Day 1 - Dover
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to Dover, where our staff will greet you and assist with embarking Black Watch (3T+) in preparation for an evening sailing.
Day 2 - At sea
There’s time to relax and enjoy the facilities aboard Black Watch today. Perhaps take a dip in one of the two heated pools or practise your swing in the golf nets.
Day 3 - Bergen, Norway
This morning we arrive in Bergen, popularly known as the ‘gateway to the fjords’. Take a look around Bryggen, the UNESCO-listed Hanseatic wharf, with its colourful timbered houses and visit the medieval Haakon’s Hall, built by King Haakon Haakonson as a royal residence and banqueting hall 750 years ago. Our optional excursion today is to Troldhaugen, once the home of Norway’s best-loved composer, Edvard Grieg and now a museum. We will enjoy a short concert of Grieg’s works here.
Day 4 - Skjolden - cruising Lustrafjord - cruising Sognefjord - cruising Nærøyfjord
Located at the head of the world's longest navigable fjord, the Sognefjord, and overlooked by the Jotunheimen, northern Europe’s highest mountains, and Jostedalsbreen, the biggest glacier on mainland Europe, the town of Skjolden is a place for superlatives. It’s also home to the 12th century Urnes Church, the oldest stave church in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While here you might like to visit the nearby 218m-high Feigumfossen waterfall, one of the most spectacular in Norway. Leaving Skjolden, we cruise along the beautiful Lustrafjord and the UNESCO-listed Nærøyfjord.
Day 5 - Olden - cruising Nordfjord
This morning we visit the little village of Olden, lying amid green meadows and babbling brooks on the southern shore of Nordfjord. In the centre of the village you’ll find the Old Church, built in 1759, and the Singerheimen, once the home of the American artist William Henry Singer and some of his paintings of the local area are on display in his studio. Olden is the gateway to mainland Europe’s largest glacier, the Jostedal Glacier and the best known glacier arm, Briksdal, which is set between tumbling waterfalls and high mountain peaks. Later today we sail along Nordfjord, passing the dramatic Hornelen, said to be the tallest sea cliff in northern Europe. Ship to shore tender service.
Day 6 - Cruising Rørvik - cruising Torghatten
Today we enjoy a scenic cruise along the Norwegian coast, with views of the picture-postcard island village of Rørvik, Torghatten Mountain - known for its distinctive hole - and the impressive Seven Sisters range along the way.
Day 7 - Cross the Arctic Circle - cruising Black Glacier - cruise Trollfjord
Early this morning Black Watch crosses the Arctic Circle as we continue our cruise northwards, sailing past the famous Svartisen or 'Black Glacier', the second largest in Norway, and the stunning Trollfjord, a relatively short and narrow fjord that's lined with vast rocky cliffs and home to majestic sea eagles.
Day 8 - Tromsø
Today’s destination is the attractive town of Tromsø. Walk around the town centre, home to the largest concentration of old wooden houses in northern Norway, visit the stunning ‘Arctic Cathedral’ or the world’s most northerly aquarium, Polaria, where you can see bearded seals and other Arctic sea creatures. You could also ride the Fjellheisen Cable Car, which offers panoramic views of Tromsø.
Day 9 - Honningsvåg (North Cape) - cruise North Cape
This morning we reach the ‘top of Europe’, the dramatic North Cape where the monumental 307-metre high cliff plunges into the sea, the last land before you reach the North Pole. Honningsvåg is a pretty fishing port, framed by rugged mountains and the grey Arctic Ocean, with a museum, art gallery and plenty of inviting cafes. For two months during the summer, the sun never sets on the North Cape, giving the area an eerie and very special atmosphere.
Day 10 - At sea
A full day at sea as Black Watch continues its journey further into the Arctic.
Day 11 - Pyramiden - cruising Tempelfjorden - Longyearbyen, Svalbard (overnight)
Black Watch arrives in the remote Svalbard Archipelago today, stopping in Pyramiden, a former Russian coal mining settlement, which was abandoned in 1998 and now has no permanent residents. There is plenty to explore in this distinctly odd place, with its Soviet-era apartment blocks and warehouses and monument to Lenin. Leaving this afternoon, we will cruise through Tempelfjorden to Svalbard’s main town, Longyearbyen, the largest settlement in the stunning Svalbard archipelago, where we dock overnight.
Day 12 - Longyearbyen
You’ll have time to explore Longyearbyen today, a town founded in 1906 as a mining settlement and today home to around 2000 inhabitants. You can learn about the local whaling and mining industries, as well as the islands’ natural history, at Svalbard Museum, and visit a former coal mine, which has now been turned into a living museum.
