Includes Airfare, Hotel, Tours, Transfers, and Baggage Handling
Departs: June 12, 2018
Explore Iceland – and glimpse at nature’s raw power in this land of volcanoes and glaciers, known as The Land of Fire and Ice. Literally a country in the making, the island is still being shaped today by earth’s mighty forces. Experience geysers, mud pots, and ice-covered volcanoes – a place where glaciers are still grinding pathways. This unusual 19-night Journey combines a 7-night escorted land vacation in Iceland and Amsterdam with a 12-night cruise aboard Celebrity Eclipse. 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 Amsterdam, for an overnight stay and city tour, before you board the Celebrity Eclipse bound for more of the Northern European capitals such as Copenhagen, Helsinki and more. During your two-day stay in St. Petersburg, join your exclusive full-day program to the stunning summer palace of Peter the Great, Peterhof Palace. Unlike many programs that only visit the exterior, your guide will take you inside this opulent summer home of the Czar where you will see several of the staterooms as well as the personal quarters of the family. You will also explore areas not seen by the general public. After a traditional lunch, your guide will lead you through the massive Winter Palace of Catherine the Great, better known today as the Hermitage Museum. Your guide will show you the highlights of this art collection that numbers more than one million pieces. This exclusive program to two of St. Petersburg’s top three must-see locations is sure to be one of the highlights of your Journey.
Visits: Vik and Reykjavik, Iceland; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Berlin (Warnemunde), Germany; Helsinki, Finland; St. Petersburg, Russia; Tallinn, Estonia; Stockholm, Sweden; Copenhagen, Denmark; Celebrity Cruises, Celebrity Eclipse
|1||Arrive to Reykjavik, Iceland and transfer to Blue Lagoon. Afternoon transfer to hotel for check in and welcome dinner. (D)|
|2||Reykjavik to Vik, Iceland—Full-day tour to Skogar to visit Skogafoss waterfall and Solheimajokull glacier. Continue to Vik for hotel check in. (B,L,D)|
|3||Vik—Full-day Skaftafell National Park and Jokulsarlon Glacier lake cruise (B,L,D)|
|4||Vik to Hveragerdi—Full-day tour to the Westman Islands including the island of Heimaey. Transfer to Hveragerdi for hotel check in. (B,L,D)|
|5||Hveragerdi to Reykjavik—Full day tour of Golden Circle to view Geysir hot springs, Gullfoss waterfall and Thingvellir National Park. Transfer to Reykjavik for hotel check in. (B,L)|
|6||Reykjavik—Morning city tour of Reykjavik. Afternoon at leisure. Evening farewell dinner. (B,D)|
|7||Reykjavik to Amsterdam, the Netherlands—Transfer to airport for flight to Amsterdam. Transfer to hotel for check in. Late afternoon city tour and scenic dinner cruise. (B,D)|
|8||Amsterdam—Hotel check out. Transfer to ship for Embarkation. (B)||5:00 PM|
|10||Warnemunde, Germany||9:00 AM||11:00 PM|
|12||Helsinki, Finland||10:00 AM||6:00 PM|
|13||St. Petersburg, Russia—Included full-day exclusive shore excursion for Enrichment Journeys guests with lunch. Tour includes Peterhof’s Palace with special inside tour of the Grand Palace. Travel by hydrofoil boat back to city center. Also, visit to Winter Palace and Hermitage Museum. Evening onboard ship. (L)||7:00 AM||O / N|
|14||St. Petersburg, Russia||6:00 PM|
|15||Tallinn, Estonia||7:00 AM||4:00 PM|
|16||Stockholm, Sweden||8:00 PM||4:00 PM|
|18||Copenhagen, Denmark||10:00 AM||6:00 PM|
|20||Amsterdam—Disembark and transfer to airport for return flight.||6:00 AM|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is a guaranteed small-group Journey, allowing for a maximum of just 30 guests.
