Exciting Travel News for Summer 2015

I have some very exciting news to share with you! I have been waiting for the last few months to share this because I didn't want to announce anything before my travel plans were confirmed. Now that day has come! In July I will be embarking on a 35-day cruise to Greenland, Iceland, Ireland, Faroe Islands, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Norway! All destinations that I have been dying to visit. I'm going to be traveling with the two people who gave me my traveling gene: my parents!

Boston skyline - Photograph courtesy of Pixabay

Boston skyline - Photograph courtesy of Pixabay

Before and after the cruise we're going to be spending a couple of days in Boston exploring the city. I've posted the full cruise itinerary below to highlight the various ports we'll be visiting.

Voyage of the Vikings Itinerary

The ship sails out of Boston and up the eastern coast of the USA, with stops in the Canadian maritime province of Newfoundland. I currently live in Vancouver, on the west coast of Canada, and I've never been further east than Alberta. I'm so eager to see the east coast!

Voyage of the Vikings Itinerary

Our ship makes an overnight stop in Reykjavik, Iceland. This port will take some planning as I know there are a million things that we could do, but we'll only have a short window of time to check out Iceland's capital city. Blue Lagoon? Golden Circle? Geysers? Volcanoes? Sign me up for everything!

Icelandic horses - Photograph courtesy of Pixabay

Icelandic horses - Photograph courtesy of Pixabay

After sailing past southern Iceland, the ship heads towards Norway to visit the stunning Norwegian fjords. I wonder how this will compare to the fjords of Alaska.

Voyage of the Vikings Itinerary
Norwegian fjords - Photograph courtesy of Pixabay

Norwegian fjords - Photograph courtesy of Pixabay

After that, it's on to The Netherlands, Belgium, and Ireland! Should I give the Blarney Stone a kiss?

Voyage of the Vikings Itinerary
Windmill in Holland - Photograph courtesy of Pixabay

Windmill in Holland - Photograph courtesy of Pixabay

Next stop is Torshavn, the capital city of the Faroe Islands. I have to admit that I hadn't heard of the Faroe Islands before checking out this cruise. Not surprising since they are a tiny group of remote islands north of Scotland. These islands have yet to become a tourist-y destination and I'm looking forward to discovering a lesser known area of our planet.

Faroe Islands - Photograph courtesy of Pixabay

Faroe Islands - Photograph courtesy of Pixabay

Voyage of the Vikings Itinerary

After the Faroe Islands, our ship will head back east towards Iceland. We're going to visit the northern portion of the country, with a stop in Iceland's second largest city Akureyri, as well as a few more smaller ports.

Iceland - Photograph courtesy of Pixabay

Iceland - Photograph courtesy of Pixabay

After Iceland, it's back to Greenland to visit the tiny port of Nanortalik.

Voyage of the Vikings Itinerary

The end of the trip will bring us back to the eastern coast of Canada and the USA. The ship will end up back where it started in Boston. After the cruise, we have two more full days to explore Boston.

Nova Scotia - Photograph courtesy of Pixabay

Nova Scotia - Photograph courtesy of Pixabay