Encounter Shetland ponies roaming verdant landscapes. Go back in time at Skara Brae, a 5,000-year-old stone-slab village on Orkney and see the mysterious standing stones of the Ring of Brodgar. Walk with a historian through Jarlshof archaeological site, a complex of ancient settlements spanning 4,000 years of human history. Meet the welcoming islanders who call the scenic Faroes home. Observe incredible birdlife—massive puffin colonies in the Faroes and Grimsey, and on the Cliffs of Noss, thousands of murres and kittiwakes. Experience a near circumnavigation of the geologic wonders of Iceland.

Highlights


• Discover Orkney Islands & Shetland Islands

• Explore Faroe Islands

• Enjoy Iceland & Norway

Bergen is one of the major cities of the powerful Hanseatic League. Hansa merchants operated in the historic Bryggens Wharf area, filled with wooden buildings from the Middle Ages. (Day 2: D)
Enjoy a morning at sea, then see the standing stones at the Ring of Brodgar and the stoneslab village of Skara Brae. Step into the world of the Vikings at the red sandstone cathedral of St. Magnus, built in 1137. (B,L,D)
Our ship glides past the towering bird cliffs of Noss for views of murres and kittiwakes. Visit the Jarlshof archaeological site and see the famous Shetland ponies. (B,L,D)
The rugged Faroese are proud of their Viking ancestry, reflected in their ancient language and love of the sea. We will explore the archipelago with possible stops: in Tórshavn, wooden boats bob at anchor in the harbor and harken back to Viking times; visit the natural history museum and the Kirkjubøur archaeological site, a medieval farming and religious center; see the incredible bird cliffs and scenic landscapes of northern Streymoy, at the cliffs of Vestmanna. (B,L,D)
Dock in Djúpivogur and drive down the coast to explore the vast Vatnajökull icecap and the deep blue icebergs of the large ice lagoon of Jökulsárlón. Alternatively, go by 4x4 vehicle to visit some of the secluded valleys and remote waterfalls in the countryside around Djúpivogur or visit a local farm to meet the families living in rural Iceland. (B,L,D)
Enjoy a morning at sea as we sail northward to the land of the midnight sun, going ashore in the evening at the tiny island of Grimsey. Home to nesting sea birds, it lies exactly on the Arctic Circle. (B,L,D)
Drive to Lake Mývatn, the most geologically active area in Iceland. See the mud pools at Hverarond and the unforgettable sight of Goðafoss, the waterfall of the gods. Visit the explosion crater at Viti. Drive to Akureyri with its beautiful period houses, backed by snow-capped mountains. (B,L,D)
Cruise past the immense Látrabjarg cliffs, the westernmost point of Iceland and home to a huge population of razorbills. Continue to Flatey Island, a trading post for many centuries. Walk around the charming hamlet that grew here. (B,L,D)
The Westman Islands were formed by undersea volcanoes and are among the youngest of the world’s archipelagos. Surtsey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was created in 1963 and 10 years later, Heimaey was threatened by lava flows that nearly closed off its harbor. Visit the crater where the earth is still hot and see areas that were engulfed by lava. (B,L,D)
Today we disembark in Reykjavík with options to visit either the famous Blue Lagoon thermal baths or the hot springs, geothermal power plant and a horse farm, prior to our flight home. (B,L)
All day-by-day breakdowns are a sampling of the places we intend to visit, conditions permitting.

Category 1

$ 16220 AUD pp
Category 1
Main Deck with one or two Portholes #301-308

Category 2

$ 17370 AUD pp
Category 2
Main Deck with Window #317-320, 335-336

Category 3

$ 18080 AUD pp
Category 3
Main Deck with Window #313-316, 321-328, 337-340, 342, 344, 346, 348, 350 Triples: Main Deck with WIndow #341, 343

Category 4

$ 19420 AUD pp
Category 4
Upper and Veranda Decks with Window #103-104, 107-108, 201-202, 204-207, 210, 212, 217, 226, 228

Category SA (solo)

$ 21720 AUD pp
Category SA (solo)
Solo A Main Deck with Window #309-312, 329-334

Category SB (solo)

$ 22600 AUD pp
Category SB (solo)
Solo B Upper and Veranda Decks with Window #105-106, 203, 208

Category 5

$ 23420 AUD pp
Category 5
Upper Deck with Balcony #209, 211, 214, 216, 218, 220-222, 224

Category 6

$ 26990 AUD pp
Category 6
Veranda Deck–Suite #101-102; Upper Deck-Suite with Balcony #213 Triples: #101-102

Category 7

$ 31290 AUD pp
Category 7
Upper Deck–Suite with Balcony #215, 219, 230 All cabins are available as triples.

