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Scheduled flight from Germany to Keflavik
Journey to Reykjavik/Iceland
Reykjavik/Iceland, departure 19.00 hrs
The southern and eastern coasts of Iceland (Heimaey, Djupivogur , Seydisfjoerdur, Bakkagerdi )
In Iceland, the hot-and-cold world of contrasts with its inhospitable landscapes, the elemental power of creation is more tangible than almost anywhere else on earth. These will be revealed to you on a spectacular new route: taking you past active volcanoes and craggy islands, through deep fjords and past picturesque villages – for the very first time the HANSEATIC will be circumnavigating this island with its powerful nature. The cruise starts with the Westman Islands, located almost 10 km (6.2 mi.) off the coast of Iceland. Heimaey, the largest of these, was laid waste by a volcanic eruption in 1973. Today, an island tour of Heimaey* will ignite every explorer’s heart. Marvel at the contrasting scenery from a unique perspective on an aerial tour above volcanoes and waterfalls* – carpets of green moss, glacial rivers and Eyjafjallajoekull.
On the main island of Iceland, every day you will be impressed by a succession of powerful encounters with nature in a world of primeval splendour. Such as in the village of Djupivogur, in the region of the seldom-visited eastern fjords. From here, start a glacier adventure to Vatnajoekull* – Iceland’s largest glacier at around 8,000 km² (3,088 mi.²). Another natural record awaits you on the scenic journey to the Joekulsarlon* glacier lagoon*, the largest glacial lake in Iceland.
Your days on the eastern coast of Iceland will be all about adventure. Surrounded by high mountain ranges at the end of a majestic fjord, the village of Seydisfjoerdur is fascinating. Its picturesque, well-maintained wooden houses come from the heyday of herring fishing in the 20th century.
Iceland’s magical side as the “island of mythical creatures and trolls” is revealed in Bakkagerdi. Legend has it that the queen of the elves reigns here over the narrow Borgarfjordur fjord and the mountains rising up to 620 m (2034 ft).
Iceland’s northern coast (Akureyri, Grimsey , Siglufoerdur )
Discover a true pearl of the north at Akureyri, on the shores of the Eyjafjoerdur fjord, which is famous for its diverse botanical gardens. Picturesque impressions reach a high point on a trip to the Godafoss waterfall and Midge Lake*. Legend has it that the Icelanders consigned their pagan idols to the thundering Godafoss waterfall when they converted to Christianity. And the name of Lake Myvatn refers to the swarms of midges that hover over the mystical waters like pulsating clouds of fog and are responsible for the abundance of fish and the diverse bird population. Experiencing the volcanic landscape of Askja from the air* promises a very special experience, covering the “desert of crimes”, caldera and turquoise crater lake. Or you can experience nature up-close when riding Icelandic horses*, which are famous around the world for their friendly demeanour.
Your knowledge will keep pace with these many impressions: the experts provide fascinating insights into topics such as geology, the animal kingdom and the Viking history of Grimsey. The isolated volcanic island with its wonderful basalt columns is a true gem of the Arctic Circle and lies directly on it. Unique in its diversity, large colonies of birds nest on the steep cliffs that plunge into the sea.
The town of Siglufoerdur was made world famous by its own economic miracle known as the “great herring adventure”. The region made its fortune from the arrival of huge shoals of herring: follow the historic trail of the unprecedented economic boom in the world’s former herring-fishing capital.
Iceland’s western coast (cruising off Latrabjarg, Flatey, Stykkisholmur)
Our experts will provide information that cannot be found in any book. Such as when cruising off the famous bird-inhabited cliffs of Latrabjarg, the nesting site for thousands of docile puffins, guillemots and auks.
Your pioneering spirit will also be ignited on the island of Flatey – with its romantic, colourful painted wooden houses, this is home to Iceland’s largest colony of cormorants. Humpback whale, orcas and fin whales may surface at any time and even accompany the HANSEATIC
Find out how Iceland’s history was shaped by fire and ice in Stykkisholmur on the Snaefellsnes peninsula, also known as “Iceland in miniature”. Take a tour of the Snaefellsnes peninsula* and marvel at this 1,500 m (4,921 ft) high stratovolcano blanketed by ice and snow. The gigantic volcano and the beautifully dramatic landscape that surrounds it reveal their secrets on a trip to the Snaefellsjoekull volcano*. In his novel, Jules Verne describes this crater as the starting point of A Journey to the Center of the Earth. Here the picture book of your fascinating cruise through the land of contrasts comes to an end – full of impressions which you will recall time and again after you return home.
Reykjavik/Iceland, arrival 6.00 hrs
Island tour, overnight stay with breakfast
Travel to Keflavik
Scheduled flight from Keflavik to Germany
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.