Lands of Fire & Ice
Godafoss, Akureyri, Iceland
Those in search of diverse destinations, dramatic scenery and an array of cultural options will love the Lands of Fire & Ice itinerary. Cruising from Newcastle, this epic adventure will take you to the Orkney Isla, Iceland and Norway to see some once-in-a-lifetime natural wonders that will leave you wanting more. From small villages to glossy lakes and crashing falls, you’ll never want to go home.
* The order of the itinerary may differ depending on your chosen departure date and airport.
Day 1 - Newcastle, England
Your Lands of Fire & Ice Cruise will depart from the Port of Tyne in Newcastle at 4pm. This former industrial hub has undergone something of a transformation over the last decade and is now famous for its contemporary art scene and eclectic dining opportunities.
If time allows before you board Marella Explorer, check out The Royal Quays, a shopping outlet just a few moments away from the cruise terminal. It’s packed with cafés, shops and amenities.
Day 2 – Kirkwall, Orkney Islands (tender to shore)
Time in port: 09:00-18:00
The first port of call is Kirkwall in the intriguing Orkney Islands. This historic, atmospheric yet relatively low-key capital has a relaxed vibe. There’s a good selection of restaurants and shops, and The Orkney Museum is an interesting place to spend an hour or so.
The expansive St Magnus Cathedral is a top island attraction with the Earl’s Palace also worth a look. Shore excursions will take you on a whirlwind tour of Orkney’s delights. The highlight of any tour is the mysterious Ring of Brodgar, Scotland’s answer to Stonehenge.
Day 3 – At Sea
During day three of your Lands of Fire & Ice Cruise, you’ll have plenty of time to relax with a full day at sea. Marella Explorer has a host of facilities to enjoy including an inviting swimming pool with ample terrace room to pull up a lounger. There’s also a tempting trio of hot tubs, and Champneys Spa offers plenty of scope for relaxation and pampering.
Day 4 – Akureyri, Iceland
Time in port: 09:00-18:00
As you arrive in the Icelandic town of Akureyri, an array of frosted scenic delights await. Set on one of the country’s most eye-catching fjords, the outstanding nature of this natural beauty won’t fail to impress. Whether gawping in wonder at the thundering sight of Godafoss Waterfall or marvelling at the 2,000 plant species in the Botanical Gardens, you’ll be mesmerised by Akureyri’s authentic charms. Nature lovers can take a boat trip in search of the humpback whale.
Day 5 – Isafjord, Iceland
Time in port: 08:00-18:00 (tender to shore)
The port of Isafjord offers an appealing mix of history and nature. With an imposing mountain backdrop, this typical Icelandic town offers a relaxed pace of life where fisherman bring in the fresh catch of the day, ready for you to enjoy in the plentiful local restaurants.
You'll want to whip out your binoculars here for a spot of bird watching. The icy shores are home to an array of sea life including the puffin. An excursion to the village of Sudavik with its Arctic Fox Centre is highly recommended.
Day 6 – Reykjavik, Iceland
Time in port: 08:00-18:00
Day six will take you to the word’s northernmost capital, Reykjavik. This modern city combines contemporary charm with Norse history for an eclectic atmosphere. Explore over 50 art galleries or take a trip to the open air Arbaejarsafn Reykjavik Museum with its collection of wooden buildings.
Visit the Thingvellir National Park for unrivalled views of Iceland’s largest lake. Those in search of rejuvenation can bathe in the geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon on the Reykjanes Penisula, known for its restorative properties.
Day 7-8 – At Sea
Two full days at sea will give you plenty of time to check out the numerous dining options onboard Marella Explorer. There’s a grand total of 10 restaurants to enjoy with Latitude 53 serving up traditional dishes with a contemporary twist. Foodies may prefer to head to The Dining Club for French-inspired cuisine such as scallops with champagne butter and chateaubriand. If you prefer international flavours head to Kora La for a feast of pan-Asian dishes including flavoursome curries and noodles. Umi Sushi’s the place to be for sushi, dim sum and sashimi.
Day 9 – Flåm, Norway
Time in port: 07:00-18:00
Sandwiched between the mountains, Flåm is a delightful spot. This is home to Sognefjord, the worlds deepest and longest fjord. It's glassy shores, cascading falls, forested hillsides and snow capped peaks blend to form some of Norway's finest scenery.
The Flåm Railway is a highlight. Rising to more than 2,845 feet above sea level, it offers some dramatic scenery that’s sure to make an impact. As you whizz past farms, villages and remote mountain lodges, you’ll be transported into a world of sensory delights.
Day 10 – Bergen, Norway
Time in port: 08:00-16:00
Arrive in Bergen, birthplace of Norwegian composer Edvard Greig. You'll be greeted by oodles of Norwegian charm. Grieg’s former summer home on Lake Nordaas is a popular attraction. There’s also the Edvard Grieg Museum, dedicated to his life and works.
Stroll down to Bryggen Quayside in the old harbour to sit in a waterfront café and people watch. Bergen is rated as a UNESCO City of Gastronomy and you can expect the freshest of seafood and modern twists on Norwegian classics.
Day 11 – Eidfjord, Norway
Time in port: 09:00-19:00
Your Lands of Fire & Ice cruise continues with a day in Eidfjord. Glassy lakes, sky-piercing mountain peaks and valleys compete for your attention as you soak up the scenery. Eidfjord offers a host of attractions including Norway’s largest national park.
A few miles from town is the Hardangervidda Nature Centre. A great day out for families, this unusual attraction showcases three floors of dioramas, interactive stations and aquariums.
Another attraction is the Troll Train which will take you on a scenic journey through the Mabodalen Valley to Voringsfossen, an epic waterfall which free falls some 500 feet.
Day 12 – Haugesund, Norway
Time in port: 08:00-17:00
Nestled between Stavanger and Bergen, Haugesund is the birthplace of Norway. It was here that King Harald Fairhair united Norway into one single kingdom and from here, the Vikings ruled.
Nature can be found in abundance on this stretch of North Sea coastline with fjords, glaciers, waterfalls and mountains providing a scenic backdrop to a town that offers appealing Norwegian charm. Be sure to visit Haraldshaugen, a granite obelisk surrounded by 29 memorial stones. This is the national monument of Norway commemorating its unification.
Day 13 – Kristiansand, Norway
Time in port: 09:00-18:00
With sandy beaches and hiking trails, Kristiansand is as popular with Norwegians as it is with international travellers. It’s a delightful city to explore on foot with wooden houses, historical sights and flower-filled gardens at every turn.
Visit the Kristiansand Cannon Museum to see the world's second largest land-based cannon. For family days out, the Kristiansand Dyrepark —part zoo, part amusement park — promises fun for both young and old.
For a scenic tour of Kristiansand’s scenic splendour, hop aboard the historic Setesdalsbanen Railway which dates back to 1896.
Day 14 – At sea
As your time onboard Marella Explorer draws to a close, there’s still time to sample the ships numerous bars and lounges. Head to The Shack for frozen cocktails and poolside snacks. Bar@The Mediterranean is the perfect place to make the most of the sea views with a terrace ideally positioned at the back of the ship. On your last night, head to the Broadway Show Lounge for high-calibre shows and entertainment or try your luck at the Indigo Casino.
Day 16 – Newcastle, England
Day 16 will see you back in the UK, docking right back where you started in Newcastle. With incredible memories to take home with you of show-stopping scenery and atmospheric towns, The Lands of Fire & Ice experience is what Fjord Cruises are all about.