Transarctic, the Quest for the Two North Poles
5 Sep - 25 Sep
20 Nights
8 Ports
Ponant

Transarctic, the Quest for the Two North Poles

5 September - 25 September 2025
From £37,773 pp

Duration

20 Nights

Journey Type

Cruise only (Please call for flight options)

Ports

8 Ports

5 September

Setting sail from Longyearbyen

This is the world's northernmost city and the base for tourism in Svalbard. A bit quirky, as you would expect from somewhere that spends four months of the year in near darkness, Longyearbyen doesn't take long to explore. Its brightly coloured wooden houses are built on stilts, as the ground in Svalbard is permafrost. When you enter a building, you are normally asked to remove your shoes, and leave your gun at the door. Gun carrying is more or less essential for the locals, as with 3,000 local hungry polar bears, it is said that you never know when you might need protection. That said, we visited safely without a gun!

Don't miss

At the so called heart of the city, Huset has long been the centre for culture and community. Go there for great food and to sample one of the largest wine cellars in Europe!

6 September

Svalbard and Jan Mayen: Isfjorden

7-9 September

Svalbard and Jan Mayen: Hornsund, Soraust-Svalbard Nature Reserve, Hinlopen Strait

10 September

Svalbard and Jan Mayen: Nordaustlandet

11-13 September

At sea

14-15 September

The North Pole

16-24 September

At sea

25 September

Arriving in Nome

Only accessible by air or sea, the remote Alaskan town of Nome sits overlooking the Bering Strait, surrounded by miles of largely featureless tundra. This was once a boomtown; the discovery of easily extractable gold in 1898 led to a gold rush, and you can still see the remnants of the mining industry which thrived here. The gold hasn't completely dried up, so many still come here to try and find their fortune, while other visitors are drawn to Nome by the varied bird life and intriguing Iñupiat culture.

The Ship

Your home from home

Ponant - Le Commandant Charcot in Greenland
Ponant - Le Commandant Charcot - Helipad
Ponant - Le Commandant Charcot - Infinity pool

The world's first electric hybrid polar expedition ship, Le Commandant Charcot may be the most exciting addition yet to the Ponant fleet.

What we love

Jean-Baptiste Charcot was a true polar pioneer, and Ponant's icebreaker explores the parts of the Arctic and Antarctica that other expedition vessels can't reach. On board you can expect Ponant's customary French flair, and the ship is also designed to have a minimal effect on the environment, with technological innovations such as hybrid propulsion and an advanced waste water treatment system.

Capacity 245 Guests
Crew 187 Staff
Style This may be the world's most luxurious icebreaker, blending contemporary decor with a refined French flair.
Inclusions
  • All meals in all venues
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • All soft drinks
  • Tea, coffee and pastries
  • Unlimited use of the Fitness Centre
  • Excursions by zodiac
  • Complimentary WiFi
More about Le Commandant Charcot

Tailor-make your trip

Ways to make it better
Radisson Blu Polar Hotel Spitsbergen, Longyearbyen

Where to stay in Longyearbyen

There’s really not much choice! Go for the Radisson Blu.

Snowmobiles near Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen

Explore Spitsbergen

Travel out of Longyearbyen by snow scooter or dog sled to take a look at the amazing scenery and hunt for wildlife.

Get your free Arctic guide

Our expedition cruising guide to the Arctic will tell you everything you need to know, including when to visit, what to see and how to get there.

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Transarctic, the Quest for the Two North Poles

5 September - 25 September 2025
From £37,773 pp

Duration

20 Nights

Journey Type

Cruise only (Please call for flight options)

Ports

8 Ports

Ship

Le Commandant Charcot of Ponant

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Why Mundy?

Who we are

Mundy Adventures is the intrepid little brother of Mundy Cruising plc, the UK's very first cruise specialist, and one of the leading companies in its field.

We specialise in travel by ship and have been doing so for over 50 years. By providing expert, personal service, insightful ideas and fascinating add-ons we aim to make your adventure holiday truly unique and special.

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