Charter flight Duesseldorf** – Kangerlussuaq
Kangerlussuaq/Greenland, departure 14.00 hrs
Western coast of Greenland (Disko Bay, Sisimiut, Nuuk)
Thrilling nature and culture
On Greenland’s western coast, Disko Bay is the perfect precursor to numerous natural spectacles: when cruising and riding in the Zodiacs, watch the mighty ice formations that drift from the ice fjord into the bay. Impressions that will stay with you all the way to Sisimiut, where the remarkable old town seems like a museum village. With its historic harbour and modern centre, the capital of Nuuk bridges the gap between the past and the present.
Qassiarsuk , cruising through Prins Christian Sund (depending on ice)
The small settlement of Qassiarsuk will take you back around 1,000 years and bring the history of the Vikings to life. The reconstructed long house of Erik the Red and the Norman ruins bear fascinating witness to times gone by. Your daytime passage through Prins Christian Sund presents you with a series of unique images – waterfalls and mighty glaciers through to the shimmering turquoise water.
Eastern coast of Greenland (including Skjoldungen Sound, Ammassalik, Ittoqqortoormiit, Scoresbysund, King Oscar Fjord, Alpefjord)
Icy, remote and impressive
The ice shield on the coast of East Greenland only opens up in the early autumn and will provide passengers on board the BREMEN with a rare insight into this treasure chest of creation: our flexible route, which will take in places such as Skjoldungen Sound, will cover deep fjords, huge icebergs and majestic glaciers. Again and again, the Zodiacs will be put to water and you will get up-close to the wonders of nature – with a good chance of seeing whales and musk oxen. Here, humans are the rarest species. Ammassalik is one of only two settlements in this wild region. In the middle of a rugged fjord landscape, you will land to encounter the culture and traditions of the Inuit. A hike with our experts will take you to glittering lakes and waterfalls. The inhabitants of Ittoqqortoormiit, a small settlement in an Arctic paradise, also live in complete isolation. From this point on, nature rules and Scoresbysund will almost certainly be the highlight of your expedition. First, the BREMEN will spend plenty of time in the world’s largest fjord system and explore this superlative labyrinth in detail. Greenland’s highest mountains, impressive glaciers and icebergs glittering like sapphires shape the region. The natural harbour of Hekla Havn recalls the pioneers who, for example, discovered the region around the Danish island 125 years ago. In addition to historical insights, you will be enchanted here by marvellous views and maybe even the Northern Lights. Steep rock faces in Rodefjord and Rypefjord, among others, will leave you speechless with reverence. With a little luck, you will spot enormous icebergs in places such as Sydkap, and encounter Arctic foxes and musk oxen on walks through the autumnal tundra. Experience expedition in the purest sense when the BREMEN heads for premiere destinations in the National Park in north-eastern Greenland , further to the north. Subject to official approval and depending on the ice conditions, the cliffs of the Alpefjord, over 3,000 m high, are spectacular when viewed from the deck and even greater on a possible Zodiac ride – as is the view of the front of the Gully and Sefstrom glaciers. And in King Oscar Fjord, Greenland’s natural world will provide a crowning glory to your unforgettable impressions – and maybe even a polar bear sighting.
Relaxation at sea
Iceland (Husavik, Djupivogur )
Whales and volcanoes ahoy!
Your thrilling natural experiences in Iceland: the island’s oldest settlement, Husavik, is Europe’s whale-watching centre. From the museum about the marine mammals, your tour continues in the bay for some whale watching off Husavik*. With a little luck, humpback whales, minke whales and dolphins will appear. The Godafoss waterfall and Midge Lake* provide very special natural spectacles. According to legend, the last pagan idols were consigned to the waterfall in around 1000 CE, while Lake Myvatn presents a rugged landscape scene. In the region of the remote and seldom-visited eastern fjords, the village of Djupivogur is a premiere destination for the BREMEN. From here, start a glacier adventure to Vatnajoekull* – Iceland’s largest glacier at around 8,000 km2.
Relaxation at sea
Kirkwall/Orkney Islands/Great Britain
Enjoy the finale to your cruise on the Scottish Orkney Islands with their rugged, mystical cliffs. Travel back to times gone by and explore the historical treasures of Orkney* from Kirkwall with the Skara Brae Stone Age settlement and the Ring of Brodgar from around 2700 BCE. When you return to the present in Hamburg, you will take home a rich array of experiences gathered on board the BREMEN.
Relaxation at sea
Hamburg, arrival 8.00 hrs
Individual travel arrangements from cruise arrival point
The following programmes can be booked.
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:
* 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. The captain will decide on the best possible alternative depending on weather and ice conditions.
Even during her studies, Heike Fries was intrigued by the calving glaciers at both of the earth’s poles. This geoscientist has been spending summers and winters here since 2001. She is able to convey her passion for the ice formations in a fascinating way – in presentations on board and as part of excursions ashore.