The Scottish Isles – Whisky and Wildlife from the Hebrides to the Shetlands (Northbound)

The Scottish Isles – Whisky and Wildlife from the Hebrides to the Shetlands (Northbound)

The Scottish Isles – Whisky and Wildlife from the Hebrides to the Shetlands (Northbound)

The Scottish Isles – Whisky and Wildlife from the Hebrides to the Shetlands (Northbound)

Travel information 13 Days MS Spitsbergen
Departure
May 13, 2022
Price from
$ 5,647
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
  • Visit the Inner and Outer Hebrides, Orkney Islands and Shetland Islands
  • Engage in bird and wildlife spotting, especially in St. Kilda and the Treshnish Isles
  • Taste authentic Scottish whiskies from the barrel at various distilleries in Islay
  • Explore remote islands with diverse landscapes and magnificent scenery

Hurtigruten offers unique expedition cruises to some of the most remote and pristine waters of the world. As with all expeditions; nature prevails. Weather, and ice and sea conditions, sets the final framework for all Hurtigruten’s operations. Safety and unparalleled guest experiences are at all times our top priorities. All our indicative itineraries are continuously evaluated for adaptions, whether this is due to constraints the elements unexpectedly presents – or exciting possibilities nature and wildlife offer. That is why we call it an expedition.

The Scottish Isles – Whisky and Wildlife from the Hebrides to the Shetlands (Northbound)
  • Day 1
    Glasgow/Greenock (Scotland)

    Dear Green Place

    May 13, 2022
    Estimated time of departure is 10:00 PM

    Our voyage starts in Glasgow (Greenock), which means “Dear Green Place” in Gaelic. The city has over 90 parks and gardens, is famous for its Victorian and art nouveau architecture, and is home to such institutions as the Scottish Ballet, Opera and National Theatre. You’ll definitely want to explore more of Glasgow before boarding MS Spitsbergen.

    Day 1
    Glasgow/Greenock (Scotland)

    Dear Green Place

  • Day 2
    Belfast (Northern Ireland)

    Charming Industrial Capital

    May 14, 2022

    A city of industry and elegance, Belfast is the capital and largest city of Northern Ireland - and the birthplace of the Titanic. It is also a gateway to glorious countryside with pretty villages, beautiful rugged coastline, pristine beaches, and breathtaking cliff-top walks. Experience the Giants Causeway, hike through spectacular scenery or explore what this impressive city has to offer.

    Day 2
    Belfast (Northern Ireland)

    Charming Industrial Capital

  • Day 3
    Peel, Isle of Man

    From Royalty to Races

    May 15, 2022

    The pretty seaside town of Peel was the island’s 14th century capital and seat of power to the King of Mann. Winding lanes of merchants’ houses bear witness to the 19th century fishing schooners built here and that traded from Ireland to Shetland. Peel Castle, connected by causeway reputedly built by Magnus Barelegs, King of Norway, dates from the 11th century. Museums in town display vintage motorbikes and cars, a direct connection to the Isle of Man’s famous modern high-speed racing scene.

    Day 3
    Peel, Isle of Man

    From Royalty to Races

  • Day 4
    Islay (Scotland)

    Land of Scottish Whisky

    May 16, 2022

    Once the seat of the MacDonalds, Lords of the Isles, this “whisky island” is world-renowned for its many distilleries  and peaty single-malt whiskies. As a stop-off for wintering geese and migrating birds, there is good bird spotting. In the charming little town of Bowmore, there is a handful of small shops, an interesting round church, plus superb cliff-top walks and a well-known golf course

    Day 4
    Islay (Scotland)

    Land of Scottish Whisky

  • Day 5
    Oban (Scotland)

    Gateway to the Isles

    May 17, 2022

    Known as the ‘Gateway to the Isles’, the little town of Oban reached its heyday when the railway arrived, adding to its life as a busy fishing port. Now a popular holiday spot, the Victorian buildings cluster round the port, ferries come and go, heading out to the distant Hebrides. Many cafés have seafood-focused menus, and the distillery provides tours to sample a local dram of whisky.  

    As this expedition voyage is still under development, our stop in Oban may change to another exciting destination in this area of Western Scotland. Once we have confirmed the final details in the itinerary, we will update this information accordingly.

    Day 5
    Oban (Scotland)

    Gateway to the Isles

  • Day 6
    Isle of Iona & Treshnish Isles (Scotland)

    Pilgrims and Puffins

    May 18, 2022

    World famous for its religious connections, Iona was settled in 563 AD by the Irish missionary, St Colomba. The much-restored Abbey remains a place of pilgrimage and peace.  Wide views from the beach, known as “The Bay at the Back of the Ocean,” stretch west towards the Outer Hebrides.

    We will explore the Treshnish Isles, a group of distinctive volcanic islands that are home to a wealth of wildlife, from nesting puffins to colonies of kittiwakes, razorbills, guillemots and Atlantic grey seals.

    Fingal’s Cave, immortalized by Mendelssohn’s glorious “Hebrides Overture,” is on the cave-riddled isle of Staffa, one of Scotland’s most famous islands.  The basalt columns here are a northern extension of the Giant’s Causeway. Discovered by the Vikings and noted in 1772 by Sir Joseph Banks, the island has been visited by Queen Victoria, Sir Walter Scott and Samuel Johnson. Staffa is best viewed from the sea where the color of the water within the cave and the rising columns are at their most impressive

    Day 6
    Isle of Iona & Treshnish Isles (Scotland)

    Pilgrims and Puffins

  • Day 7
    Loch Scavaig & Isle of Canna (Scotland)

    The Garden of the Hebrides

    May 19, 2022

    Surrounded by the high peaks of the Skye Cullins, Loch Scavaig leads to one of the most romantic and dramatic lochs in Scotland – freshwater Loch Coruisk. Painted by Turner and a popular destination for the Victorians, this is a powerful landscape promising great hiking and kayaking.

