Join us aboard the MS Serenissima for this unique itinerary combining the ‘Land of Ice and Fire’ with a three day visit to the Faroe Islands. Setting sail from Reykjavik, our voyage takes us to some of Iceland’s stunning landscapes from huge ice-caps and glaciers to active volcanoes, gurgling mud pools, steaming hot springs and lava fields. Witness the immense scale of the landscape dominated by towering snow-capped mountains and thundering waterfalls and spontaneous erupting geysers as we learn of the centuries old legacies of a Viking and Norse heritage. We will visit some of its most dramatic areas and, whilst we sail its waters, will look out for humpback whales, orcas, white-beaked dolphins and observe the colonies of seabirds. Our voyage continues to the wild and ruggedly beautiful landscapes of the Faroe Islands which are a paradise for walkers and bird watchers.
The history of the islands can be traced back to the Irish monks who settled here in the 6th century, and the 9th century seafaring explorers who traversed the North Sea and claimed Orkney, the Shetland Islands, Iceland and Greenland. Our final call will be to the remote and breathtaking archipelago of St Kilda. Home to the biggest seabird nesting site in the North Atlantic, St Kilda it is a paradise for bird lovers but the dramatic landscapes, combined with the cultural heritage of the islands that have preserved such a unique and distinctive way of life, also cannot fail to impress.
The MS Serenissima is the perfect small ship for such a venture as, with a maximum of just 95 passengers and a fleet of nimble Zodiac craft, we can get up close to nature and explore areas otherwise inaccessible to the larger ships. We will look out for wildlife, taking advantage of weather conditions and possible sightings to achieve the maximum with our time.