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Journey to Iceland, Norway and the Midnight Sun

17 or 28 Nights featuring Reykjavik, London, Brussels, Flam, Tromso, Geiranger and the Arctic Circle

Includes: International Airfare, Hotel, Tours, Transfers and More!

Land Program: Includes Essential Tours with Lots of Free Time

Start Date: May 31, 2025
(Sailing June 5, 2025)

About This Journey

Less than an hour outside of Reykjavik, the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates collide. Discover Iceland’s Golden Circle, where you will encounter the thundering waterfall Gullfoss, the geothermal wonders of Great Geysir, and the scenery of Thingvellir National Park. Here, the tectonic plates are visibly drifting apart, creating dramatic fissures and rifts in the landscape. In Reykjavik, you will have free time to explore the city, visit museums or experience the famous Blue Lagoon where you can soak in the volcano-heated, mineral-infused waters. Continue your Journey in London, which boasts an unparalleled array of attractions, from its historic landmarks such as Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London to its world-renowned museums like the British Museum and Tate Modern. The city’s diverse neighborhoods, vibrant culinary scene and rich cultural heritage ensure that there’s something for everyone. Then, embark the Celebrity Apex for a breathtaking cruise to Norway and the Arctic Circle. Visit ports like Flam and Geiranger, where you’ll sail into the scenic fjords and bask in the natural beauty of Norway’s coast. In Tromso and the Arctic Circle, the sun never sets during the month of June. You’ll witness the incredible phenomenon of the “midnight sun” as you explore the northernmost edge of Europe. With a balance of included tours and free time, this Journey offers the best of Northern Europe’s natural wonders.

28 Night Journey with Optional Cruise Extension Also Available–See Itinerary Option 2 for Details!

Visits: Celebrity Apex, 38695, Reykjavik, London, Bruges, Flam, Arctic Circle, Tromso, Honningsvag, Geiranger, Alesund, Haugesund, Southampton, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki, Tallinn, Skagen

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Itinerary

Start Date: May 31, 2025
(Sailing June 5, 2025)

Day Port Arrival Departure
1 Reykjavik – Transfer to Hotel and Welcome Dinner
2 Reykjavik – Tour of the Golden Circle
3 Reykjavik – Day at Leisure
4 Reykjavik to London – Flight and Hotel Check-in
5 London – Day at Leisure
6 London – Transfer to Southampton for Embarkation 4:00 PM
7 Brussels (Zeebrugge), Belgium 7:00 AM 3:00 PM
8 At Sea
9 Flam, Norway 8:00 AM 4:00 PM
10 Arctic Circle (Cruising)
11 Tromso, Norway 10:00 AM 6:00 PM
12 Honningsvag, Norway 7:00 AM 3:00 PM
13 Arctic Circle (Cruising)
14 Geiranger, Norway 11:00 AM 8:00 PM
15 Alesund, Norway 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
16 Haugesund, Norway 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
17 At Sea
18 Southampton, England 6:00 AM

Interested in the land program without the cruise? Call us for a quote.

Land Program

Day 1 – Arrive Reykjavik

Upon arrival at the airport, you will be transferred to the hotel. After check-in, you’ll have time to get settled in before joining your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. (D)

Note: if you wish to spend more time in Reykjavik, ask your Personal Vacation Manager about the optional hotel extension.

Day 2 – Reykjavik

Icelandic Geyser Strokkur

After breakfast at the hotel, you will embark on one of Iceland’s most popular day tours – the Golden Circle. This sightseeing route has three stunning stops: Gullfoss Waterfall, Geysir Area and Thingvellir National Park. Gullfoss, translated to ‘the Golden Waterfall’, is one of Europe’s most impressive waterfalls with thousands of tons of icy water thundering majestically into a deep canyon. The Geysir Area is filled with numerous hot springs, fumaroles and geysers, including Strokkur. Every 5 to 10 minutes Strokkur erupts, sending water 100 feet into the air.

