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Iceland & Norway

Iceland & Norway

Iceland & Norway

Iceland & Norway

Iceland & Norway with M/S Pacific Princess

16 DAYS

Aug 25, 2019

FROM $ *PP

INCLUDES: Cruise | Guided Sightseeing Tours | Meals | Entertainment

Visit ports in Iceland, Norway and the UK over 16 days with the Pacific Princess.

INCLUSIONS

A cruise from/to Dover (London) on board the Pacific Princess
Accommodation in the cabin category you booked
All shipboard main meals (excluding specialty restaurants)
Most entertainment onboard

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Day 1

Dover (London), England, United Kingdom Embarkment

Dover is a historical port town in Kent, South East England. It is the narrowest part f the English channel, looking over the strait of Dover towards France, meaning it has always been a place on immigration and emigration from the UK. It is also known for it's iconic surrounding chalk cliffs known as the White Cliffs of Dover.

Highlights of Dover:

  • The White Cliffs of Dover
  • Dover Castle
  • Dover Transport Museum

 

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Day 2

Cruising

At Sea

 

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Day 3

Stavanger, Norway

Norway's fourth largest city, Stavanger lies at the mouth of the Gandsfjord. The old port, attests to the sea's enduring role in Norwegian history. Here, Vikings once sailed on voyages of conquest and exploration. In later centuries, the port served as a major hub for Norway's mercantile and fishing fleets. By the mid-20th century, however, Stavanger had fallen on hard times as the fishing grounds dwindled. In 1969, the discovery of North Sea oil opened a new chapter in Stavanger's history.

Highlights of Stavanger:

  • Lysefjord Cruise
  • Old Stavanger
  • Jernaldegarden (Iron Age Farm)
  • Utstein Kloster
  • Petroleum Museum
  • Stavanger Cathedral
  • Ullandhaug Viewpoint
  • Flor og Fjære Gardens
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Day 4

Cruising

At Sea

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Day 5

Seydisfjordur, Iceland

Considered the cultural capital of Eastern Iceland, Seydisfjordur lies at the head of a narrow fjord flanked by high mountains. This town of some 700 souls achieved municipal status in 1895, the first town in the East of Iceland to do so. The city is also the terminus for the ferry service linking Iceland to the Faeroe Islands and Denmark. Seydisfjordur is your gateway to the wild and isolated scenery of the Eastern Fjords. In myth, these narrow bays and towering mountains were once the home of trolls, elves and ogres.

(Tender Required), (Wheelchair Access Limited)

Highlights of Seydisfjordur:

  • Borgarfjörður Eystri
  • Hafnarhólmi
  • War Years Museum
  • Maritime Museum
  • Hengifoss Waterfall
  • Seyðisfjörður
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Day 6

Akureyri, Iceland

Akureyri is a city with an approximate population of 18,000, located in northern Iceland. The city is known for having a stunning natural landscape, which means that there are many opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities. One of the most unique opportunities which can be enjoyed in Akureyri is the chance to witness the Northern Lights between September and April. Akureyri is located at the base of the Eyjafjordur, another example of the stunning natural surroundings.

Highlights of Akureyri:

  • Try out some skiing and snowboarding at Hlidarfjall
  • The Botantical Gardens are not to be missed
  • Visit the Old Town, the city's cultural quarter
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Day 7

Grundarfjordur, Iceland

Sailing into Grundarfjordur, one travels into Iceland's heroic past, for this township - village really - is one of the oldest settlements on the island. The imposing landscape with its austere mountains, volcanoes and lava fields provided the dramatic setting for one of Iceland's cultural treasures, the sagas. Composed in the 10 and 11th centuries, the Icelandic sagas represent one of the oldest literary traditions in Western Europe. They are tales of migration and settlement, war and blood feud, Christianity versus the old dark gods of Norse mythology. In Grundarfjordur, the world of the saga is still present. One can tread the "Berserkers' Path" or climb the hillock called Helgafell, the "Holy Hill" mentioned in the Laxdæla saga where Vikings once worshipped Thor. Much of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula is a national park. The park's centerpiece is the mighty Snæfellsjokull, an imposing stratovolcano with flanks buried beneath a glacial flow. The mountain is a frequent setting in Icelandic myth. The peninsula is also a birdwatcher's paradise.

