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HANSEATIC inspiration - from Tromso to Longyearbyen

Expedition Spitsbergen

HANSEATIC inspiration - from Tromso to Longyearbyen
Cruise INS2413
25.06.2024 - 05.07.2024 (10 days)
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    Cruise
    INS2413
    Cruise dates
    25.06.2024 - 05.07.2024

    • Four dates, one destination: experience Spitsbergen’s wilderness on a flexible route and, with luck, complete a circumnavigation
    • Intensive Arctic experiences – with striking mountains, majestic glaciers and bizarre ice sculptures
    • Witness the changing times: learn about climate research and the Svalbard Treaty on hikes with experts
    • A new perspective on the world of icy white: Zodiacs take you into the kingdom of walruses, seals and polar bears
    • Magic of the midnight sun: the summer days have no beginning or end


    Expedition
    International cruise
    This is an international cruise (on-board languages: German and English) [Read more]
    Price specials - Special offer for single travellers

    The surcharge for single travellers on this cruise (Categories 1 – 8) is only 20 %.

    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
    INS2413
    Cruise dates
    25.06.2024 - 05.07.2024

    At anchor

    Tuesday, 25.06.2024

    Charter flight from Germany* to Tromso
    Tromso/Norway, departure 20.00 hrs

    Wednesday, 26.06.2024

    Relaxation at sea

    Thursday, 27.06.2024 to
    Thursday, 04.07.2024

    Adventure in Spitsbergen: highlights and circumnavigation depending on the conditions (including Ny-Alesund, 14th July Glacier, Magdalenefjord, Liefdefjord, cruising through the Hinlopen Strait, Alkefjellet, Palanderbukta, Torellneset, cruising through Freeman Sound, Cape Lee, Hornsund)

    Make a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Spitsbergen. Kindle the myths with your own adventures. Go where few people have been before. Discover a world of fascinating other-worldliness that is still in the spotlight of geopolitics and climate policy. The archipelago of around 400 islands – of which Spitsbergen is the largest – is officially called Svalbard, which means “cold coast”. In this nautically challenging expedition territory, the HANSEATIC inspiration can take full advantage of its small and manoeuvrable design with the highest ice class for passenger ships. The route will be determined by nature and the flexible itinerary will be decided by the weather and ice. Whereas the west coast is navigable almost all year round, the waters in the north are covered with solid sea ice into June some years. If the conditions allow, the HANSEATIC inspiration will forge a path through the fields of drifting ice in the Hinlopen Strait and attempt the circumnavigation. Alternatively, your ship will sail to the ice edge and then explore the west of the archipelago in greater depth.

    Shaped by mighty glaciers, deep fjords and unspoilt wilderness, the icy habitat of polar bears, Arctic foxes, whales and walruses will awaken true feelings of discovery. No two days are the same here. The captain and crew will constantly adapt the route and decide where the Zodiacs will land next. The unpredictable nature and spontaneous reactions create a feeling of pure expedition. Follow in the footsteps of Willem Barents, for instance, who discovered the island group around 400 years ago. The past and present are particularly closely intertwined in Ny-Alesund. In 1926, this was the starting point for the airship Norge, in which the polar explorer Roald Amundsen and airship designer Umberto Nobile became the first people to reach the North Pole. From the 1960s, the world’s northernmost settlement was transformed from a former mining town into an international centre of science with several research stations. Find out the fascinating importance of this place for climate research and weather forecasting on a walking tour with your experts – perhaps you’ll also spot Arctic terns putting on a sensational aerial display. The archipelago’s more than 2,000 glaciers make fascinating research subjects. The spectacular 14th July Glacier is one such specimen. Its gleaming blue edge showcases its untameable natural power as huge chunks of ice break away from it and fall into the sea, thunderously interrupting the silence of the Arctic. Arctic flowers bloom on the nearby slopes, while kittiwakes and thick-billed murres nest on the cliff. The Magdalenefjord is equally impressive. It takes its name from the patron saint of the whalers whose lives are remembered by the historic graves in the glacier fields.

    Mountain peaks frame the Liefdefjord as the majestic, shimmering blue Monacobreen rises at its end. This is a birthplace of icebergs, which begin their journey through the Arctic Ocean from here. Immerse yourself in the awesome experience as you approach the glacier’s edge, which towers up to 40 m (131 ft) in places, and enjoy the best views from the inspiration Walk. There is a good chance of spotting polar bears from the deck at a respectful distance throughout your Spitsbergen expedition. Protected fjords and ice floes off the islands are the preferred habitats and hunting grounds for Ursus maritimus. When a shout goes up of “Polar bear spotted!”, the experienced crew will step in and bring the ship about so that you can enjoy this unforgettable sight.

    If the conditions allow it, you’ll venture forth into the waters of north-east Spitsbergen, where a sense of pure expedition prevails. At only around 1,000 km (621 mi.) from the North Pole, every extra kilometre may be increasingly difficult to negotiate. Will the ice grant a passage through the eye of the needle in the Hinlopen Strait? Pack ice often builds up here, making this a challenging route. The ability to complete a circumnavigation depends on this passage. Will the adventure be successful? If the HANSEATIC inspiration can forge its way safely through the area with its steel-reinforced hull, more days of adventure await on the east coast of Spitsbergen. The captain and officers will constantly look for impressive scenes such as the cliffs of Alkefjellet: the “bird mountain” is inhabited by thousands of birds from numerous species, including thick-billed murres, kittiwakes, glaucous gulls, Arctic terns and eider ducks. The Zodiacs will take you ashore in Palanderbukta on the island of Nordaustlandet, which is largely covered in ice caps. With a little luck, you might spot reindeer, Arctic foxes, Svalbard poppies and purple saxifrage on a hike through the sparse tundra. Walrus herds like to lie on the flat ledges of rock in Torellneset. The mighty bulls are a formidable sight even from a respectful distance – they can weigh over 1,000 kg (2,205 lb) and grow to 3.5 m (11.5 ft) in length. Weather and ice permitting, you will pass through the narrow Freeman Sound between Barents Island and Edgeoya. Will a landing in Cape Lee be possible? As you go ashore, you can sense the solitude of the trappers that once lived here or spot some reindeer. However, the sight of surfacing whales beats all of this. These giants of the oceans seek out protected biotopes off Spitsbergen and will happily follow ships that are passing the archipelago from time to time. If you’re lucky, the world’s largest and heaviest creature – the blue whale – will make an appearance. Last but not least, the sight of the edge of the Samarinbreen in Hornsund will become one of your many lasting memories from this cruise – framed by imposing mountains. You’ll now join Barents, Amundsen and modern-day researchers in the hall of fame of Spitsbergen’s explorers.

    Friday, 05.07.2024

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

    * Approximately six months before departure, you will be informed at which German airport the charter flight will take off and 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 crew will endeavour to complete the circumnavigation of Spitsbergen. Circumnavigation is not guaranteed.

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

    Cruise
    INS2413
    Cruise dates
    25.06.2024 - 05.07.2024

    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
    INS2413
    Cruise dates
    25.06.2024 - 05.07.2024
    Cruise
    INS2413
    Cruise dates
    25.06.2024 - 05.07.2024
    Price specials - Special offer for single travellers

    The surcharge for single travellers on this cruise (Categories 1 – 8) is only 20 %.

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