Thingvellir National Park

After lunch at a local restaurant, we will continue to the final part of the Golden Circle, Thingvellir National Park. A remarkable geological and historical site, the park contains a beautiful canyon that is actually the dividing fault line between two of the earth’s tectonic plates. After your tour around the Golden Circle, you will head to your hotel in Reykjavik and enjoy the evening at your leisure. (B, L)

Day 3 – Reykjavik

Hallgrímskirkja Church

Today you will have the day at leisure to explore Reykjavik on your own. Stroll along Laugavegur, the main avenue, for shopping, traditional pubs and restaurants. Visit the Hallgrímskirkja Church, whose steeple is a Reykjavik landmark, or learn about the island’s history at the National Museum of Iceland. Or perhaps you’ll visit the Blue Lagoon (reservation required in advance) to relax in the warm, mineral-rich geothermal water. The day is yours to do as you wish! Your guide will be available in the morning to answer questions and provide recommendations. (B)

Day 4 – Reykjavik to London

This morning, we will transfer to the airport for our flight to London. Upon arrival, check in to the hotel and enjoy the evening at your leisure. (B)

Day 5 – London

Tower of London

Enjoy a day at leisure to explore London on your own. Perhaps you’ll explore world-class museums such as the British Museum and the Tate Modern, or marvel at iconic landmarks like the Tower of London and Buckingham Palace. The city’s vibrant cultural scene offers West End theatre productions, bustling markets like Borough Market and diverse culinary experiences. The day is yours to do as you wish! Your guide will be available in the morning to answer questions and provide recommendations. (B)

Day 6 – London Embarkation

After breakfast, check out of the hotel and transfer to the port, where you will board the Celebrity Apex for a 12-night cruise to Norway and the Arctic Circle. (B)

Day 7-17 – Cruising onboard the Celebrity Apex (see below for cruise highlights)

 

Day 18 – London Disembarkation

Enjoy breakfast onboard, then disembark the Celebrity Apex and transfer to the airport for your return flight home. (B, L)

For meals not included in your land programs, all hotels chosen include a restaurant on property where you may relax and enjoy a meal. In addition, your guide is available to make suggestions on nearby dining, shopping or sightseeing.

Port Highlights

Brussels (Zeebrugge), Belgium

Brussels (Zeebrugge), Belgium: The “Venice of the North,” and its canals and romantic cobblestone alleys twist and turn to show visitors a perfectly preserved side of medieval history and culture. The city center of Bruges is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, meaning a stroll through its center is a must-see and must-photograph opportunity for travelers. History and art buffs will find plenty to see during a cruise to Bruges, like hearing stories of ancient Belgian lore or touring 19th century castles like Loppem Castle or Castle Wijnendale along the way. Then there’s the Groeningemuseum, an impressive art gallery featuring work from artists like Jan Van Eyck to Magritte.

Flam, Norway

Flam, Norway: The town of Flam, Norway is nestled in a tributary of the world’s longest and deepest fjord. Surrounded by steep mountainsides, roaring waterfalls and deep valleys, you’ll experience a one-of-a-kind encounter with nature on your Flam cruise. This quaint Norway town is a place of extremes. The epic majesty of Flam’s dense green mountains dwarfs even the grandest of cruise ships and the glass-calm water that surrounds the town woos adventurers from near and far. This is a place where you can’t help but feel closer to nature for no other reason that it overwhelms at every turn. Climb aboard the Flam Railway for the world’s steepest train ride and rumble 2,800 feet up the wilds of Norway. Kayak through the calm waters of the Aurlandsfjord for breathtaking views of mountain farms with grazing goats or sheep perched at the fjord’s edge. You’ll find many restaurants and cafes offering local Norwegian fare made with farm-fresh ingredients. And you can sample the famous brown and white goat cheese in nearby Undredal. Whether it’s hiking, kayaking, or taking a dizzying train ride into the mountains, Flam is a Norwegian wonderland that’s meant to be explored.

Arctic Circle

Arctic Circle (Cruising): Crossing the imaginary line of the Arctic Circle as you cruise Norway’s starkly beautiful fjord-indented coast is a thrilling rite of passage to many travelers. Jagged, tooth-like mountains, their peaks dusted in snow even in summer, extend along the coast as far as the eye can see. Hundreds of rocky islets and skerries, remnants of the last Ice Age, are scattered across the sea.

 

Tromso, Norway

Tromso, Norway: Often referred to as the Arctic’s capital, this colorful northern Norwegian city is located above the Article Circle and is one of the best places to see the Northern Lights. As a major cultural hub—previously called the “Paris of the North”—Tromsø will offer you a young and vibrant city center to explore, a buzzy harbor and an exciting international dining scene filled with cozy cafes, pubs and vibrant restaurants. You can also stop for a pint at Mack’s Ølhallen, one of the world’s northernmost breweries. Tromsø’s striking surrounding landscape also offers a playground for hiking, dog sledding and skiing during your Norway cruise. Other must-see points include the Arctic Cathedral—a true icon of Northern Norway, built in 1965, with beautiful, stained-glass windows—the Tromsø Cathedral; the Polaria and Perspective museums; and cable car rides for stunning city views.

