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Iceland & Northern Isles Cruise


Fascinating islands and spectacular landscapes

This superb cruise to the land of fire and ice offers the chance to enjoy stunning scenery and the delightful Icelandic capital, Reykjavik. You'll also explore the Shetland and Faroe Isles as Columbus sails north to some of Europe's most beautiful islands.

Discover life on board Columbus

Discover life on board ColumbusThere's far more to life on board Columbus than we could possibly fit on one page. Click here to find out more about her fantastic facilities and welcoming atmosphere.

What The Price Includes

  • 12 nights' accommodation in your choice of cabin
  • Full-board arrangements including full breakfast, lunch, dinner, afternoon tea and midnight snacks
  • On-board entertainment as arranged
  • Calls at ports as detailed in the itinerary
  • The services of a friendly, professional crew and cruise staff
  • Port charges and taxes

Single and upgrade cabins are available for a supplement

Ship Information

Weighing in at 63,000 tonnes and 250 metres, Columbus is the biggest ship in the CMV fleet. Originally launched in 1989 (by Audrey Hepburn), she was extensively refitted in 2015, and now offers 1500 passengers spacious accommodation and elegant communal areas arranged over 12 decks and topped off with the panoramic Dome Observatory.


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Cruise Information

The greatest pleasure of a cruise holiday is the knowledge that as each day dawns, there'll be a new adventure to enjoy, a new experience to savour.

Ports of call

  • Day One - Depart London Tilbury, UK 1600 hrs
  • Day Two - Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Day Four - *Lerwick, Shetland Isles
  • Day Five - Kollafjordur, Faroes
  • Day Six - Seydisfjordur, Iceland
  • Day Seven - Akureyri, Iceland
  • Day Eight - *Isafjordur, Iceland
  • Day Nine - Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Day 13 - Arrive in London Tilbury, UK 0800 hrs

N.B. All days not listed are spent at sea enjoying the excellent facilities aboard Columbus. Please see the Full Itinerary for details. Ports marked with an asterisk will be reached by landing boat and may be inaccessible for customers with mobility difficulties.

Full Itinerary

Day One

Board Columbus and settle in to your cabin as your cruise from Tilbury begins, this afternoon.

Day Two

Amsterdam's picturesque canals and step-gabled buildings never fail to delight. As a new set of fellow passengers and potential new friends board to begin their cruise, you'll have time to explore the city, perhaps visiting the renowned Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum.

Day Three

Today is spent at sea. Take the time to ease into the patterns of life on board and get to know Columbus, your fellow passengers and the friendly crew.

Day Four

Explore Lerwick, rugged capital of the Shetland Islands. This land of ancient legend is home to traditional crafts and an abundance of birdlife. An optional excursion to the 3,000 year-old archaeological site at Jarlshof will reveal its Bronze and Iron Age remains.

Day Five

The 'stretched' village of Kollafjordur welcomes Columbus to the Faroes today. Tiny Torshavn is capital of this cluster of remote islands, home to countless bird species and a deep-rooted Norse tradition. On an optional excursion to other islands, you might cross the famous 'Bridge across the Atlantic', which connects the main island, Streymoy, with smaller Eysturoy.

Day Six

Around lunchtime, today, Columbus arrives in the stunning natural harbour of Seydisfjordur, one of Iceland's most beautiful coastal locations. From here ferries and a sub-ocean telephone cable connect Iceland to the outside world. Wander the streets lined with Norwegian-style houses or head inland to discover yet more breathtaking countryside.

Day Seven

Our next Icelandic port is the popular resort of Akureyri on the rugged north coast, where the summer days are longest of all. Today's optional excursion, to the Godafoss Falls and volcanic Lake Myvatn, highlights the area's wonderful scenery. This evening, Columbus will briefly cross the Arctic Circle and turn southwards once again.

Day Eight

Today we'll arrive in Isafjordur, the exquisite capital of the Westfjords area, from which Norse sailors set out to discover Greenland and the New World.

Day Nine

Step ashore to explore the world's northernmost capital - friendly, colourful Reykjavik, with its brightly painted wooden buildings.

To enjoy the beautiful setting, take the lift to the top of the Hallgrimskirkja Church for a panoramic view, or witness geothermal activity at the famous Blue Lagoon Pool and at the original Geysir. You might also visit the fascinating Arbaer Folk Museum and the Saga Museum.

Days 10-12

Spend three days at sea, relaxing as Columbus turns south and heads for home.

Day 13

Bid farewell to the ship and her crew as Columbus arrives back in Tilbury at the end of a wonderful cruise to Iceland.

Further Information

Passport requirements

British Citizens will need a full, 10-year passport to travel on this cruise. Since some countries require visitors to be valid for at least six months after the return date of the cruise we recommend that all customers ensure that this is the case. Holders of non-British passports should check with the relevant embassies to see if any requirements and restrictions exist for any countries visited during the cruise.

Foreign Office travel advice

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*This offer applies to new bookings made between 27th December 2017 and 31st March (inclusive) only. The price shown on this page includes any initial Saver Fare discount. The exact value of the discount included will vary depending on offer, cruise, cabin and departure date selected. Further information is available as you book your chosen cruise. Discounts apply to all cabin categories. This offer may be withdrawn at any time. All fares exclude gratuities.

On many of our cruises, a limited number of Voyager Fare Inner and Ocean-view cabins are available. Choose these and you will be accommodated in at least a Standard Twin Inner or Ocean-view cabin, but will pay only the reduced Voyager Fare price. Availability is limited, so book now to secure your discount.

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