Greenland, Iceland, Norway & Beyond – Viking Cruise

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Greenland, Iceland, Norway & Beyond – Viking Cruise

Far northern reaches

Traverse the far northern seas to Canada, Greenland, Iceland and the Arctic, and discover distant shores. Follow in the wake of intrepid explorers through Norway and Svalbard, and circumnavigate Iceland as you experience nature at its most magnificent. From quaint fishing villages to snowcapped mountaintops, witness majestic landscapes, and sail to the New World to learn about Inuit traditions as you revel in the history of Viking exploration.

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*Expires 31st May 2024

Expired on Friday May 31st, 2024

Expired on Friday May 31st, 2024

Day 1: Bergen, Norway

Embark your ship and settle into your stateroom. Bergen is home to the Hanseatic League’s only kontor (trading enclave) still in existence. Bryggen wharf, a row of timbered Hanseatic warehouses along a quaint quay, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Narrow wooden walkways are flanked by parallel rows of small, vibrantly painted buildings overlooking the picturesque Vågen Harbor. This is perhaps the most charming district of Bergen and a delight to explore, from its tight-knit community of workshops where artisans sell their wares to its cafés where freshly prepared smørbrød, or open-faced sandwiches, are on the menu.

Bergen, an ancient city with deep Viking roots, is nestled between gargantuan snowcapped mountains, magnificent fjords and one of Europe’s largest glaciers. Founded in 1070 on what was a Viking settlement, Bergen is the second-largest city in Norway. Not to be missed is a stroll through the Fisketorget, where the fresh catch of the sea awaits—from cod and prawns to local caviar and icy oysters.

SHORE EXCUSRIONS

PANORAMIC BERGEN - INCLUDED
DURATION: 2 HOURS
UNESCO, Sightseeing, Easy*

A PANORAMIC TOUR OF BERGEN
Enjoy a relaxing tour by deluxe motor coach as you tour the main sites in Bergen. Founded in 1070 AD, Bergen features many historic sites including the medieval King Haakon’s Hall, the Rosenkrantz Tower, the picturesque wooden buildings at Bryggen, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the bustling fish market and the Nordnes Peninsula, with its 19th-century white painted wooden houses. Take a photo stop at Nordnes and admire the views over Bergen Harbor. Once the capital city of Norway, Norwegian kings resided here, and many historic events took place in the port. Bergen owed its wealth and prominence to the fish export trade, which has been at the heart of the town since the Middle Ages. Hear interesting stories from your guide about Bergen’s colorful past as you tour through the streets of Norway’s second-largest city.

* Easy - Walking portions are generally over easy surfaces with few steps or inclines. Total time walking or standing is normally not longer than 1.5 hours.

A SNAPSHOT OF BERGEN
DURATION: 4 HOURS
Sightseeing, UNESCO, Moderate*

SITES AND HEIGHTS
See Bergen both up close and from a bird’s-eye perspective on this expansive tour. With your guide, pass the medieval Bergen Fortress at the entrance to the harbor. See the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bryggen, the picturesque wharf that helped put Bergen at the center of the Hanseatic League. For a wider view of this city, ascend Mt. Fløien via funicular railway. From the summit, enjoy spectacular views of Bergen’s seaside setting. Back in the city, visit the Schøtstuene Museum. Explore its multipurpose rooms in which wealthy Hanseatic merchants gathered during the winter months; the building was once used for meetings, teaching, social events and trials. For a more modern perspective, see the Bergen Theater and Grieg Hall, named for Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg. A scenic drive around the Nordnes Peninsula offers sweeping views across the harbor.

* Moderate - Walking portions may be long and somewhat challenging with occasional step-ups, stairs and inclines. Total time walking or standing normally ranges from 1.5 to 3 hours.

GRIEG’S HOUSE & RECITAL & FANTOFT STAVE CHURCH
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Special Interest, Demanding*

THE OLD WAYS
Travel south of Bergen to view a remarkable wooden church and visit the home of Norway’s famed composer. Join your local guide on a drive through suburban Bergen to Fana, where the Fantoft Stave Church stands tall, proud and elegant. Built entirely of wood in 1150 in the tradition of Norwegian stave churches, it was moved to its present site in 1883 to save it from demolition and preserve it as part of the nation’s heritage. From spiritual faith to musical brilliance, you will also visit Troldhaugen, where famed Norwegian composer and pianist Edvard Grieg and his wife lived for 22 years. Norway’s most celebrated son, he was inspired by Norwegian folk music and sought to raise its profile in his composing and performances. He is best known for his Piano Concerto in A minor and Peer Gynt. Enjoy an exclusive recital of his music before returning to your ship.

* Demanding - Physically challenging activities, including extensive walks, hiking, riding, water sports, and high altitude activities. Activities by foot may contain difficult, unpaved surfaces and/or multiple stairs and steep inclines. Total time walking or standing may exceed 3 hours.

ASCENT OF MT. ULRIKEN
DURATION: 4 HOURS
Sightseeing, Snack, UNESCO, Moderate*

TEA AT THE TOP
Combine a tour of the highlights of historic Bergen with a scenic visit to the summit of Mt. Ulriken. A panoramic tour takes you to the medieval Bergenhus fortress at the entrance to Bergen’s harbor. You will also see the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bryggen, the beautifully preserved wharf that was central to Bergen’s role in the Hanseatic League. Here, you will see the wooden warehouses through which much of the mercantile organization’s wealth passed. A cable car awaits you just outside the affluent suburb of Kalfaret. Wind conditions permitting, take a seat inside your gondola for a scenic ascent to Mt. Ulriken, the highest of Bergen’s famous Seven Mountains. At the summit, witness the magnificent views and enjoy a warm beverage accompanied by the famed Ulriken Bun, a cinnamon pastry for which this region is known. Enjoy free time at this 1,000-foot peak before returning to the city to explore on your own.

* Moderate - Walking portions may be long and somewhat challenging with occasional step-ups, stairs and inclines. Total time walking or standing normally ranges from 1.5 to 3 hours.

A TASTE OF NORWEGIAN FARM LIFE
DURATION: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Snack, Local Life, Moderate*

EXPERIENCE THE BEAUTY AND CULTURE OF ØVRE EIDE FARM
Venture into the pristine countryside outside Bergen to witness life on a traditional Norwegian farm. Drive with your guide through vistas of soaring mountains and tranquil lakes to the idyllic working farm at Øvre Eide, nestled on the beautiful Jordal Lake. Here, surrounded by green fields and magnificent scenery, the owner will greet you and lead a relaxed and leisurely guided tour of his tranquil property. Along the way, you will pause with him as he shares the farm’s history and local heritage and provides some insight into the evolving ways of farming in Norway. You will also meet some of the animals typically found on Nordic farms, from Norwegian fjord horses to Norwegian spel sheep. Then you are invited to join him in the beautiful main house for freshly made almond pralines, pastries with berries and cream and natural fruit juice, coffee, tea and hot chocolate.

* Moderate - Walking portions may be long and somewhat challenging with occasional step-ups, stairs and inclines. Total time walking or standing normally ranges from 1.5 to 3 hours.

DALE OF NORWAY: A LIVING MUSEUM
DURATION: 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Working World, Shopping, Easy*

A HISTORIC MILL WEAVES NORWAY’S ICONIC SWEATERS
Visit one of Norway’s few remaining textile centers and see how the iconic Norwegian sweaters are made. Meet your guide at our berth and enjoy a scenic drive to the village of Dale, nestled in a sweeping valley among soaring peaks on the west coast. Here, spend time getting acquainted with the Dale factory, world-renowned for more than just its sweaters. This historic mill harnesses the power of local waterfalls. The community of Dale developed around this ingenuity and the textile industry that it supports. Today, the entire village embraces a culture that centers around knitting and creating traditional designs. Exclusive garments are made here for sports and fashion, too. Your guided tour will weave all the threads of this self-made town together for you, from its history to its sweater production. You will have free time to browse its shop before returning to your ship.

* Easy - Walking portions are generally over easy surfaces with few steps or inclines. Total time walking or standing is normally not longer than 1.5 hours.

MT. FLØIEN HIKE
DURATION: 4 HOURS
Active, Natural World, Demanding*

TREK THROUGH BERGEN’S WOODLAND HILLS
Ascend 1,000 feet above Bergen to the top of Mt. Fløien for magnificent views. Board the Fløibanen funicular for a scenic ride up the mountain, where you will begin your tour with a walk through the woodlands to the idyllic Skomakerdiket lake, then join the main path. As you climb, take in the stunning scenery of the Fløien Hills. The fjord and its multitude of islands are nestled below, and your eyes can follow the coastline all the way to the North Sea. Continue on the path toward Fjellveien while you enjoy sweeping views to the south of Bergen and Store Lundgegårdsvannet, a bay in the city center. Take a break and immerse yourself in nature as you breathe in the fresh mountain air. After time to relax, set off down the hill and through the charming Skuteviken neighborhood en route to your ship.

* Demanding - Physically challenging activities, including extensive walks, hiking, riding, water sports, and high altitude activities. Activities by foot may contain difficult, unpaved surfaces and/or multiple stairs and steep inclines. Total time walking or standing may exceed 3 hours.

FLIGHTSEEING OVER DRAMATIC FJORDS
DURATION: 1 HOUR
Sightseeing, Easy*

STUNNING SCENIC VIEWPOINT FROM THE SKY
Take flight on a scenic seaplane journey over the stunning fjords of Bergen and its mountain scenery. You will be picked up for a short transfer to the charming town of Sandviken. Meet your pilot and step on board your four-seater Cessna seaplane to experience the thrill of takeoff from the water. Soar over the picturesque mountains and view the beautiful fjords from above. You will also fly over the striking Hardangerfjord, blue glacier lakes and, weather permitting, Folgefonna—one of the biggest glaciers in Norway. On your return to base, fly over Mt. Ulriken and the city of Bergen, where you will see your cruise ship docked in the harbor. Have your camera ready for this breathtaking excursion over the wild, beautiful landscapes of western Norway.

* Easy - Walking portions are generally over easy surfaces with few steps or inclines. Total time walking or standing is normally not longer than 1.5 hours.

NORWEGIAN GOLD & SILVERSMITHS
DURATION: 2 HOURS
Working World, Snack, Moderate*

FACTORY TOUR AND DEMONSTRATION OF BEAUTIFULLY HANDCRAFTED PIECES
Visit one of Norway’s historic gold and silversmiths, and learn about their heritage during a visit to a factory. Take a short ride from the pier to Arven, a Bergen-based company that has been producing fine jewelry and interior design pieces for more than 150 years. You will be welcomed by your host, who will describe the history of the company and its place at the forefront of Norwegian design. As well as its own classic pieces, Arven works in partnership with some of Norway’s most talented designers. Take a tour of the factory and witness the artists at work, creating beautifully crafted jewelry, traditional silver cutlery, accessories and items for the home. After your tour of the production area, you will have the opportunity to browse the on-site gift shop and enjoy a glass of champagne before returning to your ship.

* Moderate - Walking portions may be long and somewhat challenging with occasional step-ups, stairs and inclines. Total time walking or standing normally ranges from 1.5 to 3 hours.

NORDIC WALKING IN BERGEN
DURATION: 2 HOURS
Active, Sightseeing, Demanding*

HISTORIC DISTRICT AND SCENIC VISTAS
Lace up your walking shoes and head out for a Nordic walking experience as you take in some of Bergen’s sights. Meet your instructor and grab your poles before heading out into the city to explore. Nordic walking is an all-encompassing version of walking, suitable for all fitness levels and a great way to work out. Your guide will demonstrate the correct way to use the poles, then you will head off to explore. See some of Bergen’s historic districts as you head through Sandviken and scale the hills to view the city’s most picturesque vistas, including sweeping scenes of the fjord below. Discover some of the hidden gems and learn about the fascinating past of the city, which was once the center of the Hanseatic League’s trading empire. After your invigorating Nordic walk, you will return to your awaiting ship.

* Demanding - Physically challenging activities, including extensive walks, hiking, riding, water sports, and high altitude activities. Activities by foot may contain difficult, unpaved surfaces and/or multiple stairs and steep inclines. Total time walking or standing may exceed 3 hours.

BERGEN AT WAR
DURATION: 6 HOURS
Special Interest, Demanding*

FJELL FORTRESS AND NORTH SEA TRAFFIC MUSEUM
Explore Bergen’s role in World War II as one of Scandinavia’s main bases during the Nazi occupation. Fjell Fortess was constructed as Germany’s biggest stronghold in Norway during the war; it is an impressive underground military base with a labyrinth of tunnels running beneath Fjedla Mountain. The facility housed a complex of dormitories and living quarters, kitchens, medical stations, workshops, a communications center and command bunkers. In addition, the fortress was centered around heavy German artillery, including the triple cannon which was capable of firing three shells from each of its three barrels simultaneously. Afterward, visit the North Sea Traffic Museum, where you will hear powerful stories of the people of Bergen and learn about the members of the Norwegian Resistance who communicated with Allied forces in Scotland to coordinate crucial drops of supplies.

BERGEN ON FOOT (INCLUDED)
DURATION: 1 HOUR 30 MINUTES

DISCOVER A HANSEATIC PORT TOWN
Explore Bergen’s historic sights during an invigorating walking excursion. Meet your guide at the pier and set off on foot to Bergenhus Fortress, one of Norway’s best-preserved fortifications. Pass the Rosenkrantz Tower and arrive at Bryygen to admire its picturesque wooden buildings, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hear interesting stories from your guide about Bergen’s colorful past as you get acquainted with this Hanseatic town. Formerly the capital of Norway, Norwegian kings once resided here. Bergen owed its wealth and prominence to the fish export trade, which has been at the heart of the town since the Middle Ages. Continue your walk to Festplassen to its music pavilion, and head toward the old financial district, pausing to see the old telegraph, the historic post office and to admire the quaint residences. Afterward, walk back to your ship.

* Demanding - Physically challenging activities, including extensive walks, hiking, riding, water sports, and high altitude activities. Activities by foot may contain difficult, unpaved surfaces and/or multiple stairs and steep inclines. Total time walking or standing may exceed 3 hours.

*Shore excursions vary by itinerary and are subject to change.

Geiranger is the gateway to some of coastal Norway’s most magnificent natural treasures. Nearby, the Seven Sisters Waterfall tumbles 1,000 feet into the fjord’s water, while directly across the fjord, the Suitor Waterfall also plunges down a steep face. The overlook known as Eagle’s Bend towers 2,000 feet above the village, accessed via a winding mountain road with 11 hairpin turns. The Norwegian Fjord Center puts all this natural splendor into perspective with fascinating exhibits.

SHORE EXCURSIONS

EAGLE’S BEND OVERLOOK & PANORAMIC DRIVE - INCLUDED
DURATION: 3 HOURS
Sightseeing, UNESCO, Easy*

SEE SOME OF THE WORLD’S MOST STUNNING VISTAS
Witness Geiranger's pristine majesty as you ascend to the heights of Geirangerfjord on a magnificent drive. You will meet your guide at the berth and drive up a winding road to Eagle's Bend viewpoint, passing through 11 breathtaking hairpin turns. At the road's pinnacle, you will witness the spectacular scenery that has earned Geirangerfjord status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Later, you will drive to Flydalsjuvet viewpoint for more impressive views. After a photo stop, continue into the green Flydal Valley to the high mountain plateau at Djupvatn Lake. Its gorgeous waters shimmer in the Norwegian sun. Afterward, you will return to your ship.

* Easy - Walking portions are generally over easy surfaces with few steps or inclines. Total time walking or standing is normally not longer than 1.5 hours.

SCENIC MOUNTAIN DRIVE & DALSNIBBA CLIMB
DURATION: 6 HOURS
Sightseeing, Meal, UNESCO, Moderate*

VISTAS & GLITTERING ICE FIELDS
Take a spectacular drive through mountains, fjords and glaciers, enjoy lunch, then climb to the Dalsnibba summit. Meet your guide and drive into the green Flydal Valley to the high mountain plateau at Djupvatn Lake. Its gorgeous waters shimmer in the Norwegian sun. Our route continues over the Old Strynefjellet Mountain Road, a narrow throughway with dramatic twists and turns through the Strynefjell Pass. During lunch at a local restaurant, you will enjoy views of the Tystigen Glacier, an icy behemoth central to summer skiing and the northernmost terminus of continental Europe’s largest ice field. Afterward, drive through a tunnel back to Djupvatn Lake and climb to the top of Dalsnibba. On this impressive summit at 4,921 feet, you will have time to take in unforgettable vistas over Geiranger, the fjord and the mountains. Your tour concludes back at your ship.

* Moderate - Walking portions may be long and somewhat challenging with occasional step-ups, stairs and inclines. Total time walking or standing normally ranges from 1.5 to 3 hours.

A NORDIC HIKE TO WESTERÅS & HOLE
DURATION: 3 HOURS
Active, Demanding*

AN EXHILARATING WALK AMID IMMENSE BEAUTY
Get a terrific workout in a spectacular fjord setting. Nordic walking began as summer training for cross-country skiers; now, it is a popular, time-efficient and low-stress exercise for fitness walkers. Meet your expert guide and experienced Nordic walker at our berth. After a brief instructional session, set off with your specially designed poles that help work the upper body as you walk. Begin at a casual pace, traversing the hills and admiring the mountainsides of Geiranger. Follow uphill trails of varying steepness over uneven terrain, after which the work you put into the trek will culminate in an unforgettable payoff: spectacular views of the fjord and countryside. During the walk, stop at the village of Westerås to enjoy a break before continuing to the lovely mountainside village of Hole. After a brief stop here, begin the Nordic walk back to the pier.

* Demanding - Physically challenging activities, including extensive walks, hiking, riding, water sports, and high altitude activities. Activities by foot may contain difficult, unpaved surfaces and/or multiple stairs and steep inclines. Total time walking or standing may exceed 3 hours.

GEIRANGERFJORD BY RIB BOAT
DURATION: 1 HOUR 30 MINUTES
Active, UNESCO, Moderate*

A THRILLING RIDE INTO THE FJORDS
Experience the magnificent Geirangerfjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, up close. Proceed to your embarkation point with your guide. There, you will don your required life jacket and board a safe and comfortable rigid inflatable boat, or RIB. For the next half hour, you will skim along the waters at high speed, sea spray in your face and the soaring slopes of Geirangerfjord around you. You will stop for more intimate views of the natural landscapes. The waterfalls that plummet into the fjord’s waters—Seven Sisters, Suitor and Bridal Veil—are especially thrilling to witness up close. You will also see abandoned farms that once thrived in the Geirangerfjord, once-proud homesteads standing quietly in the shadow of giants. By tour’s end, you will have seen a rare and exciting perspective of the fjord. Please dress for the weather of the day and wear shoes that can get wet.

* Moderate - Walking portions may be long and somewhat challenging with occasional step-ups, stairs and inclines. Total time walking or standing normally ranges from 1.5 to 3 hours

KAYAKING GEIRANGERFJORD
DURATION: 3 HOURS
Active, UNESCO, Demanding*

A GENTLE PADDLE IN A STUNNING SETTING
Enjoy the tranquil beauty of Geirangerfjord from the water as you skim along its pristine surface by kayak. On this gentle adventure, you will meet your guide at our berth and drive to the kayak base, where you will receive a safety briefing and paddling instruction. Don your required life jacket and climb on board your double sea kayak. Once everyone is on the water, you will get underway as a group. During your excursion, you will see the magnificent Seven Sisters Waterfall from a distance. Of its seven cascades, the tallest has a freefall of about 820 feet. You will pause at a good viewing point for photos. Throughout, your guides will provide interesting information about Geirangerfjord, the high mountains that form its walls and the incredible waterfalls. Then you will paddle back to Geiranger and walk back to your ship. No previous sea kayaking experience is required.

* Demanding - Physically challenging activities, including extensive walks, hiking, riding, water sports, and high altitude activities. Activities by foot may contain difficult, unpaved surfaces and/or multiple stairs and steep inclines. Total time walking or standing may exceed 3 hours.

FJORD FISHING
DURATION: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Active, UNESCO, Moderate*

FISH-ABUNDANT NORWEGIAN WATERS AWAIT
Bait your hook and cast your line during this excursion to the fish-abundant waters of the Geirangerfjord. Board your fishing vessel that will take you cruising along this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Receive a safety briefing and meet your captain, who knows the best fishing spots in this scenic fjord. The Norwegian coast benefits from the warm currents of the Gulf Stream, making the waters surrounding its long coastline full of plankton—and the many species of fish that feed on them. All necessary equipment and expertise will be provided, so you can try your luck at landing one of the record-sized cod, haddock or mackerel that swim beneath the steely water’s surface. Listen to stories about local history while you fish, and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the fjord. After time spent fishing, you will return to the pier.

* Moderate - Walking portions may be long and somewhat challenging with occasional step-ups, stairs and inclines. Total time walking or standing normally ranges from 1.5 to 3 hours.

GEIRANGER BY HELICOPTER
DURATION: 1 HOUR
Sightseeing, UNESCO, Easy*

PANORAMIC VIEWS OF SCENIC FJORD FROM ABOVE
Take to the air by helicopter for a thrilling panoramic flight through the stunning Geirangerfjord. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this fjord is among Norway’s most famous. Transfer to the heliport and meet your pilot. You will receive a safety briefing before taking to the air. Relax as the dramatic panorama of the fjord and its surrounding mountains spread out below you. You will fly the entire length—more than nine miles—of this fjord, rising from deep blue waters at sea level to rugged snowcapped peaks. Your flight path takes you by the magnificent 4,800-foot Mt. Dalsnibba, as well as rugged cliffs and cascading waterfalls. See the isolated farms that dot the fjord, and buzz past glaciers with crevasses and icefalls before returning to the verdant green slopes at the base of the fjord. After your flight, you will return to your ship.

* Easy - Walking portions are generally over easy surfaces with few steps or inclines. Total time walking or standing is normally not longer than 1.5 hours.

