Charter flight from Duesseldorf* to Kangerlussuaq
Kangerlussuaq/Greenland, departure 21.00 hrs
Relaxation at sea
Western coast of Greenland (Uummannaq, Storoen, Ukkusissat, Marmorilik, Kamarujuk Fjord, Upernavik)
Welcome to Greenland, the ice-covered home of the Inuit! Look forward to intensive expeditions that barely seem to end thanks to the midnight sun. In the magical light of the Arctic summer, your expedition will shed light on the most fascinating aspects of the world’s largest island. The astounding creativity of nature will be revealed in Uummannaq: the heart-shaped mountain above the town glows in countless shades of red in the sunlight. This is the fairy-tale backdrop for a hike to “Santa’s summer house” accompanied by experts. When the HANSEATIC glides through worlds of pack ice, whales and seals can appear at any time to put on a special natural show. Just as film worthy is a Zodiac landing on the desert isle of Storoen. Experts will be able to give you some interesting insights into the geological features of this lunar landscape. But all creatures in this region are subordinate to Sedna, the Inuit goddess of the sea. The myths about her have been passed down over generations through tales and songs. A traditional show in the typical hunting and fishing village of Ukkusissat will give you a glimpse of these stories. The natural scenery speaks for itself with interesting rock formations and a delightful panorama in Marmorilik at the end of the Kamarujuk fjord – until 1990 a mining site for marble, lead and zinc. In Upernavik the colonial buildings in the world’s most northerly open-air museum are a reminder of the whaling era. What once served as the women’s boat – the umiak – is your Zodiac (you will be able to view one of these boats here) and will allow you to capture an array of special perspectives.
North-western coast of Greenland (Baffin Bay, Parker Snow Bay, Old Thule/North Star Bay, Qaanaaq, Siorapaluk, cruising off Cape York)
In the north of Greenland, the HANSEATIC reaches mythical regions in the glistening ice, which are only seldom visited by ships. Depending on the ice, you will discover an impressive world of glaciers on a journey through Parker Snow Bay. Polar researcher Knud Rasmussen must have seemed to have been sent from heaven back in 1909 when he founded a missionary station at North Star Bay and later Old Thule, the world’s most northerly trading post. He began many expeditions from Qaanaaq, which was moved during the Cold War to make way for a US airbase. Then as now, huskies – like those you will meet in Siorapaluk – are essential for transport. The most northerly settlement in the country also has the most northerly post office – with a coveted postmark. When you cruise off Cape York, a memorial preserves the legacy of the American explorer, Robert Edwin Peary, who set out on his North Pole expedition from here.
Western coast of Greenland (Kangersuatsiaq, Saqqaq, Eqip Sermia Glacier, Ilulissat, Disko Bay, Sisimiut)
On a Zodiac ride, you will feel a true sense of discovery: mighty icebergs impress with unforgettable panoramas, which continue as you reach Kangersuatsiaq. For the first time, the HANSEATIC will be visiting this tiny island in the Upernavik archipelago – a typical Greenlandic spot where life revolves around hunting and fishing. Saqqaq also shows its “sunny side” – the translation of its name – with a picturesque cityscape surrounded by a wonderful backdrop of icebergs. Each day will bring new adventures and fascinating experiences. Such as on an evening cruise off the Eqip Sermia glacier, which seems almost magical in the light of the Arctic sun. You will get up-close in the Zodiacs and marvel at the ridge about 7 km (4.3 mi.) in length. Lively Ilulissat is the starting point for hikes to the world-famous Icefjord, a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site since 2004. Disko Bay offers one of Greenland’s most beautiful and spectacular natural wonders with gigantic ice masses towering before your eyes. Watching from the Zodiacs, it seems almost unreal as the drifting icebergs perform their magical “water ballet”. Impressions that will stay with you until you reach the second-largest city in the country: Sisimiut, formed at the end of the 18th century as a missionary and trading post and now famous for its high quality of life. From here, you will start out on a hike to Tele Island and enter the historical territory of Inuit culture in a picturesque bay where whales were brought on shore in the 17th century. And even if you feel reluctant to return to the present, these many Arctic wonders will continue to move you long after you return home.
Kangerlussuaq/Greenland, arrival 6.00 hrs
Charter flight from Kangerlussuaq to Duesseldorf*
* Depending on the flight schedule, it may be necessary to change the airport of departure for the return flight.
A change in itinerary may be become necessary on this expedition to the Arctic. The captain will decide on the best-possible alternative depending on weather and ice conditions.
A true 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... Read more
A true 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 way that is varied, entertaining and suitable for young people. Whether it’s eventful hikes, Zodiac rides, the examination of 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.close