Includes Airfare, Hotel, Tours, Transfers, and Baggage Handling
Departs: June 30, 2017
Explore Iceland – and glimpse at nature’s raw power in this land of volcanoes and glaciers. Literally a country in the making, the island itself is still today being shaped by earth’s mighty forces. Experience geysers, mud pots, and ice-covered volcanoes – a place where glaciers are still grinding pathways. This unusual 19-day Journey combines a 6-day escorted land vacation In Iceland with a 13-day cruise aboard Celebrity Silhouette. On land, see the towering glacier-capped strata volcano Eyjafjallajokull, the most famous volcano in the world today. Experience Skogafoss waterfall with its awe-inspiring view over southern Iceland’s coastline. Spend two nights in the authentic and peaceful seafront village of Vik, set along a dramatic stretch of coastline poised between glacier topped mountains, rugged sea cliffs and black sand beaches. See the lush oasis of Vatnajokull National Park and continue on to the stunning Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon to see floating icebergs. Finally, visit the Westman Islands and explore the ‘Pompeii of the North’ excavation site aimed at restoring a tiny fishing village buried in lava and ash from a massive five-month volcanic eruption in 1973. Then, you’ll travel to Stockholm to board the Celebrity Silhouette, bound for the remaining Scandinavian capitals of Copenhagen and Helsinki. You’ll gain some historical perspective with visits to Berlin, Tallinn and St. Petersburg, where the overnight call is sure to be one of the highlights of your Journey. Prices start at just $5,799!
Visits: Vik and Reykjavik, Iceland; Stockholm, Sweden; Helsinki, Finland; St. Petersburg, Russia; Tallinn, Estonia; Berlin (Warnemunde), Germany; Copenhagen, Denmark; Oslo, Norway; Amsterdam, Netherlands
|2||Arrive Reykjavik & Transfer to Hotel|
|3||Skogar Tour & Transfer to Vik|
|4||Vik – National Park & Glacier Tour|
|5||Westman Islands & Transfer to Hveragerdi|
|6||Geysir Hot Spring & Waterfall Tour & Transfer to Reykjavik|
|7||Transfer to Stockholm & Embark Celebrity Silhouette||5:00 PM|
|8||Helsinki, Finland||10:30 AM||7:00 PM|
|9||St. Petersburg, Russia||7:00 AM|
|10||St. Petersburg, Russia||6:00 PM|
|11||Tallinn, Estonia||8:00 AM||5:00 PM|
|13||Berlin (Warnemunde), Germany||7:00 AM||9:00 PM|
|14||Copenhagen, Denmark||12:00 PM|
|15||Copenhagen, Denmark||8:00 PM|
|17||Oslo, Norway||7:00 AM||6:00 PM|
|19||Amsterdam, Netherlands – Return to USA||6:00 AM|
DAY 1 – Depart the U.S.A.
DAY 2 – Arrive Reykjavik and transfer to Hotel
DAY 3 – Skogar – Vik
DAY 4 – Kirkjubaejarklaustur – Skaftafell – Jokulsarlon
DAY 5 – Westman Islands
DAY 6 – Gullfoss – Geysir – Thingvellir – Reykjavik
DAY 7 – Transfer to Stockholm and Board Celebrity Silhouette
DAY 8-18 – Cruising aboard Celebrity Silhouette
DAY 19 – Debark in Amsterdam and transfer to the airport for your return departure flight to the U.S.A.
Stockholm, Sweden:The city, spread across 14 islands, exists as both a world capital of and a cultural icon often envied for its lifestyle. A cruise visit to the city uncovers the genius you might expect, manifest in the city’s parks, waterways, and urban design. But there is also something more. Stockholm was designated a European Green Capital in 2010 and has become a global leader in sustainable urban living. So as you walk the streets and whistle softly at the view, consider you may be witnessing the birth of something hinting at the future of the planet.
Helsinki, Finland: From its inauspicious origins in the mid-16th century, the city has come into its own with genius and bold humanity, winning kudos for having the world’s best quality of life. Strewn across numerous islands along Finland’s tasseled southern coast, Helsinki is a green metropolis, where architectural visions segue easily into prolific park spaces and ocean vistas.
