Deep forests and sparkling ice: amazing natural spectacles await between Canada’s most famous river and the Greenland Arctic – topped off with a real adventure along the locks.
Scheduled flight from Germany to Toronto
Overnight stay on board
Toronto/Canada, departure 15.00 hrs
Cruising on Lake Ontario
The life motto of the Canada’s Haida Nation couldn’t be more perfect for this expedition: “Learn something new every day.” The small HANSEATIC inspiration makes this possible with a route rich in experiences and a top-class team of experts on board. Leaving Toronto, you’ll get a first sense of the vastness of North America as you cruise on Lake Ontario.
Passage through the Thousand Islands
Lock adventure: day trip through the seven locks of the St Lawrence River
The early-morning passage through the Thousand Islands provides another illustration of the scale here among the hundreds of islands in this watery maze. This is where the enormous river system between the Great Lakes and the Atlantic begins: welcome to the St Lawrence River. An adventure through the locks promises excitement as you watch the ship negotiate seven locks with a height difference of up to 15 m (49 ft) from the spacious decks during the day.
Quebec, from 8.00 to 18.00 hrs
Cruising on the Saguenay Fjord
Saguenay (La Baie)
Tadoussac, arrival 24.00 hrs
Tadoussac, departure 14.00 hrs
Relaxation at sea (cruising on the St Lawrence River and through the Gulf of Saint Lawrence)
Your experts will supply a wealth of information as you cruise on the St Lawrence River and through the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, taking a cultural journey from the early Woodland period to the First Nations and the area’s modern economic significance. Then Newfoundland awaits – a true insider’s tip with particularly unspoilt nature.
Norris Point/Newfoundland, from 8.00 to 18.00 hrs
L’Anse aux Meadows
Imagine the life of Icelandic/Greenlandic settlers here as you explore the excavations at L’Anse aux Meadows independently.
Cartwright in Labrador seems to have been forgotten by the world, although seafarers around 1,000 years ago called its coastlines the “Wonderstrands”.
Relaxation at sea
Southern coast of Greenland (Unartoq, Qassiarsuk)
Western coast of Greenland (fjords of Greenland, Qeqertarsuaq, Ilulissat, Disko Bay, Sisimiut)
The fjords of Greenland will open up a millennia-old book on the history of the earth. The Zodiacs offer a flexible way to explore the deeply carved coastlines against the backdrop of majestic mountain ranges. On Disko Island, enter Qeqertarsuaq through a whalebone gateway leading to a world of colourful houses, kayaks and huskies. Natural wonders await in Ilulissat: enjoy a hike with your experts to the ice fjord with views of the ice masses that gather here. Disko Bay has even more spectacular sights to offer. Glittering sculptures drift through the water – with you at the centre as you cruise or take a Zodiac ride. In Sisimiut, where the old town feels like a museum village, you’ll bid farewell and leave with unforgettable memories of an expedition full of contrasts.
Kangerlussuaq/Greenland, arrival 6.00 hrs
Charter flight from Kangerlussuaq to Germany**
* The shore activities are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage. Subject to change.
** Approximately six months before departure, you will be informed at which German airport the charter flight will land.
The itinerary depends on weather and ice conditions. The described natural experiences and animal sightings are possibilities on these expeditions and are not guaranteed.
The following programmes can be booked.
Please note that our pre- and post-cruise programmes are conducted in German and are charged additionally to the travel package. The prices and conditions for these programmes can be found on the German travel details page and are charged additionally to the travel package. 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.