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HANSEATIC spirit - from Tromso to Tromso

Expedition Franz Josef Land - new worlds in the vastness of Russia

HANSEATIC spirit - from Tromso to Tromso
Cruise SPI2317
08.08.2023 - 26.08.2023 (18 days)
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    Cruise
    SPI2317
    Cruise dates
    08.08.2023 - 26.08.2023

    Looking for pioneering destinations? Then this cruise is a must. Archaic islands, on which few people other than explorers have set eyes. A highlight for expedition enthusiasts with a passion for polar regions.


    Expedition
    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

    Your ship - HANSEATIC spirit

    The new expedition class

    The naming ceremony of the HANSEATIC spirit took place off the coast of Helgoland on 24 August 2021. Together with its structurally identically sister ships HANSEATIC inspiration (2019) and HANSEATIC spirit (2019), 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 spirit

    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 cabine
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    SPI2317
    Cruise dates
    08.08.2023 - 26.08.2023

    At anchor

    Tuesday, 08.08.2023

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

    Wednesday, 09.08.2023

    Cruising off North Cape
    Relaxation at sea

    Thursday, 10.08.2023

    Murmansk/Russia, from 7.00 to 18.00 hrs

    Finally back on the programme: explore Franz Josef Land in depth on this expedition far away from civilisation. This region in the Russian Arctic is inaccessible to most people. Many pioneering expeditions of the 19th century began in Tromso - and this is where the gateway to the Arctic Ocean will open for you too. Look forward to a warm welcome in Russia as you explore Murmansk* or visit a nuclear-powered icebreaker*.

    Friday, 11.08.2023 to
    Saturday, 12.08.2023

    Relaxation at sea

    Sunday, 13.08.2023 to
    Monday, 14.08.2023

    Novaya Zemlya

    The HANSEATIC spirit will venture in the footsteps of Willem Barents and head for the deep bays of the rugged, elemental pair of islands that make up Novaya Zemlya. You can now experience that pure expedition feeling when you land here with the Zodiacs. Seemingly endless tundra is framed by striking mountains. Mighty glaciers meet the sea with towering faces of ice. Impressive cliffs provide breeding sites for thousands of Arctic seabirds. The feeling of exploration soars with each nautical mile as the HANSEATIC spirit presses further north. A breathtaking world awaits at the edge of the ice fields, which lay undiscovered until the end of the 19th century.

    Tuesday, 15.08.2023 to
    Sunday, 20.08.2023

    Franz Josef Land

    Icy and isolated, surreal and remote - a thrilling expedition lies ahead in the Arctic Ocean around Franz Josef Land. You may even discover something about yourself along the way. Explore the island group in exceptional detail with the HANSEATIC spirit. The archipelago was discovered in 1873 by the Austro-Hungarian North Pole expedition led by Payer and Weyprecht, which stepped ashore on Wilczek Island; 150 years later, you will make that very same step. Massive glacier fronts, interrupted by protruding mountain plateaus, shape the terrain. The weather and ice will determine our course and ensure that you enjoy an unforgettable sense of expedition - 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. The glaciated south-east coast of Wilczek Land makes for a spectacular contrast. Apollonov Island is known for the walrus colony that often rests on its beach. The animals weigh around 1,000 kg (2,205 lb) and make an impressive sight, even from a respectful distance. The most northerly destination for your expedition is Rudolf Island. Now, only the pack ice and the Arctic Ocean lie between you and the North Pole. The Zodiacs will take you to a popular magnet for geologists on Champ Island: massive, perfectly spherical stones with diameters of up to 3 m (9.8 ft). Can you solve the puzzle of the geodes? 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. 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 and snow is a small sign of civilisation - and is one of the lasting memories to take home from Franz Josef Land.

    Monday, 21.08.2023 to
    Wednesday, 23.08.2023

    Relaxation at sea
    Murmansk (official stop)

    Thursday, 24.08.2023

    Cruising off Hornoya/Norway
    Vardo

    Your days of exploration in Norway are filled with the spirit of Fridtjof Nansen, the famous explorer and zoologist, as you watch the large seabird colonies while cruising off Hornoya. Find out about 19th-century polar expeditions and the history of trade with Russia at the museum in Vardo.

    Friday, 25.08.2023

    Skarsvag, from 8.00 to 14.00 hrs

    After these moving insights, enjoy the picturesque views in the fishing village of Skarsvag. As you cruise to North Cape*, the famous globe on the plateau not only marks the geographical end of Europe but also signifies the end of your cruise in one of the most remote corners of our planet.

    Saturday, 26.08.2023

    Tromso/Norway, arrival 5.00 hrs
    Charter flight from Tromso 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 take off and land.

    Important note on this expedition: This expedition is a very demanding cruise to plan, organise and sail. It is characterised by great natural experience in an extremely remote region. All of our experience and careful preparation notwithstanding, the actual itinerary heavily depends on the local conditions. A change in itinerary may become necessary, primarily due to the weather and ice but also perhaps due to official guidelines. We will, of course, do everything in our power to ensure that this cruise takes place as advertised, but wish to inform you of the expeditionary nature of this cruise and the flexibility this requires. The captain will decide on the best possible alternative depending on local conditions.

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

    Cruise
    SPI2317
    Cruise dates
    08.08.2023 - 26.08.2023

    HANSEATIC spirit - The new expedition class

    HANSEATIC spirit

    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 spirit 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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    Binoculars allow you to delve deep into the wonders of our planet
    Cruise
    SPI2317
    Cruise dates
    08.08.2023 - 26.08.2023
    Cruise
    SPI2317
    Cruise dates
    08.08.2023 - 26.08.2023
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