Honningsvag, Norway

Honningsvag, Norway: Located on the island of Magerøya, Honningsvåg is the northmost city in mainland Europe and the gateway port for cruise passengers heading up to the Arctic Circle. This rugged yet charming town features brightly painted wooden buildings with a surrounding landscape characterized by expansive stretches of tundra, breathtaking fjords, waterfalls and dense forests. The tiny fishing town was completely rebuilt after World War II and is one of the best places to experience the “midnight sun,” a phenomenon where the sun doesn’t set in the summer and offers continuous light.

 

Geiranger, Norway

Geiranger, Norway: Geiranger takes you the length of one of the most spectacular Norwegian fjords, so pristinely beautiful that it’s protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sheer cliffs plunge into the deep blue water, while waterfalls cascade down rock faces and snow-capped mountains tower all around.

At the head of the Geirangerfjord, the sleepy village of Geiranger lies surrounded by lush meadows. This serene little spot is the gateway to some of the most thrilling highlights of Norway cruises: rugged mountain scenery, spectacular hikes, kayaking on the fjord and a number of cultural attractions. Geiranger are the perfect way to admire Norway’s natural attractions and learn more about the Norwegian way of life.

Alesund, Norway

Alesund, Norway: The town’s gorgeous art nouveau architecture was rebuilt after a tragic fire in 1904 and ever since, Alesund has captivated visitors with its beauty, being voted one of Norway’s most beautiful cities. The town has a vibrant fishing community, plus the locals are passionate about good food and drink. It’s not Norway’s biggest city, but it has a lot of charm, particularly the colorfully painted homes and neighborhoods around the harbor. Seven islands comprise Alesund and they’re cleverly connected by an elaborate set of underwater tunnels.

 

Haugesund, Norway

Haugesund, Norway: You’ll discover the home of the Viking kings in Norway. Located between the towns of Stavanger and Bergen, Haugesund is a destination brimming with Nordic history, culture and spectacular natural beauty at every turn.

Visit an ancient Viking settlement and learn all about the grounds where powerful kings once ruled. Head to Langfoss Waterfalls and enjoy the cooling mist of one of the world’s most beautiful waterfalls on your skin. Walk on top of an icy blue glacier and admire the unrivaled scenery as you make your way down the gorgeous fjords that make a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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Included Features

  • International airfare, transfers and baggage handling
  • Airfare from Reykjavik to London, including transfers and baggage handling
  • 5-night pre-cruise land program in Iceland and England
    • Reykjavik, Iceland: 3-night hotel stay
      • Welcome Dinner
      • Full-day city and cultural tour
    • London, England: 2-night hotel stay
  • Tour Leader throughout pre-cruise land program and Local Tour Hosts during included tours
  • Some meals while on tour (see itinerary highlights) and all meals while onboard
  • 12-night sailing aboard the Celebrity Apex
    • 10% off shore excursions (see “special offers”)
    • Drinks and Wi-Fi are All Included on Celebrity Cruises
    • Ask about extending your cruise! Sail on a back-to-back cruise and add 11 nights, visiting ports like Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki, Tallinn and Skagen.
  • Special Offer for Journeys on Celebrity Cruises—Memorial Day Sale Ends 5/21!
    • Sail with up to $1,700 Onboard Credit and a $400 Visa Gift Card with Exclusive Tips on 2024 Sailings + Drinks and Wi-Fi—All Included. Learn More ➤

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What to Expect on Your Trip

Pacing

 

2 out of 5 – Land Program Includes Essential Tours with Lots of Free Time

The overall pace is more leisurely than most Enrichment Journeys. Although some essential tours may be included, this program includes ample free time for you to explore on your own. Your tour escort will be available to offer suggestions of things to do nearby. Breakfast is always included at the hotel. Some additional meals may be included, but most other meals will be at your leisure. All hotels will have a restaurant on property where you may dine. If you wish to go out, your guide is available to make suggestions for nearby dining.

