Scotland to Spitsbergen
Scotland to Spitsbergen 14 Days aboard Ocean Adventurer
This unique “Arctic Saga” expedition cruise will see you sailing under the Midnight Sun across the North Atlantic on a true voyage of discovery. Sailing from Aberdeen in Scotland you will visit awe-inspiring islands discovering intriguing wildlife, spectacular scenery, rich culture and Arctic history on your way to the incomparable Arctic wonderland of Spitsbergen, Svalbard’s biggest island. On this very special route you will visit Fair Isle, the Faroe Islands and Jan Mayen before reaching the southwest coast of Spitsbergen, on a constant lookout for prolific birdlife and marine wildlife. You may even be lucky enough to spot some Polar bears…the “Kings of The Arctic”!
Namibia Birding and Photography GuideAn accomplished and experienced Namibia birding and photographic guide, Toni holds a Namibia Academy for Tourism and Hospitality Level 3 qualification (the highest level attainable in Namibia) and is widely renowned for her extensive knowledge of the cultures, ornithology, flora, astronomy and wildlife of the country. Read more >
Wildlife Guide & PhotographerAndy is a 6th generation Falkland Islander, with a passion for wildlife, plants and photography. Raised in the Falkland Islands, Andy developed a close affinity with the Islands natural environment at a young age. School holidays where spent in the ‘camp’ or countryside with friends and family. For more than 10 years, Andy had the privilege of spending a time on Sea Lion Island, visiting his mother who managed one of the Islands premier tourist destinations. Read more >
Photographer and founder of the Travel Photographer Of The Year awardsA fascination with natural light and a passion with nature, landscape and travel underpin Chris Coe's photography. His images often have a striking simplicity and graphic quality. More recent work has introduced a subtlety with experimentation with both movement and light.Read more >
Falklands Expert & GuideBorn in Chartres in the West Falklands, Jenny grew up on the family farm where her love for animals was nurtured by the25,000 sheep, horses and cows that lived alongside her. Forever a nature, conservation and wildlife enthusiast Jenny has travelled extensively throughout the Falkland Islands, visiting each and every wildlife island at least once, and even travelling around some by yacht. Read more >
- Spectacular wildlife viewing, including the possibility of polar bears, reindeers and whales
- See the Arctic
wildlife haven of Spitsbergen, Fair Isle, The Faroe Islands and volcanic Jan Mayen in one exciting
- Myriad birdlife
- Amazing scenery
- Exciting Zodiac cruises and shore excursions
- Learn about Vikings and Norsemen culture
- Group transfers to and from ship
- Full board accommodation on board ship
- 1 night airport hotel accommodation in Aberdeen pre-voyage
- Programme of expert lectures
- Guided Zodiac excursions
- Expedition parka
- Loan of rubber boots
Special Offer Details
Book select cabins by January 15th and receive a 20% discount!. Offer applicable when booked before 16th January 2020
Applies to new bookings in select cabins and is subject to availability. Excludes triple cabins. Can not be combined with any other offer. Full terms & conditions apply.
ITINERARY13 Nights 14 Days
- Days 1 - 2 | Aberdeen
- Day 3 | Fair Isle
- Days 4 - 5 | Faroe Islands
- Days 6 - 9 | At Sea & Jan Mayen
- Day 10 | At Sea
- Days 11 - 13 | Southwest Spitsbergen
- Day 14 | Longyearbyen
Your Arctic expedition will begin in the Scottish city of Aberdeen where after arriving independently you can make your way to your hotel for your included overnight stay. You may wish to arrive a couple of days early to allow time to sample some of the highlights of this “granite city” that is renowned for its culture and architecture.
On the morning of day 2 you will have some free time to see more of the city before transferring to the port to board your ship and settle in to your comfortable surroundings. As we set sail you may wish to spend some time on deck looking for the minke whales, harbour porposies and white-beaked and bottlenose dolphins that are often found in the waters around here. Your experienced expedition crew will brief you on what’s ahead as you embark on your Arctic adventure.
The first stop on our expedition will bring us to Fair Isle, the UK’s most remote inhabited island where we will spend the day discovering the island’s rugged beauty. The diverse landscape of imposing seaside cliffs, natural caves and moors is a delight to explore and despite its small size there will be plenty here to interest lovers of history, nature, photography and wildlife. The coastal cliffs teeming with birdlife play host to Atlantic puffins, Northern fulmars, guillemots, kittiwakes and storm petrels amongst many other species, while the waters often attract seals and even orcas. The museum is also well worth a visit here, and don’t forget to pick up a famous Fair Isle sweater to keep you warm in the colder climes to come.
