Trip Type : Small Ship Cruise
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Expedition to Spitsbergen for adventure - In the land of fjords and glaciers

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises
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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
10 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • See deep fjords, powerful glaciers and and see the wildlife
  • Experience the colourful effects of Raudfjord
  • Experience the View of the  Magdalenefjord

Short Description

The circumnavigation of Spitsbergen: myths and adventure in equal measure. Few ships brave this route – the BREMEN is one of them. To ensure success, it takes plenty of time – for deep fjords, powerful glaciers and fascinating ice landscapes as well as polar bears, seals, walruses and Arctic foxes. You can be one of the few who share these experiences. You choose the time frame – four dates, one common goal: legendary, wild and unforgettable!

Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Trip Type Small Ship Cruise
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Longyearbyen
End City Tromsoe

Trip Includes

  • Accommodation
  • Meals on board
  • Tour Guide
  • Internal transportation

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Itinerary

Day 1:

Charter flight from Düsseldorf – Longyearbyen

Longyearbyen/Spitsbergen/Norway, departure 20.00 hrs

Day 2-9:

Adventure in Spitsbergen: highlights and circumnavigation depending on the circumstances, (including Hornsund , Ny-Alesund , Moellerhafen , Magdalenefjord , Raudfjord , Liefdefjord , Mushamna , Moffen , cruising through the Hinlopen Strait, Palanderbukta , cruising through Freeman Sound, Kapp Lee )

Arctic beauty coveted by pioneers

The compass needle is pointing towards adventure. Creaking, the ice tells of great pioneering acts. An audience with the kings of the Arctic, the polar bears, awaits you. Welcome to Spitsbergen – wild, raw island beauty and home to a fascinating animal world. The archipelago was discovered by Willem Barents in 1596 as he was searching for a north-east passage to Asia. He was so impressed by the peaked mountains, climbing up to 1,700 m from the waters of the North Atlantic, that he named the archipelago after them.

Over 400 years later, the BREMEN is setting aside lots of time on four expeditions to explore Spitsbergen with one clear objective: circumnavigation! In 1996, it became the first passenger ship to do so. In 2015, you can join the small group of people who have experienced this first hand. Every route is determined by nature: The weather and ice determine the flexible itinerary. And every day is packed with experiences which bring together the pioneering spirit of the past and present. For example, when you set foot on historic soil and the present territory of researchers in Ny-Alesund, one of the northernmost settlements in the world. In 1926, it was the starting point for the airship Norge, in which the polar researcher Roald Amundsen and airship pioneer Umberto Nobile became the first people to reach the North Pole. Today, researchers live in this small “academic settlement” and work on climate change and its effects on the flora and fauna. Likewise, the town of Longyearbyen is of significance to the future of our planet. Here, scientists from around the world do research in the “laboratory of the Arctic”. In Moellerhafen you can visit the small “Lloyd’s Hotel”, a small refuge for explorers surrounded by a grand landscape, with an experienced polar bear lookout. These are just some of the many historical aspects and island perspectives waiting to be discovered.

Enthralling moments guaranteed

It is no wonder that glaciologists are drawn to Spitsbergen. The glacial masses in the Svalbard archipelago actively freeze and melt, with cycles often taking just a few years. The same happens in Hornsund, where powerful glaciers shape the panorama. Samarinbreen will forge lasting memories framed by imposing mountains on an impressive Zodiac ride with a view of the glacial cliff. In Liefdefjord, the calving of the majestic blue Monaco Glacier might ring in your ears. An unforgettable experience when you travel along the cliff, up to 40 m in height, past drifting ice floes. The colourful effects of Raudfjord and the view of the mountainous panorama of Magdalenefjord will trigger a wave of enthusiasm within you. The majestic silence is only broken by the cracks of the drifting ice floes and the calls of little auks. Cruising here, the BREMEN will open up fantastic perspectives. Too beautiful to be true? Far from it: every day you can seize the fascination of nature around the archipelago on many Zodiac rides and landings.

The Arctic is alive!

You have a good chance of spotting polar bears in Spitsbergen as protected fjords and ice floes are the preferred hunting grounds of the Ursus maritimus. The sudden call of “Polar bear spotted!” will fill the deck or Zodiac with whispers. The experienced crew is able to react spontaneously and bring the ship about to ensure some unforgettable animal observations. Spitsbergen provides food and protection to a variety of colourful species. This is underlined in an impressive way in Mushamna, where Arctic terns and eider ducks breed and where Arctic foxes can be seen. The highly protected island of Moffen is known for impressive walruses which gather on the even coasts in great herds. The BREMEN is always on the lookout for impressive settings. Thick-billed murres, kittiwakes and glaucous gulls inhabit the cliffs of Alkefjellet, the “bird mountain”, in their thousands. With a little luck, you can enjoy particularly weighty observations from the Zodiac off Kapp Lee, the original territory of the walruses. Male walruses can weigh over 1,000 kg and grow to 3.5 metres in length. These impressions can only be outdone by the whales which happily follow ships in these waters from time to time.

