LANDS OF THE MIDNIGHT SUN

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Lands of the Midnight Sun

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London to Reykjavik

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: Travis La Marche
Operations Manager & Corporate Destination Manager Trainer
Travis is our Operations Manager & Corporate Destination Manager Trainer — a big title that basically means he supports our Destinations team at sea and our Product Managers in Seattle. It’s a role he’s well trained for with a decade of experience at sea and over 15 years of experience in the industry in a variety of areas from product development to public speaking. He’s a good listener, too.
Number of Windstar itineraries sailed: “Too many to count! I’ve visited every region that Windstar currently sails.”
 
Favorite thing to do onboard: “Head up to the Yacht Club first thing in the morning for a coffee and to watch the ship’s arrival into port. I also enjoy talking with guests out on deck in the morning and discussing their plans for the day.”
 
Hobby: “Riding my motorcycle and exploring different parts of the Canadian wilderness and the Pacific Northwest.”
 
Favorite part of his job: “My favorite part of my job is meeting and talking to guests, hearing why they love sailing with Windstar, and listening to their stories about past experiences and adventures.”
While Travis La Marche 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 sits lively Bergen, whose colorful, Hanseatic wharf earned UNESCO status; as well as the art nouveau town of Alesund, where Travis prefers to “just sit down in an inviting cafĂ© and people watch.” Add a 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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