Isles
of the North

Journey Another Way

Where most expeditions make the picturesque fishing village of Höfn a detour, our intimate yacht navigates the remote waterways to make it one of your entrancing destinations. Take a trek out to Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon, where glittering icebergs and pearly waters inspire a sense of awe as you experience the moment with fellow explorers. True to the nature of the Emerald Isle, the Irish city of Bantry leads to verdant scenes and stunning beauty like the Gardens of Garnish Island. A heritage of carpet craft and tapestries lives on in Killybegs, home to the world-famous, hand-knotted Donegal carpets. From Stornoway, a journey to the ancient past awaits with an excursion to the Standing Stones of Callanish, considered the Stonehenge of the Isles of Lewis. From Cobh, take a panoramic journey through County Cork, a road that leads to the famous Blarney Castle. Once you've ascended the tower's steps, you have the opportunity to kiss the legendary stone as your companions cheer you on.

Cultural Expedition

Reykjavík to Dublin

August 29, 2025

14 Nights

World Voyager

SECOND GUEST
SAILS FREE

PLUS

FREE Cultural Immersion

Aug 29 Reykjavik, Iceland Depart: 10:00 pm

Reykjavik, Iceland

In the southwest of Iceland near Faxaflói Bay lies the capital of the country, Reykjavík, simultaneously cosmopolitan and charming. The colorful houses on the horizon create a quaint scene that will make you want to stay forever. Kaleidoscopic views await you at the Harpa Concert Hall, a glittering, glass structure that perfectly exemplifies Iceland’s modern design and will fascinate your inner architect. One of Iceland’s most prominent landmarks is Perlan, originally a group of hot water tanks that was converted to a building that now hosts an exhibition, planetarium, restaurant and observation deck, located atop Öskjuhlíð hill.

Aug 30 Heimaey (Vestmannaeyjar), Iceland Arrive: 10:00 am Depart: 7:00 pm

Heimaey (Vestmannaeyjar), Iceland

Say halló to volcanoes, lava fields, caves, and mountains in the fascinating island of Heimaey - literally translated as Home Island. Part of the Vestmannaeyjar archipelago (Westman Islands), this destination offers views of lush cliffsides and classic Icelandic architecture that will take your breath away. Built around the remains of an excavated home buried by ash during Eldfell’s eruption you’ll find the Eldheimar Museum, which offers an excellent audio guide that takes you through the home and describes the history and events before, during and after the eruption. One of the most iconic landmarks of Vestmannaeyjar, Elephant Rock, lies just off the south coast of Iceland. And there’s no need to squint to see it, because from every angle, you can see a gargantuan elephant in the middle of the sea.

Aug 31 Höfn, Iceland Arrive: 8:00 am Depart: 5:00 pm

Höfn, Iceland

The picturesque fishing village of Höfn takes you and other explorers off the beaten path with its surroundings of soaring mountains and stunning glaciers. Where most expeditions make the town a detour, our intimate yacht navigates the remote waterways to make it one of your entrancing destinations. Discover its rich cultural and natural history at sites such as Vatnajökull National Park, the Information Center in Gamlabúð and the Hornafjörður Maritime Museum. Take a trek out to Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon, where glittering icebergs and pearly waters inspire a sense of awe as you experience the moment with fellow explorers. About an hour away lies the unbelievable scenes of Diamond Beach, a stretch of black sands with crystalline pieces of ice from Jökulsárlón washed up on shore, creating a mesmerizing contrast. Sitting within Hornafjorður, the lobster capital of northern Europe, dive into the regional specialty, langoustines, at a local restaurant, sharing your culinary adventures with other foodies..
Sep 01 At Sea

At Sea

Spend the day on the high seas pampering yourself at the spa or enjoying some time on deck. Mingle with your fellow explorers and swap stories of your exploits, making plans for new ones together once you get to shore

Sep 02 Stornoway (Isles of Lewis), Scotland Arrive: 10:00 am Depart: 7:00 pm

Stornoway (Isles of Lewis), Scotland

The harbor town of Stornoway is your gateway for an unforgettable adventure. Steeped in history and culture, ranging back thousands of years, you’ll find that Gaelic is spoken alongside English, and eagles and otters are as much residents as the locals. For a complete account of the social, cultural, archaeological, geological, and economic history of Stornoway, head to Museum nan Eilean. A drive along the west coast of the Isle of Lewis reveals the Neolithic standing stones at Callanish that are older and more impressive than Stonehenge. Comprising 19 monoliths, ending in a circle of 13 stones with rows of other stones radiating out in the shape of a cross, this site is fascinating.

