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Following the Route of the Norse

Join us for a journey to follow the route of the Norse in they explored the rugged coasts of Iceland, Greenland and North America. Heading first to East Greenland, we will experience the beauty of fjords, glaciers and icebergs. In South and West Greenland, we will see the remains of Norse settlements and visit small towns and villages to encounter this fascinating mix of local and Danish culture. Visit L’Anse aux Meadows (UNESCO World Heritage Site) to see first-hand how far to the south the Norse journeyed and eventually settled. Enjoy examples of Inuit art and learn about the traditions they still follow today. Look for walrus, polar bears, humpbacks, Minke whales and orcas as we cruise by Zodiac and aboard the Silver Explorer. Throughout the voyage, learn about the history, geology, wildlife and botany of this spectacular area from lecture presentations offered by your knowledgeable on board Expedition Team.

20 September, 2019 to 05 October, 2019 Make a booking request for Following the Route of the Norse, departing on 20 September, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Adventurer Suite £ 6469 GBP pp
Even guests who plan to spend only sleeping hours in their stateroom will appreciate the distinctive touches of this cosy Silversea accommodation. Dimensions: 157-167 sq ft / 14-15m2 with 2 portholes. All Adventurer Class staterooms feature: Butler service, champagne upon request, refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your beverage preferences, European bath amenities, fine bed linens and down duvets, premium mattresses, a choice of nine pillow types, spa robes and slippers, personalised stationery, umbrella, hair dryer, WiFi Internet access (fee applies) and daily suite service with nightly turndown. Two portholes (15.75'' / 40cm in diameter). Sitting area, Twin beds or queen-sized bed, Marbled bathroom with tub/shower combination, Writing desk, Flat screen television with interactive video, on-demand movies and music, and satellite news programming, Direct-dial telephone
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Explorer Suite £ 6855 GBP pp
Deck Four forward is home to eight Explorer Class staterooms. Enjoy a separate sitting area and the passing scenery through a view window. Dimensions: 175-190 sq ft / 16-18m2 with view window. All Explorer Class staterooms feature: Butler service, champagne upon request, refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your beverage preferences, European bath amenities, fine bed linens and down duvets, premium mattresses, a choice of nine pillow types, spa robes and slippers, personalised stationery, umbrella, hair dryer, WiFi Internet access (fee applies) and daily suite service with nightly turndown. View window (31.5'' x 31.5'' / 80cm x 80cm). Sitting area, Twin beds or queen-sized bed, Marbled bathroom with tub/shower combination, Writing desk, Flat screen television with interactive video, on-demand movies and music, and satellite news programming, Direct-dial telephone
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View Suite £ 7549 GBP pp
The perfect backdrop for breakfast in bed. As spacious as a Veranda Suite, but with a view window and Deck Three location. Dimensions: 192 sq ft / 18m2 with view window. All suites and staterooms feature: Butler service, champagne upon request, refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your beverage preferences, European bath amenities, fine bed linens and down duvets, premium mattresses, a choice of nine pillow types, spa robes and slippers, personalised stationery, umbrella, hair dryer, WiFi Internet access (fee applies) and daily suite service with nightly turndown. View window, Sitting area, Twin beds or queen-sized bed, Triple capacity that can accommodate young children on sofa bed, (View Suites 310, 311, 312, 313), Marbled bathroom with tub/shower combination, Writing desk, Flat screen television with interactive video, on-demand movies and music, and satellite news programming, Direct-dial telephone
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Vista Suite £ 7935 GBP pp
A quiet sanctuary. The sitting area has plenty of room to relax. Large picture windows frame panoramic ocean views. Some Vista Suites can accommodate three guests. Dimensions: 192 sq ft / 18m2 with large picture window. All suites and staterooms feature: Butler service, champagne upon request, refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your beverage preferences, European bath amenities, fine bed linens and down duvets, premium mattresses, a choice of nine pillow types, spa robes and slippers, personalised stationery, umbrella, hair dryer, WiFi Internet access (fee applies) and daily suite service with nightly turndown. Large picture window: 47'' x 43'' / 120cm / 110cm, Sitting area, Twin beds or queen-sized bed, Marbled bathroom with tub/shower combination, Writing desk, Flat screen television with interactive video, on-demand movies and music, and satellite news programming, Direct-dial telephone
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Veranda Suite £ 10319 GBP pp
A Silversea signature. Floor-to-ceiling glass doors open onto a private French balcony. Each spectacular sunset feels like it is yours alone. Dimensions: 206-216 sq ft / 19-20m2 including French balcony (16 sq ft / 1.5m2). All suites and staterooms feature: Butler service, champagne upon request, refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your beverage preferences, European bath amenities, fine bed linens and down duvets, premium mattresses, a choice of nine pillow types, spa robes and slippers, personalised stationery, umbrella, hair dryer, WiFi Internet access (fee applies) and daily suite service with nightly turndown. French balcony with floor-to-ceiling glass doors, Sitting area, Twin beds or queen-sized bed, (Suites 512 and 513 have a fixed queen bed), Marbled bathroom with tub/shower combination, Writing desk, Flat screen television with interactive video, on-demand movies and music, and satellite news programming, Direct-dial telephone
