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wildlife & nature • 11 days, 10 nights

North Atlantic Saga: Scotland, The Faroe Islands & Iceland

Scotland
wildlife & nature • 11 days, 10 nights

North Atlantic Saga: Scotland, The Faroe Islands & Iceland

Scotland
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  • Group Size 12 People Maximum
  • Activity Level
    Easy
  • Travel Style
    On the Water
from $3,995 USD per person
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Early Booking Discount
Reserve your spot by Oct. 31, 2020 to receive 15% off the cost of your trip. We'll then apply an additional 5% discount for booking through Atlas Obscura.

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Trip Overview
Overview

Climb aboard the Ocean Endeavour for an unforgettable, 11-day expedition across the North Atlantic, tracing the coastlines of Scotland, the Faroe Islands, and Iceland. In partnership with Adventure Canada, we're setting out to explore the Orkney and Shetland Isles, rich with relics of prehistoric societies and stunning landscapes, including a world-famous artists’ community and colonies of bright-billed puffins. As we traverse the Faroe Islands, we’ll watch cliffs come to life with the beating wings of spectacular seabirds, glimpse staggering columns of basalt towering above the ocean, and wander small villages clinging to tiny islands. We’ll witness the active and vital Earth up close once we arrive at Iceland, exploring a new volcanic island, several snaking sea caves, and a town nearly destroyed by a volcano just decades ago. With a rich variety of programming and activities available both onboard and on land, each day can be as active or relaxing as you'd like it to be.

Note: This trip is not exclusive to Atlas Obscura. Our small group of Atlas Obscura travelers will be joining around 180 adventurers from all across the world. 

Highlights
  • Neolithic standing stones and prehistoric villages
  • Puffin, gannet, and other North Atlantic seabirds
  • Otherworldly landscapes and seascapes
  • A town nearly destroyed by a volcano
  • Woolens and unique handicrafts

Itinerary

Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.
Scotland

Additional Info

Pricing & Cabin Type

The total cost of your trip depends on the type of cabin you select. Cabin costs vary, from the Quad ($3,995 per person) to the Suite ($13,595 per person). The most popular cabin types are the Interior Twin ($6,295) and the Comfort Twin ($9,595). Please contact us for a full list of cabin types and prices.

There are a number of single cabins available for solo travelers where a single supplement is not required. Please contact us to confirm availability.

With the Early Booking Discount, you will receive 15% off your cabin cost (available until October 31, 2020). By booking with Atlas Obscura, you will also receive an additional 5% off your discounted rate.

Onboard Accommodation

There are 10 cabin types available to choose, including quads, suites, and twins. All cabins have private baths. Exterior cabins have windows while interior cabins do not. If you’d like more detailed information and/or photographs of the different cabin types and layouts, please contact us.

Additional Activities

Kayaking: Explore at water level in small groups with our experienced kayak guides. We offer double kayaks, as well as the essential gear for safety and comfort.

Biking: Whether you’re a fitness enthusiast, an independent explorer, or are keen to cover more ground, bikes offer an opportunity to experience communities and landscapes at your own pace. We carry a fleet of Kona mountain bikes. These multi-geared, all-purpose bikes are available during select community excursions.

Aberdeen Add-Ons: If you'd like to arrive early and spend a few extra days in Aberdeen, we'd be happy to help with booking and scheduling additional activities. Please contact us for more information on extra nights and add-ons. 

Activity Level

This expedition can be as leisurely or active as you’d like it to be. Excursions off-ship are optional, but they’re often the most exciting part of the day. Please note that many on-shore excursions require getting in and out of inflatable boats (Zodiacs)—an activity that's comparable to getting in and out of a pick-up truck. Some destinations can present lengthy hikes over variable terrain, without any rest facilities onshore. For any biking and kayaking (available at a supplementary cost), basic experience and some physical fitness is required. 

Arrival & Departure

Our trip begins with a welcome dinner onboard the ship on Day 1. If traveling internationally, you should plan to arrive in Aberdeen, Scotland one day prior to embarkation as international flights will be limited and subject to delays. If you are arriving by train, car, or domestic flight, then you should plan to arrive no later than 12 p.m. on Day 1 prior to the afternoon's embarkation.

Our trip concludes in Reykjavik after breakfast on Day 11. Disembarkation from the vessel will take place between 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. If leaving Reykjavik directly after our trip, we recommend departing no earlier than 2 p.m.; note that the airport is a long drive from the pier. If you'd like to extend your trip, we’re happy to provide suggestions for things to do and see in the city on your own.

Included
  • Comfortable cabin accommodation and use of all public areas on cruise.
  • All meals described in the itinerary.
  • All workshops, sightseeing, and shore excursions, including presentations and guide services.
  • Admission to all proposed activities, locations, and events.
  • A great group of fellow Atlas Obscura travelers, excited to explore all that the North Atlantic has to offer!
  • 24/7 emergency assistance during your trip, provided by Global Rescue.
  • Special access to unique places, hidden sites, and extraordinary experiences
Excluded
  • Transportation to Aberdeen, Scotland and from Reykjavik, Iceland.
  • Pre- and post-trip accommodations.
  • Travel insurance (recommended).
  • Additional meals and drinks outside of Atlas Obscura offerings, including most alcoholic beverages.
  • Suggested ship crew gratuities of 15$ USD per day per passenger.
  • Applying for a visa (Scotland, Denmark, and Iceland), if applicable.
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Trip FAQ

Because of the exploratory nature of these voyages, we do not have a rigidly set itinerary. The final decisions on our daily program will make the best use of local ice and weather conditions, spontaneous opportunities, and wildlife. The notes in this itinerary are designed to give you a good idea of our intentions, and what your days will look like, but there will very likely be some changes. 

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