Across the Arctic Circle: Scotland to Svalbard

Join this spring journey from historic Edinburgh in Scotland all the way north to finish in Svalbard, deep inside the Arctic Circle. En route explore in depth Norway’s dramatic glacially sculpted coastline, UNESCO sites and the charming villages of the Lofoten Islands.

15 Days

$6,499

Across the Arctic Circle: Scotland to Svalbard - 15 - $6,499

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • 2 days in the Scottish isles, 7 days in Norway & 3 days in Svalbard
  • Only one spring departure per season
  • Set sail from Edinburgh, Scotland and finish in Longyearbyen, Svalbard
  • We like this 134-guest ship for its spaciousness and top-notch staff
  • Complimentary parka jacket & rubber boot loan

Start from Edinburgh and end at Longyearbyen

Landmarks visited on Across the Arctic Circle: Scotland to Svalbard

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Edinburgh/Kirkwall

The ship departs in the late afternoon, sailing towards Kirkwall.

Meals: Dinner


Day 2: Kirkwall/Orkney

Visit historic and mystical sites by coach on this remote island. Explore the Standing Stones of Sternness, the intriguing Ring of Brodgar, and the village of Skara Brae.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Day 3: Shetland Islands

Continue northwards to the remote Shetland Islands. Opt to visit Jarlshof or join the Puffin Bus to focus on puffins and seabird photography at Sumbrugh Head (weather dependent). Enjoy additional time to explore Lerwick.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Day 4: Ålesund

Cross the famous North Sea to reach Norway. Spend the afternoon exploring the beautiful Art Nouveau district of Ålesund, or take the 418 steps up to Fjellstua for the best view of the city, islands and bay. Opt to visit the Ålesund Museum and learn about the culture and history of the town, including the fire which destroyed the city in 1904.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Day 5: Åndalsnes

A full day to explore the town of Åndalsnes and the surrounding mountains. Board the Rauma Railway taking you into the dramatic scenes of the Romsdalen mountains, or explore on foot in "The Alp town by the fjord".

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Day 6: Trondheim

Continue on to Trondheim. Choose between hiking in Bymarka Nature Reserve before visiting the Sverresborg Folk Museum, or enjoying a city tour including the Folk Museum and the elaborate Nidaros Cathedral, built between 1070 and 1300. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore the area on your own.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Day 7: Torghatten/Vega

The rugged coastline of central Norway features some of the world’s most beautiful scenery. Hike up to the famous hole in the mountain, with fantastic views of the region. Keep an eye out for Norway's mythical trolls. In the afternoon, head to the quaint and picturesque Vega Island, a UNESCO site. Wander the fishing villages, go on a guided nature hike, and appreciate the slow pace of life.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Day 8: Svartisen/Vikingen

Visit Svartisen, and Vikingen, to see beautiful glaciers and a globe sculpture which marks Vikingen as a point directly on the Arctic Circle.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Day 9: Lofoten Islands

The Lofoten archipelago is an enchanting area of picturesque villages by the sea backed with jagged peaks. Go ashore by Zodiac for a day trip of the area. Start by visiting the Tørrfiskmuseum to learn about traditional work of the islands before visiting Nusfjord, one of Norway's oldest and best-preserved fishing villages for lunch at a local restaurant.

After, stop in Henningsvær for time to see local art or explore the quaint fishing village. In the evening, stay on deck as you cruise into one of Norway's most famous fjords, the short yet dramatic Trollfjord. Search the cliffs on your continuing quest to spot trolls.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Day 10: Tromsø

Tromsø, the capital of northern Norway, is known as the "Gateway to the Arctic" as it was the embarkation point for many Arctic expeditions. Learn about past Arctic expeditions and opt for some hiking or to explore the city on your own.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Day 11: At Sea/Bjørnøya

Sail past mist-shrouded Bjørnøya (Bear Island) – a birdwatcher's paradise featuring spectacular views.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Day 12: Hornsund

Explore this archipelago of deep fjords, mountains and massive ice sheets. Keep your eyes open for walruses, seals, reindeer, Arctic foxes and, of course, polar bears.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Day 13: Svalbard

Soak in the sights and sounds of Svalbard. Glaciers, nesting birds, sea mammals like polar bears, walruses and whales plus land mammals like the arctic fox and reindeer all call this region home.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Day 14: Svalbard/Longyearbyen

Continue exploring the icy wonderland of Svalbard.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Day 15: Longyearbyen

Disembark the ship in the morning.

Meals: Breakfast


NOTE: This itinerary is for guidance only as each voyage will vary depending on ice and weather conditions, and opportunities to see wildlife. Flexibility is key and all part of the adventure of an expeditionary cruise.

About The Ship

  • A 3-4* expedition vessel for 134 guests
  • 360 degree Observation Deck
  • 1B ice class rating
  • Optional kayaking available
  • Sauna and large heated mudroom
  • Complimentary jacket & loan of rubber boots
John Newby

I really like this ship's style. A proper expedition vessel with all the kit and caboodle that goes with that.

John Newby Polar Specialist

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Prices quoted below are per person based on 2 people sharing. Cabin availability changes all the time so please contact us for up-to-date details and information on specific cabin availability.

Quad
Triple
Twin
Suite
Premier Twin
Superior Twin
May 2020
29-May-2020 $6,499* $7,399 $8,999 $10,299 $11,399 $12,499

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $6499

Additional Notes

Please note: dates and costs for 2020 are currently provisional but we are able to secure advance bookings, please contact us for more details

Single Supplement And Child Policy

For those travelling solo and want their own cabin, the single supplement in a twin cabin is 1.6 times the cost of a single berth. However, there is no single supplement for passengers willing to share a cabin.

Child Policy: Children aged 10 years old or over can join this voyage.

Includes

  • Meals: 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 14 dinners
  • Accommodation: 14 nights onboard
  • Complimentary parka jacket
  • Arrival transfer to ship
  • All shore excursions and zodiac activities
  • Educational lectures by expert onboard polar guides
  • Access to an onboard doctor and basic medical services
  • Loan of rubber boots for the voyage's duration
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • Port taxes and any entry fees to historic landing sites

Excludes

  • International flights to & from the start/finish points
  • Any additional services before & after your voyage
  • Transfers not specific to the itinerary
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional adventure activities
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Items of a personal nature: laundry, beverages, etc.
  • Customary staff gratuity at the end of the voyage

Questions about this Voyage?