Iceland & Greenland onboard Astor sailing from Bremerhaven, 1 July 2020, 23 nights from £3453
Carrying only 600 passengers, the Astor provides guests with an intimate environment ideal for relaxation.
Carrying only 600 passengers, the Astor provides guests with an intimate environment ideal for relaxation. With fine cuisine, high class entertainment, comfortable lounges and accommodation, the philosophy of the crew onboard is simply to ensure your voyage is an outstanding and memorable experience.
Please note that the Astor is sold primarily to the German market and therefore the majority of passengers onboard will be German. The crew onboard the Astor speak German and English and you will be provided with English menus and a printed daily programme in English informing you of the days events onboard the ship and port information. The onboard evening entertainment usually consists of various singing and dancing shows suitable for all nationalities.
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|The small community Djúpivogur is located in Iceland’s east on a peninsula between the fjords Berufjörður and Hamarsfjörður and lives mainly from fishing and tourism. The village with its colorful houses, including the old red-colored trading house Langabúð, is considered one of the most beautiful islands. The landscape of the imposing Ostfjorde is characterized by towering mountains with bare rock walls, which are marked by wind and weather. Djúpivogur is dominated by the almost 1,000 m high mountain Búlandstindur. In the area you can visit a number of beautiful waterfalls. The combination of marshland, puddles and beaches near the village makes the area the ideal breeding ground for birds. Historically interesting is a visit to the island of Papey, which was inhabited by Irish monks before the arrival of the Vikings. A trip to the glacial lagoon Jökulsárlón, where you circle the icebergs in an amphibious vehicle, will certainly remain in your memory.|
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|Tasiilaq, formerly Ammassalik, is a town in the district of Sermersooq in southeastern Greenland. With its approximately 2,000 inhabitants, it is the most populated settlement on the Greenland east coast.
Not far below the Arctic Circle, Tasiilaq presents itself as a picturesque and idyllic place, with houses in traditionally bright colors and a magnificent backdrop of babbling streams and mountains with snow-capped peaks.
The region has a unique flora and fauna as well as beautiful scenery that can be discovered in the summer months on a variety of trails and trails. On the way there are always fantastic views, especially from Tasiilaqs Cairn, which was inaugurated in 1944 for the 50th birthday of the city.
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|The capital Nuuk is surrounded by a fantastic fjord area, the second largest in the world, where there are a variety of whales depending on the season.
Nature and cultural diversity, old and new, shopping and art, whale watching and whaling, dapper, small wooden houses and huge blocks of flats face each other here. Buildings, such as the Katuaq Cultural Center, which has been architecturally inspired by northern lights, are reminiscent of the fact that nature is an omnipresent part of life in the city. The National Museum of Greenland with its unique collections is worth a visit, as well as the old colonial harbor and the small fish hall.
|Sisimiut is located 40 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle on the eastern shore of Davisstraße. The bustling, colorful settlement stretches along a series of rocks at the western end of a large peninsula framed to the north by the Kangerluarsuk Tulleq Fjord and to the south by the broad Amerloq Fjord. The city name literally means “people living in fox-houses”. Sisimiut is the largest business center north of the capital Nuuk and one of the fastest growing cities in Greenland. The city is a mix of traditional family homes, social housing and blocks built in the 1960s.
There are walks along the coast, as well as sled dogs, local museums and craft shops. For stone lovers worth a visit to the slightly out of the way house of Bjarne Ljungdahl, a former, renowned geologist. Tuttupit, Nuummit, Greenlandite and Unakit can be seen as raw stones as well as polished or already processed into jewelery.
|Nearly 600 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle is the “Seal Heart-shaped”, as the name of the place Uummannaq translated means, on a 12 km ² island in the same fjord. The description refers to the imposing 1.175 meter high Herzberg, which dominates the island.
The waters are rich in fish, seals and whales, of which the native population lives. The fjord landscape with the many icebergs attracts many kayak tourists.
The city dates back to the foundation of the Danes in 1763, and there are preserved colonial buildings, next to a peat stone house, which gives an insight into the traditional way of life of the Inuit. Close to Uummannaq, you will find the deserted settlement of Qilakitsoq, a significant archaeological site, which caused a stir with the discovery of eight human mummies from the 15th century. They give important information about the Inuit culture at that time and can be seen in the museum in Nuuk.
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|In Ilulissat you can pay a visit to the fantastic ice fjord. The glacier Sermeq Kujalleq pushes itself here with much pressure and big noise towards the sea. It is on the UNESCO World Heritage List, is considered one of the most prolific glaciers on Earth and ensures that in the Disko Bay constantly huge icebergs drift. Add to that the unbelievable natural spectacle of the white giants, when they run aground on a flat spot at the end of the ice fjord and pile up. You can approach the icebergs and the ice fjord in different ways, on a scenic flight, by boat or on a hike. Through the different perspectives, new, different, fascinating sensory perceptions arise time and again.|
|14/7/20||Qeqertarsuaq, Disko Island (Greenland)||05:30||18:00|
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|Qaqortoq, the largest city in South Greenland, was founded in 1775 by the Norwegian merchant Anders Olsen. However, the area was permanently settled long before. The trail goes back to the Saqqaq tribe, whose tools and artefacts found there are estimated to be over 4,300 years old. Qaqortoq used to call the name Julianehåb in honor of Queen Juliana Maria of Denmark. Even today, the city still has some examples of architecture from the Danish colonial era. Qaqortoq is considered to be the most charming city in Greenland with a beautiful center and a small square adorned by the country’s oldest fountain. Inspired by the famous Greenlandic artist Aka Hoegh, several artists have created the project “Stone and Man” here. Sculptures of ram’s heads,|
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|Located just below the Arctic Circle, Ísafjörður is the largest city in the Icelandic region of Westfjords. It is located on a pebble headland that feeds the Skutulsfjörður fjord and is surrounded by mountains on three sides. Only three roads lead out of the city and all three pass through tunnels. The Maritime Museum traces the life and history of the settlement back to its beginnings. Fishing was and is the main source of income in the region. The Westfjords are a nature lover’s paradise, and a popular excursion leads to the magical island of Vigur, home to a large colony of eider ducks, alongside a huge population of other birds.|
|The Icelandic capital has a very idiosyncratic character, partly Old Norse, partly very modern. Despite the fact that half of all Icelanders live in Reykjavík, it is one of the smallest capitals in the world. In the oldest part of the city, one encounters mosaics, murals and sculptures, and brightly colored houses with tin roofs are guarded by the towering Hallgrímskirche. The popular classic among the optional, varied and exciting excursions offers vast lava fields, a dramatic, historic gorge, bubbling mud springs, thunderous waterfalls and water-spouting geysers in one. Another, very nice trip, allows a relaxing dip in the geothermal waters of the famous Blue Lagoon.|
|21/7/20||Heimaey, Western Maenner Islands (Iceland)||06:00||11:45|
|Heimaey not only the largest among the 15 islands of the Westman archipelago off the south coast of Iceland, but also the only inhabited one. On January 23, without warning, a volcano erupted on the city boundary next to Mount Helgafell, forcing its residents to leave their homes and escape to the mainland. Fortunately, the entire fishing fleet was in the harbor to evacuate the islanders and, surprisingly, not a single death was to be lamented. Six months later, when the volcano was extinguished, most of the residents returned and started rebuilding their homes on an island that has gained one fifth of its original size from the lava flows.|
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Note: In case of bad weather or sea conditions that prevent the ship from reaching a planned port, alternative arrangements will be made as far as possible.
Ship is at anchor, ashore by tender boat
* Technical stop, guests can not go ashore
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