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In the wake of Celts and Vikings

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Discover the Viking and Celtic heritage of the North Atlantic on this voyage from Dublin to Reykjavik. Explore medieval sites like Orkney's mysterious Ring of Brodgar, hike the rugged landscapes of the Faroe Islands and Iceland, and watch seabird cliffs teeming with life at Latrabjarg and Rathlin Island. As you retrace the ocean pathways of Norse explorers and Celtic monks, encounter the rich cultures shaped by these dynamic historic forces.

Trip Highlights

Take a guided walk over the fascinating basalt columns that make up the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland
Explore Skara Brae, northern Europe’s best-preserved Neolithic village predating Stonehenge
Visit the cosiest capital on Earth, the Faroe Islands’ Tórshavn, with turf-covered churches and rainbow-coloured homes
Keep watch for spouting and breaching orca and humpback whales

Itinerary

Dublin
Day 1
Dublin, capital of Ireland, seamlessly blends grit and beauty with Georgian squares, parks and canals. It boasts a rich literary heritage, home to renowned writers like Oscar Wilde and James Joyce. Literary attractions include Trinity College Library, housing the 9th-century Book of Kells, and the James Joyce Centre. The vibrant pub culture, with landmarks like the Guinness Storehouse and Temple Bar, adds to its lively charm.
Portrush, Northern Ireland
Day 2
This small town is the gateway to one of Northern Ireland’s most popular destinations - the Causeway Coast with clifftop walks and beaches. Top of the bill is UNESCO-listed Giant’s Causeway with its 40,000 basalt formations. The crashing Atlantic on one side, towering cliffs the other, it is Northern Ireland’s number-one attraction, leaving the question: is this prehistoric volcanic activity or the handiwork of two legendary Celtic giants?
Cruising Rathlin Island, Northern Ireland
Day 2
Rathlin Island, a mountainous and sparsely populated island off the Northern Irish coast, is a treasure trove of natural beauty and historic intrigue. Views include the harbour with fishing boats and a lighthouse, which has stood guard for over 150 years.
Portree, Sky Island, Scotland
Day 3
Portree is the largest town, capital and gateway to the Isle of Skye in the Inner Hebrides. fringed by cliffs, Portree's harbour, with a pier designed by engineer Thomas Telford, is surrounded by colourful homes and is best photographed from the viewpoint next to the Royal Hotel. Popular as a base for hiking, to the north is the Old Man of Storr, a rocky pinnacle popular with hikers.
Stromness, Orkney Islands, Scotland
Day 4
Ramshackle Stromness is an 18th century stone seaport, barely changed since Captain Cook's ships stopped in 1780. The Pier Arts Centre housing modern art is often described as a "little seaside Tate". Just 12 km north, prehistoric Skara Brae is Northern Europe's best preserved Neolithic village, predating Stonehenge and the Giza pyramids
Lerwick, Shetland Islands, Scotland
Day 5
Nearer Norway than the Scottish mainland, the solid, stone-built town of Lerwick is the capital and only town of the Shetland Islands, a subarctic Scottish archipelago with Viking roots. The port has a Dutch flair with 17th-century Fort Charlotte. In the island's south, Jarlshof Prehistoric and Norse Settlement reveals an exceptional archaeological site spanning 5,000 years of history. Around 1,500 tiny Shetland ponies roam freely on the islands.
Torshavn
Day 6
Cut adrift in the Atlantic, between Scotland and Iceland, the Faroes are a self-governing archipelago in the Kingdom of Denmark. On the southern tip of Streymoy, the largest of the 18 islands, the lively little capital of Tórshavn (Thor’s Harbour) charms with its rainbow-hued clapboard warehouses, grass-roofed wooden churches and the quaint old quarter, Tinganes. Off the radar for many, the Faroes are fast becoming known for their scenery.
Seydisfjordur
Day 7
Brightly painted wooden houses line Seyðisfjörður’s port, regarded as east Island’s cultural hub with a lively arts scene disproportionate to its size. Seyðisfjörður has attracted writers and artists and hosts a summer arts festival. Surrounded by incredible nature, the nearby Skálanes nature reserve is known for its diverse wildlife with over 47 bird species, as well as 150 plant species. Reindeer, seals and porpoises often populate the area.
Grimsey Island
Day 7
Grímsey is a remote island located 40 km off Iceland’s north coast. Many people travel here for the purpose of setting foot in the Arctic Circle, the only place in Iceland where you can. The island is also home to fewer than 100 people, but over one million seabirds. Birdlife thrives here thanks to the lack of egg predation and the well-stocked surrounding seas. Grímsey has one of Iceland’s largest tern nesting sites and largest puffin colonies.
Djupivogur
Day 8
With Viking-era origins, Djupivogur, a tranquil fishing village with fewer than 500 residents, is renowned for its unhurried pace of life and the art installation 'The Eggs at Merry Bay,' featuring 34 granite eggs representing local bird species. Nearby, Vatnajökull National Park, covering 14 percent of Iceland, offers a wild expanse with Europe's largest ice cap, Vatnajökull Glacier, thundering glacial rivers and active volcanoes.
Hrisey Island
Day 8
Hrisey Island is a small island in the Eyjafjordur fjord in northern Iceland. It is home to various wildlife, including puffins, seals, and whales. Hriseyjarfjall Mountain is the highest point and offers views of the surrounding landscape and the vast expanse of Eyjafjörður fjord. Despite its size, Hrisey Island possesses a rich cultural heritage. Traditional Icelandic crafts, such as hand-knitting and woodworking, preserve the island's identity.
Husavik
Day 9
Húsavík, overlooking Skjálfandi Bay, is famed for whale watching, especially the endangered blue whale. The town's Whale and Exploration Museums focusses on Viking history and Apollo astronaut training, taking place nearby. The town also marks Iceland's first house from 860 AD. Húsavík is on the Arctic Coast Way and the start of the Diamond Circle route. Nearby, Kaldbakur pond is a popular geothermal swimming spot oddly populated with goldfish.
Isafjordur
Day 10
Surrounded by fjords in the Westfjords region, Ísafjördur is a bustling fishing town in northwest Iceland with colourful wooden 18th- and 19th-century houses in its old town, Neskaupstadur. Nearby, Sudavik is home to the Arctic Fox Centre. Iceland’s only mammal, the arctic fox, lives on the lush tundra of Hornstrandir Nature Reserve, the northernmost peninsula in the Westfjords with two of Europe’s largest bird cliffs.
Dynjandi Waterfall
Day 11
Considered one of Iceland’s most impressive falls, the thunderous Dynjandi waterfall in the Westfjords region gives the impression of a bridal veil as it spreads down ever-growing cascades. The walk takes 15 minutes passing five smaller waterfalls. Nearby, Hrafnseyri is the birthplace of Jón Sigurðsson, 19th-century leader of the Icelandic Independence movement. The museum includes an Icelandic turf house.
Cruising Latrabjarg Cliffs
Day 11
The dramatic 400-metre high Látrabjarg cliffs stretch 14 km along Iceland's and Europe's westernmost edge. As the largest seabird cliff in Europe, Látrabjarg is home to thousands of breeding birds: Atlantic puffins, gannets, guillemots, fulmar and kittiwakes as well as 40 percent of the world's population of razorbills belonging to the auk family.
Reykjavik
Day 12
Reykjavík, despite its small size, is the capital of Iceland. At the top of the town stands the distinctive Hallgrímskirkja church, designed by renowned Icelandic architect Guðjón Samúelsson. The revitalised harbour area features the futuristic Harpa Concert Hall and the Maritime Museum, showcasing the city's cultural heritage A trip to Reykjavík would be incomplete without a visit to the Blue Lagoon, famous for its therapeutic geothermal waters.
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Oceanview D4

