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Norway to Iceland with the Faroe Islands

Arctic Norway Iceland Cruise Information

  • Silver Cloud (Polar Voyages)
  • Luxury Expedition Ship
  • approx. 240 Capacity
  • 14 Days
  • 2021 View Departure>
    • 2021
    • Jul 16 Fri
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  • $14,400
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Summary : Surrounded by towering peaks, flanked by verdant forests and small, scenic villages, the fjords have been topping wanderlust wish lists for years. Sailing from the top of the world in Nordkapp, weave your way through these majestic marvels all the way to bonnie Scotland’s Shetland Isles. Pioneers of the remote and the remarkable with Silversea you'll discover the windswept Faroes prior to arrival in Iceland.

Interested in a longer Grand Arctic voyage?
This trip can be combined with the following 3 trips to create an epic 64-day adventure: Greenland Expedition, Canadian Arctic & West Greenland, The Northwest Passaage
Rates from $79,000 per person double occupancy; please inquire for details

Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography, Triple/Quad Cabins

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Itinerary
Day 1
Tromso, Norway

Board the Silver Cloud to set sail.

Day 2
Gjesvaerstappan Islands / Cruise Along North Cape / Skarsvag, Norway

Gjesværstappan Islands is a group of steep-sided islands located near the northernmost point of Norway and includes three main islands: Stortstappen, Kjerkestappen and Bukkstapen. These three islands dramatically jut out of the ocean, covered in as much grass as they are occupied by birds. Extreme in its varied beauty and wildlife on land and sea, Gjesværstappan Nature Reserve (which makes up most of the Gjesværstappan Islands) is one of Europe’s most accessible and largest nesting areas for Atlantic seabirds. On Storstappen, the largest of the islands, some varieties of birds that can be found include European Shags, Common and Brünnich’s Guillemots, Black-legged Kittiwakes, White-tailed Sea-eagles and Europe’s largest Atlantic Puffin colony.

Situated at the very north tip of Norway and inside the Arctic Circle, there is something very special about being (almost) at the top of the world. Called the northernmost point of Europe, the North Cape (Nordkapp in Norwegian) lies about 1,306 miles from the North Pole, with no dry land between except for the Svalbard archipelago. Home to where the Atlantic and Arctic oceans meet, this is the true land of the midnight sun – constant spectacular scenic views and 24-hour sunlight lends itself to a sense of giddy informality aboard. Just imagine sipping a chilled glass of champagne at the very top of the world in full daylight at midnight – sensational. Be sure to be on the lookout for hundreds of thousands of puffins, gannets, cormorants, seals, dolphins and whales that make this stretch of chilly water their home. Not forgetting the colorful, compact fishing villages, so at odds with the otherwise this stark, barren landscape.

For those who prefer comfort, the Silver Cloud will anchor off Skarsvag, the “most northerly fishing village in the world”, and, weather conditions permitting, head ashore via Zodiac. Travel by coach to the North Cape where you can admire the glorious scenery, stop in at the visitor’s center and take photos at the famed globe monument. On a clear day the panorama is quite spectacular. On the return to Silver Cloud watch for reindeer grazing on the surrounding hillsides.

Day 3
Trollfjorden, Norway

Situated between the two archipelagos Vesterålen and Lofoten in Northern Norway, Trollforden is nothing short of magical. Cruisng the fjord takes in some of the most spectacular scenery in the Northern Hemisphere. The perfect combination of mountains and water, this is drama and legend at its very best. So named after the Norwegian myths, these are not the sweet Trolls of Disney. These mystical, sometimes dangerous creatures from Norse mythology and folk tales have inspired many writers, composers and painters, and are said to chase after you if you're a Christian. Hidden in the rocks during the day, they come out only at night. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for them whilst on deck as the crisp Norwegian air fills your lungs and the sound of Peer Gynt fills your ears.

Day 4
Nordfjordhlmen, Norway

Nordfjord is a narrow little northern branch of the very scenic Melfjord in Norway’s county of Nordland. Nordfjordholmen is a small and uninhabited island almost halfway into this northern branch. The island and neighboring islet narrow the fjord and guard the entrance of the Svartisen National Park, which reaches the eastern end of Nordfjord, one of Norway’s 36 areas proposed for marine protection and one of 12 fjords. Tranquil waters mirror the smooth mountains and streams, and birch forests line the shore.

