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Iceland, Faroes & Shetlands

Iceland, Faroes & Shetlands

At a glance

Duration: 19 Days

Coverage: Roundtrip London

From: $6,295

Season: July

Activities: Culture, History, Photography, Zodiacs

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VTA - Voyage to Antiquity

Discover the dramatic and unique landscape of Iceland, a place of gushing geysers, rumbling volcanoes and creeping glaciers. Visit the small volcanic island of Heimaey, in the remote Westmann archipelago, followed by the island’s cosmopolitan capital Reykjavik and the dramatic landscapes of Thingvellir National Park.

Sail to the port of Isafjordur on the edge of the Arctic Circle and the magnificent green pastures, waterfalls and whale-filled bays of Akureyri. Call at the charming harbor of Husavik which is surrounded by snow-covered mountains and full of colorful houses, then relax in the geothermal Myvatn Nature Baths. On this trip you will also visit Scottish castles, the Viking settlements of the Faroe Islands and the remote Shetland Islands.

Voyage Highlights

  • Two-night hotel stay in London
  • Circumnavigate Iceland including five ports of call
  • Tour the Golden Circle
  • The traditional wooden stave church of Skansinn
  • Exciting Reykjavik, the Icelandic capital
  • The natural wonders of Lake Myvatn
  • Cruise Iceland’s longest fjord
  • Call in on the remote Faroe Islands
  • Visit the Neolithic ruins at Skara Brae in the Orkney Islands
  • Explore historic Edinburgh

London to the Remote Shetland Islands

A 2-night hotel stay in the British capital with included sightseeing precedes our departure from Tilbury as Aegean Odyssey heads north for Scotland. With two days at sea there’s plenty of time to get to know the ship and take in a lecture or two, before your arrival in Lerwick, the capital of the Shetlands. As well as seeing the famous free roaming ponies, you may also discover the remarkable archaeological site of Jarlshof, tour Scotland’s most northerly town, or visit Lerwick Castle.

Iceland: Land of Myths and Legends

The tiny island of Heimaey is your first port of call in Iceland. Heimaey was devastated by the eruption of destroyed over 400 buildings and deposited 200 million tons of ash and lava on the landscape. Here you will explore its rich history and natural beauty on a relaxing walking tour to the remains of Fort Skansinn, built in the 17th century to protect the Vestmannaeyjar islands.

Then on to Iceland’s vibrant capital Reykjavik, where the Arbær openair museum boasts more than 20 historic buildings, most of which have been relocated from central Reykjavik to form a town square, a village and a farm. Alternatively, you may bathe in the healing, tranquil waters of the Blue Lagoon, or take an optional journey along the famous “Golden Circle” to the tumultuous Gullfoss waterfall and the other worldly landscapes of the Thingvellir National Park, Iceland’s most important historical site and an area of outstanding natural beauty.

After calling at the remote town of Isafjordur on the edge of the Arctic Circle, Aegean Odyssey cruises to Akureyri on the north coast under snowcapped peaks at the head of Iceland’s longest fjord. Here, signs of the earth’s power – glaciers, volcanoes, lava fields and stacks of basalt – are everywhere. Perhaps take in Iceland’s marvelous birdlife on Lake Myvatn, one of Iceland’s natural treasures. Myvatn, with its bubbling mud pools, extraordinary lava formations, volcanic craters and birdlife, is Iceland as you have always imagined it. Next, Iceland’s wildlife takes center stage as Aegean Odyssey continues to the pretty fishing town of Husavik, the island’s whale-watching center.

Farie and Orkney Islands

Setting course south, we call in at the small but charming capital of the Faroe Islands, Torshavn. Torshavn means ‘Thor's Harbor,’ named after the god of thunder and lightning in Norse mythology. Founded in the 10th century, it is considered to be one of the oldest capitals in Northern Europe. Kirkwall, the capital of the Orkney Islands, is close to many fascinating Stone Age sites. Here you will visit the Neolithic village of Skara Brae and the ancient Ring of Brodgar, or perhaps visit the beautiful hand-painted Italian Chapel of the South Isles.

Royal Edinburgh

Arriving at the port of Rosyth in the morning, there’s an included visit to nearby Edinburgh, Scotland’s magnificent capital. You’ll see the Royal Mile and visit the famous Palace of Holyroodhouse, the residence of The Queen when she visits Scotland. Alternatively, head for Stirling Castle and enter the world of Scotland’s Renaissance Kings and Queens.

Day-to-Day Itinerary

Day 1 - Depart North America

Day 2 - London, England, United Kingdom

Arrive into London and transfer to hotel.

Day 3 - London, England, United Kingdom

Spend the day explore London

Day 4 - London (Tilbury), England, United Kingdom

Transfer to Aegean Odyssey in Tilbury near London.

Day 5 - At Sea

Lectures and activities at sea.

Day 6 - At Sea

Lectures and activities at sea.

Day 7 - Lerwick, Shetland Islands, United Kingdom

A choice of tours: Lewick walking tour, Archaeological site of Jarlshof or visit Lewick Castle.

Day 8 - At Sea

Lectures and activities at sea.

Day 9 - Heimaey, Iceland

Afternoon walking tour and visit to Eldfell, the 'mountain of fire', or visit the island's sheer cliffs and puffin colonies with a highlights of Heimaey tour or take a tour of Heimaey by boat.

Day 10 - Reykjavik, Iceland

Choice of included tours: Blue Lagoon or discover Reykjavik's culture. Optional full day tour to The Golden Circle Route.

Day 11 - Isafjordur, Iceland

Visit the maritime museum or take a optional boat trip tour to nearby Vigur Island.

Day 12 - Akureyri, Iceland

Discover the landscape of pseudo-craters, lava and geothermal fields.

Day 13 - Husavik, Iceland

Ideal chance to take a whale watching boat trip.

Day 14 - At Sea

Lectures and activities at sea.

Day 15 - Torshavn, Faroe Islands

Visit the capital of the Danish Faroe Islands, discover the prolific birdlife and colourful turf roofed villages.

Day 16 - Kirkwall, Orkney Islands, United Kingdom

See the rolling landscape and remarkable dwellings of Kirkwall or visit the beautiful, hand-painted Italian Chapel of the South Isles.

Day 17 - Rosyth, SCotland, United Kingdom

Take a city tour of Edinburgh or visit Stirling castle.

Day 18 - At Sea

Lectures and activities at sea.

Day 19 - London (Tilbury), England, United Kingdom

Disembark Aegean Odyssey at Tilbury, London

Please note: All day-by-day breakdowns are a sampling of the places we intend to visit, conditions permitting.

Iceland, Faroes & Shetlands itinerary map

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