On board MS HANSEATIC from Ushuaia to Ushuaia

Antarctic expedition - the wonder of life in a cold world

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During the short summer the Antarctic offers breathtaking moments to observe fledgling life in eternal ice. Thousands of penguins, seals and marine birds are busy rearing their young – a dream come true for you as an enthusiastic nature explorer. On exciting Zodiac rides and landings you will experience this glistening world of wonder up close.


from Ushuaia to Ushuaia

Cruise dates:from 02.01.2015 to 24.01.2015 (22 days)
Your ship: MS HANSEATIC
Cruise number: HAN1501

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

Fri, 02.01.2015

Scheduled flight Germany – Buenos Aires

Sat, 03.01.2015

City tour, overnight stay with breakfast

Sun, 04.01.2015

Charter flight to Ushuaia/Argentina, departure 18.00 hrs

Mon, 05.01.2015

Relaxation at sea

Tue, 06.01.2015
- Wed, 07.01.2015

Falkland Islands

The fascinating Falkland Islands
The first step on the Falkland Islands was taken as far back as 1690, and it took until 1764 before the first settlement was formed. It may be down to the windy, cold climate – in which rockhopper and Magellanic penguins feel perfectly comfortable. And not only them: more than 60 native bird species fly through the air, including the endemic Falkland pipit and the crested caracara. The only “town” in the Falkland Islands today is Stanley. The former base station for whaling and seal hunting delights with Victorian houses and small gardens.

Thu, 08.01.2015
- Fri, 09.01.2015

Relaxation at sea

Sat, 10.01.2015
- Mon, 12.01.2015

South Georgia

Close-up observation in the wildlife paradise of South Georgia
Flexible, spontaneous, impressive: the Zodiacs are used several times a day to make it possible for you to enjoy breathtaking expedition experiences and wildlife observation. For instance, when you come upon a vast colony of king penguins. Thousands upon thousands of these animals populate the slopes and the shores of the island. On sensational landings on three intensive days, including in Salisbury Plain and Gold Harbour, you will also encounter fur and elephant seals on the beaches of the rugged coasts, whilst the black-browed albatrosses and giant petrels nest in the rocks. Renowned experts, including biologists, geologists and glaciologists, accompany you and intensify your unique experiences in nature with surprising details. Or bring the pioneering days of Antarctic research to life: in the former whaling station Grytviken, visit the grave of Sir Ernest Shackleton and remember the heroic efforts with which this man once saved his team. Learn how modern polar researchers work on the South Orkney Islands when, in good weather, you visit the oldest permanently inhabited research station in Antarctica, the Argentinian station Orcadas (subject to authorisation). And with a little luck, you will view majestic icebergs for the first time as you approach Signy Island.

Tue, 13.01.2015

Relaxation at sea

Wed, 14.01.2015
- Mon, 19.01.2015

South Orkney Islands , Weddell Sea , South Shetland Islands , the Antarctic Peninsula

Thrilling moments in ice: South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula               Where weather and ice dictate the route, only a genuine expedition ship such as the BREMEN can guarantee you the full Antarctic experience. It is small, manoeuvrable and, thanks to its highest ice class for passenger ships, even capable of sailing through drift ice and pack ice. The ship clears its inexorable path in the direction of the Antarctic Peninsula. You will experience moments of magic when, for example, the Zodiacs bring you to Paulet Island in the Weddell Sea to view thousands of Adelie penguins up close. Or when cruising in the Antarctic Sound, where huge tabular icebergs drift silently through the water. Every day on board passes in the spirit of daring pioneers, such as Otto Nordenskjöld, who once endured great hardship to explore this remote region. With their many years of background in the polar regions of this world, the captain, crew and the well-versed experts in various specialised topics will provide you with expedition experiences that you will never forget. These include the opportunity to bathe in hot springs along black lava beaches of Deception Island. Or marvel at the wonders of Paradise Bay. With the Zodiacs, you will glide past sparkling icebergs to majestic, lofty glacial towers, the crevices of which glow blue. If the ice and weather conditions permit a landing, you will be able to set foot on the Antarctic mainland – an exceptionally moving moment during your expedition. Next your journey takes you further south and through the narrow Lemaire Channel where spectacular peaks on both sides make this waterway one of the most beautiful shipping passages in the world. In the Penola Strait, the excitement on board rises yet again. How far to the south can the BREMEN advance southwards? A question that can only be answered from on board when you get there. Yet one thing is certain: the landings with the Zodiacs will reveal to you the full beauty of this Antarctic wonderland between huge colonies of Adelie and chinstrap penguins. The passage through the Neumayer Channel then reveals more panoramic views of amazing glaciers. In the midst of icebergs as high as a house, it is easy to be amazed – and even harder to bid farewell

Tue, 20.01.2015
- Wed, 21.01.2015

Travelling through the Drake Passage

Thu, 22.01.2015

Ushuaia/Argentina, arrival 6.00 hrs
charter flight to Buenos Aires
overnight stay with breakfast

Fri, 23.01.2015

Scheduled flight Buenos Aires – Germany

Sat, 24.01.2015

Arrival in Germany

A change in itinerary may become necessary on this Antarctic expedition. The captain will decide on the best possible alternatives depending on the 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 PROGRAMME A: IGUACU

Polar history specialist in the expert team

Dr Arne Kertelhein,

historian and author of various reference books, is interested in topics

including the expeditions of the great polar researchers. His special

passion lies in old expedition reports and historical maps. From these

original sources, his thoroughly fascinating talks on the Antarctic come

alive.