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Spitsbergen & Icelandic Fjords Explorer - V236 MS Volendam departing 12 Jun 2022

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MS Volendam
Ship
Cruise Line
Embark
12 Jun 2022
Duration
21 Nights
From / To
Rotterdam / Rotterdam
Ports of call
Rotterdam - Eidfjord - Bergen - Molde - Longyearbyen
Rating

Inside from £4,746pp

Outside from £5,068pp

Balcony from Call for price

Suite from £7,433pp

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Date Date
Location Location
 
In In
Out Out
Date 12/06/2022
Location Rotterdam
In
Out 17:00

Often called the gateway to Europe, the port city of Rotterdam is full of old-world charm. The harbor offers amazing views and a maze of wharves and canals, along with towering spires make for a beautiful sight. Take a stroll and duck into one of the pubs or eateries along the way.
Only three pre World War II buildings in the city centre have survived and are worth a look – city hall, St. Laurence church and the White House. Explore the Museum Boymans van Beuningen, which houses a unique collection dating from the 14th century, or the Museum Voor Volkenkunde – home to ethnological exhibits. Exquisite architecture can be seen in many areas of Rotterdam, most notably in the Delfshaven quarter of the city – where 18th century houses are on display. For a laugh, check out Kijk-Kubus, an upside-down house.

Date 13/06/2022
Location At Sea
In
Out
Date 14/06/2022
Location Eidfjord
In 08:00
Out 18:00

In the shadow of snowy peaks and near stunning blue-green fjords, Eidfjord is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful villages in Norway. Even though it has a population of less than 1,000, scores of visitors come here each year to bask in the area’s natural splendor.

Hardangervidda, near Eidfjord, is Europe’s largest mountain plateau as well as Norway’s largest national park. Interestingly, the legendary polar explorer Roald Amundsen, who led the first expedition to reach the South Pole, and Fridtjof Nansen, who made the first successful crossing of the Greenland interior, both used Hardangervidda to prepare for their expeditions. Walking, hiking, cycling and cross-country skiing are popular, and the area is home to Europe’s largest population of wild reindeer.

Numerous canyons, including the famous Måbødalen Valley, lead south from the Hardangervidda plateau to the fjords along the coast, and about 16 kilometers (10 miles) south of Eidfjord, visitors can see the dramatic 182-meter-tall (597-foot-tall) Vøringfossen waterfall. In the center of Eidfjord stands the 14th-century stone Eidfjord Kirke, while outside town the famous Kjeåsen Mountain Farm sits on a ledge some 600 meters (1,968 feet) above the Simadalsfjord.

Date 14/06/2022
Location At Sea
In
Out
Date 15/06/2022
Location Bergen
In 07:00
Out 17:00

Beautiful Bergen, Norway’s second-largest city, is one of the most popular ports of call on a cruise up the fjords. Step off the ship into the medieval Bryggen wharf area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979, where small boats line the harbor and wooden gabled buildings stand proud along the waterfront. Bergen’s rich maritime tradition goes back nearly 1,000 years, including the years the town played an important part in the Hanseatic League, the trading empire that dominated maritime commerce in the region between the 14th and 18th centuries. The city is one of Europe’s oldest settlements, and its cobblestone streets and narrow alleyways lead to emerald-green parks, medieval cathedrals and stone fortresses that kept enemies at bay centuries ago. It’s also eminently walkable, with historic buildings and excellent markets selling everything from fish and produce to trinkets and souvenirs.

Surrounded by mountains and thick forest, and sitting halfway between Geiranger to the north and Stavanger to the south, Bergen offers plenty to do outside the city too. Whether you sign up for a guided excursion or venture out on your own, you’ll be sure to fall in love with Bergen.

Date 16/06/2022
Location Molde
In 08:00
Out 17:00

The Molde area is rich in scenic attractions, including the Trollstigen Mountain Road, the Atlantic Road, and the 222 mountain peaks of Molde Panorama that offer exceptional vistas for photographers to capture. Go for a hike, explore the local caves, or stay in town and enjoy the excellent shopping and dining that Molde has to offer.

Date 17/06/2022
Location At Sea
In
Out
Date 18/06/2022
Location At Sea
In
Out
Date 19/06/2022
Location Longyearbyen
In 09:00
Out 18:00

Also known as the “Land of the Midnight Sun,” you’ll find a coastline full of seals, walrus, and seabirds. A visit to the Svalbard Museum provides a history of the area that includes whaling, expeditions, winter trapping techniques and mining. At the Svalbard Gallery, spend time in the workshops of local artists. Adventurers can trek to the Esmarkbreen Glacier, or tour a local coal mine.

Date 20/06/2022
Location At Sea
In 11:00
Out 12:00
Date 20/06/2022
Location At Sea
In 17:00
Out 18:30
Date 21/06/2022
Location Alesund
In 06:00
Out 12:00

The largest island in the Svalbard archipelago, in the Arctic Ocean-the name of the town means “jagged peaks,” and the scenery is true to the translation. One of the world’s environmental outposts, Spitsbergen is known for its spectacular northern lights and magnificent landscape. Inhale the clean sharp air and enjoy the majesty.

