LONDON – TOWER BRIDGE – TO REYKJAVIK EXPEDITION CRUISE
DATE: JUNE 04-18, 2019
DURATION: 15 DAYS/14 NIGHTS
EMBARK: LONDON, UK (Tower Bridge)
DISEMBARK: REYKJAVIK, ICELAND
SHIP: Silver Cloud Expedition
Pre- and Post-Cruise tours are available.
Discover the treasures of the north as you sail towards amazing Iceland. Leave cosmopolitan London and explore the Thames during the morning before heading to the Heart of Neolithic Orkney, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Observe flocks of Atlantic Puffins and Arctic Terns in the stunning Nordic scenery, big, bold, breathtaking and beautiful.
Experience how different and yet how beautiful two countries can be on this journey through Great Britain and Iceland. We will sail from capital to capital, London to Reykjavik, with stops in Scotland and Wales. The voyage starts as you pass under the storied Tower Bridge high and regal above the Silver Cloud. We carry on down the Thames River past Greenwich, then make our way to the tiny Isles of Scilly where we will visit the unique sub-tropical Tresco Abbey Gardens, cultivated around a 10th century Benedictine Abbey. Further on we will search for incredible bird cliffs in Wales, Scotland, the Faroe Islands and Iceland, including the astounding numbers of puffins, gannets and guillemots that can be seen in Latrabjarg, Europe’s largest bird cliff. Ride aboard the Isle of Man Steam Railway, the island’s oldest Victorian rail system with its original carriages still in operation. In Iceland there will be time to explore the volcanic landscapes and to watch for whales. Throughout the voyage, learn about the history, geology, wildlife and botany of these naturally beautiful locations from lecture presentations offered by your knowledgeable onboard Expedition Team.
- Tresco, Isles of Scilly –Visit Tresco Abbey Gardens, an astounding 17-acre sub-tropical paradise with palm trees and brilliant flora nestled amidst the ancient ruins of a Benedictine abbey (964 AD). Thousands of exotic plants thrive here that could not possibly grow even 30 miles away on the mainland in Cornwall thanks to warm fingers of Gulf Stream waters.
- Iona Abbey, Scotland –See the idyllic setting of one of Scotland’s most spiritually and architecturally significant monasteries, with original architectural components dating as far back as the 12th century and history dating back to 563 AD. This is the site of the creation of the Book of Kells, a famous illuminated manuscript dating back to 800 AD.
- Torshavn, Faroe Islands –This is the capital city of the rugged, beautiful subpolar Faroe Islands. Walk through the quaint Nordic streets of the old city and visit Kirkjubøur, site of the 12th century Saint Olav’s Church.
- Vigur, Iceland –Visit tiny Vigur to see the life of Icelandic eiderdown collectors, and observe Atlantic Puffins and Artic Terns as we take an invigorating nature walk.
- Latrabjarg –From water level, you will marvel at one of Europe’s largest bird cliffs, where countless puffins, gannets, guillemots and razorbills live. The sounds, smells and sites will leave an indelible mark in your memories when you recall this wild destination.
Visit Iona Abbey and other stately and remarkable historic cathedrals and ancient churches.
Wildlife Watch List:
Shore and seabirds: Northern Gannets, Manx Shearwaters, Black, Common and Brünnich’s Guillemots, Razorbills, Great Cormorants, and Common Shags, Black-legged Kittiwakes, Atlantic Puffins, Arctic Terns and European Storm Petrels, Eurasian Oystercatchers and several gull species
Land birds: Short-eared Owls, Common Kestrels and Peregrine Falcons, Meadow Pipit
Marine mammals: humpback and Minke whales, grey seal, common seal Expedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed.
Expedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather and wildlife activity.
- All meals
- Beverages, open bar, beer, wine, liquor
- Room service
- Butler service
- All excursions
- Expedition leaders and guest speakers
- Gratuities to ship crew
- Unlimited Free Internet
Pre- and Post-cruise tours in UK and Iceland
Air Fare (Unless Free Air is available)
LONDON - TOWER BRIDGE
You will be docked just up river of the Tower Bridge. London is an ancient city whose history greets you at every turn.
ST PETER PORT, GUERNSEY
Cobblestone streets, blooming floral displays, and tiny churches welcome you to this wonderfully pretty harbor. As the capital, and main port of Guernsey, St Peter Port puts all of the island’s gorgeous beaches, wonderful history and inspiring stories at your fingertips.
ST MARY'S (ISLES OF SCILLY) - TRESCO (ISLES OF SCILLY), UNITED KINGDOM
St Mary’s is the Isle of Scilly’s largest island with a population of 1800 residents and an area of 6.58 square Kilometres; this is the gateway to the rest of the magnificent islands. Hugh town – a beautiful Old town with its own beach, nature reserve and church is the main attraction of St Mary’s, with tiny streets brimming with shops to pick up the perfect souvenir. St Mary’s is a hidden gem, with long stretches of white sandy beaches and a breath-taking untouched landscape. The coastline holds many archaeological sites along with miles of splendid walks along the coastal and country paths.
For many visitors Tresco is the most attractive of the Isles of Scilly. This is especially due to its Abbey Garden, which is home to thousands of exotic plant species from around 80 different countries. Plant collector Augustus Smith began the gardens in the 1830s on the site of an old Benedictine Abbey by channeling the weather up
and over a network of walled enclosures built around the Priory ruins. He had three terraces carved from the rocky south slope and maximized Tresco’s mild Gulf Stream climate.
