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Shetlands, Faroe Islands and Iceland - 11 day Cruise

From $6399 Per Person

Cruise, 11 days/ 10 nights
One sailing only: May 8, 2019

This 11 day voyage on the M/S Spitsbergen follows the route of the great Viking explorers from Norway to unforgettable Scotland, on to the ruggedly beautiful Faroe Islands, and finally to mystical Iceland. Explore raw wilderness, encounter rare wildlife, and visit fascinating historic settlements on this exciting journey.

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One departure only: May 8, 2019

Wed, May 8: Depart Bergen

Bergen, known as the gateway to the Fjords has preserved a great deal of local character and history. Visit the historic UNESCO-listed Bryggen district with colorful wharves that date back to the 14th century. Take a stroll around this charming and compact city, spend some time in one of the outdoor cafés and restaurants, enjoy a trip on the Floibanen Funicular or visit the Fish Market before embarking your Viking adventure on MS Spitsbergen.

We recommend 1-2 pre nights in Bergen before departing on the cruise. If you are interested in a pre cruise package, please inquire when booking. Why not add Norway's Nutshell Experience to your trip! 

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Thur, May 9: Sea Eagles and Horse Climbing

Vaerlandet/Bulandet and Atloy/Naervik is the westernmost archipelago of Norway, situated northwest of Bergen. Your captains will attempt to make landings both in the morning and in the afternoon, taking you to some of the most interesting sites of the area.  This might include scaling the “Norwegian Horse” on the island of Alden.  This steep 480-meter mountain rises from the sea in the shape of a horse. 

Vaerlandet is a great launch point as we head west on our Viking trail.  Keep your eyes on the sky as we sail this area for rare white-tailed sea eagles. 

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Fri, May 10: Norway's Good Neighbor

Lerwick is the main port of the Shetland Islands and by far the northernmost town of Scotland.  Founded in the 17th century as a fishing port, today Lerwick is a bustling, cosmopolitan seaport. The old waterfront bustles with visiting yachts and working fishing boats. The area boasts some of Shetland's most attractive scenery and an extraordinary concentration of archaeological sites, including two remarkable Iron Age villages. 

Strong bonds were formed between the island and the Kingdom of Norway when refugees came over during the Second World War.  The fishing boats that brought them would then return loaded with arms and ammunition to support the Norwegian resistance. The flow of vessels on this clandestine route became known as “The Shetland Bus”. 

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Sat, May 11: St. Magnus Defies the Vikings

Kirkwall is the largest town and the capital of the Orkney Islands.  The town is dominated by the famous St. Magnus Cathedral. The first mention of a settlement here is in a saga from 1046, and the name Kirkwall derives from the Norse `Kirkjuvagr´ (Church Bay).  

A local saga tells the story of how Magnus, kidnapped from the islands, refused to fight with the Vikings or condone their violence.  Magnus eventually returned home, only to be put to death for his pacifism, and the church was named for his memory. Today, Kirkwall has a population of 8,500, and is one of the most attractive and well-preserved small towns in Scotland 

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Sun, May 12: Torshavn - Possibly Europe's Oldest Capital

The Faroe Islands are a group of 18 isles that lie in the middle of the North Atlantic, halfway between the Shetland Islands and Iceland. Torshavn is one of the smallest capitals in the world, with just 15,000 inhabitants. It was founded in the 10th century, and might very well be the oldest capital in northern Europe. Since the turn of the 20th century, Toshavn has grown rapidly, and is today the economic, cultural and administrative center of the Faroes. The town is a charming blend of old and new with small houses in nearly every color. 

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Mon, May 13: Exploring the Faroe Islands

Our experienced Captain, Expedition Leader and local experts will coordinate a unique nature landing. 

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Tue, May 14: Sheer Cliffs, Green Meadows, Ocean Whitecaps

Eid is a large fishing village in the Faroe Islands with around 600 inhabitants. In the 9th century AD, Eid was settled by Vikings and today offers fascinating history as well as beautiful hiking trails, such as the short walk that takes in the 1,125 foot high promontory of Eidskollur, with commanding views of Atlantic breakers crashing on the rocks below.

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Wed, May 15: Birder's Paradise

Mykines was formed about 60 million years ago. The layers of soft volcanic tuff and eroded basalt create excellent nesting conditions for birds here, and the island hosts some of the richest bird cliffs in the world. Several species nest and breed here during the summer season, such as guillemots, atlantic puffins, northern fulmars and kittiwakes, just to mention a few. The human population hovers around 12, while the number of sheep on the island is about 1200!

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Thur, May 16: Relax at Sea

Enjoy a relaxing day at sea with on board lectures while we set course towards Iceland. 

The onboard Expedition Team will hold talks and workshops and share their knowledge and experience.  There might also be a chance to look behind the scenes and partake in our Guest Expedition staff program.

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Fri, May 17: At Home with the Puffins

The Vestmannaeyjar - or Westman Islands - are a group of 15 spectacular islands and about 30 rock pillars with bird cliffs located off Iceland’s southern coast. These islands were formed by submarine volcanic eruptions along a 19 mile long fissure running southwest to northeast. Most of the islands have steep sea cliffs, are well-vegetated and provide a habitat for countless birds, including the charming puffin. If weather and sea conditions allow,  visit Heimaey, the largest of the Westman Islands, and was one of Iceland’s most important fishing ports. Hunting and fishing are still the mainstays of the local economy.  

Accommodation  onboard the M/S Spitsbergen

Sat, May 18: Arrive Reykjavik

Our voyage of discovery and adventure ends in Reykjavik, an early Viking settlement that today has become the modern capital of Iceland. The city´s surroundings offer fantastic natural beauty; geysers, mountains, glaciers and world-famous geothermal bathing. 

If you have the time, why not extend your stay and explore North Iceland or take a Self-Drive trip around Iceland's Ring Road

Trip price per person is based on 2 persons in double/twin room. 
Single Supplement on request.

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This package is priced CRUISE ONLY. If you need assistance with booking your airfare, and/or pre or post nights let us know and we will be happy to help you.

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