Scheduled flight from Germany to Keflavik
Journey to Reykjavik/Iceland
Reykjavik/Iceland, departure 19.00 hrs
Iceland (cruising off Latrabjarg, Patreksfjordur, cruising off Hornvik, Djupavik, Akureyri, Grimsey )
A hot-and-cold island of stunning natural phenomena: in Iceland, look forward to an expedition into foreign worlds – surreal, exciting and bursting with sagas and myths. In addition to impressive volcanic landscapes and gigantic waterfalls, the wildlife will also draw you under its spell. Get things off to a spectacular start when cruising off Latrabjarg. The cliffs are teeming with thousands of puffins, guillemots and auks. Whales could also appear at any time – at this time of year, the gentle giants of the seas return to the north after the winter. In the western fjords, Patreksfjordur is quiet and tranquil and your experts will accompany you here as you visit the village and its surroundings. The Westfjord panorama and Dynjandi waterfall* illustrate the legacy of the Ice Age in Iceland. Whilst most of the coastline is black with lava, Raudasandur beach* is red, orange and gold. No, you’re not in Ireland, even if the steep green cliffs you see when cruising off Hornvik are sure to remind you of the Emerald Isle. The people of Djupavik used to come and go with the shoals of herring. The old herring factory, which has now been turned into a museum, tells the story of those prosperous times. Akureyri, a northern gem, is home to the writer Jon Sveinsson and your gateway to majestic nature. The rugged north of Iceland*, with its bizarre lava formations and craters, allows you to discover the evidence of recent volcanic activity. There will be a chance to see the seabirds at Myvatn Lake before visiting the thundering Godafoss, the “waterfall of the gods”. Or take a flight over the volcanic landscape* to see the staggering dimensions of Iceland’s largest lava field and the mighty Vatnajokull glacier. Alternatively, take a comfortable countryside trek to get to know some island inhabitants with a friendly character on a ride on Icelandic horses*, known for their special tolt gait. Your knowledge will keep pace with these new impressions as you gain fascinating insights into the Viking history, birdlife and geology of the volcanic island of Grimsey. The island lies right on the Arctic Circle.
Passing Jan Mayen/Norway
Relaxation at sea
Spitsbergen (Prins Karls Forland, Ny-Alesund, 14th July Glacier, Liefdefjord, Smeerenburgfjord)
Your course continues in a northerly direction, when the HANSEATIC nature takes you to see the great natural theatre of Spitsbergen. The main roles here are played by whales, Arctic foxes, walruses and polar bears. Ever-changing views of glacier snouts and striking summits escort you along the way. The captain and crew’s many years of polar experience ensure that you will enjoy some spectacular experiences when cruising off unique glacial backdrops, on landings with the Zodiacs and during various walks with your experts. With a little luck, some impressive encounters with wildlife await on the small island of Prins Karls Forland, where imposing walruses often gather in herds. Ny-Alesund is one of the world’s most northerly settlements. Once a coal mining town, it is now a research station for international scientists studying meteorology, climate change and the Northern Lights. Another highlight on your explorer route is the 14th July Glacier. Its blue-white appearance contrasts with the dark mountain scenery. The shimmering blue Monacobreen in Liefdefjord is another natural wonder. The finishing touches to your cruise are provided by the deep-blue sea and snow-covered tops of the Smeerenburgfjord – simply unforgettable. Following in the tradition of legends like Willem Barents, Roald Amundsen and Umberto Nobile, you are now one of the explorers of the Arctic region.
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 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.