Date 21/06/2022
Location Longyearbyen
In 22:30
Out 22:30

Also known as the “Land of the Midnight Sun,” you’ll find a coastline full of seals, walrus, and seabirds. A visit to the Svalbard Museum provides a history of the area that includes whaling, expeditions, winter trapping techniques and mining. At the Svalbard Gallery, spend time in the workshops of local artists. Adventurers can trek to the Esmarkbreen Glacier, or tour a local coal mine.

Date 22/06/2022
Location At Sea
In
Out
Date 23/06/2022
Location At Sea
In
Out
Date 24/06/2022
Location Akureyri
In 08:00
Out 17:00

Often described as the capital of north Iceland, the country’s second-largest city is both vibrant and pretty, and serves as an ideal hub for exploring the incredible landscape that surrounds it.

Located at the head of a 60-kilometer fjord—the country’s longest—and surrounded by snow-streaked mountains, Akureyri was originally settled in the 9th century and was first officially mentioned as a city in the 16th century. Today it boasts a population of around 17,000, a scenic harbor and an array of interesting shops, buzzy cafés and upscale restaurants. Its main sights include the Akureyri Church, a wonderful botanical garden (founded in 1912) and the fascinating Akureyri Museum.

From here it’s possible to explore some of the country’s most memorable landscapes, starting with Akureyri’s own fjord, Eyjafjörður, where you’ll find several museums (including the Icelandic Folk and Outsider Art Museum), fishing villages like Grenivík and plenty of dramatic mountain scenery. Farther afield are the island of Grímsey, the volcanic wonderland of Lake Mývatn and a whole host of waterfalls, gorges, churches and saga sites.

Date 24/06/2022
Location At Sea
In
Out
Date 25/06/2022
Location Isafjordur
In 08:00
Out 16:00

Bordered on three sides by dramatic mountains that form a natural harbor, the idyllic town of Ísafjörður—population 2,600—serves as a charming exploration hub for the surrounding Westfjords peninsula. Settled since the 16th century, and traditionally dependent on fishing as its main source of income, its streets are today lined with old wooden houses interspersed with occasional shops, restaurants and cafés.

Despite its low-key atmosphere, Ísafjörður offers plenty to do, from visiting local museums and enjoying a game of golf, to hiking, biking and kayaking around the town and harbor. The town also hosts several notable events, such as Iceland’s oldest cross-country ski race, the mud-football European Championships and a classical music festival, Við Djúpið.

The rugged and remote Westfjords offer many more attractions. A daily summer ferry transports visitors to the scenic Hornstrandir Nature Reserve and to Vigur, an island that’s home to many protected bird populations. Follow the region’s striking coastline and you’ll find snow-streaked mountains, waterfalls and beaches.

Date 25/06/2022
Location At Sea
In
Out
Date 26/06/2022
Location Reykjavik
In 08:00
Out

See dramatic evidence of Iceland’s volcanic origins: geysers, hotsprings, vast fields of cooled lava. Swim in the naturally-warmed Blue Lagoon.

Date 27/06/2022
Location Reykjavik
In
Out 14:00

See dramatic evidence of Iceland’s volcanic origins: geysers, hotsprings, vast fields of cooled lava. Swim in the naturally-warmed Blue Lagoon.

Date 28/06/2022
Location At Sea
In
Out
Date 29/06/2022
Location Kirkwall, Orkney Islands
In 08:00
Out 17:00

Located on the Orkney Islands in the remote northern reaches of Scotland, Kirkwall’s history dates from 1046 and includes such characters as Sigurd the Powerful, St. Earl Magnus the Martyr, and Sigurd the Stout. Step back in time 5000 years and discover the stone village of Skara Brae, the Standing Stones of Stenness, and the Ring of Brodgar. Sample shore excursions: Skara Brae & Skaill House; Orkney Crafts; Southern Panorama & Highland Park Distillery.

Date 30/06/2022
Location Edinburgh
In 09:00
Out 19:00

Your jumping-off point for the highlights of Edinburgh, including historic Edinburgh Castle, housing the Scottish crown jewels and the palace that was once home to Mary Queen of Scots.

Date 01/07/2022
Location Invergordon (Inverness)
In 09:00
Out 20:00

The skirl of Highland bagpipes calls you ashore. Go in search of your clan tartan, and “Nessie,” the spurious monster often sighted in Loch Ness.

Date 02/07/2022
Location At Sea
In
Out
Date 03/07/2022
Location Rotterdam
In 07:00
Out

Often called the gateway to Europe, the port city of Rotterdam is full of old-world charm. The harbor offers amazing views and a maze of wharves and canals, along with towering spires make for a beautiful sight. Take a stroll and duck into one of the pubs or eateries along the way.
Only three pre World War II buildings in the city centre have survived and are worth a look – city hall, St. Laurence church and the White House. Explore the Museum Boymans van Beuningen, which houses a unique collection dating from the 14th century, or the Museum Voor Volkenkunde – home to ethnological exhibits. Exquisite architecture can be seen in many areas of Rotterdam, most notably in the Delfshaven quarter of the city – where 18th century houses are on display. For a laugh, check out Kijk-Kubus, an upside-down house.

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