ARCTIC

Scotland to Svalbard

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

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 Variations

2019 Season

Sea Spirit

Day 1 Embark in Leith (Edinburgh)
Days 2 Kirkwall (Orkney Islands)
Day 3 Fair Isle (Shetland Isles)
Day 4 Torshavn (Faroe Islands)
Day 5 At sea
Day 6 Jan Mayen Island
Day 7 At Sea
Days 8-11 Spitsbergen
Day 12 Disembark in Longyearbyen

Polar Pioneer

Day 1 Embark in Aberdeen
Days 2-3 Orkney Archipelago
Day 4 Shetland Isles
Day 5 At sea
Days 6-9 Norwegian Coast
Days 10-13 Bear Island & Spitsbergen
Day 14 Spitsbergen

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…

Polar Pioneer

  • Grade:
  • Type: Expedition Ship

Our smallest ship, Polar Pioneer offers traditional expe…

Excursions

Snowshoeing

Optional Adventure Activity on selected Arctic Cruises

Prices & Dates

2018 Season

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 - WAITLIST ONLY!

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

2019 Prices and Dates

2019 Season

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

Departure DateActivitiesDurationVesselPrices from
03 Jun 2019   12 days Sea Spirit £4,381
02 Jul 2019 14 days Polar Pioneer £5,130

Please refer to the notes section on the itinerary page for route variations.

Adventure options:
≠ Kayaking is available on this voyage: £760 on the Polar Pioneer

Inclusions and Exclusions

Sea Spirit

Includes: Group transfer to ship for embarkation • Group transfer to airport or central location upon disembarkation • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage • Coffee, tea, cocoa available around the clock • Welcome and farewell cocktails • Leadership throughout the voyage by an experienced Expedition Leader • All Zodiac transfers, cruising and shore landings as per the daily program • Formal and informal presentations by the Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled • Digital photographic journal, documenting the voyage • A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings • A Poseidon Expeditions parka to keep • Comprehensive pre-departure materials • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program • All luggage handling aboard ship

Excludes: All airfares • 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 • Any additional pre or post voyage accommodation/meals/land arrangements (if required) • Waterproof trousers are not provided on this voyage; passengers must provide their own wet weather trousers for Zodiac cruising and shore landings • Soft and alcoholic drinks, telecommunication charges, laundry costs and other charges of a personal nature • Excess baggage charges • The voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for Hospitality Team members, ship’s crew and Expedition Team members (guidelines will be provided) • Travel insurance

Polar Pioneer

Includes: Town tour of Longyearbyen and airport transfer on day of disembarkation • 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 • Expedition jacket, yours to keep • Loan of rubber boots during voyage

Excludes: All airfares • 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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