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Sagas of Iceland and the Faroes: North Atlantic Discoveries

Program Number: 21029RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/21/2013 - 8/9/2013;
Duration: 19 nights
Location: England/Iceland/Ireland/Scotland/Faroe Islands
Price starting at: $4,898.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Ocean Cruises Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 54; 18 Breakfasts, 18 Lunches, 18 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt; Gluten Free    

Discover the rich maritime history and natural beauty of the North Atlantic during a journey on board the MV Minerva that spans from Ireland and Scotland to Iceland and the remote Faroe Islands.




Activity Particulars

Walking and standing for up to two hours at a time on some field trips.



Itinerary At-a-Glance

Southampton (England), 2 nights; aboard Minerva, 15 nights; London, 1 night.



Day 1: Overnight flight from the U.S.A.


Days 2-5: Arrival London (England) / coach to Southampton / embark Minerva / At sea:

View historic and modern battleships at the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard —home of the Royal Navy — and take a field trip to the D-Day Museum. Lodging: Comfortable hotel.



Day 6: Giant’s Causeway (Northern Ireland):

Marvel in the hexagonal basalt columns of the Giant’s Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and National Nature Reserve.



Day 7: Isle of Skye (Scotland):

Make your way through the exquisite interior and gardens of Dunvegan Castle, known for its architecture from the 15th-19th centuries.



Days 8-9: Outer Hibredes / At sea:

View the remote natural landscapes and seabird colonies of St. Kilda, Hirta Island, Bororay Stacks during a study cruise.



Day 10: Heimaey Island (Iceland):

Drive along the island to explore its mountains, volcano, puffin colonies and rugged cliffs.



Day 11: Reykjavik:

Explore Iceland’s Golden Circle — including the Gulfoss waterfall and Strokkur geyser — and enjoy views of Reykajavik from the glass Perlan building.



Day 12: Isafjordur:

Journey along the coastal road to learn about the harbors, fishing villages and maritime history of Isafjordur.



Days 13-15: Akureyri / At sea:

Admire the beautiful Godafoss waterfall in the river Skjalfandafljot, and delight in a field trip to the Botanical Gardens.



Days 16-20: Faroe Islands / At sea / disembark Portsmouth (England) / coach to London / departure:

View spectacular cliffs and grottoes along the Streymoy coast via a local study cruise, and observe colonies of puffins and kittiwakes.



MV Minerva

This stylish, newly upgraded vessel is operated by a long-established British company and boasts a loyal following of British travelers. It offers its 350 passengers two restaurants plus al fresco dining, a cinema, two bars, a library/card room, a swimming pool, a gym and a sauna. The spectacular Orpheus Lounge provides panoramic views of your surroundings.


Meals and Lodgings
   Holiday Inn Southampton
  Southampton, UK:England 2 nights
   MV Minerva
  At Sea, USA 15 nights
   Radisson Edwardian Heathrow Hotel.
  London Heathrow Airport, UK:England 1 night
 Holiday Inn Southampton
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: The modern Holiday Inn Southampton stands at the edge of Mayflower Park with magnificent views over Southampton Water.
  Ship Information: N/A.
  Contact info: Herbert Walker Avenue
Southampton,  SO15 1HJ UK:England
phone: +44 871 9429073
web: www.holidayinn.com
  Room amenities: Direct dial telephone, television, tea and coffee making facilities, iron and ironing board. High speed internet access for an additional fee.
  Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar, 24 hour room service. Saunas, MiniGym and heated pool in Holiday Inn Southampton's Spirit Leisure Club. Wireless internet for a fee.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior:  For additional pre and post program accommodations, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org
  Check in time: 2:00 PM

