ARCTIC

Scotland to Svalbard

St Kilda cruise, Scotland
from £2116 9 nights | May Exc. flights See price details
  • Departs:
  • May

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

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 £4,512 per person based on sharing a twin cabin.

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

Itinerary & Accommodation

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.
Notes

Itinerary Alternative

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, Flam, Bergen, Trondheim, Vikingen and the Lofoten Islands.

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

MS Expedition - 08 May 2018

Day 1 Embarkation in Edinburgh and sail to Kirkwall
Day 2 Kirkwall to Orkney
Day 3 Orkney to Shetland
Day 4 Shetland to Bergen
Day 5 Bergen to Flam
Day 6 Flam to Olden
Day 7 Olden to Geiranger
Day 8 Geiranger to Torghatten
Day 9 Torghatten to Svartisen
Day 10 Svartisen to Lofoten
Day 11 The Lofeten Islands
Day 12 At sea
Day 13 Nordkapp
Day 14 Disembarkation in Tromso

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


Please note that 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! 

Accommodation Options

M/S Expedition

  • Grade:
  • Type: Expedition Ship

This eye-catching ship is Danish-built and newly refurbi…

M/V Ortelius

  • Grade:
  • Type: Expedition Ship

Explore the wonders of the Polar regions aboard this 116…

Excursions

Snowshoeing

Optional Adventure Activity on selected Arctic Cruises

Prices & Dates

Prices are per person, based on a twin cabin - please contact us for details of quad, triple, single and superior cabins.

Departure DateActivitiesDurationVesselPrices from
20 May 2018 θ 10 days M/V Ortelius £2,116

Adventure options:
θ Snowshoeing is available on this voyage: Complimentary on the M/V Ortelius

Inclusions and Exclusions

M/V Ortelius

Includes: Group transfer between the ship and the airport in Longyearbyen • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage • Leadership throughout the voyage by an experienced Expedition Leader, including shore landings and other activities • All shore landings per the daily program • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program • Formal and informal presentations by the Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program • Comprehensive pre-departure material • Loan of rubber boots during voyage.

Excludes: Return airfares from the UK • Any additional pre or post voyage accommodation/land arrangements • Additional airport or airline security charges • Passport and visa expenses (we will be pleased to advise you on any necessary documentation, however this is passengers' own responsibility) • Government arrival and departure taxes • Excess baggage charges • Alcoholic and soft drinks, telecommunication charges, laundry costs and other charges of a personal nature • The customary gratuity at the end of the voyage for Hospitality Team members, ship’s crew and Expedition Team members (guidelines will be provided) • Travel insurance

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