On board MS HANSEATIC from Hamburg to Reykjavik
Expedition to Ireland and the Faroe Islands - In the “Wild West”
Lush and green, harsh and jagged: discover different island perspectives in the northern Atlantic. Experience coasts, mountains, lakes, a rich bird world and the remnants of great cultures – whether as part of diverse excursions or during individual activities. An expedition premiere with the rarely visited western coast of Ireland and the Hebrides, where the Zodiac rides into the wild will inspire you to discover something new every day.
from Hamburg to Reykjavik
|Cruise dates:||from 15.06.2015 to 01.07.2015 (16 days)|
|Your ship:||MS HANSEATIC|
| Mon, 15.06.2015 |
Individual travel arrangements to Hamburg, departure 17.00 hrs
| Wed, 17.06.2015 |
- Thu, 18.06.2015
England (Portsmouth, Scilly Isles )
The magic of ancient times
| Fri, 19.06.2015 |
Cork exudes typical Irish charm with its Victorian houses, narrow alleyways and “The Four-Faced Liar”, as the church tower in Shandon is known due to the fact that its four clocks all show different times. Since the wind constantly shifts the hands, the clocks almost never all show the same time. Time seems to have stood still around the famous Rock of Cashel*. Countless legends surround this Irish landmark – perhaps the cliff with its impressive cathedral is actually home to fairies and spirits? The village of Kinsale and its history* are based on reality, not fairy tales. Here, the Irish defeat by the English invaders in the 16th century destroyed their hopes for independence.
| Sat, 20.06.2015 |
- Mon, 22.06.2015
Set course for lush, green coastlines
| Tue, 23.06.2015 |
Cruising off the cliffs of Slieve League, Tory Island
The romantic moorlands of Connemara, the land of extremes* featuring Kylemore Castle, home to Ireland’s oldest Benedictine monastery, Kylemore Abbey, are virtually uninhabited. These impressions can only be eclipsed by cruising off Slieve League and the 600 m high cliffs before you land on Tory Island in the Zodiacs and explore this rugged bird paradise.
| Wed, 24.06.2015 |
- Thu, 25.06.2015
Scotland (Iona Island , Staffa , Lewis)
Islands full of adventure
| Fri, 26.06.2015 |
- Sat, 27.06.2015
Faroe Islands (cruising off Suduroy, Torshavn)
At over 60 million years old, the Faroe Islands truly are as old as the hills. Enjoy unforgettable views as you cruise off the southernmost island of Suduroy with its imposing cliff lines. Torshavn, the oldest capital city in the world, is characterised by its primal status. A visit to the villages of Kvivik and Kollafjoerdur* will take you back to the Viking Age, or you can let yourself be enchanted by views of the island*.
| Sun, 28.06.2015 |
Relaxation at sea
| Mon, 29.06.2015 |
Iceland (Heimaey, cruising off Surtsey)
Encounter fire and flames on Heimaey as you take an island tour to the Pompeii of the north*, with its petrified victims of the Eldfell eruption of 1973, and on a Zodiac ride to the impressive caves. There will also be unforgettable views when cruising off the island of Surtsey, which emerged in 1963 as a result of a volcanic eruption, make for a befitting end to your great expedition experiences.
| Tue, 30.06.2015 |
Reykjavik, arrival 7.00 hrs
| Wed, 01.07.2015 |
Journey to Keflavik
Depending on the weather, a change in itinerary may become necessary on this expedition. The captain will decide on the best possible alternative depending on local conditions.
* The shore activities are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage. Subject to changes.
= 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:
EXTENSION: HAMBURG AT YOUR OWN PACE
POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: ICELANDIC IMPRESSIONS – REYKJAVIK AND THE GOLDEN CIRCLE
POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME B: VOLCANOES, GLACIERS AND GEYSERS – ICELAND’S OUTDOOR EXPERIENCES
A biology specialist in the team of experts
Biologist Wolfgang Bittmann has travelled around the world over 100 times as a guide, diver and photographer. He lived on the Galapagos Islands for three years, he is a former national park guide, he has been involved in underwater TV documentaries, and he has published travel guides for nature lovers. Besides information on his specialist field, he can also give you tips on how to take the perfect photo.