Trip Type : Small Ship Cruise
Ice berg in Greenland, Russia

Northwest Passage Cruise from Greenland to Russia

By Ponant
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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
22 days
From: $ 11,837 $ 538 / day
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  • The Leopold cliffs covered with guillemots
  • Historical sites of expeditions from Franklin and Amundsen
  • Crossing the International Date Line
  • The Bering Strait
  • Possibility of seeing Aurora Borealis
  • Disko Bay, the largest producer of icebergs in the northern hemisphere, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Short Description

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.

Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Trip Type Small Ship Cruise
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.
Lodging Level Luxury - 5 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Kangerlussuaq
End City Anadyr

Trip Includes

  •  All meals while on board the ship (from dinner on the day of embarkation to breakfast on the day of disembarkation)
  •  Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
  •  Mineral water, tea, filter coffee, a selection of white, red and rosé wines offered during meals; afternoon tea
  •  Evening entertainment and events
  •  Luggage transfer from pier to the ship and vice versa
  •  Room service 24h (special selection)
  •  English speaking lecturer on selected sailings identified by “lecturer on board” logo
  •  Highly experienced bilingual (French-English) Expedition team for all programs identified with “Expedition” logo.
  •  Special program for US/Canada: The all inclusive package includes the Open Bar (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request), port taxes, fuel surcharge and gratuities

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Day 1Kangerlussuaq (Greenland)

Embarking 5.00pm to 6.00pm.

Day 2: Sisimiut (Greenland)

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.

Day 4: Upernavik Fjord (Greenland)

Day 5: Melville Bay (Greenland)

Day 6: Savissivik (Greenland)

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.

Day 8: 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

Day 10: Gjoa Haven (Nunavut, Canada)

Sailing Queen Maud Gulf

Day 11: Sailing Queen Maud Gulf (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.

Day 12: Navigation inside Coronation Gulf and Duke of York Archipelago (Nunavut, Canada)

Day 13: Jesse Harbour (NWT, Canada)

Prince of wales strait

Day 14: Franklin Bay (NWT, Canada)

Day 15: Sailing Beaufort Sea (NWT, Canada)

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.

Day 17: Sailing the Arctic Ocean (Alaska, USA)

Day 18: Crossing the Bering Strait (Alaska, USA)

Day 19: Little Diomede (Alaska, USA)

Day 20: At Sea - Data Line Change

Day 21: Anadyr (Russia) 



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Ship Stats

From 224 to 264 passagers

Up to 132 outside cabins

Length : 142m (466ft) * Beam : 18 m (59ft)

139 crew members

Elevators to all decks

Dynamic positioning system

French flag

Ship Description


In May 2011, l'Austral joined PONANT's fleet. This superb mega-yacht with 132 cabins is the result of the expertise of the Italian Fincantieri shipyard and French sophistication, as interpreted by designer Jean-Philippe Nuel. L'Austral remains faithful to our philosophy - to create a unique atmosphere, a subtle blend of luxury, intimacy and well-being.

 A sleek silhouette softened by elegantly smooth contours and large, arched windows opening up to the sea and the light: so many features come together to give L’Austral her distinctive shape. Precious materials, discreet elegance and a perfect balance between chic and casual, combine to make you feel as if you are on your own private yacht. A design blending tradition and innovation, where a nautical mood has been subtly recreated. A welcoming atmosphere of relaxed sophistication revolves around shades of grey, taupe, white and ivory enlivened by touches of cinnamon, caramel and tan.. So many personal touches create the spirit of a “private yacht.”

 You will encounter unique itineraries, calls inaccessible to large ships, chic and elegant yacht-like ambiance, refined and personalized service as well as gastronomic cuisine.

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

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Trip Excludes

  • Airport taxes (subject to modification)
  • Port and safety taxes (included only in cruise package sold in US/Canada)
  • Any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned in each “Cruise & Flights” package and for which details are available upon request. Contact your travel agent or consult
  • Optional Open bar package (included only in cruise package sold in US/Canada) to be booked exclusively prior departure
  • Optional Spa package to be booked prior your departure; please ask for more information
  • Optional shore excursions
  • Beverages other than the ones mentioned
  • Laundry services, hair salon and à la carte Spa treatments
  • Personal expenses, on board medical consultations and drug prescriptions
  • Gratuities (included only in cruise package sold in US/Canada)
  • Cancellation/luggage/assistance/repatriation/medical insurance(s)
  •  • Visa, disembarkation taxes, environmental taxes and/or national park fees if applicable

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