On board MS HANSEATIC from Hamburg to Reykjavik

Expedition to Ireland and the Faroe Islands - In the “Wild West”

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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)
Cruise number: HAN1512

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


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
You will almost feel like you can hear the thunder of past naval battles when you look over the gun decks of the Victory, Lord Nelson’s flagship, in Portsmouth. London’s famous square was named in honour of his victory at Trafalgar. Alternate between modern flair and history when you marvel at London’s panorama and St Paul’s Cathedral*. A scenic journey to Salisbury and a visit to the mythical, enigmatic Stonehenge* will lead you further into the past. The Scilly Isles, the resting place of King Arthur, are just as legendary – the Abbey Gardens on Tresco are actually reminiscent of Avalon, as thousands of exotic plants grow there thanks to the mild climate.

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

Western Ireland
(Cruising off Great Skellig and Little Skellig, Dingle , cruising off the Cliffs of Moher, Galway )

Set course for lush, green coastlines
Like sunken mountains, steep cliffs appear on the horizon – a prelude to exciting expedition days where you can discover the incredible wonders of nature first-hand on numerous Zodiac landings and explorations. From afar, the flapping chaos of the second largest gannet colony in the world loudly announces its presence on Little Skellig. The equally breathtaking natural beauty of its sister island Great Skellig, as well as its unique monastery in the cliffs, guarantee unforgettable moments on a Zodiac ride. The rocky coastline of Slea Head, which the HANSEATIC will cruise by, is a precursor to an astounding destination: the Dingle peninsula. The picturesque town is great to explore on your own. A hike to Mount Brandon* or the naturally charming Ring of Dingle* will reward you with unforgettable views of the wild landscape and the sea. At over 200 m high, the Cliffs of Moher descend almost vertically into the sea. Cruising past this natural wonder, you will enjoy spectacular panoramic views from the deck, and with a little luck, you might spot a few comical puffins in the cliffs. The shop windows in the picturesque city of Galway display a different type of curiosity: you can buy the famous Claddagh ring, a symbol of the city, everywhere here. Wander through the colourful streets or take a guided city tour through Galway*.

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
Off the Scottish Hebrides, we will use the boats again to land on Iona Island. It is the cradle of Scottish Christianisation. Will you discover the grave of King Macbeth on an individual shore excursion? What will the basalt Fingal’s Cave on the uninhabited island of Staffa, which moved Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy to write an overture, inspire you to do? These islands also seem so isolated: the Standing Stones of Callanish* on Lewis are a testament to a long history and the island of Great Bernera* reveals ancient secrets.

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
All-day island tour in the Golden Circle
Overnight stay with breakfast

Wed, 01.07.2015

Journey to Keflavik
Scheduled flight Keflavik – Frankfurt

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.

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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:




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.