On board MS EUROPA from Kiel to Hamburg

Summer days in the far north

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Where glaciers shimmer in the sunshine and hot springs invite you to bathe in the midst of the volcanic landscape, it is quite easy to leave everyday life far behind you: Iceland will provide you with lasting memories on this cruise, as will Spitsbergen. Zodiac landings open up a scintillating world of Arctic ice. The Lofoten islands are a place to dream of: Enjoy the peaceful atmosphere in the fjords and fishing villages of the stockfish archipelago.


from Kiel to Hamburg

Cruise dates:from 25.07.2016 to 12.08.2016 (18 days)
Your ship: MS EUROPA
Cruise number: EUR1616

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This cruise is operated in German. For individual programmes kindly ask our travel concierge.
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Highlights of this cruise

  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Thingvellir National Park (Iceland)* and the Hanseatic quarter of Bryggen* in Bergen
  • The heritage of the Vikings brought to life – the Shetland Islands
  • The Golden Circle – highlights of Iceland
  • Between glaciers and cliffs – the Arctic beauty of Spitsbergen
  • Vitality at Sea – activity programme and health advice on board

Itinerary

Mon, 25.07.2016

Individual travel arrangements to cruise departure point
Kiel, departure 17.00 hrs

 

Kiel
Hanseatic flair between the Elbe and Alster: explore Hamburg* before beginning your cruise.

 

 

Tue, 26.07.2016

Relaxation at sea

Wed, 27.07.2016

Lerwick/Shetland Islands/Great Britain, 8.30 – 12.30 hrs

 

Lerwick/Mainland/Shetland Islands/Great Britain

The foundations of the largest town on the mainland were laid by Dutch herring fishermen in the 17th century. The Jarlshof excavation site* impressively reveals that the green hills were populated as far back as the Stone Age. Learn more about the fascinating history of a remote world on a walk* through Lerwick.

 

 

Thu, 28.07.2016

Relaxation at sea

Fri, 29.07.2016

Reykjavik/Iceland, 8.30 – 16.00 hrs

 

Reykjavik/Iceland

From the northernmost capital in the world, you travel to the Golden Circle*. Marvel at the mighty Gullfoss waterfall, the hissing geysers and Thingvellir National Park in which one of the first parliaments sat as far back as the year 930 CE. Discover the unique natural beauty of Iceland from the air on a flight over fire and ice*. Experience a breathtaking glacier adventure on a trip* in special four-wheel-drive jeeps over the shimmering blue ice field of the Langjoekull Glacier. Bathing in the warm waters of the Blue Lagoon, in the middle of the bizarre volcanic landscape, promises some exceptional and relaxing moments.

 

 

Sat, 30.07.2016

Akureyri, 12.30 – 20.00 hrs

 

Akureyri/Iceland

Enjoy the panoramic views as the EUROPA enters the Eyjafjoerdur Fjord. Learn more about Iceland’s flora at the Botanical Garden*, whilst the Laufas open-air museum* offers insights into rural 19th-century life. Encounters with the island’s many legends await you at the Godafoss waterfall and around the Myvatn lake*. Yet surely the best way of exploring the country is on the back of a friendly Icelandic horse*.

 

 

Sun, 31.07.2016

Relaxation at sea

Mon, 01.08.2016

Jan Mayen/Norway**, 9.00 – 13.00 hrs

 

Jan Mayen/Norway

On the horizon, the glacial slopes of the Beerenberg can be seen rising up out of the deep-blue ocean. This is the world’s northernmost active volcano above sea level and it is an impressive sight.

