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Legendary Northern Isles: Scotland, Faroes & Iceland

Iceland Cruise

  • National Geographic Explorer
  • Luxury Expedition Ship
  • 148 Capacity
  • 14 Days
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Summary : Encounter Shetland ponies roaming verdant landscapes. Go back in time at Skara Brae, a 5,000-year-old stone-slab village on Orkney and see the mysterious standing stones of the Ring of Brodgar. Walk with a historian through Jarlshof archaeological site, a complex of ancient settlements spanning 4,000 years of human history. Meet the welcoming islanders who call the scenic Faroes home. Observe incredible birdlife—massive puffin colonies in the Faroes and Grimsey, and on the Cliffs of Noss, thousands of murres and kittiwakes. Experience a near circumnavigation of the geologic wonders of Iceland.

All departures are photo expeditions, see end of page for details.

Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Photography, Dedicated Solo Cabins, Triple/Quad Cabins

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Itinerary
Day 1 – 2
U.S. / Bergen, Norway

Bergen is one of the major cities of the powerful Hanseatic League. Hansa merchants operated in the historic Bryggens Wharf area, filled with wooden buildings from the Middle Ages.

Day 3
Orkney Islands, Scotland

Enjoy a morning at sea, then see the standing stones at the Ring of Brodgar and the stoneslab village of Skara Brae. Step into the world of the Vikings at the red sandstone cathedral of St. Magnus, built in 1137.

Day 4
Shetland Islands

Enjoy epic views as the ship glides past the towering bird cliffs of Noss full of murres and kittiwakes. Visit the Jarlshof archaeological site and see the famous Shetland ponies.

Day 5
At Sea / Tórshavn, Faroe Islands, Denmark

The rugged Faroese are proud of their Viking ancestry, reflected in their ancient language and love of the sea. In Tórshavn, wooden boats bob at anchor in the harbor and harken back to Viking times. Visit the natural history museum and the Kirkjubøur archaeological site, a medieval farming and religious center.

Day 6
Vestmanna, Faroe Islands

Continue your explorations of the Faroe Islands by visiting northern Streymoy, with its historic settlements and Viking graves.

Day 7
Mykines, Faroe Islands / At Sea

Tranquil Mykines is known for its overwhelming number of puffins. Visit the nesting grounds, where thousands of birds take off and land. Continue to the tiny lighthouse, then stroll through the village of turf-roofed houses.

Day 8
Djúpivogur, Iceland

Dock in Djúpivogur and drive down the coast to explore the vast Vatnajökull icecap. Get close views of the deep blue icebergs in Jökulsárlón ice lagoon.

Day 9
At Sea / Grimsey, Iceland

Enjoy a morning at sea as you sail northward to the land of the midnight sun, going ashore in the evening at the tiny island of Grimsey. Home to nesting sea birds, it lies exactly on the Arctic Circle.

Day 10
Lake Mývatn / Akureyri, Iceland

Drive to Lake Mývatn, the most geologically active area in Iceland. See the mud pools at Hverarond and the unforgettable sight of Goðafoss, the waterfall of the gods. Visit the explosion crater at Viti. Drive to Akureyri with its beautiful period houses, backed by snow-capped mountains.

Day 11
Ísafjördur, Iceland

Located in the Westfjords, the tiny town of Ísafjördur is surrounded by water on three sides and is a great place to view the stunning fjord landscape and photograph tiny flowering plants.

Day 12
Western Iceland

Cruise past the immense Látrabjarg cliffs, the westernmost point of Iceland and home to a huge population of razorbills. Continue to Flatey Island, a trading post for many centuries. Walk around the charming hamlet that grew here.

Day 13
Surtsey & Heimaey, Westman Islands

The Westman Islands were formed by undersea volcanoes and are among the youngest of the world’s archipelagos. Surtsey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was created in 1963 and 10 years later, Heimaey was threatened by lava flows that nearly closed off its harbor. Visit the crater where the earth is still hot and see areas that were engulfed by lava.

Day 14
Reykjavík, Iceland / Home

Disembark in Reykjavík with options to visit either the famous Blue Lagoon thermal baths or the hot springs, geothermal power plant and a horse farm, prior to your flight home.

Notes

This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.

Lindblad-National Geographic Certified Photo Instructor:
On all departures, a certified photo instructor will be at your side and at your service to inspire and assist you. Take advantage of talks, presentations, slideshows and “laptop gallery” sharing events. All skill and interest levels are welcome; the instructors can meet you wherever you are on your journey. All you need to participate is a camera— point-and-shoot, smartphone, DSLR, whatever—and a sense of adventure. And you’re sure to return home with amazing photos.

Optional Pre-Voyage Extension: Norway
A once bustling seaport town nestled amongst the fjords of southwestern Norway, Bergen has been revitalized as an amazing look back into the medieval times and the Hanseatic League that once dominated this harbor town. The colorful wooden clapboard commercial buildings that line the old wharf are just one of many picturesque backdrops to our tour of this historic city. 1 Day.
2020 Double Occupancy from $980 per person
2020 Single Occupancy from $1,180

Optional Post-Voyage Extension: Reykjavik’s Golden Circle & Blue Lagoon
Extend your stay in Reykjavik, the world’s northernmost capital. Enjoy the surreal Blue Lagoon, and have a guided in-depth experience along the famed Golden Circle. 1 Day.
2020 Double Occupancy from $1,290 per person
2020 Single Occupancy from $1,590

Included:
Transfers between airport and ship if booked on group flights; shipboard accommodations; certified photo instructor; video chronicle of your trip; all meals onboard ship; most beverages onboard ship; crew gratuities. Subject to change without notice.

Not Included:
Airfare; visa/immigration fees; personal items such as premium alcoholic beverages, Internet, laundry, etc.; fuel surcharge may apply.

Photos ©: Ralph Lee Hopkins, Michael S Nolan

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