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Expedition
Ocean Endeavour - AC - 198 Guests
North Atlantic Saga
Scotland, The Faroe Islands and Iceland

This expedition charts a course unlike any other on Earth, following the Viking voyages from the north of Scotland to the Faroe Islands and onward to Iceland.


 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Neolithic standing stones at Stenness and Brodgar, Scotland
  • Prehistoric village of Skara Brae, an UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Fulmar, puffin, gannet, skua and other North Atlantic seabirds
  • Woolens and other unique handicrafts in the Orkneys, Shetlands and Faroes
  • Faroe Islands’s dramatic, otherworldly landscapes and seascapes
  • Heimaey, Westman Islands: a town nearly destroyed by a volcano!
  • Reykjavik: a clean, green, ancient and contemporary city bustling with culture

DATES / RATES

Rates are listed per person in USD
Start DateEnd DateCAT 1 - Quad InsideCAT 2 - Triple InsideCAT 3 - Interior TwinCAT 4 - Exterior TwinCAT 5 - Main TwinCAT 6 - Comfort TwinCAT 7 - Select TwinCAT 8 - Superior TwinCAT 9 - Junior SuiteCAT 10 - Suite
Jun 24, 2021Jul 04, 20213,9954,9956,2957,5958,5959,59510,59511,59512,59513,595
Rates are listed per person in USD
Start DateEnd Date(Starting from)
CAT 1 - Quad Inside
(Mid-range)
CAT 6 - Comfort Twin
(High-end)
CAT 10 - Suite
Jun 24, 2021Jul 04, 20213,9959,59513,595


ITINERARY

Day 1: Aberdeen
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. We board the Ocean Endeavour in the afternoon.

Day 2: Stromness
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 archeological 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.

Day 3: Fair Isle
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.

Day 4: Suduroy Island and Sumba
Suðuroy 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.

Day 5: Tórshavn
Tórshavn, literally “Thor’s harbor,” is the Faroe Islands’ capital and largest town, with a population of 19,000. A former Viking trading center, Tórshavn 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.

Day 6-7: Western Faroe Islands
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 Gásadalur is reached through one such tunnel— but look for the old switchback trail over the mountain, once used by the local postman!

Day 8: Mykines Island
Mykines is the westernmost of the Faroes and a geological marvel. Great columns of balsalt (called the Stone-wood) tower thirty meters 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.

Day 9: At Sea
Today we will enjoy a day at sea! With onboard education and time spent on-deck, we will keep our eyes open for marine wildlife and seabirds!

Day 10: Heimaey, Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands)
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 harbor.

Day 11: Reykjavik
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 we will disembark Ocean Endeavour and journey home!

Ocean Endeavour - AC (Expedition, 198-guests)

The Ocean Endeavour is the perfect vessel for expedition cruising. Outftted 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 explore throughout the Arctic summer. At 137 metres in length, the Ocean Endeavour has plenty of interior and exterior space. Ample deck space ofers comfortable lounge chairs, a swimming pool, two saunas, and a hot tub. The spacious interior allows for varied workshops and presentations to occur simultaneously. The three lounges aboard the Ocean Endeavour are optimal locations for seminars, events, parties, and conversation.

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WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Passage aboard the Ocean Endeavour
  • Applicable taxes and Credit card fees
  • Complimentary Expedition jacket
  • Contribution to Adventure Canada’s Discovery Fund
  • Special access permits, entry and park fees
  • Team of expedition staff
  • Guided activities
  • Sightseeing and community visits
  • All Zodiac excursions
  • Port fees
  • Pre-departure materials
  • Educational program
  • Nikon Camera Trial Program
  • Interactive workshops
  • Evening entertainment
  • All shipboard meals

Not Included:

  • Commercial and charter flights
  • Program enhancements/optional excursions
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses
  • Mandatory medical evacuation insurance
  • Additional expenses in the event of delays or itinerary changes
  • Possible fuel surcharges
  • Pre- & post-trip hotel accommodation

 

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