Ship and crew – experienced in ice

Small, flexible and with the highest ice class for passenger ships: This is the only way can the BREMEN circumnavigate Spitsbergen. Every day is an adventure in these nautically demanding waters. Here, the crew members can bring their years of polar experience to bear in order to give you the best possible experience. Such as when you join the small group of explorers who have pressed on to Nordaustlandet. This uninhabited island, the second largest in the Spitsbergen archipelago, boasts an atmospheric landscape featuring glaciers and vast expanses of flatness. You can land in Palanderbukta with the Zodiacs and, with a little luck, spot reindeer and Arctic foxes on a walk through the sparse tundra. In the Hinlopen Strait, the steel-reinforced hull of the BREMEN will come into its own as the ship forges its path with certainty. Your reward: spectacular views of Hinlopenbreen, the largest outlet glacier in Spitsbergen. Weather permitting, cruise through the narrow Freeman Sound – accompanied by the fascinating play of colour and light on the landscape, it makes for a crowning conclusion to your expedition. Here you can reflect on an experience granted to but a few people: the circumnavigation of Spitsbergen.

Day 10:

Relaxation at sea

Day 11:

Tromsoe/Norway, arrival 6.00 hrs

Scheduled flight from Tromsoe – Oslo – Frankfurt

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Ship Name

MS BREMEN

Ship Stats

Built: October 1990

Categories: 4-stars-plus*

Gross Tonnage (GT): 6,752

Shipyard: Mitsubishi Shipyard, Kobe (Japan)

Length: 111 m/365 ft

Beam: 17 m/56 ft

Draught: 4.80 m/16 ft

Total power: 2 x 2,427 kW

Speed: 15 knots

Stabilisers: yes

Highest ice class for passenger ships: E4

Passenger decks: 6

Passenger capacity: 155

Cabins/suites: 80/2

Crew: 100

On-board language: German

Zodiacs (motorised rubber boats): 12

Environmental protection systems: own incinerators, fully biological sewage treatment system

Hospital: yes

Helicopter deck: yes

Ship Description

Feel like you are in a comfortable hotel in the middle of the ocean, where you wake up somewhere new each and every day. Enjoy expedition destinations far from the familiar in a particularly pleasant atmosphere. And share your experiences with like-minded people in a relaxed ambience.

On the BREMEN, you will experience more than just a cruise from A to B – you will experience a journey with all conveniences, ranging from the generous outside cabins and suites, the culinary creations created in the kitchen and the experts’ presentations to the numerous opportunities for activities and relaxation. Perfect conditions for your highly individual cruise in a small group of up to 155 guests – and awarded with the rating of 4-stars-plus*.

Deck & Cabin Plans

Every one of the 80 outside cabins and 2 suites on the BREMEN gives you lots of space to relax in complete comfort. The personal touch is highlighted by the little things, such as the bathrobe, the mini bar (which is refilled with soft drinks for free every day) and the live images from the forward-view camera. You can also adjust the temperature of your room to suit you. And naturally, you can always enjoy an ocean view through wide panoramic windows, through the maritime portholes or from your private balcony.

Comfortable: 18m²/194 ft² and 24 m²/258 ft² non-smoking cabins and suites

Ocean view included, thanks to panoramic windows and maritime portholes

Your own balcony: in the suites and all cabins on Deck 6

Comfortable: Wi-Fi Internet access

Good entertainment: with a flat screen and DVD player (films in the video-on-demand system on board)

Informative: expert presentations, navigation charts and the forward-view camera are broadcast to your TV

Refreshments included: the mini bar is refilled on a daily basis, free of charge

Attentive: the cabin service carries out your culinary wishes from between 7.00 and 22.00 hrs

Your own personal home

The perfect places to enjoy and reflect on your intensive expedition moments are 18 m²/194 ft² and 24 m²/258 ft² in size: the non-smoking cabins and suites of the BREMEN give you lots of space to relax and boast spectacular views. Besides easy Internet access via Wi-Fi, the rooms are furnished with modern flat-screen TVs and DVD players for which you can find a wide selection of films in the on-board video-on-demand system. The rooms are comfortable and the staff are personal and attentive: the cabin service will carry out selected culinary requests from 7.00 to 22.00 hrs. The cabin stewardess looks after every other amenity attentively and courteously.

All Deck & Cabin Plans

Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Standard Group

Accomodations

MS BREMEN

Cancellation Policy:

The Passenger may cancel the travel contract at any time prior the start of the cruise. Notices of cancellation must be given in writing. The notice will become effective on the date on which it is received by Hapag-Lloyd or, as the case may be, by the travel agency that made the original booking. In the event of cancellation by the Passenger, Hapag-Lloyd shall have the right to charge the following flat-rate cancellation fees to cover travel preparations made and any expenses:

If 210 days or more before the start of the cruise, then  € 150 (US$ 180, £ 110)* per person than € 150 (US$ 180,

from 209th to 150th day before the start of the cruise: 10 % of the fare [provided this is not less £ 110) per person]

from 149th to 90th day before the start of the cruise: 20 % of the fare

from 89th to 45th day before the start of the cruise: 30 % of the fare

from 44th to 30th day before the start of the cruise: 50 % of the fare

from 29th to 10th day before the start of the cruise: 75 % of the fare

from 9th to 1st day before the start of the cruise: 90 % of the fare.

In case of no show or cancellation of the cruise on the departure day 95 % of the fare.

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  • Any kind of insurance
  • Personal Expenses

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