July 21 2020 Departure -
Day 1: Charter flight from Hanover to KangerlussuaqKangerlussuaq/Greenland, departure 21.00 hrs
Day 2: Relaxation at sea
Day 3-6: West coast of Greenland (Qeqertarsuaq, Uummannaq, Storoen, Ukkusissat, Marmorilik, Upernavik)
Once upon a time, north of the Arctic Circle: an experienced expedition team make their first visit to the Greenland Sea on the HANSEATIC inspiration and take you to the fascinating world of the Inuit. In the far north, the midnight sun casts a magical light over exciting expedition days that never seem to end. In Qeqertarsuaq, travel back in time to the late 18th century, when whaler Svend Sandgreen founded the town on Disko Island, which – with its picturesque houses from the colonial era – enchants those who visit to this very day. The whales used to attract hunters; today, the gentle giants of the sea attract looks of amazement when they spout water close to the ship. Uummannaq has a “heart” for explorers: this settlement was named for the heart-shaped mountain that towers above it and radiates different shades of red as the sun moves through the day. In the glow of the perpetual dusk, the desert isle of Storoen seems like a lunar landscape – a geological treasure of the far north bathed in unique plays of colour from ochre to red. In the peaceful fishing and hunting village of Ukkusissat, also seemingly not of this world, time appears to have stood still. The inhabitants’ lives have changed little over the years, and they will provide impressive insights into their traditions. In the former marble mining site of Marmorilik, you will encounter the miners’ past, while Upernavik awaits you with a women’s boat from the whaling era – a real umiak.
Day 7-10: North-west coast of Greenland (Old Thule/North Star Bay, Qaanaaq, Siorapaluk, cruising off Cape York)
Depending on the ice, the HANSEATIC inspiration will continue its inexorable journey towards Northwest Greenland, allowing you to explore unknown shores – just like Knud Rasmussen. The polar explorer founded a missionary station in North Star Bay in 1909, and later the world’s most northerly trading post at Old Thule. He began many expeditions from here, long before the settlement was renamed Qaanaaq and moved to make way for a US airbase during the Cold War. In the footsteps of daring explorers, your crew use their great experience in polar voyages to find the safest passage through these seldom-visited waters. In the remote village of Siorapaluk with its picturesque mountain backdrop, the people live close to and with nature. Explorer Robert Peary also made a stop here in 1909 on his journey towards the North Pole. He is commemorated by a memorial on Cape York, where the HANSEATIC inspiration will cruise depending on the ice.
Day 11-14: Western coast of Greenland (Kangersuatsiaq, Eqip Sermia Glacier, Ilulissat, Disko Bay, Sisimiut)
In Greenland’s northernmost settlements, fishing and hunting are part of everyday life – as in Kangersuatsiaq on a small island in the Upernavik archipelago. Far from modern urban life, you will delve deep into the raw, wild beauty of the untouched north. With luck, you will enjoy unforgettable wildlife encounters with imposing musk oxen, seabirds and whales as well as thrilling moments with the glorious forces of nature. Gaze in awe as the breathtaking foot of the Eqip Sermia Glacier stretches out 7 km (4.35 mi.) before you, along with Ilulissat’s vast panorama along the ice fjord. Soak in the wonders of nature and knowledge on a hike with your experts. Named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the ice fjord is also the setting for what is possibly Greenland’s most intoxicating nature spectacle in Disko Bay: bring your expedition in the Arctic summer to an unforgettable conclusion by watching a majestic “water ballet” of drifting icebergs from a Zodiac. Allow your mind to drift one last time in Sisimiut on a hike to Tele Island and marvel at the picturesque old town before closing the final chapter of this intensive cruise. Rich in extraordinary moments, encounters and sunny days, you will return home with your very own story of adventure.
Day 15: Kangerlussuaq/Greenland, arrival 6.00 hrs Charter flight from Kangerlussuaq to Hanover
* Depending on the flight schedule, it may be necessary to change the airports of departure and arrival.