Day 5
Day 6
Cruise Sognefjord / Gudvangen, Norway

Dwarfed by the towering, claustrophobically-close slopes of Norway's most imposing fjord, Gudvangen waits patiently around the scenic bend of the Nærøyfjord. The journey between Gudvangen's small port and Flåm is one of the world's most dramatic, with extraordinary scenery unfolding before your eyes along every inch. Explore one of Norway's two UNESCO World Heritage Site listed fjords, as you cruise sandwiched between emerald slopes on the ferry that traces back and forth. Or, get up close and personal as you part the glassy waters on a kayak. Hardy hikers, meanwhile, will be rewarded with some of Norway's most breathtaking panoramas, as they rise into the majestic mountains, which rocket up everywhere you look. Waiting at the end of the forked tongue of Sognefjord, Gudvangen is a place of remarkable human history that is almost as deep as the gouged fjords themselves.

Visit a former Viking village to hurl axes, fire arrows and weave fabrics using traditional methodologies, as you get tactile with the area's storied heritage. Settle in to eat in a restaurant of wooden benches and smoky log fires, where you can taste fresh, flame-cooked salmon. Flåm is also the terminus of the celebrated Flåm Railway, one of the most scenic stretches of railway track laid in existence. The carriages, brimming with old-time charm, trundle past gushing waterfall veils and burbling rivers on their theatrical 12-mile journey. The rail tracks up through the mountain scenery to Myrdal's station.

Day 7
Day 8
Day 9
Lerwick, Shetland Islands / Noss Island, UK

Adrift between the Scottish and Norwegian coasts, the craggy Shetland Islands form the most northerly point of the British Isles. Sprawling across 100 islands, connected by sandy bridges and crisscrossing ferries, explore the highlights of this scenic archipelago outpost. With incredible Neolithic history, spanning 5,000 years of human heritage, these islands, which sit just shy of the Arctic Circle, are an isolated and immense treasure trove of history and thrilling scenery. Look out over dramatic coastline from atmospheric Iron Age towers. Sweeping, windswept beaches and wisps of sand connect islands and rugged cliffs - stand back as the sounds of the waves smashing against the shore and calling gulls fills the air. The islands are also home to some of the most adorable four-legged creatures you’ll ever meet, the diminutive and wavy-fringed, Shetland Ponies who roam the hills and reach a maximum size of 42 inches.

Don't be fooled, though, they are among the strongest and toughest of all breeds. Their existence here points to Viking history, as local horses bred with ponies brought ashore by Norse settlers, creating the lovable crossbreed that is an icon of these islands today. The towering Broch of Mousa is perhaps Europe’s best-preserved Iron Age building - and one of the Shetland's finest brochs - a series of round, stone towers, believed to have been constructed around 100 BC. Seals and birdlife ensure that the isolated islands are always well-populated with life - and you can embark on hikes to discover their coastal homes. Lerwick is the islands’ capital, and there's a charming welcome on offer, as you arrive before the waterfront of stone buildings, which cascade down to the shore.

Exploring the sandstone cliff faces of the Isle of Noss will reveal ledges loaded with gannets, puffins, guillemots, shags, kittiwakes, Razorbills, fulmars and Great Skuas. The island was recognized as a National Nature Reserve in 1955, and has one of Europe’s largest and most diverse seabird colonies. Sheep have grazed the inland hillsides of Noss since the late 1800s and early 1900s when around twenty people lived on the island to manage the sheep farm. Along with the sheep, shaggy Shetland ponies graze the windblown slopes of Noss.

Day 10
Torshavn, Faroe Islands

More than 600 miles from Denmark’s west coast lie the Faroes, a triangle of eighteen windswept islands, seventeen of which are inhabited. Only 48,500 people plus some 70,000 sheep roam these remote lands. Much of the islands’ heritage reflects a medieval past, beginning with the arrival of farmers from western Norway who settled here in the 9th century. Evidence of this Scandinavian heritage is preserved through centuries of isolation; ancient structures can still be seen in villages clustered around old churches. Sheer cliffs and waterfalls carve Streymoy, the largest of the islands, where Torshavn is one of the world’s smallest capitals with about 12,400 inhabitants, plus another 5,000 living in the suburbs of Argir and Hoyvik. Visitors find interesting museums, churches, monuments and all the amenities of a modern town and thriving harbor here. The world’s oldest, still active parliament was founded in the Viking age.

Today, it houses the main offices of the local government. Many of the attractions are found outside of Torshavn in the rugged beauty of Streymoy. There are fields with grazing ponies and sheep, tiny hamlets where residents live in half-timbered houses topped by green grass roofs, and dramatic rock formations. Birds by the thousands populate the craggy seaside cliffs, which make an ideal stopover for migratory gannets, guillemots and puffins. The Faroes' climate is generally wet and windy. Because of the Gulf Stream, the temperature is a good deal more moderate than the latitude might imply; it also helps to keep Faroe harbors ice-free year-round.

