Silver Wind
July 8 - 21, 2022
Holiday Cruises & Tours
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13-Night Svalbard & Iceland Cruise

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Friday, July 8 - TROMSO, NORWAY
Feel your heart flutter, as you catch your first glimpse of that famous emerald haze dancing across the stars, during your visit to this wonderful Arctic gateway. Located in the far north of Norway, a visit to Tromso beckons you to the extremes of this magical country, to explore a fairytale land of jagged mountains, glistening glaciers, and husky-pulled sleds. Despite its remote location, you'll discover a perhaps surprisingly cosmopolitan city, with a healthy student population injecting plenty of energy. At 250 miles above the Arctic Circle - at 69 degrees north - you can bathe in the midnight sun's glow during summer before winter brings the thick blackness and starry skies of endless polar nights. The darkness doesn't stop the fun - with a polar night half-marathon taking place in January - but the return of the sun is always a reason for a celebration here. To get the best view over the city, take the cable car to Storsteinen's amazing viewpoint. Magnificent views down over the city, fjord, and Tromso's arching bridge will unravel before you. Learn more about northerly traditions, polar expeditions, and arctic hunting at the Polar Museum. The Science Centre, meanwhile, explains how humans have harnessed and survived these epic landscapes over the years, and explores Tromso's breathtaking natural spectacle - the northern lights. The city is famed for its extraordinary viewing opportunities, which are often said to be the best in the world. The Alpine Botanic Garden is the most northern such garden on the planet, showcasing some of Norway's hardiest plantlife, which survives and thrives at this nose-bleeding altitude.

Saturday, July 9 - EXPLORE BEAR ISLAND (SVALBARD), NORWAY

Bear Island is considered Salbard's southernmost island, roughly halfway between Spitsbergen and Norway's North Cape. Although the last polar bears were seen in 2004, the name goes back to Dutch explorer Willem Barentsz and his visit in 1596. The island has been used to hunt walrus for whaling; even coal mining has taken place. The strategic location, on the border of the Norwegian Sea and the Barents Sea, has led to a meteorological station being set up by Norway - near Gravodden - on Bear Island's north coast. Some two-thirds of the island is a relatively flat plain, with shallow freshwater lakes and Ramsar Wetland, while the entire island, and the surrounding waters, are a Nature Reserve. Bear Island has also been designated an Import Bird Area, as it is a staging area for Pink-footed and Barnacle Geese, and the cliffs south of Sorhamna are home to thousands of breeding seabirds. This is a specially protected area where Zodiacs are allowed to cruise along the cliffs around Kapp Kolthoff. In smaller amounts, Atlantic Puffins, Northern Gannets, Glaucous Gulls, and Great Skuas are found in between the large Black-legged Kittiwake, Little Auk, Common Guillemot, and Brunnich's Guillemot colonies. The constant battering of the sea has not only created impressive sea caves and tunnels but, unfortunately, the Russian vessel Petrozavodsk also shipwrecked near Revdalen, at the base of the limestone cliffs, and the waves are causing a continuous disintegration of the remains of the ship.

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Sunday, July 10 - SVALBARD SOUTHERN REGION, NORWAY
Monday, July 11 - SVALBARD SOUTHERN REGION, NORWAY

Svalbard's Southern Region, and specifically Spitsbergen's west coast, is less ice-clogged than the rest of Svalbard - due to the moderating influence of the Gulf Stream. Several fjords cut into the western coast of Spitsbergen; and have been used by trappers and hunters, as well as the different mining companies that tried to exploit the riches of the archipelago's largest island of Spitsbergen. Remains of huts and mines, as well as active commercial and scientific settlements, can be found and visited. Depending on the time of the season, glaciers can be visited on foot or by sea. Hornsund reveals fascinating views of geological formations, craggy mountains, spectacular glaciers, and a variety of seabirds and seals.

4 Included Shore Excursions: (Go HERE for details)

  • Zodiac Cruise with Silversea Expedition team (Moderate Activity Level)

  • Hiking with Silversea Expedition team (Extensive Activity Level)

  • Kayaking with Silversea Expedition team (Extensive Activity Level)

  • Expedition Activities with Silversea Expedition team (Moderate Activity Level)

Tuesday, July 12 - SVALBARD NORTHERN REGION, NORWAY
Wednesday, July 13 - SVALBARD NORTHERN REGION, NORWAY
Thursday, July 14 - SVALBARD NORTHERN REGION, NORWAY

Svalbard's northern region is less influenced by the Norwegian Current coming through the Greenland Sea than the southern region and shows more ice. The northern part of the island of Spitsberen shows quite a number of impressive fjords, bays, and glaciers. The Nordaust Svalbard Nature Reserve includes Spitsbergen's east coast, the Hinlopen Strait, Nordaustlandet, and some islands further east, like Kvitoya and Storoya. Several walrus haul-outs, spectacular glaciers, bird cliffs, bird islands, as well as surprising flora in Arctic deserts, the possibility to see polar bears, and to visit historically important sites, make this an area prone for exploration. Ice conditions will dictate which sites can be seen.

