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Arctic and Greenland Expedition Voyage

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A thrilling voyage of natural wonders

Join Marco Polo as she sails the waters crossed a thousand years ago by Norse adventurers on their way to the New World. Discover the Viking history of the Faroes, the Icelandic ports from which Leif the Lucky set sail, and the extraordinary, rugged western coast of South Greenland before heading home via colourful Reykjavik.

What does this price include?

  • 21 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

Your Itinerary

  • Board Marco Polo in Tilbury today, and settle in to your cabin as she prepares to set sail.

  • Spend today relaxing, and getting to know the ship, her crew and your fellow passengers.

  • Discover the historic capital of Orkney as the ship docks in Kirkwall. Perhaps visit its magnificent centrepiece, St Magnus Cathedral. A mile from here are the waters of fabled Scapa Flow, where HMS Royal Oak sunk in WW2. Optional shore excursions will include highlights of the island's unique mix of history, archaeology, crafts and wildlife.

  • Today we'll arrive in tiny Torshavn, capital of the Faroe Islands. Explore its confusion of lanes, narrow passages and black-tarred houses with green turf on the roofs, or join an excursion, perhaps to cross the famous Bridge across the Atlantic connecting the main island of Streymoy with the spectacular scenery and ancient wooden churches of smaller Eysturoy.

  • Our next call is Eskifjordur, the historic fishing port and charming seaside village on the shores of the Eskifjord, on the east coast of Iceland. A fascinating Maritime Museum chronicles the region’s long association with the sea, and shore excursions might include a boat tour to remote Mjoifjordur and the fascinating Icelandic Wartime Museum.

  • Akureyri, on Iceland’s rugged north coast, is a thriving winter sports centre and home to a fascinating Botanical Garden. The area beyond is wondrously scenic, and today’s excursion, to the Godafoss Falls and volcanic Lake Myvatn, will highlight many of its delights.

  • Relax on board as Marco Polo spends another day at sea.

  • Our first call in Greenland will be Tasiilaq, on Ammassalik Island, just south of the Arctic Circle. Set beside a circular fjord, with a distant ring of snow-capped peaks rising in the distance, it’s a stunning place, and the brightly coloured hillside houses and summertime meadows ablaze with wild arctic flowers only enhance its beauty.

  • Relax on board as Marco Polo cruises the Prince Christian Sound passage.

  • Today we call in Narsarsuaq, which means ’Great Plain’. The nearby waters teem with trout, and are home to humpback and minke whales. As you bid farewell to Greenland, sailing out across the Tunugdliarfik Fjord, there may well be sightings of these amazing creatures.

  • Marco Polo spends another day at sea.

  • Sisimiut, 40 miles beyond the Arctic Circle, is a hunting and fishing paradise, and a centre of Inuit culture. Join a shore excursion to learn about this place, whose name translates as 'the people at the fox burrows'.

  • Kangerlussuaq is Greenland’s only inland town. A former US base, the town has a fascinating museum chronicling the American stay, and is the starting point for the only road that leads to the icy edge of the Greenland Ice Cap.

  • Greenland’s capital, Nuuk, is a cultured, cosmopolitan city. Here, museums, hip restaurants, a microbrewery and a vibrant cafe culture sit comfortably beside the historic buildings of the Old Harbour and the towering peaks of mountainous Sermitsiaq.

  • This morning sees Marco Polo round Cape Farewell, the southern tip of the Greenland archipelago. The afternoon will be spent at anchor off pretty Qaqortoq, and you’ll have the chance to step ashore and explore Southern Greenland’s largest settlement -  of only 3000 inhabitants.

  • Relax on board as Marco Polo spends two days at sea.

  • Reykjavik is the world’s northernmost capital. Its brightly painted wooden buildings contrast sharply with the stunning beauty of its setting beneath Mount Ejsa. Step ashore to explore, take the lift to the top of the Hallgrimskirkja Church for a panoramic view, or visit the fascinating Arbaer Folk Museum and the Saga Museum.

  • The final three days are spent at sea, no doubt reliving the memories of your cruise holiday as Marco Polo heads for home.

  • Bid farewell to Marco Polo and all your fellow travellers, today, as you disembark in Tilbury at the end of your cruise.


Days marked above with an anchor include ports where you will be transferred to shore by landing boat. These ports may be inaccessible for customers with mobility difficulties as a result. Any days not listed will be spent at sea.

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Further Information

  • 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.

  • Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.

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