TASTE OF NORWAY
DURATION: 1 HOUR 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing, Snack, UNESCO, Easy*

LOCAL SPECIALTIES AND PICTURESQUE GEIRANGERFJORD
Sample appetizing local fare and beverages while taking a scenic cruise through the picturesque Geirangerfjord. Your cruise will take you for close-up views of Geirangerfjord’s famous waterfalls. See the stunning Seven Sisters, named for the seven separate streams that comprise the waterfall, and The Suitor directly opposite them. Legend says the “sisters” dance playfully down the mountainside while the nearby “suitor” courts them. You will also view Bridal Veil, its waterfall resembling a thin veil over the rocks when backlight by the sun. As you cruise, you will be served a selection of Norwegian taster dishes, including cured meats and cheeses, along with three different beers from a local Geiranger brewery. You will make a short photo stop near one of the isolated farms that dot the fjord. Your guide tell you interesting facts about local life, the farms and the people who live there.

* Easy - Walking portions are generally over easy surfaces with few steps or inclines. Total time walking or standing is normally not longer than 1.5 hours.

*Shore excursions vary by itinerary and are subject to change.

The Norwegian Inside Passage is a protected shipping lane that runs from Norway’s capital of Oslo, down the Skagerrak coast and around the country’s southern tip. It continues north along the coastline of the Norwegian Sea, before eventually terminating in the Russian waters of Siberia. It has been used by mariners for centuries, its channels protected from the dangers of the open water by countless skerries and the rugged coastline presenting opportunities for shelter in its many natural bays and inlets.

Narvik is situated on the innermost shores of the Ofotfjorden, within the Arctic Circle. The small town enjoys a dramatic backdrop, encircled by mountains and a glacier that spills right to the water’s edge. The town served as a port city for the early Viking settlers. Much later, the discovery of iron ore in the nearby Swedish town of Kiruna forever shaped Narvik. Kiruna needed a year-round ice-free port from which to ship its new discovery, and so a rail link was built directly to the water. Still today, Narvik is a major exporter.

SHORE EXCURSIONS

VISITING WITH WOLVES
DURATION: 6 HOURS
Natural World, Meal, Moderate*

MEET THE CANINE COUSINS OF MAN’S BEST FRIEND
Experience a close-up encounter with Arctic wolves and other wildlife. Leave Narvik behind as your motor coach winds along the shores of Rombakfjord on the way to an imposing suspension bridge, spanning 2,295 feet. Along Herjangsfjord and through the Gratangen valley you will reach Polar Park, the northernmost wildlife park in the world. Home to predators such as wolves, lynx and bears, and prey animals such as musk oxen and reindeer, the facility allows for unusually close encounters with these denizens of the north. Spend time in the wolf enclosure with a trained wildlife biologist to meet members of the pack. The wolves have been accustomed to humans from birth, allowing for truly memorable interaction. Please note: Guests must be in good general health, not carry open wounds and not be taking any hormonal medication.

* Moderate - Walking portions may be long and somewhat challenging with occasional step-ups, stairs and inclines. Total time walking or standing normally ranges from 1.5 to 3 hours.

WORLD WAR II IN NORTHERN NORWAY
DURATION: 4 HOURS 15 MINUTES
Special Interest, Moderate*

POIGNANT SITES AND DISCOVER NORWAY’S WORLD WAR HISTORY
Gain an in-depth understanding of Narvik’s role in World War II during a visit to the War Museum and city cemetery. An important year-round, ice-free harbor with railway links to the rich iron ore mines of nearby Sweden, this northern port city was strategically vital to both the Germans and the Allies during the early days of the conflict. This culminated in the Battle of Narvik in April 1940—and the five-year Nazi occupation of the city. Take a short drive to the Narvik War Museum, where its curator will guide you through the collection of photos and artifacts. You will also see a short film that focuses on the local events of World War II, as well as the universal issues related to war. After browsing the exhibits, make a solemn visit to the city’s cemetery, the final resting spot for the 34 Commonwealth soldiers who died during the Narvik campaign, before returning to your ship.

* Moderate - Walking portions may be long and somewhat challenging with occasional step-ups, stairs and inclines. Total time walking or standing normally ranges from 1.5 to 3 hours.

HELICOPTER FLIGHTSEEING OVER NARVIK & STETIND
DURATION: 1 HOUR
Sightseeing, Moderate*

LANDSCAPE OF MAJESTIC MOUNTAINS, EXPANSIVE GLACIERS AND SWEEPING FJORDS
Take to the skies in a helicopter and soar over the scenic landscape of northern Norway. Located near the innermost part of the Ofotfjorden, Narvik is bordered by deep fjords and majestic mountains. Meet your experienced pilot and receive a short safety briefing before climbing on board your helicopter for your one-hour flight. Fly over Nordic forests to Beisfjord and Skjomen. See the Frostisen glacier, one of Norway’s larger plateau glaciers—it covers nearly 10 miles and its mountain peaks can reach 5,600 feet in height. Keep watch for one of Norway’s northernmost golf courses as it winds its way through the woods along the Sørelva River. Pass by Stetind, Norway’s national mountain. Reaching 4,500 feet, its steep slopes and anvil-shaped peak make it instantly recognizable. Cap your tour with a flight over Narvik before touching down and returning to your ship.

* Moderate - Walking portions may be long and somewhat challenging with occasional step-ups, stairs and inclines. Total time walking or standing normally ranges from 1.5 to 3 hours.

JOURNEY TO POLAR PARK
DURATION: 5 HOURS
Natural World, Snack, Demanding*

VISIT THE WORLD’S NORTHERNMOST WILDLIFE RESERVE
Travel across Norway’s scenic landscape for a visit to the expansive Polar Park. Located at 69° northern latitude, this reserve is the northernmost wildlife park in the world. It is home to a variety of Arctic mammals including wolves, lynx, wolverines, musk oxen, elk, reindeer, mountain foxes and badgers. Embark on a picturesque journey from Narvik, crossing the 2,500-foot-long Rombak Bridge and continue along the Herjansfjord before heading inland through the birch tree forests of the Gratangs Valley. At Polar Park, take a guided walk along a 2½-mile-long asphalt path that will allow you to observe the animals in their enclosures. The living spaces are large—the park boasts the world’s biggest area-per-animal ratio—so be patient and keep watch for the inhabitants. Watch the animals get fed, then enjoy a snack yourself before returning to your ship.

* Demanding - Physically challenging activities, including extensive walks, hiking, riding, water sports, and high altitude activities. Activities by foot may contain difficult, unpaved surfaces and/or multiple stairs and steep inclines. Total time walking or standing may exceed 3 hours.

OFOTEN RAILWAY & NAVVY TREK
DURATION: 5 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Active, Natural World, Snack, Demanding*

HISTORIC RAILROAD AND SCENIC WALK
Journey along a historically important railway and take a scenic walk in the footsteps of those who built it. The Ofoten Railway has been integral for the hauling of iron ore from Swedish Lapland since it opened in 1903. At the railway station in Narvik, board your train for the picturesque journey to Katterat Station, where you will embark on a four-mile hike along the Navvy Trail. During the construction of the railroad, this heritage trail was the “road to work” for the navvy, the itinerant workers who labored under extreme conditions to build the railway. Learn more about their lives and work as you wind down the path through a picturesque landscape of green forests, small streams and mountain views. In the tiny community of Rombaksbotn, enjoy time for refreshments before boarding a RIB and transferring to Sildvik, then back to your ship.

* Demanding - Physically challenging activities, including extensive walks, hiking, riding, water sports, and high altitude activities. Activities by foot may contain difficult, unpaved surfaces and/or multiple stairs and steep inclines. Total time walking or standing may exceed 3 hours.

*Shore excursions vary by itinerary and are subject to change.

The Lofoten Islands stretch 118 miles into the Norwegian Sea from Norway’s coast. Ships in the archipelago’s cozy fishing harbors are dwarfed by the hulking massifs rising from the waters. The setting was ideal for Norse settlements in the early Viking Age. Cod has long been harvested from these waters as they come here to spawn. More recently, the fish have been caught from traditional rorbus, charming cottages that hover above the waters on stilts. The Lofoten Islands are beautiful any time of year, but the summertime midnight sun illuminates their magnificent glory.

SHORE EXCURSIONS

PANORAMIC LOFOTEN - INCLUDED
DURATION: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing, Easy*

MAJESTIC MOUNTAINS AND FISHING VILLAGES OF THE LOFOTEN ISLANDS
Travel among the majestic mountains and fishing villages of the beautiful Lofoten Islands on this excursion. Enjoy the vistas on the island of Vestvågøy, dominated by tall, steep mountains with wide, green valleys and fishing villages in between, as well as white sand beaches. From Leknes, your motor coach will transport you to Ballstad, one of the Lofoten Islands’ most modern fishing villages. You may wish to take photos of traditional fishermen’s houses, or rorbuer, many of which have been converted into holiday homes. Continue your scenic drive, passing pretty Haukland Beach, and marvel at the unique white sandy beach surrounded by lush green hills and mountains. Pause briefly to experience the sights of the charming village of Utakleiv, which offers the best views of the midnight sun and has been heralded for having one of the most romantic beaches in Europe. Relax on board your coach as you return to your ship.

* Easy - Walking portions are generally over easy surfaces with few step

TJØNNDALEN SCENIC HIKE
DURATION: 4 HOURS
Active, Demanding*

PANORAMIC VIEWS OF THE BEAUTIFUL LOFOTEN LANDSCAPE
Take a motor coach ride to Vendalsjord for a 3-mile scenic hike through Tjønndalen followed by a stunning scenic drive. Capture fantastic views of differently shaped mountain summits including Troll Peak and Blue Peak and Himmeltindan, the tallest mountains on the island at 3,200 feet above sea level. Discover the old peatbog atop Laudal Hill where locals once fetched peat in order to heat their homes. The road’s highest point sits 1,100 feet above sea level, from which you can take in the spectacular panoramic views. Your transport will meet you at the head of Rolvsfjord before driving along the beautiful scenic route through the inside of the Vestfjord, located between the Lofoten Islands and the mainland. While passing the little islands and skerries of Bakjordøyan before reaching Hagskaret, there will be plenty of opportunity to take stunning photos on the way back to your ship.

* Demanding - Physically challenging activities, including extensive walks, hiking, riding, water sports, and high altitude activities. Activities by foot may contain difficult, unpaved surfaces and/or multiple stairs and steep inclines. Total time walking or standing may exceed 3 hours.

LOFOTEN VIKING EXPERIENCE
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing, Snack, Moderate*

AGRICULTURAL HISTORY OF THE VIKINGS AT AN ANCIENT HOMESTEAD
Immerse yourself in the history of the Vikings on this one-of-a-kind excursion to a longhouse. Explore the site of an ancient Viking homestead at Borg, discovered accidentally by a farmer plowing his land in the early 1980s; researchers believe it was the home for a local chieftain during the Middle Ages. Admire the archaeology and faithful reconstruction—particularly in the main building, which houses various exhibitions in the 272-foot-long space. You can also see the nearby Tufta excavation site, where markings on the ground denote where the location of the turf walls and square pillars of the original structure were found. Learn about living conditions during the Viking era and see the livestock available to the people of the time, including wild boar, fjord horses and sheep. After time to explore this engrossing piece of Viking history, board your motor coach and return to your ship.

* Moderate - Walking portions may be long and somewhat challenging with occasional step-ups, stairs and inclines. Total time walking or standing normally ranges from 1.5 to 3 hours.

A HARBOR, SUNDT MUSEUM & MAJESTIC FLAKSTAD CHURCH
DURATION: 7 HOURS
Meal, Sightseeing, Working World, Moderate*

EXPLORE LOFOTEN ISLANDS AT LEISURE
Spend a leisurely day learning about the maritime history of the Lofoten Islands. As you explore, you will witness the architecture of the fishermen’s dwellings, which today serve as popular holiday homes for visitors who want to take part in the region’s many outdoor activities. Head to Flakstad Bay to explore the charming 18th-century red church and enjoy a delicious lunch in a local restaurant. Later, drive to Sund and visit the interesting fishery museum, taking a closer look at the work produced and collected by the local blacksmith. Examine various objects including boats, utensils from fishermen’s homes and working boat engines from the beginning of this century. See the blacksmith at work—perhaps creating a cormorant, an important fishermen’s symbol—before returning to your awaiting ship.

* Moderate - Walking portions may be long and somewhat challenging with occasional step-ups, stairs and inclines. Total time walking or standing normally ranges from 1.5 to 3 hours.

LOFOTEN SEA FISHING
DURATION: 3 HOURS
Special Interest, Active, Moderate*

HEAD OUT TO SEA TO EXPERIENCE REAL LOFOT FISHING
Immerse yourself in the central feature of Lofoten’s history, heading out to sea to experience real Lofot fishing. Join professionals on a fiskeskøyte, a traditional Norwegian wooden boat. Walk the short distance from the ship to the vessel where you will be welcomed on board by the skipper and crew, who will know where the best fishing spots are located and have planned a route according to the weather conditions. After a safety briefing, advice and coaching from the skipper, use traditional Norwegian fishing equipment to catch various fish including cod, pollock and mackerel, just as local fishermen have done for hundreds of years. There will also be time for sightseeing, photography and gazing at the shores of Lofoten Islands from the sea. You may also spot sea eagles and other birds during your trip. Afterward, the boat will return you to the pier. Suitably warm and waterproof clothing and sturdy footwear should be worn.

* Moderate - Walking portions may be long and somewhat challenging with occasional step-ups, stairs and inclines. Total time walking or standing normally ranges from 1.5 to 3 hours.

LOFOTEN ON HORSEBACK
DURATION: 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Active, Natural World, Demanding*

NATURAL BEAUTY OF THE ISLAND OF GIMSØYA
Saddle up for a leisurely horseback ride through the beautiful landscape of northern Norway. Situated in the middle of the Lofoten archipelago, the island of Gimsøya is a stunning mix of mountains, jagged peaks, towering cliffs and white-sand beaches. Transfer from your pier to a rural horse farm surrounded by the white-sand beaches that dominate the island’s west coast. Upon arrival, you will receive an introduction, then meet your steed and head out. During your ride, you will discover stories from ancient times, including a pagan temple, Viking-era graves and the residence of a Viking chieftain from more than 1,000 years ago. This residence is believed to have been the home of Tore Hjort, a Norwegian chieftain from Vågen in Hålogaland who was killed by the famous King Olav Tyrggvason in the late 10th century. After returning your horse to its stable, you will depart for your ship.

* Demanding - Physically challenging activities, including extensive walks, hiking, riding, water sports, and high altitude activities. Activities by foot may contain difficult, unpaved surfaces and/or multiple stairs and steep inclines. Total time walking or standing may exceed 3 hours.

SEA EAGLE SAFARI BY RIB
DURATION: 1 HOUR 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing, Natural World, Active, Demanding*

IMPRESSIVE BIRDS OF PREY AND QUAINT VILLAGES
Immerse yourself in the tranquil beauty of the Lofoten Islands in search of sea eagles in a RIB (rigid inflatable boat). You will walk to the nearby RIB pier, where your guide will fit you with a protective waterproof suit. As you set off with your experienced helmsman, you will whisk across the sparkling waters, perhaps leaping over the wake of a passing ferry and sidling up to vertical cliffs rising from the water. Pass the red fishing huts that line the water of small villages such as Ballstad, Mortsund, Steine and Ure. You will pause along the way see sea eagles. Possessing a wing span of more than six feet, these birds of prey are an impressive sight. Fish will be used to attract them, so there is a good chance you will see one. Afterward, you will return to your ship by RIB.

* Demanding - Physically challenging activities, including extensive walks, hiking, riding, water sports, and high altitude activities. Activities by foot may contain difficult, unpaved surfaces and/or multiple stairs and steep inclines. Total time walking or standing may exceed 3 hours.

AALAN FARM
DURATION: 3 HOURS
Working World, Snack, Easy*

FARMING TRADITIONS OF VESTVÅGØY
Experience the rural life of Norway’s Northlands and meet an authentic farming family. Embark by motor coach for a scenic drive to Aalan Gård, a farm located near Lauvdalen. Meet your hosts, the Aalan family, who produce cheese and herbs in this eco-friendly location. Learn about daily farm life and farming techniques. You will also have an opportunity to meet the many animals that call the farm home, including goats, a dog and cat and a miniature black pig. Listen as your hosts tell stories about the hard work and fun that comes with farm life while you sample several of the cheeses they produce. On the way back to your ship, stop at Torvdalshalsen viewpoint. Admire the beautiful mountains and cultural landscape of Vestvågøy and listen to your guide recount the history of the Vikings in the area.

* Easy - Walking portions are generally over easy surfaces with few steps or inclines. Total time walking or standing is normally not longer than 1.5 hours.

TROLLFJORD CRUISE
DURATION: 5 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing, Snack, Easy*

SAIL ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS FJORDS
Enjoy a scenic drive through the Lofoten Islands, then board a fishing boat bound for the spectacular Trollfjord. You will pass through three different Lofoten islands: Vestvågøy island, Grimsøya island and Austvågøya island. Observe quaint fishing villages such as Bøstad and Kabelvåg, with their charming Norwegian buildings known as rorbuer. These traditional types of seasonal houses are built partly on land and partly in water, allowing easy access for fishermen and their boats. Upon your arrival in Svolvaer you will meet your skipper and climb on board your vessel before heading to the dramatic Trollfjord, one of the most famous fjords in the world. Marvel at the beautiful views while passing through this stunning landscape. You may even be fortunate enough to catch sight of the rare white-tailed eagle. Enjoy refreshments on board while you cruise before returning to your motor coach for the drive back to your ship.

* Easy - Walking portions are generally over easy surfaces with few steps or inclines. Total time walking or standing is normally not longer than 1.5 hours.

*Shore excursions vary by itinerary and are subject to change.

Tromsø is Norway’s most northerly city and has long been considered the gateway to the Arctic. During the summer months, pretty wooden houses exude an air of sophistication as they bask beneath the glow of the Midnight Sun. Winter brings pristine landscapes surrounded by snowcapped peaks and the aurora borealis, whose magical lights dance across the nighttime skies. World-renowned explorers have set sail from Tromsø’s shores; Roald Amundsen, Norway’s first son and the first explorer to reach both poles, is commemorated with a bronze statue in the city.

SHORE EXCURSIONS

PANORAMIC TROMSØ - INCLUDED
DURATION: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing, Easy*

TROMSØ’S MOST BELOVED SITES
Witness the unique structures and natural beauty of Tromsø amid its stunning island setting of green pastures. Meet your local guide and drive through the city known as the “Gateway to the Arctic”—a starting point for many Arctic expeditions. Tromsø boasts the largest concentration of wooden houses in northern Norway, built here until 1904 at which point wood construction was banned for fear of fire. Throughout the city, you will see classic architecture mingling with modern buildings, including the stunning Arctic Cathedral. With its soaring white roofline, it has been compared to the Sydney Opera House. Return to your ship via the Tromsø Bridge.

* Easy - Walking portions are generally over easy surfaces with few steps or inclines. Total time walking or standing is normally not longer than 1.5 hours.

PORTALS TO THE ARCTIC
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing, Snack, Moderate*

INSPIRING ADVENTURERS AND STIRRING VISTAS
Explore the Polar Museum, discover an architectural treasure, and take in breathtaking vistas via cable car. For adventurers and explorers, Tromsø is the gateway to the Arctic. So you will begin at the fascinating Polar Museum, located in a wharf house dating to 1837. Here, gain a glimpse of Arctic life and learn about the expeditions of explorer and native son Roald Amundsen, who reached the North Pole in 1926. Continue to the Arctic Cathedral. Built in 1965, this soaring white parish church is often called the “Opera House of Norway” for its resemblance to the Sydney Opera House. Its triangular interior is a stunning vision in white and icy blue. Then, board a cable car at Tromsø Fjellheis and ascend to the 1,378-foot summit of Mount Storsteinen. From the top, marvel at the Tromsø cityscape nestled amid islands and sea. En route back to your ship, enjoy a brief city tour.

* Moderate - Walking portions may be long and somewhat challenging with occasional step-ups, stairs and inclines. Total time walking or standing normally ranges from 1.5 to 3 hours.

SCENIC TROMSØ BY RIB BOAT
DURATION: 3 HOURS
Active, Natural World, Demanding*

STUNNING WATERSCAPES AND NATURAL HABITATS
Enjoy a thrilling tour by RIB boat as you speed through local waterways and admire stunning landscapes. You will travel the sheltered waters by Tromsø on an excursion to spot local wildlife. Hear stories from your guide about the history of the city, its people and creatures native to these parts. With a little bit of luck, you may spot eagles flying overhead and/or harbor porpoises in the sea. Binoculars are useful for this tour, but not essential.

* Demanding - Physically challenging activities, including extensive walks, hiking, riding, water sports, and high altitude activities. Activities by foot may contain difficult, unpaved surfaces and/or multiple stairs and steep inclines. Total time walking or standing may exceed 3 hours.

HUSKY TREK THROUGH ARCTIC HILLS
DURATION: 4 HOURS 27 MINUTES
Active, Snack, Natural World, Demanding*

GET ACQUAINTED WITH MAN’S BEST FRIEND
Experience northern Norway’s magnificent Arctic landscape on an invigorating outdoor trek with a husky. Canines have long been a valued mode of transportation in northern climes, with sled dog teams capable of pulling heavy loads over long distances. Leave the pier by motor coach and cross over the Sandnessund Bridge to Kvaløya Island. Upon arrival at the camp, the dogs and puppies will excitedly greet you, and you will meet your experienced outdoor guide for this very special trek through rolling hills. Harnessed around the waist, you and your partner will take turns trotting along with your furry friend. Back at the camp, join the husky painting workshop; you will be amazed at how a nice treat will get you a canvas creation from a dog. Later, spend time with the dogs in the yard, then enjoy refreshments before bidding farewell to your host and returning to your ship.

