Day 1 - London Tilbury
Make your own way to London Tilbury to embark Columbus (3T) in preparation for an evening sailing.
Day 2 - At sea
Relax on board Columbus today as we sail through the North Sea, perhaps taking a dip in one of the heated pools or enjoying the live entertainment in the lounges.
Day 3 - Invergordon
Situated on the shores of the deep Cromarty Firth and with a fine natural harbour, Invergordon is the gateway to the northern Highlands and is surrounded by stunning natural beauty. You might like to join one of our optional excursions, to the ‘Capital of the Highlands’, Inverness, Glenmorangie Distillery or Scotland's most famous Loch - Loch Ness - legendary home of the elusive Loch Ness Monster.
Day 4 - Kollafjørður, Faroe Islands
We reach the Faroe Islands this morning, calling in at the small village of Kollafjørður on the island of Streymoy, home to around 800 people. There are a number of optional excursions available from the port, including to the islands’ capital, Torshavn, 24km to the south. The Vikings settled the islands in the 9th century, and held their first parliament in Torshavn’s Old Town, in 825. The area, known as Tinganes, has preserved its medieval character, with its narrow lanes and timber-built houses. You can discover more about the Faroes’ unique history at the National Museum, just outside town. We leave this afternoon.
Day 5 - Seyðisfjörður, Iceland
At midday our first port of call in Iceland is Seyðisfjörður, on the east coast, which is regarded as one of the prettiest towns in the country, with a fine collection of historic wooden buildings and a distinctive blue church. The surrounding countryside is spectacular, and an easy walk from the town centre takes you to the valley of the Fjardara River and its 25 cascading waterfalls.
Day 6 - Akureyri
This morning we are in Akureyri, which lies at the head of the 60-kilometre long Eyjafjördur, the longest fjord in Iceland. It is home to both the northernmost botanical garden and the northernmost golf course in the world, while you can’t miss the landmark Art Deco church, built in 1940. You might also like to take a sightseeing tour to Godafoss, ‘Waterfall of the Gods’ and the volcanic landscapes around Lake Myvatn.
Day 7 - Ísafjörður
Situated just below the Arctic Circle, the fishing port of Isafjördur is the largest town in the Westfjords region of Iceland. The town centre has some of the best preserved timber buildings in the country and a number of welcoming family-run restaurants serving the finest locally caught seafood, while a boat trip to the nearby island of Vigur, home to colonies of puffins, Arctic terns and other birds, is a popular excursion. Ship to shore tender service.
Day 8 - Reykjavik
This morning we arrive in Reykjavik, the world’s most northerly capital city. Visit the National Museum, filled with displays chronicling Iceland’s history from the days of its first Viking inhabitants and the monumental church, the Halgrimskirkja. Outside the city, you can immerse yourself in the warm mineral-rich waters of the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa or explore Thingvellir National Park, site of Iceland’s first parliament, or Althing, in 930, and today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We leave Reykjavik tonight.
Day 9 - 10 - At sea
Enjoy the facilities on board Columbus as we sail southwards, maybe unwinding with an indulgent spa treatment in the Wellness Centre or catching up with friends in one of the lounges.
Day 11 - Lerwick, Shetland Islands
Today we visit Lerwick, the UK’s most northerly town and capital of the Shetland Islands. Points of interest include the Shetland Museum, with exhibitions chronicling the islands’ intriguing history from earliest times to the present day, and the Böd of Gremista, a restored 18th century ‘fishing booth’, now housing the collections of the Shetland Textile Museum. Anyone interested in our prehistoric past should head to Clickimin Broch, a well-preserved Iron Age fortified dwelling just outside town. Ship to shore tender service.
Day 12 - At sea
Relax on board your ship today as we make our way homeward.
Day 13 London Tilbury
Upon arrival at London Tilbury, you are free to make your own way home.