(Tender Required), (Wheelchair Access Limited)

Highlights of Grundarfjordur:

  • Djupalonssandur
  • Arnarstapi
  • Helgafell
  • Bjarnarhofn Shark Farm
  • Stykkisholmur
  • Beidafjordur Cruise
  • Berserkergata
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Day 8

Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik, with a population of approximately 120,00 may not be the biggest European capital, but it is widely regarded as an exciting destination and Icelands cultural and economic center, having been established as a city in the 18th century. Reykjavik provides the perfect base for exploring nearby landmarks such as fjords, glaciers and more. There are strong connections between the city and the Vikings, with many visible signs still remaining today, such as the Longhouse at Hofsstaðir Historic Park.

Highlights of Reykjavik:

  • Delve into Reykjaviks Viking connections at Hofsstaðir
  • Learn the city's history at the National Museum
  • Explore the art at the Harpa Art Center in Laugavegur
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Day 9

Cruising

At Sea

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Day 10

Cruising

At Sea

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Day 11

Alesund, Norway

The island of Giske is the reputed birthplace of the great Viking Rollo, who laid siege to Paris and founded the Duchy of Normandy. William the Conqueror was his grandson. In 1904, a massive fire destroyed 800 buildings in this fishing port. Germany's Kaiser Wilhelm II responded with immediate aid, and Ålesund was reborn. Not surprisingly, the town was rebuilt in the then-popular Art Nouveau style known as Jugendstil. The result is one of the prettiest ports in Norway. Buildings with elegant turrets and spires can be seen lining the streets of the city center. Today, the city is one of Norway's most important fishing harbors and the world's largest supplier of stockfish (Klippfisk) - dried cod. Alesund's major attractions are the surrounding fjords and the stunning Sunnmøre Alps.

Hightlights of Alesund:

  • Mt Aksla
  • Valldal
  • Sunnmøre Museum
  • Atlantic Ocean Marine Park
  • Trollveggen
  • Giske Island
  • Godøy Island
  • Jugendstil Museum
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Day 12

Flåm, Norway

Lying at the head of Aurlandsfjord, this small village of some 400 people is surrounded by snowcapped mountains, isolated farmsteads and waterfalls. Flåm also boasts the extraordinary Flåms Railway. One of the most dramatic train rides in Europe, the Flåm Railway takes an hour to cover 10 miles, hugging cliffs, plunging through tunnels and pausing for its passengers to admire the views as it ascends the Flåm Valley to Myrdal, a desolate mountain plateau. Completed in 2000, the 16-mile-long Aurland-Lærdal Tunnel is the world's longest traffic tunnel. It burrows beneath the mountains connecting Flåm and Lærdal on the Sognefjord.

Highlights of Flåm:

  • Flåm Railway
  • Aurlandfjord & Valley
  • Nærøyfjord
  • Voss
  • Lærdal (Lærdal, Borgund Stavkirke)
  • Flåm River
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Day 13

Bergen, Norway

Bergen has played a crucial role in Norwegian history and culture since Olav the Good founded the city in 1070. Perched between the sea and seven hills, Bergen has witnessed Vikings setting sail on voyages of exploration, trade and war. In the Middle Ages, its old port was a major trading hub for the Hanseatic League, the band of Germanic merchants whose trading empire encircled the Baltic and North Seas. In the 19th century, Bergen was home to such cultural luminaries as the virtuoso violinist Ole Bull and the composer Edvard Grieg. The city retains much of its 18th- and 19th-century charm. Visitors to Bergen will encounter a city that offers a heady blend of natural beauty, history and culture.

Highlights of Bergen:

  • Bryggen
  • Fish Market
  • Schøtstuene Museum
  • Hardangerfjord
  • Mt. Floien & Funicular
  • Old Bergen Museum
  • Troldhaugen
  • Fantoft Stave Church
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Day 14

Eidfjord, Norway

The Romantic Movement in literature and music changed the way Europeans experienced Nature. Nature was no longer an anarchic force to be conquered, but rather a source of beauty and inspiration. The result was the birth of the Scenic and the inception of tourism. European high society flocked to Norway's fjord country as early as the 1820s, and by 1875, Thomas Cook was offering summer cruises along the Eidfjord to Victorian England. Now as then, the allure remains the juxtaposition of the still, deep waters of the fjord framed by soaring cliffs and majestic waterfalls. Eidfjord is also a gateway to the Hardangervidda, Norway's largest national park.

(Tender Required), (Wheelchair Access Limited)

Highlights of Eidfjord:

  • Kinsarvik
  • Ullensvang
  • Hardanger
  • Hardangervidda Nature Center
  • Sysen Dam
  • Vøringsfossen Waterfall
  • Hotel Fossli
  • Eidfjord Lake
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Day 15

Cruising

At Sea

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Day 16

Dover (London), England, United Kingdom

Disembarkment

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