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HANSEATIC inspiration - from Tromso to Longyearbyen

Expedition Franz Josef Land and north-east Spitsbergen - a premiere with the best of two Arctic worlds

HANSEATIC inspiration - from Tromso to Longyearbyen
Cruise INS2416
25.07.2024 - 11.08.2024 (17 days)
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    Cruise
    INS2416
    Cruise dates
    25.07.2024 - 11.08.2024

    • Premiere and pioneering spirit: two of the most remote island groups in the Arctic combined on one route for the first time
    • Remote uncharted territory: the islands of Storoya and Kvitoya await in the north-east of Spitsbergen
    • Far from civilisation: Franz Josef Land in the Russian Arctic – terra incognita
    • The living Arctic: with luck, watch walruses, polar bears and whales from the deck and see reindeer and polar foxes ashore
    • Active polar exploration – on many Zodiac rides and landings, plus hikes with your experts


    Expedition
    International cruise
    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
    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
    INS2416
    Cruise dates
    25.07.2024 - 11.08.2024

    At anchor

    Thursday, 25.07.2024

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

    Friday, 26.07.2024

    Cruising off North Cape
    Relaxation at sea

    The time has come to write expedition history again. Hapag-Lloyd Cruises is adding another chapter to its story with a new pioneering feat that combines Franz Josef Land with north-east Spitsbergen for the very first time. A challenging route to extremely remote regions – and perhaps also a journey of self-discovery. Your course northwards starts with cruising off North Cape

    Saturday, 27.07.2024

    Bear Island

    On this cruise, nature will dictate the route and the experiences in your explorer’s logbook, as you will find out on Bear Island. Where will the rocky coastline allow you to land? Adventure and spontaneity are a quintessential part of the spirit of expedition on this cruise.

    Sunday, 28.07.2024 to
    Thursday, 01.08.2024

    North-east Spitsbergen (Cape Lee, Palanderbukta, Alkefjellet, Torellneset, Isispynten, Storoya, Kvitoya)

    Cape Lee gives you an insight into the life of former trappers and might even offer glimpses of reindeer. The flexible course heading north is determined by the untouched wilderness. Weather and ice conditions permitting, your ship will sail through the narrow Freeman Sound and unlock the door to further adventures with a passage through the Hinlopen Strait. If a Zodiac landing is possible in Palanderbukta, you can get a feel for the isolation on a hike through the sparse tundra. The Alkefjellet cliffs come alive with thousands of breeding thick-billed murres. Walrus herds like to lie on the flat sandbanks of Torellneset, where you can watch the creatures from a respectful distance. The crew of the HANSEATIC inspiration are always sounding out new ways to explore real uncharted territory with you – and this adventure is no exception. Will it be possible to make the first landing in Isispynten on the remote south-east side of Nordaustlandet? Storoya is another difficult-to-reach place, where you can see many Arctic terns. The most remote island in the archipelago is Kvitoya. Sometimes the odd polar bear will stray here, but humans are a rare sight. You will now join the few to have ventured here – previous visitors include the members of Andrée’s expedition in the 19th century, who are remembered by a memorial.

    Friday, 02.08.2024

    Relaxation at sea

    Saturday, 03.08.2024 to
    Thursday, 08.08.2024

    Franz Josef Land/Russia (Champ Island, Wilczek Land, Apollonov Island, Rudolf Island, Wilczek Island, Hall Island, Bell Island)

    Icy, isolated and remote – a thrilling expedition lies ahead on Franz Josef Land in the Arctic Ocean. The group of islands in the Russian Arctic is unfamiliar and out of reach for most people, but you will explore the archipelago in depth with the HANSEATIC inspiration. Champ Island reveals a geological wonder as you land with the Zodiacs and see the geodes – massive perfectly spherical stones measuring up to 3 m (9.8 ft) in diameter. Visit a former Soviet Arctic station dating back to the 1930s when you land in Tikhaya Bay. Cruising off Rubini Rock will reveal the striking basalt rocks where kittiwakes and thick-billed murres breed between colourful lichens. The glaciated south-east coast of Wilczek Land makes for a spectacular contrast. Apollonov Island is known for the walruses that often rest on its beach. The animals weigh around 1,000 kg (2,205 lb) and make an impressive sight, even from a respectful distance. Only the pack ice and the Arctic Ocean now lie between you and the North Pole as you reach the northernmost destination on your expedition, Rudolf Island. The Payer-Weyprecht expedition landed on Wilczek Island in 1873, having discovered the archipelago. Now you too will follow their footsteps ashore. Massive glacier fronts, interrupted by protruding mountain plateaus, shape the terrain. The weather and ice will determine the course and guarantee unforgettable expedition experiences – including on Hall Island with Cape Tegetthoff. Here and throughout the cruise, you might be lucky enough to spot polar bears. The Zodiacs will take you to rocky needles created by volcanic activity and delicate carpets of moss with the yellow flowers of Arctic poppies. Bell Island takes its name from a bell-shaped mountain. Would you have expected to find the oldest building in the archipelago here? A wooden house built in 1881 in the vast wilderness of stone is a small sign of the civilisation to which you will return with many memories from this grand Arctic premiere.

    Friday, 09.08.2024 to
    Saturday, 10.08.2024

    Relaxation at sea

    Sunday, 11.08.2024

    Longyearbyen/Spitsbergen/Norway, arrival 6.00 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 ice conditions determine the course here (see map)

    Important note on this expedition: This expedition is a very demanding cruise to organise and sail. All of our experience and careful preparation notwithstanding, the actual itinerary depends on official approvals and rules, as well as the weather and ice conditions, which may make it necessary to change the itinerary. The natural experiences and animal sightings described are possibilities and are not guaranteed. We will do everything in our power to ensure that this cruise takes place as advertised, but wish to inform you of the flexibility this requires. The captain will decide on the best possible alternative depending on local conditions.

    Cruise
    INS2416
    Cruise dates
    25.07.2024 - 11.08.2024

    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
    INS2416
    Cruise dates
    25.07.2024 - 11.08.2024
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    INS2416
    Cruise dates
    25.07.2024 - 11.08.2024
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