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North Atlantic Saga: Scotland, Faroe Islands & Iceland

12 Days FROM AUD 5,965

Overview

Challenge yourself on this incredible journey into the wake of the Vikings. On board the Ocean Endeavour, you will follow in the trail of the vikings of old as you sail from Scotland, discovering the incredible beauty of the Faroe Islands and ultimately Iceland itself. This is an incredible journey of personal enrichment as you experience some of the most pristine sights in all of the Arctic. Develop incredible connections to these unique places with your fellow passengers. Witness dramatic bird cliffs, home to hardy puffins  and storm petrels. Enrich yourself in the unique viking history of Torshavn before discovering the otherworldly beauty of Iceland complete with steep cliffs, volcanos & dramatic fjords. This is truly a humbling journey to some of the most enriching locations within the Arctic.

Optional Activities : Kayaking

Trip Code: ACADNAS

Travel Style: Expedition Cruise

Location: Aberdeen, Stormness, Fair Isle, Shetland Islands, Faroe Islands & Iceland

Ship: The Ocean Endeavour

Flights: We offer a range of flight options to meet your cruise. Contact us today to discuss.

WHY CHOOSE THIS CRUISE?

  • You will have the opportunity to see the Faroe Islands, a truly enriching experience as you cruise through dramatic and otherworldly landscapes where hardy seabirds dangle of sheer cliffs and soar over deep chasms. 

  • On your voyage you will come across the prehistoric village of Skara Brae , a UNESCO world heritage site. A truly humbling experience offering a deeper understanding into Europe's most complete Neolithic village.

  • You will undertake this voyage on board The Ocean Endeavour, a sturdy and comfortable vessel, perfect for expedition cruising. 

  • You will have the opportunity to visit Reykjavik, a clean & contemporary city, bustling with energy and full of rich Scandinavian history.

CRUISE ITINERARY

Many of Aberdeen’s historic stone buildings are of locally quarried granite; high in mica, they can sparkle like silver. The city is famed for its forty-five parks, gardens, and floral displays. In recent years, Aberdeen has become the gateway to the North Sea oil industry, but the city retains its old world charm and is a wonderful place for a walkabout. Embarkation on board the Ocean Endeavour is scheduled for the afternoon.

Embarkation in Aberdeen

Off the north coast of mainland Scotland, Orkney is a gateway to ancient realms. The ancient village of Skara Brae and the standing stones at Stenness and Brogdar reveal a palpable prehistoric presence. Neolithic archaeological sites include villages, ceremonial sites, and burial chambers dating to 8,000 years ago. From Viking times, the Kings of Norway held a strong presence here until the sixteenth century. Stromness was the last European port of call for Hudson’s Bay Company ships and for the Franklin Expedition of 1845.

Stormness

Fair Isle was a Viking hub and is now an idyllic island colony of artists and shepherds. Its sixty residents include global citizens who have relocated to help maintain Fair Isle’s traditions including world-famous woolen crafts. Fair Isle boasts sightings of three hundred and fifty bird species including puffins and great skuas in substantial numbers. The local museum is dedicated to preserving island heritage. The National Trust Bird Observatory is now being reconstructed after a fire in 2019.

Fair Isle

Suduroy Island, Faroes, is famed for its dramatic cliffs towering over the North Atlantic. It’s a paradise for bird, including northern fulmars, European storm petrels, European shags, black-legged kittiwakes, Atlantic puffins, common guillemots, and black guillemots. The village of Sumba, population 239, occupied since the seventh century, is a stronghold of Faroese chain dancing. Hiking is excellent in the foothills of nearby Beinisvøro Mountain, affording spectacular, panoramic views of the region.

Suduroy Island & Sumba

Torshavn, literally “Thor’s harbour,” is the Faroe Islands’ capital and largest town, with a population of 19,000. A former Viking trading centre, Torshavn is a splendid little city to explore. The National Art Gallery is a treasure, surrounded by gorgeous grounds with walking trails. Nordic House is a must, widely considered the finest example of architecture in Scandinavia. Torshavn offers excellent shopping and handicrafts, restaurants and pubs, and a cathedral dating 1788.

