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Scotland, Norway & Svalbard – Across the Arctic Circle

Scotland, Norway & Svalbard Cruise

Summary : Follow the Vikings’ history from northeast Scotland to the land of the midnight sun. Your enthusiastic historian and expert naturalist reveal the Orkney and Shetland Islands, from Stone Age villages and Viking relics, to world class distilleries and spectacular birdlife including puffins. Encounter migrating whales along Norway’s dramatic coast, visit picturesque fishing villages and toast your Arctic Circle crossing. Enter Spitsbergen’s polar wonderland where delicate wildflowers adorn vast swaths of tundra and the summer sun never sets. This spectacular wilderness is the breeding ground of walrus, reindeer, millions of birds and polar bear.

Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking


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Day 1
Aberdeen, Scotland

Board the vessel in the afternoon and settle in as you begin your voyage north.

Day 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 5,000-year-old, World Heritage-listed, Neolithic sites to Viking relics, from reminders of World War II occupation to present-day communities. Imposing sea cliffs teem with seabirds, inviting you to explore coastlines by Zodiac or kayaker. 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 with nearly 24 hours of daylight, the Shetland’s 100 islands are peppered with nature reserves and archaeological sites. These include remnants of Viking conquest and the complex Stone, Bronze and Iron Age settlements of Jarlshof, the world’s best preserved broch (fortified tower).

Day 5
At Sea

As you sail towards Norway, hear fascinating talks by the on board historian and naturalist which will enhance your journey and inspire your bird-watching.

Day 6 – 9
Coast of Norway

An intricate maze of islands protects Norway’s coastline. Celebrate crossing the Arctic Circle and visit special places, like Sør 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, and look to the sky for puffins.

Day 10 – 13

Cross the Barents Sea, past often fog-shrouded Bear Island, a favorite nesting ground for fulmars, kittiwakes, guillemots and gulls. Beyond Svalbard’s South Cape, 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, you’ll encounter the elusive beluga whale.

Day 14
Longyearbyen, Svalbard

Disembark in Longyearbyen, bid goodbye to expedition staff and transfer to the airport for your onward journey.


Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice and weather conditions - and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition.

Mandatory Travel Insurance:
All guests are required to have emergency medical evacuation travel insurance coverage. Proof of coverage is required prior to embarkation. The policy provider, policy number and emergency contact phone number must be provided prior to departure date. ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends at least $100,000 Emergency Medical/Evacuation coverage for trips which includes coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property. ExpeditionTrips can assist you with this.

Sea Kayaking Option:
If you wish to take this option you need to advise ExpeditionTrips.com at the time of booking. Please note that sound sea kayaking experience is essential.

Transfer from ship to airport in Longyearbyen; sightseeing tour of Longyearbyen; ship's accommodation; meals, snacks, coffee and tea on board ship; use of gumboots on loan; shore excursions from the ship including Zodiacs; lectures, videos, slide and film shows and guide services; port taxes and charges imposed by government authorities; pre-departure information and briefing; and polar expedition jacket. Subject to change without notice.

Not Included:
All flights and airfare; visa, passport and vaccination charges; airport arrival and departure taxes; transfers not included in itinerary; hotels and meals not included in ship cruise itinerary; optional excursions not included in the ship cruise itinerary; laundry, postage, personal clothing, medical expenses, personal travel insurance and items of a personal nature such as gratuities, bar charges and phone calls; emergency evacuation charges; sea kayaking supplement; fuel surcharge may apply.

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