Scotland, Norway, Spitsbergen across the Arctic Circle
| 14 days
Share the water with orcas and the skies with puffins on this voyage out of Aberdeen. Your on-board historians and naturalists unveil the Orkney and Shetland islands, from Stone Age villages and Viking relics to world class distilleries and spectacular birdlife.
We follow migrating whales along Norway’s dramatic coast and cross the Arctic Circle, visiting Sør Gjaeslingan, once home to a busy cod-fishing fleet. Continuing north, we pass the mountain Torghatten with its distinctive hole and enjoy the majesty of the Lofoten Islands.
Then it’s across the Barents Sea, past often fog-shrouded Bear Island, nesting ground for fulmars, kittiwakes, guillemots and gulls, ending in the South Spitsbergen National Park, before entering the iceberg-laden waters of Hornsund.
Ship: Polar Pioneer
2-15 July 2019
Guide price:£5,465 per person based on twin cabin (shared facilities)
Fiona’s travel tipsBEST 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.
“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.”
“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, June 2011
“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)