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Set sail on an absolutely incredible and unforgettable cruise experience as you journey to some of the world's most stunning and diverse landscapes across Iceland, Ireland, and the British Isles. This luxurious and exclusive Seabourn cruise departs from the breathtaking Reykjavik, Iceland and takes you on an immersive and engaging journey to explore incredible and awe-inspiring destinations throughout Iceland, the Emerald Isle and beyond, before arriving at the beautiful port of Southampton, England. From magnificent glaciers, fjords, volcanic landscapes and rugged coastlines to charming towns and cities with rich histories, this enchanting cruise has it all.
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Northern Europe & British Isles Cruise with Silversea

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NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
DEPARTURE DATE: September 7, 2024
Countries Visited: England, Iceland, Ireland
Departure Port:Reykjavik, Iceland

OVERVIEW

Awe-inspiring natural beauty dominates this voyage of cinematic scenery, glorious coastlines, and delightful dwellings. Enjoy unparalleled access to Iceland’s pooled lava flows, bursting hot springs and soaring mountain peaks before Ireland’s wild and wonderful Atlantic coastline soothes your soul. Taste culinary mastery and call at lively towns and sleepy fishing villages, ahead of skirting the gorgeous south coast of England, en route to Southampton and London.

Travel Dates & Pricing

TRAVEL DATEPRICETYPE
September 7, 2024from $12,300 CAD - Superior Verandah SuitePer Person
September 7, 2024from $12,300 CAD - Superior Verandah Suite - No Single SupplementSingle Traveler

What's Included

  • 13 night cruise from Reykjavik Iceland to Southampton England
  • Gourmet Dining in an array of venues
  • 24 hour room service
  • All beverages on board an in suite including champagne, selected wines and premium spirits
  • Gratuities
  • WiFi
  • Shore excursions
  • Round the clock Butler service
  • Taxes and port charges

Itinerary

DAYDATEPLACE
1Sat Sep 7Reykjavik, Iceland
2Sun Sep 8Patreksfjordur, Iceland
3Mon Sep 9Akureyri, Iceland
4Tue Sep 10Husavik, Iceland
5Wed Sep 11Seydisfjordur, Iceland
6Thu Sep 12Djupivogur, Iceland
7Fri Sep 13At Sea
8Sat Sep 14Greencastle (Londonderry), Ireland
9Sun Sep 15Killybegs, Ireland
10Mon Sep 16Galway, Ireland
11Tue Sep 17Bantry, Ireland
12Wed Sep 18Cobh, Ireland
13Thu Sep 19Day at sea
14Fri Sep 20Southampton, England

Day 1 – Reykjavik

The capital of Iceland’s land of ice, fire and natural wonder, Reykjavik is a city like no other – blossoming among some of the world’s most vibrant and violent scenery. Home to two-thirds of Iceland’s population, Reykjavik is the island’s only real city, and a welcoming and walkable place – full of bicycles gliding along boulevards or battling the wind when it rears up. Fresh licks of paint brighten the streets, and an artistic and creative atmosphere embraces studios and galleries – as well as the kitchens where an exciting culinary scene is burgeoning. Plot your adventures in the city’s hip bars and cosy cafes, or waste no time in venturing out to Iceland’s outdoor adventures. Reykjavik’s buildings stand together – below the whip of winter’s winds – together with the magnificent Hallgrímskirkja church, with its bell tower rising resolutely over the city. Iceland’s largest church’s design echoes the lava flows that have shaped this remote land and boasts a clean and elegant interior. The Harpa Concert Hall’s sheer glass facade helps it to assimilate into the landscape, mirroring back the city and harbour. Its LED lights shimmer in honour of Iceland’s greatest illuminated performance – the northern lights. Walk in the crusts between continents, feel the spray from bursts of geysers and witness the enduring power of Iceland’s massive waterfalls. Whether you want to sizzle away in the earth-heated geothermal pools, or hike to your heart’s content, you can do it all from Reykjavik – the colourful capital of this astonishing outdoor country.

Day 2 – Patreksfjordur

Sitting in the finger-like scenery of the Westfjords – which flays out from the mainland to form one of Europe’s most westerly points, Patreksfjordur has barely 700 inhabitants and – like so many Icelandic communities – is built on time-tested fishing traditions. Discover wonderful crowds of birdlife clinging to the dramatic cliffs, as you embark on adventures amid the Westfjords, discovering flat-topped mountains, cutting inlets and evocative, windswept beaches. With their bright beaks and amiable features, puffins are some of the most beautiful birds in the world – and they nest in huge quantities on Látrabjarg cliff, close to Patreksfjordur. Vertically steep and imposing, the birds are safe from predators like foxes here, as they live and breed on the dramatically steep drop-offs. Wander to see them thriving in their natural habitat, clinging to cliff ledges. You can also encounter gannets and guillemots, as well as an estimated 40% of the world’s Razorbill population. Rauðasandur beach is one of Iceland’s more unusual sights, a huge copper-red stretch of sand. Wander the dreamy shoreline, and photograph the remote, colourful collision of sea and sand. You’re also close to the majestic veil of Dynjandi waterfall, which fans out across 60 metres as it descends. After a tough day’s hiking, return to Patreksfjordur to admire fjord views and soak your muscles in an outdoor pool, as the stars begin to appear above. Or head to the muscle-relieving, naturally-heated, geothermal pools that murmur nearby.