* Demanding - Physically challenging activities, including extensive walks, hiking, riding, water sports, and high altitude activities. Activities by foot may contain difficult, unpaved surfaces and/or multiple stairs and steep inclines. Total time walking or standing may exceed 3 hours.

PICTURESQUE SOMMARØY ISLAND
DURATION: 4 HOURS
Sightseeing, Snack, Moderate*

SEE HIDDEN CHARMS OF NORWEGIAN FISHING VILLAGE
Explore the vibrant heritage of Sommarøy during a guided walking excursion of this scenic coastal gem. Embark by motor coach for a drive to this fishing village that is spread over an archipelago on Norway’s western coast. Fishing and hunting have always been important to Sommarøy’s residents. Walk through the idyllic harbor, where you will see fishing vessels moored along the docks. Admire the beautiful views of Senja Island to the south, the coastal landscapes to the north and the vast waters of the Norwegian Sea to the west. Learn about life on the island, and enjoy waffles with a cup of coffee or tea at a local restaurant. After, you will board your coach for a return drive to Tromsø along the narrow Kattfjord. You will pass the majestic Store Blåmann; its jagged peak reaches 3,400 feet above sea level and is the highest point on Kvaløya Island.

* Moderate - Walking portions may be long and somewhat challenging with occasional step-ups, stairs and inclines. Total time walking or standing normally ranges from 1.5 to 3 hours.

SCENIC NORDIC HIKE
DURATION: 5 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Active, Natural World, Snack, Demanding*

BEAUTIFUL NATURAL SETTING AND VIEWS OF LYNGEN ALPS
Immerse yourself in the natural beauty and majestic landscape outside of Tromsø during a leisurely hike. Embark by motor coach for Breivikeidet, a popular area for outdoor enthusiasts and the starting point of your hike. Admire the stunning views of the Lyngen Alps in the distance. This mountain range dominates the neighboring Lyngen Peninsula, following the western slope of the fjord and reaching heights of more than 6,000 feet. During your trek, observe the rich variety of birds and wildlife around you. Remember to dress appropriately, including wind-resistant waterproof clothing and sturdy shoes or boots. Refuel along the way with a stop for a warming beverage and snack before continuing your hike. After your circuit, you will take a rest in a lavvu, or traditional Sami outdoor shelter, and enjoy an appetizing bowl of fish soup before returning to your ship.

* Demanding - Physically challenging activities, including extensive walks, hiking, riding, water sports, and high altitude activities. Activities by foot may contain difficult, unpaved surfaces and/or multiple stairs and steep inclines. Total time walking or standing may exceed 3 hours.

TROMSØ’S CULINARY & CULTURAL DELIGHTS BY FOOT
DURATION: 3 HOURS 45 MINUTES

POLAR MUSEUM AND A SELECTION OF FAVORITE LOCAL FARE
Enjoy a taste of local favorites and learn more about life in the Arctic during a guided walking tour of Tromsø. Begin at the fascinating Polar Museum, located in a wharf house dating to 1837. Here, gain a glimpse of Arctic life and learn about the expeditions of explorer and native son Roald Amundsen, who reached the North Pole in 1926. Continue to Dragøy, a nearby seafood shop, where you will gain insight into fishing and preservation techniques. Savor dried cod, smoked salmon, roe and more before continuing your walk past the old fish market. You will stop at Helmersen, a popular delicatessen, and sample a seasonal selection of delicious cheeses. Cap your tasting with a local specialty, a Kardemummeboller (cardamon pastry), with a cup of coffee. Afterward, you may choose to return with your guide to the ship or stay in town and explore more on your own.

CITIZEN SCIENCE WITH WILD LAB PROJECTS
DURATION: 4 HOURS

COLLECT SONGBIRD DATA FOR RESEARCH
Join Wild Lab Projects and lend a hand to support their effort to collect data about songbirds. Based in Tromsø, this nonprofit organization is dedicated to nature conservation, citizen science and regenerative traveling. A representative from Wild Lab Projects will meet you at the pier, then escort you on a drive to the city’s outskirts. Depending on the season, lace up your hiking boots or strap on your snowshoes and set out along the forest trail with your guide. Your tasks may include putting up new nest boxes, checking nest content, filling up feeding stations, swapping memory cards in camera traps or ringing chicks and adults during the spring. The information gathered will be studied later by the University of Tromsø to better understand the effects of light pollution on Arctic songbirds. As part of your tour, Viking will make a donation to Wild Lab Projects.

SEA KAYAKING THE PRISTINE WATERS OF SOMMARØY
DURATION: 6 HOURS

SKIM THE COASTAL WATERS AROUND A BREATHTAKING ISLAND
Connect to the breathtaking alpine beauty of Norway’s coastal waters by sea kayak. On this gentle adventure, meet your experienced guide at our berth and drive to Sommarøy, an island paradise full of secluded coves, rocky outcroppings and white-sand beaches. After a safety briefing and paddling instruction, you will be issued a life jacket and dry suit, then assisted into your two-person sea kayak. No previous sea kayaking experience is required to enjoy this excursion. Together, with support from your guide if you need it, you will paddle along a stunning stretch of northern Norway’s coastline, pausing to sidle up closer to shore and examine the unique maritime flora and wildlife that thrive in these pristine waters. After your paddle, enjoy a warm drink and cake on shore before boarding your motor coach and returning to Tromsø.

*Shore excursions vary by itinerary and are subject to change.

Honningsvåg overlooks a pristine bay of the Barents Sea on Magerøya Island. This unassuming enclave grew mainly on the fishing industry, like so many in this remote region. Honningsvåg has ample charms, including a rich Sami culture and a deep love of the birdlife that lives here. But it is the surrounding beauty that draws visitors: starkly beautiful tundra dotted with mountain birch trees, distant rocky islands and rolling slopes that ascend into mountains. One of Europe’s most stunning natural sights, Nordkapp, or North Cape, rises on the island’s rugged northern coast.

SHORE EXCURSIONS

DRIVE TO NORTH CAPE - INCLUDED
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing, UNESCO, Easy*

A BREATHTAKING DRIVE TO SCENIC NORDKAPP
Take in glorious vistas along Europe’s far northern shores and enjoy an independent visit at Nordkapp (North Cape). You will meet your coach at our berth and transfer approximately one hour to one of Europe’s most stunning natural sights. Located on the reaches of Magerøya Island where the Norwegian and Barents Seas meet, the cliffs of Nordkapp rise more than 1,000 feet from the sea waters and are topped by a large, flat plateau. Upon arrival, you will have time to take in its spectacular vista of barren tundra. You will have a chance to visit the North Cape Hall, which chronicles the history of the region. Spend time on your own, perhaps visiting the small ecumenical St. John’s Chapel. An excellent film at the visitors’ center depicts the region through the seasons. If you prefer, simply find yourself the perfect overlook and ponder your journey.

* Easy - Walking portions are generally over easy surfaces with few steps or inclines. Total time walking or standing is normally not longer than 1.5 hours.

SEABIRDS OF STAPPEN ISLAND
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Natural World, Moderate*

AN ARCTIC SEABIRD SAFARI
Set out on a seafaring expedition to the Gjesvaerstappan Nature Reserve, a winged paradise for bird lovers. You will begin with a 40-minute drive to the village of Gjesvaer. Here, you will embark a small sightseeing boat and sail for 1¾ hours to Gjesvaerstappan Nature Reserve, a trio of steep-sided, grass-covered main islands—Storstappen, Kjerkestappen and Bukkstappen—and some 100 smaller ones. You might spot puffins, kittiwakes, arctic skua, big gannets and, if you are lucky, the stormy petrel, the smallest marine bird in Europe. Recent surveys on these precipitous cliffs might work in your favor: 600 pairs of razorbills and 50,000 pairs of Atlantic puffins have been counted here. Your boatman and guide will be on the lookout for birds and marine life. Note that landing on the islands is not permitted. If temperatures are cold, all-in-one body suits will be provided to keep you warm.

* Moderate - Walking portions may be long and somewhat challenging with occasional step-ups, stairs and inclines. Total time walking or standing normally ranges from 1.5 to 3 hours.

KING CRAB SAFARI
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Meal, Natural World, Active, Moderate*

HARVEST THIS ARCTIC GIANT FROM THE SEA
Venture out on the waters to catch your own king crab on this thrilling excursion. Walk to our fishing pier with your guide, where you will don your required floating suits and set off in a deep-sea raft into the pristine waters of Sarnesfjorden. The vistas are breathtaking, with green slopes soaring on all sides. Our destination is a fascinating marine farm, where you will see how prized king crabs are harvested as a fisherman pulls the traps from the watery depths. Though a crab from these waters can measure six feet between its claws and weigh 22 pounds, we are likely to catch “small” crabs at 6 to 15 pounds. Back ashore, we visit a Sami tent to prepare and feast on your catch, with preparation tips from your cook. Note that there can be waves and swells during the boat ride. Seasickness pills are recommended for inexperienced sailors.

* Moderate - Walking portions may be long and somewhat challenging with occasional step-ups, stairs and inclines. Total time walking or standing normally ranges from 1.5 to 3 hours.

HONNINGSVÅG & SURROUNDINGS BY ATV
DURATION: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Active, Snack, Moderate*

AN EXCITING ROAD TRIP INTO THE COASTAL HILLS
Go off road by All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) to explore Honningsvåg's natural beauty. Meet your guide at our berth and walk five minutes to the ATV station. After a brief safety instruction, take the wheel and head into the town of Honningsvåg. Then turn onto a trail that leads up to NATO Mountain. During your drive, you will pass through a 2½-mile long tunnel, pause occasionally to hear about Magerøya Island’s unique flora and fauna and take in magnificent vistas. At the tiny village of Sarnes, a well-earned coffee break greets you in a lavvo, a traditional structure of the indigenous Sami people who still call these northern reaches home. Here, sitting atop reindeer skins like the Samies do, you will enjoy coffee made over an open fire. Note that each vehicle accommodates two, including the driver. An international driver’s license is required.

* Moderate - Walking portions may be long and somewhat challenging with occasional step-ups, stairs and inclines. Total time walking or standing normally ranges from 1.5 to 3 hours.

MAGERØYA ISLAND FISHING VILLAGE & KING CRABS
DURATION: 3 HOURS
Sightseeing, Working World, Easy*

LOCAL ART AND TALES OF VALUABLE COLD-WATER CRUSTACEAN
Glimpse the region’s rich fishing heritage and learn how it has prospered from its relationship with the sea. You will drive through Honningsvåg to the most scenic fishing village on Magerøya Island, beautifully nestled at the head of a narrow fjord. This pretty hamlet is home to the “Gallery East of the Sun,” which exhibits art, handicrafts and books, all inspired by the island and its ever-changing seasons. The artist will welcome you and explain her unusual works. After, stroll with your guide around the typical fishing wharf and explore on your own. Our next stop is at the tiny village of Sarnes, where guests will enjoy coffee in a lavvo, a traditional structure of the indigenous Sami people. Hear about the king crabs that thrive in these waters, reach up to six feet in length and weigh as much as 22 pounds. After your informative tour, you will return to your ship.

* Easy - Walking portions are generally over easy surfaces with few steps or inclines. Total time walking or standing is normally not longer than 1.5 hours.

NORTH CAPE BY AIR
DURATION: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Snack, Sightseeing, Easy*

WITNESS A SPECTACULAR ARCTIC LANDSCAPE ON A CHAMPAGNE FLIGHT
See where the Atlantic meets the Arctic Ocean on this unforgettable helicopter flight over the North Cape. After, toast your milestone journey with some champagne and caviar. The North Cape lies within the Arctic Circle at the tip of stunning Magerøy Island, and is considered the northernmost point of Europe. The island’s name comes from the Sami word makkaravjo, meaning “steep, barren coast”; you will see why as you soar above the 1,000-foot-high North Cape plateau with its famous globe monument that faces out to the sea. Flying above the island, enjoy a bird’s-eye view of rugged headlands housing more than 200 species of flora, colorful fishing villages, bird rookeries and the main city of Honningsvåg. Hear about the region’s history, including the Viking age and the island’s important role during World War II. Back on terra firma, celebrate with champagne and caviar and receive your North Cape certificate before flying back to your ship.

* Easy - Walking portions are generally over easy surfaces with few steps or inclines. Total time walking or standing is normally not longer than 1.5 hours.

THE NORTH CAPE & KING CRAB
DURATION: 5 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Meal, Sightseeing, Natural World, Active, Moderate*

VISIT THE END OF THE WORLD AND SAMPLE A NORWEGIAN DELICACY
Visit Norway’s northernmost point, learn about its midnight sun and sample some of the region’s famous king crab. Journey to the North Cape and walk along the plateau. Its cliff stands at over 1,000 feet high and offers stunning vistas, including the midnight sun which is visible from May to July. Take a walk around exhibits in the North Cape Hall. Next, enjoy a scenic drive of Magerøya Island as you head to Sarnes Lavvo Camp. Meet your host and hear a short presentation about the Norwegian king crab. Popular in these waters, the king crab can live to 30 years old, reach over 6 feet in length and weigh more than 20 pounds. Sip on coffee around an open fire as your guide regales you with stories of the local Sami people. Taste a sample of this freshly caught Norwegian delicacy before returning to your ship.

* Moderate - Walking portions may be long and somewhat challenging with occasional step-ups, stairs and inclines. Total time walking or standing normally ranges from 1.5 to 3 hours.

*Shore excursions vary by itinerary and are subject to change.

Named for 16th-century Dutch navigator and polar explorer Willem Barentsz, the Barents Sea is the gateway to the Arctic from the northernmost shores of Europe and home to an astonishing diversity of marine life. As you sail, take advantage of the array of delicious cuisine offered on board. You may visit Mamsen’s, our casual gourmet deli, any time from early morning to late at night for a taste of traditional Norwegian fare. Or, dine at Manfredi’s Italian Restaurant for authentic fare with options ranging from Milanese risotto to Tuscan-inspired classics.

Explore the stunning beauty of the Svalbard archipelago, hundreds of Norwegian islands halfway between Norway and the North Pole. Stunning panoramas unfold here—dramatic fjords lead into glimmering bays surrounded by massive glaciers and rugged peaks cloaked in snow. The austere tundra unfolds to an Arctic desert where polar bear, Arctic fox and reindeer roam. Many regions have been designated Important Bird Areas by BirdLife International for the countless winged creatures that breed and hunt along the coast. Its endless wonders can be explored by zodiac, kayak and land.

SHORE EXCURSIONS

HIGHLIGHTS OF LONGYEARBYEN - INCLUDED
DURATION: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing, Easy*

PANORAMIC DRIVE AND SVALBARD MUSEUM VISIT
Discover what life in the Arctic is like during a drive through Longyearbyen and a visit to the Svalbard Museum. Founded by American businessman John Longyear as a mining town, the capital city of the Svalbard archipelago is now home to approximately 1,800 residents—many of whom are still employed by the mining industry. Get an impression of everyday life in this unforgiving environment as you travel past residential homes, schools and the hospital en route to the museum. Dedicated to showcasing the interplay between people and nature in the Arctic, the museum is a repository of natural and cultural history. Through models, reconstructed environments and authentic artifacts, gain insight into the story of Svalbard, from 17th-century whalers to present-day mining, research and tourism. After time to view the exhibits you will return to your ship.

* Easy - Walking portions are generally over easy surfaces with few steps or inclines. Total time walking or standing is normally not longer than 1.5 hours.

HUSKY DOGS OF CAMP BARENTZ (INCLUDED)
DURATION: 2 HOURS

MEET FURRY RESIDENTS AND LEARN ABOUT SVALBARD’S DISCOVERY
Journey to Camp Barentz in the remote Advent Valley and meet its lovable husky dogs and their musher. Board your motor coach for a scenic drive, pausing for photos at the famous polar bear sign which warns visitors of their possible presence. Upon arrival, meet the adorable huskies and enjoy a presentation about the lives of local mushers and the town’s history. Canines have long been a valued mode of transportation in northern climes, with sled dog teams capable of pulling heavy loads over long distances. Afterward, see Barentz Hus—a replica of the house that William Barentz and his crew built to shield themselves during the winter after discovering Svalbard. Then, step inside the gamme, a traditional Norwegian dwelling centered around an open fire, where you will enjoy a warming beverage and snack as you listen to tales of the “King of the Arctic”—the polar bear.

FOSSIL HUNTING
DURATION: 3 HOURS
Natural World, Demanding*

GEOLOGY OF THE SVALBARD ARCHIPELAGO
Set out into the rugged landscape outside the town of Longyearbyen in search of fossil remains. The archipelago of Svalbard is marked by deep fjords and dotted with jagged mountain peaks. Today, the interior is covered in massive, thick glaciers, but 60 million years ago there were large river deltas and rich vegetation in the area surrounding Longyearbyen. This is why large amounts of fossil vegetation dating as far back as the Precambrian Era can be found hidden among the rocks and ice. Embark on a scenic drive to the Nybyen area, located in the Longyearbyen Valley. From here, you will follow your knowledgeable guide into the stark wilderness, hiking up the moraine from the Longyearbyen Glacier. Gain insight into how fossils are created and learn some general geologic information about the archipelago. Please note: Fossil sightings cannot be guaranteed.

* Demanding - Physically challenging activities, including extensive walks, hiking, riding, water sports, and high altitude activities. Activities by foot may contain difficult, unpaved surfaces and/or multiple stairs and steep inclines. Total time walking or standing may exceed 3 hours.

DOGSLED ON WHEELS
DURATION: 3 HOURS
Natural World, Active, Demanding*

CROSS ARCTIC TUNDRA WITH MAN’S BEST FRIEND
Venture into the rugged tundra on a thrilling wheeled sled ride pulled by a team of huskies. Dogsledding traces its roots back to around 1000 AD and the north Canadian Inuit people. After European colonization of North America, the practice was quickly adopted in northern Europe. Transfer to a husky farm on the outskirts of Longyearbyen, where you will meet your guide and your eager huskies. Well-adapted to the harsh Arctic conditions and boasting a unique cardiovascular system that increases their endurance, these huskies love to run. Take a seat in your wheel-equipped sled, then set off into the wilderness on a drive into the Advent Valley. Admire the picturesque landscape around you as your expert driver and team traverse the terrain, picking the best route based on the conditions. At the end, say farewell to your new friends, before returning to your ship.

* Demanding - Physically challenging activities, including extensive walks, hiking, riding, water sports, and high altitude activities. Activities by foot may contain difficult, unpaved surfaces and/or multiple stairs and steep inclines. Total time walking or standing may exceed 3 hours.

RIB SAFARI TO FUGLEFJELLA
DURATION: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Natural World, Demanding*

BIRD CLIFFS OF THE ISFJORDEN
Voyage into the waters of the Isfjorden and witness nesting seabirds by the thousands at Fuglefjella. Though not as populous as some of its southern neighbors, Svalbard is a summertime destination for enormous flocks of auk, puffin, polar guillemot, glaucous and kittiwake . After a short transfer to the rigid inflatable boat (RIB) station, you will meet your knowledgeable guide, don your weatherproof gear and receive a short safety briefing. Then board your open vessel and cruise out into the fjord. Marvel at the looming peak of Alkhornet mountain, its looming cliffs dating back more than one billion years, and the untouched natural beauty of the surrounding landscape. At Fuglefjella, your guide will point out the many different species that breed on the near vertical cliffs, giving it the nickname “Bird Mountain.” Afterward, you will return to shore and your ship.

* Demanding - Physically challenging activities, including extensive walks, hiking, riding, water sports, and high altitude activities. Activities by foot may contain difficult, unpaved surfaces and/or multiple stairs and steep inclines. Total time walking or standing may exceed 3 hours.

ATV SAFARI
DURATION: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Natural World, Demanding*

DISCOVER A WEALTH OF FLORA AND FAUNA
Enjoy a thrilling ride to the Advent Valley and the Mine 7 Mountain by ATV. Meet your guide at the pier and don your helmet, overalls and goggles before setting off to experience Svalbard’s diverse landscape. During the summer months in the Arctic, the midnight sun casts stunning hues over the mountains and from the Kjell Henriksen Observatory, you can admire picturesque views over the valley. Throughout your journey you will pause for photos and hear about the region’s 100-year-old mining history, marked by several monuments. You will also learn about the island’s rich flora and fauna as you keep your eyes peeled for a passing reindeer, grazing on the land. Take a closer look at this barren landscape and you will find a thriving eco-community, peppered with beautiful small plants. After your fascinating tour, return to your ship.

* Demanding - Physically challenging activities, including extensive walks, hiking, riding, water sports, and high altitude activities. Activities by foot may contain difficult, unpaved surfaces and/or multiple stairs and steep inclines. Total time walking or standing may exceed 3 hours.

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A MINER
DURATION: 3 HOURS
Local Life, Active, Demanding*

JOURNEY THROUGH SVALBARD’S RICH MINING HISTORY
Learn about the region’s rich coal mining heritage and experience life as a miner. In 1906, Longyearbyen—the world’s most northerly village—was established as a settlement to support the thriving coal mining industry in the region. Today, you will witness firsthand the traditional methods that were used to extract black gold from the mountain for more than 100 years. Meet your guide and embark on a scenic drive to Gruve 3, or Mine 3. Upon arrival, you will don your headlamp before heading down into the mine. In the depths of the mountain, feel the cold, humid air and experience the pitch-black conditions that the miners spent their working lives in as you listen to the echoes of the mountain. With the press of a switch on your headlamp, the bean of light will lead you through the tunnel and back to base. After your insightful tour, return to your ship.

* Demanding - Physically challenging activities, including extensive walks, hiking, riding, water sports, and high altitude activities. Activities by foot may contain difficult, unpaved surfaces and/or multiple stairs and steep inclines. Total time walking or standing may exceed 3 hours.

