Iceland And The Northern Isles Cruise
- Duration: 13 days
- Board Basis: Full Board
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW99921
- Travel Type: Make your own way to port
12 nights. June 2019. From £1689.00.
Circumnavigate the stark but stunning island-nation of Iceland, and discover its fascinating capital, Reykjavik, on this superb summer cruise. As Columbus sails north you'll also have opportunities to explore Torshavn and Lerwick, the remote capitals of the North Sea island outposts of the Shetlands and Faroes, and to visit a trio of stunning Icelandic ports.
Weighing in at 63,000 tonnes and 250 metres, Columbus is the biggest ship in the CMV fleet. Originally launched in 1989 (by Audrey Hepburn), she was extensively refitted in 2015, and now offers 1500 passengers spacious accommodation and elegant communal areas arranged over 12 decks and topped off with the panoramic Dome Observatory.
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The greatest pleasure of a cruise holiday is the knowledge that as each day dawns, there'll be a new adventure to enjoy, a new experience to savour.
Ports of call
Day One - Depart London Tilbury, UK
Day Two - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Day Four - Lerwick*, Shetland Isles
Day Five - Torshavn, Faroes
Day Six - Seydisfjordur, Iceland
Day Seven - Akureyri, Iceland
Day Eight - Isafjordur*, Iceland
Day Nine - Reykjavik, Iceland
Day 13 - Arrive London Tilbury, UK
N.B. All days not listed are spent at sea enjoying the excellent facilities aboard Columbus. Please see the Full Itinerary for details. Ports marked with an asterisk will be reached by landing boat and may be inaccessible for customers with mobility difficulties.
N.B. All days not listed are spent at sea enjoying the excellent facilities on board. Please see the Itinerary for further details. Ports marked with an asterisk will be reached by landing boat and may be inaccessible for customers with mobility difficulties.
Tour Highlights And Inclusions12 nights' accommodation in your choice of cabin
Full-board arrangements including full breakfast, lunch, dinner, afternoon tea and midnight snacks
On-board entertainment as arranged
Calls at ports as detailed in the itinerary
The services of a friendly, professional crew and cruise staff
Port charges and taxes
Single cabins are available for a supplement
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day One: Depart from London TilburyBoard Columbus and settle into your cabin before she cruises from Tilbury this afternoon.
Day Two: AmsterdamThe first stop on your cruise is Amsterdam. Spend the day in this wonderful city of canals, flower markets and museums. Wander the cobbled streets, or take to the water on a canal cruise or - if you're feeling energetic - on a self-pedalled canal 'bike'.
Day Three: At seaSpend your first full day at sea enjoying Columbus' excellent on-board facilities and getting to know the crew and your fellow passengers.
Day Four: LerwickOur next port is the Shetland capital, Lerwick. Spend time exploring this rugged but enchanting town, or join an excursion to the 3,000 year-old archaeological site at Jarlshof, with its Bronze and Iron Age remains.
Day Five: TorshavnTorshavn, the tiny capital of the Danish Faroe Islands, is Columbus' destination today. The Faroes are a birdwatchers’ paradise in the heart of the Gulf Stream, and their inhabitants live surrounded by natural beauty. Discover Torshavn’s confusion of lanes and narrow passages, black-tarred houses with turf roofs and modern centre, or join an excursion to another part of the islands, perhaps crossing the famous ‘Bridge across the Atlantic’, which connects the main island of Streymoy with smaller Eysturoy.
Day Six: SeydisfjordurToday Columbus arrives in Iceland, stopping in the stunning natural harbour of Seydisfjordur, one of Iceland's most beautiful coastal locations. From here ferries and a sub-ocean telephone cable connect Iceland to the outside world. Wander the streets lined with Norwegian-style houses or head inland to discover yet more breathtaking countryside.
Day Seven: AkureyriAkureyri, on Iceland's rugged north coast, is a thriving winter sports centre and home to a fascinating Botanical Garden. The area beyond is wondrously scenic, and today's excursion, to the Godafoss Falls and volcanic Lake Myvatn, will highlight many of its delights.
Day Eight: IsafjordurThis morning Columbus arrives in tiny, exquisite Isafjordur, the capital of the Westfjords area, and gateway to the magical, mystical land of West Iceland from which Norse sailors set out to discover Greenland and the New World.
Day Nine: St Peter PortReykjavik is the world's northernmost capital. Its brightly painted wooden buildings contrast sharply with the stunning beauty of its setting beneath Mount Ejsa. Step ashore to explore, take the lift to the top of the Hallgrimskirkja Church for a panoramic view, or visit the fascinating Arbaer Folk Museum and the Saga Museum.
Day 10-12: At seaRelax on board and relive the memories your cruise holiday as Columbus spends three final days at sea, heading home.
Day 13: Arrive London TilburyBid farewell to Columbus and all your fellow travelers, today, as you disembark at the end of your cruise. Back to top
Weighing in at 63,000 tonnes and 250 metres, Columbus is the biggest ship in the CMV fleet. Originally launched in 1989 (by Audrey Hepburn), she was extensively refitted in 2015, and now offers 1500 passengers spacious accommodation and elegant communal areas arranged over 12 decks and topped off with the panoramic Dome Observatory.Back to top
Passport requirementsBritish Citizens will need a full, 10-year passport to travel on this cruise. Since some countries require visitors to be valid for at least six months after the return date of the cruise we recommend that all customers ensure that this is the case. Holders of non-British passports should check with the relevant embassies to see if any requirements and restrictions exist for any countries visited during the cruise.
Foreign Office travel adviceVisit http://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas. Back to top