Day 3 – Akureyri, Iceland

Iceland’s Capital of the North is the gateway to a thrilling land of roaring waterfalls, soaring volcanoes and glorious wildlife. It may lie a mere 60 miles from the Arctic Circle, but Akureyi blossoms with a bright, cosmopolitan feel, and explodes into life during the summer months, when its outdoor cafes and open-air bathing spots fill up with visitors ready to immerse themselves in Iceland’s cinematic scenery. Feel the thundering impact of Iceland’s celebrated natural wonders shaking your bones at Godafoss Waterfalls, known as the ‘Waterfalls of the Gods’. Here, the Skjálfandafljót river unleashes a colossal torrent of water over charcoal-black rocks below. Or, find some peace at the Botanical Gardens, which opened in 1957 and offer space for contemplation – amid plants that bloom with unexpected vibrancy, even at this northerly latitude. The Lutheran, Akureyrarkirkja Church rises like a grand church organ and is the town’s most striking landmark. The 112-step climb is worth the effort to see light flooding in through its narrow stain glass windows, spreading colourful patchworks across the interior. Magic and mythology are important elements of Icelandic folklore, and you’ll even bump into giant sculptures of grizzled, child-snatching trolls on the town’s high street. Or, meet more earthly – but no less magical – creatures in the waters around Akureyi, where immense blue whales cruise by and dolphins playfully leap.

Day 4 – Husavik, Iceland

There’s simply nowhere better than Husavik – the European capital of whale watching – for getting up close and personal with the majestic giants of the ocean. Feel the awe as whales breach the waves around you, before gulping in air and plunging away with almighty tale flicks. Pretty Husavik is framed by the majestic Húsavíkurfjall mountain, which swells up behind, creating a stunning backdrop for the town’s tiny wooden warehouses, cherry red houses and undulating fishing ships. The little wooden church has been a beacon of light, guiding tired fishermen back to the shores of Iceland’s oldest settlement, since 1907. Let the wind rip through your hair and the sea speckle your face, as you ride waves out among the region’s almighty marine creatures, who throw their weight around so spectacularly. Sail among gentle giants in Shaky Bay, spotting humpbacks, minke whales and the world’s biggest – blue whales. You may also see teams of smaller white-beaked dolphins skipping across the waves, displaying the full range of acrobatic skills. The town’s whale museum is an interesting journey through Iceland’s relationship with the sea giants, while its restaurants serve up local specialities – taste juicy reindeer burger and plokkfiskur, a buttery mash of local fish. Hikes into the surrounding countryside can take you up around Lake Botnsvatn, to views down from the slopes of the Húsavíkurfjall – where purple spired lupin flowers spill down amongst the emerald slopes. From the summit, look out over views of the bay, reaching out to the crumpled snowy peaks beyond. Or feel the full force of this land of natural power, at Dettifloss Waterfall, one of Europe’s most powerful, thrashing flumes.

Day 5 – Seydisfjordur

A world of tumbling waterfalls and colourful creativity, Seydisfjordur is Iceland at its most epic and eccentric. A spectacular fjord lends the town its name, and the structures are dwarfed by this majestic setting, as they huddle around its glassy waters. Sail around the fjord, head out on a kayak amid the scenery, or venture to meet Puffins and other nesting birds settled on sharp cliffs. Encounter sea lions, or try some fishing as you immerse yourself in this highlight of the wild and wonderful Eastfjords. Herring fishing sustained this settlement founded by Norwegians in 1848, leading to a town of colourful wooden buildings, which gleam white against the moody scenery’s palette, providing a spirit-lifting splash of colour during the harsh winter months. A rainbow pathway leads to a pretty, pastel-blue church and there’s more local art and culture to unravel at Skaftfell, which displays bright and bold contemporary art. Its bistro also serves up a perfect caffeine hit and refreshments. Waiting on the open jaws of the Seydisfjordur, this is a gloriously picturesque town, and the steep fjord banks reflect beautifully on the smooth waters below. The snow-capped Bjólfur mountain stands above the town and invites you to crunch along hiking trails amid untouched nature – rewarding with mesmerising views across the fjord and town below. These hills can literally sing thanks to a unique sculpture – which resonates with a traditional five-tone harmony. The remote and gorgeous Skalanes Nature reserve is a major draw, with 47 bird species resting on its dramatic bird cliff, along with countless plant varieties.

