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In the Wake of the Vikings: Scotland, Iceland & the Faroes
Sorry. There are no scheduled departures for this expedition.
From picturesque Aberdeen on Scotland’s east coast, to the volcanic Faroe Islands, to the wonderland of fire and ice that is Iceland, our Scotland and Iceland tour is simply unforgettable. We journey in mid-summer aboard the 110-passenger Clipper Odyssey, sailing into splendid bays, pristine fjords, and remote anchorages. Pipers welcome us to Dunrobin Castle in Inverness and Zodiacs whisk us to viewpoints to see hundreds of thousands of seabirds nesting in the Faroes, including oyster catchers (the national bird). Snowmobiles take us across the 1,000-foot-thick Vatnajökull Glacier on our Iceland expedition. Come explore with us the land of Vikings.
Scotland and Iceland Expedition Highlights:
- Ample time in Edinburgh, as part of the Scotland tour, to visit the Royal Mile, Holyrood Palace, St. Giles Cathedral, and the Edinburgh Castle.
- World Heritage Sites and ancient ruins in the Orkney Islands, including Skara Brae, a well-preserved Stone Age village buried in sand approximately 4,500 years ago.
- A stroll through Tórshavn, one of the world’s smallest capitals, followed by a scenic drive along Kaldbak Fjord or cross-country trek on Streymoy Island.
- Visit to “Pompeii of the North” on Heimay Island in Iceland; we drive right across this new volcano’s crater.
- Iceland tour of the “Golden Circle”: Thingvellir National Park, Geysir Center with its huge geothermal field, and Gullfoss Waterfall.
What to Expect:
Scotland and Iceland adventure travel require a moderate level of exertion, as many days will require getting in and out of Zodiacs for shore excursions and/or moderate strolls and active hikes along rough terrain and uneven, rocky beaches. We have planned our Scotland expedition for July, when the temperatures are usually quite comfortable; expect 55°F to 65°F, a bit cooler in the north. Please remember that flexibility is a must and landings may be tidal or weather dependent. Those with a healthy spirit of adventure will most enjoy the remarkable opportunities on this trip.
Archaeology, Birding, Culture, History, Wildlife & Nature