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Crossing the Arctic Circle: Scotland, Jan Mayen and Spitsbergen  |  13 days

Follow in the footsteps of Vikings and Gaels and explore the dramatic islands of the North Atlantic. Explore the dramatic coastlines of Scotland, the Faroe Islands and the Faroes and their ancient history.

The ship departs from Edinburgh bound for the Orkneys, Fair Isle, the Shetland Islands and the Faroes. Spend a day on wild and remote Jan Mayen Island  before four days with opportunities to hike and view wildlife in Spitsbergen.

Each day we explore off the ship in the company of expert guides, cruising in Zodiacs and enjoying walks on shore.

Ship: Sea Spirit

When:
19 – 31 May 2022

Guide price:£6,230  per person based on twin cabin (private facilities) 


 



Trip Report for the Scottish Isles


Scottish-isles

Fiona’s travel tips

BEST TIME TO GO: May and June for the best weather.

MIDGES: Unfortunately the first midges start to appear in Scotland early June and can be around right up to the end of October! However they don’t like strong sunlight, breezes or white or light clothing. Wearing protective clothing and repellents will help keep them at bay.

TOP TIP:
Book a Scotland to Spitsbergen voyage and then the consecutive North Spitsbergen one. It’s fun to leave the UK by ship and you will get a discount off the second voyage.

Clients’ comments

“Particular thanks to Fiona for her courtesy, professionalism and help with booking flights back to Edinburgh. Pre-departure information very good. Excellent handling of last-minute changes caused by change of vessel.”

Mr and Mrs Norman Robb, Ann Rayner and Ronald Cramond, Aberdeen to Spitsbergen voyage


“Weather – very good. Scenery – spectacular. Wildlife sightings – excellent. Boat – extremely comfortable. Expedition staff – mostly extremely good. Atmosphere – friendly and convivial on the whole. We had very good service from all at Arcturus and the result was one of the most memorable and enjoyable holidays we have ever had.”

Mr and Mrs John Nugée, Scottish Islands, North Atlantic and Spitsbergen

 

“Deepest thanks for all your kindness and help before departure and to lovely staff on board.”

Alison Lambie, St Kilda, Jan Mayen, Spitsbergen (Plancius)

“Weather – very good. Scenery – spectacular. Wildlife sightings – excellent. Boat – extremely comfortable. Expedition staff - mostly extremely good. Atmosphere – friendly and convivial on the whole. The result was one of the more memorable and enjoyable holidays we have ever had.”

Mr and Mrs John Nugée, North Rona, Faroes, Jan Mayen, Spitsbergen (Plancius)