• Selina Akhtar

    Rough guides asked their readers to vote for the most beautiful destinations in the world. And at number one, surprisingly, it was Scotland that took the crown. Other northerly destinations in the top 20 include Iceland and Norway, and luckily for you, we’ve got a trip that covers all three…

    The best thing about cruising is that you wake up in a new country every day, and can tick off loads of places in one trip. And, what could be better than seeing three of the most beautiful countries in the world on one holiday? Our Fire and Ice cruise itinerary gives you the opportunity to do just that. You’ll board the ship in Newcastle (England is also in the top 20 FYI) and head to Iceland, Norway, Scotland and the Shetland islands, covering some of the star attractions of the northern hemisphere.

    What can I see on the Fire and Ice itinerary?

    You’ll spend the first day at sea, enjoying all the amazing facilities onboard our TUI Discovery ship, before reaching your first port of call, Reykjavik in Iceland. Here you can take your pick from over 50 museums and art galleries, or join our Golden Circle tour where you’ll get the chance to walk between tectonic plates at Thingvellir National Park, hear the thundering roar of Gullfoss waterfall, and see bubbling geysers explode. Or, head to the Blue Lagoon where you can bathe in mineral-rich waters that are nice and toasty thanks to Iceland’s geothermal activity. After Reykjavik, you’ll cover Iceland’s lesser-known areas including Isafjord, a quaint coastal town that dates back to the 9th century, and Akureyri, where you’ll get the chance to go whale watching.

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    Then, after seeing Iceland’s best bits, it’s on to Norway, where otherworldly fjords, dramatic jagged peaks, and some of the bluest lakes you’ve ever seen take centre stage. You’ll have your fill of bucket-list worthy sights here, with the chance to see the magnificent Josedalsbreen Glacier, the glassy waters of Olden Lake, and have a ride on the famous Flam Railway – one of the most spectacular train journeys in the world.

    Scotland is the last country on the agenda, leaving the most beautiful country till last. You’ll start by exploring the gorgeous Shetland Islands – a stunning subarctic archipelago just north of Scotland. Here you can spot tiny Shetland ponies and sheep, explore 300 million-year-old cliffs dotted with sunbathing seals, and visit Lerwick – Britain’s most northerly town. You’ll then head to Invergordon where the mysterious Loch Ness is the star attraction. Take a tour of the infamous Loch and you’ll stop at the medieval Urquhart Castle, where Nessie is said to dwell below. Keep your eyes peeled for the mythical creature…

    Ready to tick off three of the Rough Guides top 20 most beautiful countries?
    Book our Fire & Ice itinerary here or read how to see five countries in eight days.