Day 11
Vestmanna, Faroe Islands

The Vestmanna bird cliffs are near vertical, volcanic cliffs that rise steeply out of the ocean. They are impressively covered with innumerable bird nesting sites as well rare and hardy vegetation. Literally tens of thousands of seabirds can be seen soaring along the cliffs, sitting on nests as well as swimming across the water. Species include numerous kittiwakes, Common Guillemots, Black Guillemots and the endearing Atlantic Puffin. In addition, several waterfalls cascade down in graceful mists from hundreds of meters in the air and explorations reveal a series of sea caves ranging from modest in size to enormous.

Day 12
Djupivogur, Iceland

Slow the pace, and discover the refreshing approach to life that Djupivogur has made its trademark. You can leave your phone behind as you step out into this Icelandic town, which has won awards celebrating its leisurely outlook and stubborn rebellion against the frenetic pace of modern life. After all, who needs emails and notifications when you have some of the most humbling monochrome scenery and gashed fjords, waiting on your doorstep? Sitting on a peninsula to the south-east of Iceland, the glacial approach to life here wins many hearts. A place where hammers knock on metal in workshops, artists ladle paint onto canvases, and wild ponies roam across mountains, Djupivogur is an uninhibited artistic hub - full of makers and creatives. The most expansive project is the 34 egg sculptures that dot the coastline, created by the Icelandic artist, Sigurður Guðmundsson. Each egg represents a different native bird species.

Fishing remains the primary industry, and you can savor the soft fruits of the labor in restaurants serving up smoked trout and fish soup within their cozy confines. Wander the surrounding landscapes, where snow-freckled mountains rise, and lazy seals lie on dark rock beaches, to feel Djupivogur's natural inspiration seeping under your skin. Alive with greens and golds in summer, further ventures reveal bright blue glaciers and the sprawling waterfalls of Vatnajökull National Park. The cliff-hugging puffins of Papey Island are a short boat ride away, while Bulandstindur Mountain's pyramid shape is a stand out even among these fairy-tale landscapes.

Day 13
Vestmannaeyjar / Cruise Surtsey, Iceland

On November 14, 1963, a trawler passing the southernmost point of Iceland spotted a column of smoke rising from the sea. Expecting to find a burning boat they were surprised to find instead, explosive volcanic eruptions. They were witnessing the birth of a new island. Columns of ash reached heights of almost 30,000 feet in the sky and could be seen on clear days as far away as Reykjavík. The eruptions continued for three and a half years, ending in June 1967. Once formed, Surtsey was 492 feet above sea level and covered an area of almost 2 square miles. The island was named after the Norse fire god Surtur. It is a perfect scientific study area used to understand the colonization process of new land by plant and animal life.

Day 14
Reykjavík, Iceland

After breakfast, disembark the ship.

Notes

Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice and weather conditions – and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.

Interested in a longer Grand Arctic voyage?
This trip can be combined with the following 3 trips to create an epic 64-day adventure: Greenland Expedition, Canadian Arctic & West Greenland, The Northwest Passaage
Rates from $79,000 per person double occupancy; please inquire for details

Photo Studio:
Unique to Silver Cloud, the Photo Studio offers a vibrant, creatively inspiring space where you can not only master the art of digital photography with Masterclasses, but also offers an editing suite where you can print images using state-of-the-art equipment plus a dedicated photo manager.

Included:
Shipboard accommodations; Wi-Fi onboard ship (1x device per guest for Vista-Deluxe Veranda; 2x devices per guest for Medallion-Owner's suites); kayaking (lottery system); parka; backpack; one voyage highlights USB per cabin; most meals onboard ship; butler service; most beverages onboard ship; gratuities onboard ship (except spa). Royal, Grand, and Owner’s Suites receive laundry service throughout the voyage as well as dinner for two in La Dame (one evening per voyage) and two hours of worldwide phone use from your suite, per voyage. Subject to change without notice.

Not Included:
Airfare; transfers and luggage handling; meals on board at La Dame Restaurant unless mentioned above as included; some alcoholic premium beverages; travel insurance; government fees and taxes; visa and passport expenses; gifts and items of a personal nature such as laundry (unless mentioned as included) and spa options; fuel surcharge may apply.

Photos: © Creative Services at Silversea Cruises, Bruno Cazarini, Daniela Plaza

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