    We next head to the Isle of Canna, which is the most sheltered of the “Small Isles” and known as “the Garden of the Hebrides.”  Linked by causeway to the island of Sanday and its puffin colonies, Canna is green and grassy with delightful flora and butterflies. Once privately owned by Sir John Lorne Campbell, the island is now the property of The National Trust for Scotland

    Day 7
    Loch Scavaig & Isle of Canna (Scotland)

    The Garden of the Hebrides

  • Day 8
    St. Kilda, Hirta Island (Scotland)

    Reclaimed by Nature

    May 20, 2022

    Any visit to this distant and wild archipelago, with its breathtaking sea cliffs, is totally weather-dependent. As a UNESCO double World Heritage site and “jewel in the crown” of the National Trust for Scotland, St. Kilda is an unforgettable experience. The outlying sea stacks and islands, which are the remains of a volcanic crater, provide ledges for thousands of nesting seabirds. Minke whales are frequently seen in the swirling waters around the archipelago.

    Once home to Britain’s most remote island community, St. Kilda was evacuated in 1930 at the islanders’ own request after 5,000 years of continuous habitation. The tiny museum that remains is a record of how hard life was on this exposed island.

    Day 8
    St. Kilda, Hirta Island (Scotland)

    Reclaimed by Nature

  • Day 9
    Stornoway, Lewis & Harris (Scotland)

    Capital of the Outer Hebrides

    May 21, 2022

    Originally a Viking settlement, Stornoway is the main town of the Western Isles and capital of the Isle of Lewis & Harris, the largest and most northerly island in the Outer Hebrides.  A bustling harbor and waterfront with museums and art galleries are overlooked by handsome Lews Castle, which we invite you to explore with us. Further afield are the mills and cottages where the famously durable Harris Tweeds are woven. There are also tiny folk museums, the world-famous Callanish Standing Stones, and the mysterious Carloway Broch - the best-preserved fort in Scotland dating back more than 2,000 years

    Day 9
    Stornoway, Lewis & Harris (Scotland)

    Capital of the Outer Hebrides

  • Day 10
    Kirkwall, Orkney

    In Memory of Magnus

    May 22, 2022

    Kirkwall is the largest town and capital of the Orkney Islands. The first mention of a settlement here was in a Norse saga from 1046. The name Kirkwall derives from the Old Norse word “Kirkjuvagr” (Church Bay). Today, Kirkwall has a population of 8,500, and is one of the most attractive and well-preserved small towns in Scotland. The community is dominated by the famous St. Magnus Cathedral. A local saga tells the story of how Magnus, kidnapped from the islands, refused to fight with the Vikings or condone their violence. Magnus eventually returned home, only to be put to death for his pacifism, and the church was named in his memory.

    Day 10
    Kirkwall, Orkney

    In Memory of Magnus

  • Day 11
    Fair Isle, Shetland Islands

    A Scenic Stop for Birds

    May 23, 2022

    Remote and lonely Fair Isle has high red-sandstone cliffs, gentle rolling fields, and is a vital stop for migrating birds. A permanent bird observatory was established here in 1948. Synonymous with unique knitwear with geometric designs possibly of Spanish or Scandinavian origin, the island also boasts a mini “Lighthouse Keepers” golf course and a friendly, self-sufficient population.

    Day 11
    Fair Isle, Shetland Islands

    A Scenic Stop for Birds

  • Day 12
    Lerwick, Shetland Islands (Scotland)

    The Center of Scotland’s Shetland Islands

    May 24, 2022

    Lerwick is the main port in the Shetland Islands and by far the northernmost town of Scotland.  Founded as a fishing village in the 17th century, Lerwick is today a bustling, cosmopolitan community. The old waterfront is still active with visiting yachts and working fishing boats. The surrounding area features some of Shetland's most attractive scenery and an extraordinary concentration of archaeological sites, including two remarkable Iron Age villages.

    Day 12
    Lerwick, Shetland Islands (Scotland)

    The Center of Scotland’s Shetland Islands

  • Day 13
    Bergen (Norway)

    City of Seven Mountains

    May 25, 2022
    Estimated time of arrival is 8:00 AM

    We bid farewell to the ship after a voyage of discovery. Before heading home, visit the fish market and stroll through Bergen´s historic harbor area with wooden houses dating back as far as the 1300s. You can also ascend nearby Mount Fløyen in a funicular tram for views over the city, fjords and surrounding mountains.

    Day 13
    Bergen (Norway)

    City of Seven Mountains

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What's Included

Included in Your Expedition

Expedition Cruise

  • Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurant Aune
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi onboard. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with very limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations onboard
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organize and accompany activities onboard and ashore
  • Range of included activities

Onboard Activities

  • Experts on the Expedition Team deliver in-depth lectures on a variety of topics
  • Use of the ship’s Science Center which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes
  • Citizen Science program allows guests to assist with live scientific research
  • Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos
  • Use of the ship’s hot tubs, panoramic sauna and indoor gym
  • Informal gatherings with the crew such as daily recaps and preparation for the day to come

Landing Activities

  • Escorted landings with small expedition boats
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment for activities
  • Complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket
  • Expedition photographers help with your camera settings before landings

Not Included In Your Expedition

  • International flights
  • Travel protection plan
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners
  • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team 

Notes

  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change
  • Please make sure you meet all entry and boarding requirements 
  • No gratuities expected
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Beam 18.0 m/ 59 ft
Speed 14.5 knots
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