A few days ago, we wrote about Hapag-Lloyd CruisesMS Hanseatic setting off from Greenland on an incredible twenty-eight day voyage through the fabled Northwest Passage to Nome, Alaska.

We’ve been following the ship’s progress via her webcam and thought we should share some of the more interesting photos with you here at From the Deck Chair.  If these photos are half as spectacular in real-life as they are on the digital screen, chances are MS Hanseatic’s passengers are truly in for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

The ship passed a major arctic milestone on Monday when she called briefly at Beechy Island.   This desolate, wind-swept island played host to the early days of the Franklin Expedition as their anchorage during the winter of 1845-46 and was also the site of the first three deaths to befall the expedition.  Even today, the graves of Petty Officer John Torrington, seaman John Hartnell, and Private William Braine adorn the rocky shores of Beechy Island.

Unlike many historic sites in the world which have changed and evolved with human advancement, the Arctic is largely a time capsule; appearing today very much as it did to the men aboard HMS Erebus and HMS Terror one hundred and sixty-five years ago.

All photographs below are courtesy of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises.
Passengers marvel at the approach to Beechy Island.
…and experience the desolation of the Arctic up-close.
 And yet, the beauty of the Arctic shines through.

With its ever-shifting ice fields and maze-like chains of 
islands, it’s not difficult to see why this area was so feared
not that long ago.

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