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Scheduled flight Germany – Dublin
Dublin/Ireland, departure 18.00 hrs
Cruise on Loch Fyne
Rothesay/Isle of Bute/Scotland
In a dramatic and mystical realm
Lush, green highlands, rugged coasts and the heritage of kings and clans. Only a small expedition ship like the BREMEN and its Zodiacs can travel this deep into the Scottish soul. Sailing on Loch Fyne, Scotland’s longest fjord, will provide an initial impression of the region. Pure maritime idyll: the remarkable island of Bute is famous for its beautiful landscape and typical architecture. The gardens around Mount Stuart House mansion* are particularly popular with visitors. The small town of Rothesay enchants with Victorian charm and a relaxed seaside atmosphere, which you can experience by yourself or on a guided walk*.
Rathlin Island/Northern Ireland
Inner Hebrides/Scotland (Islay, Iona, Staffa)
Exhilarating landscape of the Inner Hebrides
For the first time, the BREMEN will also head to Rathlin Island in Northern Ireland: cliffs up to 70 m (229 ft) high alternate with beautiful bays. Compared with the island’s nearly 100 human inhabitants, the many kittiwakes and puffins that you can watch are clearly in the majority. In the rugged island world off Scotland’s coastline, the small BREMEN will be truly in its element. In the rugged island world off Scotland’s coastline, the small BREMEN will be truly in its element. Depending on the wind and weather, you experience nature and culture up-close while on deck, in the Zodiacs and on a range of on-shore excursions – for example, on Islay, a premiere destination for the BREMEN. Your impressions of the “Queen of the Hebrides” will be shaped by the panoramic view of the undulating landscape, with hills rising up to 500 m high. This is fertile ground for producing the famous single-malt whiskies of the Isle of Islay*. Passage through the Sound of Islay will also showcase the natural character of this place. The sun sets late and, if the weather is good, the panoramic coastal views will glow as if in a very special midsummer night’s dream. For centuries, Iona has been famous as the cradle of Scottish Christianisation. In addition to its abbey and Celtic crosses, the island holds the graves of more than 60 kings, including the Scottish king Macbeth. What kind of place would have inspired Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy to compose his Hebrides overture in the 19th century? Find out when you ride out in the Zodiacs to visit Fingal’s Cave, the huge basalt cave on the uninhabited island of Staffa.
Outer Hebrides (St. Kilda , cruising off Boreray and the Flannan Isles, Lewis)
Mystical outpost: the Outer Hebrides
Even from a distance, the seldom-visited St. Kilda island group promises breathtaking natural spectacles: literally as solid as a rock, the steep, towering “stacks” emerge off the coast. The archipelago is both a UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage Site. Accompanied by your experts, you will ride in the Zodiacs to the main island of Hirta. Walks over green hills take you past typical stone bothies, or “cleits”, and grazing sheep. A rare, horned breed of sheep lives on the uninhabited island of the same name, Boreray, where the BREMEN will cruise as it will off the remote Flannan Isles. The old lighthouse on the main island of Eilean Mor is steeped in mystery. Why did three keepers disappear without trace here in 1900? Mystery also surrounds the origins of the around 4,000-year-old stone circles of Callanish* on the island of Lewis. And what would Scotland be without tweed? On a visit to the Hebridean island of Harris*, you will gain an insight into its production in a traditional factory.
Relaxiton at sea
Iceland’s east coast , (Seydisfjoerdur, Bakkagerdi, Djupivogur)
Iceland and the volcanic world which lies on the remote east coast of the island will be your next series of exciting natural experiences. Enjoy three unusual destinations which even the well-travelled BREMEN has never visited before. Colourful wooden houses at the feet of high mountain ranges exude an almost Norwegian flair in the small town of Seydisfjoerdur, whilst the remote village of Bakkagerdi reveals Iceland’s mysticism: surrounded by the spectacular mountains of the Borgarfjordur fjord, Icelanders believe this place to be the main region of the elves and the residence of their queen. The “lords of the skies” can be spotted right at the port on the famous bird-inhabited cliffs, which are home to numerous puffins.
Djupivogur is one of the oldest trading posts in Iceland’s East Fjords. The outdoor egg sculptures are a special local sight, made from the various types of stone found on Iceland and representing the eggs of the local bird species. Set out on a glacier adventure to Vatnajoekull* – Iceland’s largest and most famous glacier at around 8,000 km2. Alternatively, visit Joekulsarlon* glacier lagoon where you can sail out on a boat to within arm’s reach of the icebergs and the edge of the glacier.
(Heimaey , cruising off Surtsey)
Bizarre lava formations, grassy chains of hills and steep cliffs: Heimaey, the largest of the Westman Islands and to the south of Iceland, is an explorer’s paradise. An island tour* takes you to petrified victims of the Eldfell eruption of 1973. Surtsey, a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site, indicates the creative power of primeval forces: the volcanic island, which emerged only around 50 years ago, may only be accessed by scientists who observe how life is developing here. These hot and cold contrasts at the edge of the Arctic Ocean are a fitting conclusion to your diverse cruise.
Reykjavik/Iceland, arrival 7.00 hrs
All-day island tour in the Golden Circle
Overnight stay with breakfast
Journey to Keflavik
Scheduled flight Keflavik – Frankfurt
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:
* The shore activities are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage. Subject to changes.
A change in itinerary may become necessary on this expedition. The captain will decide on the best possible alternative depending on local conditions.
Dr Hans-Joachim Lauenstein was already travelling the world to see exotic landscapes and distant cultures when he was still studying mineralogy and geology. He will enrich your expedition with his geological knowledge, passion for exploration and exciting lectures.