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MS HANSEATIC - from Kangerlussuaq to Reykjavik

Expedition to Greenland and Iceland: on both sides of the Arctic Circle

MS HANSEATIC - from Kangerlussuaq to Reykjavik
Cruise HAN1716
09.09.2017 - 24.09.2017 (16 days)
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09.09.2017 - 24.09.2017

Expedition to Greenland and Iceland: on both sides of the Arctic Circle

MS HANSEATIC - from Kangerlussuaq to Reykjavik

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Cruise HAN1716

09.09.2017 - 24.09.2017

16 days (15 days cruise only)

    Set out on an Arctic adventure. The HANSEATIC presents Greenland’s diversity on a special expedition route: look forward to mighty glaciers, vast tundra and deep fjords as well as relics of Inuit and Norse settlements. Your experiences will span the legendary 66th parallel north, the magic of the Arctic, all the way to pristine Iceland.


    Expedition
    Please note that your choosen cruise is conducted in German only. All printed matters are available in German. Nevertheless our crew is fluent in English.

    Price specials - Attractive combination discount of € 400

    Enjoy savings when you extend this cruise to include HAN1717 (applies to categories 2 – 7).

    The highlights of this cruise

    Your ship - MS HANSEATIC

    Magical moments for explorers

    The world's only five-star expedition ship (Berlitz Cruise Guide 2018) combines adventure with excellent comfort. This provides the perfect setting for your extraordinary expedition routes with special facilities and many special on-board details - from the ship's furnishings to the first-class service provided by the crew. With no more than 175 guests on board the HANSEATIC, you can enjoy a sense of well-being with an almost familial character that you will not find any-where else.

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    Your cabins & suites on MS HANSEATIC

    Outside cabin (category 2) with portholes
    • Comfortable: 22 m² (237 sq ft) cabins
    • Ocean view: portholes on the Amundsen Deck
    • Private e-mail account (free of charge), flat screen with Internet access (for a fee), choice of films, Wi-Fi access and DVD player
    • Mini bar: free soft drinks
    • 24-hour cabin service
    Outside cabin (category 3-6) with panoramic window
    • Comfortable: 22 m² cabins
    • Ocean view: panoramic window on the Explorer Deck
    • Private e-mail account (free of charge), flat screen with Internet access (for a fee), choice of films,Wi-Fi access and DVD player
    • Mini bar: free soft drinks
    • 24-hour room service (up to category 6: 24-hour butler service)
    Suite (category 7) with panoramic window
    • Comfortable: 44 m² suite
    • Ocean view: panoramic window on the Bridge Deck
    • Private e-mail account (free of charge), flat screen with Internet access (for a fee), choice of films, Wi-Fi access and DVD player
    • Mini bar: free soft drinks
    • Exclusive: 24-hour butler service

    At anchor - If the ship anchors in open water the ferrying ashore will be done with tenders or Zodiacs.

    Saturday, 09.09.2017

    Charter flight from Duesseldorf** to Kangerlussuaq
    Kangerlussuaq/Greenland, departure 14.00 hrs

    Sunday, 10.09.2017 to
    Thursday, 14.09.2017

    Western coast of Greenland (Qeqertarsuaq, Eqip Sermia Glacier, Ilulissat, Disko Bay, Sisimiut, Evigedsfjord, Nuuk)

    Wonders of the Arctic region
    Greenland leaves nobody cold: your expedition will provide a particularly intensive experience of the world’s largest island. In the magical Arctic light, the wonders of the west coast will first be illuminated north of the Arctic Circle. On Disko Island, step through a whalebone gateway in Qeqertarsuaq and enter a world traditionally shaped by hunting and fishing. Together with your experts, explore the bizarre basalt coast, where the immigrant peoples discovered rich fish stocks thousands of years ago. The Inuit have their kayaks; you have the HANSEATIC and its Zodiacs. But the only things you will be hunting are outstanding photo opportunities. Again and again, the robust inflatable boats will take you to places otherwise difficult to reach – for example, on the opposing banks of the Eqip Sermia Glacier. The sight of its ridge, around 7 km long (4 mi.), will take your breath away. Another eternal scene can be found in Ilulissat when the glacier calves in the world-famous ice fjord. On a hike with your experts, enjoy the glittering, shimmering ice masses, which form a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site. This will set the scene for an even more moving scene in Disko Bay: while cruising or on a Zodiac ride, marvel at the gigantic icebergs drifting slowly through the bay. In Sisimiut, where the remarkable old town seems like a museum village, the oldest settlement traces date back over 4,000 years, deep into the Saqqaq culture. Join your experts to hike over rocks and through tundra to relics from the whaling era. The Evigedsfjord joins the HANSEATIC route for the first time. Here your day will centre around the magnificent glacier landscape. The captain and crew will react flexibly to offer the best possible experiences. Further south, past and present meet. In the capital, Nuuk, history is reflected in the colonial harbour, modernity in its centre. Exhibits at the national museum show how the Inuit adapted to the extremes of nature in times gone by – traditions that continue in the country’s present-day culture.

