Charter flight from Hanover to Longyearbyen
Longyearbyen/Spitsbergen/Norway, departure 19.00 hrs
Spitsbergen (including Moffen, Liefdefjord, Amsterdamoa, Magdalenefjord, Ny-Alesund, Moellerhafen, Isfjord)
Mighty glaciers, deep fjords and a diverse animal kingdom – Spitsbergen will welcome you with fascinating terrain for passionate explorers. With the highest ice class for passenger ships and a crew with many years of polar experience, the HANSEATIC will set off for the pristine wilderness of the northern and western coast. Thanks to the Zodiacs, you will time and again be at the heart of the experience and, with luck, will be able to see polar bears, whales and seals. For example of the small island of Moffen, famous for the large walrus herds that gather on the flat shingle beach. Perhaps you will spot some polar bears on the coast in the Liefdefjord while you marvel at the blue, shimmering ridge of the mighty Monaco Glacier. The uninhabited island of Amsterdamoa offers an almost surreal panorama, where several small lakes have been formed by the glacier. In the Magdalenefjord, follow the trail of whaling history and see the habitat of many different sea birds in Ny-Alesund. The northernmost bar in the world in Moellerhafen and the natural sculpture of the glacier in the Isfjord may take you by surprise.
Relaxation at sea
Passing Jan Mayen
A silhouette that can be seen from afar: Jan Mayen is an active volcano that will get in the mood for the power and magic of Iceland.
Reykjavik/Iceland, from 8.00 to 19.00 hrs
In the middle of summer, the best season for cruising, the HANSEATIC arrives in Iceland. Reykjavik, or “Smoky Bay”, reflects the forces of nature beneath the soil here. The largest volcanic island on our planet is known as the “queen of the elements”. Gain some insights on the trip to see Gullfoss, geysers and Thingvellir – the Golden Circle*, or marvel at the majestic scenery on an aerial tour above the island of fire and ice* or in the crystal clear waters snorkelling between two continents*. Unique experiences to enjoy before the HANSEATIC heads for Greenland.
Relaxation at sea
Eastern coast of Greenland (Ammassalik, Skjoldungen Sound)
A pure expedition feeling will become your constant companion along Greenland’s coastlines. Here the HANSEATIC heads for the seldom-visited eastern coast. This is where you can find Ammassalik: untouched, barely inhabited and a paradise for hikers with its rugged landscape. With a bit of luck, you will see whales on your way. This will also be the case in Skjoldungen Sound, where you will get into the Zodiacs and embark on a hike in the lush tundra.
Passage through Prins Christian Sund (depending on ice)
Western coast of Greenland (Paamiut, Sermilinguaqfjord, Qeqertarsuaq, Disko Bay, Sisimiut)
Another picturesque sight is the old colonial buildings in the harbour at Paamiut on the south-western coast of Greenland, which at this time of year is famous for its large population of humpback and fin whales. Make sure to turn your gaze to the skies: countless guillemots and kittiwakes nest on the steep cliffs of the Sermilinguaqfjord. Steeped in tradition and history, the Inuit culture is not just reflected in the whalebone gateway at Qeqertarsuaq – once a flourishing whalers’ settlement. And then you will see it in front of you – Disko Bay. Countless icebergs drift slowly through the shimmering water – and whether on board the HANSEATIC or the Zodiacs, you will be right in the thick of it. With contrasts such as the traditional and modern, whaling history and nature: the small town of Sisimiut perfectly embodies your Arctic explorer’s dream.
Kangerlussuaq/Greenland, arrival 6.00 hrs
Charter flight from Kangerlussuaq to Hanover
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.
A change in itinerary may be required on this expedition. The captain will decide on the best-possible alternative depending on local conditions.