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Sunrise at the Ring of Brodgar, Orkney Islands

Scotland to Svalbard

from £5,195 excluding flights

  • 11, 14, 21 nights
  • May

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Highlights

In pictures
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See prolific bird life including puffins, guillemots and eagles

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Visit the Ring of Brodgar on the Orkney Islands

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See the snow capped peak of Mt Beerenberg on Jan Mayen

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Take in Spitsbergen's flora and fauna under the midnight sun

Why this trip...

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Choice of vessels

We offer a wide choice of small ships from simple budget-conscious options to purpose-built luxury vessels

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Immersive exploration

Immerse yourself in your surroundings on a true exploration of remote and spectacular areas

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Expertly guided

In-depth knowledge and expertise will enrich your experience on this trip

Overview

Sail from Scotland, via the Shetlands and Jan Mayen Island, to the spectacular, wildlife rich shores of Spitsbergen, the largest island of the Svalbard Archipelago.

Follow the Viking route from Scotland to the land of the midnight sun, taking in the remote islands of the Orkneys, Shetlands, Faroes and Jan Mayen en route to the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard.

Discover UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the Standing Stones of Stennes and the mystical Ring of Brodgar, visit archaeological sites, marvel at a wealth of seabirds against the volcanic backdrop of Jan Mayen, and explore icy fjords in search of polar bears.

Scotland to Norway

You may also wish to consider a 13-day voyage on board the G Expedition, which cruises from Edinburgh to Tromso in northern Norway, taking in the Orkneys, Shetland Islands, Bergen, Flam, Trondheim, Vikingen and the Lofoten Islands.

Itinerary

Day 1 embarkation, Edinburgh

Board your ship in the afternoon and set sail from historic Edinburgh along the east coast of Scotland towards Kirkwall, the largest town in the Orkney archipelago.

Board your ship in the afternoon and set sail from historic Edinburgh along the east coast of Scotland towards Kirkwall, the largest town in the Orkney archipelago.

Day 2 Orkney Islands

Visit the historic and mystical sites of mainland Orkney (the archipelago’s largest island) by coach. Explore the Standing Stones of Stenness, the intriguing Ring of Brodgar, and the village of Skara Brae.

Visit the historic and mystical sites of mainland Orkney (the archipelago’s largest island) by coach. Explore the Standing Stones of Stenness, the intriguing Ring of Brodgar, and the village of Skara Brae.

Skara Brae, Orkney Islands
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Day 3 Shetland Islands

Continue north to the Shetland Islands. Fair Isle is a real paradise for birdwatchers. Huge numbers of birds inhabit the lush grasslands and spectacular cliffs with over 345 recorded species – more than anywhere else in Britain. You may spot northern fulmars, kittiwakes, northern gannets, puffins, and great and arctic skuas as you hike on the island.

Continue north to the Shetland Islands. Fair Isle is a real paradise for birdwatchers. Huge numbers of birds inhabit the lush grasslands and spectacular cliffs with over 345 recorded species – more than anywhere else in Britain. You may spot northern fulmars, kittiwakes, northern gannets, puffins, and great and arctic skuas as you hike on the island.

Day 4 Faroe Islands

Land at the Faroes’ capital, Torshavn, for a tour to Kirkjubøur. Once the ecclesiastical and cultural centre of the Faroes, the imposing ruin of the 13th century Saint Magnus Cathedral still dominates the site.

Land at the Faroes’ capital, Torshavn, for a tour to Kirkjubøur. Once the ecclesiastical and cultural centre of the Faroes, the imposing ruin of the 13th century Saint Magnus Cathedral still dominates the site.

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Day 5 at sea

Keep watch for whales and seabirds as you cruise north to Jan Mayen.

Keep watch for whales and seabirds as you cruise north to Jan Mayen.

Day 6 Jan Mayen

Jan Mayen is a stark volcanic island crowned by the snow-capped summit of Mt. Beerenberg. From the slopes of this imposing volcano, broken glaciers grasp out into the frigid sea. The only inhabitants are the staff at the Norwegian weather station, who share the island with northern fulmars, kittiwakes and Brunich’s guillemots.

