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HANSEATIC nature - from Kangerlussuaq to Hamburg

Expedition west and east Greenland - hidden icy world of the Inuit and Vikings

HANSEATIC nature - from Kangerlussuaq to Hamburg
Cruise NAT2516
29.08.2025 - 17.09.2025 (19 days)
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    Cruise
    NAT2516
    Cruise dates
    29.08.2025 - 17.09.2025

    • This expedition is a very special combination of Greenland’s west and east coasts
    • Marvel at nature from the deck and the Zodiacs: towering mountains, deep fjords and mighty ice
    • Fascinatingly remote: hike in the tundra and visit remote settlements
    • Chances of spotting musk oxen, whales, Arctic foxes and polar bears
    • A relaxed way of travelling: from far-fetched icy coasts to the home port of Hamburg

    Please note that your choosen cruise is conducted in German only. All printed matters are available in German. Nevertheless our crew is fluent in English.
    Price specials - Attractive combination discount

    Extend your stay with the previous cruise NAT2515 and save € 1,000 per person. (Applies to Categories 1 – 10)

    The highlights of this cruise

    Your ship - HANSEATIC nature

    The new expedition class

    The naming ceremony of the HANSEATIC nature took place in Hamburg on 4 May 2019. Together with its structurally identically sister ships HANSEATIC inspiration (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!

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    Your cabins & suites on HANSEATIC nature

    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
    • 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
    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
    NAT2516
    Cruise dates
    29.08.2025 - 17.09.2025

    Friday, 29.08.2025

    Charter flight from Germany** to Kangerlussuaq
    Kangerlussuaq/Greenland, departure 20.00 hrs

    Saturday, 30.08.2025 to
    Sunday, 31.08.2025

    West coast of Greenland (Sisimiut, Ilulissat, Disko Bay)

    From the Arctic to Hamburg – quite unusual for a polar cruise but highly convenient for you and, above all, one thing: spectacular. On a flexible course, the small HANSEATIC nature connects the west and east coasts of Greenland. A region that appears so untouched and pristine as if no human being had ever set eyes on it. The fascination of remoteness lies over Sisimiut right from the start, its old town resembling a museum village. You can marvel at one of the northernmost UNESCO World Heritage Sites on a hike with your experts to the ice fjord of Ilulissat, “birthplace” of many icebergs. These will draw everyone’s attention in Disko Bay as well. Both while cruising and riding in the Zodiacs, watch the mighty ice formations that drift through the bay.

    Monday, 01.09.2025

    Relaxation at sea

    Tuesday, 02.09.2025 to
    Wednesday, 03.09.2025

    Arsukfjord , cruising through Prince Christian Sound (depending on ice)

    In the Arsukfjord, cast your gaze over the vast tundra where musk oxen might make an appearance. Peer in wonder at the beautiful shimmering turquoise on a cruise through Prince Christian Sound with extraordinary views of waterfalls, steep rock faces and glaciers.

    Thursday, 04.09.2025 to
    Thursday, 11.09.2025

    South and east coast of Greenland (highlights and landings depend on the weather and ice conditions, including Skjoldungen Sound, Tasiilaq, Ittoqqortoormiit, Scoresbysund, Northeast Greenland National Park)

    Those who want to get to know the remote east of Greenland now have the best opportunity to do so. Only in late summer are the waters considered navigable, when the thick belt of pack ice opens up to reveal a hidden world. Mountains up to 1,000 m (3,281 ft) high define Skjoldungen Sound – ideal for hiking with your experts. The small settlement of Tasiilaq lies in the middle of virtually untouched nature. Dog sledding and the Inuit drum dance are a living tradition here. It is even more isolated to live in Ittoqqortoormiit in the midst of endless wilderness. Your impressions of nature will probably only be surpassed by Scoresbysund, the largest fjord system in the world. Greenland’s highest mountains, impressive glacier landscapes and icebergs shape the region. Awe-inspiring rock faces rise up steeply before you, forming a rugged background for the scene of bizarre ice sculptures. Enjoy extensive hikes surrounded by these wonderful views. With a little luck, you will be able to see the Northern Lights at this time of year. One particular highlight of your expedition awaits you in Northeast Greenland National Park, the largest national park on the planet covering an area of around 970,000 km2 (375,000 mi.2) – only accessible with a small expedition ship. Deserted aside from the traditional Sirius Dog Sled Patrol, its alpine landscape, granite cliffs and glaciers redefine the feeling of isolation. Enjoy a series of overwhelming views in the realm of polar bears and Arctic foxes from the Zodiacs and on deck, such as when the mountain flanks of the Alpefjord tower up to 3,000 m (9,843 ft) above you. Equally majestic, the King Oscar Fjord will complete your unforgettable impressions – perhaps even with polar bear sightings.

    Friday, 12.09.2025

    Relaxation at sea

    Saturday, 13.09.2025

    Seydisfjordur/Iceland

    After the isolation, the route slowly brings you back to civilisation. Iceland does not dare compare itself with Greenland, but rather provides deep insights into Nordic life. With its colourful wooden houses, the small town of Seydisfjordur, situated on a fjord, are a reminder of the riches brought by the herring boom.

    Sunday, 14.09.2025

    Relaxation at sea

    Monday, 15.09.2025

    Kirkwall/Orkney Islands/Great Britain

    Rough, wild and full of ancient history, the Orkney Islands welcome you when you discover the historical treasures* starting in Kirkwall. Skara Brae, the best-preserved prehistoric village in northern Europe, and the Ring of Brodgar, dating back to around 2700 BC, are fascinating sights here.

    Tuesday, 16.09.2025

    Relaxation at sea

    Wednesday, 17.09.2025

    Hamburg, arrival 9.00 hrs
    Individual travel arrangements from cruise arrival point

    The ship’s route from the distant Arctic eventually takes you quite comfortably to Hamburg. Take this opportunity to end your cruise with further impressions on the Elbe and Alster.

    * The shore activities are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage. Subject to change.
    ** Approximately three months before departure, you will be informed from which German airport the charter flight will take off.

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

    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.

    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.
    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
    NAT2516
    Cruise dates
    29.08.2025 - 17.09.2025

    HANSEATIC nature - The new expedition class

    HANSEATIC nature

    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 nature 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 nature & 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
    NAT2516
    Cruise dates
    29.08.2025 - 17.09.2025
    Cruise
    NAT2516
    Cruise dates
    29.08.2025 - 17.09.2025
    Price specials - Attractive combination discount

    Extend your stay with the previous cruise NAT2515 and save € 1,000 per person. (Applies to Categories 1 – 10)

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