On board MS HANSEATIC from Bremerhaven to Relaxation at sea

Expedition Norway and Spitzbergen – the Kingdom of Fjords and Glaciers

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Gushing waterfalls, deep fjords and impressive glaciers - the overwhelming beauty of nature awaits you when you cruise along the fascinating coast of Norway to Spitzbergen’s unspoilt wilderness. In breathtaking ice landscapes you can explore the habitat of the arctic fox, whales and seals which you can only observe so intensively on a small expedition ship such as HANSEATIC that is suitable for voyages through the ice.


from Bremerhaven to Relaxation at sea

Cruise dates:from 17.06.2013 to 04.07.2013 (18 days)
Your ship: MS HANSEATIC
Cruise number: HAN1312

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This cruise is operated in German. For individual programmes kindly ask our travel concierge.

Itinerary

Mon, 17.06.2013

Individual travel arrangements to the cruise departure point
Bremerhaven, departure 18.00 hrs

Tue, 18.06.2013

Relaxation at sea

Wed, 19.06.2013

Bergen/Norway

Norway Intensive  
Spectacular panoramas and charming towns –Norway’s west coast alone is worth seeing. Picturesque Bergen will greet you with Bryggen’s brightly-coloured wooden houses and a lively fish market. Discover the famous Fantoft Stave Church on the excursion  Churches and Composers* which will also present to you the tuneful art of Edvard Grieg.

Thu, 20.06.2013
- Sat, 22.06.2013

Norway’s Fjord World (Gudvangen/Naeroeyfjord , Flam/Aurlandsfjord, Alesund, Hellesylt/Sunnylvsenfjord , Geiranger/Geirangerfjord )

Similar to Bergen, Flam is idyllically embedded in the Norwegian mountain landscape. The town lies at the end of the narrow Aurlandsfjord which is surrounded by steeply towering mountains which are covered in abundant green vegetation. On a Scenic Excursion from Gudvangen to Flam* breathtaking views of rocks, valleys and clear rivers are offered on one of the steepest railway lines in the world. Or enjoy nature at its purest, together with an unforgettable panorama on a Kayak Tour in the Aurlandsfjord*. Apart from deep fjords and high mountains, the coast of ‘Norway is characterised by many small islands. On three of them the town of  Alesund was built, the spectacular architecture of which consists almost completely of the art nouveau style. An Excursion to the Islands Giske and Godoy*, that were already mentioned at the time of the Vikings, leads you even further back in history. You can experience  Fjords, Mountains and Glaciers” on an excursion through the countryside between Hellesylt to Geiranger. From there you also start out on the Mountaintop Experience Dalsnibba*. The entrance to the Geirangerfjord is one of the highlights of your expedition: the HANSEATIC glides slowly past the famous waterfalls “Seven Sisters” and “The Bridal Veil” – the deck of the ship being a superb vantage point for marvelling at this UNESCO World Natural Heritage site.

Sun, 23.06.2013

Relaxation at sea

Mon, 24.06.2013

Lofoten (Leknes, cruising in the Trollfjord)

After you have crossed the Arctic Circle you will get to know the  Lofoten , one of the most beautiful destinations along the Norwegian coast. You will have the opportunity of experiencing the impressive landscape very intensively on the excursion  Through the Undersea Tunnel to the Island Flakstad*.

Tue, 25.06.2013

Cruising off the North Cape
Honningsvag, arrival 19.00 hrs

A little later HANSEATIC will be cruising off Norway’s most northerly tip and affording you a wonderful farewell to the European mainland. A Transfer to the North Cape* takes you from  Honningsvag  where, with any luck, you can gaze across the Atlantic in the light of the midnight sun.

Wed, 26.06.2013

Honningsvag, departure 23.30 hrs

Thu, 27.06.2013
- Mon, 01.07.2013

Spitzbergen (i.a. Hornsund , Ny-Alesund , Moellerhafen , Liefdefjord , Magdalenefjord )

Only for genuine expedition ships - Spitzbergen 
When Willem Barents 1596 on his search for the North-East Passage suddenly saw mountainous peaks emerging from the sea, he had already found a name for this unknown land. And today “Norway’s Cold Coast” is still a nautically challenging expedition territory in which the HANSEATIC can fully prove her worth – small, easily manoeuvrable and equipped for the highest ice category for passenger ships. On numerous Zodiac rides and landings you will discover the ice-frequented coastline of the island and its inhabitants, which include Arctic foxes, seals, whales and walruses. Fascinating expedition experiences await you, for example, in the Hornsund where mighty glaciers touch the shores with their abort edges, und in Ny-Alesund, one of the most northerly located settlements in the world. In Moellerhafen  you will discover the northernmost hotel, the “Lloydhotel”. In the Liefdefjord  you will drive with the Zodiacs through many small ice floes as near as possible to the impressively towering edge of the Monaco ‘Glacier – a magical experience amidst fantastic scenery. You will also find some spectacular photo motifs off the small island of  Moffen, where great herds of walruses gather along the flat coastline. While the Arctic sun makes the ice and water sparkle, with the Zodiacs you will explore the Magdalenefjord  with its impressive glacier panoramas.

Tue, 02.07.2013

Passing Bear Island

When cruising off Bear Island puffins, black guillemots and other species of birds will bid you an unforgettable farewell to a unique expedition.

Wed, 03.07.2013

Relaxation at sea

Thu, 04.07.2013

Tromsoe/Norway, arrival 6.00 hrs
Charter flight Tromsoe - Düsseldorf

During this expedition to the Arctic an adjustment of the itinerary may be necessary. Depending on weather and ice conditions, the Captain will decide on the best possible alternatives. 

* These arrangements are not included in the cruise price. The shore activities listed here are in the planning stage and are subject to changes.

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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:

PRE-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: HAMBURG INDIVIDUALLY


POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME A - MARITIM AIRPORT HOTEL DUESSELDORF


POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME A - MARITIM AIRPORT HOTEL DUESSELDORF