Day 1 - Newcastle
At Port of Tyne, Newcastle, embark Magellan (3T) in preparation for an early evening sailing.
Day 2 - Dundee
Disembark this morning in the modern Scottish city of Dundee. Despite its modern appearance, Dundee is a place of fascinating history, which can be uncovered in its museums, hidden cobblestone lanes and courtyards. Top attractions include the McManus Galleries, the Verdant Works and Discovery Point, where you can discover Captain Scott’s polar exploration ship, RRS Discovery. As Scotland’s sunniest city, you may also want to enjoy a relaxing walk along the stunning waterfront capturing scenic landscapes and the glistening waters of the coast.
Day 3 - At sea
Enjoy a leisurely day at sea.
Day 4 - Tórshavn, Faroe Islands
Tórshavn, a fascinating Viking city, is one of the smallest and most pleasant capital cities in the world. Residing on the southern tip of Streymoy - the largest and most populated of the Faroe Islands - it boasts magnificent history and scenery. Visit the oldest part of the town, Tinganes, filled with red, wooden buildings with turf roofs and a stunning natural harbour, or join optional excursions to more of the Faroe Islands’ dramatic and unspoilt landscapes.
Day 5 - Seyðisfjörður, Iceland
Seyðisfjörður is a welcoming town rich in history, natural wonders and magnificent wildlife. Situated close to a glacier, Seyðisfjörður has remained an important trading centre since the 19th century. The town is a cluster of colourful, Norwegian-style houses which date back to the early 20th century. Hiking trails take you through the town, along the coast and near the beautiful Fjarðará River, and other exciting optional excursions take you to view the beautiful puffin colonies residing here.
Day 6 - Akureyri
This morning we arrive in the capital of the north, Akureyri. Originally a trading post, it is now a delightful city with attractive coloured houses and pretty gardens. Highlights include the northernmost botanical garden filled with both native, foreign and new species of stunning flora, and the northernmost golf course in the world. Alternatively, choose from a number of exciting excursions featuring Iceland’s most attractive scenery and landscapes such as magnificent rock formations, breathtaking craters, the cascading Goðafoss Waterfall and the Myvatn Nature Baths.
Day 7 - Ísafjörður
Arrive in the wonderful region of Ísafjörður, crowned the largest town in Iceland’s Westfjords. Ísafjörður is situated on a gravel spit with beautiful mountainous views. Visit the Maritime Museum, with an insightful exhibition on the history and lifestyle of locals who have lived off the income fishing has provided in the region for centuries. The Westfjord is also a region of wondrous nature; optional excursions today include the marvellous island of Vigur, home to a large colony of eider ducks and a vast bird population.
Day 8 - Reykjavík
The magnificent Icelandic capital, Reykjavík is our port of call today. Despite being one of the world’s smallest capitals, Reykjavík accommodates half of Iceland’s population. The Old Town is an interesting place to explore, or you can take an excursion to a number of natural wonders today, including the geo-thermal Blue Lagoon, cascading waterfalls, incredible lava fields, and fascinating geysers and mud pools.
Days 9-10 - At sea
Two days to relax as we sail towards the Shetland Islands.
Day 11 - Lerwick, Shetland Islands
Lerwick has significantly developed since being settled by Norsemen in the 9th century; however the centuries have not changed its historic charm. Discover the wonderful town’s maze of narrow, flagstone streets and 18th century sandstone buildings overlooking the vibrant harbour. Visit Hay’s Dock, home to the spectacular Shetland Museum and Archives, a superb exhibition focused on the Shetland’s historic industry of fishing and boat building, or join an optional excursion to the magnificent archaeological site of Jarlshof, a place exposing 4,000 years of human history on this wonderful archipelago. Ship to shore tender service.
Day 12 - Kirkwall, Orkney Islands
This morning we arrive in the delightful capital of the Orkney archipelago, Kirkwall. The town itself consists of grey stone buildings and narrow flagstone streets leading to the region’s spectacular landmark, St Magnus Cathedral founded by Viking Earl Rognvald in 1137. Marvel at the red and yellow sandstone structure, beautiful detailed walls, stunning altar and four magnificent bells. Alternatively, optional excursions feature a number of the enthralling Orkney Islands visiting the magnificent archaeological site of Skara Brae, which dates back some 6,000 years, and the vibrant, modern region of Orkney, characterised by craft workshops and a creative atmosphere. Ship to shore tender service.
Day 13 Newcastle
Arrive at Port of Tyne, Newcastle.