 MV Minerva
Type: Cruise Ship
  Description: A new wrap-around panoramic Observation Lounge, the Orpheus Lounge and Bar, at the forward end of the Promenade Deck.
  Ship Information: Gross Tonnage - 12,449. Length - 437 ft Beam - 66 ft Draft - 19 ft Cruising Speed - 14 knots Passenger Decks - 6 Stabilisers - retractable fin 350 passengers 181 passenger cabin facilities
  Contact info: N/A
N/A,   UK:England
phone: +004723675678
web: www.swanhellenic.com
  Room amenities: All cabins have private facilities, air-conditioning (centrally controlled), TV and radio, vanity table/writing desk and chair, direct-dial telephone, hair dryer, binoculars and safe.
  Facility amenities: Choose to enjoy your Guest Speakers’ talks in the Darwin Lounge, the Orpheus or Livingstone Lounges or in the comfort of your cabin. You might be tempted to remain in the peaceful surrounds of the Orpheus Lounge at the top of the ship to admire panoramic views of passing wildlife, iconic coastlines or Minerva’s arrival in a new port. Relax in the informal Veranda or the conservatory-style Shackleton Bar with its comfortable cane chairs and potted palms, before taking a leisurely stroll around the expansive promenade deck to enjoy the fresh air. Hide away with a good book in the peaceful surrounds of the Library, where you may also enjoy a game of backgammon or fit the last piece in the jigsaw. Play a spot of Bridge in the Card Room, work out in the Gym or indulge yourself in the Salon Centre or with a relaxing dip in the pool on Promenade Deck. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are arranged on an open sitting basis and may be taken in the The Swan Restaurant or the Veranda. 44 Balcony cabins 100 Outside cabins (74% outside cabins including 23% balcony cabins) 2 Restaurants Orpheus Lounge Internet Lounge Livingstone Lounge Darwin Lounge Shackleton & Wheeler Bars 5000-volume Library/Card Room Boutique and Gift Shop Swimming Pool Gymnasium, Sauna and Spa Services Complimentary Launderette with Washers and Dryers Beauty Salon Medical Centre Telephone, Fax and E-mail Facilities TV, Hairdryer and Personal Safe in Every Cabin
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Radisson Edwardian Heathrow Hotel.
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Close to Heathrow Airport.
  Contact info: 140 Bath Road.
Hayes, Middlesex.,  UB3 5AW UK:England
phone: +44 20 8759 6311
web: www.radissonedwardian.com
  Room amenities: Air-conditioning. Direct dial telephone with personal number and voicemail, satllite TV and pay movies, in room safe. In room bar, iron and ironing board, tea and coffee making facilities.
  Facility amenities: Restaurant and bar. Complimentary wireless internet access, business centre, newsagents, health spa and fitness centre.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after:  For additional pre and post program accommodations, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
A light lunch will be served at 12:30pm in the hotel. The welcome meeting and reception is at 5:00pm. You will be staying at Holiday Inn Southampton that night.
  End of Program:
After breakfast on departure day. Breakfast ends at 10:00am and check out is by 11:00am. You will be staying at Radisson Edwardian Heathrow Hotel. the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. **IMPORTANT: REGISTERING FOR YOUR CRUISE ONLINE** Swan Hellenic requires all guests to provide full passport details, including address and telephone number. They also require next of kin contact information in case of an emergency. This information must be received no later than 60 days prior to departure. Passengers must visit the website at www.swanhellenic.com - click on "Already Booked" then "Required Passenger Information" to enter your details. The embarkation date is the date you board the ship. Furnished data will be provided to foreign government immigration officials and is required for on-board administration. PLEASE NOTE: Your cruise documents will not be issued prior to your online registration, and embarkation onto the ship may be denied. If you did not receive a booking number or if you need assistance registering online, please contact our program department at 1.866.359.5966 and someone will assist you.
  Parking availability:
Not applicable.
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: Trains and buses available to Southampton and to central London.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Southampton
  Transportation to site: Trains/coaches available. The Heathrow Express departs the airport every 15 minutes and takes 15 minutes add 6 minutes from T5.) to London Paddington. An Express single costs £16.50 (2010 prices), 1st Class is £26, return is £32. Paddington Station is situated in the west end of central London. It connects to the Bakerloo, District and Circle lines on the London Underground. Trains leave London Waterlooo for Southampton Central every 30 minutes and take 1 hour 14 minutes. A single journey costs approx. GBP25.
  From End of Program
  Location:  London Heathrow Airport
  Transportation from site: Hoppa bus from hotel to Heathrow terminals. Heathrow Express to central London's Paddington Station.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1:
(Sunday, July 21)
   
 In Transit Overnight: Overnight flight to London Heathrow.