Physical Activity

The land portion of the trip should be considered relaxed. Please note that guided tours may include a considerable amount of walking, while free time allows you to explore on your own at your own pace. Walking on different types of land, roads, stairs and being exposed to many different natural elements will be part of the trip. A few of the natural environments explored during this journey are National Parks, waterfalls, volcanoes, hot springs and beaches. Walking a moderate to long distance will be necessary to view natural wonders at certain locations.

Enrichment Journeys will do everything in our power to ensure comfort through our third-party providers, including air-conditioned buses and comfortable accommodations where applicable. However, some areas cannot be accessed by coach, so our drivers will get you as close to sites as is legally allowed. Sensible, rubber-soled walking shoes are strongly recommended. Historical sites often do not have elevators, escalators, or ramps due to the age of the building/structure. Steps can be steep and uneven. Based on crowds and traffic, order of visits may be changed.

Wheelchair access at many sites is limited to extremely limited. A fold-up wheelchair may be able to be stored on the bus but requires prior arrangements. 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. Motorized wheelchairs and scooters cannot be accommodated on this group program.

For the cruise portion 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.

Cultural Focus

As an under-populated island positioned at the top of the world, Iceland is a country in the making. With a landscape where mighty volcanoes forces shape the Earth and glaciers make pathways through the mountains, Iceland offers supercharged splendor. You will encounter dishes and ingredients typical to the region that you may not have encountered before and you will be introduced to local artistry of the region. Enrichment Journeys encourages an open mind when in unique situations and meeting people abroad. Sometimes the attractions, beaches and cities themselves can be crowded, especially while on the cruise.

Unique Factors

If you have special needs or physical limitations, you will need to check in with your personal vacation manager before booking the trip. The temperature can vary between day and night, so pack accordingly with items that can be layered. Some guests may wish to have a light sweater or windbreaker with them.

Transportation

While on tour:

Reykjavik to London: 3-hour flight

Please note that these times are approximate and only reflect the transportation time. Our trip may be longer due to stops for sightseeing along the way.

International Airfare:

Included international airfare is from select airports only. To inquire about a different airport, please contact your Personal Vacation Manager.

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, direct/non-stop flights, Business Class upgrades, or to extend their time in any of our beginning or ending destination cities may do so by contacting Enrichment Journeys and inquiring about the Custom Airfare Program. There is a $100 per person charge for this service, however this charge will be applied toward any flights or upgrades you choose to purchase. The $100 charge must be paid prior to receiving a custom air quote.

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Ask about receiving 10% off all shore excursions from Shore Excursions Group!

Special Offer for Journeys on Celebrity Cruises—Memorial Day Sale Ends 5/31!

Sail with up to $1,700 Onboard Credit and a $400 Visa Gift Card Exclusively from Us.

Drinks & Wi-Fi are All Included on Celebrity Cruises. 2024 departures also receive Exclusive Tips from Enrichment Journeys!

 

All guests must choose the same package type. View Celebrity Terms and Conditions. Offer expires May 31, 2024 or when sold out.

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Extend Your Cruise by 11 Nights! Visit the ports of Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki, Tallinn and Skagen. Speak to a Personal Vacation Manager for details. View the Itinerary Option 2 under the Itinerary Section.

1-night Reykjavik Extension (pre)

Want an extra day to explore Reykjavik? With this optional extension you will arrive a day early and have one extra day to relax at the hotel and explore Reykjavik on your own. Note: tours are not included. Price of $185 per person (based on double occupancy) includes:

  • 1-night hotel accommodations in Reykjavik with daily breakfast
  • Private transfer from airport to hotel

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Dates & Prices

Itinerary 1

05/31/2025 Retail Value EJ Price Savings Per Person Single Rates
Infinite Veranda (E2) $11,599 $8,699 $2,900 CALL FOR DETAILS
Concierge Class (C2) $11,865 $8,899 $2,966 CALL FOR DETAILS
Aqua Class (A2) $13,065 $9,799 $3,266 CALL FOR DETAILS
Suite CALL TODAY TO REQUEST A QUOTE

Itinerary 2

05/31/2025 Retail Value EJ Price Savings Per Person Single Rates
Infinite Veranda (E2) $16,665 $12,499 $4,166 CALL FOR DETAILS
Concierge Class (C2) $17,199 $12,899 $4,300 CALL FOR DETAILS
Aqua Class (A2) $19,332 $14,499 $4,833 CALL FOR DETAILS
Suite CALL TODAY TO REQUEST A QUOTE

Prices are in USD and are based on double occupancy.