Day 6 – Djupivogur

Slow the pace and discover the refreshing approach to life that Djupivogur has made its trademark. You can leave your phone behind as you step out into this Icelandic town, which has won awards celebrating its leisurely outlook and stubborn rebellion against the frenetic pace of modern life. After all, who needs emails and notifications when you have some of the most humbling monochrome scenery and gashed fjords, waiting on your doorstep? Sitting on a peninsula to the south-east of Iceland, the glacial approach to life here wins many hearts. A place where hammers knock on metal in workshops, artists ladle paint onto canvases, and where you might spot a few Icelandic horses roaming across mountains, Djupivogur is an uninhibited artistic hub – full of makers and creatives. The most expansive project is the 34 egg sculptures that dot the coastline, created by the Icelandic artist, Sigurður Guðmundsson. Each egg represents a different native bird species. Fishing remains the primary industry, and you can savour the soft fruits of the labour in restaurants serving up smoked trout and fish soup within their cosy confines. Wander the surrounding landscapes, where snow-freckled mountains rise, and lazy seals lie on dark rock beaches, to feel Djupivogur’s natural inspiration seeping under your skin. Alive with greens and golds in summer, further ventures reveal glaciers and the sprawling waterfalls of Vatnajökull National Park. The cliff-hugging puffins of Papey Island are a must see, while Bulandstindur Mountain’s pyramid shape is a stand out even among these fairy-tale landscapes.

Day 7 – At Sea

Day 8 – Greencastle (Londonderry)

Greencastle warmly welcomes you to the emerald shores of Lough Foyle, ahead of a visit to absorbing Londonderry. Look out for the scenic Warren Point and Inishowen Head lighthouses guiding you into port beside the Wild Atlantic Way, and pick out the ivy-clad ruins of the Norman castle that lends Greencastle its name. Stick around to marinate in salty sea air and authentic fishing heritage charm – watching fishing vessels rolling in and out. Enjoy wind-whipped scenery and sweeping views of Lough Foyle, and sail through local heritage at the maritime museum. To the north, the Inishowen Peninsula’s beautiful coastline unravels, with golden arcs of sand like Kinnagoe Beach. Onwards to Northern Ireland’s second-largest city, Londonderry, where a fascinating web of complex history and an atmosphere of blooming creativity waits. Enjoying an attractive waterfront setting, the Walled City is a cultural hotbed, bursting with museums, theatres and tales to tell. The turbulent history is etched into every stone of the thick city walls, which date back to the 17th century. Walk the cannon-studded ramparts – some of the finest in the British Isles – for a tour through visceral history old and new. Information boards tell Londonderry’s story, and there are views down across the political murals and moving memorials that mark out the divisions of the Troubles. The curves of the elegant Peace Bridge, meanwhile, embody the sense of hope and optimism for the future of this unique city.

Day 9 – Killybegs

An all-encompassing, all-Irish, genuine warm welcome awaits those who visit Killybegs. Set in the Republic of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, Killibegs is a hidden gem of a town that is often overshadowed by Dublin and Galway. But, as the privileged position on the north west coast proves, Killibegs is worth discovering. Be prepared to be overwhelmed by the beauty of the area. The spectacular Slieve League Cliffs, around 45-minutes through the rolling Donegal countryside, are said to be much more dramatic than the Cliffs of Mohr, so those who want to see some of Mother Nature’s finest work will want to head straight for here. At a height of approximately 1,968 feet (about 600 metres) above sea level, the Cliffs are believed to be Europe’s highest sea cliffs, and boast an unspoilt natural landscape. Admire the views from either above, looking down on the rolling waters beyond, or from below, gazing up at the folding cliffs towering before you. Don’t forget your camera! A stroll through Killybegs is rewarding in a tranquil way. The quiet fishing village is lulled by the salty sea breeze and the streets are pretty in a way that only authentic fishing villages can be. The image of soft light bouncing off the harbour walls, reflecting on the waters is something that is truly lovely and will not be forgotten in a hurry. The little town centre is well worth a visit, and can take all day if you get chatting to a local. Cosy little pubs, white sandy beaches and a rich, local history bring up the rear.

