Ultimate Greenland & the Northern Isles: Iceland & Scotland

21 Days
Copenhagen to Edinburgh
From (CAD)
$ 26,034
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2023 Copenhagen > Edinburgh

Myth and Legends Under the Midnight Sun

Venture far above the Arctic Circle, visit the world’s largest island, whose frozen coastline has witnessed the birth of some of nature’s most breath-taking creations. Then explore the strongholds of the Vikings, from the volcanos of Iceland to the wild isles of Scotland. You’ll love travelling across them all, from the Shetlands to Orkney, the Outer Hebrides and Aberdeen, they each have a unique character.
Southern Greenland’s wilderness offers some of the most spectacular and unspoilt scenery on earth, coupled with a rich culture, history and rarely seen geology. Sail through magnificent untouched Arctic wilderness regions and discover natural wonders, wildlife and Viking history. Your voyage of Discovery is all about northern wilderness. Following in the footsteps of the Viking explorers as you journey from the majestic shores of Iceland. Witness unparalleled beauty amid breath taking volcanic landscapes and encounter centuries-old traditions of the Faroe Isles. Discover the legendary Scottish Highlands, offering amazing anchorages, famous whisky distilleries and wonderful views.
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Tour Code:
402N
Duration:
21 days
Departure City:
Copenhagen
Return City:
Edinburgh

21 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Copenhagen, Denmark

    Welcome to Copenhagen, the buzzing capital of Denmark. Enjoy your one-night stay and explore at leisure.

  2. Day 2 - Copenhagen > Kangerlussuaq, Greenland

    Your journey above the Arctic Circle begins as you fly from Copenhagen to Kangerlussuaq to board Scenic Eclipse. Toast the start of your adventure at tonight's welcome reception where the Captain will introduce the crew and your expert Discovery Team. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Ilulissat (Disko Bay)

    Spectacular days await as you cruise Disko Bay. Ilulissat is named from the Inuit word for ‘iceberg’. Formerly called Jakobshavn, the town is best known for large number of icebergs forming from the nearby Ilulissat Icefjord, into which one of the world’s fastest moving and most active glaciers calves 46 cubic kilometres of ice annually. Listen for the rumbling sounds in the distance of ice bergs calving from the Sermeq Kujalleq glacier. 

    Discovery

    Scenic Discovery excursions by Zodiac, kayak or go onshore for landings. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Ilulissat (Disko Bay)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Evighedfjord

    Meander through the Evighed Fjord or “Eternity Fjord”, listening as chunks from the ice cap break away and collapse into the water. Gaze up at the highest mountains in West Greenland, watching as the mist swirls around them.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Nuuk (Godthåb)

    Nuuk means ‘majestic fjord views’ in Greenlandic. The capital and largest city in Greenland, Nuuk has been inhabited by many settlers over the centuries, but the present town was only established in 1728. A guided tour through the picturesque Old Harbour reveals history and traditions that still remain strong. 

    Freechoice

    Explore Nuuk by bus or on a guided walking tour or meet a local family and hear stories of past and present. Choose to taste some Greenlandic specialties or try the local Greenlandic beer at Greenland’s largest microbrewery. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Narsaq

    The most striking agricultural town located on the edge of a fjord, Narsaq is known for its Greenlandic 'cowboys', lush farmlands and intriguing Norse history. In the 1960s, a long house was unearthed and is believed to be the very first place Eric the Red settled. Discover this quaint town and its close connection to the Mother Nature and visit the Narsaq Museum to learn about Norse history. 

    Freechoice

    Walk around the town or Narsaq, and see the mixture of modern living and ancient traditions, or taste some Greenlandic specialties at the Hotel Narsaq.  

    Discovery

    Take a Scenic Discovery excursion by Zodiac or kayak or take a hiking tour. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - East Coast Fjords

    Over the coming days, explore Greenland's east coast, the fjords of Skjoldungen and Prins Christianssund. Carving a breathtaking, naturally formed path separating the mainland from the islands of Cape Farewell, Prins Christianssund is one of Greenland's most scenic waterways. Over a hundred kilometres in length, and flanked by magnificent glaciers and granite cliffs, this narrow passage is only accessible during summer, when the largest ice blockades melt away. Scenic Eclipse brings you close to the towering glaciers, huge icebergs and imposing peaks for unmissable photo opportunities.

    Discovery

    Weather depending, partake in Scenic Discovery excursions by Zodiac, kayak and on nature walks. Discover majestic scenery, tundra landscapes, and native wildlife and marine life.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - East Coast Fjords

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - East Coast Fjords

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - At sea

    Cruise across the Denmark Strait to the Iceland. The Discovery Team will enthrall you with their knowledge and passion for this region. From your suite's verandah, scan the horizon through your included binoculars to look for whales. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Dynjandi (Fjallfoss), Iceland

    Weather depending, today we visit the jewel of the Westfjords. Stand back and admire the cascading bridal veil and discover why it was nicknamed ‘the thunder’. Made up of seven waterfalls, it is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Reykjavík

    Welcome to Reykjavík, the world’s northernmost capital city, enjoy a day at leisure.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Heimaey

    The perfect example of nature’s ability to both create and destroy, Heimaey and the Westman Islands (Vestmannaeyjar) are filled with awe-inspiring natural beauty. When the volcano Eldfell, meaning “Hill of Fire”, erupted in 1973, parts of this small town were locked in time, and the harbour was nearly sealed off.  Guests can wander around this island and witness where the ashes enveloped the town. Keep your eyes open for our black and white friends, with more Atlantic Puffins nesting here than anywhere else in the world, and the best place in Iceland to spot orcas. 