MILFORD (HAVEN WALES) - SKOMER ISLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
The cliffs of small Skomer Island off the southwest coast of Wales are accessible only by boat. Skomer has a large population of breeding seabirds that include Manx Shearwaters, Razorbills, Great Cormorants, Black-legged Kittiwakes, Atlantic Puffins, European Storm Petrels, Common Shags, Eurasian Oystercatchers and gulls, as well as birds of prey including Short-eared Owls, Common Kestrels and Peregrine Falcons.
ISLE OF MAN (DOUGLAS), UK
The Isle of Man, situated in the Irish Sea off the west coast of England, is a mountainous, cliff-fringed island and one of Britain’s most beautiful spots. Measuring just 30 miles by 13 miles, the Isle of Man remains semi-autonomous. With its own postage stamps, laws, currency, and the Court of Tynwald (the world’s oldest democratic parliament), the Isle of Man is rich with history and lore. Inhabited from Neolithic times, the island became a refuge for Irish missionaries after the 5th Century. Norsemen took the island during the 9th Century and sold it to Scotland in 1266.
IONA – LUNGA, UK
With a population of 120 residents, Iona is Located off the Southwest of Mull. The island is 3 miles long and 1.5 miles wide but draws in thousands of visitors each year due to its natural beauty and historical interest. Saint Columba and his fellow monks landed here in 563. This beautiful stretch of coastline brings out the true beauty of Iona facing onto the Gulf Stream that gives the island its mild climate.
The stunning Isle of Lunga is the largest island in the Treshnish archipelago. With volcanic origin the isle was populated until the 19th Century, and remains of houses can be seen around this magnificent coastal jewel. Abundant plant life and exotic birdlife are now the main inhabitants of the area. Fortunate visitors view the magnificent array of birds, especially the great puffins that breed on the islands plateau.
PIEROWALL WESTRAY (ORKNEY ISLANDS), United Kingdom
TORSHAVN (FAROE ISLANDS)
More than 600 miles (nearly 1,000 kilometres) from Denmark’s west coast lie the Faroes, a triangle of eighteen windswept islands, seventeen of which are inhabited. Only 48,500 people plus some 70,000 sheep roam these remote lands. Much of the islands’ heritage reflects a medieval past, beginning with the arrival of farmers from western Norway who settled here in the 9th century.
VESTMANNA (FAROE ISLANDS)
The Vestmanna bird cliffs are near vertical, volcanic cliffs that rise steeply out of the ocean to a height of over 600 meters. They are impressively covered with innumerable bird nesting sites as well as rare and hardy vegetation. Literally tens of thousands of seabirds can be seen soaring along the cliffs, sitting on nests as well as swimming across the water. Species include numerous kittiwakes, Common Guillemots, Black Guillemots and the endearing Atlantic Puffin.
Situated in the southeastern part of Iceland, the little town of Djupivogur is one of the easiest spots in Iceland to reach from northern Europe. Evidence of this is apparent in the presence of a trading post built here as early as the 16th century. In the modern era, fishing is still important, but tourism is increasing more and more. Nearby Bulandsnes has a renowned bird sanctuary, and Papey Island just slightly to the east, is home to large colonies of Atlantic Puffins.
The town of Húsavík sits below Húsavíkurfjall mountain on the eastern shore of Skjálfandi bay. Just above the town is lake Botnsvatn, a popular place for outings. The lake is just the right size for a nice hike around it. The lakes’ surroundings are rich in vegetation and bird life and trout is said to be abundant. Húsavík harbor lies below the bank right in the heart of town. The harbor once boasted a large fishing fleet, bustling with the activity of fishermen.
CRUISE ALONG HORNBJARD CLIFFS - VIGUR ISLAND, ICELAND
Vigur Island is a little more than a mile (1.6 km) in length and about 450 yards (412 m) wide. This green oasis punctuates the waters of the Ísafjarðardjúp fjord east of the town of Isafjordur. The island is home to a single farming family and has some meticulously preserved historical landmarks including Iceland’s only windmill, built in 1840 and used until 1917 for grinding imported wheat from Denmark; and a 200-year-old rowing boat, which is still in use to ferry sheep to the mainland.
DYNJANDI WATERFALLS - LATRABJARG CLIFFS
Iceland is well-known for its spectacular waterfalls. The iconic Dynjandi waterfall is regarded as one of Iceland’s most impressive and majestic waterfalls. At the top, the cascading water is roughly 100 feet wide and tumbles down about 330 feet into the fjord.
On Iceland’s north coast and close to the westernmost tip of the country are the impressive cliffs of Latrabjarg; Europe’s largest bird cliff. Millions of individual seabirds make their home along the promontory safe from the range of scavenging foxes on the steep ledges. The Latrabjarg cliffs reach heights of up to 440 meters along a staggering 14 kilometer stretch of the coast.
REYKJAVIK - DISEMBARK
Sprawling Reykjavík, the nation’s nerve center and government seat, is home to half the island’s population. On a bay overlooked by proud Mt. Esja, with its ever-changing hues, Reykjavík presents a colorful sight, its concrete houses painted in light colors and topped by vibrant red, blue, and green roofs.
Tours of Iceland are available after your cruise.
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