St. Petersburg, Russia: Although reportedly built to resemble such Western cities as London, Paris, and Vienna, one look at St. Petersburg’s regal palaces and vast public squares is enough to tell you that it is truly in a class of its own. The overnight call in St. Petersburg lets you immerse yourself in the city’s cultural immensity. The Hermitage alone could overwhelm you. One of the world’s great museums, it houses works by Titian, Dutch and Flemish masters, Michelangelo and Matisse, and the Peacock Clock. Ensconced in Catherine the Great’s Winter Palace, the museum is as evocative as its collection.
Tallinn, Estonia: Toompea, the old town, is a thicket of turrets, spires, and onion domes that overlooks the rest of Tallinn and the Gulf of Finland. Legend says the limestone outcrop is the burial mound of the Estonian king Kalev, while geology claims the area first emerged from the surrounding land about 10,000 years ago. From its start as a trade link between Russia and Scandinavia and rise as a member of the Hanseatic League trade alliance, the city today has been ranked as one of the top 10 digital cities in the world. That should make it easy to send pictures home of the local sights – and not just Toompea. See All-linn (the lower town) on your cruise. It’s brilliantly preserved.
Berlin (Warnemunde), Germany: From Warnemunde, visit Berlin. Berlin was the capital of the Kingdom of Prussia, the German Empire, the Weimar Republic, the Third Reich, and reunified Germany. It has long been a world capital of art, culture, and architecture. It is also the highlight of many a European cruise. Abounding in such riches, Berlin is full of overwhelming choices. Try starting with the icons and follow your instincts – the Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie, or the Jewish Museum, whose jagged architecture will leave you shaken and moved.
Copenhagen, Denmark: Built on a series of islands, Copenhagen balances tradition and kinetic energy, while all the while the Little Mermaid statue keeps a thoughtful watch on the harbor. Capital city of the kingdom of Denmark since 1417, Copenhagen is a city in which the modern developments and old buildings are blended to form a thriving and harmonious environment. Main highlights include Town Hall Square, Tivoli Gardens, New Carlsberg Glyptoteque, the National Museum, Christiansborg Palace, home of the Danish parliament, and the residence of the Royal Family.
Oslo, Norway: Sail across the Oslo Fjord and you sail back in time to 1050 A.D. This capital city’s lavish history can be uncovered at the Viking Ship Museum and the Kon-Tiki Museum. Cross the drawbridge to the formerly impenetrable Akershus Castle and meander through the famous Vigeland Sculpture Park before returning to the present day.
Amsterdam, Holland: The beautiful capital of the Netherlands, has the wonderful atmosphere of a 17th-century city combined with the contemporary character of a modern metropolis. It is a treasure chest of superb architecture and is famous for its canals and extraordinary museums. Highlights include the towers and steeples, considered to be some of the city’s loveliest features.
During your 19-day excursion, you will explore Iceland by land for five nights, with four days of full day touring. There will be motor coach transfers between Reykjavik, Skogar and Kirkjubaejarklaustur. Then, the group will board the ship for a 12-night journey through Sweden, Finland, Russia, Estonia, Germany, Denmark, Norway and Netherlands. Optional shore excursions will allow for cultural immersion, exotic meals, and numerous activities.
The land portion of the trip should be considered moderately active to active, involving walking to many different natural sites. Walking on different types of land, roads, stairs, and being exposed to many different natural elements will be part of the trip. Waterfalls, National Parks, Volcanoes, hot springs, and beaches are a few of the natural environments explored during this Journey. Enrichment Journeys will do everything in our power to ensure comfort through our third-party providers, including air-conditioned buses and comfortable accommodations. For the cruise section of the trip, passengers will board and leave the ship up stairways and gangways, and you may have to walk a moderate distance to transfer to train, bus, and car stations. Time spent on the road and traveling can be long, so you will need to be prepared for stretches of down time in between destinations.
The power of Iceland’s natural landscape is simply extraordinary, with the ability to turn even the most ordinary of activities into an unforgettable moment. A swim in the pool becomes a soak in a geothermal hot spring. A casual stroll turns into a trek across a glittering glacier. A quiet night in becomes a stage to view the aurora borealis’ curtains of fire, or the pastel skies of the midnight sun.
