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15-DAY ICELAND & NORTH CAPE QUEST

Explore Iceland and Norway over 15-days on this spectacular sailing and finish your journey in Denmark.

June 01, 2018 - Seabourn Quest

Departs: Reykjavik, Iceland

Arrives: Copenhagen, Denmark

Ocean View Suite From CA$11,165*



Some of the ports visited..

Reykjavik

Warmed by the Gulf Stream as well as by highly active thermal hot springs and volcanoes, Iceland is somewhat misnamed. While it is a stark and barren country with three huge areas of glaciers, one theory is that early Norsemen sought to mislead other potential settlers by giving a pleasant name to fierce, inhospitable Greenland, and a forbidding name to the imminently habitable Iceland. Irish monks and hermits established themselves here in the 8th century, but left a century later when the pagan Norsemen arrived. Europe's first Parliament of General Assembly, the Althing, was established in the year 930 and still functions as the legislative body, although it was suspended by the Danes at the end of the 18th century and not reconvened until 1843. Reykjavik was the site picked by the island's first permanent resident, Ingolfur Arnarson in 874, and is home to more than half of the island's total population. The world's northernmost capital, Reykjavik is proud of its virtual lack of air pollution. Both electrical power and home heating are derived from the geothermal activity on the island. The city's large swimming pools are always warm, and in the countryside exotic fruits such as grapes and bananas are cultivated in greenhouses made cozy with the help of underground hot springs.

Honningsvag

The perpendicular cliffs of Nordkapp, or the North Cape, mark the very top of the European continent. This ultimate destination has long drawn adventurous royalty including Oscar II, King of Norway and Sweden, who visited in 1873, and followed by the King of Siam in 1907. The North Cape is located on the island of Mageroey, a name derived from a word that means "meager." While the landscape may have a lunar appearance, it is not really so isolated. Just 21 miles away, the main town, Honningsvåg, has some 4,000 inhabitants. In summer that number swells when the Sami people and their reindeer settle on the outskirts of town.

Hammerfest

Hammerfest is both the northernmost town in the world and the regional capital of Finnmark, Norway's largest county. Permanent settlements in the region date back some 10,000 years, when Komsa hunters lived along the coast. The Sami people came from Lapland later, along with their reindeer, with 'true Norwegians' arriving in the 12th century. Points of interest include the Meridian Monument, which commemorates a 36-year international project undertaken between 1816 and 1852 to define the earth's size and shape. The large stained-glass window at the Hammerfest Church adds to its striking architectural style. Shops offer original Norwegian handicrafts. Hiking and fishing opportunities are available for those whose interests tend to the more active.

Pay a visit to The Royal and Ancient Polar Bear Society pavilion and with a donation, become a member and contributor to the preservation and research of this magnificent white king of the north. Bring your passport or ship's postcard for a souvenir Royal and Ancient Polar Bear Society stamp to commemorate your visit to the quaint town of Hammerfest.



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*Taxes, Fees & Port Expenses are an additional CA$601

*Fares shown are in CA$, per person, based on double occupancy. Fares reflect best fare available for a suite in each category, on one date that this itinerary is available from a snapshot taken in the last 24 hours.


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