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Join the HANSEATIC inspiration on a 12-day Northwest Greenland expedition cruise from Kangerlussuaq. This expedition highlights fascinating aspects of the world's largest island in the light of the midnight sun. High up in the far north, away from the familiar cruise routes, your journey will be full of memories to last a lifetime.
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises expedition ships have more open deck space than any other expedition ship. Hear the ice crack as you stand on the bow of the HANSEATIC inspiration, a ship that only launched in 2019.
Marvel at Eqip Sermia Glacier, a white wall of ice
Enjoy Zodiac landings, giving opportunities for many wilderness hikes
Explore the picturesque northwest coast of Greenland
Cruise on a brand-new expedition vessel
Day 1: Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
Day 2: At sea
Days 3 - 5: Western coast of Greenland
Days 6 - 8: Northwest coast of Greenland
Day 9: At sea
Days 10 & 11: Western coast of Greenland
Day 12: Disembarkation in Kangerlussuaq
Arrive in Kangerlussuaq and embark your ship, HANSEATIC inspiration. You will depart in the late evening, setting sail towards the west coast of Greenland.
Enjoy the many amenities of your ship as you spend a day relaxing at sea.
Look forward to intensive expedition days in the home of the Inuit, as you experience 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 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 7km in length. In the small town of Uummannaq, a museum recalls the expeditions of explorers from days gone by. A hike with your experts will take you to "Santa's summer house", the setting of a Danish TV series. The surrounding terrain is ideal for a hike in the tundra. 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.
The further north the Hanseatic Inspiration goes, the greater the excitement on board. Ice conditions permit which remote coasts and settlements you visit. 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 a fascinating insight into various chapters in history, including the tales of many famous explorers.
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.
Relax on board as the Hanseatic Inspiration cruises back towards the western coast of Greenland.
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 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.
Disembark the HANSEATIC inspiration in the early morning for your return charter flight.
The HANSEATIC inspiration is a formidable vessel that has been designed and purpose-built by Hapag-Lloyd Cruises to offer the very best in expedition exploration. Although they are keen not to be labelled as "luxury" Hapag-Lloyd Cruises have designed everything to the highest specification, from the expedition equipment, restaurants and public spaces, to the cabins and suites where everything has its perfectly designed place!
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