On board MS HANSEATIC from Reykjavik to Kangerlussuaq
Intensive expedition to Iceland and Greenland - Fire and ice in the Arctic Circle
Are you ready for a breathtaking expedition with the HANSEATIC on both sides of the Arctic Circle? The Zodiacs are truly in their element on the fissured shores of Iceland and between Greenland’s wild fjords and mountainous coastline. Each day brings new thrills with spectacular natural experiences in a world of elemental grandeur.
| Tue, 30.06.2015 |
Scheduled flight Frankfurt – Keflavik
| Wed, 01.07.2015 |
Grundarfjoerdur, from 8.00 to 19.00 hrs
Iceland’s hot and cold world of contrasts
| Thu, 02.07.2015 |
Isafjoerdur, from 8.00 to 19.00 hrs
Lined by steep mountain slopes, the picturesque town of Isafjoerdur has a port whose numerous, solidly built fishing boats indicate a great fishing tradition. Take a boat trip to the former Hesteyri whaling station* and gain some real insights into the isolated existence of the inhabitants in times gone by. Or cruise the fjord in a kayak* to feel the magic of Onundarfjoerdur.
| Fri, 03.07.2015 |
Akureyri, from 8.00 to 19.00 hrs
At the end of Eyjafjoerdur lies the district capital of Akureyri. The typical Icelandic way of life is best enjoyed at the foot of the frequently snow-covered Logmannshlid. Godafoss waterfall and Lake Myvatn* soothe any longings for idyllic natural phenomena: the latter an eldorado for ornithologists as the stomping ground of many species of duck.
| Sat, 04.07.2015 |
Siglufoerdur , Grimsey
Large shoals of herring once helped Siglufoerdur to grow. After landing, you will set out in search of the former “world capital of herring fishing”. Throw all preconceptions about “Arctic cold” overboard when you reach Grimsey: although the island is intersected by the Arctic Circle, the climate here is astonishingly mild. A lush, green landscape with cliffs that drop straight down to the sea, diverse plant species and large colonies of birds will encourage you to join a guided walk.
| Sun, 05.07.2015 |
Relaxation at sea
| Mon, 06.07.2015 |
Cruise along the eastern coast of Greenland
Fascination of the world’s largest island
| Tue, 07.07.2015 |
Passage through Prins Christian Sund (depending on ice)
As you pass through Prins Christian Sund, the natural beauty of the Arctic will unfold its breathtaking fascination in bountiful splendour. Further to the west, ice floes populate the narrow passages, spectacular mountain panoramas rise up on the shores, and some of the glaciers extend all the way to the sea.
| Wed, 08.07.2015 |
- Tue, 14.07.2015
Western coast of Greenland (Alluitsoq , Unartoq , Hvalsey , Qaqortoq , Nuuk , Maniitsoq , cruise through Sermilinguaqfjord, Qeqertarsuaq , Ilulissat , Disko Bay , Sisimiut )
In the abandoned settlement of Alluitsoq, the historic buildings and the small cemetery still bear the signs of the Herrnhuter missionaries. They used lively musical religious services to draw people from the surrounding settlements into the town. Today, you can get that proverbial “heavenly” feeling by bathing in the geothermal springs at Unartoq. The latest research suggests that the Vikings were positively addicted to bathing. They founded the settlement of Hvalsey: exploring the mysterious church ruins, you almost expect to run into one of the gruff Norsemen. To get a taste for modern life, take a Zodiac ride to colourful Qaqortoq, where the Stone and Man project presents contemporary Greenlandic art. Old and new merge in typically Greenlandic fashion in the capital, Nuuk, whose hills are covered with colourful houses. Fascinating information about the island’s settlement history can be found in the Greenland National Museum, whose greatest treasures are mummies more than 500 years old. A no less surprising discovery for 18th century Dutch whalers were the alpine peaks of Maniitsoq, which is why they named them Sukkertoppen – or “sugar loaves”. For sweeping views of the breathtaking landscape and fjords, try the 193 m high Hausberg.
| Wed, 15.07.2015 |
Kangerlussuaq, arrival 6.00 hrs
* The shore activities are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage. Subject to changes.
A change in itinerary may become necessary on this expedition to the Arctic. The captain will decide on the best possible alternative depending on weather and ice conditions.
= 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:
PRE-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: ICELANDIC IMPRESSIONS – REYKJAVIK AND THE GOLDEN CIRCLE
PRE-CRUISE PROGRAMME B: VOLCANOES, GLACIERS AND GEYSERS – ICELAND’S OUTDOOR EXPERIENCES
A marine biology specialist in the team of experts
He knows how to make life in the polar seas exciting for you: marine biologist and research diver Dr Stephan Kremb worked at the Max Planck Institute and was involved in building up the SEA LIFE Munich aquarium. He is currently working with bioactive compounds from marine organisms at the Red Sea Research Centre in Saudi Arabia.