Jan Mayen is a stark volcanic island crowned by the snow-capped summit of Mt. Beerenberg. From the slopes of this imposing volcano, broken glaciers grasp out into the frigid sea. The only inhabitants are the staff at the Norwegian weather station, who share the island with northern fulmars, kittiwakes and Brunich’s guillemots.

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Day 7 at sea

Your Expedition Team will prepare you for the Arctic encounters to come with some informative presentations as you continue your voyage north.

Your Expedition Team will prepare you for the Arctic encounters to come with some informative presentations as you continue your voyage north.

Days 8-11 Spitsbergen

Over the next few days your Expedition Team will take advantage of local ice and weather conditions to explore the highlights of south west Spitsbergen. Discover spectacular fjords, jagged snowy mountain peaks and immense tidewater glaciers that calve icebergs into turquoise waters. Fields of flowering tundra are home to grazing reindeer and playful Arctic fox, whilst bountiful seas entice walrus and a wide variety of whales. The whole area is alive with migratory birds, including numerous rare species, taking advantage of summer’s fecundity in 24-hour daylight. You may also visit the historical remnants of whaling camps, coal mining operations, trappers’ cabins and even an abandoned polar research station.

Over the next few days your Expedition Team will take advantage of local ice and weather conditions to explore the highlights of south west Spitsbergen. Discover spectacular fjords, jagged snowy mountain peaks and immense tidewater glaciers that calve icebergs into turquoise waters. Fields of flowering tundra are home to grazing reindeer and playful Arctic fox, whilst bountiful seas entice walrus and a wide variety of whales. The whole area is alive with migratory birds, including numerous rare species, taking advantage of summer’s fecundity in 24-hour daylight. You may also visit the historical remnants of whaling camps, coal mining operations, trappers’ cabins and even an abandoned polar research station.

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Day 12 disembarkation, Longyearbyen

Your expedition comes to an end as you disembark in Longyearbyen this morning.

Your expedition comes to an end as you disembark in Longyearbyen this morning.

Vessel Finder

There are a choice of vessels available for this voyage. Compare the facilities of up to three ships at a glance then talk to our Travel Specialists who will be happy to advise which one is right for you.

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Sea Spirit

This all-suite vessel couples adventure with spacious accommodation and a friendly atmosphere.

This all-suite vessel couples adventure with spacious accommodation and a friendly atmosphere.

  • Category: Superior
  • Passengers: 114
  • Class: Ice-strengthened
  • Balcony cabins
  • Jacket to keep
  • Loan of rubber boots
  • Optional activities available
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G Expedition

The ever-popular G Expedition offers spacious and comfortable accommodation at an affordable price.

The ever-popular G Expedition offers spacious and comfortable accommodation at an affordable price.

  • Category: Standard
  • Passengers: 134
  • Class: Ice-strengthened
  • Sauna
  • Jacket to keep
  • Loan of rubber boots
  • Optional activities available

Select 2-3 vessels to compare.

Prices and Departures

Price from £5,195 excluding flights

Airfares are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

What's Included

  • Shipboard accommodation
  • All breakfasts, lunches & dinners on board
  • Tea & coffee available around the clock
  • All Zodiac transfers, cruising & shore landings
  • Presentations by the Expedition Team and guest speakers
  • Expedition jacket - yours to keep
  • Loan of rubber boots during voyage
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

2021 Departures

Prices are per person, based on a twin cabin

Departure Duration Vessel Prices from (pp)
22 May 2021 12 days Sea Spirit £5,195
29 May 2021 15 days G Expedition £6,099

2022 Departures

Departure Duration Vessel Prices from (pp)
29 May 2022 15 days G Expedition £6,099
29 May 2022 * 22 days G Expedition £9,499

* Additional time to explore Spitsbergen is included on this longer voyage

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