Interested in the land program without the cruise? Call us for a quote.

Air Add-Ons
City Add-On City Add-On City Add-On
Atlanta $300 Houston Intercontinental $400 Philadelphia $350
Boston $300 John F. Kennedy $0 Phoenix $450
Chicago $350 Los Angeles $450 San Diego $450
Dallas-Ft. Worth $400 Orlando $350 Seattle $450
Newark $150 Miami $300 San Francisco $450
Washington – Dulles $300
– 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.

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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.

Accommodations

Fosshotel Reykjavík

Þórunnartún 1, 105 Reykjavík

Tel: +354 531 9000

Fosshotel Reykjavík, Iceland’s largest hotel stands prominently in Reykjavík’s business district, only a short walk from the main shopping area. Its convenient location makes it an excellent base for the perfect Reykjavik city holiday.

Here, from the heart of the city, you can easily explore Reykjavík’s magnificent architecture, captivating history, vibrant markets and rich culture – the ideal starting point for experiencing the best of everything the city has to offer.

Pleasant views of the city and sea in this stylish 16-floor hotel located near Höfði House and the main shopping area. This allows excellent access to the fantastic shopping available in Reykjavik while also being close to Reykjavik harbour for dramatic views across the waterfront. But, of course, location is not all that you should look for in a Reykjavik hotel.

Thistle London Marble Arch Hotel

Bryanston St, Marylebone, London W1H 7EH

Tel: +44 020 7523 5060

Expect absolute comfort and impeccable service during your stay. With excellent facilities and features, as well as comfortable, modern rooms and expert staff, we’re sure you’ll enjoy your time at one of the best hotels near Marble Arch station.

Thistle Marble Arch hotel is truly based just a stone’s throw from shopping hotspots such as Oxford Street, Regent St and Mayfair, as well as a host of famous London landmarks including Madame Tussauds, Thistle Marble Arch is truly based in an excellent location.

Once you return to the hotel after a busy day out, relax and enjoy a delicious meal in the fabulous restaurant or bar, or pick up something in the deli.

Celebrity Apex

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 contemporary spaces that are at once coolly sophisticated and warmly inviting. Where the culinary experience is influenced by global cuisines and designed by their Michelin-starred chef. Where their staff provides seamless and intuitive service that’s both personal and unobtrusive. Where everything is designed to provide an unparalleled Relaxed Luxurysm resort at sea experience. Celebrity’s 15 award-winning ships offer unique experiences in more than 300 destinations on all seven continents.

Ship: Celebrity Apex

Celebrity ApexSM is the second of four sister Edge Class Ships and contains many unique features and a modern design unseen on any other ship currently at sea. The ship’s design is beautiful and streamlined with the outside spaces designed by architect Tom Wright and interior design by Kelly Hoppen. Some of the most exciting innovations and updates include the Rooftop Garden, the Adults-only Solarium, the Magic Carpet and the Infinite VerandasSM.

The Magic Carpet is a tennis court-sized sliding deck that allows for easy embarkation and debarkation for tendering and also serves as a viewpoint and outdoor bar with live music at night. The Infinite VerandasSM allow you to take advantage of your entire veranda stateroom, inside and out. At the touch of a button, your veranda doors will completely fold out of the way, allowing you a full view out over the water. You also have the option to keep the veranda doors open, but enclose the glass balcony, turning the railing into a floor-to-ceiling window.

The Celebrity ApexSM was designed to change the way you experience the world, and the culinary offerings don’t fall short of this either. Enjoy 29 unique food and beverage experiences crafted by a Michelin-starred chef. Your vacation time is precious. Time aboard Celebrity Apex will make the most of it. Celebrity Apex is sailing with Starlinkthe world’s most advanced broadband satellite internetto bring you high-speed connectivity for a better onboard experience.

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Before You Go

Money Matters

How you handle your currency and financials while on the trip is up to you. 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 make them aware of your international travel, especially when using cards or withdrawing money.

ATM Machines

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.

Foreign Banks

Currency can be exchanged at most banks, if needed. Ask a local host or tour manager if there is a nearby bank that is open.

Credit Cards

During your trip, you’ll find that most major credit cards are accepted. Call your specific card issuer ahead of time to find out its limitations and benefits overseas.