    Saturday, 16.09.2017 to
    Sunday, 17.09.2017

    Southern coast of Greenland (Arsukfjord, Hvalsey, Alluitsoq, Unartoq)

    Your expedition then takes you to the Arsukfjord. In Greenlandic, “Arsuk” means “beloved place” – a name that also applies to Darwin Hall on board the HANSEATIC, where the experts’ fascinating presentations will bring you closer to the roots of Greenlandic culture. Ashore, hike through the tundra to explore its autumnal colours; with luck, you might see some musk oxen. Here you can also gain an insight into the era of mining, and – with luck – find yourself some cryolite and siderite souvenirs. You will understand why Erik the Red named the island “green land” when he arrived here in the 10th century: banned from Iceland, he was greeted by deep fjords and fertile valleys. According to the tales, the settlement of Hvalsey was also built by the Norse. The ruins of a Viking church, possibly the country’s most significant, bear witness to their presence. At the end of the 18th century, Alluitsoq offered fertile ground – cultivated by the Inuit to this day – to the Moravian missions. Immerse yourself in nature: bathe in the geothermal springs at Unartoq and enjoy a relaxing view of the iceberg panorama.

    Tuesday, 19.09.2017

    Passage through Prins Christian Sund (depending on ice)

    One scenic highlight is the passage through Prins Christian Sund with waterfalls and mighty glaciers that extend to the gleaming turquoise lake.

    Wednesday, 20.09.2017

    Eastern coast of Greenland (Skjoldungen Sound)

    In the early autumn, the ice shield on the coast of east Greenland opens up to provide rare insights – for example, in Skjoldungen Sound, which is surrounded by glaciers. With a little luck you will see whales here, while the colourful tundra invites you for a hike following a Zodiac landing. Images of Greenland that will resonate with you for a long time to come.

    Thursday, 21.09.2017

    Relaxation at sea

    Friday, 22.09.2017

    Iceland (Isafjoerdur, Hesteyri , Arnarstapi )

    Iceland’s original side
    High in the north, where the Arctic Circle touches the island, the fascination of the western fjords* develops from Isafjoerdur and beyond. A deeply grooved coast, high mountains and idyllic fishing villages – remote, tranquil, pure Iceland. With its former whaling station and herring factory, the almost deserted community of Hesteyri tells of the hard, isolated lives of its inhabitants. Arnarstapi on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula shows just how much Icelandic life is shaped by fire and ice. Take a jeep tour to Snaefellsjoekull volcano* and marvel at its cone, almost 1,500 m (4,921 ft) high. Jules Verne describes this as the starting point of “A Journey to the Center of the Earth”. Your hike between cliffs and lava fields* will lead you through a geological history book written in stone.

    Sunday, 24.09.2017

    Reykjavik/Iceland, arrival 6.00 hrs

    Bid farewell to Iceland’s natural wonders in Reykjavik – look back on your many experiences during this expedition with a panoramic view of “Smoky Bay”.

    Show departure travel package
    Optional bookable
    Sunday, 24.09.2017

    All-day island tour in the Golden Circle
    Overnight stay with breakfast

    Monday, 25.09.2017

    Journey to Keflavik
    Scheduled flight from Keflavik to Frankfurt

    Pre & Post-Program for your trip

    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:

    Guided Pre and Post-Programs

    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.

    POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: ICELANDIC IMPRESSIONS

    Your individual Travel arrangements

    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.
    ** Depending on the flight plan, it may be necessary to change the airport of departure (outbound flight).

    A change in itinerary may be required on this expedition. The captain will decide on the best possible alternative depending on weather and ice conditions.

    Geologist on the team of experts

    Even during her studies, Heike Fries was intrigued by the calving glaciers at both of the earth’s poles. A geoscientist, she has been spending summers and winters here since 2001. Her passion for the world of ice will not leave you cold.


    MS HANSEATIC - Your Personal Expedition

    The HANSEATIC

    The world's only five-star expedition ship (Berlitz Cruise Guide 2018) combines adventure with excellent comfort. This provides the perfect setting for your extraordinary expedition routes with special facilities and many special on-board details - from the ship's furnishings to the first-class service provided by the crew. With no more than 175 guests on board the HANSEATIC, you can enjoy a sense of well-being with an almost familial character that you will not find any-where else.

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    Cabins & suites

    Feel at home on the open sea: What could be better than travelling in the most remote regions of the world and yet still feeling right at home? The HANSEATIC’s state-of-the-art cabins and suites measuring 22 m²/237 ft² and 44 m²/474 ft², respectively, ensure that you have plenty of room to enjoy and recall your diverse discoveries and impressions in a relaxed frame of mind. The many details make your cruise especially enjoyable: tasteful furnishings, lighting designed to create a pleasing ambience and a mini bar that is replenished daily with refreshing non-alcoholic beverages free of charge. After all, when your days are thrilling, you need a place to relax.
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    Culinary art, bars & lounges

    Gourmets together: A place in the main restaurant, Marco Polo, is already reserved for your journey into delicious culinary worlds. Discover the creative gastronomic variety and discerning gourmet philosophy of our top chefs against the backdrop of the most beautiful expedition regions. Bistro Lemaire offers a variety of culinary treats - from the breakfast and lunch buffets through to the incomparable "Ethno Dinner", which reinterprets the exotic diversity of various cruise destinations.

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    Experiences & relaxation

    Your time: The HANSEATIC invites you to live out your exploratory urges and spend your time however you wish. Enjoy active relaxation in the fitness room with ocean view or in the whirlpool.

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    Prestigious experts on board

    Room for inspiring moments: Share your impressions with like-minded guests and experts in the Observation Lounge with a 180° panoramic view and piano music in the evenings, for example. Explorers will meet in the Explorer Lounge, where the experts will prepare for and follow up on the trips ashore. The Darwin Hall presentation room, where specialists share their knowledge, will also be a focal point. Laptops and microscopes are available for loan and will help you to enhance your experiences.

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    Additional included services

    The cruise price (cruise only) includes, among other things:

    • Expedition in the booked category
    • Full board on the ship (early bird breakfast, breakfast, bouillon, lunch and dinner, afternoon coffee and tea with pastries, midnight snack)
    • All landings or rides in the ship’s own Zodiacs or tenders (potential admission fees or guided tours by local tour guides not included)
    • Experienced experts give lectures, provide in-depth answers to questions about the cruising area and accompany Zodiac landings.
    • Champagne awaits you in your cabin on your day of arrival
    • Mini bar filled with soft drinks in the cabin (refilled daily)
    • Flat screen, DVD player and Wi-Fi service in every cabin; on the HANSEATIC, also access to a private e-mail account as well as an integrated video-on-demand system
    • German ship, cruise and expedition management as well as a German- and English-speaking service crew on board
    • Sending and receiving e-mails (up to 1 MB) free of charge
    • Comprehensive information about the cruise, service handbooks about the flora and fauna of the Arctic and Antarctica as well as expedition maps
    • Information about the port or destination (when available) in the cabin in the form of pocket-size travel guides
    • Depending on the destination, warm parkas and rubber boots as well as snorkelling equipment and Nordic Walking are provided on loan (subject to the destination and subject to availability).
    • Free use of all on-board facilities (except services of the photo shop, hairdresser, massage, boutique, Internet)
    • Harbour and airport fees
    • Travel cancellation insurance, cancellation fee insurance (both only included for guests of the European Economic Area and Switzerland) and bankruptcy insurance.
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