From the green islands of Scotland and North Atlantic to Iceland, this 6-day early-summer adventure rewards you with 24-hours of daylight and matchless seascapes. Migrating birds, dolphins, and whales are only some of the sights you can expect in this expedition. Your journey begins on the Scottish East Coast in Aberdeen, where you will embark on board the ice-class 1b vessel Ocean Atlantic, your home for the next 6 days.
Your first stop is Kirkwall, off the northeastern coast of Scotland, the fascinating capital of Orkney, an archipelago known for its sandstone cliffs and Neolithic cities, before you sail further north to the Faroe Islands, where Tórshavn, its capital and largest town, awaits you.
You will approach the Westman island of Surtsey, UNESCO Natural Heritage Site and youngest island of the world, and spend an exciting day in Heimaey, the largest island of the archipelago, before arriving to your destination: Reykjavík.
• Kirkwall on the Orkney Islands is old Norse for the “seal islands”, and, like the other North Atlantic islands, Orkney has a rich Viking story worth visiting.
• Skara Brae, Northern Europe’s Pompeii, was hidden for almost 5,000 years before a massive storm revealed the ancient settlement.
• Kirkjubøur is the most important historical site of the Faore islands. It was once in medieval times the Episcopal centre of the islands, and its also its undisputed cultural centre.
• The Westman Islands were on the headlines of the world press in January 1973, when a volcano erupted in the Heimaey island. All 5,000 inhabitants evacuated, but most have now returned, and today the population is about 4,000.
• Listen to lectures from experienced expedition staff and enjoy zodiac excursions everyday with guides and naturalists.
Optional excursion package – $250 USD
Day 2 – Orkney Islands
Orkney has a rich Viking story worth visiting, but history goes even further back to one of the oldest European civilizations. Skara Brae, Northern Europe’s Pompeii, was hidden for almost 5,000 years before a massive storm revealed the ancient settlement. The 10-room homes are almost ready for moving into, fully furnished and with sanitation – all made in stone. After arriving at Kirkwall there is a bus ride to visit Skara Brae on a short excursion.
Back in Kirkwall, we will visit Highland Park, considered by many to be the world’s best distillery. On four occasions, the golden drops from Highland have been voted the world’s best. It is also Scotland’s northernmost whisky.
Day 4 – Faroe Island
By midmorning you can participate in an optional bus excursion where we will try to look a bit back in history. We drive out of the capital and over the mountains to the south. As the climate on the Faroe Island is ‘stable unstable’ it is not unlikely that we will drive through the cloud base and experience some fog on the way. But if you wait a moment, it also not unlikely that it will clear up. We arrive in Kirkjubøur, the most important historical site on the islands. Kirkjubøur was in medieval times the Episcopal centre of the Faroe Islands, and also its undisputed cultural centre. We visit the ruins of the impressive Magnus Cathedral that perhaps never was completed, and the St. Olav church – the only remaining medieval church on the Faroe Islands.
6-day/5-night cruise in a shared outside double cabin with private bathroom/toilet.
Near-port town walks with expedition team.
Information briefings and lectures by expedition team.
Full board on the ship.
Free coffee, tea and afternoon snacks on the ship.
Taxes and tariffs.
International flights to Aberdeen/from Reykjavik, Iceland.
Excursion package, including bus tour to Skara Brae on Orkney and to Kirkjubøur in Faroe Islands.
Hotel accommodation before/after the voyage.
Extra excursions and activities not mentioned in the itinerary.
Single room supplement.
Meals not on board the ship.
Beverages (other than coffee and tea).
Tips for the crew (USD 14 per passenger per day).
Anything not mentioned under ‘Price includes’.