Incidentals

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.

Packing Guidelines

Pack as simply as possible for easy transfers and customs screenings. Check with your domestic and international carriers regarding baggage guidelines, allowances and check for additional fees. All bags will be screened before boarding flights and the cruise ship.

What to pack

Basics and layers are key to a comfortable Journey. Be sure to check the weather in the destinations you will visit and pack accordingly. There are always unpredictable 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:

  • Raincoat/poncho
  • Hooded jacket/fleece pullover
  • Pants with pockets
  • Skirt with pockets
  • Hat with visor & sunscreen/bug spray
  • Warm socks
  • Sturdy sandals
  • Practical shoes for walking/easy hiking
  • Extra pair of prescription sunglasses and/or glasses (if needed)
  • Camera(s)

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.

Luggage Screening Process

To pass through screening, 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 for weight and size.

Labeling

Have all your bags labeled with your name and address clearly marked. Add something to you luggage that is recognizable in the event your bags are misplaced. You may also consider marking your bags with “Enrichment Journeys” for efficiency.

Carry-on items

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 have questions about a certain item, visit www.tsa.gov for a list of items that cannot be packed.

Airport transfers

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.

Cell phones

Some cell phones will work overseas, but incur additional charges for the use. Choose whether you would like to add an international plan by calling your carrier, or consider purchasing a pay-as-you-go phone overseas. However, in some destinations, many smartphones and tablets can pick up wireless Internet for free.

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 for a covered reason up until the departure date with a full refund of the Journey.

The insurance covers a wide variety of incidents, including travel delay, emergency medical services and even baggage delay. 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 speak with one of 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, just in case. A small medical kit is also advisable for quick access to remedy minor aches and pains.

Briefing sessions

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 meet with the group and go over items such as the daily schedule, weather and local customs.

Hotels

All hotels booked by Enrichment Journeys are held to a high standard of comfort and quality, in accordance to international accommodation standards and rating systems. However, each accommodation varies so you may experience various types of properties throughout your excursions.

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Regional Information

Travel Documentation

Have your passport and visas ready and available at all checkpoints. Scan and copy these documents to print out. It is recommended that you e-mail a copy to yourself and someone back home in the event these documents are misplaced. Also, it may be worth bringing an international ID or license.

Passport and Visa

To travel internationally, you must have a passport in good condition and it must be valid for at least 6 months after the last day of your trip. Visa requirements change frequently and for various reasons. As a result, our Personal Vacation Managers are not always able to provide visa information and you should not rely on the information provided below to be the most current and accurate. 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 (Canadian citizens should visit https://travel.gc.ca/, for all other countries please visit your government website or local embassy), which details specific information on the countries you would like to visit, including visa requirements.

You may also use a third-party visa service. These services require an additional service fee but make the process of applying for a visa much simpler.

Note: as of April 2025, U.S. and Canadian passport holders traveling to Europe’s Schengen Zone may have to obtain an electronic travel authorization (ETIAS) for travel starting in May 2025. We encourage you to verify at the official website listed below as the requirements may change. More information can be found at https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/etias/.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations are 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 based on your preferences and personal medical history. During your Enrichment Journeys tour, the utmost care will be taken with prepared food, atmosphere and other elements, so the likelihood of contracting diseases is scarce.

For a list of recommended vaccinations based on destination, visit https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel or feel free to contact the Center for Disease Control and Prevention directly at 1-800-232-4636.

Electric Current

You will need an adaptor for some parts of your trip.  To see what the plugs will look like at your destination, visit https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/ and click on each country from the right menu.

You may also need to use a converter. Most countries outside of North and Central America use 220-240 V, whereas the U.S. and Canada use 110 V. However, most chargers these days have a box which will act as a converter so that it can be used in all countries around the world. If your charger box says “Input: 100-240V, 50/60 Hz” then you do NOT need to use a converter (but you may still need an adaptor so that the plugs fit in the socket).

Some hotels may have two and three pronged outlets to use for various appliances. Ship cabins also have outlets for you to use with their converter. However, we recommend having at least one or two adaptors with you, as we cannot guarantee that all hotels will be able to accommodate this.

Local Currency

Belgium uses the Euro (€), currency code EUR

The United Kingdom uses the Pound Sterling, also known as the British Pound (£), currency code GBP

Iceland uses the Icelandic Krona (kr), currency code ISK

Norway uses the Norwegian Krone (kr), currency code NOK

Please visit https://www.oanda.com/currency/converter/ for the current exchange rate.