Day 13 - At sea
Enjoy a relaxing day at sea as Black Watch cruises southwards to Iceland.
Day 14 - Cruising Jan Mayen Island - cruising Grimsey
This morning we sail past the volcanic island of Jan Mayen, dominated by the imposing, ice-covered Beerenberg stratovolcano. A cruise alongside this beautiful remote island is a truly unforgettable experience. Later, we get our first sight of Icelandic territory, as we cruise past the island of Grimsey, which lies directly on the Arctic Circle. Around 100 people live on the island, along with more than a million seabirds, including puffins and guillemots, which crowd along the rocky cliffs.
Day 15 - Cruising Eyjafjörður - cruising by Hrisey, Iceland - Akureyri
Eyjafjörður is the longest fjord in Iceland and lies on the migratory routes of many species of whales and seabirds. We’ll pass pretty Hrisey Island, home to bird species such as ptarmigans and Arctic terns and later we arrive in Akureyri. Look out for humpback whales, dolphins and porpoises in the surrounding waters, while in town 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 16 - Cruising Dinosaur Rock (Hvitserkur) - cruising Drangaskörð - cruising Hornstrandir - cruising Western Fjords
Today we cruise past Hvítserkur, an intriguing basalt stack known as ‘Dinosaur Rock’, off the north coast of Iceland, said to resemble a prehistoric creature. More geological wonders await, including the remarkable Drangaskörð, the ‘dragon tail’ pinnacles rising from the sea and the Hornstrandir peninsula on the northernmost tip of Iceland, home to huge numbers of bird species including fulmars, puffins and razorbills. You’ll also discover the spectacular scenery of Ísafjarðardjúp, the largest and most beautiful of Iceland’s Western Fjords.
Day 17 - Reykjavik
This morning we arrive in Reykjavik, the world’s most northerly capital city. Although small, there is so much to see and do in this attractive city. Visit the National Museum, which tells 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 and today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We leave Reykjavik tonight.
Day 18 - At sea
We spend a leisurely day at sea as we sail westwards to Greenland.
Day 19 - Cruising Prins Christiansund - cruising Torssukatak
This morning we cruise through the still, glass-like waters of Prins Christiansund, a sound separating mainland Greenland from the island of Sangmissoq and other islands of the Cape Farewell Archipelago. We continue through the incredible Torssukatak Fjord, home to the famous Thumbnail cliff - said to be one of the highest sea cliffs on earth.
Day 20 - Narsarsuaq, Greenland - cruising Tunulliarfik Fjord
Narsarsuaq is one of Greenland’s most popular tourist destinations, and is home to diverse wildlife, vast fjords and incredible glaciers, such as the stunning Narsarsuaq Glacier, an impressive frozen formation that grows out of Greenland’s sheet ice. We carry on to Tunugdliarfik Fjord, with its picturesque traditional settlements and snow-topped mountain peaks, and you may spot seals and whales here.
Day 21 - Nanortalik - cruising Tasermiut Fjord
An early morning arrival in the town of Nanortalik, which sits on a small island at the end of a beautiful fjord, surrounded by glorious snow-covered mountains. Polar bears live and hunt on the sea ice close to the town and are often seen from the shores of Nanortalik, while seals and whales can also be spotted in the surrounding waters. We leave this afternoon and sail through the magnificent Tasermiut fjord, a haven for all kinds of Arctic wildlife. Ship to shore tender service.
Days 22-23 - At sea
Relax on board Black Watch as we voyage back across the North Atlantic.
Day 24 - Cruising by Mykines, Gasadalur, Gasholmur, Tindholmur, Drangarnir & Hestur, Faroe Islands - cruising by Hestur (Horse Island)
Late this evening we reach the Faroe Islands, sailing past remote Mykines and Gásadalur and the picturesque islets of Gáshólmur and Tindhólmur before taking in views of the unusual, arch-shaped Drangarnir sea stack and Hestur Island, home to a variety of seabirds.
Day 25 - Tórshavn (Torshavn) - cruising Kollafjørður - cruising Leirvíksfjørður & Djúpini - cruising Cape Enniberg - cruising Svínoyarfjørður
We arrive in Torshavn, the tiny capital of the Faroe Islands this morning. 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. We set sail this evening, cruising the tranquil waters of the Faroe Islands overnight.
Days 26-27 - At sea
Enjoy your final two days aboard Black Watch as we cruise back towards the UK.
Day 28 Dover
We disembark after breakfast and you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.