If you book this cruise in combination with the cruises BRE1914 and BRE1916 to experience the circumnavigation of the Arctic, you can benefit from a reduced cruise price and other specials. You can find more information here.
Charter flight from Hanover to Kangerlussuaq
Kangerlussuaq/Greenland, departure 21.00 hrs
Relaxation at sea
Western coast of Greenland (Ilulissat, Disko Bay, Uummannaq, Storoen)
The western coast of Greenland is the perfect precursor to numerous natural spectacles on your expedition. Marvel at the glacier in Ilulissat – an enormous natural wonder. Go on a hike to the ice fjord and see the amazing glittering ice masses that gather here – a great way to set the mood for the famous Disko Bay. Countless icebergs drift slowly through the shimmering water here – and you will be right in the thick of it in the Zodiacs. The facades of the colourful wooden houses in Uummannaq are a striking contrast to the icy blue panorama. One of Greenland’s most beautiful settlements, it is situated at the foot of a heart-shaped mountain over 1,000 m (3,280 ft) high. Visiting Storoen, by contrast, seems almost like landing on Mars. This desert isle glows in various shades of red – ideal terrain for an excursion with your experts to learn about Greenland’s geology.
Relaxation at sea
Adventure in the Northwest Passage – from Lancaster Sound to the Beaufort Sea (via destinations including Devon Island, Beechey Island, cruising in Peel Sound, Prince of Wales Island, Somerset Island, cruising in the Victoria Strait, Jenny Lind Island, Victoria Island, Smoking Hills)
The excitement on board will build as the Northwest Passage now stretches off into the distance before you. Add your own chapter to the chronicle of a fascinating legend, where great pioneers once made history. On this fabled sea route, you will immerse yourself in history as you follow in the footsteps of daring explorers. It wasn’t until the beginning of the 20th century that Roald Amundsen navigated the entire Northwest Passage.
To this day, this part of the Arctic is steeped in mystical tales. In recent years, the effects of climate change have become increasingly evident on this once impenetrable sea route. What will your cruise be like? The route – unpredictable and spectacular– is the destination. It’s an adventure in which you yourself are the explorer as you press on through icy waters on the BREMEN. The expedition territory is also perfect for the Zodiacs. Explorations and trips ashore in this region – for example, on Devon Island, the largest uninhabited island on the planet – are only possible with the expedition rubber boats. Gigantic glaciers line the coast, where you could spot musk oxen, Arctic hares and maybe even your first polar bears. Time and again, the team of experts accompanying you will share their in-depth knowledge. When you visit the remains of a settlement, for example, they will use the opportunity to provide fascinating insights into the history of the Inuit. From here, you will head ever deeper into the heart of this legendary passage. Where will the captain and crew suddenly change course to allow you the best views of the scenery and wildlife?
Throughout the cruise, the BREMEN will follow in the wake of famous explorers who gave their names to many of the places along the way. Today, the hardships of earlier expeditions have given way to comfort and safety on the BREMEN. But the sense of adventure remains – on Beechey lsland, for example, where the experts will tell you all about historical events surrounding the Northwest Passage. Around 170 years ago, in 1845, three members of the Franklin expedition were laid to rest here. The remaining team members disappeared without trace. Enriched by unforgettable moments, while cruising in Peel Sound you will set out on Zodiac rides – weather and ice permitting – into the habitat of whales and seals, which may suddenly surface when you least expect it. You could also hear the cry “Polar bear spotted!” at any time. This magnificent strait of water is often covered in pack ice, which the “King of the Arctic” wanders along while searching for food. Tranquillity, wide expanses and the clear Arctic air will also feature as you walk the tundra on Prince of Wales Island.