Day 2:
(Monday, July 22)
   
 Arrive To: London Heathrow.
 Morning: Transfers to Southampton.
 Lunch: A light lunch is served in the hotel.
 Afternoon: Check in and relax before a welcome meeting with David and Shirley Saunders at 5:00pm in the hotel.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Southampton
Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
(Tuesday, July 23)
   
 Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Field trip to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard see Nelson's HMS Victory, the Mary Rose and HMS Warrior 1840. Take the Trafalgar Experience and visit theNational Museum of the Royal Navy
 Lunch: In Boathouse No 7.
 Afternoon: Take a harbour boatride and see modern warships up close.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Southampton
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: D-Day Museum.
(Wednesday, July 24)
   
 Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Field trip to the D-Day Museum and Overlord Tapestry in Portsmouth. Embark Minerva before lunch.
 Lunch: On board ship.
 Afternoon: Ship orientation and safety drill. Shipboard activities.
 Dinner: On board ship.
 Evening: Shipboard activities.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Welcome cocktail party. David Saunders MBE lectures at sea.
(Thursday, July 25)
   
 Breakfast: On board ship.
 Morning: It is anticipated that Swan Hellenic lectures will be offered at these times on this cruise. At sea days 9:30am and 11:30am in the Darwin Lounge. The two Swan Hellenic lecturers are: Dr Emily Lethbridge who holds a PhD in Old Norse-Icelandic language and literature from the University of Cambridge and spent three years as a post-doctoral Research Fellow at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. She is currently employed by the Árni Magnússon Manuscripts Institute in Reykjavík where she is working on medieval Icelandic manuscripts. She is writing a book on the Icelandic sagas and their landscapes based on the year she spent exploring the country in a Land Rover ambulance, with the outlaw heroes, ghosts, and fierce women who feature in the sagas as her guides. and Mr Andy Bunten who has been an obsessive enthusiast about wildlife ever since he can remember. Andy obtained degrees in Zoology and Environmental Technology at Newcastle and Imperial College, before embarking on a career in nature conservation. He has worked for local government, wildlife trusts, and, for 26 years, the RSPB. He was RSPB's Regional Director for the South East of England for 5 years before, in 1991, moving to the North of England to take up the reins of Director there. Andy is an enthusiastic traveller and has led wildlife groups to numerous places around the world including the Seychelles, France, Egypt, Costa Rica, Norway and Svalbard
 Lunch: On board shop.
 Afternoon: 2:30pm David Saunders MBE Road Scholar lecturer on "Oceans of Birds" Seabirds are fascinating, magical and amazing, from the Puffin every ones favourite to the magnificent Gannet, from tiny Storm Petrels to pirates like Great Skuas. If you miss out on Puffins in Scotland well there are opportunities in Iceland and the Faroes. Lecture: "Some Enchanted Islands" Islands around the coasts of Great Britain with a rich tapestry of natural history and history, of Grey Seals and seabirds, of the Scottish Primrose to the Skomer Vole. Including perhaps the most remarkable of all, remote St Kilda. Shipboard activities.You might be tempted to remain in the peaceful surrounds of the Orpheus Lounge at the top of the ship to admire panoramic views of passing wildlife, iconic coastlines or Minerva’s arrival in a new port. Relax in the informal Veranda or the conservatory-style Shackleton Bar with its comfortable cane chairs and potted palms, before taking a leisurely stroll around the expansive promenade deck to enjoy the fresh air. Hide away with a good book in the peaceful surrounds of the Library, where you may also enjoy a game of backgammon or fit the last piece in the jigsaw. Play a spot of Bridge in the Card Room, work out in the Gym or indulge yourself in the Salon Centre or with a relaxing dip in the pool on Promenade Deck. Ship Cocktail party.
 Dinner: On board ship.
 Evening: Shipboard activities.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: World Heritage Site-Giant's Causeway.
(Friday, July 26)

Note: Moderate activity with more walking, possibly including short steep inclines and steps.



