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HANSEATIC nature - from Hamburg to Hamburg

Northern Lights adventure in Norway - highlights of the north

HANSEATIC nature - from Hamburg to Hamburg
Cruise NAT2523
20.11.2025 - 05.12.2025 (15 days)
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    Cruise
    NAT2523
    Cruise dates
    20.11.2025 - 05.12.2025

    • Islands, fjords and Northern Lights on Norway’s Inside Passage
    • Northern Lights season: enjoy stunning views on deck
    • Good opportunities for watching whales in the Norwegian Sea
    • Norwegian cities with charm: architecturally and historically appealing
    • Dog and reindeer sleigh rides, hiking and more*

    * The shore activities are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage. Subject to change without notice


    Northern lights
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    $ 8,899 per person

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    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.

    The highlights of this cruise

    Enchanted by the beginning of winter and accompanied by as many sightings of the Northern Lights as possible from the deck: Norway’s Inside Passage, which can only be experienced on a small ship like the HANSEATIC nature, is pure fascination. Its gateway is Bergen with the Hanseatic quarter of Bryggen. Afterwards, Alesund, famous for its art nouveau architecture, is spread over multiple islands. You will encounter rocks resembling petrified trolls as you cruise off Torghatten. In Tromso, stories about historical expeditions will warm your explorer’s heart, as will the Arctic Cathedral or a visit to a Sami camp*. After cruising off the North Cape, you will reach the legendary North Cape plateau* via Honningsvag. In Alta, according to the snow conditions, you can experience nature actively as you ride a dog sled*, take a winter hike* or set out on a fat bike tour*. One expedition day is dedicated to cruising in the Norwegian fjords. The time of the cruise is ideal for spotting whales. Contrasts of skerries and fishing villages characterise the Lofoten Islands with the main town of Svolvaer. As the days become shorter as winter starts, you will be enchanted by the twilight just after sunset, and the Northern Lights on starry nights will cast a spell over you. As a work of art created by nature, the Svartisen glacier invites you to hike to the tongue of ice. A stroll through the shops and cafes reveals why Trondheim is the home of Nordic delicacies. Your small expedition ship will take you on to the famous Geirangerfjord as it hugs the coastline. The “Seven Sisters” or “Suitor” waterfalls, like the Lysefjord* near Stavanger with its peaks of up to 1,000 m (3,281 ft) high, make for unforgettable final impressions of your Northern Lights adventure.

    The itinerary depends on the weather conditions. The natural experiences and Northern Lights sightings described are possibilities on these cruises and are not guaranteed. The use of on-board Zodiacs is currently not permitted on these cruises. When the ship is at anchor, the ship’s tender boats will be used.

    * The shore activities are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage. Subject to change.

    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
    NAT2523
    Cruise dates
    20.11.2025 - 05.12.2025

    Thursday, 20.11.2025

    Individual travel arrangements to Hamburg, departure 18.00 hrs
    Evening cruise on the Elbe

    Friday, 21.11.2025

    Relaxation at sea

    Saturday, 22.11.2025

    Bergen/Norway, 10.00 – 18.00 hrs
    Beginning of the Inside Passage through the fjords and islands of Norway (from Bergen to Stavanger)

    The season begins – set course for Norway’s world of islands and fjords with the HANSEATIC nature. Now, at the beginning of winter, when the days get shorter and the nights longer, the chances are particularly good for experiencing the unforgettable Northern Lights. Your small expedition ship and the many open deck areas will then be front-row seat for the natural spectacle in the clear northern skies. Enjoy the quiet, cosy season for exciting insights into Nordic nature and culture. The first stop, Bergen, welcomes you with a typical “Hei”. Set against a remarkable mountain backdrop, take a gentle stroll through the Hanseatic quarter of Bryggen, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to see its colourful houses and narrow streets. It is clear why the city is known as the “gateway to the fjords” when Norway’s Inside Passage begins there and the landscape becomes more and more spectacular.

    Sunday, 23.11.2025

    Alesund, 9.00 – 13.00 hrs

    Famous for its art nouveau architecture, Alesund is spread over multiple islands. Stroll through the lanes at your own pace and enjoy the flair. A hike on Mount Aksla* offers stunning views of the fjord.

    Monday, 24.11.2025

    Cruising off the “mountain with the hole” Torghatten

    The legend that the rocks are petrified trolls comes to life as you cruise off Torghatten: the hole in the mountain is said to have been made by the troll king’s hat. Your team of experts on board will explain the actual story behind the special geological shape.