SVALBARD BY E-BIKE
DURATION: 3 HOURS

EXPLORE THE SIGHTS AND NATURE OF LONGYEARBYEN
Enjoy an invigorating cycle ride by e-bike and explore the scenery and wildlife around Longyearbyen. Meet your guide by the harbor and don your helmet, then set off on two wheels on an excursion that will take you closer to nature. Your e-bike’s motor will make pedaling a breeze, allowing you to relax and enjoy the ride. Journey through the town of Longyearbyen—the world’s most northerly village—and enjoy narration from your guide, then head toward Burmaveien and Vestpynten, renowned for their diverse birdlife and flora. The Burmaveien trail is car-free, providing a peaceful cycle route to admire the surrounding nature. Keep your eyes peeled for seabirds and waterfowl, who arrive at the lakes in search of food. After your exhilarating ride, return to base then back your awaiting ship.

COASTAL DOGSLED-WAGON RIDE
DURATION: 2 HOURS

A THRILLING ARCTIC EXPERIENCE BY THE SEA
Take a ride in a sled-wagon, pulled by strong sled dogs, and get close to nature and wildlife. Take a scenic drive by motor coach to the starting point, where you will meet your friendly, four-legged friends and their handler. Enjoy their energetic charisma before the dogs are harnessed, then board your sled-wagon to begin your coastal ride. Keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife, including seals, reindeer and flocks of migratory birds that travel to Svalbard each summer. If you are lucky, you may even spot a lounging walrus or pod of beluga whales. Stops will be made along the way for the dogs to refresh, and for you to enjoy the sights of nature and the stunning views over the fjord. After your invigorating ride, return to base and back to your awaiting ship.

ARCTIC WALRUS EXPEDITION BY BOAT
DURATION: 4 HOURS

WITNESS SPECTACULAR VISTAS OF THE ARCTIC
Immerse yourself in the nature of the Arctic while keeping your eyes peeled for intriguing wildlife. Meet your guide and walk to your expedition vessel. Here, you will meet your skipper and after a safety briefing, board your boat; a large, covered, special operations boat with seating for 12 thrill-seeking passengers. As your experienced helmsman navigates the pristine waters of the Isfjord, keep watch for nesting birds, including the Atlantic puffin. On the approach to the coast, keep your eyes peeled for resting walruses as they spend their day lounging on the beach between feeding on clams in the surrounding waters. Leaving the sights of the beach behind, speed across the ocean toward the Bore glacier to admire its blue-tinged wall of ice. If you are lucky, you may hear the thundering sound of the glacier calving. Afterward, return to the harbor and your ship.

ARCTIC HIKE
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES

EXPLORE LONGYEARBYEN’S HERITAGE ON FOOT
Lace up your boots and set out on a fascinating hike along the Burmaveien road to the Global Seed Vault. Begin your walk past the imposing Taubanesentralen, part of the coal transport system that was used until the 1980s. Hear about its interesting style of operation; it functioned by transporting suspended buckets from overhead lines down to the harbor. Along the car-free Burmaveien road, your experienced guide will point out the local flora. Reach the Gruve 3, or Mine 3, and learn about how it was used to extract “black gold” from the mountain for more than 100 years. End your hike by the Global Seed Vault, one of the most unique places on Svalbard. It houses an incredible array of plant species and plays a crucial role in the world of science and conservation. After your fascinating hike, meet your motor coach for the return drive back to your ship.

CATAMARAN FJORD SAFARI
DURATION: 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES

ADMIRE ARCTIC SCENERY AND SEARCH FOR LOCAL WILDLIFE
Get close to nature during an eco-friendly safari by hybrid-electric powered catamaran. Meet your skipper and board your vessel, then settle into your seat for a short safety briefing. Your ship is designed to minimize its footprint in the delicate Arctic environment, and is set over three levels, providing ample space for viewing the scenery and wildlife through panoramic windows. Keep your eyes peeled for reindeer, seals and whales, depending on the season. If you are lucky, you may even spot a polar bear. You will also sail past areas of historic significance along the Isfjord, with an informative narrative provided by your knowledgeable crew. In the comfortable onboard lounge, you will enjoy a warming beverage and a snack, with additional refreshments available to purchase. After your cruise, return to the harbor and your awaiting ship.

WALRUS SAFARI BY BOAT
DURATION: 4 HOURS

WITNESS ARCTIC WILDLIFE IN THEIR HABITAT
Scout the waters and surroundings of the Isfjord for wildlife during a safari excursion by speed boat. Using the latest technology, your hybrid-electric vessel is designed to minimize your eco-footprint within the delicate Arctic environment. Meet your skipper and board your 12-seater boat. Then, fasten your seatbelt and after a short safety briefing, you will set off for Borebukta Bay. Your boat will quietly navigate the pristine waters, ensuring not to disturb local wildlife. Keep watch for lounging walruses, which can often be seen relaxing on floating ice floes, or on the shores of nearby rocky inlets. As social animals, they usually appear in groups—hunting for food in the sea, or on land with fellow members of their herd. While on board, enjoy a warming beverage and a snack on deck as you take in the views of the glaciers. Afterward, return to the pier and your ship.

*Shore excursions vary by itinerary and are subject to change.

Svalbard’s setting is marked by stunning fjords, mountain peaks and thick glaciers that have formed over millennia, while Alkhornet mountain and its looming cliffs date back more than one billion years. Wildlife flock to this stark landscape during the summer—puffins, polar guillemot and kittiwake descend en masse each year. The Svalbard Museum showcases the vast array of special plant and animal life that reside here, as well as everyday life for its human residents, from the arrival of the whalers during the 17th century to present-day miners.

SHORE EXCURSIONS

HIGHLIGHTS OF LONGYEARBYEN - INCLUDED
DURATION: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing, Easy*

PANORAMIC DRIVE AND SVALBARD MUSEUM VISIT
Discover what life in the Arctic is like during a drive through Longyearbyen and a visit to the Svalbard Museum. Founded by American businessman John Longyear as a mining town, the capital city of the Svalbard archipelago is now home to approximately 1,800 residents—many of whom are still employed by the mining industry. Get an impression of everyday life in this unforgiving environment as you travel past residential homes, schools and the hospital en route to the museum. Dedicated to showcasing the interplay between people and nature in the Arctic, the museum is a repository of natural and cultural history. Through models, reconstructed environments and authentic artifacts, gain insight into the story of Svalbard, from 17th-century whalers to present-day mining, research and tourism. After time to view the exhibits you will return to your ship.

* Easy - Walking portions are generally over easy surfaces with few steps or inclines. Total time walking or standing is normally not longer than 1.5 hours.

HUSKY DOGS OF CAMP BARENTZ (INCLUDED)
DURATION: 2 HOURS

MEET FURRY RESIDENTS AND LEARN ABOUT SVALBARD’S DISCOVERY
Journey to Camp Barentz in the remote Advent Valley and meet its lovable husky dogs and their musher. Board your motor coach for a scenic drive, pausing for photos at the famous polar bear sign which warns visitors of their possible presence. Upon arrival, meet the adorable huskies and enjoy a presentation about the lives of local mushers and the town’s history. Canines have long been a valued mode of transportation in northern climes, with sled dog teams capable of pulling heavy loads over long distances. Afterward, see Barentz Hus—a replica of the house that William Barentz and his crew built to shield themselves during the winter after discovering Svalbard. Then, step inside the gamme, a traditional Norwegian dwelling centered around an open fire, where you will enjoy a warming beverage and snack as you listen to tales of the “King of the Arctic”—the polar bear.

FOSSIL HUNTING
DURATION: 3 HOURS
Natural World, Demanding*

GEOLOGY OF THE SVALBARD ARCHIPELAGO
Set out into the rugged landscape outside the town of Longyearbyen in search of fossil remains. The archipelago of Svalbard is marked by deep fjords and dotted with jagged mountain peaks. Today, the interior is covered in massive, thick glaciers, but 60 million years ago there were large river deltas and rich vegetation in the area surrounding Longyearbyen. This is why large amounts of fossil vegetation dating as far back as the Precambrian Era can be found hidden among the rocks and ice. Embark on a scenic drive to the Nybyen area, located in the Longyearbyen Valley. From here, you will follow your knowledgeable guide into the stark wilderness, hiking up the moraine from the Longyearbyen Glacier. Gain insight into how fossils are created and learn some general geologic information about the archipelago. Please note: Fossil sightings cannot be guaranteed.

* Demanding - Physically challenging activities, including extensive walks, hiking, riding, water sports, and high altitude activities. Activities by foot may contain difficult, unpaved surfaces and/or multiple stairs and steep inclines. Total time walking or standing may exceed 3 hours.

DOGSLED ON WHEELS
DURATION: 3 HOURS
Natural World, Active, Demanding*

CROSS ARCTIC TUNDRA WITH MAN’S BEST FRIEND
Venture into the rugged tundra on a thrilling wheeled sled ride pulled by a team of huskies. Dogsledding traces its roots back to around 1000 AD and the north Canadian Inuit people. After European colonization of North America, the practice was quickly adopted in northern Europe. Transfer to a husky farm on the outskirts of Longyearbyen, where you will meet your guide and your eager huskies. Well-adapted to the harsh Arctic conditions and boasting a unique cardiovascular system that increases their endurance, these huskies love to run. Take a seat in your wheel-equipped sled, then set off into the wilderness on a drive into the Advent Valley. Admire the picturesque landscape around you as your expert driver and team traverse the terrain, picking the best route based on the conditions. At the end, say farewell to your new friends, before returning to your ship.

* Demanding - Physically challenging activities, including extensive walks, hiking, riding, water sports, and high altitude activities. Activities by foot may contain difficult, unpaved surfaces and/or multiple stairs and steep inclines. Total time walking or standing may exceed 3 hours.

RIB SAFARI TO FUGLEFJELLA
DURATION: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Natural World, Demanding*

BIRD CLIFFS OF THE ISFJORDEN
Voyage into the waters of the Isfjorden and witness nesting seabirds by the thousands at Fuglefjella. Though not as populous as some of its southern neighbors, Svalbard is a summertime destination for enormous flocks of auk, puffin, polar guillemot, glaucous and kittiwake . After a short transfer to the rigid inflatable boat (RIB) station, you will meet your knowledgeable guide, don your weatherproof gear and receive a short safety briefing. Then board your open vessel and cruise out into the fjord. Marvel at the looming peak of Alkhornet mountain, its looming cliffs dating back more than one billion years, and the untouched natural beauty of the surrounding landscape. At Fuglefjella, your guide will point out the many different species that breed on the near vertical cliffs, giving it the nickname “Bird Mountain.” Afterward, you will return to shore and your ship.

* Demanding - Physically challenging activities, including extensive walks, hiking, riding, water sports, and high altitude activities. Activities by foot may contain difficult, unpaved surfaces and/or multiple stairs and steep inclines. Total time walking or standing may exceed 3 hours.

ATV SAFARI
DURATION: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Natural World, Demanding*

DISCOVER A WEALTH OF FLORA AND FAUNA
Enjoy a thrilling ride to the Advent Valley and the Mine 7 Mountain by ATV. Meet your guide at the pier and don your helmet, overalls and goggles before setting off to experience Svalbard’s diverse landscape. During the summer months in the Arctic, the midnight sun casts stunning hues over the mountains and from the Kjell Henriksen Observatory, you can admire picturesque views over the valley. Throughout your journey you will pause for photos and hear about the region’s 100-year-old mining history, marked by several monuments. You will also learn about the island’s rich flora and fauna as you keep your eyes peeled for a passing reindeer, grazing on the land. Take a closer look at this barren landscape and you will find a thriving eco-community, peppered with beautiful small plants. After your fascinating tour, return to your ship.

* Demanding - Physically challenging activities, including extensive walks, hiking, riding, water sports, and high altitude activities. Activities by foot may contain difficult, unpaved surfaces and/or multiple stairs and steep inclines. Total time walking or standing may exceed 3 hours.

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A MINER
DURATION: 3 HOURS
Local Life, Active, Demanding*

JOURNEY THROUGH SVALBARD’S RICH MINING HISTORY
Learn about the region’s rich coal mining heritage and experience life as a miner. In 1906, Longyearbyen—the world’s most northerly village—was established as a settlement to support the thriving coal mining industry in the region. Today, you will witness firsthand the traditional methods that were used to extract black gold from the mountain for more than 100 years. Meet your guide and embark on a scenic drive to Gruve 3, or Mine 3. Upon arrival, you will don your headlamp before heading down into the mine. In the depths of the mountain, feel the cold, humid air and experience the pitch-black conditions that the miners spent their working lives in as you listen to the echoes of the mountain. With the press of a switch on your headlamp, the bean of light will lead you through the tunnel and back to base. After your insightful tour, return to your ship.

* Demanding - Physically challenging activities, including extensive walks, hiking, riding, water sports, and high altitude activities. Activities by foot may contain difficult, unpaved surfaces and/or multiple stairs and steep inclines. Total time walking or standing may exceed 3 hours.

SVALBARD BY E-BIKE
DURATION: 3 HOURS

EXPLORE THE SIGHTS AND NATURE OF LONGYEARBYEN
Enjoy an invigorating cycle ride by e-bike and explore the scenery and wildlife around Longyearbyen. Meet your guide by the harbor and don your helmet, then set off on two wheels on an excursion that will take you closer to nature. Your e-bike’s motor will make pedaling a breeze, allowing you to relax and enjoy the ride. Journey through the town of Longyearbyen—the world’s most northerly village—and enjoy narration from your guide, then head toward Burmaveien and Vestpynten, renowned for their diverse birdlife and flora. The Burmaveien trail is car-free, providing a peaceful cycle route to admire the surrounding nature. Keep your eyes peeled for seabirds and waterfowl, who arrive at the lakes in search of food. After your exhilarating ride, return to base then back your awaiting ship.

COASTAL DOGSLED-WAGON RIDE
DURATION: 2 HOURS

A THRILLING ARCTIC EXPERIENCE BY THE SEA
Take a ride in a sled-wagon, pulled by strong sled dogs, and get close to nature and wildlife. Take a scenic drive by motor coach to the starting point, where you will meet your friendly, four-legged friends and their handler. Enjoy their energetic charisma before the dogs are harnessed, then board your sled-wagon to begin your coastal ride. Keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife, including seals, reindeer and flocks of migratory birds that travel to Svalbard each summer. If you are lucky, you may even spot a lounging walrus or pod of beluga whales. Stops will be made along the way for the dogs to refresh, and for you to enjoy the sights of nature and the stunning views over the fjord. After your invigorating ride, return to base and back to your awaiting ship.

ARCTIC WALRUS EXPEDITION BY BOAT
DURATION: 4 HOURS

WITNESS SPECTACULAR VISTAS OF THE ARCTIC
Immerse yourself in the nature of the Arctic while keeping your eyes peeled for intriguing wildlife. Meet your guide and walk to your expedition vessel. Here, you will meet your skipper and after a safety briefing, board your boat; a large, covered, special operations boat with seating for 12 thrill-seeking passengers. As your experienced helmsman navigates the pristine waters of the Isfjord, keep watch for nesting birds, including the Atlantic puffin. On the approach to the coast, keep your eyes peeled for resting walruses as they spend their day lounging on the beach between feeding on clams in the surrounding waters. Leaving the sights of the beach behind, speed across the ocean toward the Bore glacier to admire its blue-tinged wall of ice. If you are lucky, you may hear the thundering sound of the glacier calving. Afterward, return to the harbor and your ship.

ARCTIC HIKE
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES

EXPLORE LONGYEARBYEN’S HERITAGE ON FOOT
Lace up your boots and set out on a fascinating hike along the Burmaveien road to the Global Seed Vault. Begin your walk past the imposing Taubanesentralen, part of the coal transport system that was used until the 1980s. Hear about its interesting style of operation; it functioned by transporting suspended buckets from overhead lines down to the harbor. Along the car-free Burmaveien road, your experienced guide will point out the local flora. Reach the Gruve 3, or Mine 3, and learn about how it was used to extract “black gold” from the mountain for more than 100 years. End your hike by the Global Seed Vault, one of the most unique places on Svalbard. It houses an incredible array of plant species and plays a crucial role in the world of science and conservation. After your fascinating hike, meet your motor coach for the return drive back to your ship.

CATAMARAN FJORD SAFARI
DURATION: 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES

ADMIRE ARCTIC SCENERY AND SEARCH FOR LOCAL WILDLIFE
Get close to nature during an eco-friendly safari by hybrid-electric powered catamaran. Meet your skipper and board your vessel, then settle into your seat for a short safety briefing. Your ship is designed to minimize its footprint in the delicate Arctic environment, and is set over three levels, providing ample space for viewing the scenery and wildlife through panoramic windows. Keep your eyes peeled for reindeer, seals and whales, depending on the season. If you are lucky, you may even spot a polar bear. You will also sail past areas of historic significance along the Isfjord, with an informative narrative provided by your knowledgeable crew. In the comfortable onboard lounge, you will enjoy a warming beverage and a snack, with additional refreshments available to purchase. After your cruise, return to the harbor and your awaiting ship.

WALRUS SAFARI BY BOAT
DURATION: 4 HOURS

WITNESS ARCTIC WILDLIFE IN THEIR HABITAT
Scout the waters and surroundings of the Isfjord for wildlife during a safari excursion by speed boat. Using the latest technology, your hybrid-electric vessel is designed to minimize your eco-footprint within the delicate Arctic environment. Meet your skipper and board your 12-seater boat. Then, fasten your seatbelt and after a short safety briefing, you will set off for Borebukta Bay. Your boat will quietly navigate the pristine waters, ensuring not to disturb local wildlife. Keep watch for lounging walruses, which can often be seen relaxing on floating ice floes, or on the shores of nearby rocky inlets. As social animals, they usually appear in groups—hunting for food in the sea, or on land with fellow members of their herd. While on board, enjoy a warming beverage and a snack on deck as you take in the views of the glaciers. Afterward, return to the pier and your ship.

*Shore excursions vary by itinerary and are subject to change.

Journey to what was once believed to be the “end of the world,” where sea monsters lurked and ships were lost on treacherous waters. As you sail today, savor a range of international cuisine on board. Choose from a variety of international flavors at the World Café, enjoy al fresco dining on the Aquavit Terrace, or regional specialties in The Restaurant.

Isafjördur was founded in the 9th century by the Viking Helgi Magri Hrólfsson. Foreign merchants arrived in the 16th century and set up trading posts here. Today, ?safjördur is home to one of the largest fisheries in Iceland and, despite its remote locale, boasts a cultural scene rich in music and drama. The oldest house in Iceland is here, built in 1734, as is the country’s largest concentration of old timber-frame homes. Many visitors explore farther afield, delving into the surrounding wilderness of Hornstrandir or discover the fishing heritage of charming coastal towns.

SHORE EXCURSIONS

ÍSAFJÖRDUR & BOLUNGARVÍK VILLAGE - INCLUDED
DURATION: 2 HOURS
Sightseeing, Easy*

HISTORY AND CULTURE OF THE WESTFJORDS PENINSULA
Discover the wild beauty of Iceland’s northwest corner, and the culture and history of the region’s small towns. Embark on a scenic drive around Ísafjördur, the principal town of the Westfjords peninsula. Surrounded by mountains that offer endless opportunities to enjoy nature and wilderness during all seasons of the year, the town is also known throughout the country for its rich cultural life. The fishing industry, however, has traditionally been the mainstay of the town and surrounding municipality, known as Ísafjardarbaer. Visit the Ósvör Maritime Museum, a fascinating replica of an old fishing outpost that offers a glimpse of how life treated the Icelandic fishermen until the beginning of the 20th century. Continue to Bolungarvík and enjoy a guided tour of the village before returning to Ísafjördur.

* Easy - Walking portions are generally over easy surfaces with few steps or inclines. Total time walking or standing is normally not longer than 1.5 hours.

VIGUR ISLAND
DURATION: 3 HOURS
Sightseeing, Special Interest, Snack, Moderate*

DIVERSE BIRDLIFE AND ISLAND HOSPITALITY
Set sail amid beautiful seascapes to an enchanting island with diverse birdlife and warm hospitality. You will depart Ísafjördur's harbor and sail the Djupfjord to the island of Vigur. The spear-shaped island has earned a strong reputation for bird-watching in Iceland, and is home to magnificent birdlife during early summer. Arctic terns often soar overhead, sharing their island home with puffins, eider ducks, and black guillemots. Despite being the second largest island in Ísafjördur Bay, the island has only 10 inhabitants, whose friendly welcome awaits you. You will meet the locals and learn how they live off the land by harvesting the down of the eider, a northern sea duck. The softest, lightest down in the world, eiderdown is extremely rare, in great demand and highly prized. You will also enjoy refreshments served by the farmer's family in a mid-19th-century home before your return sail to Ísafjördur.

* Moderate - Walking portions may be long and somewhat challenging with occasional step-ups, stairs and inclines. Total time walking or standing normally ranges from 1.5 to 3 hours.

SCENIC ÍSAFJÖRDUR BY KAYAK
DURATION: 2 HOURS
Active, Natural World, Demanding*

PADDLE THROUGH CALM WATERS AND EXPERIENCE NATURE
Discover the area’s natural beauty by kayak against a stunning backdrop of sweeping mountains. Meet your guide for the short drive to the kayak base, where you will don your life jacket and helmet and receive a safety briefing. Then, grab your paddle and head out into the calm waters of the Ísafjördur. This region has earned its reputation as the kayaking center of Iceland, and during this tour you will certainly discover why. Experience nature and the beauty of your surroundings as you gently glide your paddle through the water. A delight for nature fans and bird-watchers, you will have the opportunity to witness some of Iceland’s wildlife up close. Keep your eyes peeled for seals as their heads bob playfully in the water. Upon your return to base, you will board your motor coach and return to your ship.

* Demanding - Physically challenging activities, including extensive walks, hiking, riding, water sports, and high altitude activities. Activities by foot may contain difficult, unpaved surfaces and/or multiple stairs and steep inclines. Total time walking or standing may exceed 3 hours.