The further the BREMEN goes into the labyrinth of islands and ice, the closer you will feel to the first explorers all those years ago. Their pioneering deeds will be brought to life in places such as Somerset Island. In 1848, James Clark Ross landed here on the search for the missing Franklin ships. As the ship heads for Victoria Strait, the dramatic scenery will reflect the moving history of this area. The Franklin expedition came to an end at the entrance to this strait, when the ships Terror and Erebus became ice bound. The fascination on the water continues on land: on Jenny Lind Island, for example, you will keep an eye out for reindeer in the tundra landscape. On Victoria Island you can learn about local culture. Cambridge Bay was the meeting point for the “Copper Eskimos” – famous for their skills in making copper tools from the local metal. Together with the experts accompanying you on the cruise, you will also lift the veil on the Inuit culture in the settlement of Holman, which provides insights into arts and crafts. Franklin Bay is characterised by the history of Franklin the explorer and the phenomenon of the Smoking Hills. Their layers of rocks containing pyrite have been burning for centuries, shrouding the coast in clouds of smoke.
Relaxation at sea
Relaxation at sea
Alaska/USA (Barrow, Point Hope)
Barrow, the northernmost city in the USA and one of the northernmost in the world, also has links to the giants of the sea. Pods of whales swim by every summer, and with a little luck, you will be able to observe them from the deck. The dune-like earth igloos of Point Hope are made partly out of whale bones. Here, on the coast of the Chukchi Sea, you will be able to look back over the many sights you have seen and experiences you have had on this varied expedition. The legend of the Northwest Passage will now be enhanced by your very own personal chapter. A cruise that will provide you with vivid memories and fascinating tales for years to come.
Relaxation at sea
Nome/Alaska/USA, arrival 6.00 hrs
Charter flight to Vancouver
Overnight stay with breakfast
Scheduled flight from Vancouver to Germany
Arrival in Germany
Important note on this expedition:
this expedition through the Northwest Passage is a very difficult cruise to plan, organise and sail. It is characterised by a great natural experience in an extremely remote region. All of our experience and careful preparation notwithstanding, the actual itinerary heavily depends on the local conditions. A change in itinerary may become necessary, primarily due to the weather and ice but also perhaps due to official guidelines. We will, of course, do everything in our power to ensure that this cruise takes place as advertised, but wish to inform you of the expeditionary nature of this cruise and the flexibility this requires. The captain will decide on the best-possible alternative depending on local conditions.
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.
The following programmes are offered in German:
Explore your cruise destinations on a more personal basis as a couple – ideal for all those who don’t want to be part of a group. The excursions in the programmes are accompanied by a local tour guide who will be happy to attend to your individual wishes. There will also be enough time and space for your own activities. Transfers are exclusively by private car with private drivers. Prices for solo travellers or groups of three or more are available on request.
Our popular pre- and post-cruise programmes include a broad spectrum of excursions and are usually accompanied by experienced Hapag-Lloyd Cruises tour guides. Recommended for guests who like to share their experiences with a group of like-minded travellers. Explore specially selected highlights of your holiday destination and enjoy the convenience of group travel – we will take care of the transfers, excursions and overnight stays.
They still exist – those blank spots on the map. Places where you feel like the first explorers as you set foot on deserted territory. The Arctic: a destination for pioneers, a landscape of natural extremes and a unique habitat for diverse wildlife. North of the Arctic Circle, discover the true meaning of the term “natural adventure” as you embark on an incredible first-of-its-kind cruise.
So that you can experience the Arctic in all its fascinating glory, the BREMEN is combining its Northwest Passage and Northeast Passage cruises in one season – for the first time ever. The ship will circumnavigate the Arctic from Tromsoe to Bergen via Spitsbergen and Greenland. Small, manoeuvrable and with a shallow draught and the highest ice class for passenger ships (E4): the BREMEN is in its element here. We have used our extensive experience to plan this extraordinary expedition, which will write a new chapter in seafaring history.
Whether you opt for the complete circumnavigation of the Arctic in 72 days or one of the three individual cruises, you can be a part of this epic adventure and join the ranks of the great pioneers.
Your extra advantages when booking your circumnavigation of the Arctic