   
 Breakfast: On board ship.
 Morning: Shipboard activities. Swan Hellenic lectures at 9:30am and 11:30am.
 Lunch: On board ship.
 Afternoon: Swan Hellenic and Road Scholar reserve the right to amend or withdraw shore excursions due to unforeseen or altered circumstances. Landings, which are subject to local conditions and the decision of the Captain - these are not guaranteed. Minerva docks in Portrush, Northern Ireland at 1:00pm. Visit the Giant’s Causeway world heritage site independently, viewing the hexagonal basalt columns that run like giant stepping stones out into the sea – there are estimated to be approximately 40,000 basalt columns here. Also enjoy a photo stop at Dunluce Castle, a dramatic and picturesque ruin on a rocky headland.
 Dinner: On board ship.
 Evening: The ship departs at 7:00pm. Shipboard activities.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Dunvegan Castle and the Isle of Skye.
(Saturday, July 27)

Note: Moderate activity with more walking, possibly including short steep inclines and steps.



   
 Breakfast: On board ship.
 Morning: Morning at sea. Swan Hellenic lectures at 9:30am and 11:30am. Shipboard activities. Dock at Portree Isle of Skye at 12:00pm.
 Lunch: On board ship.
 Afternoon: Dunvegan Castle, the seat of the Chiefs of MacLeod, is magnificently situated at the head of the sea loch of the same name. The present castle, which demonstrates almost every architectural style from the 15th – 19th centuries, was once only accessible from the sea by a small gateway with a portcullis opening onto the rocks; it is now entered via a bridge across a ravine that once served as a dry moat. The interior visit includes the Fairy Tower, the Dungeon and the Dining Room where you can see the fabled Fairy Flag – a silk banner of Middle Eastern origin said to possess the power to save the clan from danger. You are also welcome to stroll in the gardens where you might catch sight of a white-tailed sea eagle.
 Dinner: On board ship.
 Evening: The ship departs at 6:00pm. Shipboard activities.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Scenic cruise-St Kilda, Hirta Island, Bororay Stacks. The Outer Hebrides.
(Sunday, July 28)
   
 Breakfast: On board ship.
 Morning: The Archipelago of St Kilda is the remotest part of the British Isles, situated some 41 miles west of Scotland’s Outer Hebrides. Its native population was evacuated in 1930 and the island was bequeathed to the National Trust for Scotland by the 5th Marquess of Bute in 1957. Minerva will cruise off the main island of Hirta and the Boreray Stacks. The waters and cliffs are home to thousands of seabirds as well as some of the largest colonies of gannets and fulmars.
 Lunch: On board ship.
 Afternoon: The scenic cruise continues.
 Dinner: On board ship.
 Evening: Shipboard activities.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: At sea. Lectures.
(Monday, July 29)
   
 Breakfast: On board ship.
 Morning: Swan Hellenic lectures at 9:30am and 11:30am.
 Lunch: On board ship.
 Afternoon: 1:45pm. Road Scholar lectures by David Saunders MBE. Lecture "Whales and Dolphins" Less than 100 species of these mysterious and enigmatic animals which occur in all oceans and seas and in some great rivers. No passenger fails to be excited when they are sighted and our cruise promises plenty of opportunities especially in Icelandic waters. 2:45pm Lecture: "Under Northern Lights". Despite the often harsh conditions an amazing variety of wildlife thrives in the north from Polar Bears to exotic northern flowers and birds like the Whooper Swan and Snowy Owl. Shipboard activities.
 Dinner: On board ship.
 Evening: Shipboard activities.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Heimaey Island Drive.
(Tuesday, July 30)

Note: Limited and easy walking, involving some steps.