Day 10 – Galway

Galway is a city in the West of Ireland in the province of Connacht. It lies on the River Corrib between Lough Corrib and Galway Bay and is surrounded by County Galway. It is the fourth most populous urban area in the Republic of Ireland and the sixth most populous city in the island of Ireland. It is both a picturesque and lively city with a wonderful avant-garde culture and a fascinating mixture of locally owned speciality shops, often featuring locally made crafts. Indeed local handcrafts are a feature of the entire region including hand knits, pottery, glass, jewellery and woodwork. The city’s hub is 18th-century Eyre Square, a popular meeting spot surrounded by shops, and traditional pubs that often offer live Irish folk music. Nearby, stone-clad cafes, boutiques and art galleries line the winding lanes of the Latin Quarter, which retains portions of the medieval city walls. The city bears the nickname “The City of the Tribes” because “fourteen tribes” of merchant families led the city in its Hiberno-Norman period. The merchants would have seen themselves as Irish gentry and loyal to the King. They later adopted the term as a badge of honour and pride in defiance of the town’s Cromwellian occupier.

Day 11 – Bantry

Located on the Wild Atlantic Way, one of the longest defined costal routes in the world, Bantry is a beautiful, busy market town and fishing port. Nestling amongst the drumlins at the head of Bantry Bay, it’s a splendour of mountain scenery, hilly pastures, streams, lakes and woods. The landscape changes with the moods of the sky.

The town has a long history, numerous megalithic monuments bear witness to the fact that Bantry has been inhabited since the early centuries. Explore more of Bantry’s past with a visit to Carriganass Castle and the ancient stone circle at Kealkill.

Bantry House commands the finest views of Bantry Bay and is one of Irelands most attractive, great houses, continually lived in and managed by the White family since 1739. Full of treasures collected on the travels of generations of Earls of Bantry, gorgeous restored formal gardens and excellent tearooms, it’s an unmissable treat. A climb of “one hundred steps” at the back of Bantry House gives an awesome view right across the bay.

Walk off the tea and cakes whilst exploring the Sheep’s Head peninsula and its lovely lighthouse which has stunning panoramic views across the bay. A walker’s paradise, taking you to the very edge of Europe, through a variety of unspolit natural landscapes. There are also plenty of short, looped walks and a costal route for cyclists too.

With a strong and established food scene based on delicious, fresh local products especially seafood, prepare yourself for a famous Irish welcome.

Day 12 – Cobh, Ireland

The picturesque little seaside town of Cobh, pronounced Cove, has a magnificent natural harbour, the second largest in the world. This contributed to Cobh’s connection with some of the worlds most famous ships.

Of all the passenger ships that sailed from here though, the most notorious must be the Titanic, Cobh being her final port of call. Not surprisingly there are plenty of memorials to the ship in town including the not to be missed is the Titanic Experience. Through interactive experiences, visitors get the chance to experience life on board the ship and to discover more about the passengers who made that ill-fated voyage.

Back when the town was called Queenstown from 1849 – 1920, over 2.5 million people emigrated from Ireland through Cobh port. Some were heading to start new lives in North America, some involuntarily as convicts and others escaping famine. The Cobh Heritage Centre tells the moving stories of how these Irish people became scattered around the globe.

Spike Island, just a short ferry ride away is Irelands version of Alcatraz. Over 1300 years old, the star shaped fortress later had the dubious honour of being the world’s largest prison. Daytime and spooky nighttime tours are possible for those who dare.

Cobh is an extremely walkable town, down on the waterfront are some of the best views of the town. Brightly coloured houses and friendly pubs, meander up the hilly street, drawing the eye to the towns focal point, the impressive St Colman’s Cathedral towering above.

Day 13 – Day at Sea

Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is going to the gym, visiting the spa, whale watching, catching up on your reading or simply topping up your tan, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.

Day 14 – Southampton

Home of the ill-fated Titanic departure, Southampton has a long maritime history. Henry V’s fleet bound for the battle of Agincourt left from here, as did the Mayflower (not from Plymouth as many believe) and the great British ocean liners, Queen Elizabeth 2 and Queen Mary both departed on their maiden voyages from the port. So suffice to say, that Southampton is a seafearing place. Today Southampton is the cruise capital of Northern Europe, so expect a city that understands how to have fun. This comes in a variety of ways: a castellated old city that has lots of charm, some excellent museums (the most notable of which is the Sea City Museum) and extensive green spaces. Authentic Tudor remains provide a fascinating insight to 15th century living while other landmarks date back even further. A stroll around the city is generous in its attractions, so there is no better way to see Southampton than on foot. Culture wise, the city’s bustling Guildhall Square is the centre for art, education and food and drink. Southampton’s location of the south coast of England means just a short distance away lie some interesting spots. Pre-historic enigma Stonehenge is less than an hour away while the quintessentially English market town Salisbury is perfect for a bit of shopping. Both are well worth a visit. For those who prefer their entertainment crafted by Mother Nature, a short ride to the New Forest will give you peace; think idyllic glades, ancient woodland, open moors, heathland and cliff top walks.

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