Enjoy savings when you extend this cruise to include HAN1717 (applies to categories 2 – 7).
Charter flight from Duesseldorf** to Kangerlussuaq
Kangerlussuaq/Greenland, departure 14.00 hrs
Western coast of Greenland (Qeqertarsuaq, Eqip Sermia Glacier, Ilulissat, Disko Bay, Sisimiut, Evigedsfjord, Nuuk)
Wonders of the Arctic region
Greenland leaves nobody cold: your expedition will provide a particularly intensive experience of the world’s largest island. In the magical Arctic light, the wonders of the west coast will first be illuminated north of the Arctic Circle. On Disko Island, step through a whalebone gateway in Qeqertarsuaq and enter a world traditionally shaped by hunting and fishing. Together with your experts, explore the bizarre basalt coast, where the immigrant peoples discovered rich fish stocks thousands of years ago. The Inuit have their kayaks; you have the HANSEATIC and its Zodiacs. But the only things you will be hunting are outstanding photo opportunities. Again and again, the robust inflatable boats will take you to places otherwise difficult to reach – for example, on the opposing banks of the Eqip Sermia Glacier. The sight of its ridge, around 7 km long (4 mi.), will take your breath away. Another eternal scene can be found in Ilulissat when the glacier calves in the world-famous ice fjord. On a hike with your experts, enjoy the glittering, shimmering ice masses, which form a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site. This will set the scene for an even more moving scene in Disko Bay: while cruising or on a Zodiac ride, marvel at the gigantic icebergs drifting slowly through the bay. In Sisimiut, where the remarkable old town seems like a museum village, the oldest settlement traces date back over 4,000 years, deep into the Saqqaq culture. Join your experts to hike over rocks and through tundra to relics from the whaling era. The Evigedsfjord joins the HANSEATIC route for the first time. Here your day will centre around the magnificent glacier landscape. The captain and crew will react flexibly to offer the best possible experiences. Further south, past and present meet. In the capital, Nuuk, history is reflected in the colonial harbour, modernity in its centre. Exhibits at the national museum show how the Inuit adapted to the extremes of nature in times gone by – traditions that continue in the country’s present-day culture.
Southern coast of Greenland (Arsukfjord, Hvalsey, Alluitsoq, Unartoq)
Your expedition then takes you to the Arsukfjord. In Greenlandic, “Arsuk” means “beloved place” – a name that also applies to Darwin Hall on board the HANSEATIC, where the experts’ fascinating presentations will bring you closer to the roots of Greenlandic culture. Ashore, hike through the tundra to explore its autumnal colours; with luck, you might see some musk oxen. Here you can also gain an insight into the era of mining, and – with luck – find yourself some cryolite and siderite souvenirs. You will understand why Erik the Red named the island “green land” when he arrived here in the 10th century: banned from Iceland, he was greeted by deep fjords and fertile valleys. According to the tales, the settlement of Hvalsey was also built by the Norse. The ruins of a Viking church, possibly the country’s most significant, bear witness to their presence. At the end of the 18th century, Alluitsoq offered fertile ground – cultivated by the Inuit to this day – to the Moravian missions. Immerse yourself in nature: bathe in the geothermal springs at Unartoq and enjoy a relaxing view of the iceberg panorama.
Passage through Prins Christian Sund (depending on ice)
Eastern coast of Greenland (Skjoldungen Sound)
In the early autumn, the ice shield on the coast of east Greenland opens up to provide rare insights – for example, in Skjoldungen Sound, which is surrounded by glaciers. With a little luck you will see whales here, while the colourful tundra invites you for a hike following a Zodiac landing. Images of Greenland that will resonate with you for a long time to come.
Relaxation at sea
Iceland (Isafjoerdur, Hesteyri , Arnarstapi )
Iceland’s original side
High in the north, where the Arctic Circle touches the island, the fascination of the western fjords* develops from Isafjoerdur and beyond. A deeply grooved coast, high mountains and idyllic fishing villages – remote, tranquil, pure Iceland. With its former whaling station and herring factory, the almost deserted community of Hesteyri tells of the hard, isolated lives of its inhabitants. Arnarstapi on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula shows just how much Icelandic life is shaped by fire and ice. Take a jeep tour to Snaefellsjoekull volcano* and marvel at its cone, almost 1,500 m (4,921 ft) high. Jules Verne describes this as the starting point of “A Journey to the Center of the Earth”. Your hike between cliffs and lava fields* will lead you through a geological history book written in stone.
Reykjavik/Iceland, arrival 6.00 hrs
All-day island tour in the Golden Circle
Overnight stay with breakfast
Journey to Keflavik
Scheduled flight from Keflavik to Frankfurt
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:
Our proven pre and post programs cover a wide range of excursions and experiences and are accompanied by experienced Hapag-Lloyd Cruises tour guides. For all travelers who like to share experiences in a group of like-minded people.
Our travel concierge will be pleased to tailor exclusive travel arrangements to your wishes. From trendy design hotels to luxury beach resorts to insider tips for the most exciting metropolises - exclusive recommendations can be found here and at www.hl-cruises.com/travel-concierge. Your travel concierge is available to you before traveling and on board.
* The shore activities are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage. Subject to change.
** Depending on the flight plan, it may be necessary to change the airport of departure (outbound flight).
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.
Even during her studies, Heike Fries was intrigued by the calving glaciers at both of the earth’s poles. A geoscientist, she has been spending summers and winters here since 2001. Her passion for the world of ice will not leave you cold.