On board MS HANSEATIC from Hamburg to Longyearbyen
Expedition Norway and circumnavigation of Spitsbergen - Arctic adventure
Experience the sheer power of nature first-hand. This HANSEATIC expedition brings together the most thrilling North Sea regions, which enthralled researchers such as Nansen and Amundsen. From the Norwegian coast, to Lofoten, North Cape and the Nordic highlight: circumnavigating Spitsbergen. Deep fjords and majestic icy landscapes form the backdrop for your experiences on the “cold coast”, where polar bears outnumber people. An Arctic dream in an unspoilt wilderness.
from Hamburg to Longyearbyen
|Cruise dates:||from 22.06.2016 to 08.07.2016 (16 days)|
|Your ship:||MS HANSEATIC|
| Wed, 22.06.2016 |
Individual travel arrangements to Hamburg, departure 18.00 hrs
| Thu, 23.06.2016 |
Relaxation at sea
| Fri, 24.06.2016 |
Norwegian midsummer night’s dreams
| Sat, 25.06.2016 |
- Sun, 26.06.2016
Norway’s Fjord World (Flam/Aurlandsfjord, Vik/Sognefjord , Geiranger/Geirangerfjord )
During a hike on Floeyen*, you will see how the harbour nestles into the 300 m high mountain and the banks of the fjord. Cultural facets will be provided by the reconstruction of Fantoft Stave Church, which dates from 1150, and composer Edvard Grieg*, whose Victorian-style house has been converted into a museum about the artist’s life. The city is considered the gateway to the fjords, which the HANSEATIC will explore – for example, the narrow Aurlandsfjord with the idyllic town of Flam. Ashore, you will continue through the lovely valley up to more than 850 m as you take the Flam Railway to Vatnahalsen*. In addition to the world’s most beautiful railway line, which offers constant breathtaking views of wild gorges and snow-capped peaks, you will enjoy cultural insights during your cruise through the fjord landscape* to Vik. From the wide Storfjord, the shores become more and more spectacular, culminating in the astounding Geirangerfjord: a gigantic amphitheatre of steep rock faces with the famous “Seven Sisters” and “Bridal Veil” waterfalls. The winding journey up to the Dalsnibba* will reward you with sensationally clear views at almost 1,500 m. Enjoy the expanse, the calm and the fresh air from a different perspective on a kayak trip in the Geirangerfjord*.
| Mon, 27.06.2016 |
Relaxation at sea
| Tue, 28.06.2016 |
Lofoten (Leknes, cruise in Trollfjord)
The Lofoten island group also offers great panoramic views. High mountains contrast with small bays and idyllic fishing villages. From Leknes, intensify your impressions with crafts and history on Lofoten* or with some deep-sea fishing in the Lofoten waters* – even if you don’t catch any cod or salmon, you’re guaranteed to be captivated by the region’s charming ambience. Cruising in the Trollfjord, whose mouth is just 100 m wide, is a spectacular experience. With luck, you will spot sea eagles hunting for fish.
| Wed, 29.06.2016 |
Honningsvag, arrival approx. 22.00 hrs
In Honningsvag, you will reach the northernmost point on the European mainland: a bus transfer to North Cape* will take you to the towering slate plateau, resplendent in the midnight sun. Cruising off the cape is just as impressive, and will get you in the mood for the thrilling adventures that await you on the HANSEATIC.
| Thu, 30.06.2016 |
Honningsvag, departure approx. 4.00 hrs
| Fri, 01.07.2016 |
Relaxation at sea
| Sat, 02.07.2016 |
- Thu, 07.07.2016
Circumnavigation of Spitsbergen (including Ny-Alesund, Moellerhafen, Magdalenefjord, Moffen, Liefdefjord, Alkefjellet, cruising through the Hinlopen Strait, Augustabukta, cruising through Freeman Sound, Cape Lee, Hornsund)
Spitsbergen: spectacular all round
| Fri, 08.07.2016 |
Longyearbyen/Spitsbergen/Norway, arrival 6.00 hrs
* The shore activities are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage. Subject to changes.
** Depending on the flight schedule, it may be necessary to change the destination airport for the return flight.
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.
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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:
POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: OVERNIGHT STAY IN DUESSELDORF
YOUR PRIVATE TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS – HAMBURG
A geology specialist in the team of experts
A passionate geoscientist, Heike Fries has been providing detailed insights into the world of glaciers for many years. Join her on a geological journey and examine the origins of these drifting ice giants.