   
 Breakfast: On board ship.
 Morning: Swan Hellenic lectures at 9:30am and 11:30am. Relax in Minerva’s comfortable lounges and Library as well as fine dining with fellow passengers in the Swan Restaurant as you cruise northwest to the only inhabited island of the Westman Islands, Heimaey. Minerva docks on Heimaey at 12:00pm.
 Lunch: On board ship.
 Afternoon: Heimaey is the largest and only inhabited island of the Western Islands, an active volcanic group of islands just off the south coast of Iceland. An unexpected volcanic eruption in 1973 created a new 900-foot mountain, Eldfell (‘Mt Fire’) on Heimaey that swamped one third of the houses with boiling lava, and buried most of the rest in ash. On an island drive you’ll see Eldfell and the 5,000 year-old volcano, Helgafell. Weather permitting you’ll enjoy views across to Surtsey (the newest island, created by a volcanic eruption in 1963), drive to Storhofdi to spot the puffin colony and view the remains of farm buildings dating back to AD 650. You’ll also be introduced to the traditional sport of rope swinging, which enabled islanders to collect guillemot eggs from the island’s steep cliffs.
 Dinner: On board ship.
 Evening: Minerva sest sail from Heimaey at 7:00pm. Shipboard activities.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Reykjavik, Iceland's Capital and the Golden Circle.
(Wednesday, July 31)

Note: Limited and easy walking, involving some steps. Lunch or Evening Meal Included



   
 Breakfast: On board ship.
 Morning: Dock at Reykjavik at 8:00am. The colourful city of Reykjavik is the world’s most northerly capital. Marvel at the unique landscape of Iceland’s ‘The Golden Circle’ – Gullfoss, a thundering waterfall, the mesmerising spectacle of the Geysir and Thingvellir National Park, home to the earliest parliament. En route to Gullfoss you’ll have a short stop at Hveragerdi, where hot springs provide the heat for Iceland’s greenhouses in which fruit, vegetables and flowers are grown. Continue to Gullfoss to view the ‘golden falls’, the most publicised and famous of the country’s many waterfalls. Next you’ll visit the Geysir area, where hot springs and other geothermal phenomena abound, to witness the active geyser, Strokkur, which spouts every few minutes. There will also be a brief visit to the nearby Geo Centre. After lunch you’ll drive on to Thingvellir National Park, to visit the site of Iceland’s first national assembly in AD930. On returning to Reykjavik there’ll be a short stop at Perlan, a futuristic dome of glass built atop the city’s hot water tanks, where the viewing platform affords panoramic views over the city.
 Lunch: Included.
 Afternoon: The field trip continues.
 Dinner: On board ship.
 Evening: Minerva sets sail at 7:00pm. Shipboard activities.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Isafjordur-the Western Fjords. Discover tiny villages and small fishing harbours, learn about the life and culture of this remote area, and visit the fascinating Maritime Museum.
(Thursday, August 1)

Note: Strenuous activity with many steps, steeper hills and longer walking.



   
 Breakfast: On board ship.
 Morning: Swan Hellenic lectures at 9:30am and 11:30am. Shipboard activity.
 Lunch: Onboard ship.
 Afternoon: The ship docks in Isafjordur at 1:00pm. Enjoy a short drive along the narrow, coastal road to Bolungarvik; here you’ll visit the tiny village church before continuing to Osvor, a small harbour for fishing boats where there is a fisherman’s hut (restored in 1988) that illustrates the harsh conditions experienced by Icelandic fishermen until the beginning of the 20th century. Next you’ll drive to the valley of Seljalandsdalur for a panoramic view over Isafjördur, and then return to the town to visit the excellent Maritime Museum, housed in a former 18th century warehouse. Explore the museum independently, and enjoy some refreshments, before returning by coach to the ship or walking back to Minerva at your leisure. .
 Dinner: On board ship.
 Evening: The ships sets sail at 7:00pm. Shipboard activity.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Akureyri and Godafoss-the "Waterfall of the Gods".
(Friday, August 2)

Note: Moderate activity with more walking, possibly including short steep inclines and steps.



