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Voyage To Greenland and Iceland

Greenland and Iceland, vast unspoiled wildernesses where glaciers calve into bays strewn with icebergs, whale pods glide through the arctic waters and unique flora springs into life in the summer months.

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Our holiday walking grades

Moderate

Grade 4

Full and half day walks at a moderate pace over hilly terrain.

Most of these holidays have an element of sightseeing as well.

Half day walks will probably involve about 3 hours of walking, with full day walks having around 5 hours. Expect ascents and descents of up to 600m.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Walk amongst unspoiled wilderness in Greenland and Iceland.
  • Experience delicious food, superior customer service and fine comfort on board a Fred. Olsen ship.
  • Visit incredible places with an experienced Cruise and Walk Ramblers Leader.
  • Discover Iceland and its incredible geological masterpieces in Reykjavik, Akureyri and Seydisfjörður.
  • Stop off in Belfast to visit the unique basalt rocks of the incredible Giant’s Causeway.
  • Explore Nanortalik, the most southernly town in Greenland.
  • Walk the Ridge Trail, considered by some to be one of the most spectacular walks in Greenland.
  • A local walking guide takes us on a journey of exploration in Narsarsuaq, the gateway to southern Greenland.

When you sail north, you enter into the land of mystery, remote landscapes and natural wonders. This is a cruise which unleashes spectacular scenery, rugged cliff edges, dramatic snow-capped peaks, thermal lands, electric blue glaciers and deep mysterious fjords. 

Greenland, an enchanting and remote country within the North Atlantic and Arctic seas. This is a mysterious land alluring further exploration and discovery. Greenland is a mystifying country full of wild and captivating scenery, and there is nowhere else like it on Earth. 80% of Greenland is covered in ice, the largest ice mass in the northern hemisphere. It is the land of the midnight sun during summer and the gateway to the Aurora Borealis in winter. 

Iceland is a destination you may have dreamt of visiting. Setting foot in the land of ice and fire is like taking a deep breath of fresh air into oxygen starved lungs. Iceland has vast open spaces and a landscape that pulses with continent dividing energy. The colours are rich and vivid, views expansive, and a unique landscape where Mother Nature is still changing its ever-evolving idea of perfection. Iceland’s volcanic scenery, rugged coastline and wild vastness truly excites the imagination.

Ever wanted to explore these captivating lands, then this cruising holiday is perfect for you!  

We’ll set sail for Greenland with a stop at Belfast in Ireland to visit the unique basalt rocks of the incredible Giant’s Causeway.

Our journey will take us to eastern Iceland where we’ll visit Seydisfjörður before continuing north to Akureyri where we discover its incredible geological masterpieces. 

Greenland will welcome us in colourful Nanortalik, the most southernly town in Greenland. A local walking guide takes us on a journey of exploration in Narsarsuaq, the gateway to southern Greenland. We’ll discover the Flower Valley, Hospital Valley, and the Ridge Trail, considered by some to be one of the most spectacular walks in Greenland. 

After a few days at sea, we return to Iceland where we dock at Reykjavik from where we visit the continental divide and some of the dramatic waterfalls and geysers for which the country is so well known for. We’ll walk in areas where the earth’s crust is so thin that steam fills the air. 

One of the unique things about Cruise & Walk is that it allows us to discover extraordinary remote places that you would not usually be able to visit. In some ports of call we follow captivating walking trails and in some we will spend time with local guides, furthering our knowledge of history and culture during our exploration ashore. There will be free time in each port for you to explore at leisure, and your Ramblers Cruise & Walk leader is always able to offer interesting suggestions. 

Greenland and Iceland have a reputation for being expensive, but on a Ramblers Cruise & Walk holiday you benefit from excellent value and experience more places than you would on a land-based holiday. At the end of each day’s activities, we return to the excellent food and comfort of the Fred Olsen ship and sail on to another scenic destination.

Please note, ports of call may change between different departure dates. It is important to check the individual tour date proposed itinerary for details of your cruise.

  • Breakfast and dinner throughout your tour, plus lunch on sea days.
  • Complimentary tea and coffee at select locations throughout the ship.
  • All entertainment, sports & leisure facilities on board.
  • A programme of walks and excursions from our ports of call including any necessary transportation costs.
  • All ship and excursion tips.
  • Picnic lunch on shore excursion days.
  • Afternoon tea aboard ship on one of the cruising days.
  • All drinks on board
  • Any local excursions not included in the Ramblers Cruise & Walk Holidays programme including entrances to museums, sites or Fred. Olsen on shore activities.
  • Access to Wi-Fi on board the ship. At the time of writing Fred Olsen offer various packages from £16 for 30 minutes to £84 for unlimited access on a 14-day cruise. Please ask for more details at the Reception Desk on the ship.
  • Personal laundry and dry cleaning, hairdressing, health, beauty treatments and selected fitness classes.
  • Holiday Insurance.
  • Occasionally a local guide or your Ramblers Cruise & Walk leader might suggest entering a site or monument in a city for which there is an entrance fee to pay. Please allow approximately £30 for this.
  • Discretionary gratuities to the crew, drivers, guides etc both on board and ashore.

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we may unfortunately need to withdraw a tour that is currently confirmed to operate and we therefore reserve the right to cancel your booking. We would always do our utmost to give you plenty of notice should we have to do this. Selected elements of this tour, including local attractions and restaurants, may change at late notice. Please ensure you have valid insurance cover before you travel.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome aboard!

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Board your ship at Liverpool port and set sail in the early evening. Check in for your cruise begins one hour prior to embarkation, and embarkation at the cruise terminal usually begins three hours before departure and closes one hour prior to sailing. At Liverpool you will be greeted by Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ staff, including porters who will arrange for your luggage to be delivered to your cabin.  There will be a letter from your Ramblers Cruise & Walk Holidays’ leader in your cabin informing you of the place and time for you to meet the rest of the group that evening.

Day 2

Belfast, Ireland

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    5.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    300m

On arrival in Belfast we drive to the scenic north Antrim coast. Keep watching, you may spot colourful murals that individually reveal a story about Northern Irelands complicated political past. Our walk takes us along a dramatic cliff path to the unique basalt rocks of the Giant’s Causeway. Legend tells us that Giants Causeway was built by the Irish Giant Fionn as part of a causeway to fight the Scottish Giant Benandonner, whereas scientists state the phenomenon was caused by volcanic fissure eruptions.

Day 3

Day at Sea

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

We spend today at sea so take your time to explore your ships on board entertainment.

Day 4

Seydisfjörður, Iceland

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2.5 hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    70m

Seydisfjörður is a remote town decorated with unique multi coloured wooden buildings located in eastern Iceland on the edge of the dramatic 17km long Seydisfjörður fjord. It’s one of the most culturally, historically, and architecturally interesting towns in Eastern Iceland. Seydisfjörður was primarily a fishing town, but tourism has developed in recent years and its picturesque harbour area, colourful buildings and mountainous landscape make for a perfect picture. Seydisfjörður is well known for its culture and enthusiasm for art as it is home to the annual Lunga Art Festival, a festival encouraging aspiring artists to study at art schools. 

From the port we walk south through lush meadows and beside a tranquil riverbank surrounded by snow capped mountains. Our trail takes us past glorious waterfalls in Seydisfjörður and we may pass an arctic tern nesting area, also known locally as the sea swallow.

On our return it is well worth exploring Seydisfjörður and its distinct blue Church, one of the most recognisable landmarks in Iceland. 

Day 5

Akureyri, Iceland

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Akureyri, known as ‘Iceland’s second capital’ and ‘the capital of North Iceland’, is a small, charming city located at the southern end of Eyjafjörður on Iceland’s northern coast. Akureyri’s small scale and population are more suited to a towns size, but in Iceland Akureyri is classed as a small city! Its delightful streets are filled with tastefully decorated street art and locally run shops selling traditionally made souvenirs and food. The city has a botanical garden, various museums, art exhibitions, restaurants, and cafes with delicious traditional delicacies. Akureyri is quirky and full of character with its heart shaped red traffic lights encouraging happiness and its Christmas House, located a 10 minute drive from the main centre, is open to the public all year round where Christmas is every day! Christmas music, decorations, and produce…the festive aroma will transform you back to that feeling of uncontrollable excitement on Christmas eve during your childhood. 

As we cruise along the fjord, we pass by the small island of Hrisey, known as Eyjafjörður’s pearl of nature and rich in birdlife.

We discover the mighty Godafoss waterfall, one of the most beautiful and spectacular in Iceland. Godafoss translates to ‘the waterfall of the gods’, and you’ll see why! It’s one of Iceland’s most magnificent thundering waterfalls at a width of over 30m and a height of 12m. 

Our exploration continues at Myvatn Lake, one of the highlights of any visit to northern Iceland. During our walk we will discover the volcanic landscape and spot birdlife amidst the craters by the lakeshore, keep a look out some rare northern species!

The day continues at the Dimmuborgir lava field, a moonlike landscape of remarkable lava cliffs and steep pillars formed by molten lava after the eruption of Lúdentsborgir and Þrengslaborgir over 2000 years ago.

We visit the tectonic plates at Grjotagja where its possible to stand with one foot on the American plate and one foot on the European plate! We may also have time to walk through the superb lava landscape at Viti crater. 

Today is full of discovery and may involve a necessary early start and late dinner to take full advantage of the day. It’s worth it for an extraordinarily memorable day!

Day 6

Day at Sea

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Time at sea to relax and make the most of your ships on board entertainment. Perhaps enjoy a swim in the pool or treat yourself to a relaxing sauna or beauty treatment!

Day 7

Day at Sea

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Time at sea to relax and make the most of your ships on board entertainment. Perhaps relax in the jacuzzi or visit the oriental tearoom.

Day 8

Nanortalik, Greenland

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    4.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    350m

We dock in Nanortalik, the mostly southernly town in Greenland nestled on an island on the edge of the Tasermiut Fjord. Brightly coloured houses and buildings decorate this sleepy costal town known as the place with the polar bears…the chance of seeing one is very rare! Nanortalik is surrounded by craggy wild mountains, fjords, sheets of sea ice and a variety of arctic wildlife. 

We explore this area by foot. Our trail takes us past waterfalls and steep mountains before ascending to the viewpoint on the summit of Quassik (308m) for panoramic views of Nanortalik and the islands beyond. On return to Nanortalik, we’ll have some time to explore the town and its picturesque harbour. 

Day 9

Narsarsuaq, Iceland

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    4.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    163m

We dock in Narsarsuaq, the gateway to southern Greenland, located on the Tunulliarfik Fjord. Narsarsuaq means great plains and it is here that influenced the name Greenland due to Narsarsuaq’s lush green valleys and landscape during summer. 

A local guide helps us to explore the area by foot. We start with a short drive from the harbour to the start of our exploration. We begin our gentle hike along the Ridge Trail, considered by some to be one of the most spectacular walks on the Island. It is well marked, easy to follow and has short ascents and descents. Our path takes us into a low mountainous area situated between two verdant valleys where we’ll walk along an easy trail surrounded by lush vegetation, birch trees and willow trees.

After an ascent we’ll reach the highest point on the ridge (163m above sea level) where we should have some time to enjoy lunch with a picturesque view of spectacular glaciers and distant snow-capped mountains. 

We descend to a crystal-clear glacial river before entering the Narsarsuaq Flower Valley where wild flowers dominate the landscape during the summer months. A gentle ascent takes us into Hospital Valley where old hospital buildings and a stone-built chimney still stand as relics from the past. Our walk finishes with a short drive back to Narsarsuaq.

Day 10

Day at Sea

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Time at sea to relax and make the most of your ships on board entertainment. Perhaps explore the variety of on-board taster classes and demonstrations available.

Day 11

Day at Sea

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Time at sea to relax and make the most of your ships on board entertainment. Why not indulge in the luxury on board food…you are on holiday!

Day 12

Reykjavik, Iceland

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

We dock in Reykjavik, the most northern capital in the world. This small colourful city is home to over half of Iceland’s population and it’s a bustling centre filled with a variety of restaurants, unique shops selling local produce, galleries, museums, and a beautiful natural harbour. 

Today we experience some of southwest Iceland’s most incredible and distinctive natural landscapes. We’ll visit the spellbinding Thingvellir national park, the thundering Gulfoss waterfall, and the impressive Geysir geothermal hot spring area, all natural landmarks included in the famous Golden Circle tour of Iceland. 

The Thingvellir national park is extraordinary! There is nowhere else on earth where you can walk along the mid Atlantic rift between two tectonic plates, all above sea level. On one side you’ll see the enormous north American tectonic plate and on the other side of the rift is the protruding Eurasian tectonic plate. 

Gulfoss waterfall, also known as the golden falls, is surrounded by a dramatic 70m canyon where water free falls over 10m from the first waterfall and over 21m from the second. The incredible noise of the water thundering and crashing over the falls is immense and the sheer size of Gulfoss is extraordinary. 

The Geysir geothermal hot spring area is a spectacular phenomenon that became active over 1000 years ago. We’ll discover its boiling mud pits, bubbling geysers and the famous Strokkur which throws water over 100ft into the air like a fountain every few minutes. The information centre is an exciting way to learn about the geological processes in Iceland and its various geothermal areas.  

 

Day 13

Day at Sea

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Time at sea to relax and make the most of your ships on board entertainment. Perhaps enjoy a relaxing beverage or two at the bar!

Day 14

Day at Sea

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Time at sea to relax and make the most of your ships on board entertainment. Perhaps enjoy a coffee in the lounge or find a quiet spot on the sun deck to relax and read a book.

Day 15

Disembarkation Day

Meals

Breakfast

We arrive back at your embarkation port around 07.00 for disembarkation after breakfast.

From (GBP)£2,795

Departure dates for your selected tour

26th Jul 2022 - 9th Aug 2022 (14 Nights)

Travel Details

Getting to your departure port

For all information on how to get to your cruise departure by car or public transport please consult www.fredolsencruises.com/cruising-information/departure-port

Embarkation

On arrival at the port you will need to produce both your ticket and a valid passport, so please ensure you have both ready to hand. When checking in you will be issued with your ship’s pass and boarding card. Your ship’s pass acts as your security pass and onboard account card for the full duration of the cruise. Each time you embark or disembark the ship your card will be swiped to record whether you are on board or ashore. In addition, your hand luggage may be subject to either x-ray scanning or a manual search each time you re-join the ship.

Disembarkation

At least 24 hours before the end of your cruise the full disembarkation instructions will be placed inside your cabin. Please ensure you have settled all onboard accounts before leaving the ship.

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Borealis (Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines)

Bearing a name that was previously bestowed on an Olsen-owned vessel in the 1940s, and inspires thoughts of the Aurora Borealis, elegant Borealis proudly connects with, and represents, the Fred Olsen's Norwegian heritage. Stylish, spacious and comfortable, with capacity for fewer than 1,400 guests, she’s in keeping with their commitment to offering a more traditional style of cruising.

But while Borealis’ capacity is smaller than many cruise vessels, she’s still one of the largest ships, by size, in the Fred Olsen fleet. On board Borealis you’ll find you’re never overcrowded. There is always ample room in which to indulge yourself in the stylish dining venues, enjoy a glass of your favourite tipple and fantastic entertainment at the bars, lounges and theatres, and while away the hours by the all-season pool. And of course, with friendly staff providing our typical level of personal, attentive service, there’s an intimate feel to the on board experience too.

On board facilities include a swimming pool, a fitness centre including a sauna, steam room and beauty salon,  sun decks, several lounges and bars, and several restaurants. A deck plan of the ship can be found here


On Board

As a family-owned business, Fred Olsen Cruise Lines really pay attention to the smallest detail ensuring a wonderful voyage every time.

Passengers are referred to as guests, the ships call at smaller ports so they can often get closer and avoid overcrowding both onboard and ashore. At capacity, their ships will only ever sail with between 900 and 1,400 guests, depending on the vessel.

The ships becomes your floating hotels, with breakfasts, lunches and dinners catered for. Each ship is different with their own decorative flair, but with the same Fred Olsen level of service throughout.

Onboard you will not find the climbing walls, waterslides and games arcades found on some of the bigger vessels. Instead Fred Olsen focuses on more traditional entertainment in the form of evening shows, deck quoits, quiet bars, delightful restaurants, a library and in some cases, a cards room. You will also find a gym/fitness centre, swimming pool(s), and hairdresser. The ships offer plenty of space to just sit, relax, read a book and watch the coastlines and open waters drift by.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

This Grade 4 moderate holiday includes full and half day walks at a moderate pace over hilly terrain and is likely to include an element of sightseeing as well. Half day walking will probably include about 3 hours of walking, with full days having around 5 hours. Expect ascents and descents of up to about 600m. See the 'Proposed Itinerary' section for more information.

Walks & Excursions

Local Transport Costs

All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.

Optional Excursions

A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator. We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Fred Olsen Paying On Board

The currency on board ship is sterling. A credit account system is operated onboard allowing bar drinks, wine in restaurants, laundry charges, purchases from the shop and any other incidental expenses to be automatically charged to your account. You will be required to register a debit or credit card at check-in against which to charge your onboard account. At the time of writing there is no charge for payment by credit or debit card. Onboard accounts can be settled in cash, however, a debit or credit card must still be registered at check-in to secure the on-board account balance.

The following credit cards are accepted: Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa. Fred. Olsen also accepts Visa debit cards but is unable to accept American Express, Solo, and Electron, travel agent debit cards or traveller’s cheque cards.

The ship operates a Bureau de Change onboard, where currency can be purchased or sold subject to local currency restrictions. All major currencies are stocked based on the cruise destinations with no commission charge and competitive rates.

Entrance Fees

Whilst sightseeing plays a part in our itinerary, no entrances to museums or monuments are planned, and therefore no entrance fees are included in the price of the holiday.

Country Currency

The currency in Greenland is the Danish Krone (DKK). Most restaurants and shops accept cards but ATMs are sparse in Greenland so it is recommended to bring some cash too.

The currency in Iceland is Icelandic Krona. ATM machines provide the most convenient way to withdraw cash. Credit cards are widely accepted throughout Iceland. Foreign currency and travellers’ cheques can be exchanged in banks, hotels and currency exchange bureaux. 

Tipping

Although entirely at your own discretion, tipping is an important aspect of tourism and hospitality life and expectations are fairly high. In order to simplify tipping, we strongly recommend that you allow your leader to take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff and to local guides and drivers. This will be done using some funds provided by us together with, if you wish, a contribution from you, which he/she will collect during the holiday.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.

Local Guides in Port

To enhance your experience, as well as your Cruise and Walk Tour Leader, at some ports of call our group will be accompanied by a well qualified and knowledgeable English-speaking local guide.

Your Travel Details

Getting to your departure port

For all information on how to get to your cruise departure by car or public transport please consult www.fredolsencruises.com/cruising-information/departure-port

Embarkation

On arrival at the port you will need to produce both your ticket and a valid passport, so please ensure you have both ready to hand. When checking in you will be issued with your ship’s pass and boarding card. Your ship’s pass acts as your security pass and onboard account card for the full duration of the cruise. Each time you embark or disembark the ship your card will be swiped to record whether you are on board or ashore. In addition, your hand luggage may be subject to either x-ray scanning or a manual search each time you re-join the ship.

Disembarkation

At least 24 hours before the end of your cruise the full disembarkation instructions will be placed inside your cabin. Please ensure you have settled all onboard accounts before leaving the ship.

Getting to Liverpool

For all information on how to get to Liverpool by car or public transport please consult www.fredolsencruises.com/cruising-information/departure-port

Embarkation

On arrival at the port you will need to produce both your ticket and a valid passport, so please ensure you have both ready to hand. When checking in you will be issued with your ship’s pass and boarding card. Your ship’s pass acts as your security pass and onboard account card for the full duration of the cruise. Each time you embark or disembark the ship your card will be swiped to record whether you are on board or ashore. In addition, your hand luggage may be subject to either x-ray scanning or a manual search each time you re-join the ship.

Disembarkation

At least 24 hours before the end of your cruise the full disembarkation instructions will be placed inside your cabin. Please ensure you have settled all onboard accounts before leaving the ship.

Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents

For all those booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure.

Personal Details Check

To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.

Passports and Visas

General Passport Advice

It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport. Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country.

Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements.

General travel and destination advice for UK nationals is available from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at www.fco.gov.uk/travel and at www.gov.uk/travelaware.

Fred Olsen Holiday and Passport Info

Please ensure your passport has at least 6 months’ validity from the date you return from the cruise and have enough spare pages to accept immigration stamps/visas. Ramblers Walking Holidays will not be held responsible for any guest refused entry to a country/countries for non-compliance with the above, and passage will be refused to any guest at point of embarkation with insufficient passport validity. We would suggest a minimum of four clear pages excluding pages required for any visas you are required to apply for in advance of sailing. It is also a requirement of all immigration authorities that your passport is not damaged in any way or has no missing pages - we strongly recommend you check the condition of your passport prior to travel.

Meals

So, what’s on the menu? One certainty is that no one on board the ship will ever go hungry. All meals are included, and you start the day with breakfast, a buffet arrangement where you can choose from fresh fruits, cereals, yoghurts, a full English breakfast, cheeses, cold cuts, breads, pastries, fresh juices and unlimited tea or coffee.

We’ll take our lunches on board on cruising days and the choice is yours: sample the ample buffet in the restaurant, see what’s on offer in the informal café or choose an alfresco poolside affair. When we’re out for the day we’ll be provided with a packed lunch.

Dinner is a sumptuous five course feast. The choices are many, and the food is excellent. The menus are varied and mouth-watering, freshly cooked by award-winning chefs. Special diets such as fat-free, vegetarian and gluten-free meals can be catered for. Dinner is taken in a stylish restaurant with smiling courteous waiting staff creating a wonderful atmosphere for your evening meal. We are booked for dinner at 6.15pm to allow you plenty of time to also enjoy the evening entertainment if you wish. Wine can be pre-ordered from the Maître’d, over the interactive intranet in your cabin, or at the table.

If this is not enough, there is also morning coffee, afternoon tea and extensive late-night suppers to indulge in! We’ll also have an exclusive drinks party for our group one evening in addition to the Captain’s welcome and farewell parties and a traditional afternoon tea with waiter service on one of our sea days.

Complimentary tea and coffee can be found aboard the ship throughout the day, usually in the informal café. Other drinks must be purchased but the prices are very reasonable. No alcoholic drinks purchased ashore may be taken aboard the ship for consumption during the cruise.

If you have any special dietary requirements such as diabetic, gluten/wheat-free, dairy-free/soya, vegetarian, vegan, or low fat please advise us at the time of booking or no later than 14 weeks prior to departure.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks. 

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun block
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity (more than 1 bottle may be required)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat

This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

Cruising Attire

Daywear

Daytime wear is casual with comfortable shoes for walking around deck. A lightweight jacket or coat is recommended for the early evening when the sun sets. You may also like to take a towel and swimwear as the Fred Olsen ships have small swimming pools and Jacuzzis. Towels are provided at the poolside should you forget your own. During the day casual wear is allowed in the restaurant but not swimwear.

Evening attire

During your cruise, there will be formal and smart casual evenings. On formal evenings, gentlemen are encouraged to wear ‘black tie’, although a dark suit and tie will suffice, with ladies elegantly dressed in cocktail or evening dress. On smart casual evenings, men can wear open-necked shirts, chinos and dark coloured jeans, and women dress or trousers and a top.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Holiday booking confirmation document
  • Travel insurance details (if applicable)
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Electricity on Board

All of the cruise ships feature 2-pin (round pin) Continental style plug (220 volt-60 Hz) and Bolette will also feature UK plug sockets.

Bolette and Borealis also feature the American-style 110 volt plug.

We recommend you bring adaptors on board, but if you forget, these can be borrowed from the Guest Services desk when on board, or purchased from the ship's Port Shop.

Water To Go

An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

The Map Shop

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
WR8 0HJ
England

Tel: 01684 593 146
Website: www.themapshop.co.uk
E-mail: [email protected]

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure. Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.

Staying Healthy Onboard

Although most cruises experience calm seas, there is always the possibility of heavy weather. It is possible in these circumstances that some clients may be susceptible to sea-sickness. You may wish to consider packing some travel motion sickness medication which can greatly reduce any symptoms. Please liaise with your local pharmacist or doctor for advice regarding particular medication.

Whilst none of the walks is difficult you need to be comfortable walking over uneven and occasionally steep ground to enjoy them to the full.

Network and Centre website at www.travelhealthpro.org.uk, the NHS Fit for Travel website at www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk and the Foreign Office Travel Advice website at www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice or a local travel health clinic.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

We cannot stress enough the importance of good quality, comprehensive cruise insurance. Insurance is a mandatory requirement for all customers travelling on board. 

We require that you are adequately insured for the nature of your holiday. You will be unable to participate in our local walking and other activity programmes without being able to demonstrate that you have valid travel insurance. Your Ramblers Cruise & Walk leader will ask for this information locally and you will not be able to join our walking and activity programme without this information.

Please ensure that as a minimum your travel insurance policy covers you for travel to your holiday destinations (country and geographical region) and for medical expenses, mountain rescue (including helicopter rescue) and emergency repatriation to your home country in the event of illness or injury. Your policy should also provide adequate cover for the activities, included and optional, you are likely to participate in during your holiday. It is vital that you have disclosed all pre-existing medical conditions to your insurer. 

Whoever you insure with, please ensure that you take full details, and ideally the policy itself, with you on holiday and provide our tour leader with your insurer's name, the policy number and emergency assistance contact numbers.

Please note that it is very difficult to obtain travel insurance once your holiday arrangements have started.

EHIC & GHIC Cards

From January 1st, 2021 UK travellers can continue to use their European Heath Insurance Card (EHIC) – which can last up to five years, until its expiry date, to gain access to medical assistance during your holiday. However, you will no longer be covered in Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. Travellers without a valid EHIC can apply for a new UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which will replaces the EHIC once it has been phased out. Please note however that the EHIC/GHIC should not be considered a substitute for medical or travel insurance.

For more information, please visit www.nhs.uk/ehic

Safety Onboard

Naturally, the safety and comfort of our guests and crew is always our highest priority. We would therefore like to reassure you that when in certain ‘hot spots’ around the world, additional and robust security measures are put in place. Whereas you will appreciate that we cannot divulge these plans we would like to pre-advise that additional safety drills will take place prior to reaching these waters and it may be necessary to close the portholes of lower deck cabins whilst in areas considered to be at a higher threat level. We thank you in advance for your co-operation and understanding.

Cultural Awareness

Fred Olsen Plastic Policy

The use of single-use plastics on board Fred Olsen ships has been stopped wherever possible, including the banning of plastic straws, cocktail sticks, stirrers, cutlery and take away coffee cups. In addition, their officers and crew always consider how they can reduce the use of plastic further. All waste is collected, sorted and discharged by the ship’s staff following strict environmental regulatory requirements. This waste is subsequently landed ashore to approved recycling and receiving operators. The only waste that is discharged at sea is commuted food waste and wastewater.

Responsible Travel

We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.

The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust

Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements. 

Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.  

As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.

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Iceland

  • Capital

    Reykjavik

  • Currency

    Icelandic Krona

  • Language

    Icelandic

  • Time Difference

    UTC

  • Flight duration

    3.5hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

No Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    -1°C

    Avg. Rain: 84mm

  • February

    -1°C

    Avg. Rain: 70mm

  • March

    0°C

    Avg. Rain: 71mm

  • April

    2°C

    Avg. Rain: 62mm

  • May

    5°C

    Avg. Rain: 49mm

  • June

    8°C

    Avg. Rain: 58mm

  • July

    10°C

    Avg. Rain: 64mm

  • August

    9°C

    Avg. Rain: 83mm

  • September

    7°C

    Avg. Rain: 91mm

  • October

    3°C

    Avg. Rain: 103mm

  • November

    1°C

    Avg. Rain: 89mm

  • December

    0°C

    Avg. Rain: 95mm

Ireland

  • Capital

    Dublin

  • Currency

    Euro

  • Language

    Irish; English

  • Time Difference

    UTC +01:00

  • Flight duration

    1.5hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

No Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    5°C

    Avg. Rain: 106mm

  • February

    6°C

    Avg. Rain: 82mm

  • March

    7°C

    Avg. Rain: 80mm

  • April

    8°C

    Avg. Rain: 62mm

  • May

    11°C

    Avg. Rain: 64mm

  • June

    13°C

    Avg. Rain: 67mm

  • July

    15°C

    Avg. Rain: 69mm

  • August

    15°C

    Avg. Rain: 88mm

  • September

    13°C

    Avg. Rain: 85mm

  • October

    11°C

    Avg. Rain: 111mm

  • November

    8°C

    Avg. Rain: 103mm

  • December

    6°C

    Avg. Rain: 110mm

United Kingdom

  • Capital

    London

  • Currency

    Pound Sterling

  • Language

    English

  • Time Difference

    UTC +01:00

Visas and Passports

No Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    4°C

    Avg. Rain: 70mm

  • February

    4°C

    Avg. Rain: 51mm

  • March

    6°C

    Avg. Rain: 51mm

  • April

    8°C

    Avg. Rain: 46mm

  • May

    11°C

    Avg. Rain: 49mm

  • June

    14°C

    Avg. Rain: 51mm

  • July

    16°C

    Avg. Rain: 58mm

  • August

    15°C

    Avg. Rain: 65mm

  • September

    13°C

    Avg. Rain: 62mm

  • October

    10°C

    Avg. Rain: 75mm

  • November

    7°C

    Avg. Rain: 74mm

  • December

    4°C

    Avg. Rain: 73mm

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