As an under-populated island positioned at the top of the globe, Iceland is, literally, a country in the making. With a landscape where mighty volcanic forces shape the Earth, geysers gush, mudpots gloop, hot springs steam, and glaciers make pathways through the mountains, Iceland offers supercharged splendor. Complimented by the unparalleled natural beauty, the quirkiness, interconnectedness and warmth of the locals will affirm your affinity for this great land even that much more.
Beyond the unique destination of Iceland, a trip of a lifetime through Sweden, Finland, Russia, Estonia, Germany, Denmark, Norway and Netherlands will be unforgettable and in great contrast. Enrichment Journeys encourages you to keep an open mind when meeting people abroad and in unique situations. Sometimes the attractions, beaches and the cities themselves (like Berlin and St. Petersburg) can be crowded, so we will proceed with caution.
The passionate and diverse European culture stimulates your senses of engagement and curiosity. Among the variety of different languages throughout your travels, many people speak English in major cities, especially at tourist attractions. Keep in mind during certain excursions and site visits, there may be conservative requirements, especially when visiting places of worship and historical landmarks.
If you have special needs or physical limitations, you will need to check in with your personal vacation manager before booking the trip. The weather will vary greatly. It can be warm, cold, and rainy all in one day! So pack accordingly with breathable, cotton items. Sturdy shoes will be needed during city and cliff walks.
Recommended Reading List
Looking to learn more about the cultures, lifestyle and fun found in foreign destinations you are about to visit? We recommend these following books:
Iceland: Land of the Saga by Jon Krakauer and David Roberts
The Far Traveler: Voyages of a Viking Woman by Nancy Marie Brown
Icelandic Folk Legends by Alda Sigmundsdottir
My ‘Dam Life by Sean Condon (Amsterdam)
The Little Book of Icelanders in the Old Days by Alda Sigmundsdottir
Swedish Fairy Tales by John Bauer
Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland by Tomie DePaola
Top 10 Iceland (Eyewitness top 10 travel guides)
The Rough Guide to Iceland by David Leffman and James Proctor
Wallpaper City Guide St. Petersburg by Tobin Auber
Insight Guide Finland by Sian Lezard
I Heart Reykjavik I heart Reykjavík – Iceland travel blog
Iceland Travel Guide The Slow Road Travel Blog
Europe a la Carte http://www.europealacarte.co.uk/blog/
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
BBC Travel films: Berlin http://www.bbc.com/travel/europe/germany/berlin
Enrichment Journeys is committed to providing remarkable experiences at extraordinary value. As a result, airlines and routes are selected to maximize that value and may involve multiple stops and extended layovers versus non-stop or direct flights. Passengers wishing to utilize specific carriers, or direct, or non-stop, or Business Class flights, or to extend their time in any of our beginning or ending destination cities may do so by contacting their Travel Agent or Enrichment Journeys directly. We are pleased to provide Custom Air arrangements with a charge of $50.00 per person plus any additional air costs. The initial charge of $50.00 will be applied to the deviation cost.
|Routing||Transportation||Approximate Travel Time|
|New York – Reykjavik||Airplane||5.5 Hours (direct)|
|Reykjavik – Stockholm||Airplane||3 Hours|
|Amsterdam – New York||Airplane||11 Hours (with connections)|
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|06/30/2017||Retail Value||EJ Price||Savings Per Person||Single Rates|
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|Boston||$350||John F. Kennedy||$0||Phoenix||$500|
|Denver||$500||Los Angeles||$500||San Diego||$500|
|Washington – Dulles||$400||Chicago||$450||Tampa||$450|
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– Additional Gateways Available on Request
– Air Add-On Rates are subject to change without notice. While we try to include the most common airports by default, we have many clients coming from different parts of the country. If you desire air from an unlisted airport, you must first reserve your Enrichment Journey with one of the listed airports as your default gateway and then ask, or have your Travel Agent ask, Enrichment Journeys to provide a quote for your preferred gateway.
All prices on our website and e-Journey Travel Guide are subject to change without notice. While we make every effort to provide you the most accurate and up-to-date information, occasionally, a trip or pricing category may be misprinted or unavailable at the time of booking. In the event of an incorrect price due to typographical, photographic, or technical error, or error in pricing information received from our suppliers, we retain the right to correct the price and to refuse or cancel any bookings placed at the incorrect price. In addition, all offers, prices, and conditions of sale may be subject to change without notice including tours, included features, highlights, minimum or maximum stays, itinerary, times in port, and/or other conditions/restrictions.
