HIGHLIGHTS

  • A cruise in partnership with National Geographic Expeditions offering enrichment with a National Geographic Photographer and an Expert specialised in the destination onboard.
  • Outings and shore visits in Zodiac® inflatables with a team of experienced naturalist guides.
  • Possibility of hikes.
  • Discovery of five archipelagos on the same cruise: the Hebrides, Orkney Islands, Shetland Islands, Lofoten Islands and Svalbard.
  • Landscape: heathland undulating as far as the eye can see, flowers, immense beaches, small lakes, forests of hundred-year-old oak trees, huge cliffs, basalt grottos in the British Isles; fjords, vertiginous cliffs, ice floes, jagged mountains, icebergs, ice caps, steep-sided valleys and huge glaciers in Spitsbergen.
  • Wildlife: multiple species of birds (puffins, sea eagles, terns, northern gannets, red-billed choughs, corn crakes), whales, dolphins and seals in the British Isles; fin whales, arctic foxes, Svalbard reindeer, arctic terns in Sptisbergen.
  • Cross the Arctic Circle.
Transfer + flight Longyearbyen / London
Cruise The Arctic May 2020
Departure Port Dublin
Arrival Port Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen

With PONANT, board L'Austral for an all new expedition cruise that will take you from Dublin to Longyearbyen. During this exceptional 12-day trip, you will discover the most beautiful of the Scottish Isles and cross the Arctic Circle to reach the frozen lands of Spitsbergen Island.

From the Irish capital, you will set a course northward and have the chance to stop at several of the British Isles.

First you will discover the Hebrides archipelago: Iona, the cradle of Scottish Christianity, Mull and the charming colourful town of Tobermory, and finally the Isle of Skye, a bastion of Gaelic culture, its famous bridge, and its stunning scenery. 

You will then call at Kirkwall, capital of the Orkney Islands, where numerous seabirds, such as gannets and European shags, have taken up residence.

Further north, you will marvel at the mysterious charm of the Lofoten archipelago. These islands have landscapes of surreal beauty alternating between sea, spectacular fjords, mountain slopes, fine sand beaches and huts on stilts.

To round off your trip, Spitsbergen, an island that is emblematic of the Arctic lands, will reveal itself to you. There you will be able to explore Hornsund, one of the island's most beautiful fjords, boasting an impressive glacier front.

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We are privileged guests in these remote lands where we are at the mercy of weather, ice, tidal and current conditions. Landings on certain sites and the observation of certain wildlife cannot be guaranteed. They vary from day to day, making each PONANT cruise a unique experience. The Captain and the Expedition Leader will make every effort to ensure that your experience is as rich as possible, while complying with the safety rules and instructions imposed by the AECO.