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HANSEATIC spirit - from Tromso to Reykjavik

Expedition Spitsbergen and north-eastern Greenland - between ice and awe

HANSEATIC spirit - from Tromso to Reykjavik
Cruise SPI2318
26.08.2023 - 11.09.2023 (16 days)
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    Cruise
    SPI2318
    Cruise dates
    26.08.2023 - 11.09.2023

    A pioneering adventure that's practically poetic: glaciers, icebergs and Arctic wildlife determine the rhythm around Spitsbergen and deep into the fjords of north-eastern Greenland. An ode to the joy of exploration.


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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

    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
    SPI2318
    Cruise dates
    26.08.2023 - 11.09.2023

    Saturday, 26.08.2023

    Charter flight from Germany* to Tromso
    Tromso/Norway, departure 18.00 hrs

    Sunday, 27.08.2023

    Relaxation at sea

    Monday, 28.08.2023 to
    Friday, 01.09.2023

    Spitsbergen  (including Cape Lee, Nordaustlandet, Liefdefjord (Monacobreen), Magdalenefjord, 14th July Glacier, Ny-Alesund)

    The wonders of the Arctic don't just come to you - you have to seek them out. The same goes for Spitsbergen and north-eastern Greenland. Journeys through icy worlds, cruising off polished rocky coastlines, Zodiac landings and hikes: uncover the secrets of these regions in a small group of explorers on board the HANSEATIC spirit. In the best season for cruising, explore an extreme habitat with magnificent landscapes. The ship's course will be decided day by day depending on the weather and best possible experiences - a flexibility only possible with a small expedition ship and an experienced polar crew. The Observation Lounge, spirit Walk and glass balconies will become your front-row seats for unique natural spectacles. Perhaps you'll catch sight of the "king of the Arctic"? The best way to watch polar bears is from the deck of the ship or from a Zodiac at a respectful distance. With a little luck, you will spot reindeer, Arctic foxes and walruses on a shore visit. The backdrops to your fascinating hikes range from mighty glaciers to vast rocky landscapes and tundra. Awestruck by the bizarre nature, allow gazing in wonder to become your new passion on this expedition.
    The first goal of the HANSEATIC spirit is clear: to circumnavigate Spitsbergen. This route takes in many remote locations, such as Cape Lee on the north-western tip of the island of Edgeoya. Will the Zodiacs manage to land in a sheltered bay? The cruise through Freeman Sound, a strait of water only around 5 km (3 mi.) wide, is accompanied by the play of colour and light in the Arctic. You may be able to enjoy particularly weighty observations on Nordaustlandet, in the original territory of the walrus. These colossal creatures often like to lounge on the beach on the Torellneset headland. An almost mystical atmosphere will envelop you as you cruise through the Hinlopen Strait if the brownish and black beaches and rocks are cloaked in fog and ice. Peaked mountains surround the Liefdefjord. The mighty Monacobreen rises up at the end of the fjord, one of the largest glaciers in Spitsbergen. From the deck, its shimmering blue foot is quite simply an overwhelming sight. The Magdalenefjord is one of the most beautiful in the archipelago - in the glacier fields on its southern shore, historic graves recall the once flourishing whalers' settlement. The 14th July Glacier also awakens feelings ranging from awe to wonder. Ny-Alesund combines the pioneering spirit of the past and present - it was here, in 1926, that Roald Amundsen and Umberto Nobile set out for the North Pole in an airship. If you succeed in circumnavigating Spitsbergen, your traveller's CV will boast an outstanding feat.

    Saturday, 02.09.2023 to
    Sunday, 03.09.2023

    Relaxation at sea

    Monday, 04.09.2023 to
    Wednesday, 06.09.2023

    Northeast Greenland National Park (Wollaston Peninsula, Clavering Island, Kaiser Franz Josef Fjord, Ella Island, King Oscar Fjord)

    A distant island world, shrouded in ice for most of the year, with mountains rising up into the sky, untouched by humanity: north-eastern Greenland is the beautiful unknown. The history books on exploration still have empty pages - for you to fill! The HANSEATIC spirit follows a flexible course to the deep fjords of Northeast Greenland National Park - the largest of its kind in the world and home to musk oxen, Arctic foxes and Arctic hares. You will encounter very few humans here. What you will find, however, is fascinating history, for example on the Wollaston Peninsula, explored by the Second German North Polar Expedition in 1869 to 1870. The team also named Clavering Island after polar explorer Douglas Clavering. Find traces of earlier expeditions on walks with your experts. A small ship such as the HANSEATIC spirit is in its element in the labyrinth of the Kaiser Franz Josef Fjord: steep rock faces alternate with glacier snouts, from which icebergs large and small drift off into the sea. Triangular Ella Island is overwhelming with its almost 1,200 m (3,937 ft) high mountainside - just like the King Oscar Fjord, where the peaks rise up from the shore.

    Thursday, 07.09.2023 to
    Friday, 08.09.2023

    Eastern coast of Greenland (Scoresbysund)

    Further south, breathtaking scenery reigns in Scoresbysund, the world's longest fjord system - isolated and endlessly vast.

    Saturday, 09.09.2023

    Relaxation at sea

    Sunday, 10.09.2023

    Patreksfjordur/Iceland

    Iceland provides the finale to your experiences. The vast bay near Patreksfjordur seems almost Caribbean when (depending on the weather) the beach shimmers turquoise - one of many images that will stay with you after the cruise.

    Monday, 11.09.2023

    Reykjavik/Iceland, arrival 7.00 hrs

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    Optional bookable
    Monday, 11.09.2023

    Island tour
    Overnight stay with breakfast

    Tuesday, 12.09.2023

    Journey to Keflavik
    Scheduled flight from Keflavik to Germany

    * Approximately six months before departure, you will be informed from which German airport the charter flight will take off.

    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 ice conditions determine the course here (see map)

    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 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 proven pre- and post-cruise programmes

    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.

    POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: GLACIERS, WATERFALLS AND GEYSERS
    POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME B: ICELAND'S SOUTH COAST AND THE GOLDEN CIRCLE
    Cruise
    SPI2318
    Cruise dates
    26.08.2023 - 11.09.2023

    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
    SPI2318
    Cruise dates
    26.08.2023 - 11.09.2023
    Cruise
    SPI2318
    Cruise dates
    26.08.2023 - 11.09.2023
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