The following hotel list is preliminary and subject to change. Although we contract for hotels a year or more in advance, unforeseen circumstances do occasionally require a change of hotel. Should it be necessary to change a hotel, one of equal quality or value will be substituted and you will receive confirmed hotel information with your final itinerary. Please note that hotel ratings are based on TripAdvisor ratings and are subject to change.
Hagatorg, 107 Reykjavik, Iceland
Tel. +354 525 9900
Stunning views welcome you to the iconic Radisson Blu Saga Hotel, Reykjavik. For over 50 years, we have been the place to enjoy impeccable service and memorable days in Reykjavik. The hotel is an architectural landmark only 10 minutes from the city center and in a quiet neighborhood. Choose from 209 rooms and suites with breathtaking views over the city, the ocean, glaciers and mountains. All our guests enjoy amenities including Free high-speed, wireless Internet and on-site features such as hairdresser, barber, souvenir shop, bank and excursion desk. Dining options and an on-site spa promise convenience and fun without having to leave the hotel.
• Located across from the country’s most visited museum and within a 10-minute walk of city center galleries and shops
• Comfortable furnishings and striking views of Reykjavik in the 209 hotel rooms and suites
• Icelandic delicacies and panoramic views of the city and sea at Grillið Restaurant Buffet fare and a cozy fireplace at Restaurant Skrudur
• Coffee with friends or a drink with colleagues at Mimisbar & Lounge
• Free access for all guests to the spa and gym at Mecca Spa and Health Centre, and excursion help at the on-site travel agency
Klettsvegi 1, 870 Vik, Iceland
Telephone: +354 487 1480
At Icelandair Hotel Vik you will experience an elegant new hotel with all the trimmings. The 46 rooms are decorated in a contemporary style and designed to reflect the natural surroundings, the beach and the cliff-side birdlife. The views from the rooms are unique whether they face the cliffs or the sea and the Reynisdrangar Pillars. The hotel is located in the village of Vik in Myrdalur Valley, a particularly lovely and tranquil village that is a joy to stroll around. On closer examination, the village has numerous hidden gems, as does the entire area which boasts of some of the most magnificent landscapes in Iceland.
Sunnumork, 810 Hveragerdi, Iceland
Telephone: +354 483 4700
Hotel Örk offers friendly accommodation and well-equipped facilities in beautiful surroundings. Each room has a private bathroom and is fitted with a refrigerator, coffee and tea pot, telephone, free WiFi and television. The bathrooms are equipped with both a shower and a bathtub. We have an outdoor swimming pool that features a water slide, hot tubs and geothermal sauna. Let our attentive staff pamper you with the best of Iceland’s healthy and wholesome food, some of which is grown right next-door in geothermally heated greenhouses.
Cruise Line: Celebrity
Since its inception in 1989, Celebrity has held true to its original commitment of taking the very best aspects of classic, elegant cruising and updating them to reflect current lifestyles. In 1997, they merged with Royal Caribbean International to form Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. What sets Celebrity apart from other vacation choices today is the cruise line’s passionate dedication to providing guests with a cruise experience that embodies modern luxury. This has become the definition of Celebrity Cruises, and has set the worldwide standard for today’s expression of what first made cruising famous — high quality, superior design, spacious accommodations, grand style, attentive service and exceptional cuisine. Celebrity Cruises’ iconic “”X” is the mark of modern luxury, with its cool, contemporary design and warm spaces; dining experiences where the design of the venues is as important as the cuisine; and the amazing service that only Celebrity can provide, all providing an unmatchable vacation experience.
You have another outstanding option for cruising Europe and the Caribbean with Celebrity Silhouette®. She’s impressive, with all the best-loved Solstice® Class features—and some new ones. Chic changes to Celebrity’s iconic Lawn Club provide more opportunities to relax, eat, drink and socialize in the fresh air. Take a painting class with a Master Artist from the ArtCenter/South Florida in The Art Studio. Celebrate the flavorful joys of outdoor grilling in the new, interactive Lawn Club Grill. Unwind in your own cabana-styled haven, The Alcoves. Inside, go on a culinary adventure in Qsine® where you order food and wine from an iPad® menu. Excitement brews with up to 50 international craft beers in the enhanced Michael’s Club. And sweeping veranda views enhance 85% of her staterooms.