Our next stop brings us to the beautiful unspoiled landscapes of the Faroe Islands where we will enjoy 2 days of exploration and learning all about the islands’ storied past. This seldom-visited archipelago lies midway between Iceland and Scotland and is made up of 18 rugged islands which host dramatic scenery, abundant birdlife and a rich history.
Our first day will be spent among the fjords and narrow sounds of the outer islands of the archipelago where dramatic cliffs and lush valleys surround picturesque villages and colourful turf-roofed houses. The activities for today will be dependent on weather and sea conditions but we should expect plenty of time to explore around and search for more sightings of the iconic Atlantic puffin.
On our second day we plan to visit picturesque Tórshavn, one of the world’s smallest capitals. Here you can spend the day wandering through the maze of narrow laneways of the Old Town which are home to quaint wooden homes, relaxing by the charming harbour with a glass of wine in one of the pretty cafes and pubs, or enjoying a hike up to the historic fort which will reward in beautiful views over the port.
At Sea & Jan Mayen
Over the course of the next four days we will be sailing north towards your next stops on this exciting itinerary. Take the time to relax and enjoy the comforts of your expedition ship, watch a movie, sip on a cocktail from the bar or take advantage of the free time and collate the many pictures you will no doubt have taken in Spitsbergen. You can join interesting presentations and talks about the wildlife and history of Greenland, whilst on deck the nature experts onboard can help you to identify the seabirds that follow the ship.
Eventually we will reach the location of our next adventure…the wild, mysterious and remote volcanic island of Jan Mayen. This impressive nature reserve deep in the North Atlantic Ocean is in fact so remote that very few people have ever been lucky enough to enjoy an exploration here. Weather permitting, we hope to spend two days here enjoying exciting Zodiac cruises for close-up views of the breathtaking Beerenberg volcano and shore visits in search of the island’s abundant birdlife. The birding enthusiasts among us will be on the lookout for the glaucous gulls, Brünnich’s guillemots, kittiwakes, northern fulmars and little auks that are found in great numbers on this BirdLife International designated Important Bird Area.
Today you can enjoy another relaxing day at sea as we continue our sail far north towards Spitsbergen. Your expedition team will brief you on what’s ahead, including bio-diversity guidelines for your time on the island and what to expect in terms of wildlife observations and shore adventure.
Welcome to spectacular Spitsbergen, the largest of the islands in the Svalbard archipelago, an area teeming with abundant wildlife and stunning scenery. You will cruise along the glaciers and fjords of the southwest coast in search of sightings of polar bear, walrus, reindeer and various whales. Birding here is fantastic with likely sightings of Arctic terns, skuas, long-tailed ducks, kittiwakes, little auks and the rare ivory gull. Our itinerary here will be flexible and dependent on weather and ice conditions but there will be ample opportunities to get up close to Spitsbergen’s diverse landscapes of immense glaciers, Polar deserts and surprisingly colourful tundra.
Expected landing sites here include Hornsund, Isbjornhamna and Bellsund amongst others. Zodiac cruises, hikes, and visits to historical sites and known wildlife hotspots will fill your days and your cameras as you explore around this “wildlife capital of the Arctic.”
Arrival into Longyearbyen, the administrative capital of Svalbard, will signal the end of our Arctic expedition. You may wish to extend your trip with a stay in this unique Arctic town and a transfer can be provided to a central downtown location or to the airport for your onward or homeward flights. Various Arctic adventures are available here so please feel free to ask for details and options for extending your stay.
What Our Customers
Superlatives abound – a truly amazing experience...awesome. Thanks to all for making it such a memorable experience.
We have just returned from our Spitsbergen trip with Wildfoot and had to tell you what an amazing time we had! We saw 6 polar bears including a mother with 2 cubs as well as whales, walruses and lots of birds. The ship (Expedition) was really comfortable and the guides were so helpful and friendly. Thank you so much for making it all so easy.
