On board MS BREMEN from Tromsø to Nome
Expedition Northeast Passage - The extraordinary every day – the great pioneering endeavour of the 21st century
It is time to write seafaring history: In the legendary Northeast Passage between Europe and Asia, the BREMEN will face the challenges of a spectacular expedition. An experience distinguished by dramatically bizarre landscapes and encounters with polar bears, seals and whales. Your pioneering spirit will be ignited when the local conditions make spontaneous course changes necessary and when the Zodiacs press on to untouched coastlines. Far from civilisation, discover the Russian Arctic, which for decades was an exclusion zone and thus unreachable. It is a sea route which fills the history books, turns the present into an adventure and will determine the future of freight traffic between the continents. Become part of this adventure – for the first time on the BREMEN in 2015.
| Tue, 11.08.2015 |
Scheduled flight from Frankfort – Oslo – Tromsoe
| Wed, 12.08.2015 |
Prelude at the edge of the Arctic Ocean
| Thu, 13.08.2015 |
Cruising off North Cape
First, the BREMEN will cruise past the cliffs, as the picturesque fishing village of Skarsvag is the starting point for your journey to North Cape*.
| Fri, 14.08.2015 |
Murmansk stands in true contrast, as the largest city north of the Arctic Circle and the headquarters of Russia’s Northern Fleet. Whether you enjoy impressions of Murmansk* or delve into the ancient traditions of the region during a visit to a Saami settlement*, you will probably be eagerly waiting for the departure of the BREMEN. It now lies before you: the Northeast Passage.
| Sat, 15.08.2015 |
- Sun, 16.08.2015
Cruise through the Barents Sea/Arctic Ocean
The endeavours of Willem Barents will be brought to life as you cruise through the Barents Sea.
| Mon, 17.08.2015 |
- Thu, 20.08.2015
Novaya Zemlya , Franz Josef Land
As Barents circumnavigated Novaya Zemlya in 1596 on his search for the Northeast Passage, his ship became trapped in the pack ice and the crew was forced to spend the winter there. Following in his wake, the BREMEN will dare to call at the deep bays of this raw, primeval island. In geological terms, it is almost identical to the Urals, as it is a northern continuation of this ancient mountain range which was formed when Europe and Siberia collided.
| Fri, 21.08.2015 |
Cruise through the Kara Sea/Arctic Ocean
| Sat, 22.08.2015 |
- Sun, 23.08.2015
Only a few people have seen these coasts – the same goes for the almost semi-glacial islands of Severnaya Zemlya. Polar bears, Arctic foxes, Arctic hares, walruses and seals inhabit these islands. Surrounded by majestic glaciers, as your eyes scan the ice, a question arises: What challenges will the BREMEN face next and will it overcome them?
| Mon, 24.08.2015 |
- Mon, 31.08.2015
Siberia (including Cape Chelyuskin , estuary of the Lena River, New Siberian Islands , Medvezhy Islands )
Russia’s untamed spirit
| Tue, 01.09.2015 |
- Fri, 04.09.2015
Chukchi Sea (including Wrangel Island , Kolyuchin Island )
An animal paradise far from the familiar The cracking ice will cause excitement to grow on board: Will the ship manage to traverse the often thick belt of drifting ice around Wrangel Island? Here you can uncover the most beautiful aspects of nature on a grand scale. On rides and landings with the Zodiacs, you can really experience this raw natural beauty. Numerous bird species nest on the coasts and walks on the tundra will give you the chance to take in the fantastic mountain massifs and spot musk oxen and reindeer in the vast, silent landscape.
| Sat, 05.09.2015 |
- Mon, 07.09.2015
Chukchi Peninsula/Bering Strait
The Chukchi Peninsula is a natural paradise for whales, sea birds and seals – whereas on Cape Deschnyow, the most north-easterly point of the Eurasian landmass, Russian history speaks for itself. A walk will lead you to a monument to the pioneer Semyon Dezhnyov, the first to traverse the cape in 1648. In Lorino, you can gain fascinating insights into the everyday life and nomadic traditions of the Chukchi people who survive by hunting and breeding reindeer. Fascinating encounters also await you on seldom-visited Provideniya, located in the extreme east of Russia, when you go ashore with the experts and visit the small museum.
| Mon, 07.09.2015 |
Crossing the International Date Line (day counts twice),
It will be time to celebrate when the BREMEN sets sail for Alaska: You have managed to traverse the Northeast Passage. On passing the International Date Line, you can turn back the clock to rave about your many unforgettable expedition moments.
| Tue, 08.09.2015 |
Charter flight to Vancouver
| Wed, 09.09.2015 |
Scheduled flight from Vancouver – Germany
| Thu, 10.09.2015 |
Arrival in Germany
Important note on this expedition:
This expedition through the Northeast Passage is one of the most difficult cruises to plan, organise and sail in our range of expeditions. This cruise adventure was carefully planned based on average ice and weather data and closely coordinated with the local Russian authorities. All our experience and careful preparation notwithstanding, the actual itinerary therefore depends on the local conditions. Besides ice and weather, these include decisions taken by the Russian authorities, who reserve the right to issue the necessary authorisations only shortly prior to departure and, if necessary, to withhold them entirely. We will, of course, do everything in our power to ensure that this cruise can take place as advertised, but wish to take this early opportunity to inform you of these unusual circumstances and to raise your awareness as to the expeditionary nature of this cruise. Should the authorities, weather or ice have a significant impact on the route, we plan to sail through the Northwest Passage instead. If this should happen, we will inform you as quickly as possible. We wish you an unforgettable time on a truly legendary expedition on board the BREMEN!
= at anchor
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:
PRE-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: OSLO – THE NORDIC FJORD METROPOLIS
PRE-CRUISE PROGRAMME B: NORWEGIAN FASCINATION: FROM OSLO TO BERGEN
PRE-CRUISE PROGRAMME C: OUTDOOR EXPERIENCES AROUND TROMSOE
POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: VANCOUVER – THE CANADIAN WAY OF LIFE ON THE PACIFIC
A geology specialist in the team of experts
Steffen Graupner studied geophysics, physics, meteorology, astrophysics and geology. His specialist fields include active volcanoes and the geology of Russia. He also indulges in photojournalism with a focus on nature and people. This makes him the perfect person to thrill you with vivid presentations.