Iceland, The Land Of Ice & Fire Cruise
- Duration: 14 days
- Board Basis: Full Board
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW99672
- Travel Type: Make your own way to port
13 nights. August 2020. From £1179.00.
Book by 30th September and claim 12 free bottles of wine – Use Code: WINE12
Discover the history, culture and stunning scenery of Iceland on this cruise from Hull, around the Icelandic coast and back to Newcastle. During your two week stay on Marco Polo you’ll have opportunities to explore four fascinating Icelandic ports, including the island capital, Reykjavik. Visit lively, cosmopolitan towns surrounded by a landscape that manages to be at once forbidding and unimaginably beautiful, see vast greenhouses filled with fresh fruit and vegetables, and learn how the island’s spectacular volcanoes, hot springs and geysers have been harnessed to provide power and warmth.
You’ll also sail around Surtsey, where continuing volcanic activity is gradually reshaping a landscape that only rose above the sea in 1963, call at the stunning North Sea island ports of Torshavn and Lerwick, and have the chance to head into the lochs and glens of the Scottish Highlands as Marco Polo stops in Invergordon.
What's Included13 nights' accommodation in your choice of cabin
Delicious full board cuisine
Afternoon teas and late night snacks
Captain’s Cocktail Party (cruises of 6 nights or more)
Self service tea & coffee (6am to midnight)
Big show entertainment, cabarets and classical interludes
Daytime activities and leisure facilities
Guest speaker and arts & crafts (cruises of 5 nights or more)
Porterage of luggage, port to cabin
Holiday HighlightsThe history, culture & stunning scenery of Iceland
Three lazy days relaxing at sea
Exploring the stunning Icelandic coastline
Toytown-like Torshavn, the capital of the Faroes
Reykjavik, nestling by the waters of its "Smoky Bay"
Lerwick, in the rugged Shetland Islands
The Highland scenery surrounding Invergordon
Calls in the fascinating Icelandic ports of Eskifjordur, Husavik and Isafjordur
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 1Depart from Hull
Depart: 1615hrs Your holiday begins as you journey to Hull, ready to embark and sail this afternoon.
Day 2At sea
Spend today relaxing on board.
Day 3Torshavn, Faroes
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 1600hrs Today we'll arrive in tiny Torshavn, the capital of the Faroe Islands. Explore its confusion of lanes, narrow passages and black-tarred houses with green turf on the roofs, or join an excursion, perhaps to cross the famous Bridge across the Atlantic connecting the main island of Streymoy with the spectacular scenery and ancient wooden churches of smaller Eysturoy.
Day 4Eskifjordur, Iceland
Arrive: 1300hrs Depart: 1800hrs Our next call is Eskifjordur, the historic fishing port and charming seaside village on the shores of the Eskifjord, on the east coast of Iceland. Here, a fascinating Maritime Museum chronicles the area's long association with the sea, and shore excursions might include a boat tour to remote Mjoifjordur and the fascinating Icelandic Wartime Museum.
Day 5Husavik, Iceland
Arrive: 0930hrs Depart: 1930hrs Today Marco Polo calls at Husavik, considered Europe's best whale-watching spot. Learn all about these fascinating creatures in the wonderful Whale Museum, a highlight of this pretty port-town.
Day 6Isafjordur, Iceland
Arrive: 0900hrs Depart: 1700hrs This morning Marco Polo arrives in tiny, exquisite Isafjordur, the capital of the Westfjords area, and gateway to the magical, mystical land of West Iceland. Visit the replica Viking farmstead at Eiriksstadir, once home of Eirik the Red (who left it to settle Greenland) and birthplace of Leif the Lucky, who discovered America, and don't miss the glacier on mystical Snaefellsjokull, Iceland's newest national park.
Day 7Reykjavik, Iceland
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 2230hrs Today Marco Polo docks in Reykjavik, the world's northernmost capital. Sitting on a promontory jutting into crystal clear waters and framed by majestic Mt Ejsa, the city's brightly painted wooden buildings stand in sharp contrast to the stunning beauty of its setting. Take the lift to the top of the Hallgrimskirkja Church for a panoramic view or visit the fascinating Arbaer Folk Museum. Witness geothermal activity at the famous Blue Lagoon Pool, and at the original Geysir - after which all others are named.
Days 8 and 9At sea
Spend two days at sea, relaxing on board. On Day Eight we'll cruise past Heimaey, where Eldfell, the volcanic "Hill of Fire", looms over the tiny port of Vestmannaeyjar, and around the fascinating, 'new' island of Surtsey, created from a three-year series of volcanic eruptions that began in 1963.
Day 10Lerwick, Shetland Isles
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 1800hrs Your next port is the Shetland capital, Lerwick. Spend time exploring this rugged but enchanting town, or join an excursion to the 3000 year-old archaeological site at Jarlshof, with its Bronze and Iron Age remains.
Day 11Invergordon, Scotland
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 2000hrs This morning we'll tie up in the great natural harbour at Invergordon on Scotland's rugged East Coast. Step ashore to explore, or join an optional shore excursion, perhaps to Inverness in search of Nessie. Golfers may head to the fine course at nearby Dornoch, while whisky connoisseurs can make a pilgrimage to the celebrated Glen Ord Distillery.
Day 12At sea
Spend today relaxing on board.
Day 13Hull, England
Arrive: 0330hrs Depart: 1430hrs Today, you'll say goodbye to some of your fellow voyagers and welcome new friends aboard before continuing your cruise. There'll also be the chance to join a shore excursion to York, where you'll have free time to explore. See glorious York Minster, the charming timber-framed buildings of the Shambles and the ruins of York Castle.
Day 14Arrive at Newcastle
Arrive: 0800hrs Marco Polo arrives in London, today, and you'll disembark at the end of a wonderful cruise. An optional coach transfer back to Hull will be available to book in advance. 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 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.