essential cruise - Iceland and Northern Isles
A no-fly cruise sailing from Newcastle
Experience the remarkable ‘land of ice and fire’, Iceland, on this superb cruise sailing from Newcastle. After calling in at the historic university city of Dundee, you’ll sail northwards to the Faroe Islands, settled by the Vikings more than a thousand years ago, and on to Iceland. Discover the remote and picturesque towns of Seyðisfjörður, Akureyri and Isafjördur and Iceland’s breathtaking volcanic landscapes, thundering waterfalls and dramatic fjords. You will also have time in Reykjavik, the world’s most northerly capital city and on our return voyage your ship docks in Lerwick for a chance to explore the unique history and culture of the Shetland Islands.
- 12 nights cruise on the Magellan
- 35 meals: 12 breakfasts (days 2-13) 11 lunches (days 2-12) 12 dinners (days 1-12)
- Afternoon teas and late night snacks
- Self-service coffee & tea (6am-10pm)
- Captain’s Cocktail Party
- Big show entertainment, cabarets and classical interludes
- Wide selection of leisure facilities & daytime activities
- Porterage on the cruise ship
- Services of the experienced Cruise & Maritime Voyages staff on board
- Port taxes
Day 1 - Newcastle
At Port of Tyne, Newcastle, embark Magellan (3T) in preparation for a late afternoon sailing.
Day 2 - Dundee
We arrive in Dundee overnight, and have a full day to take in the sights. Perhaps step aboard Captain Scott’s Antarctic research ship, the RRS Discovery, which is berthed at Discovery Point, visit the lush collections of the University Botanic Gardens or view the art treasures on show at the McManus art gallery.
Day 3 - At sea
Relax on board Magellan today as we sail the North Sea, perhaps taking a dip in one of the pools or enjoying the live entertainment in the lounges.
Day 4 - Tórshavn, Faroe Islands
Early this morning we arrive in Tórshavn, the tiny capital of the Faroe Islands. The Vikings settled the islands in the 9th century, and held their first parliament in Tórshavn’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 local history at the National Museum, just outside town.
Day 5 - Seyðisfjörður, Iceland
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 - Hafnarförður (Reykjavik)
This morning we arrive in Hafnarförður, for 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.
Days 9-10 - At sea
Enjoy the facilities on board Magellan as we sail southwards, maybe unwinding with an indulgent spa treatment in the Wellness Centre or catching up with friends in the Lounge Bar.
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 - Kirkwall, Orkney Islands
The capital of the Orkney archipelago, the Royal Burgh of Kirkwall sits almost exactly in the centre of Mainland, dividing the island into East and West. The magnificent St Magnus Cathedral, a legacy of the town’s rich Viking heritage, dominates its skyline and in its shadow, the town is a cluster of grey stone buildings lining narrow, flagstone streets. Ship to shore tender service.
Day 13 Newcastle
Arrive at Port of Tyne, Newcastle.