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HANSEATIC inspiration - from Reykjavik to Longyearbyen

Expedition Iceland and Spitsbergen - polar fascination

HANSEATIC inspiration - from Reykjavik to Longyearbyen
Cruise INS2245
16.06.2022 - 04.07.2022 (18 days)
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    Cruise
    INS2245
    Cruise dates
    16.06.2022 - 04.07.2022

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    • Both sides of the Arctic Circle: two Arctic worlds combined on one cruise
    • Rapturous pristine beauty: marvel at volcanoes, waterfalls and glaciers
    • Home of the polar bears: with a little luck, you might spot Ursus maritimus on Spitsbergen
    • A summer full of life: a good chance of seeing puffins, whales and walruses
    • Hikes in a landscape of natural contrasts: craggy and mountainous, vast and icy
    • Experts share background information and provide knowledgeable commentary on fascinating passages


    Expedition
    International cruise
    This is an international cruise (on-board languages: German and English) [Read more]
    Price specials
    • 50% reduction on the regular cruise-only price incl. charter flight (for double occupancy, valid for Cat. 1 – 10)
    • Note: Our website shows the starting prices with the reduction applied already
    • Single travellers pay no surcharge (Cat. 1 – 8) on the regular cruise-only price
    • Offer cannot be combined with other discounts

    The highlights of this cruise

    Your ship - HANSEATIC inspiration

    The new expedition class

    The naming ceremony of the HANSEATIC inspiration took place in Hamburg on 11 October 2019. Together with its structurally identically sister ships HANSEATIC nature (2019) and HANSEATIC spirit (2021), the small and state-of-the-art expedition ship explores remote destinations and visits the world’s most fascinating natural landscapes on challenging routes.

    The new expedition class – which offers space for a maximum of 230 guests (or 199 guests on Antarctic cruises and Spitsbergen circumnavigations) – sets standards in terms of variety, comfort and personal space. This is why our ship has more open deck space than any other expedition ship. Find out more! HANSEATIC inspiration was launched in October 2019.

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    Your cabins & suites on HANSEATIC inspiration

    Outside Cabin
    • approx. 22 m²/237 ft² cabins on Deck 4, 5 and 6
    • Heated wall in the bathroom
    • Rain shower
    • Free mini bar (soft drinks)
    • Coffee machine
    • Separable beds
    • 24-hour cabin service
    Panoramic Cabin
    • approx. 21 m²/226 ft² Cabins on Deck 5
    • Heated wall in bathroom
    • Rain shower
    • Free mini bar (soft drinks)
    • Coffee machine
    • Separable beds
    • 24-hour cabin service
    • There is one cabin with fully accessible layout and equipment (cabin 404)
    French Balcony Cabin
    • approx. 21/23 m² (226 ft²/248 ft²) Cabins on Deck 6 and 7
    • Heated wall in the bathroom
    • Rain shower
    • Free mini bar (soft drinks)
    • Coffee machine
    • Separable beds
    • 24-hour cabin service
    Balcony Cabin
    • approx. 27 m²/291 ft² Cabins incl. balcony (approx. 5 m²/54 ft²) on Deck 5, 6 and 7
    • Heated wall in the bathroom
    • Rain shower
    • Free mini bar (soft drinks)
    • Coffee machine
    • Separable beds
    • 24-hour cabin service
    Junior Suite
    • approx. 42 m²/452 ft² Suites on Deck 6 and 7
    • including private balcony (approx. 6 m²/65 ft²)
    • Separate living and sleeping areas
    • Separate dining area
    • Sleeping area with panoramic view
    • Separable beds
    • TV in living and sleeping areas
    • Bathroom with two sinks and rain shower
    • Steam sauna in shower area
    • Heated wall in bathroom
    • Free mini bar with a selection of spirits
    • Coffee machine
    • 24-hour cabin service
    • Butler service
    Grand Suite
    • approx. 71 m²/764 ft² Suites on Deck 6 and 7
    • including private veranda (approx. 16 m²/172 ft²) with space heaters
    • Separate living and sleeping areas
    • Separate dining area
    • Sleeping area with panoramic view
    • Separable beds
    • TV in living and sleeping areas
    • Daylight bathroom with two sinks, free-standing bath, rain shower and veranda access
    • Steam sauna in shower area
    • Heated wall in bathroom
    • Separate toilet
    • Free mini bar with a selection of spirits
    • Coffee machine
    • 24-hour cabin service
    • Butler service
    • Fixed table reservation in the main restaurant, if desired
    • Free choice of Zodiac group
    Cruise
    INS2245
    Cruise dates
    16.06.2022 - 04.07.2022