Sep 03 Tobermory, Scotland Arrive: 7:00 am Depart: 5:00 pm

Tobermory, Scotland

The capital of the Isle of Mull, Tobermory, welcomes you with colorful shops, cafes and houses lined along the picturesque harbor. Sitting amid the Scottish Inner Hebrides, this old fishing village offers stunning landscapes, including golden eagles overhead and dolphins and minke whales in the water. Gather your fellow explorers for a trek along the bay in search of the town’s namesake, Mary’s Well (Tobermory in Gaelic), a stone structure marked with a Celtic cross dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Local history comes to life at the Mull Museum, but legend holds just as much allure with tales of a sunken Spanish galleon filled with gold and treasure lying below the harbor waves. Discover local artists and the art scene at An Tobar and Mull Theater, filled with exhibitions, workshops and activities that engage the senses. Raise a glass to the Scottish tradition of whisky with new friends at Tobermory Distillery, one of Scotland’s oldest established in the 1790s.

Sep 04 Douglas, Isle of Man Arrive: 10:00 am Depart: 7:00 pm

Douglas, Isle of Man

Between Ireland and Great Britain in the Irish Sea, there’s a small dot of land called the Isle of Man. Douglas is the capital and your gateway to the incredible treasures that this lesser-known Crown Dependency holds. Not only is Isle of Man culturally and historically different from its surrounding islands, but also linguistically diverse, among the many languages Manx, a Gaelic language similar to some types of Irish Gaelic, but unique to the island. Douglas’ lovely seafront can be traversed by horse-drawn trams, but if you prefer speed, this town also delivers with winding roads made for a thrilling motorcycle adventure. After all, this is the home of the International Isle of Man TT (Tourist Trophy) Race.

Sep 05 Dublin, Ireland Arrive: 6:00 am Depart: 7:00 pm

Dublin, Ireland

Ireland’s capital, Dublin, is bustling, cosmopolitan, ancient, and young at heart all at once. It is one of Europe’s liveliest cities, where medieval and 17th-century buildings stand comfortably amid all the trappings of a 21st-century community. Marvels like the incredible Book of Kells, one of the most beautifully illuminated manuscripts in the world, call out to the curious. A gentle and relaxing cruise along the River Liffey immerses you in the capital’s colorful history, from the first arrival of the Vikings to the rapid development of the city during the 18th and 19th centuries. When in Dublin, the Guinness Storehouse, located in the heart of St. James’ Gate Brewery, invites you to raise a glass at the Gravity Bar with a 360-degree view of the city skyline.

Sep 06 Cork (Cobh), Ireland Arrive: 10:00 am Depart: 8:00 pm

Cork (Cobh), Ireland

The wondrous County Cork is a destination filled with rich heritage. From here, the famed Blarney Castle and its equally renowned stone beckon you for a kiss in exchange for the gift of gab. Whiskey lovers rejoice as Cork is the site of the Old Jameson Distillery, a beautifully restored and self-contained industrial complex taking you to the heart of the cherished whiskey-making tradition. Traverse the bridges arching over the River Lee, taking in the many cathedrals and their ornate gargoyles as you make your way to a typical Irish pub for a taste of the iconic Guinness stout. Near Cork lies the picturesque sailing town of Kinsale with vibrant streetscapes and delicious restaurants. Affectionately known as Ireland’s "real capital" by its proud locals, this city is speckled with bridges that lend it a distinctive European flair and landmarks like St. Fin Barr’s Cathedral that add to its rich tapestry.

Sep 07 Bantry, Ireland Arrive: 7:00 am Depart: 5:00 pm

Bantry, Ireland

Sitting amid the picturesque Wild Atlantic Way of West Cork, Bantry surrounds you with landscapes of rolling hills, lakes, woods and lush pastures. The 17th-century manor known as Bantry House exudes a stately essence, and the gardens on its grounds create a stunning, Edenic scene. Explore the city’s longstanding history with a visit to the ancient megalithic stone circle at Kealkill and Carraiganass Castle. Admire the architecture of the town’s churches at sites like St. Finbarr’s and St. Brendan The Navigator Church of Ireland. Bantry’s culture holds a great passion for equestrianism, making it an ideal destination for a pony trek across panoramic views. On Fridays, the Bantry Farmers & Craft Market comes alive with local vendors selling fresh produce, fish, eggs, honey and much more.

Sep 08 Galway, Ireland Arrive: 8:00 am Depart: 5:00 pm

Galway, Ireland

Ireland’s cultural heart is Galway, or Gaillimh as it’s known in Irish. Situated on the picturesque west coast of the country, you can delight in an array of fascinating experiences set in a breathtaking backdrop. For a different perspective, head underground to Aillwee Cave, with winding passages carved in the limestone from melting water from the Ice Age. On the cultural side, by far the most in-depth overview of all there is to know about the city of tribes can be found at the Galway City Museum. But if you really want to get to know the local life in Galway, make your way to one of its many pubs and grab a pint with the locals.

