LANDS OF THE MIDNIGHT SUN

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Lands of the Midnight Sun

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Reykjavik to Edinburgh

Lands of the Midnight Sun
Cruise beneath the Midnight Sun to sparkling Norwegian fjords, steaming Icelandic geysers, ancient Scottish standing stones, and the bucolic Faroe Islands. Hear the echoes of Old Norse tongues, see lands once lauded in ancient Viking sagas, and witness sights that will stir your soul. As a Windstar guest you experience it all from a uniquely thrilling perspective.
“The Faroe Islands are even further isolated, leaving only nesting puffins and a few intrepid adventurers to admire Europe’s tallest sea cliffs.”
Our Storyteller: Jess Petersen
Director of Itinerary and Revenue Planning
Ever since Jess first cruised Norway at age 16, he’s been fascinated by the diversity of ports and landscapes along the country’s coastline. Now he gets to plan captivating itineraries for Windstar guests, including all of the Alaska, Canada and New England, Asia, and Australia and New Zealand sailings. A few other fun facts about Jess:


  • Number of Windstar itineraries planned: “Too many to count!”
  • Favorite thing to do onboard: “Get up early, grab a cup of coffee, and head to one of the deck spaces to watch the ship’s arrival in port”
  • Hidden skill: “I’m a computer programmer by training, and taught introductory classes”
  • Favorite part of his job: “Designing other people’s vacations is so rewarding — although scouting new destinations is pretty fun, too!”

While Jess Peterson has crisscrossed nearly all of Northern Europe, the North Atlantic region’s dramatic topography always stops him in his trail boots. “These remote landscapes are actually quite distinct,” he says, “with everything from lush greenery to barren volcanic terrain.” There’s the take-your-breath-away beauty of Norway’s Geirangerfjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; and the rugged, wild Shetland with her miniature ponies and heather moorlands. It’s here where you’ll find Jarlshof, an amazing archaeological site with 4,000 years of human history on display; while hundreds of prehistoric monuments — including the UNESCO-designated Skara Brae and Ring of Brodgar — lie sprinkled across the Orkneys’ pastoral grazing lands. The Faroe Islands are even further isolated, leaving only nesting puffins and a few intrepid adventurers to admire Europe’s tallest sea cliffs.

Amidst all this natural splendor sit lively Bergen, whose colorful, Hanseatic wharf earned UNESCO status; as well as the art nouveau town of Alesund, where Jess prefers to “just sit down in an inviting cafĂ© and people watch.” Add few extra days in Reykjavik, he says, and you’ll “fully experience some of the most beautiful, rugged areas in the world by land and by sea.”

IF I WERE THERE...
  • Take advantage of an overnight in Bergen to “truly appreciate its Hanseatic history,” leisurely strolling along the old Bryggen pier and lingering over dinner in one of its beautifully preserved wooden merchant houses
  • Go hiking in the remote Faroe Islands or take a boat trip to Vestmanna Cliffs, home to thousands of nesting seabirds
  • Feel the misty spray of Geirangerfjord’s Seven Sisters Waterfall on a guided kayaking tour or RIB adventure — “Back at the dock, take the Fossevandring staircase up to the town’s waterfall and a lookout point with fantastic views over Geiranger”
  • Sample 12-year-old Scotch on a tour of the world’s most northerly whisky distillery in Kirkwall, or join the locals for a “wee dram” at one of the town’s many pubs like Helgi’s and Torvhaug
  • Float in the therapeutic waters of the renowned Blue Lagoon near Reykjavik — Jess recommends stopping on the way to the airport: “You’ll board your flight completely relaxed and ready to sleep”

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