adults. Contact AdventureSmith for details.

Travel Insurance

On Commandant Charcot, an EKG (electrocardiogram) is required from the doctor of any guest who wishes to participate in the polar plunge (where available). A medical form for all travelers is required for every departure. Travelers are also highly encouraged to have full and adequate travel insurance covering the risks of cancellation, assistance being required, emergency medical evacuation and repatriation, damages to and loss of baggage, and medical expenses. In addition, we highly recommend our travelers protect their investment with travel insurance that includes trip cancellation and other benefits. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice, weather conditions, wildlife encountered and the captain’s discretion. Flexibility is the key to the success of any Arctic expedition.

Rates & Dates

Cruise Rates & Dates

Rates are variable per remaining availability and are subject to change. Please contact AdventureSmith for the most up-to-date pricing.

See Deals section for details on flexible booking policies.

Aug 26 - Sep 10, 2023
Le Commandant Charcot • 16 days
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