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HANSEATIC inspiration - from Hamburg to Longyearbyen

Expedition Norway and north-west Spitsbergen - dreams in the Norwegian Sea beneath the midnight sun

HANSEATIC inspiration - from Hamburg to Longyearbyen
Cruise INS2411
31.05.2024 - 15.06.2024 (15 days)
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    Cruise
    INS2411
    Cruise dates
    31.05.2024 - 15.06.2024

    • A route of rich experiences from the spectacular landscape of Norway to the untouched wilderness of Spitsbergen
    • Pure Nordic nature – with mighty glaciers, thundering waterfalls and deep fjords
    • Unforgettable wildlife watching in the realm of whales, seals, polar bears and hundreds of thousands of seabirds
    • The enchanting midnight sun – marvel at the magical moods of the light at North Cape
    • Active Arctic adventures – explore the regions’ legends and history with hikes after Zodiac landings


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    This is an international cruise (on-board languages: German and English) [Read more]

    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
    • Fixed table reservation in the main restaurant, if desired
    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
    INS2411
    Cruise dates
    31.05.2024 - 15.06.2024

    Friday, 31.05.2024

    Individual travel arrangements to Hamburg, departure 18.00 hrs

    Saturday, 01.06.2024

    Relaxation at sea

    Sunday, 02.06.2024

    Bergen/Norway, from 8.00 to 17.00 hrs

    Your expedition begins where Hanseatic ships once exchanged stockfish for flour and textiles. In Bergen, old merchant houses recall the historical significance of the port city. Follow in the footsteps of the merchants and visit the popular fish market on a bicycle tour of Bergen*. Or enjoy pure nature in the Hardangerfjord* with fascinating insights into fruit-growing in Norway.

    Monday, 03.06.2024

    Geirangerfjord, from 13.00 to 19.00 hrs

    The landscape becomes ever more spectacular, reaching its first highlight in the Geirangerfjord. What stories could the thundering waterfalls tell, with names like “Seven Sisters” and “Suitor”? Sensational clear views await you at Dalsnibba and the “Eagle’s Bend”*. Alternatively, enjoy a hike to the Storseter waterfall* where the water tumbling from a height of 35 m (115 ft) is truly exhilarating. With the amazing natural experiences roaring in your memory, you can look forward to even greater experiences on board the HANSEATIC inspiration on the other side of the Arctic Circle.

    Tuesday, 04.06.2024

    Relaxation at sea

    Wednesday, 05.06.2024 to
    Thursday, 06.06.2024

    Lofoten Islands (Svolvaer, cruising in the Trollfjord, Tranoy )

    Svolvaer will welcome you to the heart of the Lofoten Islands with its deeply carved coastline set against striking mountain ranges. Travel a thousand years back in time on a scenic tour with a visit to the Viking farm*. By contrast, an evening stroll through the little streets will show you what modern life is like in the island group. The next morning, scenes from Norwegian mythology come alive as you cruise in the Trollfjord. The fjord has a mouth just 100 m (328 ft) wide and legend has it that trolls live here. Be captivated by the fantastic views from your front-row spot on the inspiration Walk or the glass balconies. Tranoy is another stunning part of the Lofoten Islands. Take in the expansive view of the Vestfjord and the lofty mountain peaks by exploring independently or on a hike to the lighthouse with the experts.

    Friday, 07.06.2024

    Honningsvag, arrival approx. 16.00 hrs

    The maritime centre of the North Cape region, Honningsvag offers a picturesque contrast between colourful houses and rugged landscapes. Experience the unique atmosphere of the midnight sun, which never sets at this time of year, on the excursion to North Cape*, the most northerly point on the European mainland. Alternatively, embark on a king crab safari* and enjoy some delights cooked over an open fire and served in a typical Sami tent.

    Saturday, 08.06.2024

    Honningsvag, departure approx. 4.00 hrs
    Cruising off North Cape
    Relaxation at sea

    With the special explorer’s highlight of cruising off North Cape, the HANSEATIC inspiration will set sail for a legendary destination in the Norwegian Sea.

    Sunday, 09.06.2024 to
    Friday, 14.06.2024

    Adventure in north-west Spitsbergen: enjoy highlights and travel to the ice edge depending on the conditions (including Hornsund, Ny-Alesund, 14th July Glacier, Liefdefjord (Monacobreen), Raudfjord, Amsterdamoya, Smeerenburgfjord, Prins Karls Forland)

    On Spitsbergen, the unspoilt nature will provide an exceptional adventure in which the captain and crew set a course for new discoveries every day depending on the weather and ice conditions. There will be plenty of opportunities to watch seals, whales, walruses or even the “kings of the Arctic” – polar bears – from the deck at a respectful distance. The Zodiacs will also work tirelessly to take you ashore. In the isolation of Spitsbergen, the HANSEATIC inspiration has no fixed schedule and will only follow the call of the wild and your insatiable expedition spirit. Forge your way along deserted coasts like the great pioneers before you and visit Hornsund, where hundreds of thousands of little auks live on the shores. Remote Ny-Alesund, an international centre for Arctic research, deserves to be immortalised in art. Explorer Roald Amundsen once set out for the North Pole from here. The shimmering blue natural wonder of the 14th July Glacier rises up before you – a sight only likely to be surpassed by the enormous Monacobreen with its edge reaching heights of up to 40 m (131 ft) in the Liefdefjord. The excitement will grow as you find out how far the HANSEATIC inspiration can make it. Guided by the spirit of adventure, you can enjoy getting right up close to the ice edge if the conditions allow. The Raudfjord will surprise you with its colourful accents and mountain slopes that shimmer in a striking red. Explore the whaling history of the 17th century on the stony island of Amsterdamoya and enjoy unique views in the Smeerenburgfjord with its glacial backdrop. The small island of Prins Karls Forland with its large walrus herds is the crowning glory to round off your adventure. This place was one of the first landscapes that Willem Barents discovered in 1596. It is the last destination on your expedition – and one that will also make a polar pioneer of you.

    Saturday, 15.06.2024

    Longyearbyen/Spitsbergen/Norway, arrival 7.00 hrs
    Charter flight from Longyearbyen 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 official approval, weather and ice conditions. The natural experiences and wildlife sightings described are possibilities on this expedition and are not guaranteed

    ---- The ice conditions determine the course here (see map)

    Pre-cruise and post-cruise programmes for your trip

    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:

    Individual travel arrangements

    Our travel concierge would be happy to put together travel arrangements tailored to your very own preferences. Whether you’re interested in boutique hotels, luxurious beach resorts, theatre-ticket reservations or restaurant recommendations in the most exciting cities, you can find exclusive tips here and by visiting www.hl-cruises.com/travel-concierge. Our travel concierge will be at your service before the cruise and when on board, of course.

    YOUR INDIVIDUAL TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS – HAMBURG
    Cruise
    INS2411
    Cruise dates
    31.05.2024 - 15.06.2024

    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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    Cruise
    INS2411
    Cruise dates
    31.05.2024 - 15.06.2024
    Cruise
    INS2411
    Cruise dates
    31.05.2024 - 15.06.2024
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