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SUMMER IN THE ARCTIC CIRCLE

Join Marco Polo at Liverpool as she embarks on an exciting Arctic cruise, calling first at welcoming Reykjavík, the world’s most northerly capital. Heading further west across the North Atlantic, Marco Polo will make several fascinating stops around Greenland, before heading home via the remote Shetland Isles.

Sail through waters crossed a thousand years ago by Norse adventurers on their way to the New World as you discover the ancient (and modern) history of Iceland, and its lively, colourful capital, Reykjavík. Head west and skirt the extraordinary, rugged western coast of Greenland, the world’s largest island. Keep an eye out for whales as you make several fascinating stops, including Qaqortoq, a picturesque rock-bound colourful fishing village, and Ilulissat, famed for its dramatic icefjord. Return to Liverpool via the Shetland Isles, calling at delightful Lerwick to complete a memorable cruise.

What does this price include?

  • 21 nights' accommodation in your choice of cabin
  • Delicious cuisine and full-board dining
  • Afternoon teas and late-night snacks
  • Captain’s Cocktail Party (cruises of six nights or more)
  • Self-service tea and coffee (6am to midnight)
  • Big-show entertainment, cabarets and classical interludes
  • Daytime activities and leisure facilities
  • Guest speakers and arts-and-crafts groups (cruises of five nights or more)
  • Luggage porterage from port to cabin
  • Port taxes

Your Itinerary

  • Depart: 2000hrs

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

  • Arrive: 0600hrs

    Depart: 1900hrs

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

  • Arrive: 0700hrs

    Depart: 2000hrs

    Marco Polo will spend today 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.

  • Arrive: 0500hrs

    Depart: 1700hrs

    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 Tunulliarfik Fjord, there may well be sightings of these amazing creatures.

  • Arrive: 0600hrs

    Depart: 1400hrs

    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".

  • Arrive: 0930hrs (Day 12)

    Depart: 2300hrs (Day 13)

    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.

  • Arrive: 0500hrs

    Depart: 1300hrs

    Qeqertarsuaq is home to the Arctic’s oldest continuously manned research station. A morning here offers the unusual experience of dog-sledding in summer, and the chance to kayak past the beautiful icebergs in the bay.

  • Arrive: 0900hrs

    Depart: 1430hrs

    This morning, Marco Polo arrives at Nanortalik, the southernmost town in Greenland. Nanortalik means "place of polar bears" but despite this association it was of the first places settled by the Norsemen on their way across from Iceland, and is now the country's 10th largest settlement. 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

  • Arrive: 1200hrs

    Depart: 1800hrs

    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.

  • Arrive: 0800hrs

    Bid farewell to Marco Polo and all your fellow travellers, today, as you disembark at the end of your Greenland 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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