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Medallion Suite £ 13939 GBP pp
A mark of distinction. Sumptuous. Spacious. Rich textures surround you with distinguished luxury. The private veranda surrounds you with panoramic views. Dimensions: 400 sq ft / 37m2 including veranda (86 sq ft / 8m2). All suites and staterooms feature: Butler service, champagne upon request, refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your beverage preferences, European bath amenities, fine bed linens and down duvets, premium mattresses, a choice of nine pillow types, spa robes and slippers, personalised stationery, umbrella, hair dryer, WiFi Internet access (fee applies) and daily suite service with nightly turndown. Teak veranda with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors, Sitting area, Twin beds or queen-sized bed, Marbled bathroom with full-sized bath and separate shower, Writing desk, Flat screen television with interactive video, on-demand movies and music, and satellite news programming, Direct-dial telephone, Afternoon canapés upon request, Dinner at officer's table
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Silver Suite £ 14939 GBP pp
Stylish and sophisticated. Spacious and welcoming. With separate dining and living rooms, two French balconies, and preferred midship location, Silver Suites are a favourite of returning Silversea guests. Silver Suites can accommodate three guests. Dimensions: 422 sq ft / 39m2 including 2 French balconies (30 sq ft / 3m2). All suites and staterooms feature: Butler service, champagne upon request, refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your beverage preferences, European bath amenities, fine bed linens and down duvets, premium mattresses, a choice of nine pillow types, spa robes and slippers, personalised stationery, umbrella, hair dryer, WiFi Internet access (fee applies) and daily suite service with nightly turndown. Two French balconies with floor-to-ceiling glass doors, Living room (with convertible sofa to accommodate an additional guest), Twin beds or queen-sized bed, Marbled bathroom with full-sized bath and separate shower, Walk-in wardrobe with personal safe, Vanity table with hair dryer, Writing desk, Two flat screen televisions with interactive video, on-demand movies and music, and satellite news programming, Direct-dial telephone, Laundry service, Afternoon canapés upon request, Dinner at officer's table
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Grand Suite £ 16865 GBP pp
Expertly designed and exquisitely appointed. At 618 square feet (57 square metres), the Grand Suite is ideal for entertaining friends or enjoying quiet time alone on your private veranda. Grand Suites can accommodate three guests. Dimensions: 618 sq ft / 57m2 including veranda (86 sq ft / 8m2). All suites and staterooms feature: Butler service, champagne upon request, refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your beverage preferences, European bath amenities, fine bed linens and down duvets, premium mattresses, a choice of nine pillow types, spa robes and slippers, personalised stationery, umbrella, hair dryer, WiFi Internet access (fee applies) and daily suite service with nightly turndown. Teak veranda with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors, Living room with sitting area, Twin beds or queen-sized bed, Marbled bathroom with full-sized bath and separate shower, Walk-in wardrobe with personal safe, Vanity table with hair dryer, Writing desk, Two flat screen televisions with interactive video, on-demand movies and music, and satellite news programming, Direct-dial telephone, Laundry service, Dry cleaning and pressing, Afternoon canapés upon request, Dinner at officer's table, Four hours of Internet service per suite, per voyage segment, Two hours of worldwide phone use from your suite, per voyage segment
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Owner's Suite £ 18715 GBP pp
The name says it all. A stylish apartment. Prestigious and classic. For those whose standards are higher than most. Owner's Suites can accommodate three guests. Dimensions: 728 sq ft / 67m2 including large veranda (158 sq ft / 15m2), All suites and staterooms feature: Butler service, champagne upon request, refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your beverage preferences, European bath amenities, fine bed linens and down duvets, premium mattresses, a choice of nine pillow types, spa robes and slippers, personalised stationery, umbrella, hair dryer, WiFi Internet access (fee applies) and daily suite service with nightly turndown. Large teak veranda with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors, Living room with sitting area, Twin beds or queen-sized bed, Marbled bathroom with full-sized bath and separate shower, Walk-in wardrobe with personal safe, Vanity table with hair dryer, Writing desk, Two flat screen televisions with interactive video, on-demand movies and music, and satellite news programming, Direct-dial telephone, Laundry service, Dry cleaning and pressing, Afternoon canapés upon request, Dinner at officer's table, Four hours of Internet service per suite, per voyage segment, Two hours of worldwide phone use from your suite, per voyage segment
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Following the Route of the Norse itinerary:

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Day 1 - Reykjavik
Day 2 - Day at sea
Day 3 - Skjoldungen
Day 4 - Cruise Prince Christian Sound & Aapilattoq
Day 5 - Nanortalik & Uunartoq Island
Day 6 - Qaqortoq (Julianehåb) & Hvalsey
Day 7 - Day at sea
Day 8 - Nuuk (Godthab)
Day 9 - Day at sea
Day 10 - Iqaluit
Day 11 - Monumental Island & Lady Franklin Island
Days 12 & 13 - Day at sea
Day 14 - L'Anse aux Meadows
Day 15 - Twillengate
Day 16 - St John's