    Today, choose one of our Scenic Freechoice activities or join a more active Scenic Discovery.

    Freechoice

    Tour the island and visit the Eldheimar Museum built around one of the destroyed houses, or cruise around the island with a local captain in search of birdlife, including the puffin colonies.

    Discovery

    Take a Scenic Discovery excursion hiking over the lava fields to the top of the new volcanic cone.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Seyðisfjörður

    Seyðisfjörður is at the mouth of a beautiful fjord,  and is the heart of culture, heritage and hospitality in East Iceland. The centre of town is known for 19th century timber houses perched on the side of the lagoon, a “pearl enclosed in a shell”. Surrounded by cascading waterfalls and snow-capped mountains, wandering reindeer and porpoises frequenting the shores, a flourishing art scene and small-town charm, you will soon discover why this unique location is a must see in Iceland.  

    Today, choose one of our Scenic Freechoice activities or join a more active Scenic Discovery.

    Freechoice

    Your local guide will share stories of the town on a walking tour including a short concert in the Blue Church or visit the Wilderness Centre and learn of the Icelandic wilderness history, nature and the life of the original inhabitants.

    Discovery

    Choose a Scenic Discovery excursion such as hiking in the Skálanes Nature Reserve.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - Tórshavn, Faroe Islands

    A charming port named after the Norse god of weather, strength, and growth, Thor. One of the world’s smallest capital cities, Tórshavn remains one of Europe’s least travelled destinations. Towering cliffs, craggy fjords and powerful waterfalls make up the wild landscape. Wander the cobbled alleyways admiring the coloured buildings and grassy roofs. Be taken back to the time that the Vikings ruled.

    Today, choose one of our Scenic Freechoice activities or join a more active Scenic Discovery.

    Freechoice

    Explore the town of Tórshavn and the surrounding villages leaning the Viking history, or enjoy another perspective of the Faroe Islands on a local boat trip to the Vestmanna Cliffs, keeping watch for puffins and guillemots.

    Discovery

    Join a local expert for a hike to the geological formation Streymoy Sill.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  17. Day 17 - Fetlar Island > Lerwick, Scotland

    Our morning arrival is to the Island known as the "Garden of Shetland" due to it being by far the greenest of all the islands. Fetlar Island is rumoured to be the first Norse landing the Shetland, attracting many due to its fertile soils and ability to grow crops.

    Discovery

    Discovery: Explore with the Discovery Teams ornithologist for the red-necked phalarope, a rare and endangered species, along with great and arctic skuas, red-throated diver, curlew and snipe. With the on board geologist learn the history of Funzie, an unusual conglomerate found on Fetlar Island.

    After a morning of discovery, we set sail for the capital of the Shetland Islands, Lerwick.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  18. Day 18 - Lerwick

    The most northerly point of the British Isles, Lerwick’s waterfront is lined with sandstone buildings dating back to the 18th century. The sound of traditional Shetland music can often be heard as you walk through the twisting lanes of this charming harbour town.

    Freechoice

    Visit the remarkable prehistoric  archaeological site of Jarlshof, or take a ferry to the Island of Mousa and admire the Iron Age fortress, incredible scenery and abundant wildlife. Alternatively, explore the Shetland Museum.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  19. Day 19 - Stromness

    Stromness is full of character, with winding streets stretching from the shoreline up the hillside, quaint alleyways waiting to be explored, and a landscape shaped by the sea. Stroll through the township to find the hidden gems, such as the finest crafts, textiles and jewellery in the small local shops. This long established seaport has attracted sailors for centuries, from Vikings to Captain Cook.

    Discovery

    Predating Stonehenge and the pyramids of Giza, Skara Brae is one of the world’s most evocative prehistoric sites. Walk around the stone structures of this old village.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  20. Day 20 - Aberdeen

    Set neatly between the mountains and the sea, Aberdeen's harbour is said to be ‘one of the most architecturally distinctive in Europe.’ Docking in the heart of the city, witness Aberdeen's famous stunning, sparkling, granite buildings and monuments shimmering in the sunlight and listen for the warming tones of Scottish dialect 'Doric' as you roam.

    Today, choose one of our Scenic Freechoice activities or join a more active Scenic Discovery.

    Freechoice

    Learn the history of Aberdeen on a city tour or choose to explore some of the fairy tale castles. Alternatively, enjoy a whiskey and pale ale tasting tour.

    Discovery

    Explore the dramatic cliffs at the Bullers of Buchan, observing the diversity of wildlife, from Aberdeenshire’s puffins, porpoises, minke whales and sunbathing seals.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  21. Day 21 - Leith (Edinburgh)

    Nestled between the Highlands and the Border Hills, Edinburgh is a gracious city noted for its superb skyline, its impressive collection of architecture and its beautiful vedant green parks. Disembark after breakfast and say farewell to your new friends.

    Please book your flight to depart out of Edinburgh after 11:00 AM.

    The itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons. As such Scenic cannot guarantee the tour will operate unaltered from the itinerary stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions for further information.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

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