July 20 2021 Departure -
Day 1 Charter flight from Germany* to KangerlussuaqKangerlussuaq/Greenland, departure 21.00 hrs
Day 2 Relaxation at sea
Day 3-6 Western coast of Greenland (Eqip Sermia Glacier, Uummannaq, Storoen, Kangersuatsiaq)
Welcome to the home of the Inuit! Look forward to intensive expedition days that will present Greenland’s spectacular contrasts between the ice-covered Disko Bay and the few settlements beyond Old Thule. In the summer, the island paints a colourful picture: icy white, lush green, deep brown and dazzling yellow. A vast and silent landscape home to relics of a 4,500-year-old culture – seemingly almost forgotten by the world. Your personal Arctic adventure gets off to an impressive start with the Eqip Sermia Glacier and its white wall of ice. Get up-close in the Zodiacs and marvel at the glacier cliff about 7 km (4.3 mi.) in length. In the small town of Uummannaq, a museum recalls the expeditions of Alfred Wegener, a German who conducted research in Greenland. A hike with your experts will take you to “Santa’s summer house”, the setting of a Danish TV series. Storoen seems almost like a Martian landscape. The desert isle displays many different shades from ochre to red. It’s the ideal terrain for a hike in the tundra and an excursion with your experts to explore the geology. Life in Greenland is shaped by fishing and hunting – and the same goes for Kangersuatsiaq, situated on a small island in the Upernavik archipelago. Its colourful houses and natural harbour reflect the enchanting untouched north.
Day 7-9 North-west coast of Greenland (Qaanaaq, Siorapaluk, Old Thule/North Star Bay, Cape York)
The further north the HANSEATIC inspiration goes, the greater the excitement on board. Will the ice conditions allow you to reach remote coasts with their moving history of settlements and exploration? Time and again, Zodiac landings offer the opportunity for hikes through fascinating landscapes. Early Inuit groups settled in the Qaanaaq region over 4,000 years ago. The town itself was built in 1953 for the people that were moved to make way for a US airbase. Life in the village of Siorapaluk is almost unbelievably isolated. The country’s most northerly settlement lies on a narrow beach at the foot of some gently rolling mountains. With luck, your travel diary will include encounters with seals, musk oxen and reindeer. Your team of experts will provide fascinating information about various chapters in history: for example Knud Rasmussen, who founded a missionary station in North Star Bay in 1909 and later Old Thule, the world’s most northerly trading post. He used the profits to finance his Thule expeditions to research the Inuit culture. Walk in his footsteps as you visit old turf houses. Cruising off Cape York brings breathtaking views of bizarre ice formations. A rocky crest bears a memorial to the American explorer Robert Edwin Peary, who set out for the North Pole at the end of the 19th century.
Day 10 Relaxation at sea
Day 11-13 Western coast of Greenland (Qeqertarsuaq, Ilulissat, Disko Bay)
Qeqertarsuaq, founded on Disko Island in 1773, is particularly full of character – enter the small town through the whalebone gateway. The chances of seeing whales are very good in these waters. Explore Godhavn – the “good harbour”, Qeqertarsuaq’s translation – with your experts or wander through the Arctic tundra to the Windy Valley. Be amazed by Ilulissat in the company of our experienced experts. Hike to the ice fjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with the highest concentration of icebergs in the whole country.The end of the cruise brings a very special highlight: Disko Bay. Cruising and Zodiac rides will place you right at the centre of this spectacle with drifting ice sculptures that originate from the Jakobshavn Glacier. The world’s fastest glacier, it produces 46 km³ (11 mi.³) of ice each year.
Day 14 Kangerlussuaq/Greenland, arrival 6.00 hrs Charter flight from Kangerlussuaq to Germany
Your summer polar adventure on the HANSEATIC inspiration will leave you with unforgettable memories of Greenland.
* Approximately six months before departure, you will be informed at which German airport the charter flight will take off and land.