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4 Included Shore Excursions: (Go HERE for details)

  • Zodiac Cruise with Silversea Expedition team (Moderate Activity Level)

  • Hiking with Silversea Expedition team (Extensive Activity Level)

  • Kayaking with Silversea Expedition team (Extensive Activity Level)

  • Expedition Activities with Silversea Expedition team (Moderate Activity Level)

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Friday, July 15 - AT SEA

Saturday, July 16 - JAN MAYEN ISLAND, NORWAY
Humpback and minke whales cavort and feed in the waters around the impressive volcanic island of Jan Mayen with its towering ebony peaks and broad black lava beaches. The primordial landscape is dominated to the north by the 7,500 feet high (2,300 meters) Mt Beerenberg, an active volcano covered in glacial ice that last erupted in 1985. With permission from the Norwegian authorities, a landing is possible at this rarely visited outpost. Visitors may walk to the research and weather station, or beyond, for birds-eye views of the meteorological station, and the long black sandy eastern shore of the island. Birds to be seen here may include Atlantic Puffins, Northern Fulmar, snd Snow Buntings. 

4 Included Shore Excursions: (Go HERE for details)

  • Zodiac Cruise with Silversea Expedition team (Moderate Activity Level)

  • Hiking with Silversea Expedition team (Extensive Activity Level)

  • Kayaking with Silversea Expedition team (Extensive Activity Level)

  • Expedition Activities with Silversea Expedition team (Moderate Activity Level)

Sunday, July 17 - AT SEA

Monday, July 18 - HUSAVIK, ICELAND

There's simply nowhere better than Husavik - the European capital of whale watching - for getting up close and personal with the majestic giants of the ocean. Feel the awe as whales breach the waves around you, before gulping in air and plunging away with almighty tale flicks. Pretty Husavik is framed by the majestic Husavikurfjall mountain, which swells up behind, creating a stunning backdrop for the town's tiny wooden warehouses, cherry red houses and undulating fishing ships. The little wooden church has been a beacon of light, guiding tired fishermen back to the shores of Iceland's oldest settlement, since 1907. Let the wind rip through your hair and the sea speckle your face, as you ride waves out among the region's almighty marine creatures, who throw their weight around so spectacularly. Sail among gentle giants in Shaky Bay, spotting humpbacks, minke whales and the world's biggest - blue whales. You may also see teams of smaller white-beaked dolphins skipping across the waves, displaying the full range of acrobatic skills. The town's whale museum is an interesting journey through Iceland's relationship with the sea giants, while its restaurants serve up local specialities - taste juicy reindeer burger and plokkfiskur, a buttery mash of local fish. Hikes and horseback rides into the surrounding countryside can take you up around Lake Botnsvatn, to views down from the slopes of the Husavikurfjall - where purple spired lupin flowers spill down amongst the emerald slopes. From the summit, look out over views of the bay, reaching out to the crumpled snowy peaks beyond. Or feel the full force of this land of natural power, at Dettifloss Waterfall, one of Europe's most powerful, thrashing flumes.

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10 Included Shore Excursions: (Go HERE for details)

  • Bird Watching at Lake Myvatn

  • Cave Exploration - Lofthellir

  • Diamond Circle

  • Husavik Walking tour - Discover

  • Husavik Hike - Lake Botnsvatn

  • Viking Horse Riding at Saltvik

  • Whale Watching & the Whale museum

  • Lake Myvatn

  • Asbyrgi Canyon - Walking Tour

  • Kayaking with Silversea Expedition team

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Tuesday, June 19 - SIGLUFJORDU, ICELAND