ICELAND’S SEAFOOD TRAIL
DURATION: 3 HOURS
Special Interest, Snack, Moderate*

LEARN ABOUT SUSTAINABLE FOOD SOURCING
Learn about the eco-friendly way of life and sustainable food production adopted in the remote village of Sudureyri Iceland’s Westfjords lie amid a rugged landscape, yet the inhabitants of their surrounding communities have embraced a sustainable way of life in order to maintain and secure their locally sourced food supply. Discover how the residents’ ingenuity has enabled them to adapt to their environment. During your tour, you will visit some of the village’s local retailers and innovators, and sample a selection of their delicious, freshly prepared produce. Meet some of the local fishermen and hear about their lives at sea. The speed and efficiency with which they work ensure that their local catch can be enjoyed within the community and reach the shelves of retailers across Europe just 36 hours later. After your tour, you will return to your awaiting ship.

* Moderate - Walking portions may be long and somewhat challenging with occasional step-ups, stairs and inclines. Total time walking or standing normally ranges from 1.5 to 3 hours.

ICELANDIC LIFE AT LITLIBAER TURF FARM
DURATION: 3 HOURS 15 MINUTES
Local Life, Natural World, Moderate*

EXPLORE THE HEART OF ICELAND’S REMOTE COUNTRYSIDE
Enjoy the stunning scenery of Iceland’s landscape and visit a local turf farm to learn about how locals once lived. Drive along the Ísafjardardjúp, Iceland’s largest fjord, and admire the stunning scenery from the comfort of your motor coach. After a photo stop, arrive at the remote Litlibaer turf farm; its location in the remote Icelandic countryside offers spectacular vistas and the chance to witness local wildlife in their natural habitat. Keep your eyes peeled for friendly seals lounging on the rocks. Meet your host and learn about life here in the early 1900s, and gain insight into how residents survived in such harsh conditions. Watch a demonstration and try your hand at churning fresh cream into butter. After a tour of the farm, return to your awaiting ship.

* Moderate - Walking portions may be long and somewhat challenging with occasional step-ups, stairs and inclines. Total time walking or standing normally ranges from 1.5 to 3 hours.

ÍSAFJÖRDUR BY ATV
DURATION: 2 HOURS
Active, Sightseeing, Demanding*

SWEEPING VIEWS OF THE CITY AND SURROUNDING FJORD
Ascend into hard-to-reach places and admire panoramic views around Ísafjördur on an exhilarating ATV excursion. Meet your guide and get outfitted with the necessary gear. After a short introduction to your two-person all-terrain vehicle and safety briefing, start your engines and drive out into the rugged terrain of the Westfjords peninsula. As you travel along old gravel paths, you will ascend into the mountains at a leisurely pace. Immerse yourself in your remote location and bask in the serene beauty that surrounds you. Stop to enjoy magnificent views over the port city of Ísafjördur and the stunning Skutulsfjördur. Relish your bird’s-eye view, perhaps taking photographs, before boarding your ATV and making the return journey down into Ísafjördur and back to your ship. Please note: A valid driver’s license is necessary to drive an ATV.

* Demanding - Physically challenging activities, including extensive walks, hiking, riding, water sports, and high altitude activities. Activities by foot may contain difficult, unpaved surfaces and/or multiple stairs and steep inclines. Total time walking or standing may exceed 3 hours.

DYNJANDI WATERFALL & SUSTAINABLE FISHING COMMUNITY
DURATION: 5 HOURS
Active, Natural World, Meal, Demanding*

STUNNING SCENERY OF ICELAND’S WESTFJORDS
Discover the remote beauty of the harsh Icelandic landscape in the Westfjords. Embark on a scenic drive by motor coach as your guide regales you with tales of Iceland’s Viking past. You will stop to witness the magnificent Dynjandi waterfall, the largest in the Westfjords and considered one of the most beautiful in Iceland. Should you choose, you may take the short walk to the edge of the waterfall and be rewarded with the sight of its bridal veil cascading over the ridge and 300 feet down to the water below. After time for refreshments, continue your tour to Sudureyri. In this tiny fishing village nestled in the remote Westfjords, you will see how the locals embrace a sustainable approach to food. Meet with residents and embark on a seafood trail of discovery as you enjoy a taste of Iceland’s finest export before returning to your ship.

* Demanding - Physically challenging activities, including extensive walks, hiking, riding, water sports, and high altitude activities. Activities by foot may contain difficult, unpaved surfaces and/or multiple stairs and steep inclines. Total time walking or standing may exceed 3 hours.

WHALE WATCHING BY RIB
DURATION: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Natural World, Active, Demanding*

SEEK OUT ONE OF THE LARGEST OCEAN MAMMALS ON EARTH
Head out into the open waters of one of Iceland’s largest fjords in search of the gentle giants of the sea. Meet your guide and climb on board your RIB—a speedy open vessel that brings you closer to nature. Though sightings can never be guaranteed, the chances of spotting whales here are excellent. Cruise into open waters, where your captain will cut off the engine and his expert eyes will guide your gaze toward any whale activity; you may see a spout of water rise, or a swish of a tail as it breaks the ocean surface. Also, keep your eyes peeled for puffins or a playful seal as their heads bob above the water. Nature’s breathtaking views will be on full display. Please note: It can be quite cold on the open waters so dress warmly.

* Demanding - Physically challenging activities, including extensive walks, hiking, riding, water sports, and high altitude activities. Activities by foot may contain difficult, unpaved surfaces and/or multiple stairs and steep inclines. Total time walking or standing may exceed 3 hours.

MODERN TASTE OF ÍSAFJÖRDUR
DURATION: 1 HOUR
Culinary, Moderate*

SAMPLE ÍSAFJÖRDUR’S RENOWNED DELICACIES
Set out on a tasting journey through Iceland’s diverse gastronomic scene. Meet your knowledgeable guide and take a stroll as you hear about the some of the town’s gourmet offerings. At your first stop, step inside the first dairy factory in Iceland to make lactose free products and enjoy a taste of some of their produce. Continue to one of the country’s leading dry fish processors, where you will sample dried fish. At a local chocolatier, delight in handcrafted chocolate with hand-harvested seasalt and mountain herbs, then cap your gastronomic journey with a visit to Dokkan brugghús, a local brewery and producer of craft beer, and sip a section of selected brews. After your tour, you may choose to return to your ship with your guide, or stay to enjoy more of this microbrewery’s offerings, before returning to your ship.

* Moderate - Walking portions may be long and somewhat challenging with occasional step-ups, stairs and inclines. Total time walking or standing normally ranges from 1.5 to 3 hours.

HESTEYRI BY BOAT
DURATION: 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing, Snack, Moderate*

VISIT A REMOTE UNINHABITED VILLAGE
Set sail for Hesteryi, once a thriving fishing village in the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve. Meet your skipper and crew, board your vessel and after a short safety briefing, head out into the fjord. Up until the late 1940s, 80 residents lived here without electricity, telecommunications, or established infrastructure. By 1952, all inhabitants had left in search of a new life on the mainland, leaving behind a beautiful wilderness where time has stood still for decades. Enjoy a walking tour of the village and see the restored buildings that now serve as guest houses, allowing visitors to experience this remote part of Iceland. Enjoy refreshments at the Old Doctor’s house, before returning to your boat and sailing back to Ísafjördur and your awaiting ship.

* Moderate - Walking portions may be long and somewhat challenging with occasional step-ups, stairs and inclines. Total time walking or standing normally ranges from 1.5 to 3 hours.

ÍSAFJÖRDUR & THE ÖNUNDAFJÖRDUR - INCLUDED
DURATION: 2 HOURS
Sightseeing, Moderate*

SCENIC FJORD VISTAS AND QUAINT ICELANDIC TOWN
Visit the coastal village of Flateyri and view the golden sands and dunes of Holt Beach. Meet your guide and embark on a scenic drive along the picturesque Önundafjördur. Arrive at Holt Beach and pause for photos of the sweeping bay, with its remote beach, tranquil waters and mountains that form a protective circle around the fjord. The grassland area is a breeding ground for eider ducks, who nest here during the early summer months. Visit the village of Flateyri and take a stroll around its harbor. This small town has a long history dating back to the 9th century; it was once a major fishing and trading center, and many of the historic buildings here reflect this legacy. En route back to your ship, you will stop at a viewing point for photos of the beautiful vistas over the fjord.

* Moderate - Walking portions may be long and somewhat challenging with occasional step-ups, stairs and inclines. Total time walking or standing normally ranges from 1.5 to 3 hours.

*Shore excursions vary by itinerary and are subject to change.

Reykjavík is the world’s northernmost capital city yet captures the distinctive feel of a fishing village. The Kentucky-sized island is Europe’s westernmost nation and one of the wildest places on earth. It is also lauded as one of the cleanest and most civilized countries, committed to finding the perfect balance between day-to-day living and harnessing its natural resources with eco-friendly practices. Vikings landed on this pristine land during the 9th century; their arrival is well chronicled in the medieval Sagas preserved at the Culture House.

SHORE EXCURSIONS

PANORAMIC REYKJAVÍK (INCLUDED)
DURATION: 2 HOURS 45 MINUTES

THE WORLD’S NORTHERNMOST CAPITAL
Get acquainted with Iceland’s picturesque capital and visit the Whales of Iceland museum. Begin with a drive up Öskjuhlío Hill to the Perlan vantage point, also known as “The Pearl.” This glass-domed building was built upon old hot-water storage tanks and offers sweeping city views. Descend into the city and pass the National Museum and the university. You will also see the fantastic Hallgrímskirkja church, a towering vision in white. Continue past the Kjarvalsstadir art museum, a fine example of Nordic modernism, and the Höfði House, where Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev held a meeting that marked the beginning of the end of the Cold War. You will then head to the Old Harbor and visit the Whales of Iceland museum, to view various life-size models of species that are found in Icelandic waters. Afterward, return to your ship.

THE GOLDEN CIRCLE
DURATION: 8 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing, Meal, Natural World, UNESCO, Moderate*

A FULL DAY OF EPIC NATURAL BEAUTY
Witness otherworldly, spellbinding landscapes as you tour the fabled “Island of Fire and Ice.” Iceland’s volcanic and glacial activity make it one of the world’s most dramatic spots for unspoiled splendor. You will drive with your guide to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Thingvellir National Park, where Iceland’s first national assembly was founded in 930 AD. Visit this Viking site, then continue to Gullfoss to marvel at the “Golden Falls,” the nation’s most famous waterfall, as it plunges into Hvítá Canyon. Next, you will stop in the Haukadalur geothermal area to witness the eruption of the Strokkur geyser. After a delicious lunch, drive across the Hellisheiði mountain plateau, blanketed with postglacial lava fields. Back in Reykjavík, enjoy sweeping views of the city from here before returning to your ship.

* Moderate - Walking portions may be long and somewhat challenging with occasional step-ups, stairs and inclines. Total time walking or standing normally ranges from 1.5 to 3 hours.

GLACIER SUPER TRUCK ADVENTURE
DURATION: 8 HOURS
Active, Meal, Sightseeing, Natural World, UNSCO, Demanding*

INTO A WHITE WONDERLAND
Venture into the icy wilderness by super truck with an expert driver and guide. Stop at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Thingvellir National Park, where Iceland’s first national assembly was founded in 930 AD. Visit this Viking site before heading into Iceland’s majestic hinterland through the vast Cold Valley. Then drive onto the ice caps and into the white world of Iceland’s second largest glacier, Langjökull, or “Long Glacier.” You will traverse the ice and snow on an exhilarating drive through a breathtaking landscape. Continue to the woodlands of Húsafell and pause for lunch. After, drive to the nearby waterfalls of Hraunfossar and Barnafoss, two of Iceland’s most picturesque. Return to Reykjavík via the Hvalfjördur Tunnel and the coast.

Note: this excursion is physically demanding and unsuitable for those with back or neck problems.

* Demanding - Physically challenging activities, including extensive walks, hiking, riding, water sports, and high altitude activities. Activities by foot may contain difficult, unpaved surfaces and/or multiple stairs and steep inclines. Total time walking or standing may exceed 3 hours

THE BLUE LAGOON
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Local Life, Moderate*

BASK IN THE WATERS OF ICELAND’S FAMED NATURAL SPA
Soak in the mineral-rich waters of Iceland’s fabled Blue Lagoon, said to be the nation’s health and beauty secret. Meet your guide for a drive through the rugged lava fields of the Reykjanes Peninsula, home of this famous geothermal pool. The original lagoon was formed after an accidental overflow from the adjacent geothermal plant; today, it is one of a dozen pools of its kind in Iceland. The mineral-rich, milky-blue water, steamy vapors and 12-foot-high lava wall surrounding the pool create a unique bathing atmosphere. Note that this is not a swimming excursion, but a chance to soak in mineral waters of 102?F. The lagoon’s floor can be rough and uneven. Health regulations require all bathers to disrobe, shower and change in gender-specific changing rooms before entering the lagoon. Please note: this excursion is unsuitable for those with walking difficulties and a swimsuit is required.

* Moderate - Walking portions may be long and somewhat challenging with occasional step-ups, stairs and inclines. Total time walking or standing normally ranges from 1.5 to 3 hours.

BLACK BEACH BY ATV & LAVA TUNNEL
DURATION: 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Active, Natural World, Demanding*

ICELAND’S RUGGED LANDSCAPES ABOVE AND BELOW GROUND
Traverse dramatic black-sand beaches on an ATV and explore a stunning subterranean lava tunnel. Depart Reykjavík for a scenic drive through desolate lava fields toward the village of Thorlákshöfn. At a nearby volcanic beach, you will meet your guide and get outfitted with the necessary gear. After a short introduction to your two-person all-terrain vehicle and safety briefing, drive out into the rugged terrain and admire the incredible vistas around you. Afterward, travel to the lava tunnels at Raufarhólshellir, where you will head underground to witness the inner workings of an ancient volcanic eruption during a guided tour. Learn about the cave’s fascinating history as you gaze at its unique geological features from an elevated walkway, before returning to your ship. Please note: A valid driver’s license is necessary to drive an ATV.

* Demanding - Physically challenging activities, including extensive walks, hiking, riding, water sports, and high altitude activities. Activities by foot may contain difficult, unpaved surfaces and/or multiple stairs and steep inclines. Total time walking or standing may exceed 3 hours.

*Shore excursions vary by itinerary and are subject to change.

Heimaey is the only populated island in the Westman Islands. The scenery is stunning with its volcanic landscapes, moss-covered clifftops and picturesque homes with brightly colored rooftops. A number of breathtaking natural sights are a result of the volcanic eruption that took place here in 1973, which saw the evacuation of all 5,000 residents to the mainland. Each summer, millions of puffins pay a visit and countless other species migrate here to feed and breed. Several efforts are underway to protect the wealth of wildlife, from puffins to the gentle giants of the sea.

SHORE EXCURSIONS

HEIMAEY ON FOOT - INCLUDED
DURATION: 2 HOURS
Sightseeing, Moderate*

EXPLORE THE VOLCANIC HISTORY OF THE WESTMAN ISLANDS
Get a deeper understanding of the geology of Heimaey and visit the Eldheimar Museum. Meet your guide at the pier and set off on foot as you explore the island’s nature. During your walk, your guide will explain the recent volcanic activity, including the story of the last eruption that took place in 1973 less than a mile from the town of Heimaey. On this eventful night, all 5,000 inhabitants had to evacuate the island and escape to the mainland. Hear the story of how the local townspeople rebuilt their island from the ground up and witness the result of their efforts. Stop at the Eldheimar Museum and view the moving collection of photographs that showcase the memories of the people from Heimaey. After your tour, return to your awaiting ship.

* Moderate - Walking portions may be long and somewhat challenging with occasional step-ups, stairs and inclines. Total time walking or standing normally ranges from 1.5 to 3 hours.

SNAPSHOTS OF HEIMAEY
DURATION: 1 HOUR 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing, Easy*

ISLAND DRIVE AND ELDHEIMAR MUSEUM
Enjoy a panoramic tour of the island of Heimaey and visit the Eldheimar Museum. Embark on a scenic drive with your guide and see the main sights. Marvel at the towering cliffs—home to multitudes of puffin, fulmar and guillemot, and the natural harbor below. Fishing has played an integral role in the lives of local residents since their arrival on this isle; today you will learn about how they continue to make their living from the sea. Stop at the Eldheimar Museum and learn about the volcanic eruption that struck the island on January 23, 1973. View the exhibits that showcase the events that took place and hear the story of how the local townspeople rebuilt their community. After your tour return to your awaiting ship.

* Easy - Walking portions are generally over easy surfaces with few steps or inclines. Total time walking or standing is normally not longer than 1.5 hours.

HEIMAEY ON FOOT & HIKE THE ELDFELL MOUNTAIN
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Active, Natural World, Sightseeing, Demanding*

LEARN ABOUT THE HISTORY AND GEOLOGY OF THE WESTMAN ISLANDS
Combine your included “Heimaey on Foot” excursion with a hike up Eldfell Mountain. Meet your guide and set off to explore the town and the Eldheimar Museum. Discover the story of the last eruption that took place in 1973 here and view exhibits that showcase the events that took place. On that fateful evening, all 5,000 inhabitants managed to evacuate the island and escape to the mainland. Hear the story of how the local townspeople rebuilt their island as you begin your hike up Eldfell Mountain. Take a pause at the top and gaze up from the viewpoint, located at the volcano’s base. You will also take a walk across the lava fields and witness the geology of the region up close, before returning to your awaiting ship. Please note: this excursion features the included tour. Guests do not need to book the included tour separately.

* Demanding - Physically challenging activities, including extensive walks, hiking, riding, water sports, and high altitude activities. Activities by foot may contain difficult, unpaved surfaces and/or multiple stairs and steep inclines. Total time walking or standing may exceed 3 hours.

WILDLIFE OF HEIMAEY BY BOAT
DURATION: 2 HOURS
Natural World, Easy*

SPOT VARIED SEA BIRDS AND MARINE LIFE
Set sail on a panoramic cruise to admire the wildlife and natural surroundings of Heimaey. Meet your guide in the harbor and board your boat. Cruise through the stunning natural harbor and set your sights on the towering clifftops that envelop the surrounding landscape. As you glide across these pristine waters, gaze at the thriving colonies that are home to several species of sea birds. Your guide will explain the variety of birdlife that migrate here to breed. Beneath the waves the ocean is home to orcas, dolphins and porpoises, if you are lucky, whales can often be spotted in these waters. Sail into Klettshellir, a stunning natural cave that is famed for its excellent acoustics. After circumnavigating the island, return to Heimaey’s harbor and your awaiting ship.

* Easy - Walking portions are generally over easy surfaces with few steps or inclines. Total time walking or standing is normally not longer than 1.5 hours.

COASTAL HEIMAEY BY RIB
DURATION: 2 HOURS 15 MINUTES
Natural World, Demanding*

STUNNING NATURAL VIEWS AND LOCAL WILDLIFE
Revel in stunning views of Heimaey’s rugged coastline and birdlife from a rigid inflatable boat, or RIB. Meet your knowledgeable guide and receive your waterproof gear during a short safety briefing. Then, set an easterly course from Heimaey to view the lava fields that formed after Eldfell’s infamous volcanic eruption in 1973. Cruise past the birders’ paradise of Stakkabót. Here, gaze at the thriving colonies that are home to a variety of seabirds who migrate to these slopes during breeding season. If you are lucky, you may spot orcas, dolphins and porpoises that inhabit these waters. View the cliffs at Dalfjall and keep watch for the many sea caves that dot the coast while listening to your guide regale you with tales of early island inhabitants and Ottoman raiders. Venture into Klettshellir, a stunning natural cave famed for its excellent acoustics, before returning to port.

* Demanding - Physically challenging activities, including extensive walks, hiking, riding, water sports, and high altitude activities. Activities by foot may contain difficult, unpaved surfaces and/or multiple stairs and steep inclines. Total time walking or standing may exceed 3 hours.

VOLCANIC LANDSCAPES BY ATV
DURATION: 1 HOUR 30 MINUTES
Active, Natural World, Demanding*

INTRIGUING TALES AND SWEEPING VIEWS OF ELDFELL
Explore the desolate beauty of Heimaey’s volcanic terrain and learn about its history during an ATV ride. Heimaey’s history has been influenced by the Eldfell volcano, which last erupted in 1973 releasing lava flows that threatened to destroy the village and reshaped the landscape. Meet your knowledgeable guide, receive your gear and a safety briefing, then set out on your two-person ATV across the volcanic bedrock. Your guide will pause along the way to regale you with stories of that eventful night. At Prestvík Beach, see the rusting remains of the fishing trawler Pelagus; hear the harrowing story of Guðlaugur Friðþórsson, who swam more than 3.5 miles to shore in dark freezing waters after his ship sank. Marvel at the stunning views and the brutal power of nature around Eldfell, then return to Heimaey. Please note: ATV drivers must possess a valid driver’s license.

* Demanding - Physically challenging activities, including extensive walks, hiking, riding, water sports, and high altitude activities. Activities by foot may contain difficult, unpaved surfaces and/or multiple stairs and steep inclines. Total time walking or standing may exceed 3 hours.

FOOD & NATURE OF HEIMAEY
DURATION: 6 HOURS
Culinary, Natural World, Demanding*

STROLL THROUGH NATURE AND SAMPLE GOURMET ICELANDIC CUISINE
Delve into Iceland’s gastronomic traditions during a walking tour of Heimaey. Meet your guide and set off on foot to see the lava fields of Eldfell. Hear about the recent volcanic activity, including the story of the last eruption that took place in 1973. Visit the Eldheimar Museum before arriving at the town’s harbor and town center. Seafood is a staple of Icelandic food, and this area is home to one of Iceland’s largest fishing fleets, surrounded by an area brimming with wild herbs and edible seaweed. The world-famous Slippurinn restaurant, run by chef and cookbook author Gísli Matthías Auðunsson and his family, is renowned for its use of local produce, adopting ancient techniques of smoking, pickling and salting. Enjoy a delicious lunch incorporating traditional Icelandic cuisine, with a beverage pairing. Your appetite sated, return to your ship.

