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North Atlantic expedition cruise from Scotland to Iceland


Cruise the North Atlantic on this adventure tour from Scotland to Iceland.

Emerging from the mists of legend, the north Atlantic isles are wonders of geology, ecology, and human history. From the craggy coastline of Scotland, past the staggering cliffs of the Faroe Islands to the volcanic plains of Iceland, this expedition charts a course unlike any other on Earth.

Join us as we explore ancient Neolithic ruins on rugged Celtic islands, and sail into the sagas of Norse explorers bound for far-flung Arctic shores. Hikers and bird-watchers alike will delight in the puffins and skuas that wheel over wave-battered headlands. You’ll experience local culture in villages that have been occupied since ancient times, and meet modern-day fishermen working the same waters that fed their forebears.

Find seabird populations abounding in their vast nesting grounds. Photograph exquisite wildflowers in early summer bloom. Visit newborn islands, picturesque communities, and sprawling glaciers. Join the lucky few who have travelled in the wake of the Vikings from Aberdeen to Rekyavík—charting an ancient course between modern ports, amid the mythic islands of the north Atlantic! 

 

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TRIP DETAILS
DESTINATION
EQUIPMENT/CLOTHING
ACCOMMODATIONS
MEALS & DINING
DATES & PRICING
ITINERARY
TRIP TYPE
Cruises & Boat Tours
SEASON

June to July

DIFFICULTY
Easy / Moderate
MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE
198
GUIDE INFORMATION

Tours are guided by the expedition staff that may include artistic, cultural and natural history specialists.

RESTRICTIONS

This program features activities such as walking, wildlife viewing and Zodiac cruising, all at a relatively easy to moderate level of exertion. You will need to be able climb into and out of landing crafts (assistance is provided), and some of the landings will be “wet,” requiring that you wear waterproof boots. A reasonable level of mobility is required to fully enjoy this travel program and to ensure the steady movements of the larger group of passengers.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Requirements: Arrival flights to Aberdeen and departure flights from Reykjavik, personal expenses (laundry, alcoholic beverages, telephone calls, etc.), additional expenses in the event of weather delays or itinerary changes, staff gratuities, mandatory medical and evacuation insurance, passports.

Comments: A $250 US per person Discovery Fund Fee applies.

TRANSPORTATION

This tour begins in Aberdeen, Scotland and ends in Reykjavik, Iceland.

WEATHER

Weather throughout the North Atltanic can be cool even in the summer. Prepare for a range of weather conditions including warm and sunny and cool and rainy.

REGION
International Destinations
PROVIDED EQUIPMENT

Educational program and pre-departure materials, all shore and Zodiac excursions, transfers between piers and applicable airports, service charges, embarkation taxes and port fees.

SUGGESTED CLOTHING

Dressing in layers of warm clothes will ensure you are always comfortable while on the ship, travelling in the zodiacs or on shore. Turtlenecks, sweaters or fleece pullovers, waterproof jacket & pants, gloves, hat, scarf, hiking boots, footwear for on board the ship, wool socks, long underwear.

SUGGESTED ITEMS

Camera, daypack, sunglasses, sunscreen, water bottle.

ACCOMMODATIONS

The cruise takes place aboard the Ocean Endeavour. Sailing with a maximum of 198-passengers, Ocean Endeavour is the perfect vessel for expedition cruising. Outfitted with twenty Zodiacs, advanced navigation equipment, multiple lounges and a top deck observation room, she is purpose-built for passenger experiences in remote environments. The Ocean Endeavour boasts a 1B ice class, enabling her to freely explore throughout the Arctic summer. Launched in 1982, she has had numerous upgrades, most recently in 2010 and 2015.

At 137 meters (450ft) in length, Ocean Endeavour has plenty of interior and exterior space. Enjoy multiple decks offering comfortable lounge chairs, outdoor dining, a swimming pool, sauna and even a hot tub! The spacious interiors allow for multiple workshops and presentations to occur simultaneously. Community is at the heart of Adventure Canada's expedition experience. We gather together to learn, enjoy a drink, sing a song or share a yarn - connecting with one and other. The three lounges aboard Ocean Endeavour are fantastic public spaces for seminars, events and dialogue. The Ocean Endeavour's private spaces are stylish and comfortable. All cabins have private washroom facilities, a phone for internal calls, radio, TV and air-conditioning.

MEALS & DINING

MEALS & DINING

Lunch on Day 1 to breakfast on the last day is included.  Meals are prepared fresh daily by the on-site chef and are served in the dining room three times a day. You have the choice of buffet style dishes or you can order off the menu, which changes daily. Snacks and hot and cold drinks are always available in the forward lounge throughout the day.

