If you book this cruise in combination with the cruises BRE1914 and BRE1915 to experience the circumnavigation of the Arctic, you can benefit from a reduced cruise price and other specials. You can find more information here.
Extend your stay with the subsequent cruise BRE1917 and save € 200 per person. (Applies to categories 1 – 7)
Scheduled flight from Germany to Vancouver
Overnight Stay with breakfast
Travel to Bellingham/USA
Charter flight to Nome/Alaska/USA, departure 17.00 hrs
Crossing the International Date Line (one day will be lost)
Chukchi Peninsula/Russia (Provideniya, Cape Dezhnev )
Northeast Passage adventure – from the Bering Strait to the Barents Sea
An unreachable objective for most ships: the Northeast Passage. Look forward to adventure on this sea route – the exciting cruise through the ice, animal sightings in the pristine wilderness and echoes of historic expeditions. For centuries, the Northeast Passage has fired the imagination of pioneering spirits – from the early explorations by the naval powers England and Holland in the 16th century to the first successful passage by the Swede Adolf Erik Nordenskjöld between 1878 and 1879. Your days on board the BREMEN will be in the shadow of the golden age of Arctic explorers thanks to the exciting expert presentations and because the route intersects their moving life lines. For the first time, the BREMEN will begin its navigation of the Northeast Passage in Alaska, then heading west until it reaches Bergen, Norway. Along the route you will discover a world that has hardly been documented by photographers to date. Instead of relying on vague ideas and myths, you will have the opportunity to see it for yourself close up. On the Chukchi Peninsula, for example, a natural paradise for whales, seabirds and seals. In seldom-visited Provideniya, you will learn what life is like for people here in the far east of Russia when you go ashore with the experts and visit the small museum. At Cape Dezhnev, the most north-easterly point of the Eurasian landmass, Russian history speaks for itself. It may be possible to walk to a monument to the pioneer Semyon Dezhnev, the first to traverse the cape in 1648.
Cruising through the Chukchi Sea, with expeditionary landings on Wrangel Island
Feel a deep connection to pioneers such as Adolf Erik Nordenskjöld and Willem Barents as the BREMEN sets off on its course through the Chukchi Sea. With a little luck, you will hear the cry “Whale spotted!” here, as these waters are home to the giants of the sea. The excitement on board will grow when Wrangel Island appears on the horizon. Will the ship manage to traverse the often thick belt of drifting ice around this UNESCO World Heritage Site? Here you can uncover the most spectacular aspects of nature on a grand scale. On rides and landings with the Zodiacs, you can really experience this raw natural beauty. Numerous bird species nest on the coasts, and walks on the tundra will give you the chance to take in the fantastic mountain massifs and spot reindeer in the vast, silent landscape. This legendary island is also a conservation area for polar bears.
Cruising through the East Siberian Sea and the Laptev Sea/Arctic Ocean, with expeditionary landings (Medvezhy Islands, New Siberian Islands, Cape Chelyuskin)
The East Siberian Sea is where the icy Medvezhy Islands are located: it is the home of the “kings of the Arctic” and the place where they bring their cubs into the world. Land with the Zodiacs and enjoy impressive sights here – and on the New Siberian Islands, where exciting insights into the “adolescence” of polar exploration await you. In 1893, the researcher Fridtjof Nansen allowed his ship to freeze here in order to reach the geographic North Pole by using the natural ice drifts of the Arctic Ocean. You may be able to observe snow grouse and reindeer on these little-researched islands. During the cruise along the Siberian coast through the Laptev Sea, the BREMEN can take full advantage of its status as a small expedition ship with the highest ice class. Only in this way can it manage to pass through the eye of the needle in the Northeast Passage: Cape Chelyuskin, located between Bolshevik Island and the mainland, is known for frequently being blocked by ice. The course thereafter will be determined by the weather and ice.
Cruise through the Kara Sea
Franz Josef Land , Novaya Zemlya
The captain and crew can react flexibly, allowing you to observe intense natural spectacles. After cruising through the Kara Sea, you will always be seeking out the most incredible experiences – taking into account the ice and weather conditions. Thanks to this, you will feel even closer to the pioneers of the Austro-Hungarian Polar Expedition. Whilst exploring the Arctic Ocean in 1873, they happened upon new land which they named after their emperor: Franz Josef Land. Their first sight was today’s Cape Tegetthoff on Hall Island, whose rocky peaks may also point you towards adventure. The explorers first set foot on Wilczek Island, which is now home to the grave of their engineer Otto Krisch. Follow their footsteps and continue your expedition in a truly personal way. Confront the mystery of the geodes, perfect stone spheres up to 3 m (9.8 ft) in diameter, on Champ Island. Hooker Island also promises intense experiences. Enjoy an unforgettable visit to an abandoned Russian Arctic station from the 1930s or view the bird-inhabited cliff known as Rubini Rock up-close. Besides the imposing cliffs and basalt columns, the island is also home to the largest seabird colony in the archipelago. Enjoy other spontaneously arranged highlights in this region.
Following in the wake of Willem Barents, the BREMEN will dare to call at the deep bays of the savage and primeval Novaya Zemlya. As the explorer circumnavigated the island in 1596 on his search for the Northeast Passage, his ship became trapped in the pack ice and the crew was forced to spend the winter there. In geological terms, it is almost identical to the Urals, as it is a northern continuation of this ancient mountain range, which was formed when Europe and Siberia collided. Subject to weather conditions, you can take the Zodiacs and explore on land, where thousands of seabirds brood on the steep cliffs.
Cruise through the Barents Sea/Arctic Ocean
After cruising through the Barents Sea, you will reach Murmansk, the largest city north of the Arctic Circle – and a military exclusion zone until 1991. Here, you can go ashore and explore Murmansk* or uncover the history of the Russian Northern Fleet during a visit to a nuclear-powered icebreaker*.
For those guests who are with us for the entire Arctic circumnavigation, the circle will be closed in Tromsoe, the largest city in the north of the country. Enjoy a truly intensive experience of Tromsoe – the gateway to the Arctic Ocean*. As you look back on your many experiences during this Arctic adventure, you will reach Bergen on Norway’s fjord coast, where the lively charm of Scandinavia will round off your expedition.
Relaxation at sea
Bergen/Norway, arrival 7.00 hrs
Charter flight from Bergen to Hamburg
* The shore activities are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage. Subject to change.
Important note on this expedition:
this expedition through the Northwest Passage is a very demanding 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:
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