On board MS HANSEATIC from Kangerlussuaq to Bremerhaven

Expedition to West and East Greenland - Welcome to the world of the Inuit

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Follow the lure of the Arctic. The HANSEATIC combines western and eastern Greenland into one intensive experience. Breathtaking natural backdrops, polar wildlife and fascinating Inuit culture are just waiting to be discovered on a route where Zodiacs are used almost daily.

from Kangerlussuaq to Bremerhaven

Cruise dates:from 13.09.2015 to 30.09.2015 (17 days)
Cruise number: HAN1518

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


Sun, 13.09.2015

Charter flight Hamburg – Kangerlussuaq
Kangerlussuaq/Greenland, departure 14.00 hrs

Mon, 14.09.2015
- Fri, 18.09.2015

Western coast of Greenland (Qeqertarsuaq , Ilulissat Disko Bay ,
Sisimiut , Nuuk , Qassiarsuk )

Western coast of Greenland – naturally beautiful
Your expedition begins in idyllic Qeqertarsuaq on the far western side of the world’s largest island. The colourful houses look like toys, and like a fairy tale, the landscape seems to be surrounded by majestic glaciers, imposing mountain slopes and fertile valleys. Hike with the experts through Arctic tundra to the Blaesedalen waterfall in Windy Valley or past hot springs to the bizarre basalt coast at Kuannit. You can also walk from the town of Ilulissat to the world-famous Icefjord. Completely covered in ice, this UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site offers a breathtaking panorama in the iridescent play of the sunlight. The perfect precursor to an unforgettable visit to Disko Bay: ride in the Zodiacs between the drifting icebergs and watch these enormous ice formations that are released into the bay from the regularly calved Sermeq Kujalleq glacier. Impressions that will stay with you all the way to Sisimiut, when the country’s second largest town exudes its very special charm. Soak up the atmosphere of the lovely old town and the fish market. An insider’s tip is the handicrafts centre, where traditional jewellery is made from antlers and horns. Passionate walkers can accompany our experts across rocks and meadows to Tele Island and the picturesque bay, where slain whales were brought on shore in the 17th century for processing. In the Greenland National Museum in the capital, Nuuk, mummies more than 500 years old will take you even further back into the past, providing insights into a little-documented era in Greenland’s history. The small settlement of Qassiarsuk will take you back around 1,000 years and bring the history of the Vikings to life. In the small shepherd’s village, a memorial stone commemorates the colonisation by the Norsemen in 985 CE. The reconstructed long house of Erik the Red and the Norman ruins bear fascinating witness to times gone by.

Sat, 19.09.2015

Passage through Prins Christian Sund

Greenland’s impassable east
The HANSEATIC tirelessly forges its path through the beautiful Prins Christian Sund at the southern tip of Greenland. The ice cracking against the ship’s reinforced bow plays a melody for a series of unique images on your port and starboard sides: high peaks, narrow fjords and mighty glaciers that reach to the sea – and with a little luck, bearded seals resting on ice floes.

Sun, 20.09.2015
- Thu, 24.09.2015

Eastern coast of Greenland (Skjoldungen Sound , Ammassalik , Ittoqqortoormiit , cruising in Scoresbysund)

Skjoldungen Sound will also bring you close to the wonders of creation. Again, the Zodiacs will take to the water with a good chance of seeing some whales. The landing on Ammassalik will show you how people survive under extreme climatic conditions. The ancient Inuit culture remains particularly untouched on the long-forgotten and isolated eastern coast of Greenland. Their way of life will win you over through song and dance as well as husky and kayak displays. The inhabitants of Ittoqqortoormiit, a small settlement in a high Arctic paradise of snow and ice, live in complete isolation. This is also home to whales and musk oxen, the area’s heraldic animal, which you might be lucky enough to see. Cruising Scoresbysund, the world’s largest fjord system, the HANSEATIC promises unforgettable panoramas with mountains more than 2,000 m high and calving glaciers – a true premiere.

Fri, 25.09.2015

Relaxation at sea

Sat, 26.09.2015


The treasures of North Atlantic islands
It only takes a brief visit to Iceland to be inspired by its imposing nature and the Icelandic culture. One charming example is the small town of Seydisfjoerdur. Its picturesque, well-maintained wooden houses from the heyday of herring fishing in the 20th century lie at the end of a majestic fjord, surrounded by huge massifs. Take an individual shore excursion to visit the famous blue church, the Skaftfell Cultural Centre or the Technical Museum.

Sun, 27.09.2015

Relaxation at sea

Mon, 28.09.2015

Kirkwall/Orkney Islands/Great Britain

Even from the sea, the Scottish Orkney Islands give an idea of their fascinating secrets – a mystical aura surrounds the rough and imposing steep cliffs. What was the purpose of the formidable Ring of Brodgar – a huge stone circle erected in around 2700 BCE near what is now the main town of Kirkwall? What was life like in the Neolithic settlement of Skara Brae? An excursion to discover the historical treasures of the Orkneys* will allow you to explore these UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Tue, 29.09.2015

Relaxation at sea

Your journey to Bremerhaven will give you plenty of time to decide which waters provided your best experiences. The island world of the Atlantic Ocean, the Norwegian Sea or the North Sea – the HANSEATIC offers something that will appeal to everyone.

Wed, 30.09.2015

Bremerhaven, arrival 6.00 hrs
Individual travel arrangements from cruise arrival point

* The shore activities are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage. Subject to changes.

** Depending on the flight plan, it may be necessary to change the airport of departure.
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.

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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:


An ethnology specialist in the team of experts

Dietmar Neitzke studied ethnology, religion, geography and empirical cultural science. He is passionate about understanding foreign world views and mindsets. This museum educator from the Linden-Museum Stuttgart will paint a living portrait of polar cultures for you.