Following the Greenlandic spirit
As if from a cornucopia, the breathtaking and cultural treasures of the largest island in the world sparkle on this route. In the fjords of the craggy mountainous and glacial coastline – ranging from icebergs to rocky islands – the HANSEATIC will bring you unforgettable expedition moments. Discover the fantastic facets of northern Greenland on exciting Zodiac rides, walks with the experts and with numerous opportunities to explore on your own. With a little luck, you can enjoy a spectacular encounter with the giants of the oceans even before going on a discovery tour in the town of Aasiaat. Seeing powerful humpback whales emerge right next to the ship is absolutely unforgettable experience. But even these giant mammals are subordinate to Sedna, the Inuit goddess of the sea. The myths about her have been passed down over generations through tales and songs accompanying drum dances. A traditional show in the primeval hunting and fishing village of Ukkusissat will give you a glimpse of these stories. The natural scenery speaks for itself – with interesting rock formations and a delightful panorama close to Marmorilik. The cliffs of the desert isle of Storoen are bathed in a magical red. Take a walk with the experts and discover the geological features of this lunar landscape. The mysterious play of colours also tinges the mountain on Uummannaq with a wide range of reds.
Fascinating intensive experiences in Disko Bay
Absolute silence fills the ghost town of Qutdligssat, whose abandoned houses bear witness to the golden age of coal mining. In the evening, you can enjoy an exciting excursion to the Eqip Sermia Glacier, which is bathed in constant daylight thanks to the midnight sun. With the Zodiac, you can get close to the glacier and, after landing on the opposite bank, take in the 7 km long cliff edge from a truly special angle. On a walk, you will enjoy the full splendour of the countryside. In Ilulissat, you can explore a relatively large Greenlandic town on your own, or walk with the experts to the Icefjord, which boasts fantastic views of panorama encased in ice. The massive Sermeq Kujalleq glacier produces millions of tonnes of ice every day, which then break off from the sides and drift along this UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site. This unique spectacle can be viewed on a Zodiac ride in Disko Bay. Setting out from Rodebay, a walk on the tundra provides a breathtaking view of these slowly drifting icebergs. The appearance of other giants of the sea, the whales, resulted in the establishment of the fishing settlement of Qeqertarsuaq and the curious “God’s little ink pot”, as the octagonal church is known, in the 18th century. Set out from here with the experts and walk through the volcanic rock formations to the Windy Valley, or embark on an exciting excursion to the bizarre rock columns of the basalt coast. With a little luck, you will once again hear “Whale spotted!” as these waters are one of the stomping grounds of the giants of the sea.
Nordic life – past and present
Kangaatsiaq, the youngest settlement in Greenland, shows a more peaceful side to the region and is nestled in the heart of untouched countryside with picturesque bays and mountains. A little further south you will find Sisimiut, where, after landing in the Zodiac, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the bustling town and the Greenlandic way of life. You cannot miss the handicrafts centre where antlers and horns are used to fashion traditional jewellery. Alternatively, walk to the historic Tele Island with our experts. Your path will lead along cliffs and through meadows to a bay that was used for whaling in the 17th century. The Greenland National Museum in the capital city of Nuuk, whose most impressive exhibits are its 500-year-old mummies, will take you deeper into the fascinating settlement history of Greenland.
The Stone and Man cultural project in Qaqortoq presents contemporary art, with sculptures created by contemporary artists placed throughout the town. According to the tales, the settlement of Hvalsey was built by the hands of the legendary Norsemen in around 985 CE. Even today, the ruins of an old Viking church attest to the former presence of the Normans. Even they favoured the natural treasures of the region, such as the hot springs of Unartoq. You too can enjoy a bath in 37-degree water with a view of icebergs floating in the fjord. It makes for an unforgettable conclusion to a cruise whose adventures you will long remember.