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Sail the shores of Iceland and experience the country that travel buffs have been trying to keep secret for years aboard the Sea Spirit. Ending in Reykjavik, be charmed by the balance of fire and ice, sailing to the tune of long days and short nights. A day at then sea sets you up for the Faroe Isles and the Scottish Isles.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Edinburgh
Day 2 : Edinburgh | Embark
Day 3 : Kirkwall
Day 4 : North Ronaldsay
Days 5-7 : Faroe Islands
Day 8 : At Sea
Day 9 : Vestmannaeyjar
Day 10 : Reykjavik, Iceland | Disembark

Highlights

  • Enjoy the charming city of Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland
  • Explore St. Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall's most famous sites in town
  • Discover North Ronaldsay, the most distant isle of the Orkneys archipelago
  • Visit KirkjubÞur, the cultural center of the Faroes in the Middle Ages

Ship

Sea Spirit

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Discover the rich history of Edinburgh Grass-roofed houses of the Faroe Islands Boats in the harbor of Torshavn Lighthouse near Torshavn Street view of old town Reykjavik
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Day 1 Edinburgh

Welcome to Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, and the starting point of your trans-Atlantic expedition. To provide you with more time to enjoy this metropolis rich in history and culture, enjoy pre-cruise hotel accommodations near the city center. Relax and take a stroll through town, enjoying both medieval and classic 18th-century architecture. The famous Edinburgh Castle rises majestically above it all.

Day 2 Edinburgh | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy the morning and early afternoon at leisure. Each corner of Edinburgh’s old streets opens beautiful unexpected vistas of green hills or a blue flash of the distant sea. In the afternoon, you will be transferred from the hotel to the ship in the nearby Port of Leith. Before dinner, there’s time to explore the Sea Spirit, your home-away-from-home for the next nine days

Day 3 Kirkwall

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Kirkwall, the capital of the Orkney Archipelago, is a small, quiet town, with a gentle pace of life. It was first mentioned in the Orkneyinga saga in 1046. Such a long history has left a rich heritage that you explore today on an included tour. The most famous sites in town are the sandstone St. Magnus Cathedral, considered to be the finest medieval building in the north of Scotland, the Bishop’s Palace and the Earl’s Palace.

We leave town and head west, passing through the gently rolling landscape of Orkney’s largest island, Mainland, and into the Neolithic Heartland, an area designated as a World Heritage Site due to its wealth of pre-historic archaeology. Passing the Standing Stones of Stenness, stop at the Ring of Brodgar – a huge ceremonial circle of stones dating back almost 5,000 years. Then continue on to the 5,000-year-old village of Skara Brae, with remarkable dwellings first revealed beneath the sand dunes by storms just 150 years ago. Return to the ship for dinner and a late-evening departure.

Day 4 North Ronaldsay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
You can expect a physically more active day, visit to become more remote with less tourism infrastructure. This morning, land at North Ronaldsay, the most distant isle of the Orkneys, with a population of about 70 people. The isle supports an extremely rich and diverse population of wildflowers, birdlife, and flocks of the unusual seaweed-eating North Ronaldsay sheep. Many migrating species of birds stop here in spring and autumn, while there are also many breeding species that spend the spring and summer at the island. Escorted by your knowledgeable expedition staff, we’ll plan to hike and birdwatching in this picturesque landscape.

During lunch on board, head to Fair Isle, a real paradise for birdwatchers. The lush grasslands and spectacular cliffs are inhabited by a huge number of birds. Over 345 species have been recorded here – more than anywhere else in Britain. The variety of birdlife inspired the ornithologist George Waterston to build a bird observatory here in 1948. Enjoy a pleasant afternoon walk across the island, visit the newly refurbished observatory and see thousands of northern fulmars, kittiwakes, northern gannets, puffins, and great and arctic skuas.

