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Arctic and Greenland Expedition Voyage

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North Atlantic islands

Join Marco Polo as she sails through waters crossed a thousand years ago by Norse adventurers on their way to the New World. Discover the ancient (and modern) history of Iceland, and its lively, colourful capital, Reykjavik. Heading further west across the North Atlantic, Marco Polo will skirt the extraordinary, rugged western coast of South Greenland before heading home via the remote islands landscape of Shetland.

What does this price include?

  • 22 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 the first few days of your cruise relaxing - and getting to know the ship, her crew and your fellow passengers - as Marco Polo cruises north and west.

  • 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.
  • Relax on board as Marco Polo cruises towards and through the Prince Christian Sound passage, heading to Greenland's south-west coast.
  • 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.
  • 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 sail 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'.
  • The most northerly port of your cruise, the remote town of Uummannaq shares its name with the island on which it stands, the solitary mountain between whose roots it nestles, the fjord and the surrounding seascape of inlets and bays. At the western end of the island lies Spraglebugten Bay, which Danish and Greenlandic children believe is the home of Father Christmas.
  • Appropriately, given that its name means "icebergs", Ilulissat is a great place to watch these frozen masses, and search the seas for the whales and other marine mammals that live among them. The town was also the birthplace of Arctic explorer Knud Rasmussen, and his life is celebrated there in the museum that bears his name.
  • Qeqertarsuaq is home to the Arctic’s oldest continuously manned research station. A day here offers the unusual experience of dog-sledding in summer, and the chance to kayak past the beautiful icebergs in the bay.
  • Spend today relaxing as Marco Polo cruises back along the coast of Greenland.
  • At midday, today, Marco Polo arrives at Nanortalik, the southernmost town in Greenland. One of the first town's settled by the Norsemen on their way across from Greenland, and one of the last settled by the Inuit. Nanortalik means "place of polar bears", but the town is now the 10th largest human population. It's also the closest town to Greenland's only natural forest, which grows in the shelter of the Quinngua Valley just 25 miles away.

  • The next three days are spent at sea, no doubt reliving the memories of your cruise holiday as Marco Polo heads for home.
  • Our final port before home is the Shetland capital, Lerwick. Spend time exploring this rugged but enchanting town, or join an excursion to the 3,000 year-old archaeological site at Jarlshof, with its Bronze and Iron Age remains.
  • Bid farewell to Marco Polo and all your fellow travellers, today, as you disembark at the end of your cruise adventure.

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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