For 2020 Departures -
Day 1: Charter flight from Hanover to KangerlussuaqKangerlussuaq/Greenland, departure 21.00 hrs
Day 2: At Sea
Day 3 Western coast of Greenland (Ilulissat, Disko Bay)
Continue the story of exploration in the far north as you set out on a breathtaking adventure to the polar expanses on board the HANSEATIC inspiration. Start your adventure in Ilulissat, the first highlight of your expedition: even well-travelled visitors are left speechless by the imposing ice fjord. Experience gigantic ice formations in the famous Disko Bay: massive blocks of ice which have broken off the glacier drift in the sea – one of the most impressive spectacles in Greenland. A magical world of blue and white for you to discover on the HANSEATIC inspiration and in the Zodiacs, depending on the ice.
Day 4: Relaxation at sea
Day 5-8: North Canadian Arctic (Baffin Island, Devon Island, Ellesmere Island, Jones Sound)
Experience Inuit culture and history in Pond Inlet on Baffin Island. Awaiting you is a warm welcome from the inhabitants of this traditional settlement surrounded by snow-covered mountain ranges on Eclipse Sound. Robust Zodiacs are the only way to explore this region, including Devon Island, the world’s largest uninhabited island. Gleaming blue ice is reflected in the crystal-clear water, and with luck you will spot some mighty musk oxen and cute lemmings. The HANSEATIC inspiration continues further north, reaching Ellesmere Island and its abandoned outpost of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. In the clear polar air, cruising through Jones Sound presents unique Arctic panoramas. Finally, immerse yourself in the seldom-visited waters of Smith Sound.
Day 9: Relaxation at sea/sailing through Smith Sound
Day 10: Pim Island (Nares Strait)
A reverent silence hangs in the air, broken only by an isolated crack of glacier ice or the call of a kittiwake. Your expedition ship reaches red-rocked Pim Island, which is highly popular with polar bears and Arctic foxes. From here on in, the ice determines the course. Following the call of the north, the HANSEATIC inspiration cruises through the icy waters of the Nares Strait, where expedition history was made.
Day 11-14: North-west coast of Greenland (Cape Constitution, Siorapaluk, Qaanaq, Cape York)
Greenland’s Cape Constitution, where Elisha Kane proudly raised the American flag in 1854, is also of historical significance. Siorapaluk, Greenland’s most northerly settlement, is a remote place on the strait of Smith Sound. The approximately 80 inhabitants earn their living from hunting and fishing. Further south, the colourful houses of the young settlement of Qaanaaqform a beautiful chessboard pattern. Named Old Thule before the Cold War, it was moved to make way for a military base and given a new name. Pioneers such as Robert Edwin Peary set out from Old Thule for the North Pole. Cape York, where you will board Zodiacs to explore the icy landscape, still has a memorial to the great American explorer.
Day 15: Relaxation at sea
Day 16-17: Western coast of Greenland (Qeqertarsuaq, Sisimiut)
Qeqertarsuaq presents a stunning contrast to the dark mountain backdrop with small, colourful houses by the water. Enter the town through the whalebone gateway to explore Godhavn – the “good harbour”, Qeqertarsuaq’s translation – or wander through the Arctic tundra to the Windy Valley. In the old town of Sisimiut, historic houses cling to steep cliffs, while a museum and two churches reflect the city’s exciting history as a missionary station and trading post. Together with the experts, you can hike to Tele Island.
Day 18: Kangerlussuaq/Greenland, arrival 6.00 hrs Charter flight from Kangerlussuaq to Hanover
Your expedition days in the Canadian Arctic then end back in Kangerlussuaq – but your memories of this time will stay with you forever.
For 2021 Departures -
Day 1 Charter flight from Germany* to KangerlussuaqKangerlussuaq/Greenland, departure 21.00 hrs
Day 2 Relaxation at sea
Day 3 - 7 Northern Canadian Arctic (Baffin Island, Ellesmere Island)
Set a course for thrilling experiences when the Arctic gleams in the summer light – perhaps the best time of year to visit. Along remote coastlines, the HANSEATIC inspiration presses on to the settings of great exploratory achievements – all thanks to the highest ice class for passenger ships and the experience of the captain and crew. This flexible route will provide plenty of fascinating tales for your travel diary. Glistening ice, impressive glaciers and vast, isolated land become the backdrop for wonderful natural spectacles and wildlife sightings. What is it like to live here under such extreme conditions? Find the answers in places like Baffin Island. The world discovered this habitat of polar bears and whales in the 17th century, when English seafarer William Baffin came here on the search for a north-west passage. Life in the small settlement of Clyde River reflects the Inuit traditions and their way of life. When the HANSEATIC inspiration heads for mystical places in these seldom-visited waters, you can enjoy a spectacular open-air theatre from the Zodiacs or on the spacious outdoor areas on deck. Depending on local conditions, you will go ashore and walk through these stunning natural surroundings with panoramic views of cliffs and glaciers. Your team of experts will provide fascinating information about the region’s geology and history. It wasn’t until the start of the 19th century that Ellesmere Island, the most northerly island in the Arctic, was discovered. How must those explorers have felt when they first caught sight of the coast? Find out when you travel to areas that hardly anyone has ever seen.
Day 8-9 Smith Sound and Nares Strait
The excitement will grow as, weather and ice permitting, your route takes you to Smith Sound between Greenland and Canada, just like many Arctic explorers before you. In 1909, American polar researcher Robert Edwin Peary travelled through here and the more northerly Nares Strait to become the first person to reach the North Pole.
Day 10-13 North-west coast of Greenland (including Etah, Siorapaluk, Cape York)
In addition to the views from the deck and hikes ashore, your experts will bring the legend of the North Pole to life with historical insights. If you succeed in landing on Pim Island, you will feel the drama of the Greely expedition, which fell victim to the icy winter of 1884 on the small, rocky island. With a little luck, you will catch sight of rare narwhals, bearded seals and Arctic hares. Only a few cruise ships can navigate the High Arctic. How far can the HANSEATIC inspiration actually make it? If the ice allows you to travel to the north-west coast of Greenland, you will see places visited by just a few explorers. In the mid 20th century, the geomagnetic North Pole was still near Etah. Today, it has moved further west. The region’s allure continues in Siorapaluk, Greenland’s most northerly settlement. The barking of the huskies echoes through the village right by the fjord, surrounded by mighty sandstone mountains in shades of red and violet. Experience expedition in the purest sense off Cape York on a Zodiac ride between the icebergs.
Day 14. Relaxation at sea
Day 15-16 Western coast of Greenland (Ilulissat, Disko Bay, Sisimiut)
These indescribable moments continue on Greenland’s west coast where the glacier calves into the fjord – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – near Ilulissat. A hike with the experts will allow you to enjoy the glittering, shimmering ice masses that gather here – this will set the tone for an unforgettable experience in Disko Bay. Take a Zodiac ride and marvel at breathtaking ice formations drifting slowly through the bay. The colourful houses of Sisimiut, founded at the end of the 18th century as a missionary and trading post, provide a contrast to the blue of the ice. On a hike, you will enter the historic territory of an Inuit culture that is over 4,000 years old. And even if you feel reluctant to return to the present, these intensive moments in the land of Arctic extremes will stay with you forever.
Day 17 Kangerlussuaq/Greenland, arrival 6.00 hrs Charter flight from Kangerlussuaq to Germany
* Depending on the flight schedule, it may be necessary to change the airports of departure and arrival.
A change in itinerary may become necessary on this expedition to the Arctic. The captain will decide on the best-possible alternative depending on weather and ice conditions and official approval.