Day 5-7 Faroe Islands

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
em>National Geographic Traveler had designated the Faroe Islands as “authentic, unspoiled and likely to remain so”. Nature has spared no colors in painting the islands: deep-green hills, bright blue sea, colorful houses and boats, and puffins’ orange-red beaks make the landscape unforgettable.
The rugged Faroese are proud of their Viking heritage and their love of the sea. Explore the archipelago with possible stops in:

Tórshavn. This would include a visit to Kirkjubøur, the ecclesiastical and cultural center of the Faroes in the Middle Ages. It was the site of the Bishop’s residence until the Reformation when the Faroese diocese was abolished. The imposing Gothic ruin of the late 13th-century Saint Magnus Cathedral still dominates the site. The Roykstovan, standing on the wide, stone foundation of a portion of the Bishop’s palace, has been the home of farmers in Kirkjubøur for centuries and occupied by the same Faroese family for 17 generations. There are magnificent views to the west and the islands of Koltur, Hestur, Sandoy, and Vágar.

Klaksvík, the second-largest town in the Faroes and an important fishing and shipping port. Charcoal gray, snow-dusted mountains create a spectacular backdrop to your visit. The town originated from four farms which grew into four villages and ultimately into a modern town in the late 1939s. Some light hiking and birdwatching are possible in areas selected by local guides and your expedition team.

Your expedition team will also search for more remote areas of the archipelago to visit or pause, where you take advantage of the ship and possibly Zodiacs to see bird cliffs and other natural wonders that are otherwise difficult to access.

Day 8 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today is for relaxation on board or watching for seabirds and aquatic life in the Atlantic’s pelagic layers from the Sea Spirit’s decks or open bridge. When they’re not busy giving informative presentations on the geology, wildlife or Viking heritage of the Faroes and Iceland in the Oceanus Lounge, the expedition team will be happy to answer your questions.

Day 9 Vestmannaeyjar

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sometimes anglicized as Westman Islands, Vestmannaeyjar is the name of the small town of 4,200 inhabitants as well as the 15-island archipelago that is located off the south coast of Iceland. It came to the world’s attention in 1973 with the eruption of the Eldfell volcano, which forced the evacuation of the entire population. It has a unique microclimate, and more than 30 species of birds nest in the millions in the high cliffs and grassyledges.

Vestmannaeyjar – literally “the islands of the westmen” – is named after the Irish slaves brought here by the Vikings. A full day here will provide you with time to tour the small town and travel into more windswept and remote areas for hiking and views of massive breeding colonies of migratory birdlife. Tonight, as the Sea Spirit departs Vestmannaeyjar, enjoy the Captain’s farewell cocktail party and festive dinner.

Day 10 Reykjavik, Iceland | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Finish your journey in the capital city of Iceland where, after breakfast, guests will disembark and be transferred to either the International Airport or the city center.
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Notes

Travel Insurance:
All passengers must have comprehensive travel insurance coverage with a minimum $200,000 (Antarctica) and $150,000 (Arctic) emergency medical coverage. Additional insurance is strongly recommended.

Solo Travelers:
All rates posted are per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement: 1.7 for Main Deck and Classic, Superior Suite; twice the posted price for Deluxe, Premium and Owner's Suite.

RATES INCLUDE:
  • 1 pre-voyage night on Day 1 in Edinburgh;
  • Group transfer to the ship for embarkation on Day 2;
  • Shipboard accommodation;
  • All meals onboard throughout the voyage;
  • Tea and coffee station 24 hours daily;
  • All scheduled landings/excursions (subject to weather and ice conditions);
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by your experienced Expedition Leader & Expedition Team;
  • Branded Poseidon Expeditions parka;
  • Rubber boots for shore landings for the time of the cruise;
  • Welcome and Farewell cocktails;
  • All port fees;
  • Group transfer to airport or central location upon disembarkation;
  • Pre-departure materials;
  • Digital Voyage Log;
  • Wi-Fi on board.
RATES DO NOT INCLUDE:
  • Airfare;
  • Visa and passport fees (if applicable);
  • Luggage and trip cancellation insurance;
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages other than those for special events and celebrations;
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and telecommunication charges;
  • Mandatory Emergency Evacuation Insurance to a minimum benefit of US$ 200,000 per person;
  • Staff gratuities.
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