   
 Breakfast: On board ship.
 Morning: 9:30am Swan Hellenic lecture.Shipboard activities. Minerva sails around the north of the island to Akureyri, located just 60km south of the Arctic Circle.
 Lunch: On board ship.
 Afternoon: Dock at 12:00pm in Akureyri. Drive from Akureyri towards the beautiful Godafoss waterfall in the river Skjalfandafljot. You will stop at Fossholl, a short distance from Godafoss on the eastern bank of the river Skjalfandafljot, to admire the falls. Return to Akureyri for an orientation drive around the town followed by a short visit to the Botanical Gardens, which feature examples of every species indigenous to Iceland as well as an extensive collection of high-latitude and high-altitude plants from around the world. The wealth of flora on display in the city’s botanical gardens, Lystigardur Akureyrar, is truly astonishing considering the garden’s proximity to the Arctic Circle.
 Dinner: On board ship.
 Evening: Overnight berth in Akureyri. Enjoy the evening sun in Iceland’s second city as Minerva remains in port overnight.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Morning in port, Akureyri.
(Saturday, August 3)
   
 Breakfast: On board ship.
 Morning: Free time in Akureyri.
 Lunch: On board ship.
 Afternoon: Minerva sets sail at 2:30pm. Shipboard activities.
 Dinner: On board ship.
 Evening: Minerva sails away from Iceland to Tórshavn on the remote Faroe Islands, little visited apart from the most determined traveller.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: At sea. Lecture.
(Sunday, August 4)
   
 Breakfast: On board ship.
 Morning: Swan Hellenic lectures at 9:30am and 11:30am. TBC.
 Lunch: On board ship.
 Afternoon: 1:45pm David Saunders lectures for Road Scholar. "Three Tea Bags": A peep at bird migration, at some of the amazing journeys undertaken by migrating birds. Yes, some like wood warblers weigh no more than three tea bags, or the Wheatears, slightly larger which travel from Alaska to central Africa, and back. 2:45pm Lecture "What You Need is a Good Milking Goat". Life and wildlife 50 years ago on the island of Skomer off the Pembrokeshire coast where the lecturer and his wife together with two small children lived for seven years, the only inhabitants. Shipboard actiities.
 Dinner: On board ship.
 Evening: Shipboard activities.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Torshavin, the Faroe Islands. Vestmanna Cliffs Boat Ride.
(Monday, August 5)

Note: Moderate activity with more walking, possibly including short steep inclines and steps. Hot and Cold refreshments included.



   
 Breakfast: On board ship.
 Morning: Arrive Torshavin at 8:00am. Enjoy a scenic drive to Vestmanna to embark a local boat to view spectacular cliffs and grottoes along the Streymoy coast. The cliffs rise dramatically from the sea to a height of 600m, and hidden grottoes line the coast. Subject to prevailing weather conditions the boats will sail into some of the grottoes, enabling you to see at close hand the colonies of puffins, kittiwakes and other seabirds which live there. Return to Torshavn by coach.
 Lunch: On board ship.
 Afternoon: Shipboard activities. Ship departs at 4:00pm.
 Dinner: On board ship.
 Evening: Shipboard activities.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: At Sea.
(Tuesday, August 6)
   
 Breakfast: On board ship.
 Morning: Swan Hellenic lectures at 9:30am and 11:30am. Shipboard activities.
 Lunch: On board ship.
 Afternoon: 1:45pm pm David Saunders lectures to Road Scholars "The Navy's Here". A broad brush lecture about the Battle of the Atlantic the longest campaign of the Second World War which, if lost then Germany would have triumphed. The seas between Iceland and Great Britain witnessed many key actions.
 Dinner: On board ship.
 Evening: Shipboard activities.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18: At sea. Round up.
(Wednesday, August 7)
   