Currency and financial handling is at your discretion. Some people prefer to exchange all their money in advance, while others will rely solely on credit cards. Consider calling your bank ahead of time to have them aware of your international travel, especially when using cards or withdrawing money.
These are readily available in major cities throughout your Journey. However, some will charge fees on top of what your hometown bank may charge for using ATMs abroad. Look for well-marked machines that have the Visa or MasterCard symbols.
Currency can be exchanged at most banks when in need of cash. Ask a local host or tour manager if there is a nearby bank that is open.
Major brand name credit cards are accepted world-wide. Call your credit card company ahead of time to find out its specific limitations and benefits overseas. However, it is a good idea to carry a little cash in case of emergencies or in the event you would like to purchase items from local markets.
Do be aware that some additional charges for mini-bars, laundry and room service will not be included in the tour package. Plan accordingly for these extra charges.
Pack as simply as possible for easy transfers and customs screenings. Ask your domestic carrier for their guidelines regarding baggage allowance. Not adhering to these guidelines may result in additional fees. All bags will be screened before flights and ship boarding.
Luggage Screening Process
To pass through screening at the airport, have liquids either in small containers and bagged, or in checked luggage. All valuables necessary for the trip should be on your person at all times, if possible. This includes medications and documentation. We recommend one main bag and a carry-on, per airline guidelines regarding weight and size.
Have your bags all labeled with name and address clearly marked. Add something recognizable in case bags are misplaced. Also mark bags with “Enrichment Journeys” for fluidity.
In many countries, including the US, large liquid containers are not allowed in carry-ons. On the way back into the states, food or agriculture items are prohibited. If you are questioning a certain item, visit www.tsa.gov for a list of items that cannot be packed.
What to pack
Basics and layers are key to a comfortable journey. Most regions will have pleasantly warm and urban atmospheres in May through August, so pack accordingly. There are always unusual variables as well, so make sure you have one sturdy jacket and an outfit for a formal occasion too, just in case.
Here are a few key items to take on your trip to Europe:
Have back-ups for everything to avoid disappointment, Charge batteries in advance and bring extra film or digital memory cards. If bringing a high-end camera, consider investing in insurance to protect your asset.
Some cell phones will work overseas, but accrue additional charges for the use. Choose whether you would like to add an international plan by calling you carrier, or consider purchasing a pay-as-you-go phone overseas. However, many smartphones and tablets can pick up wireless internet for free or in in Ireland, Scotland and most European port cities.
Your Health and Comfort
Protecting the Value of Your Travel Investment
Enrichment Journeys offers a comprehensive travel insurance package you can purchase alongside their trip. It eases the mind and lets you cancel your trip beforehand up to the departure date with a full refund – that means 100% coverage at anytime.
This covers a wide variety of incidents, including travel delay, emergency medical services, baggage delay and medical consultations abroad. You will also receive a pre-existing medical conditions waiver if travel insurance is purchased within 14 days of your initial deposit. For a full list of coverage provided, visit the FAQ section of the website.
Medical Issues and Handicaps
As with any extensive trip abroad, our excursions with Enrichment Journeys will require some physical capabilities, including transfers from cruise ships, walking on cobblestone streets and navigating through some busy cities with guides. Although we encourage all types of travelers to join us, we do ask you are aware of your own physical limitations. Unfortunately, we cannot provide individual care to those who may have walkers, wheelchairs or other aids. Enrichment Journeys also cannot accommodate pregnant women past their six month gestation period.
Please apply through our Personal Vacation Managers to see if certain itineraries are suitable for you and your needs. We are happy to suggest other viable options for you that are more accessible.
Per the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, travelers have the right to be reasonably accommodated in terms of tours in public situations. However, the laws do not apply for trips and outside the United States. So you must let Enrichment Journeys know ahead of time of any physical limitations, including information added to our questionnaire that needs to be filled out by all passengers. Failure to inform Enrichment Journeys of these limitations could result in refusal to participate, whether it be at the airport through the airline, on board the ship or at the accommodations booked.
