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Date: June 24 – July 4, 2021
Host: Onboard crew and experts
Cost: Starting from US$ 6,295 per person*, book before October 31, 2020, and save 15%, ask us !
Trip Type: Cruising – Yacht to Small Ship, Hosted Small Groups

This expedition charts a course unlike any other on Earth, following the Viking voyages from the north of Scotland to the Faroe Islands and onward to Iceland. The Orkney and Shetland Isles offer amazing prehistoric archaeology, hiking and bird-watching. The Faroe Islands are the jewels of the North Atlantic. You’ll visit staggering cliffs hosting vast colonies of seabirds and quaint villages clinging to tiny islands. As you approach Iceland, you’ll experience earth in making: the new volcanic island of Surtsey; the dramatic sea caves of the Westman Islands, and the town of Heimaey—nearly destroyed by a volcano short decades ago.

Highlights:

  • Wander among Neolithic standing stones at Stenness and Brodgar, Scotland
  • Visit St. Magnus Cathedral, a stunning red sandstone structure that dominates the vibrant town of Kirkwall
  • Search the skies for fulmars, puffins, gannets, skuas, and other North Atlantic seabirds
  • Shop for woolens and other unique handicrafts in the Orkneys, Shetlands, and Faroes
  • Experience the Faroe Islands’s dramatic, otherworldly land and seascapes
  • Visit Heimaey, Westman Islands—a town nearly destroyed by a volcano!
  • Explore Reykjavík; a clean, green, ancient, and contemporary city bustling with culture

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Brief Itinerary

Day 1: Aberdeen, Scotland
Many of Aberdeen’s historic stone buildings are of locally quarried granite; high in mica, they can sparkle like silver. The city is famed for its forty-five parks, gardens, and floral displays. Though it is now a modern city, Aberdeen retains its old world charm. You board the Ocean Endeavour in the afternoon.
Day 2: Kirkwall, Orkney
Kirkwall is dominated by the massive St. Magnus Cathedral, dating from 1137. You’ll visit the Heart of Neolithic Orkney, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where you’ll find the 4,000-year old Ring of Brodgar and The Hall of Clestrain, the childhood home of Arctic Explorer John Rae!.
Day 3: Fair Isle
Once a Viking hub, Fair Isle is now an idyllic island colony of artists and shepherds. The island boasts 350 bird species, including puffins and great skuas in substantial numbers. The local museum is dedicated to preserving island heritage.
Day 4: Suðuroy Island and Sumba, Faroe Islands
Suðuroy Island, Faroes, is famed for its dramatic cliffs towering over the North Atlantic, and is a paradise for birds, including European storm petrels and Atlantic puffins. The village of Sumba, population 239, occupied since the seventh century, is a stronghold of Faroese chain dancing. Hiking is excellent in the foothills of nearby Beinisvørð Mountain, affording spectacular, panoramic views of the region. 
Day 5: Tórshavn
Tórshavn, “Thor’s harbour,” is the Faroe Islands’ capital and largest town. A former Viking trading centre, Tórshavn is a splendid little city to explore. The National Art Gallery is a treasure, surrounded by gorgeous grounds with walking trails. You will visit Nordic House and experience excellent shopping, restaurants, and pubs.
Days 6–7: Western Faroe Islands
The northwestern shores of Eysturoy and Streymoy islands are perfect for hiking, birding, and photography. Charming villages connected by high-tech tunnels through mountains and beneath the ocean floor are a unique and startling feature of Faroese life. The spectacular waterfall at Gásadalur is reached through one such tunnel—but look for the old switchback trail over the mountain, once used by the local postman! 
Day 8: Mykines Island
Mykines is the westernmost of the Faroes and a geological marvel. Great columns of balsalt (called the Stone-wood) tower thirty metres above the ocean. On the western end of the island, connected by a forty metre footbridge, is the islet Mykineshólmur, famed for its sea stacks and a lighthouse dating to 1909. Mykines has been identified as an Important Bird Area by BirdLife International.
Day 9: At Sea
Today you will enjoy a day at sea. With onboard education and time spent on deck, you will keep your eyes open for marine wildlife and seabirds!
Day 10: Heimaey, Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands), Iceland
Vestmannaeyjar lies off the south coast of Iceland and comprises fourteen islands, numerous rocks, and skerries. Only the largest island, Heimaey, is inhabited. Numerous species of seabirds, including the famous puffin, nest in the steep rock faces along the ocean cliffs. The volcanically active area has seen two major eruptions in recent times: the formation of the island of Surtsey in 1963, and the Eldfell eruption ten years later that destroyed much of Heimaey.
Day 11: Reykjavík, Iceland
Reykjavík, “steamy bay”, is a cosmopolitan capital city on the site of what is believed to be the first permanent settlement in Iceland, established in 874 AD. Entirely powered by geothermal energy, Reykjavík is among the cleanest, greenest, and safest cities in the world. You’ll disembark the Ocean Endeavour in the morning.

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Important note : the itinerary may be subject to change without notice due to weather, ice, and sea conditions.

Includes:

  • Accommodations for 10 nights onboard the Ocean Endeavour
  • All onboard meals
  • Port fees, special access permits, entry, and park fees
  • All Zodiac excursions, guided activities and sightseeing
  • Complimentary expedition jacket

Excludes:

  • International flights
  • Travel & Personal accident insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Mandatory medical evacuation insurance
  • Program enhancements/optional excursions (contact us for more details)
  • Onboard gratuities for room stewards and dining staff
  • All items of a personal nature
  • Any increases due to circumstances beyond our control

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Cost

Starting Aberdeen, Scotland/ Ending Reykjavik, Iceland:

Price starting at US$6,295 per person, based on double occupancy (Cabin Category 3 – entry level twin cabin)

Our recommended category on this ship is the Cabin Category 4, starting from US$7,595 per person. Other cabins available, ask us for more details !

No single supplement on a limited quantity of cabins in categories 3 to 7! Once these cabins are sold, the single supplement fee is 1.5 times the berth cost.

15% Booking Bonus Discount offered until October 31, 2020

Past Adventure Canada Travellers are eligible for 5% extra Discount

All quoted prices effective at time of publication (Feb. 21, 2020). Itinerary is subject to change due to improvements or changes in local conditions; prices are subject to change.