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Icelandic Wonders & the Northern Isles Cruise Discovery ex Newcastle
This superb cruise from Newcastle brings the chance not only to circumnavigate the stunning land of fire and ice and to visit its wonderful, fascinating capital Reykjavik, but also to call at the beautiful, remote outposts of Orkney, Shetland and the Faroes.
- 11 nights' accommodation in your choice of cabin
- Full-board arrangements including full breakfast, luncheon, 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 and upgrade cabins are available for a supplement
Travel to Newcastle to board Discovery, in time for her early evening sailing.
Discovery arrives in Kirkwall, the historic capital of Orkney, a mile from the waters of fabled Scapa Flow, where HMS Royal Oak sank in WW2. Wander the meandering streets and marvel at the magnificent St Magnus Cathedral or join a shore excursion to discover highlights of the island, where history, archaeology, crafts and wildlife all play their part.
Today is spent at sea, enjoying life on board Discovery.
At our next spectacular landfall, Heimaey, the brooding cone of Eldfell, or "Fire Mountain", looms above the tiny port of Vestmannaeyjar. The island is a haven for countless bird species, including puffins, and the surrounding waters are home to several species of whale. This afternoon, Marco Polo makes her way to the fascinating 'new' island of Surtsey, created from a three-year series of volcanic eruptions that began in 1963.
Early this morning Discovery 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. Step ashore to explore, perhaps taking the lift to the top of the Hallgrimskirkja Church for a panoramic view, or witnessing geothermal activity at the famous Blue Lagoon Pool, and at the original Geysir.
This morning Discovery 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 Eiriksstaoir, once home of Eirik the Red (who left it to settle Greenland) and birthplace of Leif the Lucky, who discovered America, and discover a treasure trove of natural wonders such as the glacier on mystical Snaefellsjokull, which is Iceland's newest national park.
Our next Icelandic port of call is Akureyri on the rugged north coast. The area beyond this thriving winter resort is wondrously scenic, and today's excursion to the Godafoss Falls and volcanic Lake Myvatn highlights its many delights. Discovery sails this evening, briefly crossing the Arctic Circle before turning south to complete her Icelandic circumnavigation.
Discovery's last Icelandic call is at the historic fishing port and charming seaside village on the shores of the Eskifjord on the east coast. A fascinating Maritime Museum chronicles the region's long association with the sea, and shore excursions might include a boat tour to remote Mjoifjordur and the Icelandic Wartime Museum.
Discovery arrives in tiny, Toytown-like Torshavn, the capital of the remote Faroe Islands. The islands are home to countless species, and its inhabitants are guardians of a deep-rooted Norse tradition. Setting off on an excursion to other parts of the islands, you might cross the famous 'Bridge across the Atlantic', which connects the main island of Streymoy with the spectacular scenery and ancient wooden churches of smaller Eysturoy.
Our final port of call is the Shetland Islands' capital. This rugged, enchanting old town is gateway to a land of ancient legend, traditional crafts and an incredible abundance of bird-life. Spend time in the town, or join the excursion to the 3,000 year-old archaeological site at Jarlshof, with its Bronze and Iron Age remains.
Enjoy a last day at sea, making the most of life on board Discovery.
Discovery arrives back in Newcastle at the end of a memorable cruise.
In 2013, 20,000-tonne Discovery sets out on a series of exciting departures from ports around the UK, on her first season of cruises. With her classic profile, eight passenger decks, and accommodation for 700 passengers, Discovery is a smaller ship built in traditional style, and offers the perfect 'home from home' for a memorable holiday.