If you have any sort of prescription medication, this should be a number one priority in packing. Bring extra as well just in case. A small medical kit is also advisable for quick access to remedy minor aches and pains.
While on Tour
Airport transfers are included as part of your Enrichment Journeys package. Local representatives will advise you of the departure time from your hotel the night before departure. Generally speaking, arrangements have been made to have you at the airport approximately three hours in advance of departure, though this may vary depending on local circumstances. At the end of the cruise, an airport transfer will also be provided. Please advise your Personal Vacation Manager if you do not require transfer arrangements at the time of booking your Journey.
A local host or tour manager will be happy to guide you through the trip and answer all of your questions. Upon arrival to your destination, an Enrichment Journeys representative will have the group go over items such as the daily schedule, weather and local customs.
All hotels booked by Enrichment Journeys are held to a high caliber of comfort and quality, in accordance to international accommodation standards and rating systems. However, each choice varies so you may experience various types of properties on your excursion.
Your identification is one of the most important things you will be carrying on your trip. Passports are required upon entry into Iceland and subsequent countries. Have your passport and visas ready and available at all checkpoints. Scan and copy these documents to print out. It is also advisable to email these documents to yourself and someone back home, in case anything is misplaced. It may also be worth bringing an international ID or license.
Passport and Visa
Your passport must be in good condition and valid for at least 6 months after your departure date. If traveling with a non-US passport, contact your local embassy to ensure this document is the only one needed for passage into Europe.
Visa requirements change frequently and for various reasons. As a result, our Personal Vacation Managers are not always able to provide the most current visa information. However, visitors can travel within the EU for up to 90 days without a visa. US visitors to Russia will need a traveler’s visa. Be sure to apply for this prior to departure.
The best way to obtain up-to-date information regarding visa requirements is to visit the official US government website for Americans traveling abroad, Travel.State.Gov, which details specific information on the countries you would like to visit, including visa requirements.
Some cruise lines offer visa services for your cruise at an additional charge. However, this is not always available and your journey will begin by land.
You may also use a third-party visa service, such as CIBT. These services require an additional service fee but make the process of applying for a visa much simpler.
Vaccinations are not required by law, but it is recommended to protect one’s health from preventable diseases abroad. When traveling, it is always good to have routine vaccinations up to date for ailments such as chickenpox, measles, and the flu shot. Use your discretion and consider your personal medical history when deciding what vaccinations to get. During this excursion, the utmost care will be taken with prepared food, atmosphere and other elements, so the likelihood of contracting diseases is scarce.
If you have more questions, feel free to contact the Center for Disease Control and Prevention at 1-800-232-4636 or visit the website at www.cdc.gov.travel.
Have an international electric outlet converter for this trip. All countries visited are on 220-240v for standard outlets. Most hotels will have two and three pronged outlets to use for various appliances. Ship cabins also have outlets for you to use with their converter.
You will be changing time zones periodically on the trip throughout Iceland, Amsterdam, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Estonia and Denmark. These are the zones of each checkpoint:
Iceland – Greenwich Mean Time
Norway, Amsterdam, Germany, Sweden, Denmark – CET
Finland, Estonia – UYT (EET)
Russia – Moscow Time Zone
Since you will be visiting several countries throughout the journey, you will need multiple kinds of currency (Euro, Rubles and Krone). This is only needed for additional shopping, food , tipping or extra expenses, as most things are included in the price of the trip.
Here are current exchange rates for Ireland, Scotland, Amsterdam, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Estonia and Denmark.
Iceland – krona
Banknotes in kr500, kr1000, kr2000, kr5000
Coins represent kr1, kr5, kr10, kr100
Exchange – $1 USD to 123.57 Icelandic Króna
Norway – Norwegian Krone
Banknotes in kr50, kr100, kr200, kr500, kr1000
Coins represent ky1, kr5, kr10, kr20
Exchange – $1 USD to 8.23 Norwegian Krone
Amsterdam, Germany, Sweden, Finland and Estonia – Euro
Banknotes in 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500
Coins represent 1-50 ‘Euro cents’ and 1-2 ‘Euros’ (100 cents in a Euro)
Exchange – $1 USD to .88 Euros
Russia – Russian ruble
Banknotes in 50, 100, 500, 1000
Coins are in 10 & 50 ‘kopeks’ and 1, 5, 10, 25 ‘rubles’ (100 kopeks in a ruble)
Exchange – $1 USD to 66.75 rubles
Denmark – Danish krone
Banknotes in 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000
Coins are in 50 ‘ore’ and 1, 5, 10, 20 ‘krone’ (100 ores in a krone)
Exchange – $1 USD to 6.53 Danish krones
Tipping is always appreciated but not always required. European and Russian destinations, though, usually require less tipping than would be appropriate stateside. Expect several instances throughout the hospitality industry in Europe that allow for tipping. Have small bills ready for hotel staff, boat crew, restaurant servers , drivers, guides, and baggage handlers. Note the variances in currency between countries and plan accordingly.