Following the Route of the Norse reverse itinerary:

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Map for Following the Route of the Norse
Silver Explorer, the ship servicing Following the Route of the Norse

Silver Explorer

Vessel Type: Luxury Expedition

Length: 108 metres

Passenger Capacity: 132

Built / refurbished: 1989 / 2008

The purpose-built Silver Explorer expedition ship (formerly the Prince Albert II) has been designed specifically for navigating waters in some of the world’s most remote destinations, including both of earth’s polar regions. A strengthened hull with a Lloyd’s Register ice-class notation (1A) for passenger vessels enables Silver Explorer to safely push through ice floes with ease.

A fleet of Zodiac boats allows guests to visit even the most off-the-beaten path locations and an expert Expedition Team provides insight and understanding to each unforgettable Silver Explorer cruise adventure.

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Cabin layout for Silver Explorer
• Skjoldungen Fjord, Greenland – Skjoldungen, a large uninhabited island off of Greenland’s east coast offers a spectacular ship’s cruise and (weather permitting) a Zodiac cruise to approach Thrym Glacier. Keep an eye out for whales, which are often spotted at the entrance to Skjoldungen. The island was named after Sjoldr, one of the first legendary Danish kings mentioned in the Old English poem Beowulf.

• Prince Christian Sound, Greenland – The Silver Explorer will cruise through the Prince Christian Sound (Prins Christian Sund), the waterway connecting the east and west coasts of Greenland. Spend several enthralled hours as we pass through one of Greenland’s most dramatic natural features, with steep mountains, waterfalls and glaciers.

• Uunartoq Island, Greenland – Uunartoq is Greenlandic for “The Warming Island” for its hot springs, though this region only became in island in 2005, when the ice shelves locally began to retreat rapidly. The contrast of icebergs and hot springs is truly a bold one!

• Qaqortoq, Greenland – Stroll through the picturesque harbour town of Qaqortoq, its colorful houses painted in bright primary shades. The modest Qaqortoq Museum houses a unique collection of contemporary artwork, and a superb collection of Inuit artifacts associated with hunting and fishing. The town is also famous for “Stone and Man,” an open-air sculpture gallery consisting of rock carvings and etchings.

• Hvalsey, Greenland – Visit Hvalsey, which is Greenlandic for Whale Island, which according to the Icelandic Book of Settlements was established by Erik the Red’s uncle in the late 10th century. Go ashore and find the best-preserved ruins of a Norse church dating back to the 1300s.

• Nuuk, Greenland – Our leisurely walk through the historic part of this picturesque harbor town allows us to take in Nuuk’s natural beauty, and also to see Inuit ruins, Hans Egede’s home, parliament, and the Church of our Saviour. View the famous Qilakitsoq mummies and traditional clothing and artifacts at the Greenlandic National Museum.

• Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada – Visit the capital (and only city) of the Canadian Arctic territory Nunuvut where exceptional artwork is featured in the Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum. Indigenous artwork plays an important role in the city as it is displayed in the Nunavut Legislative Assemble Building, and even in the streets, which are covered in colorful Inuit murals.

• Monumental Island, Nunavut, Canada – Monumental Island was named by Arctic explorer Charles Francis Hall in tribute to Sir John Franklin, an English Royal Navy officer and explorer of the Arctic who died in his quest to find the Northwest Passage. Cruise by Zodiac, if the weather permits, to look for walrus, polar bears, and Black Guillemots diving as they fish along the shoreline.

• L’Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland, Canada – Visit an incredible UNESCO World Heritage Site – L’Anse aux Meadows – the first European settlement in North America. Discovered in 1960, the archaeological site is believed to be established by either Vikings or the Norse around 1000 AD as evidence of pre-Columbian overseas contact. Three buildings have been reconstructed near the original site so visitors can witness the lifestyles of these hardy explorers.

• Retrace the route taken by the Norse and see the remains of Norse manors and churches in Greenland and Canada.

• Visit a small village in Southwest Greenland to see how the Inuit live.

• Learn about the different cultures that have lived in Greenland and Nunavut at the Greenlandic National Museum in Nuuk and Iqaluit’s visitors center.

• See outstanding examples of Inuit art in Qaqortoq, Nuuk (Greenland) and Iqaluit (Nunavut, Canada).

• Wildlife Watch List: Humpback whales, minke whales, fin whales and orcas. Polar bear (Monumental and Lady Franklin Islands), walrus and seals. Seabirds of note: Black-legged Kittiwakes, Northern Fulmars, Great Shearwater, Great Skua, Great Cormorant, Black Guillemot, Common Guillemot and Brünnich’s Guillemot, Glaucous Gull, and Great Black-backed Gull
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