How you handle your currency and financials while on the trip is up to you. Some people prefer to exchange all their money in advance, while others will rely solely on credit cards. We suggest having at least some local currency with you during the trip, at least enough to take a taxi if needed. Consider calling your bank ahead of time to make them aware of your international travel, especially when using cards or withdrawing money.

Tipping Guidelines

Tipping is always appreciated but not always required. Expect several instances throughout the hospitality industry that allow for tipping. Have small bills ready for hotel staff, boat crew, restaurant servers, drivers, guides and baggage handlers. If you have a meal outside the itinerary or hire a resident driver, a few dollars in the local currency is customary.

Gratuities are included for group meals, at hotels and at airports. The host, guide, or tour manager can be tipped roughly $10-$12 USD per person, per day. Drivers can be tipped $5 USD per person, per day. To view the gratuities policy for Celebrity Cruises, please visit https://www.celebritycruises.com/faqs/gratuity-program.

For more information about when and how much to tip in each country, feel free to speak with your tour guide at the start of your Journey. A good reference for international tipping is https://www.cntraveler.com/stories/2008-11-11/etiquette-101-tipping-guide.

Time Differences

Please be aware that you may be crossing through several time zones throughout your Journey. To view a time zone map, visit https://m.worldtimezone.com/m-index12.php.

Climate

With the tour covering various regions, you will most likely come in contact with cool weather, occasional rain, wind and/or damp environments. Check the weather online before departing for an up-to-date look at the conditions in major destinations.

Many countries outside of North America use Celsius. Here is a °C to °F quick reference guide:

-5° C = 23° F 5° C = 41° F 15° C = 59° F 25° C = 77° F 35° C = 95° F
0° C = 32° F 10° C = 50° F 20° C = 68° F 30° C = 86° F 40° C = 104° F

High/Low Temperatures in Fahrenheit:

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Reykjavik 35/27 37/29 37/29 41/33 47/39 52/44 55/47 54/46 49/41 44/36 38/31 36/28
London 48/41 48/41 54/43 59/45 64/50 70/55 73/59 73/59 68/55 61/50 54/45 48/41
Flam 38/28 40/28 46/31 54/38 60/44 68/50 72/56 69/54 63/50 53/42 46/37 42/31

Practice the Local Language

Knowing a few phrases in the local vernacular can be a wonderful way to connect with people and feel immersed in the culture. Here are some keywords and phrases:

Iceland: Icelandic

  • Halló (Ha-low): Hello
  • Bless: Goodbye
  • Gjörðusvo vel, (to one person). (Gyur-thuhsvo vel.): Please
  • Þakkaþérfyrir. (Thah-ka thyer fi-rir.): Thank you
  • Já. (Yaw.): Yes
  • Nei. (Nay.): No

Visit https://www.17-minute-world-languages.com/en/icelandic/ for more phrases with sound.

UK: English (below are some differences between British and American English)

  • Holiday: Vacation
  • Lift: Elevator
  • Biro: Pen
  • Rubbish: Trash
  • Bin: Trashcan
  • Coriander: Cilantro
  • Courgette: Zucchini
  • Chemist: Pharmacy
  • Biscuit: Cookie
  • Chips: French Fries
  • Crisps: Potato Chips
  • Plaster: Band-aid
  • Ground Floor: Ground/First Floor
  • First Floor: Second Floor
  • Zebra Crossing: Crosswalk
  • WC (water closet) or Loo: Bathroom

Belgium: French, Dutch and German

French:

  • Bonjour (Boh(n)-zhoo): Hello
  • Oui (wee): Yes
  • Non (No): No
  • Oùsont les toilettes? (Oo soh(n) lay twa-let?): Where are the restrooms
  • Merci (Mare-see): Thank you
  • Je vousenprie (Zhuhvoozahnpree): You’re welcome
  • S’il vousplaît (Seal voo play): Please
  • Pouvez-vousm’aider? (Poo-vayvoo meh – day?): Can you help me?
  • Au revoir (Ah reh-vwarh): Goodbye

Visit https://www.17-minute-world-languages.com/en/french/ for more phrases with sound.

