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Far out: this high-tech ship can take you to Greenland's remote northeast coast

The north-east of Greenland is one of the most remote areas on the planet — soon to be rendered accessible with a cruise aboard a new high-tech ship.

By James Ottery
Published 9 Nov 2019, 13:00 GMT
Icebergs in Greenland's Scoresby Sound
Icebergs in Greenland's Scoresby Sound.
Photograph by Getty

The north-east coast of Greenland is one of the most difficult places in the world to access. Typically ice-bound for much of the year and populated mainly by polar bears, narwhals and Arctic foxes, the only people exploring the region for much of history has been local hunters. 

Travellers will have the opportunity to explore this area aboard the world’s first hybrid electric polar exploration ship, Ponant’s Le Commandant-Charcot, in June 2021. The 13-day expedition cruise will set off from Reykjavik, arriving first at the small settlement of Ittoqqortoormiit, where passengers will meet with locals.

The highlight will be Northeast Greenland National Park, the largest national park in the world and a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, where there are barely any traces of human life. At that time of year, giant pieces of ice break off massive glaciers to form icebergs, and Arctic fauna emerge from their winter hiding spots. 

The adventure is part of National Geographic Expeditions new partnership with Ponant Expedition Cruises. Together, they’ve put together a roster of itineraries taking in the most distant corners of the globe. Each of the 25 sailings will have National Geographic experts onboard, ready to share their destination-specific expertise. From £13,547 person, including flights. 

Published in the Cruise guide, distributed with the December 2019 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)

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