18 m2
2
Oceanview Staterooms feature two single beds or a double bed, a bedroom with a living room area, and a luxurious bathroom. Amenities include TV service, minibar with soft drinks & beer; Illy Espresso coffee machine with pods, kettle, and Kusmi tea bags; towels for cabin, pool, and gym; bathrobe; bedroom slippers; and toiletries by Lajatica.

Oceanview M4

18 m2
2
Oceanview Staterooms feature two single beds or a double bed, a bedroom with a living room area, and a luxurious bathroom. Amenities include TV service, minibar with soft drinks & beer; Illy Espresso coffee machine with pods, kettle, and Kusmi tea bags; towels for cabin, pool, and gym; bathrobe; bedroom slippers; and toiletries by Lajatica.

Balcony D5

18 m2
2
Balcony Staterooms feature two single beds or a double bed, a bedroom with a living room area, a luxurious bathroom, and a 6m2 (65ft2) private balcony. Amenities include TV service, stocked minibar with soft drinks & beer; Illy Espresso coffee machine with pods, kettle, and Kusmi tea bags; towels for cabin, pool, and gym; bathrobe; bedroom slippers; and toiletries by Lajatica.

Balcony M5

18 m2
2
Balcony Staterooms feature two single beds or a double bed, a bedroom with a living room area, a luxurious bathroom, and a 6m2 (65ft2) private balcony. Amenities include TV service, stocked minibar with soft drinks & beer; Illy Espresso coffee machine with pods, kettle, and Kusmi tea bags; towels for cabin, pool, and gym; bathrobe; bedroom slippers; and toiletries by Lajatica.

Balcony D6

18 m2
2
Balcony Staterooms feature two single beds or a double bed, a bedroom with a living room area, a luxurious bathroom, and a 6m2 (65ft2) private balcony. Amenities include TV service, stocked minibar with soft drinks & beer; Illy Espresso coffee machine with pods, kettle, and Kusmi tea bags; towels for cabin, pool, and gym; bathrobe; bedroom slippers; and toiletries by Lajatica.

Junior Suite

24 m2
2
Junior Suites are only available on SH Diana and feature a king-size bed, a separate living room area with a flame-effect fireplace, a private kitchen, a luxurious en-suite bathroom, and a 7mq private balcony. Amenities include TV service, minibar with soft drinks & beer; Illy Espresso coffee machine with pods, kettle, and Kusmi tea bags; towels for the cabin, pool, and gym; bathrobe; bedroom slippers; and toiletries by Lajatica.

Suite

30 m2
2
Suites feature a king-size bed, a separate living room, and a flame-effect fireplace. A luxurious ensuite bathroom with a separate bathtub, walk-in shower, and a 5mq private balcony. Amenities include TV service, stocked minibar with soft drinks & beer; Illy Espresso coffee machine with pods, kettle, and Kusmi tea bags; towels for cabin, pool, and gym; bathrobe; bedroom slippers; and toiletries by Lajatica.

Premium Suite

30 m2
2
Premium Suites have a king-size bed, a separate living room, and a flame-effect fireplace. A luxurious ensuite bathroom with a separate bathtub and shower, walk–in wardrobe, and a 9mq private balcony. Amenities include TV service, minibar with soft drinks & beer; Illy Espresso coffee machine with pods, kettle, and Kusmi tea bags; towels for cabin, pool, and gym; bathrobe; bedroom slippers; Lajatica toiletries.