 

 

Tue, 02.08.2016

Relaxation at sea

Wed, 03.08.2016
- Fri, 05.08.2016

Spitsbergen,
Landings dependent on weather and ice, e.g. at Ny-Alesund, Moellerhafen, Monaco Glacier,
Moffen, Magdalenefjord, Barentsburg, Pyramiden, Longyearbyen

 

Spitsbergen/Norway

Svalbardi fundinn – or “Cold coast found” – is what the Vikings called as they disembarked on this mountainous island. You can look forward to some exciting sights and landings with an expeditionary spirit as the EUROPA cruises off the west coast in the light of the midnight sun. At the beginning of the 20th century, Amundsen set out from the little village of Ny-Alesund on his expedition to the North Pole. See the historic evidence for yourself in the village museum or send a postcard to your loved ones from the world’s northernmost post office. The next few days will be completely devoted to discovering Spitsbergen’s natural beauty. The mighty Monaco Glacier carves its way through the Liefdefjord and is a great place for a walk on the shimmering icy surface. With a bit of luck, you might hear cries of “walruses ahead” off the tiny island of Moffen and you may be able to glimpse some polar bears against the backdrop of the Magdalenefjord. Cruise past Barentsburg and Pyramiden, both of which are former Russian mining communities, before you explore Svalbard’s capital Longyearbyen at your own pace. The next morning, it is time to leave Spitsbergen, passing Bear Island where you can hear the calls of common murres, puffins and northern fulmars nesting on the steep cliffs.

 

 

Sat, 06.08.2016

Relaxation at sea
Passing Bear Island

Sun, 07.08.2016

Tromsoe, 8.00 – 14.00 hrs

Tromsoe/Norway

Many Arctic expeditions began at the “Gateway to the Arctic Ocean”*. Today the polar museum* is a reminder of these days, and at the Polaria centre*, you can walk through a simulated snowstorm or brave a look inside a polar bear’s den. Visiting the huskies* is another way to enjoy the wildlife.

 

 

 

Mon, 08.08.2016

Leknes/Lofoten, 9.00 – 14.00 hrs

 

Leknes/Lofoten/Norway

Picturesque red fishermen’s huts nestle on the rocky coastline of the “stockfish archipelago”, whilst the salty scent of the sea and dried cod pervades the remote villages – welcome to the Lofoten islands. The charming fishing village of Nusfjord* is particularly idyllic. Would you like to find out more about local traditions? Why not try for a big catch on a cutter*. Or explore the islands in an active way: a walk* up the valley of Tjoerndalen to a height of 350 m will be rewarded by wonderful views.

 

 

Tue, 09.08.2016

Relaxation at sea
Indreleia*** (inside passage)

Wed, 10.08.2016

Bergen, 8.00 – 18.00 hrs

 

Bergen/Norway

Explore the new and old Bergen in Bryggen*, the Hanseatic quarter. The composer Edvard Grieg lived with his wife in Troldhaugen. Enjoy listening to his work at a piano recital*. A beautiful view of the landscape is revealed on a hike* up the local mountain Floeyen, which you can comfortably scale using the cog train.

 

 

Thu, 11.08.2016

Relaxation at sea

Fri, 12.08.2016

Hamburg, arrival 8.00 hrs
Individual travel arrangements from cruise arrival point

 

Hamburg

Experience the metropolis on the Elbe and extend your holiday in Hamburg*.

 

 

* The shore activities are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage. Subject to changes.

** Landing subject to official approval.

*** On the Norwegian mail boat route.

 

= at anchor

= Zodiac landing

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:

EXTENSION – HAMBURG AT YOUR OWN PACE

Vitality at Sea

 

Our Vitality at Sea programme pays special attention to your health. Take part in lectures and courses, which will vary according to each cruise and are offered in conjunction with some well-known partners, and treat yourself to some refreshing downtime far away from everyday life.

 

 


Family cruise – trolls and vikings

On this family cruise, your loved ones will have their very own on-shore programme. Experienced supervisors ensure that special kids’ and teens’ excursions provide an exciting way to explore new places for all junior cruise passengers aged 4 and up. Naturally, we also offer family excursions* tailored to let you and your children explore together. Back on board, the children and their supervisors complete their eventful day by eating together in the Lido Café. If required, a babysitter* can look after your little ones afterwards. To allow you to sleep in peace, we also offer a lie-in service on days at sea: nannies will pick up your children at 8.00 hrs and take them for breakfast. And on days with shore excursions, adjusted supervision times allow you to take part in excursions* without your children.

 

Details of kids’, teens’ and family excursions can be found in the itinerary under the respective ports.

* Subject to a charge.