July 2025

North Pole Marathon

Welcome to the running experience of a lifetime. In July 2025, we'll charter the world's luxury polar exploration vessel, Le Commandant Charcot by Ponant, and offer the unique opportunity to runners like you to participate the North Pole Marathon, so you can make history as a continuing new breed of Arctic adventurer.

By competing in the World's Coolest Marathon®, the North Pole Marathon®, you can become one of a truly select few to race at the top of the world - at the Geographic North Pole. And you will feel on top of the world when you manage to overcome the extreme sub-zero temperatures to finish 42.195km (26.2 miles) in one of the remotest parts of the planet.

Additional options include the Half Marathon, 10 Miler, 10K, and 5K.

North Pole Forum™

Another highlight during the trip is the North Pole Forum, which is a groundbreaking convergence of minds, uniting visionaries, scientists, entrepreneurs, and investors on an unparalleled journey. This transformative 14-day expedition aboard the icebreaker Le Commandant Charcot from Svalbard to the Geographic North Pole and back serves as the dynamic backdrop for this intellectual and innovative summit.

During this exclusive voyage, the Theatre and Lounge aboard the vessel are transformed into arenas of discourse, hosting themed talks, open discussions, and interactive panels for sharing insights, fostering collaboration, and incubating visionary solutions.

As the inaugural edition, the 2025 North Pole Forum will be open to all guests, amplifying the exchange of ideas and perspectives. The opportunity for speakers is also open to all, encouraging diverse voices to contribute to the discourse. Prospective speakers are welcome to submit applications*, ensuring a broad spectrum of expertise and viewpoints enriching this extraordinary gathering.

The North Pole Forum stands as a beacon of global cooperation, fueling innovation, and forging pathways towards a sustainable future for the Arctic and beyond.

Young Explorers

The Young Explorers program on the North Pole trip aboard Le Commandant Charcot is an immersive 14-day experience for kids aged 8 and up.

  • Engage in scientific research both on the ice and onboard.
  • Participate ongoing studies.
  • Fun lessons by scientists.
  • Collaborative projects foster teamwork among the young explorers.
  • Opportunities to present their findings at the North Pole Forum, sharing their insights and discoveries.
  • Enjoy a comprehensive tour of the vessel, exploring areas like engine room and bridge.
  • Interact with engineers and crew to grasp the challenges of Arctic exploration.
  • Participate in North Pole Run for various distance (from 5K to half marathon).

Young Explorers will learn how technological advancements have enabled access to the once-inaccessible Geographic North Pole, and gain deeper understanding of the region's history and the role of technology in exploration.

Itinerary

Highlights

  • Be among the few people in the world to go in search of the Geographic North Pole.
  • Run the World’s Coolest Marathon at the North Pole.
  • Enjoy the unique experience of sailing through the heart of the ice floe and the opportunities to observe the endless variety of forms and states of the ice, in the silence and respect of the landscapes through which you travel through.
  • The eye and the sound advice of our photo ambassador, a privileged opportunity to immortalize your journey with, on the program: workshops, lectures and customized advice to improve your photographic skills.
  • Landscapes: ice floes. In Spitsbergen, jagged mountains, steep-sided valleys, sheer cliffs, gigantic glaciers.
  • Wildlife: polar bears, Northern fulmar, ivory gull, seals, whales.
  • Many brand-new activities*: kayaking, hiking or snowshoeing, polar plunge.

(*Subject to weather & ice conditions and to sailing opportunities)

Ports of Call & Excursions

July 7
2025

Paris to Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen

We’ll fly from Paris to Longyearbyen in the morning. Upon arrival, enjoy a short excursion in Longyearbyen.
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 below 40°C, 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, make you feel like you’re in completely unexplored territory.

July 8
2025

AT SEA ALONG SPITSBERGEN

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. Aboard your ship, you will sail along the extremely spectacular coastline of this icy land. Between millennial glaciers and rugged mountains, you will discover a jagged coastline, hollowed-out by fjords. A unique setting, the refuge of a particularly rich avifauna, offering you the possibility of taking fabulous photographs from the deck of your ship.

July 9 -
July 13
2025

NAVIGATING THROUGH THE SEA ICE

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. 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.

July 14
2025

GEOGRAPHIC NORTH POLE

The Marathon day!

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 to you aboard Le Commandant Charcot.

July 15 -
July 19
2025

NAVIGATING THROUGH THE SEA ICE

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. 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.

July 20 -
July 21
2025

AT SEA ALONG SPITSBERGEN

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. Aboard your ship, you will sail along the extremely spectacular coastline of this icy land. Between millennial glaciers and rugged mountains, you will discover a jagged coastline, hollowed-out by fjords. A unique setting, the refuge of a particularly rich avifauna, offering you the possibility of taking fabulous photographs from the deck of your ship.