Category 1

$ 14870 AUD pp
Category 1
Main Deck with one or two Portholes #301-308

Category 2

$ 15920 AUD pp
Category 2
Main Deck with Window #317-320, 335-336

Category 3

$ 16570 AUD pp
Category 3
Main Deck with Window #313-316, 321-328, 337-340, 342, 344, 346, 348, 350 Triples: Main Deck with WIndow #341, 343

Category 4

$ 17800 AUD pp
Category 4
Upper and Veranda Decks with Window #103-104, 107-108, 201-202, 204-207, 210, 212, 217, 226, 228

Category SA (solo)

$ 19890 AUD pp
Category SA (solo)
Solo A Main Deck with Window #309-312, 329-334

Category SB (solo)

$ 20720 AUD pp
Category SB (solo)
Solo B Upper and Veranda Decks with Window #105-106, 203, 208

Category 5

$ 21470 AUD pp
Category 5
Upper Deck with Balcony #209, 211, 214, 216, 218, 220-222, 224

Category 6

$ 24740 AUD pp
Category 6
Veranda Deck–Suite #101-102; Upper Deck-Suite with Balcony #213 Triples: #101-102

Category 7

$ 28680 AUD pp
Category 7
Upper Deck–Suite with Balcony #215, 219, 230 All cabins are available as triples.

National Geographic Explorer

Vessel Type: Luxury Expedition

Length: 108 meters

Passenger Capacity: 148 (single & twin cabins)

Built / Refurbished: 1982 / 2008

National Geographic Explorer is a state-of-the-art expedition ship. It is a fully stabilized, ice-class vessel, enabling it to navigate polar passages while providing exceptional comfort. It carries kayaks and a fleet of Zodiac landing craft. An Undersea Specialist operates a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and sophisticated video equipment, extending access to the underwater world.

Public areas: Bistro Bar; Chart Room; Restaurant; Global Gallery; Library, Lounge with full service bar and state-of-the-art facilities for films, slideshows and presentations; Mud Room with lockers for expedition gear, and Observation Lounge. Our “Open Bridge” provides guests an opportunity to meet our Officers and Captain and learn about navigation.

Meals: Served in single seatings with unassigned tables for an informal atmosphere and easy mingling. Menu is international with local flair.

Cabins: All cabins face outside with windows or portholes, private facilities and climate controls.

Expedition Equipment: Zodiac landing craft, kayaks, Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), hydrophone, SplashCam, underwater video camera, Crow’s Nest remote controlled camera, video microscope, snorkeling gear.

Special Features: A full-time doctor, Undersea Specialist, LEX Photo Specialist and Video Chronicler, Internet Cafe and laundry.

Wellness: The vessel is staffed by two Wellness Specialists and features a glass enclosed Fitness Center, outdoor stretching area, two LEXspa treatment rooms and Sauna.

Cabin layout for National Geographic Explorer

Bergen, Norway Pre-Voyage Extension. From (1230.00 AUD)

1 DAY A once bustling seaport town nestled amongst the fjords of southwestern Norway, Bergen has been revitalized as an amazing look back into the medieval times and the Hanseatic League that once dominated this harbor town. The colorful wooden clapboard commercial buildings that line the old wharf are just one of many picturesque backdrops to our tour of this historic city.

Reykjavik’s Golden Circle & Blue Lagoon Post Voyage Extension. From (1620.00 AUD)

1 DAY Extend your stay in Reykjavik, the world's northernmost capital.

12 Days from
$ 14870 AUD pp

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