Small-Ship Expedition

Scotland, The Faroe Islands, & Iceland: North Atlantic Saga

Itineraries

Overview

This expedition charts a course unlike any other on Earth, following the Viking voyages from the north of Scotland to the Faroe Islands and onward to Iceland.

The Orkney and Shetland Isles offer amazing prehistoric archaeology, hiking, and bird-watching. The Faroe Islands are the jewels of the North Atlantic. We’ll visit staggering cliffs hosting vast colonies of seabirds and quaint villages clinging to tiny islands.

As we approach Iceland, we’ll experience earth in the making: the new volcanic island of Surtsey; the dramatic sea caves of the Westman Islands, and the town of Heimaey—nearly destroyed by a volcano short decades ago.

North Atlantic Saga Map 2021

Highlights

  • Mulafossur waterfall 02

    Stunning Múlafossur waterfall

    The perfect photo backdrop, the Múlafossur waterfall plunges into the North Atlantic leaving behind Gásadalur, a small village and the home to about 20 people. Settled under the highest mountain on Vágar island, Gásadalur until recently could only be accessed by foot.

  • Mykines islnads puffin colony

    Mykines island’s puffin colony

    The breeding ground for a wide range of migratory seabirds, Mykines has been identified as an Important Bird Area by BirdLife International. The western part of the island is covered with puffin burrows and seabird nests.

  • Torshavn faroe islands

    Tórshavn, the capital of the Faroe Islands

    Admire the history and beauty of Tórshavn's red-painted wooden buildings covered with turf roofs. Home to the Faroese government and a former Viking trading centre, this nation's capital is a splendid little city to explore. The National Art Gallery is a treasure, surrounded by gorgeous grounds with walking trails.

  • Iceland the realm of the active earth

    Iceland, the realm of the active earth

    At the edge of the Arctic Circle, Iceland is dominated by geology—and defined by the sea. Volcanoes, waterfalls, mountains, fjords, sea stacks, bird cliffs, lava fields, glaciers, and caves… even if you’re not a geologist, Iceland has something for you!

  • Orkney Scotland

    Neolithic Scottish history – only seen by sea!

    Off the north coast of mainland Scotland, Orkney has been settled for at least eight thousand years. Many Neolithic archeological sites have been preserved here, including villages, ceremonial sites, and burial chambers.

Ship

Ocean Endeavour Scotland

Ocean Endeavour

Our spacious, ice-strengthened vessel features twenty Zodiacs, advanced navigation equipment, and stabilizers. A doctor, paramedic, medical clinic, and enhanced health regime offer peace of mind. Roomy facilities offer comfortable travel with plenty of breathing room for all.

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