Scotland to Svalbard

from £5276
excluding flights *
11, 16 nights May


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.


  • Discover the seabirds and seals of the Shetland Islands
  • Look out for whales in the waters around Jan Mayen Island
  • See the snow capped peak of Mt Beerenberg
  • Experience the flora and fauna of Spitsbergen under the midnight sun

What's Included

  • Shipboard accommodation
  • All breakfasts, lunches & dinners on board
  • Shore landings & Zodiac cruises
  • Experienced Expedition Team
  • Presentations on board
  • Expedition jacket
  • Loan of rubber boots during voyage

Full description

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.

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Prices & Dates *


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

2020 Departures - prices are per person, based on a twin cabin

Departure Duration Vessel Prices from (pp)
21 May 2020 12 days Sea Spirit £5,276
29 May 2020 15 days G Expedition £5,999

Please contact us for details of quad, triple, single and superior cabins.

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
23 Jun 2021 15 days The Greg Mortimer £9,600

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 »

Itinerary & Vessels

Itinerary & Vessels

Day 1: Embarkation, Edinburgh

Board your ship this afternoon and set sail towards Kirkwall.

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.

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.

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.

Day 5: at sea

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 Brünich’s guillemots.

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.

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.

Day 12: Disembarkation, Longyearbyen

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


  • All voyage itineraries are intended as a guideline only - embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy of expedition travel. Actual routes and landings will be dependent on weather, sea and ice conditions. A degree of flexibility is essential in the polar regions!
  • The above sample itinerary is based on the 12-day voyage on the Sea Spirit. Other departures may vary in duration and routing, please contact us for specific details.

Sea Spirit


Grade: Superior

Type: Expedition Ship

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

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G Expedition


Grade: Standard

Type: Expedition Ship

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

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The Greg Mortimer


Grade: Deluxe

Type: Expedition Ship

Brand new for 2019, the Greg Mortimer is a custom-built expedition ship featuring cutting-edge design, superior comfort and environmentally friendly technology.

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