Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
You arrive in Liverpool around 07.00 for
disembarkation after breakfast.