Torshavn

The northwestern shores of Eysturoy and Streymoy islands are beyond spectacular. Hiking, birding and photography are outstanding. Charming villages connected by high-tech tunnels through mountains and beneath the ocean floor are a unique and startling feature of Faroese life. The spectacular waterfall at Gasadalur is reached through one such tunnel— but look for the old switchback trail over the mountain, once used by the local postman!

Western Faroe Islands - Day 6 & 7

Mykines is the westernmost of the Faroes and a geological marvel. 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, famed for its sea stacks and a lighthouse dating to 1909. 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.

Mykines Island

This day will be spent at sea at your own leisure. Take this time to reflect on the incredible memories you have made so far with your fellow passengers, savour these incredible moments and prepare yourself for the amazing journey ahead.

At Sea

Vestmannaeyjar lies off the south coast of Iceland and comprises fourteen islands, numerous rocks and skerries. Only the largest island, Heimaey, is inhabited.

Numerous species of seabirds, including the famous puffin, nest in the steep rock faces along the ocean cliffs. The volcanically active area has seen two major eruptions in recent times: the formation of the island of Surtsey in 1963, and the Eldfell eruption ten years later that destroyed much of Heimaey and nearly blocked its harbour.

Heimaey, Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands)

Reykjavík, “steamy bay”, is a cosmopolitan capital city on the site of what is believed to be the first permanent settlement in Iceland, established in AD 874. Entirely powered by geothermal energy, Reykjavik is among the cleanest, greenest, and safest cities in the world.

Night life, cuisine and culture are vibrant here during the summer months, when locals and visitors alike make the most of the midnight sun. The Culture House promotes Icelandic national heritage, including treasures like the Poetic Edda, and the Norse Sagas in their original manuscripts. Today you will disembark Ocean Endeavour, bid farewell to your fellow passengers and newfound friends, and prepare for the journeys to come.

Disembarkation in Reykjavik
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Pricing & date

North Atlantic Saga: Scotland, Faroe Islands & Iceland from AUD 5,965
Departing Ending Duration
24 Jun 2021 05 Jul 2021 12
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OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

Kayaking

Kayaking

Important Information

  • Cabin accommodation on board vessel 
    All meals whilst on board
    All scheduled landings & excursions
    All port fees & landing fees
    Expedition jacket provides (yours to keep) 
    Pair of expedition boots for use during your voyage
    Guiding and lectures by experienced expedition team and crew
    Nikon Camera Trial Program

    Exclusions

    Flights to/from embarkation & disembarkation city 
    Visa fees (if applicable)
    Travel insurance
    Beverages (other than tea & coffee) 
    Personal expenses such as laundry & on board communication
    Gratuities for the crew
    Pre or post cruise travel expenses
    Optional activities, refer optional activities section for details

  • 2 (light adventure)
  • Please Note: Category 3 to 7 cabins have no single supplement. Contact us for more details. 

  • Itinerary is subject to change depending on weather, ice & sea conditions.

  • Departure date, season & availability.

SPEAK TO A SPECIALIST

Sustainability

Being environmentally accountable is a crucial part of our organisation. Chimu is currently striving towards using less paper, taking several initiatives to do so and tracking our progress along the way. Our goal: A paperless organisation. For this reason, all information given to you will be sent electronically. We encourage those who choose to travel with us to support our aspirations and actions and ask that you reconsider printing out documentation. To view these documents, you can download them to your iPad or portable computer before and during your trip.

Chimu is passionate and dedicated to sustainability measures and understands the crucial part sustainability plays within the tourism industry.

We use local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprint. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion and culture of the country you’re visiting. Our guides are all highly qualified (most with university degrees) or equip with many years of experience and are paid above the standard wage. Whether it be our knowledgeable local guides, locally produced meals or the transport on tour, we do not use imported goods when local products are available. We aim to minimise our impact on the environment and give as much back as possible to the communities we work in.

While visiting the many national parks, heritage sites, museums and landmarks our travellers are encouraged to explore remain culturally aware and sensitive. We further encourage you to buy appropriate souvenirs and discourage the buying of anything wrongfully made or taken from the environment i.e. shells and endangered species products. Information on how you can be environmentally conscious, and travel responsibly will be made available in our Travellers Guides and provided during your travels by guides and staff.

For more information on our sustainability policies, including how we are striving towards being a paperless organisation, click HERE