On board MS HANSEATIC from Kangerlussuaq to Kangerlussuaq
Expedition to the North Pole: pioneers, pack ice and permafrost
On this thrilling premiere expedition on board the HANSEATIC, follow the lifelines of great Arctic explorers – for your personal contribution to polar history. In the kingdom of polar bears, musk oxen, bizarre icebergs and glaciers, a riveting legend full of fascinating history is brought to life.
from Kangerlussuaq to Kangerlussuaq
|Cruise dates:||from 03.08.2017 to 21.08.2017 (18 days)|
|Your ship:||MS HANSEATIC|
18 days cruise only incl. charter flights from € 11,990 per person
| Thu, 03.08.2017 |
Charter flight from Duesseldorf* to Kangerlussuaq
| Fri, 04.08.2017 |
- Sat, 05.08.2017
Western coast of Greenland (Qeqertarsuaq, Uummannaq, Storoen)
Prologue along the western coast of Greenland
| Sun, 06.08.2017 |
Relaxation at sea
| Mon, 07.08.2017 |
- Thu, 10.08.2017
North Canadian Arctic (Baffin Island, Devon Island, Beechey Island, Ellesmere Island)
Adventure in the Canadian Arctic
| Fri, 11.08.2017 |
- Tue, 15.08.2017
Nares Strait (including Pim Island, Hans Island, northern coast of Greenland depending on the ice)
Ice permitting, you will set sail for the Smith Sound between Greenland and Canada, just like all the legendary Arctic explorers before you. In 1909, American polar researcher Robert Edwin Peary travelled through here and the more northerly Nares Strait to become the first person to reach the North Pole. The excitement builds. How far into the territory of the icebreakers can the HANSEATIC actually go? If you succeed in landing on Pim Island, you will feel the drama of the Greely expedition, which fell victim to the icy winter of 1884 on the small, rocky island. With a little luck, you might see some polar bears and walruses here. What this region means today will become clear when passing by Hans Island: Canada and Denmark have been fighting over the island for years – and over future rights for fishing and oil production. At the icy end of the world, the northern coast of Greenland, you will add your own chapter to the history of Arctic exploration. The ice will determine the course of your cruise. Again and again, traces appear of legendary expeditions – such as those of Knud Rasmussen, Robert Edwin Peary and Elisha Kane. In addition to the views from the deck and experiences ashore, your experts will bring the legend of the North Pole to life with historical insights.
| Wed, 16.08.2017 |
- Thu, 17.08.2017
North-western coast of Greenland (including Siorapaluk, Old Thule/North Star Bay, cruising off Cape York)
An exploration chapter beyond Thule
| Fri, 18.08.2017 |
Relaxation at sea
| Sat, 19.08.2017 |
- Sun, 20.08.2017
Western coast of Greenland (Ilulissat, Disko Bay, Sisimiut)
The glacier in the ice fjord of Ilulissat is a colossal natural sculpture. Marvel at the glistening ice masses gathered in the fjord on a hike with the experts. This will put you in the mood for an even greater experience: Disko Bay. When cruising and riding in the Zodiacs, watch the breathtaking sight of the ice formations slowly drifting through the bay. The colourful houses of Sisimiut, founded at the end of the 18th century as a missionary and trading post, provide a contrast to the blue of the ice. On a hike to Tele Island, you will enter the historic territory of an Inuit culture over 4,000 years old. And even if you feel reluctant to return to the present, this expedition will provide you with vivid memories for years to come.
| Mon, 21.08.2017 |
Kangerlussuaq/Greenland, arrival 6.00 hrs
* Depending on the flight schedule, it may be necessary to change the airports of departure and arrival.
A change in itinerary may be required on this expedition. The captain will decide on the best possible alternative depending on weather and ice conditions.
= at anchor
Geologist on the team of experts
How did the glaciers form at the poles? What can rocks, climate data and ice tell us about the evolution of our ecosystems? Geoscientist Heike Fries has the answers. With great passion, she will show you where nature reveals its own history.
A cruise for young explorers
A real adventure: discovering extraordinary regions, intensive experiences of the world and fascinating insights from well-versed experts – the proven expedition concept from Hapag-Lloyd Cruises is also used on cruises for young discoverers. Our experts will impart knowledge and analytical thinking in a varied and entertaining manner suitable for young people. Whether eventful hikes, Zodiac rides, examining specimens under a microscope, a spot of navigation, a course on sailors’ knots or age-appropriate talks, the crew and a renowned expert offer an exciting programme for those aged 10 to 17 years old, awakening young people’s curiosity and encouraging inquiring minds – and giving the entire family an expeditionary experience they will never forget.