    Tuesday, 25.11.2025

    Tromso, 12.30 – 19.00 hrs

    Feed the explorer in you in Tromso with stories of historical expeditions that set out from there, the gateway to the Arctic Ocean. Inspired by the ice floes, the Arctic Cathedral* is a prime example of how strong an influence the Arctic has on the city’s architecture. Experience culture and traditions up close on a visit to a Sami camp*, rounded off with a reindeer sleigh ride if snow conditions allow.

    Wednesday, 26.11.2025

    Cruising off the North Cape
    Honningsvag, 11.00 – 21.00 hrs

    After cruising off the North Cape, the maritime centre of the region awaits you. Honningsvag offers a picturesque contrast between colourful houses and rugged landscape. A particular highlight is the ambience at the North Cape plateau*, the most northerly point on the European mainland. If snow conditions are favourable, the term winter sports will take on a whole new meaning – perhaps on an exciting quad bike tour* in the snow.

    Thursday, 27.11.2025

    Alta, 9.00 – 22.00 hrs

    It’s not only in the region around Alta, where the first Northern Lights observatory was built in the 19th century, that you can see the aurora borealis on a clear night. Throughout your cruise, the ship’s deck will be the best observation platform when the weather conditions are right. According to the snow conditions, take a hands-on approach to the natural scenery as you ride a dog sled*, take a winter hike* or set out on a fat bike tour*.

    Friday, 28.11.2025

    Expedition day in the Norwegian fjords

    Today will be entirely devoted to exploring, with the HANSEATIC nature cruising nimbly through the Norwegian fjords. The time of the cruise is ideal for spotting orcas, humpback whales and perhaps even some fin whales, which are now spending time in the fjords. Be captivated by the changing series of fantastic views of the landscape – from the nature Walk or the many open deck areas, for instance. 

    Saturday, 29.11.2025

    Svolvaer/Lofoten Islands, 9.00 – 23.00 hrs

    Wondrous skerry landscape, stockfish archipelago or expeditionary territory – however you choose to describe the Lofoten Islands, they form a contrast of dramatic landscapes and idyllic fishing villages such as the administrative centre Svolvaer. Although the days become shorter as winter starts, you will be enchanted by the different ambiences of light at twilight just after sunset or the mysterious Northern Lights on a clear night.

    Sunday, 30.11.2025

    Svartisen glacier, 8.30 – 14.00 hrs

    With 370 km2 (143 mi.2), the Svartisen glacier is the second-largest glacier in Norway – a true work of art created by nature. Enjoy the unique scenery with glacial lake and mountains as well as the clear air. You will also have the opportunity to hike to the tongue of ice.

    Monday, 01.12.2025

    Trondheim, 12.00 – 18.00 hrs

    Hungry for adventure or thirsty for knowledge? Trondheim sates both. On a guided walk* through the old town, you will discover charming wooden houses, small shops and cosy cafes. Take a hike along Ladestien* to experience part of the charming coastal trail. Alternatively, you can discover the city with some winter kayaking on the Nidelva*.

    Tuesday, 02.12.2025

    Cruising in the Geirangerfjord

    Your small expedition ship will also take you to the famous Geirangerfjord as it hugs the coastline. What stories could the waterfalls tell, with names like “Seven Sisters” and “Suitor”?

    Wednesday, 03.12.2025

    Stavanger, 13.00 – 19.00 hrs

    Near Stavanger, the Lysefjord* with its peaks of up to 1,000 m (3,281 ft) high makes for an unforgettable final impression on the Norwegian Inside Passage – and numerous breathtaking moments and unforgettable images of nature will be in your luggage.

    Thursday, 04.12.2025

    Relaxation at sea

    Friday, 05.12.2025

    Hamburg, arrival 7.00 hrs
    Individual travel arrangements from cruise arrival point

    The itinerary depends on the weather conditions. The natural experiences and Northern Lights sightings described are possibilities on these cruises and are not guaranteed. The use of on-board Zodiacs is currently not permitted on these cruises. When the ship is at anchor, the ship’s tender boats will be used.

    * The shore activities are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage. Subject to change.

    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

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    Cruise
    NAT2523
    Cruise dates
    20.11.2025 - 05.12.2025

    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
    NAT2523
    Cruise dates
    20.11.2025 - 05.12.2025
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