Individual travel arrangements to Travemuende
Travemuende, departure 18.00 hrs
Relaxation at sea
The picturesque beauty of the North
Right from the outset of your exciting expedition, Bergen, with its historic city centre and colourful wooden houses in the romantic old Hanseatic district of Bryggen, will give you a taste of the beauty to come in Scandinavia. Take a trip to Troldhaugen to walk in the footsteps of the composer Edvard Grieg*, or marvel at the views on a walk on Mount Floyen*, some 300 metres above Bergen.
The Norwegian fjords (Flam/Aurlandsfjord, Vik/Sognefjord , Geiranger/Geirangerfjord )
Flam is situated in the innermost part of the Aurlandsfjord. Take a trip on the famous Flam railway and enjoy some views that will stay in your memory forever – on one of the most beautiful sections of railway in the world* with breathtaking views of wild gorges and snow-covered peaks or on a trip through the fjords to Vik*. You will particularly appreciate the Geirangerfjord, one of the best known in Norway and a UNESCO World Heritage site. As you enter and leave the Geirangerfjord, you can marvel at the natural spectacle of the famous “Seven sisters” and “Bridal veil” waterfalls from the deck of the BREMEN. Following an exciting drive along switchback roads up to the 1,500-metre-high mountain on the Dalsnibba summit experience*, you will be rewarded with a spectacular panoramic view of the magnificent fjord landscape.
Relaxation at sea
Lofoten (Leknes, cruising in the im Trollfjord)
The mountains of Lofoten also make for an outstanding panorama. The islands are captivating with their tiny bays and idyllic fishing villages. Start in Leknes to explore the stockfish archipelago, in the south of the Lofoten islands*, and learn some interesting facts about Tørrfisk. A walk on Haukland beach* will reveal the true variety of the north. Follow a picturesque trail along the hillside to find an amazing beach with fine white sand and light green water. More spectacular scenery is waiting to be discovered on a cruise through the Trollfjord, the entrance to which is only 100m wide. With luck you might catch sight of some sea eagles hunting for fish.
The fjord separates the Lofoten island group from the Vesteralen islands – another natural paradise. In the idyllic town of Stokmarknes, which is the birthplace of the Hurtigruten coastal express company, you will be able to get an insight into the history of the famous postal shipping line.
Honningsvag, arrival 22.00 hrs
Your historic discoveries will continue in Hammerfest, taking you on the trail of the whaling industry, before moving on to Honningsvag, the maritime centre of the North Cape region. On a trip to the North Cape*, you can enjoy expansive views over the Arctic Ocean from the steep-sided slate plateau – enough to get you in the mood for the exciting adventure towards which the BREMEN will head from here.
Honningsvag, departure 2.00 hrs
cruising past Bear Island
Relaxation at sea
Around Spitsbergen (incl. Ny-Alesund , Moellerhafen , Magdalenefjord , Moffen , Liefdefjord , Alkefjellet , passage through the Hinlopen Strait, Braswell Glacier , passage through the Freemansund Sound, Cape Lee , Hornsund )
An adventure for explorers: tour of Spitsbergen
More polar bears than people – Spitsbergen’s unspoiled wilderness is sure to fascinate you. Between the drifting ice floes, the BREMEN will be able to show off its highest ice class for passenger ships to the full – just as the crew will be able to display their many years of polar experience. They may decide to change course at the last minute so that you can marvel at bizarre glaciers or whales emerging from the sea. Depending on the weather and ice conditions, many different landings and Zodiac trips are planned. For example, you will be able to discover Ny-Alesund, from where Amundsen set off in his airship to reach the North Pole, or follow the trail of polar bears around Moellerhafen. Marvel at the glaciers of the Magdalenefjord from the deck or at the Atlantic walruses on the pebble beach of Moffen Island. In Liefdefjord, a Zodiac trip will take you to the Monaco Glacier to see the spectacular glacier edge from a safe distance, before moving on to the impressive bird cliffs at Alkefjellet, the nesting place for tens of thousands of Brunnich’s guillemots. On its passage through the Hinlopen Strait towards the Braswell Glacier, the BREMEN will make its way into a region where walruses and seals are regular visitors. If weather and ice conditions allow, we will travel through the narrow Freemansund channel past Cape Lee – accompanied by the fascinating play of light and colour in the surrounding scenery – until your tour reaches its crowning glory in Hornsund.
Longyearbyen/Spitsbergen/Norway, arrival 6.00 hrs
charter flight Longyearbyen – Berlin Tegel
The following programmes can be booked.
Please note that our pre- and post-cruise programmes are conducted in German.
For individual programmes kindly consult your travel agent.
Following programmes we offer in German:
* These arrangements are not included in the cruise price. The shore activities listed here are in the planning stage and are subject to changes.
Dr Christine Reinke-Kunze has
made a name for herself with numerous publications on polar exploration.
Her writing and photography skills will ensure that her lectures about
Spitsbergen are a memorable and impressive experience.