Scotland to Svalbard

from £4612
excluding flights *
9–13 nights May-Jul

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.

Highlights

  • 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 north Scotland to the land of the midnight sun. Along the way you will likely enjoy sightings of huge quantities of bird and marine life.

On arrival in Spitsbergen you will enter a polar wonderland, where delicate wildflowers adorn tundra and the summer sun never sets. This spectacular wilderness is the breeding ground of walrus, reindeer, birds and polar bears, so keep your eyes peeled!

 

Scotland to Norway

You may also wish to consider a 14-day voyage on board the MS Expedition, which cruises from Edinburgh to Tromso in northern Norway, taking in the Orkneys, Shetland Islands, Bergen, Flam, Trondheim, Vikingen and the Lofoten Islands.

Prices start from £4,749 per person based on sharing a twin cabin.

Send an enquiry to our expert travel team to find out more.

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

2019 Season - prices are per person, based on a twin cabin

Departure Duration Vessel Activities Prices from
03 Jun 2019 12 days Sea Spirit £4,612
02 Jul 2019 14 days Polar Pioneer £5,400

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

Activity Key:
Kayaking

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

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance

Itinerary & Vessels

Itinerary & Vessels

Day 1: Embarkation, Aberdeen

Set sail north from Aberdeen this afternoon.

Day 2: Shetlands

At Fair Isle, in the Shetlands, the roughly seventy inhabitants (renowned for their knitwear) welcome you for a walk to the local bird observatory. This location is a haven for sea birds, though you may also spot grey seals.

Days 3-4: Jan Mayen Marine Life

You sail north to the Norwegian island of Jan Mayen, 300 nautical miles northeast of Iceland. Your two days at sea do not pass idly, however. Keep a close lookout for any spouts of water from the surrounding seas, heralding the arrival of a minke, fin, orca, or blue whale.

Day 5: Snow-Capped Seaside Volcano

Jan Mayen is a stark volcanic island crowned by the snow-capped summit of Mt. Beerenberg. From the slopes of this imposing 2,300-meter-high (7,545 feet) volcano, broken glaciers grasp out into the frigid sea. With permission from the Norwegian authorities, you can now visit the weather station. You can also walk to the remains of a 17th century Dutch whaling station amid the thick moss beds of this stark volcanic landscape.

Days 6-8: Under the Midnight Sun

Basking in the midnight sun, you sail north along the edge of the sea ice in search of bowhead whales, harp seals, polar bears, and a variety of seabirds. You then change direction after about 79° north, cutting west to the rocky edges of the continental shelf of west Spitsbergen. Here you have a good chance of seeing fin whales and – near the glacial mouths of the gaping Spitsbergen fjords – surfacing minke whales.

Day 9: Walrus Watching

The wildlife objective today is walrus watching in Forlandsundet. In the evening you can also land at Alkhornet, a seabird colony under which you might find reindeer and Arctic foxes moving along the slopes.

Day 10: Disembarkation, Longyearbyen

Disembark in Longyearbyen this morning.

Polar Pioneer

Antarctica

Type: Expedition Ship

Our smallest ship, Polar Pioneer offers traditional expedition voyaging, exploring areas that large vessels cannot access. Originally built as an ice-strengthened research vessel, the ship offers simple but comfortable accommodation.

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Sea Spirit

Antarctica

Type: Expedition Ship

This all suite vessel couples adventure with supreme comfort and style. Carrying 114 passengers it is one of the most spacious and luxurious expedition vessels currently operating.

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Excursions

Other Information

Follow the Viking route from north Scotland to the land of the midnight sun. Along the way you will likely enjoy sightings of huge quantities of bird and marine life.

On arrival in Spitsbergen you will enter a polar wonderland, where delicate wildflowers adorn tundra and the summer sun never sets. This spectacular wilderness is the breeding ground of walrus, reindeer, birds and polar bears, so keep your eyes peeled!


Scotland to Norway

You may also wish to consider a 14-day voyage on board the MS Expedition, which cruises from Edinburgh to Tromso in northern Norway, taking in the Orkneys, Shetland Islands, Bergen, Flam, Trondheim, Vikingen and the Lofoten Islands.

Prices start from £4,749 per person based on sharing a twin cabin.

Send an enquiry to our expert travel team to find out more.

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