    At anchor

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    Optional bookable
    Thursday, 16.06.2022

    Scheduled flight from Germany to Keflavik
    Journey to Reykjavik/Iceland

    Thursday, 16.06.2022

    Reykjavik/Iceland, departure 19.00 hrs

    Friday, 17.06.2022

    Olafsvik/Iceland

    In Iceland, where impressive natural spectacles allow you to experience the wonder of creation, humans are just the supporting cast. This is strikingly underlined as soon as you reach Olafsvik. On a tour of the Snaefellsnes peninsula*, uncover the secrets of the beautiful and dramatic landscape.

    Saturday, 18.06.2022

    Heimaey/Westman Islands/Iceland

    Your exciting circumnavigation begins with the Westman Islands. In 1973, the Eldfell volcano erupted on Heimaey, the largest island, covering it in lava streams. Take a scenic flight above volcanoes and waterfalls* and see the black fields stretch out below you, combining with the icy blue and the white of the glaciers to form a sea of colour.

    Sunday, 19.06.2022 to
    Tuesday, 21.06.2022

    Iceland’s east coast (cruising through the eastern fjords, Seydisfjordur, Bakkagerdi )

    Marvel at Seydisfjordur, located at the end of a fjord surrounded by snow-capped peaks. The historic wooden buildings will provide great photo opportunities as you take a walk. The flourishing plant variety in the Vestdalur Valley* is an enchanting sight. 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 over Borgarfjordhur and the bird-inhabited cliffs where countless puffins learn to fly.

    Wednesday, 22.06.2022 to
    Friday, 24.06.2022

    Iceland’s north coast (Husavik , Akureyri, Hrisey , Grimsey )

    Husavik is the European capital of whale watching*. Will you manage to spot humpback whales, porpoises and dolphins in the ice-blue bay? Heading ashore, the waterfalls of the north* are a wonder to behold – for example Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall cascading around 45 m (148 ft). A hike in Asbyrgi Canyon* will take you across the rocky horseshoe-shaped basin. While the myth says that an enormous horse made this impression in the earth, the canyon was probably hollowed out by icefalls. Akureyri, a northern gem at the end of the 90 km (56 mi.) long Eyjafjordur, is home to the writer Jon Sveinsson and your gateway to majestic nature. A hike on Mount Sulur* allows you to experience Iceland’s vastness and feeling of freedom with every step. Green meadows alternate with rocky terrain, filled with watercourses fed by the melting snow. At the peak, enjoy a legendary view of Iceland’s longest fjord. A flight over the volcanic landscape* will reveal the staggering dimensions of Iceland’s largest lava field and the mighty Vatnajokull glacier. Or opt to be carried through this idyllic landscape on small island inhabitants known for their friendly character: riding Icelandic horses* will introduce you to these lovely creatures and show you how comfortable they are to ride with their special tolt gait. Will the next day’s weather allow you to land on the small island of Hrisey? Once ashore, this dreamy piece of earth tells of life in the home of the rock ptarmigan. Your knowledge will keep pace with these new impressions as you gain fascinating insights into the Viking history, wildlife and geology of the volcanic island of Grimsey. The island lies right on the Arctic Circle. Passing it is a special moment for seafarers.

    Saturday, 25.06.2022

    Passing Jan Mayen/Norway

    Passing the island of Jan Mayen, which is three-quarters glaciated, the HANSEATIC spirit will head further north to your next spectacular destination.