I came to Wildfoot because a friend had booked with you when you were Antarctica Bound and they were right. Everything went perfectly, even when our flight was cancelled, you made sure we still made it to the ship with time to spare. L’Austral is a beautiful ship with first class service and food and the guides looked after us well. Very happy to recommend Wildfoot and L’Austral...
We had always wanted to see the Arctic and travelling all the way from Australia needed lots of information. After getting nowhere, we came across Wildfoot and found people who knew what they were talking about! Sara and John were so helpful and made the process easy, suggesting Iceland Greenland and Spitsbergen. This was perfect for us – amazing scenery and lots of wildlife, especially the polar bears in Spitsbergen. Thanks for everything. Ps, the ship was great too!
Just wanted to say thank you for suggesting a trip to Franz Josef Land as something different for the Arctic. We had a super trip and really enjoyed the Sea Spirit. Galapagos next!
Standing on the North Pole has been an ambition of mine since childhood and now I have done it! Thank you for making the process so easy - seeing polar bears and whales too was a real bonus.
The Sea Spirit expedition was excellent and the team organising it all were extremely good. 10 out of 10. Everything went very smoothly. The Iceland extension worked perfectly, all the organisation, connections etc. were excellent
The cruise was beyond my expectations. Got to see everything the captain wanted, even a polar bear mother with three cubs. Coal Miners Cabins were smashing. I did loads of birding and exploring over three days. All the people were great from the expedition leaders down to the passengers. So glad to have achieved my ambition of some 50 years standing and got amongst the ice of the Arctic, walked amongst it’s islands and witnessed the antics of its wonderful wildlife. What’s next??? I’ll need to speak with Sara again.
Thanks so much for enabling me to get to places I had always wanted to see from a very young age. “Ace” as my boys used to say!
Just wanted to send a quick note to say thank you very much for all your help in arranging our recent trip to Svalbard. Everything ran smoothly and the trip was a great success. Unfortunately I had to flew back a few days early and missed out on Isfjord Radio, which the rest of the team said was a brilliant place with amazing food, still the Basecamp Hotel and Nordenskiold Lodge were pretty amazing places, so I’m not complaining!
Writing back to tell you that the trip to the Arctic was all that it promised and more. It was a great wild-life sightseeing opportunity and the staff were really good.I had an excellent trip and have thousands of photos to go through.
I had an absolutely fabulous time won the Sergey Vavilov, it is an excellent ship. Sara was indeed right in her recommendation that they would be the most likely to push north into the ice to find the polar bears. We even circumnavigated Spitsbergen which was awesome and not o n the itinerary.It is such a wonderful way to take a trip when you are on your own – so if any of your potential single clients are unsure, definitely recommend it – I didn’t feel alone from the moment I stepped on board. I will be at the Birdfair next weekend and so will catch up with whoever is there – regarding this trip, and potentially my next!
Great cruise, staff and expedition team. Had a great trip.
Great cruise, staff and expedition team. Had a great trip.
We had a wonderful time, even though we didn't do all the places we were supposed to but we all felt were we went instead couldn't beaten. Saw animals I wanted to see. Bit worried what the food was like as some of the ships cooking leaves something to be desired, but food was very good. We thought all the guides were brilliant and informative, friendly and knowledgeable It was far better than we expected and even my husband thoroughly enjoyed it!
I wanted to let you know that I had a wonderful cruise in the Russian Far East. The landscape and destination were inspiring, we had some excellent wildlife sightings (sea otter, grey whale, Steller's sea eagle, snowy owl and Arctic fox were all firsts for me), and the Heritage team were superb. Rough seas forced a few changes to the itinerary but we also had some fabulous weather. All in all, a thrilling travel experience.Thanks once again for all your efforts
I thought you might like to know that this was an excellent holiday. Our guide, Brad, was absolutely wonderful, his enthusiasm and knowledge made the holiday even better. All in all the whole trip was excellent and we saw lots of bears, 24 on the first day. Fewer on the second and third days but still plenty, as well as arctic foxes,silver foxes and snowy owls. Even on the last day near the town we saw a bear on rocks by the beach.
What a great trip! Wildfoot built a great trip for us and every aspect was spot on. Our Iguazu guide was fun, interesting and helpful and all the transfers were timely and comfortable. The Antarctica Trip was superb - WIldfoot had given us the best advice and helped us choose the right ship and tour for what we wanted - A truly memorable Experience Thank You Wildfoot
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