My partner and I embarked in Copenhagen, sailing straight out across the North Sea to Scotland and the port of Kirkwall. A morning tour - included with Regent - took us out to neighbouring smaller islands, our guide telling stories of history as we went. The beaches are beautiful and lined with the postcard-perfect villages all of which were very welcoming for us to have a wonder around.
We had a free afternoon to explore so we used the included cruise shuttle to take us to the centre of Kirkwall; local shops and treats awaited, including a try of the local famous Orkney Fudge!
Our next port of call was Torshavn, Faroe Islands - part of Denmark; this was a real highlight for me as had always been on my bucket list. We enjoyed a morning wonder around the large city centre and then in the afternoon took an included trip via an underwater tunnel to a remote island, which we explored for a few hours.
I loved the little wooden houses with grass-covered roofs, surrounded by waterfalls and lush green landscapes - not forgetting birdlife that was on show all the time! Then, we enjoyed a day relaxing on board as we cruised the Norwegian Sea, heading towards Iceland. We enjoyed the outdoor deck space playing shuffleboard and thought we best walk off lunch using the upper deck walking/jogging track; I never get tired of just looking out to sea!
We then arrived in Iceland for the first of two consecutive ports, the first being Akureyri on the North Coast. We enjoyed a morning excursion with Regent to visit the main attraction in the area, Godafoss Waterfall. It is one of the most visited waterfalls in Iceland and means "fall of the gods". The falls are fed by meltwater from high glaciers and runs across a lava field which is said to be over 7,000 years old.
After a great day we had dinner in the French restaurant on board, Chartreuse. This is one of two speciality dining options on board which are strictly by reservation only; it's a small and intimate venue and we were treated to some of the best French cuisine - including escargot of course!
The second port of call in Iceland was Isafjordur, a smaller town which we wondered around in for an hour or so. We then enjoyed an afternoon speedboat ride over to Vigur Island (Bird Island) for the most incredible up close sightings of Atlantic puffins.
We were also lucky enough to spot a couple of whales on the ride over; their waterspout rising high out of the water with the backdrop of snow-covered mountains was something I will never forget.
Iceland certainly is a great cruise destination for nature and wildlife lovers, along with varied scenery and history - their main source of income is from the ocean and we were always reminded of this, seeing salmon farms in abundance.
Then for a treat I was not expecting, we enjoyed six hours of daytime sailing through the Prince Kristian Fjord, Southern Greenland, named in honour of the prince, later king Christian VIII of Denmark. We wrapped up warm, camera in hand - and then just took it all in.
With every turn of the ship navigating its way around the bends in the fjord came another spectacular sight, including that of Kangerluk Glacier. Seven Seas Voyager is of a small enough size that she could sail into the fjord and then slowly turn around so all of the ship could enjoy the splendour of the active glacier.
After lunch with a view in the main dining restaurant Compass Rose, we sailed out of the sound into thick sea mist and fog. Unfortunately for us, Mother Nature was no longer on our side - and this fog did not clear for the next two days, resulting in the cancellation of our two tender ports in Greenland,
We were treated to a short visit to the capital city Nuuk as we were berthed so I can at least say that I stepped foot onto Greenland - not many people I know can say the same!
Our last of couple of days on board were spent relaxing, listening to onboard lecture speakers, enjoying cooking demonstrations, galley tours and various other pastimes on offer.
Sea days are perfect to really unwind, chat with new friends and totally switch off. There is a luxury spa onboard along with gym and fitness room if you want to be kept occupied in that way too!
We arrived in the late afternoon into Reykjavik, our final port of call, with just enough time to squeeze in a few hours of whale watching before our transfer to the airport to fly home.