During your 19-night Journey, you will explore Iceland by land for six nights, with five days of full day touring. The first day will include a visit to the Blue Lagoon where you will have time to relax and recover from your travels. There will be motor coach transfers between Reykjavik, Skogar and Kirkjubaejarklaustur. Returning to Reykjavik, you will have a half day of touring and some free time in the afternoon. In Amsterdam, you will have a small amount of time in the morning before your transfer to the pier. Then, the group will board the ship for a 12-night journey through Sweden, Finland, Russia, Estonia, Germany, Denmark, and the 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.
Please note: Most historic areas in Europe were developed during a time when traffic was by foot, or horse-drawn vehicle. Therefore, these areas cannot be accessed by modern day vehicles. Our drivers will get you as close to sites as is legally allowed. Many pavements are made up of brick or cobblestone (often original) and therefore are rough and/or uneven. Sensible, rubber-soled walking shoes are strongly recommended. Historical sites in Europe often do not have elevators, escalators or ramps due to the age of the building. Steps can be steep and uneven. Wheelchair access at many sites is extremely limited. Based on crowds and traffic, order of visits may be changed.
A fold-up wheelchair may be able to be stored on the bus but requires prior arrangements. Motorized wheelchairs and scooters cannot be accommodated on this group program. Guests must be able to transfer from their chair to the transportation. Guides/drivers are not allowed to lift or push wheelchairs, so guests requiring physical assistance must travel with a companion who can assist.
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 Russia becomes a stage to view the pastel skies of the midnight sun.
As an under-populated island positioned at the top of the world, 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. Complemented 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, and the 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.
The passionate and diverse European culture stimulates your senses of engagement and curiosity. Among the variety of different languages you will encounter 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 that can be layered. Sturdy shoes will be needed during city and nature walks. As you will be visiting the Blue Lagoon upon arrival, please remember to pack a bathing suit and change of clothes in your carry-on luggage (must be in a bag/backpack that will fit in the locker). Towels, lockers and showers will be provided. While at the blue lagoon, it is recommended to drink lots of water to stay hydrated, use conditioner in your hair before and after (the water is not harmful but will dry out your hair), remove all jewelry, and wear sunglasses. Learn More.
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 (Iceland)
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|
|Reykjavik – Amsterdam||Airplane||3–3.5 Hours|
|06/12/2018||Retail Value||EJ Price||Savings Per Person||Single Rates|
|10 (Inside)||SOLD OUT||SOLD OUT||SOLD OUT||SOLD OUT|
|8 (Ocean View)||SOLD OUT||SOLD OUT||SOLD OUT||SOLD OUT|
|2B (Veranda)||SOLD OUT||SOLD OUT||SOLD OUT||SOLD OUT|
|C3 (Concierge)||SOLD OUT||SOLD OUT||SOLD OUT||SOLD OUT|
|Boston||$350||New York – JFK||$0||Phoenix||$500|
|Denver||$500||Los Angeles||$500||San Diego||$500|
|Washington – Dulles||$400||Chicago||$450||Tampa||$450|
|– Business Class Air Available on Request
– 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
The Radisson Blu Saga Hotel, Reykjavik is an architectural landmark that sits in a tranquil neighborhood just 10 minutes from the vibrant city center with sweeping views of the city, ocean, glaciers and mountains. You can explore the city’s museums, galleries and nightlife as well as its nearby natural wonders.
Comfortable amenities grace the 236 rooms and suites of this Reykjavik hotel. Indulge in the hotel’s flavorful Grillid, one of Reykjavík’s best restaurants, as well as premiere guest services that include on-site banking and salon care.
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.
Breidamoerk 1, Hveragerdi 810, 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. The impressive outdoor swimming pool features a water slide, hot tubs and geothermal sauna. Let the 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.
Sarphatistraat 104, 1018GV Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Tel: +31 (0) 20 554 1234
Located in the center of Amsterdam and bordering the city’s trendy and exciting east neighborhood, Hyatt Regency Amsterdam connects city with nature. An urban oasis, just minutes from Amsterdam’s iconic sites. Make yourself at home in the spacious guestroom, or step out to soak up some culture, and don’t forget to get a taste of the local cuisine. Here, you’ll find that relaxation is a constant factor during your time in Amsterdam.