Jun 21, 2018 - Jul 01, 2018
$4995.00 / per person - USD
Category 1. Quad occupancy. Quad cabin. Deck four. Interior Cabin, four lower berths, private bath

$5995.00 / per person - USD
Category 2. Triple occupancy. Triple cabin. Deck four. Interior Cabin, three lower berths, private bath.

$7295.00 / per person - USD
Category 3. Double occupancy. Interior twin cabin. Deck five. Interior Cabin, two lower berths, private bath.

$8595.00 / per person - USD
Category 4. Double occupancy. Exterior twin cabin. Deck four. Porthole window, two lower berths, private bath.

$9595.00 / per person - USD
Category 5. Double occupancy. Main twin cabin. Deck five. Picture window, two lower berths, private bath.

$10595.00 / per person - USD
Category 6. Double occupancy. Comfort twin cabin. Deck seven. Picture windows (partial obstruction), two lower berths, private bath, refrigerator.

$11595.00 / per person - USD
Category 7. Double occupancy. Top deck twin cabin. Deck eight. Large picture windows (partial obstruction), matrimonial bed, private bath, refrigerator.

$12595.00 / per person - USD
Category 8. Double occupancy. Superior twin cabin. Deck five & seven. Picture windows, twin or matrimonial bed, private bath, refrigerator.

$13595.00 / per person - USD
Category 9. Double occupancy. Junior suite. Deck five & seven. Picture windows, separate sitting area, sofa, desk, refrigerator, matrimonial bed, private bath.

$14595.00 / per person - USD
Category 10. Double occupancy. Suite. Deck seven. Picture windows overlooking the bow, separate sitting area, sofa, desk, refrigerator, matrimonial bed, private bath with full tub
PAYMENT INFORMATION


A $1000.00 deposit is required to hold your reservation.

Balance of payment is due 120 days before trip commencement.
CANCELLATION POLICY & DETAILS
All prices are in US dollars. All requests for cancellations must be received in writing. Cancellations received at least 120 days prior to departure are fully refunded less an administration fee of $500 US dollars per passenger. If cancellation is made between 91 and 120 days, cancellation charge is 65% of cruise cost. Please note that within the 90-day limit, all deposits and tariffs are forfeited.

Jun 21, 2018 - Jul 01, 2018

Day 1

Aberdeen

Aberdeen—the Granite City, or the Silver City—is the third most populous urban area in Scotland. Many of Aberdeen’s buildings are of locally quarried granite; the high mica content of this stone can sparkle like silver. The traditional industries of fishing, paper-making, shipbuilding, and textiles, have been overtaken by the oil industry since discovery of North Sea oil in the 1970s. Aberdeen’s heliport is one of the busiest in the world. The city is famed for its forty-five parks, gardens, and floral displays. We board the Ocean Endeavour in the afternoon.

Day 2

Stromness and Orkney

Off the north coast of mainland Scotland, Orkney has been settled for at least eight thousand years. Many Neolithic archeological sites have been preserved here, including villages, ceremonial sites, and burial chambers. The Kings of Norway held a strong presence here until the sixteenth century and Stromness, a historic old town on the eastern shore of the main island, is a remnant from that time. A staging area for ships heading west to North America, Stromness was the last last European port of call for Hudson’s Bay Company ships and for the Franklin Expedition of 1845. The ancient village of Skara Brae and the standing stones at Stenness and Brogdar are notable sights in Orkney, among fertile rolling hills dotted with Aberdeen Angus cattle.

Day 3

Fair Isle, Shetland Islands

A key destination in Viking times, Fair Isle now harbours a hospitable population of some sixty residents who combine a respect for tradition with a modern outlook. It is also home to a National Trust Bird Observatory; over three hundred and fifty species of birds have been recorded here, including puffins and great skuas in substantial numbers. The local museum is dedicated to preserving island heritage, including the knitting of Fair Isle, is renowned the world over. The Jarlshof Prehistoric Norse settlement complex at the southern tip of the Shetlands spans more than four thousand years of human history.

Day 4

Suðuroy Island and Sumba, Faroe Islands

The southwest coast of Suðuroy Island features dramatic cliffs that tower above the Atlantic Ocean. The western side of the island is a breeding site for seabirds, including northern fulmars, European storm petrels, European shags, black-legged kittiwakes, Atlantic puffins, common guillemots, and black guillemots. The village of Sumba—population 239—is a stronghold of Faroese chain dancing. Archaeological excavations have shown traces of occupation at Sumba as far back as the seventh century, making it one of the oldest villages in the Faroe Islands. Hiking is excellent in the foothills of nearby Beinisvøro Mountain, affording spectacular, panoramic views of the region.