    Sunday, 26.06.2022

    Relaxation at sea

    Monday, 27.06.2022 to
    Sunday, 03.07.2022

    Spitsbergen (Hornsund, Prins Karls Forland, Magdalenefjord, Liefdefjord, Raudfjord, Amsterdamoya, Ny-Alesund, Alkhornet)

    Untouched wilderness and deep fjords: thrilling days lie ahead on the coast of Spitsbergen – home to whales, Arctic foxes, walruses and the king of the Arctic, Ursus maritimus. The Hornsund cuts deep into the land, as though the archipelago were welcoming you to its beauty with thrilling views. Vast stretches of coastline alternate with glaciers and striking peaks in the 25 km (15.5 mi.) long fjord. The many years of polar experience offered by our captain and crew mean that you can explore the many wonders of Spitsbergen in exceptional detail. They will always react flexibly and spontaneously to capture unforgettable moments depending on the weather and ice. For example, bringing the ship about if you are lucky enough to hear a cry of “Polar bear spotted!” Overwhelming wildlife encounters might also await you on the small island of Prins Karls Forland, where imposing walruses often gather in herds. The scenes at the Magdalenefjord leave no doubt that the nature of the far north will take your breath away. In good weather, the silhouette of the mountains around the Liefdefjord against a blue sky merges with its mirror image in the water to form a surreal still-life painting. Here, the Monacobreen provides a striking conclusion to your many expedition experiences on both sides of the Arctic Circle. The palpable effects of the Gulf Stream pave the way to the Raudfjord, the archipelago’s most northerly fjord. In certain lights, the mountains take on shades of reddish brown. Amsterdamoya is home to historic man-made relics: the remains of 400-year-old ovens bear witness to the whalers who once cooked blubber here to make lamp oil. Ny-Alesund combines the pioneering spirit of the past and present – it was here, in 1926, that Roald Amundsen and Umberto Nobile set out for the North Pole in an airship. In Alkhornet, imposing limestone cliffs that form the breeding grounds for thousands of guillemots and other bird species await. With a little luck, you might see some Arctic foxes and polar bears, too. Your expedition may come an end here, but these exceptional experiences will stay with you forever.

    Monday, 04.07.2022

    Longyearbyen/Spitsbergen/Norway, arrival 7.00 hrs
    Charter flight from Longyearbyen to Hanover**

    * The organised shore activities are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage. You will receive details prior to departure. All shore activities (organised and individual) may be cancelled by Hapag-Lloyd Cruises at short notice, depending on the given developments at the time of the cruise.
    ** Depending on the flight time, an extra night (at extra cost) in an airport hotel may be required for your departure.

    Cruise
    INS2245
    Cruise dates
    16.06.2022 - 04.07.2022

    HANSEATIC inspiration - The new expedition class

    HANSEATIC inspiration

    How do you combine exciting adventures with the utmost comfort? Our new expedition class has the answers. Enjoy first-class service and unforgettable moments in the world’s most spectacular regions – in the company of a small group of no more than 230 guests (or 199 guests for Antarctic expeditions and circumnavigation of Spitsbergen).

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    Cabins & Suites

    In the HANSEATIC inspiration cabins and suites, curved lines, natural colours and premium materials come together in a harmonious room concept that promises – and delivers – pure relaxation.

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    Restaurants & Bars

    Come with us on a culinary voyage of discovery around the globe: on board, three spacious first-class restaurants create a unique and indulgent combination of expedition spirit and international gourmet cuisine. Spend your days and evenings however you wish thanks to flexible mealtimes, a free choice of seating and attentive 24-hour cabin service.

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    Fitness & Wellness

    A breathtaking Zodiac ride, a challenging hike, a day in the Arctic ice – then close your eyes, feel the heat and indulge your senses. Align your inner compass with total well-being – whether in the ocean-view sauna of the OCEAN SPA, with a relaxing massage or with a workout in the Sports Club.

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    Knowledge on board

    Your shore excursions and Zodiac rides will be accompanied by countless natural wonders that will leave you speechless. But to see the bigger picture, you need to understand the background. The HANSEATIC inspiration takes your expedition to the next level with fascinating presentations, personal studies in the Ocean Academy and the perfect equipment for the research trip of your life.

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