Viking Odyssey: British Isles

Sea Spirit Cruise Ship
Sea Spirit
114 Passengers
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Brief Itinerary

Day 1 Edinburgh, Scotland
Day 2 Port of Leith Embarkation
Day 3 Kirkwall, Orkney Islands, Scotland
Day 4 North Ronaldsay, Orkney Islands; Fair Isle, Shetland Islands, Scotland
Day 5 Torshavn, Faroe Islands
Day 6 Mykines, Vestmanna Birdcliffs, Faroe Islands
Day 7 Klaksvík, Faroe Islands
Day 8 At Sea En route to Iceland
Day 9 Vestmannaeyjar, Heimaey, Iceland
Day 10 Disembarkation in Reykjavik, Iceland

Day 1 — Edinburgh, Scotland

Welcome to Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland and starting point of our trans-Atlantic expedition. To provide you with more time to enjoy this metropolis rich in history and culture, we’ve arranged 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 — Port of Leith Embarkation

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, Orkney Islands, Scotland

Kirkwall, capital of the Orkney Archipelago, is a small, quiet town, with a gentle pace of life. It was first mentioned in Orkneyinga saga in 1046. Such a long history has left a rich heritage which we 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 gentle rolling landscape of the 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, we will stop at the Ring of Brodgar – a huge ceremonial circle of stones dating back almost 5,000 years. We 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, Orkney Islands; Fair Isle, Shetland Islands, Scotland

You can expect a physically more active day, as the places we visit become more remote with less tourism infrastructure. This morning, we 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 wild flowers, 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 which spend the spring and summer at the island. Escorted by our knowledgeable expedition staff, we’ll plan to hike and birdwatching in this picturesque landscape.

During lunch on board, we head to Fair Isle, a real paradise for birdwatchers. The lush grasslands and spectacular cliffs are inhabited by huge number of birds. Over 345 species have been recorded here – more than anywhere else in Britain. The variety of bird life 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 — Torshavn, Faroe Islands

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. Our ship docks in the main town of Torshavn.

Our afternoon motorcoach tour will visit tour 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. Covered with a traditional turf roof, it is a large building made of logs, which are said to have come drifting all the way from Norway some 700 years ago. The farmhouse interior reflects the lifestyle of a large Faroese farm. On our way to and from Kirkjubøur, we have magnificent views to the west and the islands of Koltur, Hestur, Sandoy, and Vágar.

Day 6 — Mykines, Vestmanna Birdcliffs, Faroe Islands

We’ll have a busy morning, as we pause at Mykines Island with its single, small village. Enjoy the idyllic scene of the village with its backdrop of deep green hills and bright turf-roofed houses. Time permitting, we’ll walk to Mykinesholmur isle connected to Mykines by a small bridge. The picturesque red and white lighthouse of Mykinesholmur has become an iconic symbol of the Faroes. Another attraction here is “Lundaland” – land of the puffin – perhaps one of the best places to observe puffins and gannets.

The Sea Spirit departs Mykines late morning for a slow cruise this afternoon along Vestmannabjørgini – the Vestmanna bird cliffs. Towering 700-meter cliffs soar up from the ocean’s surface, and are indented with deep grottoes and narrow straits. The cliffs and caves provide safe nesting places for thousands of sea birds such as puffins, razorbills, guillemots and fulmars.

Day 7 — Klaksvík, Faroe Islands

We arrive this morning in 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 our visit. The town originated from four farms which grew into four villages and ultimately into a modern town in the late 1939s. Our tour will include some time in town and its sights, like the mid-century Christianskirkjan and Leikalund Cultural Center, as well as some light hiking in Úti í Grøv Park and birdwatching in areas selected by local guides and our expedition team.

Day 8 — At Sea En route to Iceland

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, Heimaey, Iceland

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 us 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 — Disembarkation in Reykjavik, Iceland

We finish our 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.

* Itinerary may be subject to change

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Pre-Voyage hotel (1 night) included in the trip cost (except May 22nd 2020).

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Adventure options: Kayaking - $655.  Kayaking is limited to 8 participants. Double Kayaks only. Adventure Options paid for at time of deposit.

$150,000 of Evacuation/Repatriation insurance is mandatory and is NOT included in the trip cost.

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Pre-Voyage hotel (1 night) included in all ports of embarkation except for trips that start in Kangerlussuak, Greenland.

Cabin share is available only in the following categories: Triple Classic, Main Deck and Classic Suites.

Adventure options: Kayaking - $655.  Kayaking is limited to 8 participants. Double Kayaks only. Adventure Options paid for at time of deposit.

$200,000 of Evacuation/Repatriation insurance is mandatory and is NOT included in the trip cost.

A fuel surcharge may be applied for all bookings if there is a substantial increase in fuel costs.

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   Owner's Suite
Super-spacious and elegant suite on the Sun Deck. Designed for entertaining, the Owner's Suite has a separate living room with game and meeting area. A BOSE stereo system provides background music, or watch videos on the HD plasma TV. Sliding glass doors lead to a private deck. Refresh in the jetted bathtub in en suite facilities. Slumber in the King Size bed. A sofa bed can accommodate a third person.
463 Sq.ft. (43 m2)
    Premium Suite
Located on the Sun Deck, with two twin beds or a King Size bed. Access the private balcony by a sliding glass door. Amenities include: en suite facilities, lounge area, in-room safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV/VCR, individual temperature control, and hair dryer.
323 Sq.ft. (30 m2)
  Deluxe Suite
Located on the Sports Deck and featuring balconies, choose from either two twin beds or a King Size bed. A sliding glass door leads to a private balcony. These suites feature a walk-in closet or wardrobe. Amenities include en suite facilities, in-room safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV/VCR, individual temperature control, and a hair dryer.
258 Sq.ft. (24 m2)
  Superior Suite
Located on the Club Deck, these cabins feature two twin beds or a King Size bed. The picture window overlooks an outside walkway on the Club Deck. Amenities include: en suite facilities, walk-in closet or wardrobe, in-room safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV/VCR, individual temperature control, hair dryer.
215 Sq.ft. (20 m2)
  Classic Suite
These cabins are located on the Ocean Deck. They feature a picture window, two wardrobes and a choice of either two twin beds or a King Size bed. Amenities include: en suite facilities, in-room safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV/VCR, individual temperature control and hair dryer.
226 Sq.ft. (21 m2)
  Main Deck Suites
These cabins are equipped with either two twins or a King Size bed. They are located on the Main Deck with a minimum of two portholes for exterior views. Amenities include: en suite facilities, in-room safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV/VCR, individual temperature control and hair dryer.
248 Sq.ft. (23 m2)
  Triple Classic
These staterooms have two twins and a comfortable sofa bed. The twins also convert to a King, if desired. Located on the Ocean Deck, these suites have a picture window, two wardrobes and en suite facilities. Amenities include: in-room safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV/VCR, individual temperature control, and hair dryer.
226 Sq.ft. (21 m2)