Day 5

Tórshavn, Faroe Islands
    
Tórshavn, literally, “Thor’s harbour,” is the Faroe Islands’ capital and largest town, with a population of 19,000. Vikings established their parliament on the Tinganes peninsula in 850. Early in the history of the settlement, it was the centre of the islands’ trade monopoly and the only legal place to buy and sell goods. Following the end of the Viking age, Tórshavn gradually grew into a permanent trading area; today it is a modern European town whose principal industries are tourism and fishing. Tórshavn Cathedral was first built in 1788 and has been the seat of the Bishop of the Faroe Islands since 1990.

Day 6

Western Faroe Islands

The northwestern shores of Eysturoy and Streymoy islands boast some of the Faroes’ most spectacular coastlines and superb hiking opportunities. Towering cliffs, waterfalls, sea stacks, and rocks seemingly pulled from the ocean floor are scattered among picturesque coastal communities like Saksun, Gjogv, and Tjornuvik. The uninhabited island of Tindhólmur may offer the single most breathtaking view in the Faroes. Each of its small peaks has its own name: Ytsti, Arni, Lítli, Breiði, and Bogdi. The nearby waterfall at Gásadalur is similarly majestic and Tolkienesque.

Day 7

Mykines Island

Mykines is the westernmost of the Faroes. Along its northern coast lies the valley Krokadalur, where great columns of balsalt (called the Stone-wood) tower thirty metres above the ocean. On the western end of the island, connected by a forty-metre footbridge, is the islet Mykinshólmur, with several sea stacks clustered at its western end and a lighthouse dating to 1909. Geologically, this is the oldest part of the Faroes, formed about sixty million years ago by volcanic activity. Mykines has been identified as an Important Bird Area by BirdLife International for its large numbers of puffins and gannets, guillemots, razorbills, northern fulmurs, Manx shearwaters, European storm petrels, European shags, and black-legged kittiwakes.

Day 8

At Sea-Surtsey Island, Iceland

Surtsey was declared a nature reserve for the study of ecological succession in 1965—just two years after it erupted from the sea floor. The volcanic mound has the distinction of being one of the world’s newest islands, having emerged over the course of three and a half years. In the first spring after Surtsey appeared above the sea surface, seeds and other plant parts were found washed up on the newly formed shore. By the spring of 1965, the first higher plant—a sea rocket—was discovered at the shoreline. Now diminishing in size due to erosion, Surtsey was named Iceland’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008

Day 9

Heimaey, Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands)

Vestmannaeyjar lies off the south coast of Iceland and comprises fourteen islands in addition to a number of rocks and skerries. Only the archipelago’s largest island, Heimaey, is inhabited—though several of the outlying islands have small cabins used during bird-hunting season. The islands’ name originates from a time when Irish slaves fled Iceland’s south coast; to the first Icelanders (who originated in Norway) the Irish were known as “west men”. Since the early days of Heimaey’s occupation, fishing has been the principal way of life for its inhabitants. Numerous species of seabirds nest in the steep rock faces along the ocean cliffs and high on the bluffs surrounding the island. In 1973, Heimaey was threatened by lava flow that would have closed off its harbour, had it not been for human intervention. Today, Eldfell crater remains warm from subterranean magma.

Day 10

Southwest Icelandic Coast
Home to some of the youngest lava in the country, the southwest coast is full of natural and geological wonders such as rugged lava fields, craters, and volcanoes. The Reykjanes peninsula is home to the Álfagjá rift valley, which marks the boundary of the Eurasian and North American continental tectonic plates. Today, a bridge spans the two plates, and it was named in honour of Icelandic explorer Leif Erikson, the first known European to have travelled to North America. The south coast is filled with geothermal activity and is home to the Blue Lagoon. Today represents an expedition day in the truest sense, as we will search for opportunities and explore the dramatic island coastline.

Day 11

Reykjavík

Reykjavík, or “steamy bay”, is a cosmopolitan capital city and as much a part of the Icelandic experience as the midnight sun or the fire and ice that creates the island’s landscape. Entirely powered by geothermal energy harnessed from the Earth, the city boasts air that is crisp, clean, and pollution free, as well as thermally heated streets and sidewalks. It is among the cleanest, greenest, and safest cities in the world, and is believed to be the location of the first permanent settlement in Iceland, established in AD 874. The Culture House, which opened in 1909, was originally built to house the National Library and National Archives of Iceland; in 2000, it was remodeled to promote Icelandic national heritage, including treasures like the Poetic Edda, and the Norse Sagas in their original manuscripts.

Today we disembark the Ocean Endeavour and transfer to the airport.