Dutch:

  • Hallo (HAH-low): Hello
  • Vaarwel: Goodbye
  • Alstublieft (AHL-stuu-BLEEFT): Please
  • Dank je (DAHNK yuh): Thank you
  • Ja (YAH): Yes
  • Nee (NAY): No

Visit https://www.17-minute-world-languages.com/en/dutch/ for more phrases with sound.

German:

  • Hallo (Ha-lo): Hello
  • Auf Wiedersehen (Owf VEE-dur-zane): Goodbye
  • Danke schön (DAN-kuhshurn): Please
  • Danke (DAN-kuh): Thanks
  • Ja (Yah): Yes
  • Nein (Nine): No

Visit https://www.17-minute-world-languages.com/en/german/ for more phrases with sound.

Norway: Norwegian

  • Hallo: Hello
  • Farvel: Goodbye
  • God morgen: Good morning
  • Ja: Yes
  • Nei: No
  • Takk: Thank you

Visit https://www.17-minute-world-languages.com/en/norwegian/ for more phrases with sound.

Fun Facts

Check out these interesting facts about the destinations you will visit on your Journey.

Iceland

  • Around 11% of Iceland is covered in glacial ice.
  • The official language of Iceland is Icelandic which has changed little over the centuries. It is a North Germanic language derived from Old Norse.
  • The first people to live on Iceland are thought to have been Irish monks around the year AD 800. In the 9th century, Norsemen arrived in Iceland.
  • In 1980, Iceland became the first country to elect a women president. Vigdís Finnbogadóttir was president until 1996.
  • The Arctic fox is the only mammal that is indigenous in Iceland.
  • The three colors of Iceland’s flag represent elements that make up the island. Red represents the island’s volcanic fires, blue represents the ocean and white represents the snow and ice fields.

England

  • English people consume more tea per capita than anybody else in the world (2.5 times more than the Japanese and 22 times more than the Americans or the French).
  • French was the official language of England for about 300 years, from 1066 till 1362.
  • The English class system is not determined by money, but by one’s background (family, education, etc.). Many nouveau-riches, like pop-stars or football players, insist on their still belonging to the lower or middle class.
  • Fish ‘n chips isn’t any more of a traditional English dish than Chicken Tikka Masala is. The first fish & chips restaurant was only opened in 1860 by an immigrant, Joseph Malin.
  • Britain has the highest per capita consumption of cider, as well as the largest cider-producing companies in the world. Over half of England’s cider is produced in Herefordshire, and the world’s largest producer of cider is H. P. Bulmer, based in Hereford. Cider making was introduced by Viscount Scudamore in 1639, who brought the recipe from France. In 1674 he built the county’s largest house with cider money at Holme Lacy, near Hereford.
  • London has a reputation of being rainy, but it actually receives less rain than Paris or New York.

Belgium

  • Belgium has the most castles per square mile than any other country in the world (though this is disputed with Wales, who also claims the title).
  • There are over a thousand unique Belgian beers and over 300 breweries in Belgium.
  • Belgium makes over 220,000 tons of chocolate every year.

Norway

  • In the city of Tromso, from May to July the sun only sets for about 4 hours each night. In June, it doesn’t set at all.
  • Skiing was invented in Norway and Norway boasts the most medals won at the Winter Olympics.
  • Approximately 98% of Norway’s electricity comes from hydroelectric power.

Recommended Reading List

Vacation should be easy, peaceful and, most of all, completely stress-free. Let us handle the details, so you can sit back, relax and curl up with a good book as you count down the days to your next Journey! We’ve compiled the following list of books and movies to introduce you to the destinations you are about to visit.

Books

  • Iceland: The Sagas of Icelanders
  • Iceland: Independent People by Halldór Laxness
  • Iceland: Ring of Seasons: Iceland, Its Culture and History by Terry G. Lacy
  • England: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • England: Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  • England: Atonement by Ian McEwan
  • England: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
  • England: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peeling Society by Mary Anne Shaffer
  • Norway: The Norwegians by Arthur Spencer

Travel Guides

Films

  • England: from classics like A Canterbury Tale to modern series like Downton Abbey, there are endless hours of British movies and TV series to watch before your trip. Here is a list to get you started: https://www.timeout.com/london/film/100-best-british-films
  • Iceland: much of the HBO series Game of Thrones was filmed in Iceland
  • Iceland: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)
  • Belgium: In Bruges (2008)
  • Norway: Tenet (2020)
  • Norway: No Time to Die (2021)

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