On board MS HANSEATIC from Kangerlussuaq to Vancouver
Expedition Northwest Passage: A Gripping Experience that Never Lets You Go
For more than 400 years, seafarers from all over the world had been searching for the Northwest Passage before it was successfully tackled for the first time in 1906 by Roald Amundsen. In recent years, the once impenetrable passage has exhibited signs of global warming and climate change. How will it be on your voyage? In the spectacular natural environment, you will encounter polar bears, whales and evidence of the Inuit culture that is well-worth seeing – and gain your own impressions of the effects of the climate on the ice situation.
| Fri, 16.08.2013 |
Charter flight Berlin/Tegel – Kangerlussuaq, Kangerlussuaq/Greenland, departure 15.00 hrs
| Sat, 17.08.2013 |
- Mon, 19.08.2013
West coast of Greenland (Aasiaat, Qeqertarsuaq , cruising in Disko Bay, Uummannaq )
Expedition Days in Greenland
| Tue, 20.08.2013 |
Relaxation at Sea
| Wed, 21.08.2013 |
- Fri, 23.08.2013
Nunavut/Kanada (Pond Inlet , Dundas Harbor , Beechey Island , Resolute )
On the Tracks of the Great Explorers: The Northwest Passage
| Sat, 24.08.2013 |
- Tue, 27.08.2013
Relaxation at Sea
| Wed, 28.08.2013 |
- Thu, 05.09.2013
Adventure Northwest Passage – from Lancaster Sound to the Beaufort Sea
Interesting animal sightings, for example of musk oxen, also await you on Jenny Lind Island, which is famous for its abundant bird world. No less exiting is the encounter with the heritage of Roald Amundsen in Cambridge Bay - here lies the wreck of the ”Maud“, the ship with which the legendary explorer successfully tackled the Northeast Passage. You might see some musk oxen again at Ross Point if you cast your eyes across the barren tundra. In the small settlement of Holman, you will find out how skilled the Inuit are in handling tools and the creation of colourful art prints. However, it is not a human work of art, but a wonder of nature that will cast its spell on you at the Smoking Hills - mystical wafts of mist shroud the coast where pyritic rock strata self-ignited centuries ago. With the Zodiacs, you will get as close to the mysterious phenomenon as possible before you explore the former centre of American whaling on Herschel Island. With a little luck, you will be able to watch the majestic marine mammals from the Zodiac. You subsequently have the opportunity to go on a tour of discovery together with Canadian rangers, in the course of which you may see rough-legged buzzards or even brown bears.
| Fri, 06.09.2013 |
- Sat, 07.09.2013
Alaska (Barrow , Point Hope )
Barrow is also associated with whales - numerous schools of whales pass by the coast of the most northern town of the USA every summer. The igloos of the ancient settlement which you can visit in Point Hope are partially built of whalebones – final impressive evidence of the adaptability of the Inuit to the harshness of their natural environment and the befitting finale to your own personal Northwest Passage.
| Sun, 08.09.2013 |
Relaxation at Sea
| Mon, 09.09.2013 |
Nome/Alaska/USA, arrival 6.00 Uhr
| Tue, 10.09.2013 |
Scheduled flight Vancouver – Germany
| Wed, 11.09.2013 |
Arrival in 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: