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VOYAGE TO GREENLAND

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

Greenland is a vast unspoiled wilderness where glaciers calve into bays strewn with icebergs, whale pods glide through the arctic waters and unique fl ora springs to life in the short summer months. Brightly coloured houses of tiny communities dot the shore and mountains.

 SHORE WALKS AND EXCURSION HIGHLIGHTS:

 Reykjavík - From Iceland’s capital we go on our special version of the classic Golden Circle tour. Visit the thundering waterfall at Gulfoss, see the steaming water spout at Geysir and walk in the Thingvellir National Park where the American and European continents meet. On our second day here we include a hike through Steam Valley near Hveragerdi.

 Prins Christiansund - Not a port, but all the same an amazing experience as we cruise from the east to the west coast of Greenland, between mountains and waterfalls with icebergs dotting the water, with a chance of spotting several varieties of whale.

 Nanortalik - Our walk is along the coast out of the town to enjoy the amazing fj ord with alpine-like mountains.

 Narsarsuaq - We hike through the Flower Valley to a viewpoint for breathtaking views over the Kiattuut Sermiat glacier, part of the vast Greenland icecap.

 Qaqortoq -  A town typical of southern Greenland, where many-coloured houses rise up through rough grass to craggy hillsides. Here we explore the flowery gardens on our way to Tasersuaq lake behind the town.


Holiday Highlights

  • The vast unspoiled wilderness of Greenland
  • Breathtaking views of fjord and alpine scenery
  • Cruise Prins Christiansund for a chance to spot whales
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

    A shore visit programme organised by us and led by your tour leader. Almost all transport costs for our walking and sightseeing programmes from the ports visited. Occasionally there may be an optional museum entrance or cable car fare to pay for locally. Details are in our Holiday Information Sheets.

    Walking tours with local guides around many of the cities we visit.

    Tips to the restaurant staff on the ship – we ask you to tip your cabin staff, however.

    A full on board entertainment programme including stage shows, ship’s band and musicians, comedy and guest speakers. You can enjoy as much or as little as you choose.
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
Please select Departure Date to view:

Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

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.

This departure: Grade 4

  1. Day 1

    Today you board Black Watch in Liverpool and set sail for Iceland.

    Check in for the cruise begins one hour prior to embarkation.

    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.

    Sailing time is usually from mid afternoon to early evening and will be confirmed on your travel documents.

  2. Day 2 to 3

    We have two days at sea to relax and enjoy the ship’s facilities. (‘Fair Isle, Faroes, Southeast Iceland’… where have you heard those names before?) There is usually a range of activities available on board – you may choose to join a fitness class or visit the on-board gym, attend one of the on-board lectures, treat yourself to a treatment in the spa, stroll along the deck, or just simply relax in one of the lounges with a coffee and a book from the library. Each evening a Daily Times newsletter will be placed in your cabin, detailing events and timings for the following day.

    As we approach Iceland on Wednesday evening there should be good views of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano, the one that caused so much grief back in 2010 when it erupted and covered much of Europe in an ash cloud.

  3. Day 4

    Today we undertake a Ramblers Cruise & Walk version of the famous Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik, which showcases south west Iceland’s amazing landscapes. This includes time at the massive Gulfoss waterfall, a walk through the Thingvellir National Park where the land is split by a massive fissure, and time at Geysir to see the famous geyser. We walk for about an hour at Thingvellir, and less at Gulfoss and Geysir.

  4. Day 5

    A 40 minute drive from Reykjavik brings us to the ‘Steam Valley’ just north of Hveragerdi. Our walk here takes us past steaming fumaroles to a spot where it is possible to take a dip in the thermal heated waters.

    7.5km, 300m ascent & descent, 3 ½ hours

    Returning the same way we drive back to Reykjavik for free time to explore the city before boarding Black Watch

  5. Day 6

    It is strange to think that much of Greenland lies further south than Iceland… but it does. So we sail WSW towards the island’s southern tip.

  6. Day 7

    Today we we cut through Greenland’s southern tip via Prince Christiansund. This 60 mile channel separating the Labrador and Irminger Seas is at times only 500m wide. There is one tiny village here, Aappilattoq, with its brightly coloured houses and a population of just 150. The mountains either side rise to 1500m and there are glaciers and waterfalls going straight into the waters. As if this weren’t enough, the sound is the world’s best location for whale watching. We hope to see Humpback, Blue, Northern Right and Minke Whales. In addition polar bears abound. From late afternoon to late night we cruise through Torssukatak Fjord, dominated by Thumbnail Cliff which rises over a mile vertically from the sea.

  7. Day 8

    We walk up to the viewpoint of Quassik (308m) above the town for great views down over the town and beyond the islands, water and mountains. Back in the town there should be time to visit the old harbour area with its fine museum.

    Total distance: 7km, 350m ascent & descent, 3 hours

  8. Day 9

    The tour begins with a 10-minute drive from the harbour to the starting point. Here we begin our gentle hike into a low mountain ridge situated between two valleys. We’ll walk along an easy trail with lush vegetation and birch and willow trees.

    After about an hour walk, we reach the highest point on the Ridge (163 metres above sea level). The plan is to eat our lunch at the top of the ridge as we admire spectacular views of the glacier and the distant mountains. After a break, we continue the walk down to the glacial river before entering the Flower Valley. We ascend slightly and walk over a pass and into Hospital Valley. After a while, we reach the old hospital area, there a stone-built chimney still stands as a relic from the past. After another half hour, we reach the starting point and transfer back to the ship.

    Total distance: 7,5km, 163m ascent & descent, 4 hours

  9. Day 10

    Qaqortoq is the largest town in south Greenland and has an old town dating back to 1750. From the pier we walk through the town to some private gardens with a fine showing of Arctic flowers & vegetation. From here we head off to walk around the Storesø (Big Lake) experiencing the natural richness of the short Greenland summer. A local guide accompanies us on this walk.

    Total distance: 6-8 km/ duration 2-3 hrs.

  10. Day 11 to 14

    We have four final days at sea to mull over the amazing sights we have seen in Iceland & Greenland, as well as taking it easy on Black Watch, enjoying the food and the many comforts the ship has to offer.

  11. Day 15

    You arrive in Liverpool around 07.00 for disembarkation after breakfast.

Travel Details

 UK departure ports vary, please see the individual itineraries for details.

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Our Accommodation on this holiday

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday. If you are on a multi-centre holiday, these are highlights of the places where we stay. Please refer to your Holiday Information sheet (which can be found under View Departures & Book), for your departure date and for all your accommodation details.

Boudicca

Named after the British warrior Queen, Boudicca offers a sense of timeless elegance not seen or experienced on modern 'megaships'. The emphasis is on providing an intimate and more traditional cruise experience. Up to 880 guests can cruise aboard Boudicca, and the ship has recently undergone an extensive refurbishment of the ship's suites, bedrooms, restaurants, lounges and facilities.

View the deck plan for Boudicca

Boudicca's bars and lounges feature comfortable seating, ample space and are open throughout the day, so you'll always find somewhere to unwind, marvel at ever-changing scenery and enjoy a range of fantastic entertainment. You can also indulge in luxurious coffees and chocolates at the Bookmark Café, sip a cold beer or refreshing cocktail in the sunshine at the Marquee Bar; or enjoy a traditional Afternoon Tea accompanied by spectacular views at the Observatory.  If you’re feeling more active, take a dip in one of the three heated pools, visit the fully-equipped Fitness Centre, join a class or walk a mile around the Lido Deck's open promenade 

On board facilities also include two swimming pools, a fitness centre including a sauna, steam room and beauty salon, two sun decks, Jacuzzis, several lounges and bars, a card room, small casino, library, coffee shop, internet room and restaurants. The ship has a medical centre, a boutique, a shop where you can buy essentials such as sun cream or toiletries, and there is also a self service laundrette and ironing room on board.

All guest cabins are are equipped with climate control, an interactive smart TV, hairdryer, desk, phone, fridge (which can be stocked as a mini-bar) and tea and coffee making facilities as standard.  Allocated cabins will be an inside cabin unless you have paid a supplement to upgrade. 

Your cabin steward will keep your cabin in immaculate condition, replacing any linen or towels as or when required. Separate towels are provided for poolside use. Boudicca operates a satellite telephone system, with telephones in each cabin, and personal mobile phones enabled for international roaming should work on board. The voltage on board the Boudicca is supplied at 220 volts (requiring a continental style 2-pin plug).

Payment on board is in Sterling, and a credit account system is operated on board allowing purchases to be charged to your account which must be settled at the end of your cruise.