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Two hundred and fifteen passengers on board Compagnie Du Ponant’s Le Soléal were among the first to cross the Northwest Passage on a French ship.

The luxury yacht made the journey this week as part of its 20-night Kangerlussuaq, Greenland to Anadyr, Russia itinerary.

Compagnie Du Ponant said: “It was a moving and unforgettable experience with many exceptional encounters along the way.”

The Northwest Passage connects the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean via Arctic islands in North Canada. It was founded in 1906 by Norwegian explorer, Roald Amundsen.

Le Soléal, meaning ‘one who leads the way’, is the line’s latest generation of ships specifically designed for polar cruises.