 Breakfast: On board ship.
 Morning: At sea. 9:30 and 11:30am Swan Hellenic lecture round up.
 Lunch: On board ship.
 Afternoon: 1:45pm Lecture by David Saunders "Whose Bird?" ? The extraordinary stories behind the discovery and naming of birds, stories of high adventure and not a few disasters, three collectors were killed by elephants, another by Australian aborigines while others died of disease or starvation. Shipboard activities.
 Dinner: On board ship.
 Evening: Sail towards the historic naval dockyard at Portsmouth.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19: Disembark Portsmouth. Royal Pavilion Brighton.
(Thursday, August 8)
   
 Breakfast: On board ship.
 Morning: Minerva docks in Portsmouth at 7:30M. Disembark and travel to London Heathrow via Brighton Royal Pavilion.
 Lunch: Taken in a restaurant in Brighton.
 Afternoon: The coach continues to the hotel near Heathrow Aiprot. Check in and relax before dinner.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Radisson Edwardian Heathrow Hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 20: Departure day.
(Friday, August 9)
   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: Transfers by public Hoppa bus to Heathrow terminals.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  London Heathrow Airport Central London
There are endless possibilities for an evening in London: The theater, a walk along the South Bank, guided walks, historic pubs, trend-setting restaurants, a stroll through SoHo. For additional information, visit www.timeout.com/london/
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Wildlife of the North Atlantic: A Cruising Guide - British Isles, Faroes, Norway, Iceland, Southern Greenland, Newfoundland


Author: Tony Soper, Dan Powell


Description: 'Bradt Travel Guides simply have the best wildlife coverage of any of the popular guide books.' BBC Wildlife 'Recommended reading' Wanderlust. Tony Soper has written over a dozen books on birds and other natural history topics, including Antarctica: A Guide to the Wildlife. Nowadays, he leads expeditions in small ships in search of ocean-going seabirds, whales and the wildlife of remote islands. Dan Powell is a full-time wildlife artist best known for his studies of birds. He is also the illustrator of The Arctic: A Guide to Coastal Wildlife. In 1996, he received the British Birds' award for Bird Illustrator of the Year.



Faroe Islands (Bradt Travel Guides)


Author: James Proctor


Description: James Proctor is a travel writer and former BBC journalist specialising in European affairs. He visits the Faroe Islands frequently and describes his knowledge of the islands as 'exhaustive'.



The Sagas of the Icelanders


Author: Jane Smiley


Description: In Iceland, the age of the Vikings is also known as the Saga Age. A unique body of medieval literature, the Sagas rank with the world’s great literary treasures – as epic as Homer, as deep in tragedy as Sophocles, as engagingly human as Shakespeare. Set around the turn of the last millennium, these stories depict with an astonishingly modern realism the lives and deeds of the Norse men and women who first settled in Iceland and of their descendants, who ventured farther west to Greenland and, ultimately, North America. Sailing as far from the archetypal heroic adventure as the long ships did from home, the Sagas are written with psychological intensity, peopled by characters with depth, and explore perennial human issues like love, hate, fate and freedom.



Iceland (Bradt Travel Guide)


Author: Andrew Evans


Description: Not just for those looking to glimpse glaciers or wallow in hot springs, Bradt’s new edition of this award-winning guide to Iceland caters to the outdoor enthusiast as well as those who share Andrew Evans' passion for the country’s rich Viking traditions and history. Learn when to use each one of the eight Icelandic words for sheep, how to avoid injury from dive-bombing Arctic terns, or the connections between present-day sites and Iceland’s rich literary tradition of sagas. Biking, trekking, deep-sea and river fishing, horse-riding, glacier exploration, Reykjavík’s wild nightlife – it’s all covered.



The Giant's Causeway: And the North Antrim Coast


Author: Philip Watson


Description: The Giant's Causeway on Ireland's north Antrim coast is a place where myth and science meet. For over 300 years visitors have pondered the choice between giants and geology to explain this natural and cultural wonder. From tales of the Irish giant, Finn MacCool, and his building of the huge stone causeway, to the ancient and mysterious cooling of lava to form the basalt columns, The Giant's Causeway takes the reader on an illustrated tour of the history, folklore, people, geology, wildlife, and stunning landscape of this unique place.





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