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.
Ship: Celebrity Eclipse
Since Celebrity Eclipse® joined Celebrity’s fleet in 2010, she has dazzled and amazed even the most well-traveled cruisers. Like her Solstice® Class sisters before her, she showcases spectacular vistas with 85% of all staterooms having sweeping veranda views. Celebrity Eclipse hosts Qsine®, a dining venue with a unique and playful approach to familiar dishes from around the world, and Celebrity iLounge℠, a hip, modern Internet café offering guests what they have asked for—easy access to the Internet, inspiring classes and latest tech gadgets. Add the fresh green grass on the top deck’s Lawn Club and the incredibly pampering services in Canyon Ranch SpaClub®, and you may never want to set foot on land again.
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 often readily available, especially in major cities. 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 currency converter, or 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 rules and regulations regarding baggage allowance, which may mean additional fees. All bags will be screened during transfer before flights and boarding the cruise ship.
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 all your bags labeled with your 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. 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:
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.
Your Health and Comfort
Protecting the Value of Your Travel Investment
Enrichment Journeys offers a comprehensive travel insurance package you can purchase alongside your 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 will require some physical capabilities, including transfers from cruise ships, walking on uneven streets and navigating through 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 check with your Personal Vacation Manager 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, 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 Journey. 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, cruise details, 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 following your date of return from the trip. 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 on the ship prior to departure. Further instructions with be given during your final documentation.
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 Expedited Travel. 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. It is always good to have routine vaccinations up to date when traveling for ailments such as chickenpox, measles and the flu shot. Use your own discretion when deciding on what vaccinations to have and your personal medical history. 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 click here to visit the website.
Have an international electric outlet converter for this trip. Each country has variants, so this will ensure your electronics stay charged. All countries visited are on 220-230v 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, The Netherlands, Germany, Finland, Russia, Estonia, Sweden and Denmark. These are the zones of each checkpoint:
Iceland – Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
The Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Denmark – Central European Time (CET)
Finland, Estonia – Eastern European Time (EET)
Russia – Moscow Standard Time (MSK)
Since you will be visiting several countries throughout the journey, you will need multiple kinds of currency. 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 Iceland, The Netherlands, Germany, Finland, Russia, Estonia, Sweden and Denmark.
Iceland – Icelandic krona
Banknotes in kr500, kr1000, kr2000, kr5000, kr10000
Coins represent kr1, kr5, kr10, kr 50, kr100
Exchange – $1 USD to 106.134 Icelandic krónas
The Netherlands, Germany, 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 .87 Euros
Russia – Russian ruble
Banknotes in 50, 100, 500, 1000, 5000
Coins are in 1, 5, 10 & 50 ‘kopeks’ and 1, 2, 5, 10 ‘rubles’ (100 kopeks in a ruble)
Exchange – $1 USD to 60 rubles
Sweden– Swedish krona
Banknotes in 20kr, kr50kr, kr100kr, 200kr, 500kr
Coins are in 1kr, 2kr, 5kr, 10kr
Exchange – $1 USD to 8.29 Swedish kronas
Denmark – Danish krone
Banknotes in 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000
Coins are in 50 ‘ore’ and 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 ‘kroner’ (100 ores in a krone)
Exchange – $1 USD to 6.46 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)
Amsterdam – -7
Berlin – 114
Helsinki – 23
St. Petersburg – 44
Tallinn – 131
Stockholm – 91
Copenhagen – 21
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, Finnish, Russian, Estonian, Swedish 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!
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 (HAY): Hello
Ja (YAH): Yes
Nej (NAY): No
Kanske (‘KAN-Share’): Maybe
Hej (High): Hello
Tak (Tahg): Thank you
Ja (Ya): Yes
Nej (Nay): No
Facts and Figures
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The Netherlands (Holland)
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