Gratuities are included for group meals, at hotels, and at airports. If you have a meal outside the itinerary or hire a resident driver, a few dollars in the local currency is customary. The Enrichment Journey local host or tour manager can be tipped roughly $8.00-$12.00 USD per person, per day, as can any ship staff member (which is often split at the end of the day by all). The suggested tip amount for drivers is $5 USD per person, per day.
With the tour covering a wide range of climates and regions, you will most likely come in contact with heat, rain, fog, wind and/or damp environments. Check the weather online before embarking for an up-to-date look at the conditions in major destinations (Reykjavik, Berlin, St. Petersburg, Helsinki, Stockholm, etc.). The spring and summer months of May, June, July and August are warmest, while winter months of December-February can be colder. Temperatures can vary within the countries too.
|High/Low in Fahrenheit|
Altitude (above sea level, in feet)
Berlin – 114
Stockholm – 91
St. Petersburg – 44
Tallinn – 131
Practice the Local Language
Knowing a few phrases in the local native language can be a wonderful way to connect with people and feel immersed in the culture. Here are the top fun phrases in Icelandic, Dutch, German, Swedish, Finnish, Russian, Estonian and Danish.
Góðan daginn: Good morning
Verði þér að góðu: Bon appetit/ have a nice meal
Góða ferð: Bon Voyage/ Have a good journey
Ég skil það ekki: I don’t understand
Hafðu það gott: Have a nice day
Hvað kostar þetta?: What price is this?
Hallo (HAH-low): Hello
Hoe maakt u het? (hoo MAHKT uu hut?): How are you?
Goed, dank u (GOOT dahnk uu): Fine, thank you
Alstublieft (AHL-stuu-BLEEFT): Please
Dank je (DAHNK yuh): Thank you
Graag gedaan (GRAHG guh-DAHN): You’re welcome
Ja (YAH): Yes
Nee (NAY): No
Spreekt u Engels? (SPRAYKT uu ENG-uls?): Do you speak English?
Ik ben verdwaald (ick BEN vuhr-DWAHLT): I’m lost
Good day (Hallo): Hallo
Wie geht’s? (Vee GATES?): How are you?
Gut, danke (Goot, DAN-keh): Fine, thank you
Danke schön (DAN-kuh shurn): Please
Danke (DAN-kuh): Thanks
Bitte schön! (BEE-tuh shurn): You’re welcome.
Ja (Yah): Yes
Nein (Nine): No
Auf Wiedersehen (Owf VEE-dur-zane): Goodbye
Hilf mir! (HEELF-meer): Help!
Hej (HAY): Hello
Ja (YAH): Yes
Nej (NAY): No
Kanske (‘KAN-Share’): Maybe
Moi (MOI); Hello
Hauska tavata. (HOWS-kah TAH-vah-tah): Nice to meet you
Kyllä (KUUL-la): Yes
Ei (Ay): No
Привет. (pree-VYEHT): Hello
Как дела? (kahg dee-LAH?): How are you?
Пожалуйста (Pah-ZHAH-luh-stuh): Please
Спасибо. (Spuh-SEE-buh): Thank you
Tere (TEHR-reh): Hello
Tänan (TA-nahn): Thank you
Jah (YAHH): Yes
Ei (Ay): No
Hej (High): Hello
Tak (Tahg): Thank you
Ja (Ya): Yes
Nej (Nay): No
Facts and Figures
Explore some unusual and fascinating facts about Iceland, the Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Estonia and Denmark before you embark on your Journey.
The Netherlands (Holland)
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