A tiny town in the scenic north of Iceland, cosseted away by a jagged wall of mountain peaks, Siglufjordur is an isolated gem. With just over a thousand residents, Siglufjordur takes its name from the glassy fjord that stretches out nearby. Iceland's northernmost town, only a single-lane road tunnel, bored through the snow-capped mountains, provides a land link with the rest of the country. This evocative remoteness appealed to dark Nordic Noir writers - and the town has found recent fame as the star of the TV show Trapped. A much warmer welcome awaits you in real life than in fiction - fortunately. Siglufjordur is a historic Atlantic capital of herring fishing, and you can learn of the industry that gave the town its raison d'etre and powered Iceland's economy at the award-winning Herring Era Museum. The biggest maritime-themed museum in Iceland, it spreads across three buildings and covers every element of the town's relationship with its fishing waters - from the expedition to preparation and preservation. While the industry has dried up since its heyday, wander to the harbour for views of the pretty town's cherry and lemon coloured former warehouses. Swirling seagulls look for offcuts, while fishermen sandpaper and varnish tiny vessels. Take a boat out around the scenic fjord, or embark on lengthy hikes out and above this romantically isolated outpost. The sounds of beautiful duo vocal harmonies and accordions are often heard echoing along the streets, and the Folk Music Museum is an enchanting look into quaint, rural Icelandic culture. The Folk Music Festival causes the town's population to swell dramatically, as visitors make for these picturesque shores to play and perform each year.

4 Included Shore Excursions: (Go HERE for details)

  • Herring Hayday

  • Hike in Siglufjordur area

  • Hedinsfjordur Hike

  • Local Chocolate & Beer - Walking tour around Seydisfjordur - walking

Wednesday, June 20 - BOLUNGARVIK, ICELAND

Although the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve is further north across the Isarfjardardjup, Bolungarvik is Westfjords', and Iceland's, northernmost town. Despite its relative isolation, Bolungarvik has been settled for hundreds of years and is already mentioned in the settlement period of Iceland. Located next to rich fishing grounds and the cove of the same name, Bolungarvik has always been a place for fishermen, and one of the town's attractions is a replica of an old fishing station. Just to the northwest is Bolafjall Mountain which blocks off the wind and swells from the Atlantic Ocean. The view from the top (at 638 meters above sea level) not only covers Bolungarvik and the surrounding valley and mountains, but several fjords and the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve. Although only 950 residents call Bolungarvik their home, this is the Westfjords' second largest town. There even is a nine-hole golf course (par 71) with 18 sets of tees.

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Thursday, June 21 - SUDUREYRI, ICELAND

Sudureyri is a typical small fishing village in Iceland's Westfjords at the entrance of Sugandafjord. Unlike most other fishing villages, which date back hundreds of years, Sudureyri was only started in the early 20th century and has some 270 inhabitants. As the Sugandafjord is surrounded by high mountains, the only way to safely reach Sudureyri used to be by boat. Since the village has been connected to the outside world by a tunnel (opened only 1996), it has been visited by those interested in angling, and fishing, for cod and halibut in the fjord and open water. Just east of the village is the Lagoon, an area that has been dammed off. Cod has been released into the lagoon and visitors are encouraged to feed the fish - this actually is considered the village's main attraction. The cod can easily return to open waters, via a pipe place, under the dyke's road, but many seem to like being fed.

3 Included Shore Excursions: (Go HERE for details)

  • Seafood Trail

  • Secluded Valley

  • Walking between valleys - Stadardalur valley to Vatnadalur Valley (Moderate)

Friday, June 22 - REYKJAVIK, ICELAND

The capital of Iceland's land of ice, fire, and natural wonder, Reykjavik is a city like no other - blossoming among some of the world's most vibrant and violent scenery. Home to two-thirds of Iceland's population, Reykjavik is the island's only real city, and a welcoming and walkable place - full of bicycles gliding along boulevards or battling the wind when it rears up. Fresh licks of paint brighten the streets, and an artistic and creative atmosphere embraces studios and galleries - as well as the kitchens where an exciting culinary scene is burgeoning. Plot your adventures in the city's hip bars and cosy cafes, or waste no time in venturing out to Iceland's outdoor adventures. Reykjavik's buildings stand together in a low huddle - below the whip of winter's winds - but the magnificent Hallgrimskirkja church is a solid exception, with its bell tower rising resolutely over the city. Iceland's largest church's design echoes the lava flows that have shaped this remote land and boasts a clean and elegant interior. The Harpa Concert Hall's sheer glass facade helps it to assimilate into the landscape, mirroring back the city and harbour. Its LED lights shimmer in honour of Iceland's greatest illuminated performance - the northern lights. Walk in the crusts between continents, feel the spray from bursts of geysers, and witness the enduring power of Iceland's massive waterfalls. Whether you want to sizzle away in the earth-heated geothermal pools or hike to your heart's content, you can do it all from Reykjavik - the colourful capital of this astonishing outdoor country.

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