* Demanding - Physically challenging activities, including extensive walks, hiking, riding, water sports, and high altitude activities. Activities by foot may contain difficult, unpaved surfaces and/or multiple stairs and steep inclines. Total time walking or standing may exceed 3 hours.

*Shore excursions vary by itinerary and are subject to change.

Djúpivogur lies on Iceland’s east coast and has been a trading center since the 16th century. The town is presided over by the towering Búlandstindur; a mountain famed in local folklore for its ability to grant wishes during the summer solstice. Dotted around the town, several cultural sights can be explored, including The Tank and the Eggs of Merry Bay. Residents here favor embracing a slower pace of life. The town has adopted the cultural trend known as “Cittaslow” which is dedicated to the promotion of sustainable living, improving the quality of life for its residents.

SHORE EXCURSIONS

CULTURAL SIGHTS OF DJÚPIVOGUR - INCLUDED
DURATION: 1 HOUR 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing, Moderate*

EXPLORE THE TOWN’S HERITAGE AND HISTORY
Explore the cultural sights of Djúpivogur and its local displays of art. See the famous Eggs of Merry Bay, a set of sculptures that showcase the eggs of 34 bird species that nest along the coastlines of Iceland. Continue your stroll to The Tank, a disused storage facility that once held locally produced fish liver oil. Now, it is a celebrated cultural venue that supports local musicians and artists, and boasts unique acoustic features—step inside the tank and exercise your vocal cords to see for yourself. Pass one of the town’s art galleries, Bones, Sticks and Stones, where collections of stones and minerals are used to create wonderful handicrafts. You will also walk past Langabúð; now the town’s heritage museum, it is the oldest building in the village, built in 1790. After your tour, return to your awaiting ship.

* Moderate - Walking portions may be long and somewhat challenging with occasional step-ups, stairs and inclines. Total time walking or standing normally ranges from 1.5 to 3 hours.

NATURE OF DJÚPIVOGUR & BERUFJÖRÐUR FJORD
DURATION: 1 HOUR 45 MINUTES
Sightseeing, Easy*

PANORAMIC DRIVE PAST NATURAL SIGHTS
Visit one of Djúpivogur’s beautiful waterfalls and admire views over the Berufjörður Fjord. Embark on a scenic drive by motor coach and journey to the Nykurhylsfoss waterfall. Pause at this picturesque sight to witness the water cascading down the hillside amid the canyon walls. Continuing your drive, pass by scenic vistas of the Fossá River and stop at your next viewing point. Here, admire the Berufjörður Fjord and its surrounding landscapes. Hear about the geology of the region and how the glacier carved the pathway for the fjord millions of years ago still evident today. Arrive back in Djúpivogur and enjoy a panoramic drive of the city as your guide explains the town’s adoption of the cultural trend known as cittaslow—a movement that is dedicated to the promotion of sustainable living, improving the quality of life for its residents.

* Easy - Walking portions are generally over easy surfaces with few steps or inclines. Total time walking or standing is normally not longer than 1.5 hours.

SCENIC EAST ICELAND BY FOOT
DURATION: 2 HOURS
Active, Demanding*

BÓNDAVARÐA, FÝLUVOGUR, BREIÐIVOGUR AND VIEWS OF BÚLANDSTINDUR
Discover the dramatic landscapes and sights of East Iceland during a walk around Djúpivogur and its surroundings. Set off with your knowledgeable guide and see the Langabúd, the village’s oldest building (built in 1970); it has been restored to its original glory and now serves as a cultural center and museum. Head out of town to the Bóndavarða cache, an age-old farmers cairn overlooking the water that was once used to spot incoming ships. You will stop to marvel at the sweeping views of the village and its natural surroundings. Gaze up at the distant Búlandstindur, its peak reaching 3,507 feet above sea level. This pyramid-shaped mountain—considered one of Iceland’s mystical power centers—stands firmly in basaltic form. Continue on to the small lakes of Fýluvogur and Breiðivogur; keep watch for the many different birds that call this area home. Return to Djúpivogur and your ship.

* Demanding - Physically challenging activities, including extensive walks, hiking, riding, water sports, and high altitude activities. Activities by foot may contain difficult, unpaved surfaces and/or multiple stairs and steep inclines. Total time walking or standing may exceed 3 hours.

NATURE WALK & BLACK BEACHES
DURATION: 4 HOURS
Active, Demanding*

PANORAMIC VIEWS OF STRIKING ICELANDIC LANDSCAPE AND COASTLINE
Admire East Iceland’s stark natural beauty while strolling through the countryside and along black-sand beaches. Follow your knowledgeable guide out of Djúpivogur along a gravel road to the Bóndavarða Cache, an age-old farmers cairn overlooking the entrance to the Berufjörður, which offers sweeping views of the village and its surroundings. Gaze up at the towering Búlandstindur, a pyramid-shaped mountain of basaltic rock that is considered one of Iceland’s mystical power centers. After passing by the small lakes of Fýluvogur and Breiðivogur, you will head toward the striking black beaches; a result of the area’s intense volcanic activity, these beaches form a land bridge to several coastal islands. Explore the shorelines and appreciate the rugged, wind-swept vistas—on a clear day you can see the distant uninhabited island of Papey—before journeying back to your awaiting ship.

* Demanding - Physically challenging activities, including extensive walks, hiking, riding, water sports, and high altitude activities. Activities by foot may contain difficult, unpaved surfaces and/or multiple stairs and steep inclines. Total time walking or standing may exceed 3 hours.

FJALLSÁRLÓN ICE LAGOON BY ZODIAC
DURATION: 7 HOURS 45 MINUTES
Meal, Natural World, Moderate*

THRILLING RIDE AND GLACIAL LANDSCAPES
Enjoy an exhilarating zodiac ride and witness some of Iceland’s spectacular scenery. Meet your guide and embark on a scenic drive to Fjallsárlón Ice Lagoon. Upon arrival, don your waterproof gear and listen to a short safety briefing before climbing onboard your zodiac. Hold tight as you ride through the pristine waters and gaze in awe at the floating icebergs as you glide past them. See the imposing Vatnajökull Glacier, the largest in Europe, towering above and admire its looming face in all its glory. Return to shore and after a light lunch, begin your return journey by motor coach. Along the way, you will stop at Höfn, a picturesque fishing port renowned for its mountain vistas. Enjoy time to stretch your legs before reboarding your coach back to your awaiting ship.

* Moderate - Walking portions may be long and somewhat challenging with occasional step-ups, stairs and inclines. Total time walking or standing normally ranges from 1.5 to 3 hours.

HÁLSAR HIKE
DURATION: 5 HOURS
Active, Natural World, Snack, Demanding*

EXHILARATING HIKE TO MOUNTAIN SUMMIT
Set off on foot for an invigorating hike amid spectacular nature. Meet your guide and begin your hike from the Eggs of Merry Bay, a famous set of sculptures that showcase the eggs of 34 bird species that nest along the coastlines of Iceland. Walk toward Langalág stables, passing the villages of Olnbogi and Klessuklif, to the cliffs of Rakkaberg. Legend suggests that the cliff hides an “elf church” within its rock formation; your guide will explain its geology and intriguing folklore tales. Admire the views of the Berufjörður Fjord as you ascend the summit of the Hálsar mountain range, where you will be rewarded with panoramic views of the scenery below. Please note: guests must be physically fit to participate in this tour. Comfortable walking boots are recommended and warm, waterproof clothing.

* Demanding - Physically challenging activities, including extensive walks, hiking, riding, water sports, and high altitude activities. Activities by foot may contain difficult, unpaved surfaces and/or multiple stairs and steep inclines. Total time walking or standing may exceed 3 hours.

RURAL EAST ICELAND
DURATION: 5 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Natural World, Snack, Moderate*

GLACIER, LAGOON AND ICELANDIC HORSES
Explore Iceland’s rural eastern coast and the region surrounding the Vatnajökull glacier. Set out on a scenic drive to the town of Höfn, a quaint town popular with visitors as a gateway to one of Iceland’s national parks and Vatnajökull—one of Europe’s largest glaciers. Continue your journey through the mountainous terrain to the Hoffellsjökull glacier, one of the outlet glaciers of Vatnajökull. It is known for its majestic natural beauty with spectacular views of the surrounding mountains, valleys and rivers. Like many glaciers around the world, it has retreated, leaving a lagoon and a thriving eco-system with rare Icelandic plants that attract a variety of bird species. After time for photographs, visit a local equestrian center, home to purebred Icelandic horses. Enjoy refreshments and pastries, and a fascinating horse show, before returning to your ship.

* Moderate - Walking portions may be long and somewhat challenging with occasional step-ups, stairs and inclines. Total time walking or standing normally ranges from 1.5 to 3 hours.

THE VALLEY OF WATERFALLS BY 4X4
DURATION: 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Active, Natural World, Snack, Demanding*

WITNESS ICELAND’S MAJESTIC NATURE
Set out by 4x4 to explore Iceland’s natural beauty in the Fossárdalur Valley. Meet your guide at the pier, climb in and buckle up, as you journey into the heart of Iceland’s rugged landscapes. Stop to admire the Berufjörður Fjord and its surrounding vistas. Hear about the geology of the region and how the glacier carved the pathway for the fjord millions of years ago, which is still evident today. As you explore, witness the incredible rock formations that are found here. Keep your eyes peeled for wandering reindeer—these majestic animals can frequently be spotted roaming these parts. At one of the waterfalls, you will pause to savor a warming hot chocolate accompanied by an Icelandic pastry. After time to take in the sublime views of the natural wonders of Iceland, board your 4x4 and return to your ship.

* Demanding - Physically challenging activities, including extensive walks, hiking, riding, water sports, and high altitude activities. Activities by foot may contain difficult, unpaved surfaces and/or multiple stairs and steep inclines. Total time walking or standing may exceed 3 hours.

*Shore excursions vary by itinerary and are subject to change.

Seydisfjördur enjoys a mountainous setting at the end of a fjord. It traces its origins to the early days of Viking settlements. Though the town is tiny, it boasts an impressive history. It hosted the world’s first modern whaling station and pioneered international communications when it welcomed the first telegraph cable, linking Iceland to Europe. Colorful wooden homes line the streets, overseen by starkly picturesque slopes and the soaring summits of Mounts Bjólfur and Strandartindur.

SHORE EXCUSRIONS

SEYDISFJÖRDUR ON FOOT - INCLUDED
DURATION: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing, Moderate*

NORWEGIAN HERITAGE AT EAST ICELAND’S HARBOR TOWN
Venture out on foot during a stroll around Seydisfjördur, considered one of Iceland’s most picturesque towns. Meet your guide at the pier where you will set out for a leisurely walk. Stroll amid colorful streets and view the striking Blue Church as your guide explains more about the town’s culture. Brimming with creativity and rich in history, the town boasts a flourishing arts scene. Gain insight during a visit to the Herðubreið Community Center, where you will enjoy a musical performance of traditional Icelandic songs. You will also admire art exhibits showcasing works by local artists; various display pieces are available to for you to purchase, should you wish. Cap your tour with a tasting of typical Icelandic cuisine, before returning to your ship.

* Moderate - Walking portions may be long and somewhat challenging with occasional step-ups, stairs and inclines. Total time walking or standing normally ranges from 1.5 to 3 hours.

EXPLORE ICELAND’S COUNTRYSIDE & HERITAGE
DURATION: 6 HOURS
Meal, Sightseeing, Moderate*

MUSEUM VISITS AND NATURE OF AUSTURLAND
Venture into the eastern fjords to experience Icelandic heritage. Travel by motor coach with your knowledgeable local guide over the scenic Fjarðarheiði mountain pass to Egilsstaðir, home to the East Iceland Heritage Museum. Upon arrival, explore exhibits that showcase Iceland’s society, culture and everyday life from the past to the present day, as well as a display on Austurland’s reindeer—it is the only region in Iceland where these majestic animals roam freely. Continue to Randulff’s Seahouse, a preserved fisherman’s house and museum dedicated to teaching visitors about life at sea. Cap your tour with a visit to an authentic 19th-century dock house to enjoy a typical Icelandic lunch of shark, dried fish, grilled lamb, schnapps and other refreshments. En route back to your ship, enjoy photo stops to capture Iceland’s stunning vistas.

* Moderate - Walking portions may be long and somewhat challenging with occasional step-ups, stairs and inclines. Total time walking or standing normally ranges from 1.5 to 3 hours.

IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE ELVES
DURATION: 7 HOURS
Sightseeing, Meal, Moderate*

FAIRY TALES AND FOLKLORE OF ICELAND
Journey through scenic fairy-tale lands where Icelandic folklore was born. Drive along the Njardvíkurskridur track, which was once an incredibly dangerous route because of its loose, rocky slopes. A road passable for cars opened in 1949, but prior to that time, access through the scree between Njardvík and the Borgarfjördur Estuary was either on foot or on horseback. Legend has it that a terrifying half-man, half-beast creature used to guard this route. He harassed and attacked passing travelers until Jon from Njardvík challenged him and managed to force the menacing beast into the sea. Travel in Jon’s footsteps and cross the path safely into the small village of Bakkagerdi, where you will enjoy lunch. Cap your tour with a visit to Álfhóll (Elf Hill)—home to Iceland’s huldufólk elves, or “hidden people”—before returning to your ship.

* Moderate - Walking portions may be long and somewhat challenging with occasional step-ups, stairs and inclines. Total time walking or standing normally ranges from 1.5 to 3 hours.

SKÁLANES NATURE & HERITAGE CENTER
DURATION: 3 HOURS 15 MINUTES
Sightseeing, Natural World, Active, Moderate*

A REMOTE NATURE OASIS
Bask in remote natural beauty as you journey through grasslands and mountains to the town of Skálanes. Embark on a scenic drive to Thorarinsstadir, and enjoy the beautiful countryside views along the way. Stop at an abandoned farm and explore the important excavation site that revealed an early settlement graveyard and church. Continue on to the Skálanes Nature and Heritage Center—a unique, private nature reserve situated in a beautifully restored Icelandic farmstead. The towering coastal cliffs are home to more than 40 different species of birds, and the five-square-mile facility showcases the incredible biodiversity of the region. The center promotes sustainable tourism, and its vision is to become a leading center of Icelandic culture and environmental development. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the whales and seals that can sometimes be spotted here.

* Moderate - Walking portions may be long and somewhat challenging with occasional step-ups, stairs and inclines. Total time walking or standing normally ranges from 1.5 to 3 hours.

SCENIC SEYDISFJÖRDUR & WILDERNESS CENTER
DURATION: 5 HOURS
Natural World, Meal, Moderate*

STUNNING SCENERY AND EARLY ICELANDIC LIFE
Journey through the picturesque mountain vistas of Seydisfjördur and experience an Icelandic kitchen. Embark on a scenic drive by motor coach to Fljótsdalshérad, passing Lake Lagarfljót; hear the legend of the lake monster that supposedly resides in the murky depths of Iceland’s third-largest lake. After stopping for photos at the striking Gufufoss waterfall, continue to the Wilderness Center, where you will cross its wooden bridge to experience the rustic world of yesteryear. Meet your welcoming host, who will share stories of a bygone era in the remote highlands. Learn about Icelandic life in times past and join your hosts in the badstofa—a typical communal space used for living, sleeping and hosting company. Savor a delicious homemade meal, direct from the farmhouse kitchen, and discover more about local food as you chat with your hosts before returning to your ship.

* Moderate - Walking portions may be long and somewhat challenging with occasional step-ups, stairs and inclines. Total time walking or standing normally ranges from 1.5 to 3 hours.

VÖK BATHS
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Natural World, Moderate*

RELAX IN OUTDOOR POOLS WHILE ENJOYING UNSPOILED NATURAL VIEWS
Unwind in the hot waters of Lake Urridavatn during a rejuvenating visit to the Vök Baths in a private setting. Centuries ago, the residents who lived around the lake discovered that certain spots—known as vöks, or ice-free holes—refused to ice over during the Arctic winters due to underground geothermal activity. Embark on a scenic drive by motor coach along the mountain pass of Fjardarheidi to the spa, whose sublime architecture was designed to blend harmoniously with the surrounding landscape. Admire unspoiled views of the rugged Icelandic countryside as you relax in one of the two lakeshore pools while sipping herbal tea brewed from pure spring water. You will also have an opportunity to try the steam bath and cold tunnel equipped with an inside mist shower. Your tension eased and your spirit reenergized, board your coach and return to Seydisfjördur and your awaiting ship.

* Moderate - Walking portions may be long and somewhat challenging with occasional step-ups, stairs and inclines. Total time walking or standing normally ranges from 1.5 to 3 hours.

VALLANES FARM
DURATION: 3 HOURS
Working World, Moderate*

LEARN ABOUT SUSTAINABLE FARMING IN ICELAND
Visit Vallanes Farm on the shores of Lagarfjlót, Iceland’s third-largest lake, and learn about its organic farming. Meet your guide at the pier and embark on a scenic drive over the Fjarðarheiði mountain pass and down to Lagarfjlót. Admire the picturesque views and hear the story of the giant serpent that, according to legend, is said to reside in its waters. Arrive at Vallanes Farm, where your hosts will greet you. This family-owned operation began organic farming in 1985, taking advantage of the mild climate and surrounding forest that provides protection for the growing crops. During your guided tour, learn about the sustainable farming methods employed and see the range of grain and vegetables grown on the farm as you walk around the fields. At the Móðir Jörð shop, taste a range of their homegrown produce and browse the shelves for goods to purchase, before returning to your ship.

* Moderate - Walking portions may be long and somewhat challenging with occasional step-ups, stairs and inclines. Total time walking or standing normally ranges from 1.5 to 3 hours.

EXPLORE SEYÐISFJÖRÐUR FJORDS BY RIB
DURATION: 2 HOURS
ActiveNatural WorldDemanding*
A THRILLING RIDE INTO THE FJORDS
Experience the majestic scenery of Seyðisfjörður’s fjords during a ride by Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB). Proceed to your embarkation point with your guide. There, you will don your dry suit and required life jacket before boarding your vessel. Hold tight as you will skim along the waters at high speed, sea spray in your face and the pristine waters of the fjord around you. You will pause for more intimate views of the natural landscapes and listen to stories of the life in Iceland. Next, head to Tröllanes to view some of Iceland’s magnificent geological wonders. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife, including various species of birds, curious seals or even a passing whale. Enjoy the invigorating ride back to your awaiting ship.

* Demanding - Physically challenging activities, including extensive walks, hiking, riding, water sports, and high altitude activities. Activities by foot may contain difficult, unpaved surfaces and/or multiple stairs and steep inclines. Total time walking or standing may exceed 3 hours.

*Shore excursions vary by itinerary and are subject to change.

Nicknamed the “Capital of the North,” Akureyri is set at the end of the Eyjafjördur and enjoys a mild climate, unusual for a northern city just 62 miles from the Arctic Circle. Folk culture is robust in Akureyri; the Vefarinn dance was invented here to celebrate the harvest. Other points of pride include the Public Park and Botanic Garden, where some 2,000 plant species grow, and the hilltop Akureyrarkirkja, the local church that is home to a stained glass window from Coventry Cathedral in England.

SHORE EXCURSIONS

PANORAMIC AKUREYRI - INCLUDED
DURATION: 2 HOURS
Sightseeing, Easy*

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE “CAPITAL OF THE NORTH”
Enjoy the fjord setting and alpine backdrop of Akureyri, one of the most attractive Icelandic towns. You will be welcomed at the dock by your knowledgeable local guide to Iceland’s undisputed “Capital of the North.” Influences of its Danish trading past prevail, evident in the many contrasts in the town’s varied architecture. Pass by Akureyri Church; one of the town’s proud symbols, which houses many interesting artifacts including a stained glass window above the altar that was part of a set in England’s Coventry Cathedral before being brought to Akureyri for safekeeping during World War II. Explore the historic midtown area and continue to Akureyri’s Public Park and Botanic Garden; the excellent botanical garden was opened within the park’s grounds in 1957. Two thousand species of local and foreign flowers grow here thanks to Akureyri’s warm microclimate.

* Easy - Walking portions are generally over easy surfaces with few steps or inclines. Total time walking or standing is normally not longer than 1.5 hours.

NORTHERN ICELAND’S NATURAL TREASURES
DURATION: 7 HOURS
Sightseeing, Natural World, Meal, Moderate*

GODAFOSS FALLS AND MÝVATN LAKE
Discover the stunning landscape and natural treasures of northern Iceland. Travel by motor coach along the coast of Eyjafjördur—Iceland’s longest fjord—and take in stunning views of Akureyri and the surrounding mountains. Journey through the Fnjóskadalur Valley to the majestic Godafoss waterfall, named after a pagan priest and chieftain who threw the statues of the pagan gods he once worshipped after converting to Christianity in the year 1000 AD. Your next stop is the Mývatn volcanic lake area, pausing by the impressive craters at Skútustadir along the way. You will also visit the towering lava castles and grottoes of the Dimmuborgir lava labyrinth, and experience the geothermal wonder of hot sulfuric mud springs and gurgling sulphur cauldrons at Námaskard. After a wonderful day in nature, return to your awaiting ship.

* Moderate - Walking portions may be long and somewhat challenging with occasional step-ups, stairs and inclines. Total time walking or standing normally ranges from 1.5 to 3 hours.

MÝVATN NATURE BATHS
DURATION: 5 HOURS
Natural World, Local Life, Moderate*

A GEOTHERMAL BATHING EXPERIENCE
Dive into relaxation, surrounded by nature at the Mývatn Nature Baths. You will cross the fjord, departing Akureyri, en route to the Godafoss waterfall. After learning the legend behind the name and admiring the stunning waterfall, you will head to the geothermal Mývatn Nature Baths. Here, you will have the chance to be enveloped and invigorated by nature. The soothing waters of Mývatn Nature Baths contain a blend of minerals, silicates and geothermal microorganisms that are beneficial to skin and spirit alike. Take a dip amid clouds of steam in a pool of geothermal water drawn from depths of up to 8,200 feet, experience a steam bath with natural geothermal steam rising through vents in the floor, or simply relax in the alkaline bathing lagoon. After your geothermal bathing experience, head back to Akureyri feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.

