On board MS BREMEN from Kangerlussuaq to Reykjavik

“Small” Northwest Passage Expedition - In the Wake of the Great Explorers

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Venture out on the great “small” Northwest Passage experience, on the trail of the famous explorers Franklin and Amundsen. Inspired by the legendary seaway, the BREMEN will be taking a spectacular route through the High Arctic. Along the icy coast of Greenland and the islands off Canada, the course will be set for close encounters with the Inuit and the search for whales and polar bears.


from Kangerlussuaq to Reykjavik

Cruise dates:from 18.08.2014 to 07.09.2014 (21 days)
Your ship: MS BREMEN
Cruise number: BRE1416

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This is a bilingual cruise with English shore excursions. [Read more]

Itinerary

Mon, 18.08.2014

Charter flight Berlin – Kangerlussuaq
Kangerlussuaq/Greenland , departure 14.00 hrs

Tue, 19.08.2014

Cruising in Disko Bay

A True Expedition in an Icy Setting
The start of the expedition sees you steering your way towards your first major experience: the skerry landscape of the southerly Disko Bay, an extraordinary spectacle of nature. The ship’s own Zodiacs will take you right up close to the bizarre ice formations drifting in the clear waters. At this time of year, you will have a good chance of spotting humpback whales and seals in the Arctic Ocean.

Wed, 20.08.2014

Uummannaq

The village of Uummannaq is another exciting destination, one of the most beautiful settlements in Greenland and well worth a visit. Marvel at the legendary heart-shaped cliffs of Uummannaq Mountain which dominate the island, admire the church and the typical, brightly coloured wooden houses, or go on a hike to “Santa’s Castle”.

Thu, 21.08.2014

Relaxation at sea

Fri, 22.08.2014
- Fri, 29.08.2014

Canadian Arctic (incl. Pond Inlet , Beechey Island , cruising in Peel Sound and Victoria Strait, Jenny Lind Island , Cambridge Bay , Dundas Harbor )

Explore a village in Pond Inlet on Baffin Island, where you can listen to the traditional songs which are part of the cultural heritage of the indigenous people. Sometimes bowhead whales can be seen in the waters off this settlement, and with a bit of luck you will be able to observe polar bears in Barrow Strait from the ship’s deck. On Beechey Island the experts will be turning your attention to the eventful history of the exploration of the Northwest Passage – following the route of Franklin’s 1845 expedition. Apart from three crewmen, whose graves were found here, the ships and their crew disappeared without trace. Analyses of their remains led to a surprising discovery: they did not starve or freeze to death as had originally been thought, but suffered from lead poisoning caused by eating tinned food. Enriched by these exciting insights into the original expedition, you will then head off to Peel Sound to follow up the story. As long as the weather and ice conditions are favourable, you will be taken on Zodiac rides into the brilliant white majesty of the home of beluga whales and seals, which may suddenly appear on the surface at any time. Since it has the highest ice class for passenger ships, the BREMEN is also able to penetrate into these ice-covered waters. This means that, weather permitting, you should also be able to enter the Victoria Strait – a truly exceptional experience. It was at the entrance to this strait that the Franklin expedition came to its fateful end in 1848, when the ships “Terror” and “Erebus” became ice-bound. The fascination on the water continues on land: a walk on Jenny Lind Island often provides the opportunity to observe snow geese. In Cambridge Bay, you will discover the wreck of the “Maud”, one of Roald Amundsen’s ships. The BREMEN will then set course for the Franklin Strait, where you might well come across polar bears, and maybe even get as far as the Bellot Strait, one of the world’s most challenging passages. A landing in Dundas Harbor and a visit to an abandoned Royal Canadian Mounted Police station will bring your encounters with the Canadian wilderness to a close.

Sat, 30.08.2014
- Sun, 31.08.2014

Relaxation at sea

Mon, 01.09.2014

Sisimiut/Greenland

Greenland: History Between the Sea and the Tundra
Back in Greenland you will go ashore in Sisimiut and follow in the footsteps of the whalers, whose ancient 17th-century stone houses still remain. Let yourself be captivated by the charm of this place with its brightly coloured wooden houses. You can learn many of the secrets of life here on a visit to the museum and on a hike through the seemingly endless tundra.

Tue, 02.09.2014

Relaxation at sea

Wed, 03.09.2014

Qaqortoq

You are sure to be enchanted by picturesque Qaqortoq with its contemporary sculptures carved into the rock faces and boulders in the town and the site of the oldest fountain in Greenland. You might also want to pay a visit to the fish market in the old town centre and the picturesque church.

Thu, 04.09.2014
- Fri, 05.09.2014

Relaxation at sea

Sat, 06.09.2014

Reykjavik/Iceland, arrival 7.00 hrs
Tour
Overnight stay with breakfast

There will be plenty of time to look back and reflect on your many impressions of this unique expedition on board the BREMEN before you leave the ship in the Icelandic capital, Reykjavik.

Sun, 07.09.2014

Travel to Keflavik
Scheduled flight Keflavik – Germany

A change in itinerary may become necessary on this expedition to the Arctic. The captain will decide on the best possible alternatives depending on weather and ice conditions.

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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:

POST-CRUISE POGRAMME A: NATURAL BEAUTY OF ICELAND

A specialist in glaciology amongst the team of experts

Glaciologist Dr Hans Oerter

undertakes research involving ice core drilling in order to gain a

closer insight into the secrets of the polar regions. Listening to his

lectures, you will be enthralled by revelations of the most recent

findings on the earth’s climate history and Greenland’s icy environment.