Scotland to Svalbard

St Kilda cruise, Scotland
from £2116 9-13 nights | May - Jun Exc. flights See price details
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  • May - Jun


Sail from Scotland, via the Orkneys and Shetland Islands, to the spectacular Norwegian Coast. Explore historic sites and deep fjords teeming with marine life and seabirds, before continuing north to Spitsbergen, the largest island of the Svalbard Archipelago.


  • discover Stone Age relics in Orkney and the Shetland Islands
  • look out for whales along the Norwegian coastline
  • experience the flora and fauna of Spitsbergen under the midnight sun
  • opportunities for kayaking (optional)

Follow the Viking route from northeast Scotland to the land of the midnight sun. Along the way you will uncover Stone Age villages and Viking relics on the rugged Orkney and Shetland islands, with time to enjoy world class distilleries and abundant birdlife.

Follow migrating whales along Norway's dramatic coast, visiting picturesque fishing villages, iconic rock formations and countless fjords. Raise a toast as you cross the Arctic Circle, continuing ever further north as you head towards the Svalbard Archipelago.

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, millions of birds and polar bear 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, 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.

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: embarkation, Aberdeen
Set sail north from Aberdeen this afternoon.
Days 2-3: Orkney Islands
Among Orkney's archipelago of 70 windswept islands, a treasure trove of archaeology, history and wildlife awaits. Follow the passage of time from 5000-year-old, World Heritage-listed, Neolithic sites to Viking relics, from reminders of World War II occupation to present-day crofting communities. Imposing sea cliffs teem with seabirds, inviting Zodiacs and kayakers to explore fascinating coastlines. At Fair Isle visit traditional crofts to admire local knitwear and nearby colonies of fulmars, kittiwakes, guillemots, gannets, shags and puffins.
Day 4: Shetland Islands
Warmed by Gulf Stream currents and near 24-hours' daylight, the Shetland's 100 islands are peppered with nature reserves and archaeological sites. These include the complex Stone, Bronze and Iron Age settlement of Jarlshof, the worldメs best preserved broch (fortified Iron Age tower) on Mousa, and remnants of Viking conquest.
Day 5: at sea
As we sail towards Norway, our historian and naturalist delight us with fascinating talks and inspire our bird-watching.
Days 6-9: Norwegian Coast
An intricate maze of islands protects Norway's coastline. Celebrate crossing the Arctic Circle and visit special places, like Sor Gjaeslingan, once home to a busy cod-fishing fleet. Today it provides fantastic birdlife, including kittiwakes, terns and skuas that migrate here each summer. Continuing north, pass by Torghatten, a mountain with a distinctive hole through it, and learn the fable of lost love and a troll's arrow. Majestic scenery delights in Lofoten Islands, from romantic beaches to narrow fjords hemmed by granite walls. Share the water with orcas, the skies with puffins.
Days 10-13: South Spitsbergen
Cross the Barents Sea, past often fog-shrouded Bear Island, favourite nesting ground for fulmars, kittiwakes, guillemots and gulls. Explore South Spitsbergen National Park, a sanctuary for barnacle geese and eider ducks, before entering the iceberg-laden waters of Hornsund. Surrounded by polar desert on a grand scale, search for reindeer, ringed and bearded seals and the mighty polar bear. Learn of human history dating back 400 years and if lucky, encounter the elusive beluga whale.
Day 14: disembarkation, Longyearbyen
Disembark in Longyearbyen this morning.

Itinerary Variations

M/V Ortelius

This departure does not visit mainland Norway. Instead it will focus on maximising whale sightings.

Departing 23 May 2017 & 20 May 2018
Day 1
Embarkation in Aberdeen
Day 2 Fair Isle (Shetlands)
Days 3-4 At sea in search of minke, fin, blue and orca whales
Day 5 Jan Mayen Island
Days 6-8 At sea in search of bowhead, fin and minke whales, harp seals and polar bears
Day 9 Poolepynten
Day 10 Disembarkation, Longyearbyen

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, Trondheim, Vikingen and the Lofoten Islands.

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

MS Expedition - 11 May 2017 & 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

Polar Pioneer

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  • Type: Expedition Ship

Our smallest ship, Polar Pioneer offers traditional expe…

M/S Expedition

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  • Type: Expedition Ship

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

M/V Ortelius

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  • Type: Expedition Ship

Explore the wonders of the Polar regions aboard this 116…



Optional Adventure Activity on selected Arctic Cruises


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

*This departure will not visit mainland Norway and will instead focus on attempting to maximise whale sightings.

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

Note the inclusions for this holiday are dependent on the vessel chosen. Please contact our team if you have any queries.

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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