Spotted: Hanseatic Returns to Northeast Passage

Image Courtesy: Hapag-Lloyd Cruises

MV Hanseatic, one of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’s two expedition vessels, navigated once again the Northeast Passage on September 7, 2016, when the ship rounded Cape Dezhnev in Russia. 

The Northeast Passage is a sea route in the Arctic Ocean, which runs along the north coasts of Asia and Europe, from the Bering Strait to the White Sea.

The vessel departed from Tromso, Norway, on August 16, 2016. The first port of call was Murmansk, Russia, where the voyage officially started.

After cruising through the Barents Sea, Arctic Ocean, the cruise ship stopped at anchor in Novaya Zemlya and Franz Josef Land, before the ship went on through the Kara Sea to Severnaya Zemlya.

Other stops at anchor took place off Siberia, Wrangel Island and Chukchi Island.

After sailing a total of 5,542 nautical miles, the ship is scheduled to arrive in Nome, Alaska, on September 10, 2016, officially completing its voyage.

In 2014, the Hanseatic was the first non-Russian ship to navigate this sea route.

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Image Courtesy: Hapag-Lloyd Cruises

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