* Moderate - Walking portions may be long and somewhat challenging with occasional step-ups, stairs and inclines. Total time walking or standing normally ranges from 1.5 to 3 hours.

WHALE-WATCHING SAFARI
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Natural World, Demanding*

WITNESS ICELAND’S MAJESTIC DISPLAY OF WILDLIFE
Observe some of nature’s most magnificent creatures as you embark on a sightseeing cruise off the Icelandic coast. Meet your guide at the pier and head out on an unforgettable journey to witness an array of marine life in the wild. Iceland has fast become known as the whale-watching capital of Northern Europe, and during your private cruise you will have the chance to view some of Iceland’s wildlife. Keep watch for sightings, often spotted approaching the bay to feed. Among those, you may find minke, fin and blue whales, and if you are lucky you may also get to see visiting humpback whales—easily identifiable by their enormous black-and-white pectoral fins and energetic acrobatic displays. A large number of seabirds are also regularly sighted along with other smaller marine mammals such as harbor porpoises and white-beaked dolphins, whose curiosity is often piqued by passing vessels.

* Demanding - Physically challenging activities, including extensive walks, hiking, riding, water sports, and high altitude activities. Activities by foot may contain difficult, unpaved surfaces and/or multiple stairs and steep inclines. Total time walking or standing may exceed 3 hours.

“WATERFALL OF THE GODS” & ICELANDIC FARM LIFE
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing, Moderate*

STUNNING GODAFOSS FALLS AND LAUFÁS MUSEUM
Admire the incredible “Waterfall of the Gods” and visit a folk museum detailing 19th-century Icelandic farm life. Travel along the slopes of Vadlaheidi mountain and through the Vaglaskógur forest—one of Iceland’s rare woodlands—to gaze upon the majestic natural wonder of Godafoss waterfall. According to legend, in the year 1000 AD, a pagan priest and chieftain declared Christianity the religion of Iceland; after converting, he took the statues of the pagan gods he once worshipped and threw them into the waterfall as a symbolic gesture. From then on, the waterfall was named “Godafoss.” Enjoy the view before continuing to the Laufás Museum, a 19th-century farmhouse built in the traditional Icelandic style of stone and turf. One of the last turf farms in the country, it contains many household and agricultural artifacts. Browse the collection, then make the return journey to your ship.

* Moderate - Walking portions may be long and somewhat challenging with occasional step-ups, stairs and inclines. Total time walking or standing normally ranges from 1.5 to 3 hours.

DIAMOND CIRCLE
DURATION: 7 HOURS 45 MINUTES
Natural World, Demanding*

VIEW GEOLOGICAL WONDERS OF NORTHERN ICELAND
Explore the Diamond Circle and see the region’s natural attractions during a full-day excursion. Meet your guide and embark on a scenic drive to the Dimmuborgir lava fields, known for their dramatic rock formations, with some reaching up to 65 feet high. Continue to Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall, and admire its cascade of water as it tumbles into the Jökulsárgljúfur. At the Hljóðaklettar—or Whispering Cliffs—marvel at the craters and basalt columns, formed by the flood waves of the Vatnajökull ice cap. After a delicious two-course lunch, head to Húsavík on the shores of Skjálfandi. This charming fishing town, a popular sight for whale watching, was the backdrop of the 2020 movie Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, starring Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams. After your tour, return to your awaiting ship.

* Demanding - Physically challenging activities, including extensive walks, hiking, riding, water sports, and high altitude activities. Activities by foot may contain difficult, unpaved surfaces and/or multiple stairs and steep inclines. Total time walking or standing may exceed 3 hours.

AKUREYRI ON HORSEBACK
DURATION: 2 HOURS
Active, Natural World, Demanding*

A RIDE THROUGH THE ICELANDIC COUNTRYSIDE
Immerse yourself in the scenery of Iceland’s natural landscapes as you take an invigorating horseback ride. Meet your guide and horse, don your riding helmet, then begin your leisurely ride along the scenic trail. Icelandic horses have been the subject of folk tales and poems for centuries. Tough and strong, yet tame in nature, they are known for their unique gaits, long manes and thick tails. They are isolated from other breeds; the law states that exported horses are barred from returning and the importation of horses is forbidden, resulting in a pure breed with unique characteristics. During your ride, your guide will point out interesting facts about your surroundings and tell you more about these docile creatures. After your ride, return to base and journey back to your awaiting ship.

Please note: maximum weight is 230 lbs. No previous riding experience is necessary.

* Demanding - Physically challenging activities, including extensive walks, hiking, riding, water sports, and high altitude activities. Activities by foot may contain difficult, unpaved surfaces and/or multiple stairs and steep inclines. Total time walking or standing may exceed 3 hours.

FOREST LAGOON GEOTHERMAL SPA
DURATION: 3 HOURS
Natural World, Easy*

ICELANDIC WELLNESS AND RELAXATION EXPERIENCE
Indulge in a wellness experience at the Forest Lagoon and enjoy the soothing benefits of its geothermal waters. Board your motor coach for a scenic drive as you enjoy stunning scenery and a day of relaxation in a woodland setting. Along the way, admire the vistas over the mountains and fjords with a stop at the Hlíðarfjall viewing point, a popular place to explore Iceland’s wilderness. Continue to the Vaðlaskógur forest, where your geothermal spa experience awaits. Enjoy the tranquility of your surroundings as you don your swimsuit and take a dip in their thermal waters—a rejuvenating experience for the body and soul. Refreshing beverages are available to purchase from one of the swim-up bars during your visit. Feeling reenergized, return to your coach and journey to your awaiting ship.

* Easy - Walking portions are generally over easy surfaces with few steps or inclines. Total time walking or standing is normally not longer than 1.5 hours.

BRÚNIR HORSE FARM
DURATION: 3 HOURS
Natural World, Local Life, Snack, Moderate*

ICELANDIC HORSE EXPERIENCE
Get up close to the four-legged residents of Iceland during a visit to an equestrian center. Board your motor coach and embark on a scenic drive through the Icelandic countryside to Brúnir Horse Farm. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by your hosts, who will introduce you to their equine friends. Take your place for a fascinating horse show, where the unique skills and qualities of the Icelandic horse are demonstrated and brought to life. After the show, you will be able to greet its stars and enjoy refreshments. Rejoin your coach and continue your excursion to the Holtsel Ice Cream Farm. Here, you will meet your host, enjoy a brief introduction to the farm’s history and sample some of its delicious ice cream, as you gaze across the field of happy cows. After your tour, return to your ship.

* Moderate - Walking portions may be long and somewhat challenging with occasional step-ups, stairs and inclines. Total time walking or standing normally ranges from 1.5 to 3 hours.

MOUNTAIN HIKE
DURATION: 5 HOURS 15 MINUTES
Active, Natural World, Snack, Demanding*

INVIGORATING TREK THROUGH ICELANDIC VALLEY
Lace up your boots and set out on a hike to experience the best of nature in northern Iceland. Embark on a scenic drive along the Arctic coast with beautiful views over the fjord and surrounding mountains. Your motor coach will then begin its ascent and climb the mountain pass, where your journey on foot will start. Head off the beaten track along remote trails that have been marked by mountain sheep, and walk down the hill into the “Valley of the Geese” where mountain springs flow, carrying the water to the ocean. You are free to dip your cupped hand and try a sip of the ice-cold springs. Cross the water, stepping from stone to stone and admire the heather and vegetation growing wild here. The trail then heads up hill, and the reward of your efforts will be unveiled; the views from atop are magnificent. After a break, stroll downhill and return to your ship.

* Demanding - Physically challenging activities, including extensive walks, hiking, riding, water sports, and high altitude activities. Activities by foot may contain difficult, unpaved surfaces and/or multiple stairs and steep inclines. Total time walking or standing may exceed 3 hours.

*Shore excursions vary by itinerary and are subject to change.

Ísafjördur, nestled at the foot of dramatic mountain slopes, is the capital and largest settlement on the Westfjords, a large peninsula in northwestern Iceland that is connected to the mainland by a wide isthmus. This rugged, unspoiled region is home to landscapes of breathtaking natural beauty, from jagged mountain peaks, to red- and gold-sand beaches, cascading waterfalls and Drangajökull, Iceland’s only expanding glacier. The Westfjords teem with birdlife; Látrabjarg, located on the peninsula’s western shores, is the site of one of Europe’s largest bird cliffs.

SHORE EXCURSIONS

ÍSAFJÖRDUR & BOLUNGARVÍK VILLAGE - INCLUDED
DURATION: 2 HOURS
Sightseeing, Easy*
HISTORY AND CULTURE OF THE WESTFJORDS PENINSULA
Discover the wild beauty of Iceland’s northwest corner, and the culture and history of the region’s small towns. Embark on a scenic drive around Ísafjördur, the principal town of the Westfjords peninsula. Surrounded by mountains that offer endless opportunities to enjoy nature and wilderness during all seasons of the year, the town is also known throughout the country for its rich cultural life. The fishing industry, however, has traditionally been the mainstay of the town and surrounding municipality, known as Ísafjardarbaer. Visit the Ósvör Maritime Museum, a fascinating replica of an old fishing outpost that offers a glimpse of how life treated the Icelandic fishermen until the beginning of the 20th century. Continue to Bolungarvík and enjoy a guided tour of the village before returning to Ísafjördur.

* Easy - Walking portions are generally over easy surfaces with few steps or inclines. Total time walking or standing is normally not longer than 1.5 hours.

VIGUR ISLAND
DURATION: 3 HOURS
Sightseeing, Special Interest, Snack, Moderate*

DIVERSE BIRDLIFE AND ISLAND HOSPITALITY
Set sail amid beautiful seascapes to an enchanting island with diverse birdlife and warm hospitality. You will depart Ísafjördur's harbor and sail the Djupfjord to the island of Vigur. The spear-shaped island has earned a strong reputation for bird-watching in Iceland, and is home to magnificent birdlife during early summer. Arctic terns often soar overhead, sharing their island home with puffins, eider ducks, and black guillemots. Despite being the second largest island in Ísafjördur Bay, the island has only 10 inhabitants, whose friendly welcome awaits you. You will meet the locals and learn how they live off the land by harvesting the down of the eider, a northern sea duck. The softest, lightest down in the world, eiderdown is extremely rare, in great demand and highly prized. You will also enjoy refreshments served by the farmer's family in a mid-19th-century home before your return sail to Ísafjördur.

* Moderate - Walking portions may be long and somewhat challenging with occasional step-ups, stairs and inclines. Total time walking or standing normally ranges from 1.5 to 3 hours.

SCENIC ÍSAFJÖRDUR BY KAYAK
DURATION: 2 HOURS
Active, Natural World, Demanding*

PADDLE THROUGH CALM WATERS AND EXPERIENCE NATURE
Discover the area’s natural beauty by kayak against a stunning backdrop of sweeping mountains. Meet your guide for the short drive to the kayak base, where you will don your life jacket and helmet and receive a safety briefing. Then, grab your paddle and head out into the calm waters of the Ísafjördur. This region has earned its reputation as the kayaking center of Iceland, and during this tour you will certainly discover why. Experience nature and the beauty of your surroundings as you gently glide your paddle through the water. A delight for nature fans and bird-watchers, you will have the opportunity to witness some of Iceland’s wildlife up close. Keep your eyes peeled for seals as their heads bob playfully in the water. Upon your return to base, you will board your motor coach and return to your ship.

* Demanding - Physically challenging activities, including extensive walks, hiking, riding, water sports, and high altitude activities. Activities by foot may contain difficult, unpaved surfaces and/or multiple stairs and steep inclines. Total time walking or standing may exceed 3 hours.

ICELAND’S SEAFOOD TRAIL
DURATION: 3 HOURS
Special Interest, Snack, Moderate*

LEARN ABOUT SUSTAINABLE FOOD SOURCING
Learn about the eco-friendly way of life and sustainable food production adopted in the remote village of Sudureyri Iceland’s Westfjords lie amid a rugged landscape, yet the inhabitants of their surrounding communities have embraced a sustainable way of life in order to maintain and secure their locally sourced food supply. Discover how the residents’ ingenuity has enabled them to adapt to their environment. During your tour, you will visit some of the village’s local retailers and innovators, and sample a selection of their delicious, freshly prepared produce. Meet some of the local fishermen and hear about their lives at sea. The speed and efficiency with which they work ensure that their local catch can be enjoyed within the community and reach the shelves of retailers across Europe just 36 hours later. After your tour, you will return to your awaiting ship.

* Moderate - Walking portions may be long and somewhat challenging with occasional step-ups, stairs and inclines. Total time walking or standing normally ranges from 1.5 to 3 hours.

DYNJANDI WATERFALL & SUSTAINABLE FISHING COMMUNITY
DURATION: 5 HOURS
Active, Natural World, Meal, Demanding*

STUNNING SCENERY OF ICELAND’S WESTFJORDS
Discover the remote beauty of the harsh Icelandic landscape in the Westfjords. Embark on a scenic drive by motor coach as your guide regales you with tales of Iceland’s Viking past. You will stop to witness the magnificent Dynjandi waterfall, the largest in the Westfjords and considered one of the most beautiful in Iceland. Should you choose, you may take the short walk to the edge of the waterfall and be rewarded with the sight of its bridal veil cascading over the ridge and 300 feet down to the water below. After time for refreshments, continue your tour to Sudureyri. In this tiny fishing village nestled in the remote Westfjords, you will see how the locals embrace a sustainable approach to food. Meet with residents and embark on a seafood trail of discovery as you enjoy a taste of Iceland’s finest export before returning to your ship.

* Demanding - Physically challenging activities, including extensive walks, hiking, riding, water sports, and high altitude activities. Activities by foot may contain difficult, unpaved surfaces and/or multiple stairs and steep inclines. Total time walking or standing may exceed 3 hours.

ICELANDIC LIFE AT LITLIBAER TURF FARM
DURATION: 3 HOURS 15 MINUTES
Local Life, Natural World, Moderate*

EXPLORE THE HEART OF ICELAND’S REMOTE COUNTRYSIDE
Enjoy the stunning scenery of Iceland’s landscape and visit a local turf farm to learn about how locals once lived. Drive along the Ísafjardardjúp, Iceland’s largest fjord, and admire the stunning scenery from the comfort of your motor coach. After a photo stop, arrive at the remote Litlibaer turf farm; its location in the remote Icelandic countryside offers spectacular vistas and the chance to witness local wildlife in their natural habitat. Keep your eyes peeled for friendly seals lounging on the rocks. Meet your host and learn about life here in the early 1900s, and gain insight into how residents survived in such harsh conditions. Watch a demonstration and try your hand at churning fresh cream into butter. After a tour of the farm, return to your awaiting ship.

* Moderate - Walking portions may be long and somewhat challenging with occasional step-ups, stairs and inclines. Total time walking or standing normally ranges from 1.5 to 3 hours.

ÍSAFJÖRDUR BY ATV
DURATION: 2 HOURS
Active, Sightseeing, Demanding*

SWEEPING VIEWS OF THE CITY AND SURROUNDING FJORD
Ascend into hard-to-reach places and admire panoramic views around Ísafjördur on an exhilarating ATV excursion. Meet your guide and get outfitted with the necessary gear. After a short introduction to your two-person all-terrain vehicle and safety briefing, start your engines and drive out into the rugged terrain of the Westfjords peninsula. As you travel along old gravel paths, you will ascend into the mountains at a leisurely pace. Immerse yourself in your remote location and bask in the serene beauty that surrounds you. Stop to enjoy magnificent views over the port city of Ísafjördur and the stunning Skutulsfjördur. Relish your bird’s-eye view, perhaps taking photographs, before boarding your ATV and making the return journey down into Ísafjördur and back to your ship. Please note: A valid driver’s license is necessary to drive an ATV.

* Demanding - Physically challenging activities, including extensive walks, hiking, riding, water sports, and high altitude activities. Activities by foot may contain difficult, unpaved surfaces and/or multiple stairs and steep inclines. Total time walking or standing may exceed 3 hours.

WHALE WATCHING BY RIB
DURATION: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Natural World, Active, Demanding*

SEEK OUT ONE OF THE LARGEST OCEAN MAMMALS ON EARTH
Head out into the open waters of one of Iceland’s largest fjords in search of the gentle giants of the sea. Meet your guide and climb on board your RIB—a speedy open vessel that brings you closer to nature. Though sightings can never be guaranteed, the chances of spotting whales here are excellent. Cruise into open waters, where your captain will cut off the engine and his expert eyes will guide your gaze toward any whale activity; you may see a spout of water rise, or a swish of a tail as it breaks the ocean surface. Also, keep your eyes peeled for puffins or a playful seal as their heads bob above the water. Nature’s breathtaking views will be on full display. Please note: It can be quite cold on the open waters so dress warmly.

* Demanding - Physically challenging activities, including extensive walks, hiking, riding, water sports, and high altitude activities. Activities by foot may contain difficult, unpaved surfaces and/or multiple stairs and steep inclines. Total time walking or standing may exceed 3 hours.

MODERN TASTE OF ÍSAFJÖRDUR
DURATION: 1 HOUR
Culinary, Moderate*

SAMPLE ÍSAFJÖRDUR’S RENOWNED DELICACIES
Set out on a tasting journey through Iceland’s diverse gastronomic scene. Meet your knowledgeable guide and take a stroll as you hear about the some of the town’s gourmet offerings. At your first stop, step inside the first dairy factory in Iceland to make lactose free products and enjoy a taste of some of their produce. Continue to one of the country’s leading dry fish processors, where you will sample dried fish. At a local chocolatier, delight in handcrafted chocolate with hand-harvested seasalt and mountain herbs, then cap your gastronomic journey with a visit to Dokkan brugghús, a local brewery and producer of craft beer, and sip a section of selected brews. After your tour, you may choose to return to your ship with your guide, or stay to enjoy more of this microbrewery’s offerings, before returning to your ship.

* Moderate - Walking portions may be long and somewhat challenging with occasional step-ups, stairs and inclines. Total time walking or standing normally ranges from 1.5 to 3 hours.

HESTEYRI BY BOAT
DURATION: 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing, Snack, Moderate*

VISIT A REMOTE UNINHABITED VILLAGE
Set sail for Hesteryi, once a thriving fishing village in the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve. Meet your skipper and crew, board your vessel and after a short safety briefing, head out into the fjord. Up until the late 1940s, 80 residents lived here without electricity, telecommunications, or established infrastructure. By 1952, all inhabitants had left in search of a new life on the mainland, leaving behind a beautiful wilderness where time has stood still for decades. Enjoy a walking tour of the village and see the restored buildings that now serve as guest houses, allowing visitors to experience this remote part of Iceland. Enjoy refreshments at the Old Doctor’s house, before returning to your boat and sailing back to Ísafjördur and your awaiting ship.

* Moderate - Walking portions may be long and somewhat challenging with occasional step-ups, stairs and inclines. Total time walking or standing normally ranges from 1.5 to 3 hours.

ÍSAFJÖRDUR & THE ÖNUNDAFJÖRDUR - INCLUDED
DURATION: 2 HOURS
Sightseeing, Moderate*

SCENIC FJORD VISTAS AND QUAINT ICELANDIC TOWN
Visit the coastal village of Flateyri and view the golden sands and dunes of Holt Beach. Meet your guide and embark on a scenic drive along the picturesque Önundafjördur. Arrive at Holt Beach and pause for photos of the sweeping bay, with its remote beach, tranquil waters and mountains that form a protective circle around the fjord. The grassland area is a breeding ground for eider ducks, who nest here during the early summer months. Visit the village of Flateyri and take a stroll around its harbor. This small town has a long history dating back to the 9th century; it was once a major fishing and trading center, and many of the historic buildings here reflect this legacy. En route back to your ship, you will stop at a viewing point for photos of the beautiful vistas over the fjord.

* Moderate - Walking portions may be long and somewhat challenging with occasional step-ups, stairs and inclines. Total time walking or standing normally ranges from 1.5 to 3 hours.

*Shore excursions vary by itinerary and are subject to change.

Sail the Atlantic Ocean, divided in half, north to south, by the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Longer than the Rockies, the Himalayas and the Andes combined, this underwater mountain range is the longest on Earth. As you sail, explore our well-curated library, tucked in a private alcove of The Living Room, and select from a broad range of titles. Read a book by the Main Pool, a calming oasis in any weather with its retractable roof, allowing for year-round swimming.

Nanortalik is nestled on an island near the mouth of a fjord on the southwestern shores of Greenland. It was established in 1770, though a small group of Vikings led by Erik the Red first arrived in the 10th century and called it “Grœnland,” or Greenland, in hopes of attracting more settlers. Today, the Inuit people dominate this austere and picturesque landscape and hold fast to their long Inuit traditions by fishing for crab, hunting hooded seals and welcoming visitors with a festive kaffe-mik, a coffee party with plenty of their famed Greenlandic cake.

SHORE EXCURSIONS

NANORTALIK & ITS FASCINATING MUSEUM - INCLUDED
DURATION: 5 HOURS
Active, Moderate*

LEGACIES OF AN OLD DANISH COLONY
Experience the tranquil setting of Nanortalik at your leisure, and visit the open air Nanortalik Museum. You will disembark amid starkly beautiful vistas, a treeless landscape near the mouth of the Tasermiut Fjord overlooked by the dramatic contours of towering peaks. Wander the charming streets on your own, perhaps passing the quaint wooden Nanortalik Church, built by the Danes in 1916. In the old colonial port, visit the open air Nanortalik Museum, one of the most interesting museums in Greenland. As you wander among old trade buildings on the harbor, observe the simplicity of life in the Danish colony that thrived here in the 19th and 20th centuries. You will also see artifacts from the old Inuit culture and the Norse settlements of 982 AD, including turf huts and fur boats. Note that the museum is prone to occasional congestion.

