Orkney, Shetland and Faroe Islands Cruise

Henrik Lovendahl
Travelers hiking through the Norwegian arctic.
Explore the rugged hills of Scotland
Emma Nilsson
Small fishing village in Norway.
Ola Skinnarmo
Travelers bird watching while on a zodiac excursion.
Voyage on foot across remote shores
Ronald Visser
Dining aboard the Quest.
Adam Rheborg
Dining aboard the Quest.
This unique expedition cruise includes three exciting groups of islands. The expedition starts in Oban and sail, via the scenic and bird-rich enchanting Orkney Islands. The expedition cruise continues to the Shetland Islands, where you are greeted with rich history, beautiful landscapes, characteristic settlements and plenty of sheep. Leave this astonishing archipelago behind and then head for the dramatic and remote Faroe Islands, located in the middle of the north Atlantic. Here enjoy stunning nature with cliffs, fjords and valleys, marvel at the rich bird life and learn more about the islands’ exciting culture and history.

Day 1

    Glasgow, Scotland

    Arrive in Glasgow and spend a night at a comfortable and centrally located hotel. In the evening have time to explore this Scottish city on your own.

    Day 2


      Travel by private bus and with a local guide to Oban, where your small and comfortable expedition ship the Quest is waiting. Your trip to Oban offers magnificent sceneries of the landscapes, characterized by lochs and bens. In the afternoon embark the ship and head out on your expedition cruise.

      Day 3


        At dawn reach Handa, a small island and nature reserve located along the northwestern coast of Scotland. During the summer season the island’s dramatic sandstone cliffs become home to an estimated 100 000 breeding seabirds such as puffins, razorbills and guillemots. If lucky you can also spot some dolphins in the surrounding waters. After lunch set course for the Orkney Islands.

        Day 4

          Stromness, Orkney Islands

          In the morning arrive at the port of the charming town of Stromness, located on the largest island - Mainland. Spend the day exploring the island and head into the heart of neolithic Orkney, an area designated as a world Heritage Site due to its wealth of pre-historic archaeology. Visit the 5 000-year-old village of Skara Brae and see the remarkable dwellings that were revealed from beneath the sand dunes by storms only 160 years ago. Today it is western Europe’s most well-preserved prehistoric village. Continue to the Ring of Brodgar - a huge ceremonial circle of stones dating back almost 5 000 years. On the way back to Stromness also make a stop in Kirkwall, the main town of the Orkney Islands. Here find St. Magnus Cathedral, the most northerly cathedral in the British Isles, founded by the Viking Earl Rognvald in 1137.

          Day 5

            Lerwick, Shetland Islands

            In the early morning, reach the capital and main port of the Shetland Islands, Lerwick. During your visit explore the remarkable neolithic ruins of Jarlshof. The site was uncovered by a violent storm in the winter of 1896/97, revealing an extraordinary settlement site embracing at least 5 000 years of human history. A guided tour takes you through the narrow stone lanes of Lerwick and make a visit to Shetland museum, where you will get acquainted with the islands’ fascinating history and culture. In the afternoon continue your voyage towards the remote Faroe Islands.

            Day 6

              At Sea

              Spend the day heading northwest as you listen to interesting lectures on the flora, fauna and history of this fascinating group of islands to come. In the early evening reach Suđuroy, one of the 18 islands that belongs to the Faroe Islands.

              Day 7


                Spend the day exploring the dramatic island of Suđuroy. Spellbinding steep bird cliffs to the west and a rolling, idyllic landscape offer visitors magnificent sceneries upon arrival. The geographic distance from the rest of the Faroe Islands also explains much of its uniqueness when it comes to language and culture.

                From Suđuroy’s little town Vágur, beautifully situated in the Vágsfjřrđur fjord, head for Beinisvřrđ - a 469 meter high sea cliff. From here enjoy the breathtaking views of the island’s diverse landscape that consists of mountains, fjords, villages and valleys. Your tour continues, either by foot or by bus, down the slope to Suđuroy’s southernmost village, Sumba. From here make a longer walk to the southernmost tip of the Faroe Islands, Akraberg, where you will find a charming lighthouse dating back to 1909.

                Day 8


                  Weather and wind permitting enter sturdy Zodiacs to explore the westernmost island - Mykines, a bird paradise that attracts bird enthusiasts and ornithologists from all over the world. This little island is home to hundreds of thousands of seabirds such as gannets, fulmars, guillemots, storm petrels and kittiwakes.

                  The main attraction is undoubtedly Mykineshólmur, an independent islet that is connected to the mainland by a suspension bridge on 35 meters elevation. On the grassy slopes above the cliffs, thousands of puffins are nesting. It is not unusual to see them flying in with fish hanging from their beaks to feed their young. For those who are ready for a tougher hike, have the chance to reach the top of Mykines to enjoy the incredible views. Hopefully you will also visit the only settlement, named after the island, with its ten brave inhabitants.

                  Day 9


                    Spend your last full day in the Faroe Islands on the largest island, Streymoy. Here lies Tórshavn, the archipelago’s charming capital, established by the Vikings in the 9th century. The parliament that was founded in 850 AD can still be seen and is one of the world’s oldest. What was once an important trading port is now a modern town with about 13,000 inhabitants. After a visit to the capital continue to the historical village of Kirkjubřur, which is the Faroe Islands’ most important cultural and historical site. Here have a chance to see the 900-year- old picturesque farm Roykstovan, originally the bishop’s residence but since 1550 it belongs to the Patursson family. Today, part of the house is a museum while the remainder is occupied by the 17th generation of the family. In Kirkjubřur also find the small, and still active, medieval church St. Olav and the ruins of the magnus Cathedral from about 1300 AD.

                    Day 10

                      Vágar / Disembark

                      In the morning disembark the Quest, transfer by bus to Vágar Airport and begin your journey back home.
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                      Rate includes:
                      - 8 nights on board the M/S Quest
                      - 1 night in hotel in Glasgow
                      - Transfer from Glasgow to Oban and from the ship to Vágar Airport
                      - All meals
                      - An experienced Expedition Leader and knowledgeable guide
                      - Lectures onboard and ashore
                      - All shore excursions and activities by Zodiac
                      - An illustrated log book

                      Not included in cruise fare:
                      - Flight to Glasgow and from Vágar
                      - Travel and cancellation insurance
                      - The customary gratuity to the ship’s crew
                      - Personal expenses in bar and shop

                      Please note: The exact route will depend on the weather conditions and wildlife sightings. The places mentioned above are part of the planned itinerary but may be subject to change. Your crew will always strive to maximize your experience. Please remember that flexibility is the key to a successful expedition!

                      Deposit & Payment

                      Initial deposit is 30%, and most travelers will call our office and pay the deposit with a credit card. We accept Visa, Mastercard, AmEx, and Discover. Alternatively, you can send a check to our Missoula, Montana, office or register online at: https://www.adventure-life.com/forms/register

                      Final payment is due 70 days prior to departure.

                      Final payment by bank transfer, check or Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or Amex. Credit Card payments subject to 3% convenience fee and maximum $15,000 charge.

                      Booking last minute? No problem! Please contact one of our trip planners, and we can get you on your way if booking less than 70 days prior to departure.

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                      Cancellation Policy

                      Days Prior to departureFee
                      70+ days15% cruise cost
                      69-0 days100% cruise cost