July 22
2025

LONGYEARBYEN, SPITSBERGEN

Disembarkation at 8:00 AM. We’ll transport you to the airport for the flight back to Paris.

Activities

KAYAKING

You will make the most of the sailing opportunities and weather and ice conditions to glide along on the clear waters or between the ice floes and get as close as possible to the immaculate nature of the poles. Supervised by licenced expert guides, you will try your hand in a kayak- a craft favoured by the Inuits for at least 4,000 years. The kayak was initially used for hunting and fishing; for you, it will be a means of making the most of your adventure on the White Continent or in the Far North.
**with limited places available

POLAR PLUNGE

Let yourself be seduced by the unrivalled sensations of being surrounded by cold water. Weather and ice conditions willing, you will have opportunities to undertake a unique experience during a polar plunge wearing just your swimming costume, in the middle of the ice. You will be be filled with intense emotions and will fully appreciate the energy boost when warming up after the swim!**with limited places available

HIKING OR SNOWSHOEING

During shore landings, depending on the ecological resilience of the biome, we will propose hikes at different levels, in the company of your experienced naturalist guides. From a simple stroll along the coast to walks lasting several hours to reach particular viewpoints or historical sites, you will make the most of the opportunities provided by the weather and ice conditions. When the itineraries allow, you’ll put on snowshoes* to set off like the explorers of old and discover areas that have barely known Man.*with limited places available

The Ship

Le Commandant Charcot

The World’s first luxury hybrid electric polar exploration ship powered by LNG, Le Commandant Charcot encapsulates an eco-friendly design never before seen in the polar regions. Provided with 123 staterooms, in total harmony with nature, it will carry you safely and comfortably beyond known lands. Two research laboratories on board enable scientists to collect data that will increase our knowledge of the poles.

  • Flag: French
  • Construction: Sovik, NOR
  • Year: 2021
  • Length: 492 ft
  • Beam: 92 ft
  • Draft: 33 ft
  • Speed: 15 knots
  • Gross tonnage: 31 757 UMS
  • Ice class Polar: Class: PC2
  • Classification: Bureau Veritas
  • Guest capacity: 245
  • Crew members: 210
  • Electric propulsion motors: 34 MW
  • Installed power: 42 MW
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The sauna in the wellness area, which also includes the Biological Recherche Spa, hair and nail salon, fitness room, snow cabin

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Fine dining throughout the journey

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The Blue Lagoon area, deck 9

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select your Staterooms

Prestige Stateroom Deck 6
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Prestige Stateroom Deck 6

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20
44,900 €
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Prestige Stateroom Deck 7
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Prestige Stateroom Deck 7

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2
20
45,800 €
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Prestige Stateroom Deck 8
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Prestige Stateroom Deck 8

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2
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46,600 €
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Deluxe Suite Deck 6
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Deluxe Suite Deck 6

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48,000 €
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Deluxe Suite Deck 7
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Deluxe Suite Deck 7

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49,900 €
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Deluxe Suite Deck 8
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Deluxe Suite Deck 8

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51,780 €
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Prestige Suite Deck 7
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Prestige Suite Deck 7

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68,700 €
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Prestige Suite Deck 8
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Prestige Suite Deck 8

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69,900 €
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Grand Prestige Suite Deck 6
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Grand Prestige Suite Deck 6

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71,000 €
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Privilege Suite Deck 8
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Privilege Suite Deck 8

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75,200 €
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Duplex Suite Deck 6
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Duplex Suite Deck 6

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103,660 €
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Owner's Suite
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Owner's Suite

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135,700 €
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Including

  • Private balcony for all our Staterooms and Suites
  • Terrace for the Duplex Suites and the Owner’s Suite
  • Individually controlled air conditioning
  • All meals and drinks onboard: breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, water, beer, wine, champagne, cocktail etc. (certain wines are available for purchase).
  • Stateroom layout: king-size bed, or twin beds, adjoining staterooms available (children 8-year & above welcome)
  • Minibar and 24-hour room service
  • Unlimited WiFi (speed varies due to weather conditions)
  • Selection of Diptyque bath products
  • Dressing table, bathrobes, hairdryer
  • Direct line telephone
  • Free parka to keep; complimentary boots rental
  • Inclusive WiFi internet access
  • Registration fee to marathon and shorter distances,  photos, souvenirs, medals, etc.• Flights from Paris to Longyearbyen and back, economy seats. If fly to Longyearbyen on own, airfare can be deducted from the cost.

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Join the 2025 summer North Pole Marathon for an unforgettable adventure!