* Moderate - Walking portions may be long and somewhat challenging with occasional step-ups, stairs and inclines. Total time walking or standing normally ranges from 1.5 to 3 hours.

NANORTALIK BY FOOT
DURATION: 2 HOURS 15 MINUTES
Sightseeing, Snack, Moderate*

FISH MARKET, NANORTALIK MUSEUM AND TRADITIONAL KAFFEMIK CELEBRATION
Gain insight into the daily life and culture of Greenlanders during a guided walking excursion around Nanortalik. Head to the kalaalimeerniarfik, or fish market, and stroll among the stalls where local hunters and fishermen sell their daily catches. Pass by the brightly painted buildings that dot the cityscape en route to the open air Nanortalik Museum, located in the old colonial port. As you wander among the historic trade buildings located along the harbor, observe the simplicity of life in the Danish colony that thrived here during the 19th and 20th centuries. You will also see cultural artifacts from the indigenous Inuit and the Norse settlements of 982 AD, including turf huts and fur boats. Afterward, visit the home of a resident and enjoy the Greenlandic tradition of kaffemik. Sample local cakes and buns, plus dried fish and seal meat, while sipping on a coffee or tea and conversing with your host.

* Moderate - Walking portions may be long and somewhat challenging with occasional step-ups, stairs and inclines. Total time walking or standing normally ranges from 1.5 to 3 hours.

TASERMIUT FJORD
DURATION: 4 HOURS
Natural World, Snack, Moderate*

SCENIC BOAT RIDE THROUGH A FJORD AND ANCIENT MONASTERY RUINS
Discover Greenland’s natural beauty and the ruins of an ancient monastery during a trip through Tasermiut Fjord. Measuring more than 43 miles in length, this picturesque fjord is lined with rugged, sky-high mountain peaks that are reflected in the frigid waters that make their way to the open sea. Meet your guide and captain, then board your comfortable heated boat to begin your journey inland. Pause along the way for spectacular photos of Naajaat Nuuat and the Suikkassuaq Mountains. You will also stop at Klosterdalen (Monastery Valley), nestled in the shadow of three mountain ranges. Here, you may view the remains of a Viking-era monastery built by Nordic settlers. Continue on to the Qinngua Valley, where you will disembark your boat and have an opportunity to explore on your own. Afterward, return to your vessel and travel back to your ship in Nanortalik.

* Moderate - Walking portions may be long and somewhat challenging with occasional step-ups, stairs and inclines. Total time walking or standing normally ranges from 1.5 to 3 hours.

IN SEARCH OF ICEBERGS
DURATION: 1 HOUR
Natural World, Easy*

GET UP CLOSE TO FLOATING NATURAL WONDERS
Cruise the frigid waters off the coast of Greenland in search of magnificent icebergs. In the spring and summer, the coastline and fjords surrounding Nanortalik can be dominated by these floating freshwater masses. Those that measure more than 16 feet across are called icebergs, while smaller ones are known as “growlers” or “bergy bits.” Meet your knowledgeable guide, who will talk about Greenland’s inner icecap and provide a sample of glacier water for you to drink. Then, set out into the sea for an opportunity to see the icebergs up close. If your skilled captain thinks it is safe, he will get you close enough to one that you will be able to touch it. Your guide will provide details about the ice and the local wildlife that depend on it for survival. As you cruise, keep watch for passing whales and seals before returning to shore.

* Easy - Walking portions are generally over easy surfaces with few steps or inclines. Total time walking or standing is normally not longer than 1.5 hours.

*Shore excursions vary by itinerary and are subject to change.

Qaqortoq is a repository of Viking, Inuit and Danish history. Greenland’s largest and best-preserved Viking settlement lies 12 miles out of town at Hvalsey, established by Erik the Red’s uncle in the 10th century. The Inuit soon followed, and left behind many artifacts from their early days. The Danish colonial era, too, is finely reflected in historic buildings, including an 1804 blacksmith’s shop and the harborside 1797 black tar log building. Qaqortoq lends itself to leisurely strolls and its spectacular setting attracts outdoor enthusiasts.

SHORE EXCURSIONS

QAQORTOQ WALKING TOUR (INCLUDED)
DURATION: 1 HOUR 30 MINUTES
Shopping, Sightseeing, Active, Moderate*

SET YOUR OWN PACE IN THIS CHARMING SEASIDE TOWN
Explore the history, culture and lifestyles of coastal Greenland during a self-guided walking tour. Viking will provide a map to get you oriented to this tiny town and local guides will greet you at meeting points to provide insight. From your ship, walk to the town square, where colonial-era buildings evoke early days of Danish settlement. Browse the fish and meat market before continuing to the Old Church, or “Annaasisup Oqaluffia,” built in 1832. Inside, admire original paintings from the mid-19th-century. Later, stroll past recreations of the stone-and-peat houses used by the Inuit people until the 1970s. Pass the New Church to see the supermarket, and perhaps pause at the Arctic Café restaurant. You can proceed to the Bench of Love on Vatican Hill before viewing the town’s 30 “Stone and Man” sculptures, each carved by local and Scandinavian artists. From here, your ship is a short walk away.

* Moderate - Walking portions may be long and somewhat challenging with occasional step-ups, stairs and inclines. Total time walking or standing normally ranges from 1.5 to 3 hours.

AN INTIMATE GLIMPSE OF LIFE IN GREENLAND
DURATION: 1 HOUR 30 MINUTES
Local Life, Snack, Active, Moderate*

ENJOY LOCAL HOSPITALITY IN AN WELCOMING SETTING
Get to know some local Greenlanders as you are invited into their home. You will meet your guide at our pier and take a short guided walk through Qaqortoq. Upon arrival at your host’s home, enjoy a warm greeting and a brief tour of the house, after which you will enjoy coffee or tea and home-prepared cakes. Your guide will serve as your interpreter throughout your visit as you exchange stories with your new friends who long ago adapted to calling Greenland home. Admire the national costume made by the women of the household, on display for your visit. Throughout your stay, you can inquire about the home, your hosts’ lifestyle and local landmarks. You just might find that you have quite a bit in common. Note that you will need to walk about ¾-mile over uneven terrain; also, it is customary to remove your shoes before entering a private home.

* Moderate - Walking portions may be long and somewhat challenging with occasional step-ups, stairs and inclines. Total time walking or standing normally ranges from 1.5 to 3 hours.

GREAT GREENLAND FURHOUSE
DURATION: 2 HOURS
Special Interest, Working World, Active, Moderate*

THE HISTORY AND PRODUCTION OF GREENLAND'S PRIZED FUR
See firsthand how Greenland’s prized fur is made during a tour of the inside workings of a furhouse. The fur trade, though illegal in some countries, is big business in Greenland, and the Great Greenland Furhouse is one of the country’s biggest employers. You will meet your guide at our pier and walk together to the facility. During your tour, you will learn about the history, production, processing, distribution and valuation of Greenland fur and sealskins. View skins of polar bear, seal, caribou, reindeer, musk ox and lamb. Continue past the cleaning area to the sorting room, where workers determine the quality of skins and sort them into different piles. In the workroom, watch as seamstresses sew beautiful coats, jackets, mittens, slippers and other items from quality sealskin, a crucial part of the colorful national costume. After this fascinating tour, return to your ship by foot.

* Moderate - Walking portions may be long and somewhat challenging with occasional step-ups, stairs and inclines. Total time walking or standing normally ranges from 1.5 to 3 hours.

*Shore excursions vary by itinerary and are subject to change.

Follow in the footsteps of intrepid Viking Leif Eriksson who famously crossed this stretch of water to become the first European to land on North American shores. Meet fellow guests and listen to the soothing sounds of classical music in The Living Room, an ideal setting for relaxation. Enjoy a cup of coffee or sip on a refreshing cocktail.

L’Anse aux Meadows is the site of the first Norse settlement in the Americas. Leif Eriksson’s voyage from Greenland in the late 10th century predated Columbus by 500 years. Proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978, the ancient village Eriksson founded provides fascinating insight into the day-to-day lives of Vikings. Each of its dwellings was constructed of a wood frame covered in sod. The site was uncovered in 1960, when a village local pointed out a series of mounds in the earth that he and his neighbors had always believed to be an ancient Native American camp.

VIKING EXPERIENCE - INCLUDED
DURATION: 3 HOURS
Sightseeing, UNESCO, Active, Demanding*

THE FIRST EUROPEAN OUTPOST OF THE NEW WORLD
Visit the remarkable ancient settlement founded by Vikings more than 1,000 years ago. Here, at L’Anse aux Meadows, Leif Eriksson, son of Erik the Red, was the first European to set foot on American soil. The Viking originally called his discovery “Vinland,” which many believe translates from Old Norse into “land of meadows.” You will tour this finely restored village with your guide, gaining immeasurable insight into what life was like for the continent’s first Norse explorers. See the sod houses, constructed of soil packed over wooden frames, and see evidence of carpentry and ironsmith workshops. You will also learn about the 1960 discovery of the site by the adventurer Helge Ingstad and his wife, archaeologist Anne Stine Ingstad. En route back to your ship, stop to visit the recreated Viking village of Norstead to learn more about life in these northern reaches one millennium ago.

* Demanding - Physically challenging activities, including extensive walks, hiking, riding, water sports, and high altitude activities. Activities by foot may contain difficult, unpaved surfaces and/or multiple stairs and steep inclines. Total time walking or standing may exceed 3 hours.

THE NORTH COAST
DURATION: 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing, Natural World, Easy*

TOUR NEWFOUNDLAND’S DRAMATIC COAST BY FISHING BOAT
Join a local family on their fishing boat for a scenic sail among sea life and coastal cliffs. You will meet your guide for a picturesque drive to St. Anthony, on the northern tip of the Great Northern Peninsula. Then meet your hosts, the Alcock family, on board their 47-passenger Cape Islander,and set off along the coast near Fishing Point. During your excursion, you might see humpback whales, which typically stay along the coast in September. Keep your eyes open, too, for dolphins, seals, sea turtles and minke, fin and orca whales. As you explore the coast and keep watch for spouts, the Alcocks will regale you with tales both real and rumored in this land of Vikings, moose, salmon and caribou. After a two-hour cruise and an enriching up-close view of this remote and tranquil coastline, you will bid your new friends farewell and return to your ship.

* Easy - Walking portions are generally over easy surfaces with few steps or inclines. Total time walking or standing is normally not longer than 1.5 hours.

DOCTOR TO THE NORTH: THE GRENFELL LEGACY
DURATION: 4 HOURS
Sightseeing, Easy*

LEARN ABOUT A PHYSICIAN’S LIFE OF ADVENTURE AND PHILANTHROPY
Journey to St. Anthony, the staging post for many northern expeditions by Artic explorers racing to the North Pole. This excursion features a visit to the Grenfell Interpretation Center, which chronicles the inspiring life of Sir Wilfred Grenfell, the young English doctor who visited St. Anthony in 1892 and founded the Grenfell Mission. Dr. Grenfell was renowned for bringing medicine and education to the Inuit and European settlers along the harsh Labrador Coast. His adventures were required reading in eastern Canada and taught valuable lessons to rural schoolchildren. His tales of courage and charitable efforts made him a friend of American presidents and governors, as well as European royalty. You will also visit his home, where you can view the artifacts gathered from a life of Arctic adventure and global philanthropy.

* Easy - Walking portions are generally over easy surfaces with few steps or inclines. Total time walking or standing is normally not longer than 1.5 hours.

*Shore excursions vary by itinerary and are subject to change.

Follow in the footsteps of 10th-century Vikings and sail the vast Gulf of St. Lawrence, an outlet for the North American Great Lakes into the Atlantic Ocean via the St. Lawrence Seaway. As you sail today, attend an informative lecture or watch a film in our state-of-the-art theater. A range of insightful TED Talks and destination-inspired seminars are offered daily.

Halifax exudes a fine European air and lies along the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. Visitors by sea are greeted by the 1758 Sambro Island Lighthouse, the oldest surviving beacon in North America. In the harborside Historic Properties district, grand and charming stone buildings built in the 18th and 19th centuries grace the cobblestone streets. The city grew up around Citadel Hill, where Fort George protected the harbor. The fortress, along with the adjacent stately Halifax Town Clock, has been gloriously restored and preserved.

SHORE EXCURSIONS

SIGHTSEEING HOP-ON/HOP-OFF BY DOUBLE-DECKER - INCLUDED
DURATION: 1 HOUR 30 MINUTES
Sightseeing, Easy*

HISTORIC HALIFAX AT YOUR OWN PACE
See historic treasures of Halifax on a hop-on/hop-off tour that lets you explore the sights that most interest you. You will meet one of the city’s distinctive double-decker tour buses at our berth. Its 11-mile loop takes you around the city, alighting your bus as you please to explore sites like the Old Burying Ground, Public Gardens, St. Mary’s Basilica, and St. George’s Round Church. You might also peruse the excellent exhibits at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, or stop at the Fairview Lawn Cemetery to learn about the final resting place of more than 100 victims of the RMS Titanic. Tours make their rounds every 15 to 30 minutes, giving you time to linger at whatever sites you would like. Along the way, you will learn about Halifax’s fascinating history and culture from onboard local guides. Admission cost to the city’s various venues is not included.

* Easy - Walking portions are generally over easy surfaces with few steps or inclines. Total time walking or standing is normally not longer than 1.5 hours.

THE BEST OF HALIFAX
DURATION: 7 HOURS
Sightseeing, Meal, Active, Demanding*

THE CITY’S CHERISHED LANDMARKS IN A DAY
Witness the scenic and historic corners of Halifax during this comprehensive excursion. Drive with your guide to Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia’s famously picturesque fishing village and lighthouse. After time to explore the rugged shore, visit Acadian Maple, where you can sample the area’s celebrated syrup. Back in Halifax, pause at the Fairview Lawn Cemetery to honor 121 victims of the Titanic disaster. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, then take a stroll through the Public Gardens, a lush Victorian oasis, before heading up to Citadel Hill, a national historic site. Take in the spectacular views from the summit, then reboard your motor coach for a scenic drive back to your awaiting ship.

* Demanding - Physically challenging activities, including extensive walks, hiking, riding, water sports, and high altitude activities. Activities by foot may contain difficult, unpaved surfaces and/or multiple stairs and steep inclines. Total time walking or standing may exceed 3 hours.

COASTAL DRIVE TO PEGGY’S COVE
DURATION: 3 HOURS
Sightseeing, Shopping, Natural World, Active, Moderate*

A PICTURE-POSTCARD SEASIDE VILLAGE & LIGHTHOUSE
Journey to the quaint fishing village of Peggy's Cove, steeped in Atlantic sea air and a simple seafaring heritage. Drive with your guide along the winding scenic coastal highway affectionately known as the Lighthouse Route. Upon arrival at Peggy's Cove, you may join an optional walking tour past colorful houses and fishing shacks perched along the rocky shore, with spectacular views of the roiling Atlantic beachhead. During your stroll, learn more about the local delicacy, lobster. Continue to the most photographed lighthouse in the world, part of a breathtaking seascape that you will also see depicted in a granite sculpture by local artist William deGarthe. There will be time to wander this rocky shore on your own (be sure to wear sturdy shoes with rubber soles), ponder the unusual rock formations forged by glaciers and browse the village shops before returning to your ship.

* Moderate - Walking portions may be long and somewhat challenging with occasional step-ups, stairs and inclines. Total time walking or standing normally ranges from 1.5 to 3 hours.

HALIFAX HIGHLIGHTS WITH CITADEL FORTRESS
DURATION: 3 HOURS
Sightseeing, Active, Moderate*

THE AREA’S FIRST PERMANENT EUROPEAN COLONY
Explore one of North America’s most captivating cities, with an extended visit to the hilltop Citadel. You will meet your guide, who will be wearing an ancestral kilt, and drive to the Public Gardens, a 17-acre haven of flowerbeds, duck ponds, cascading fountains and Victorian footpaths. Continue to the Halifax Citadel, one of Canada’s most beloved National Historic Sites. Perched atop a natural drumlin overlooking the city and harbor, it has never been attacked. Today, it is beautifully restored to its Victorian-era glory. You will see the barracks and magazines and enjoy an informative audiovisual presentation. Later, visit the Historic Properties of Privateers’ Wharf. With ten of the city’s oldest buildings among them, these warehouses were key to Halifax’s early prosperity. You will also pass Province House, home to the Nova Scotia legislature, the Scotiabank Center arena, the Old Town Clock and picturesque residential areas before returning to your ship.

* Moderate - Walking portions may be long and somewhat challenging with occasional step-ups, stairs and inclines. Total time walking or standing normally ranges from 1.5 to 3 hours.

LUNENBERG
DURATION: 7 HOURS
Sightseeing, Meal, Shopping, UNESCO, Moderate*

“THE PRETTIEST TOWN IN CANADA”
Enjoy a walking tour through Canada's best example of a planned British colonial settlement. Once one of the busiest shipbuilding cities in the world, Lunenberg remains a bustling fishing port of extraordinary beauty. Its historic core is both a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a National Historic Site of Canada. Drive with your guide and walk along the working waterfront, hearing about its seafaring heritage as you stroll. Explore on your own, perhaps peeking into some artist-owned galleries, before sitting down for lunch at a local restaurant overlooking the harbor. Next, take a short scenic drive along the coast to the resort town of Mahone Bay, another old shipbuilding town hugging its eponymous bay. Enjoy a stop for photos at the picturesque Three Churches, an iconic symbol of Nova Scotia. Enjoy free time to stroll the Main Street before returning to your ship.

* Moderate - Walking portions may be long and somewhat challenging with occasional step-ups, stairs and inclines. Total time walking or standing normally ranges from 1.5 to 3 hours.

TALL SHIP HARBOR SAIL
DURATION: 2 HOURS
Sightseeing, Moderate*

SCENIC SIGHTS AND LOCAL FARE ON BOARD A THREE-MASTED SCHOONER
Enjoy striking views of Halifax’s harbor while leisurely cruising on board a classic three-masted steel schooner. Take a short walk along the pier to your vessel, the Tall Ship Silva. Originally built in 1939, the Silva was a general cargo hauler and bulk freighter for five decades before its decommissioning; it was subsequently restored, renovated and launched as a charter tour ship. Once on board, receive a safety briefing, then relax as your crew unfurls the sails and you head out into the harbor. Revel in the sweeping views of Halifax’s coastline as your guide highlights points of interest. During your cruise, enjoy soft drinks and coffee or tea while listening to a toe-tapping performance by a local fiddler. After you return to the pier, you may choose to explore Halifax independently or walk back to your ship.

* Moderate - Walking portions may be long and somewhat challenging with occasional step-ups, stairs and inclines. Total time walking or standing normally ranges from 1.5 to 3 hours.

THE KITCHEN TABLE
DURATION: 2 HOURS
Culinary, Moderate*

JOIN OUR EXECUTIVE CHEF FOR A UNIQUE, MARKET-TO-TABLE EXPERIENCE
Immerse yourself in local culture and cuisine as our Executive Chef leads you on an interactive culinary adventure. In the morning, you will travel by mini-coach to the local market to handpick ingredients under the guidance of our Chef. Later this evening, you will dine on regional dishes prepared by our experienced culinary team, using produce from the market. As you and your fellow guests enjoy this delicious creation at The Kitchen Table, you will also observe the art of plating with each dish. From fresh market fare to cooking techniques and elegant presentation, experience firsthand how your ship’s world-class culinary staff brings distinct, local flavors from the market to your taste buds. It is an unforgettable, one-of-a-kind opportunity to shop, interact and dine with the masters.

* Moderate - Walking portions may be long and somewhat challenging with occasional step-ups, stairs and inclines. Total time walking or standing normally ranges from 1.5 to 3 hours.

*Shore excursions vary by itinerary and are subject to change.

Sail legendary waters, where medieval Europeans believed “there be dragons” beyond the ocean’s horizon. Renew your body, mind and spirit in our Scandinavian-inspired spa, a Nordic sanctuary of holistic wellness, today while at sea. Whether you unwind in the Sauna, refresh in the Snow Grotto or take a dip in the Thermal Pool, you will feel recharged and revitalized.

New York City is at once romantic and exhilarating. From the robust streets of Lower Manhattan’s financial district to the intimate warrens of Greenwich Village, the city overflows with culture, cuisine and architectural beauty. New York is for everyone. Music lovers marvel at Carnegie Hall or catch a 1920s-style jazz and blues show in Harlem. Romantics board a horse-drawn carriage in Central Park. Art lovers browse the Museum of Modern Art or the Guggenheim. And theatergoers attend the greatest shows in the world on Broadway, amid the glitter of Times Square. After breakfast, disembark your ship and journey home.

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May-18

New York City, New York to Bergen FROM
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MORE FEATURES, SERVICES AND EXCURSIONS INCLUDED

  • One complimentary shore excursion in every port of call
  • Free Wi-Fi (connection speed may vary)
  • Beer, wine & soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner
  • 24-hour specialty coffees, teas  & bottled water
  • Port taxes & fees
  • Ground transfers with Viking Air purchase
  • Visits to UNESCO Sites
  • Enrichment lectures & Destination Performances
  • Complimentary access to The Nordic Spa & Fitness Center.
  • Self-service launderettes
  • Alternative restaurant dining at no extra charge
  • 24-hour room service
  • Onboard gratuities

YOUR STATEROOM INCLUDES:

  • King-size Viking Explorer Bed with luxury linen
  • 42? flat-screen LCD TV with intuitive remote & complimentary Movies On Demand
  • Large private bathroom with spacious glass-enclosed shower, heated floor, anti-fog mirror & hair dryer
  • Premium Freyja® toiletries
  • Direct-dial satellite phone & cell service
  • Security safe
  • 110/220 volt outlets
  • Ample USB ports

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