Sep 09 Killybegs, Ireland Arrive: 9:30 am Depart: 6:30 pm

Killybegs, Ireland

Killybegs is one of six historic towns in the Donegal region, home to wild landscapes, white sandy beaches, and cozy little pubs. It’s a city that also takes deep pride in its fishing, tapestries, and carpet craft heritage. For an in-depth experience, visit the Killybegs Maritime and Heritage Center, situated at the famous Donegal carpets building, where world famous hand-knotted carpets are made. You can also revel in its natural wonders, like Bá Fhionntrá (Fintragh Bay), a stunning sheltered beach that stretches only about a mile but holds excellent views of Drumanoo Head, Inishduff Island, and Muckross Head.

Sep 10 Londonderry, Northern Ireland Arrive: 9:00 am Depart: 7:00 pm

Londonderry, Northern Ireland

In Londonderry, you can see the walls everywhere you go. Derry, as it’s referred to locally, is the only completely walled city in Ireland and one of the finest in Europe. Almost 20 feet high and at least as wide, the mile-long oval comes complete with gates, watchtowers, battlements, bastions, and huge cannons. The best way to experience this fascinating fortification is to take a walking tour and hear a local guide bring to life the stories of the brutal 17th century sieges. You can top off your day by raising a glass at the Walled City Brewery.

Sep 11 Belfast, Northen Ireland Arrive: 7:00 am Depart: 7:00 pm

Belfast, Northen Ireland

Anticipate a vibrant restaurant scene, award-winning architecture, and friendly locals as you make your way through the historic city of Belfast. Traipsing the city center calls for a stroll through Belfast’s Botanic Gardens, 28 acres of green lawns and trees near Queens University. Emerge from the gardens at the Ulster Museum, a well-designed space with exhibits on Northern Irish history, art, and natural history. It’s also the gateway to the Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland’s most famous landmark deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Causeway was formed between 50 and 60 million years ago by an ancient volcanic eruption attracting visitors from far and wide to this corner of north Antrim to come marvel at its majesty and mystery.

Sep 12 Dublin, Ireland Arrive: 8:00 am

Dublin, Ireland

Ireland’s capital, Dublin, is bustling, cosmopolitan, ancient, and young at heart all at once. It is one of Europe’s liveliest cities, where medieval and 17th-century buildings stand comfortably amid all the trappings of a 21st-century community. Marvels like the incredible Book of Kells, one of the most beautifully illuminated manuscripts in the world, call out to the curious. A gentle and relaxing cruise along the River Liffey immerses you in the capital’s colorful history, from the first arrival of the Vikings to the rapid development of the city during the 18th and 19th centuries. When in Dublin, the Guinness Storehouse, located in the heart of St. James’ Gate Brewery, invites you to raise a glass at the Gravity Bar with a 360-degree view of the city skyline.

Always Included

  • FREE cultural immersion
  • FREE gourmet dining with ever-changing menus
  • FREE unlimited beverages, including fine wines, spirits and craft beers
  • FREE open bars and lounges, including 24-hour bar service with specialty canapés
  • FREE stocked in-room minibar
  • FREE specialty coffees, teas and fresh-pressed juices
  • FREE afternoon and high tea
  • FREE champagne and gourmet canapés during meet and greet
  • FREE 24-hour room service, including spirits, wine and beer
  • FREE L'OCCITANE bath amenities
  • FREE pre-paid gratuities
  • FREE use of walking sticks and binoculars
  • FREE reusable water bottle
  • FREE butler service and expanded room service menu in suites

Exclusively on Polar Expeditions

  • FREE cultural immersion
  • FREE private charter jet service*
  • FREE enrichment lectures and destination briefings
  • FREE shore landings led by expert field guides
  • FREE escorted sightseeing safaris by Zodiac
  • FREE polar plunge
  • FREE Atlas Ocean Voyages parka and vest
  • FREE use of knee boots
  • FREE private group transfers between airport and yacht*
  • FREE 1-night pre-cruise hotel stay on all Antarctica expeditions
  • FREE 1-night post-cruise hotel stay on select Antarctica expeditions
*Available on Antarctica and select Arctic expeditions

Exclusively on Epicurean Expeditions

  • FREE cultural immersion includes culinary experience ashore, such as local market visits, specialty tastings and more
  • FREE Josper Grill Dining Experience at 7AFT Grill
  • FREE culinary presentations and wine tastings
  • FREE cooking demonstrations and cuisine tastings
  • FREE events hosted by a Tastes & Traditions Expert on select expeditions
  • FREE Atlas Ocean Voyages backpack

Exclusively on Cultural Expeditions

  • FREE cultural immersion
  • FREE enrichment programs and workshops on select expeditions
  • FREE authentic, local experiences and on board events on select expeditions
  • FREE Josper Grill Dining Experience at 7AFT Grill
  • FREE Atlas Ocean Voyages backpack

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