What is life like in the Greenland Arctic and along Canada’s most famous river? Encounter the wonders of nature in the vast expanse – topped off with an adventure through the locks.
Charter flight from Germany** to Kangerlussuaq
Kangerlussuaq/Greenland, departure 21.00 hrs
Western coast of Greenland (Sisimiut, Ilulissat, Disko Bay, Qeqertarsuaq, fjords of Greenland)
The world’s largest island provides the prologue to your expedition. The HANSEATIC inspiration begins its explorer route in Sisimiut on Greenland’s western coast. Follow in the footsteps of the Saqqaq culture and visit the old town, which resembles a museum village. Hike from Ilulissat to the ice fjord, where glistening ice formations gather. This is just a taste of what awaits in Disko Bay, where glittering sculptures drift slowly through the water – with you at the centre as you cruise or take a Zodiac ride. With its octagonal church and the museum, the settlement of Qeqertarsuaq, which was founded in 1773, tells stories of modern life and the former whaling centre on Disko Island. Your ship will chart a flexible course through the fjords of Greenland amid majestic mountain ranges and the deeply carved coastline. The Zodiacs are put to good use here again. With a little luck, you might spot whales, surrounded by the colossal scenery.
Southern coast of Greenland (Qassiarsuk, Unartoq)
Relaxation at sea
Newfoundland/Canada (L’Anse aux Meadows, Port au Choix, Norris Point)
Away from the usual routes, Canada’s sparsely populated east coast is a real insider’s tip. Newfoundland is an open book of eventful history, ranging from the indigenous people and the Vikings to European explorers. Trace the Icelandic/Greenlandic settlers as you explore the excavations at L’Anse aux Meadows independently. This is followed by a premiere destination for Hapag-Lloyd Cruises: Port au Choix, where you can explore the remnants of ancient cultures with your experts and hike through superb nature. The small town of Norris Point describes itself as a photographers’ paradise. Hiking in Gros Morne National Park* between the mountains and coastline also reveals an array of varied sights with glaciers, fjords and lakes.
Relaxation at sea (Gulf of Saint Lawrence and arrival at the St Lawrence River)
And then a gigantic lifeline stretches out before you: the St Lawrence River, North America’s mighty river system between the Atlantic and the Great Lakes at a length of almost 3,000 km (1,864 mi.). As you travel along the river, the experts on board will tell you all about the history – from the early Woodland period and the First Nations to the current economic significance.
Tadoussac, from 9.00 to 0.00 hrs
Saguenay (La Baie)
Cruising on the Saguenay Fjord
Quebec, from 8.00 to 18.00 hrs
Adventure on the locks: day trip through the seven locks of the St Lawrence River
If you’re looking to take things up a notch, an adventure through the locks on the St Lawrence River is just the ticket. The HANSEATIC inspiration negotiates seven locks with a height difference of up to 15 m (49 ft) – and you can watch this exciting manoeuvre from the spacious decks during the day.
Passage through the Thousand Islands
Cruising on Lake Ontario
Toronto/Canada, arrival 7.00 hrs
Scheduled flight from Toronto to Germany
Arrival in 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 from which German airport the charter flight will take off.
The itinerary depends on official approval, weather and ice conditions. The natural experiences and wildlife sightings described are possibilities on this expedition 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.