Best of the British Isles & Faroes

Best of the British Isles & Faroes 12 Days

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Best of the British Isles & Faroes 12 Days

Aboard: Sea Spirit

Set sail for a memorable adventure through the British Isles north of Scotland aboard the classic M/v Sea Spirit expedition ship. Travelling in the company of an expert expedition team, you will visit the beautiful Orkney Islands, Shetland Islands and Faroe Islands, learning all about the Viking heritage of the areas visited along the way, encountering wildlife including immense birdwatching opportunities, and exploring around ancient sites and scenic towns. With excursions and Zodiac cruises bringing you up-close to the sights, and an experienced team of lecturers and speakers passing on their expert insight on life this far north, this is the ideal expedition for those interested in history, nature, birding and spectacular scenery.

Highlights

  • Discover the Orkney Islands, Shetland Islands & Faroe Islands in one excellent itinerary
  • Visit historical sites and learn all about Viking heritage
  • Explore around the scenically diverse and history-rich Orkney and Shetland Islands
  • Experience the unspoilt landscapes of the Faroe Islands
  • Fantastic birdwatching
  • Sail aboard a small, deluxe expedition ship in the company of an expert team who will deliver fascinating discussions and presentations on the areas you will visit
  • Enjoy Zodiac cruises and hikes
  • Photo workshops

What's Included

  • One night's accommodation in Edinburgh pre-voyage
  • Group transfers to and from ship
  • Full board accommodation on ship with all meals and hot drinks
  • Welcome and farewell cocktails
  • All scheduled landings and excursions
  • Programme of lectures by expert guides
  • Expedition softshell
  • Loan of rubber boots
  • All port fees

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Edinburgh & Embarkation
1 - 2Days

Edinburgh & Embarkation

Having arrived independently to Edinburgh, the historic and vibrant capital of Scotland, you can make your way to the hotel for your included overnight stay. This hotel stay has been included to allow you some time to soak up the sights and sounds of Edinburgh, its rich culture and impressive architecture.

After breakfast at the hotel on day 2 you will have further time to explore before joining your included transfer to the Port of Leith to board the M/V Sea Spirit. After settling in to your comfortable accommodation and familiarising yourself with the ship, you can enjoy a welcome cocktail and your first dinner on board.

Kirkwall
3Day

Kirkwall

The first port of call on your Arctic expedition will be the Orkney Islands, and the quiet town of Kirkwall is where we will anchor. Kirkwall is the capital town of the remote and beautiful Orkney archipelago and it has a rich heritage that is a delight to explore. You can join an included tour of the “Ancient treasures of Orkney” as well as a tour through the St Magnus Cathedral, considered the finest medieval building in the north of Scotland.

Your tour will take you through the gentle rolling landscape of Orkney and into the Neolithic Heartland; an area designated as a World Heritage Site due to its wealth of pre-historic archaeology. You will see the Standing Stones of Stenness as well as the Ring of Brodgar; a huge ceremonial circle of stones dating back almost 5000 years. You tour will also include a visit to the 5000-year-old village of Skara Brae where you can see the remarkable Neolithic village which was revealed from beneath the sand dunes by storms just 150 years ago.

Fair Isle, Shetland Islands
4Day

Fair Isle, Shetland Islands

Day 4 will bring us to Fair Isle in the sub-Arctic Shetland Islands archipelago. Fair Isle is located approximately half way between the Orkneys and the Shetlands and is a birdwatchers paradise. The lush grasslands and spectacular cliffs of the isle are teeming with birdlife and over 345 different species have been recorded here, the highest number for anywhere in the British Isles. Whilst exploring this beautiful island you can hope to see a variety of species including Arctic and Great skuas, Northern fulmars, Northern gannets, kittiwakes and puffins.

Lerwick
5Day

Lerwick

Moving on to Mainland, the largest of the Shetland Islands, we will dock at the port of Lerwick to take an enjoyable walking tour of this historic town, including a visit to the award-winning Shetland Museum. We will then hop on to a coach for an impressively scenic overland trip which will take us through the fertile countryside of Dunrossness and some of the Shetland’s most picturesque destinations. Places we may stop at include the historic lighthouse at Sumburgh Head where the rugged cliffs and grassy slopes blanketed by beautiful wildflowers attract thousands of seabirds including myriad puffins. We will also visit Jarlshof to discover one of the most remarkable archaeological sites in the British Isles.

Papa Stour & Foula
6Day

Papa Stour & Foula

Concluding our exploration of the Shetland Islands, we now make our way to the birdwatching hotspot island of Foula, where the cliffs are home to numerous seabirds, including the largest colony of great skuas in Great Britain. Our stop here should reward in plenty of sightings alongside an introduction to the rich history and folklore here. In the afternoon we will move on to the island of Papa Stour to witness its spectacular volcanic landscape of caves, stacks, arches and blowholes, all supporting a range of marine flora and fauna.

Faroe Islands
7 - 10Days

Faroe Islands

We will now make our way to the exceptionally scenic Faroe Islands where rolling green hills, bright blue seas, colourful houses, traditional fishing ports and abundant birdlife combine to create some unforgettable landscapes.

We will spend 4 days here visiting some of the highlights of the islands, with our first port of call likely to be Tórshavn. Your visit here will include a tour of Kirkjubøur, the southernmost village on Streymoy, located just a 15 minute drive from Torshavn. In medieval times Kirkjubøur was the cultural and Episcopal centre and is the island’s most significant historical site. Your tour here will include visits to the medieval Magnus Cathedral and Roykstovan, a 900 year-old farmhouse/museum which is thought to be the oldest wooden house still in use today. On your way to and from Kirkjubøur you will have a magnificent view to the west of the islands of Koltur, Hestur, Sandoy, and Vágar. As we explore around, we will learn all about the way of life here including the Viking heritage which the locals are immensely proud of.

Our next stop is likely to bring us to Klaksvík, the Faroes’ second-largest town, where some fantastic hikes around the impressive mountains and bird-watching excursions will be on offer.

Throughout your time in the Faroe Islands there will be opportunities for thrilling Zodiac cruises through the more remote areas of the archipelago, its bird cliffs and unforgettable natural wonders.

At Sea / Edinburgh
11 - 12Days

At Sea / Edinburgh

We will now spend a relaxing day at sea sailing back towards Edinburgh. On day 12, upon arrival back in the port of Leith, a transfer will be provided either to the airport or to a downtown location.

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All Aboard

Sea Spirit
First class vessel

Sea Spirit

Sea Spirit is a high-quality purpose-built Antarctica expedition ship with en-suite accommodation for up to 114 passengers. Recently refurbished, all suites and cabins have windows, satellite phone access, flat-screen TV and DVD player and king size or twin beds and a number also have private balconies. There is a passenger lift, spacious dining room, lounge, Polar library, bar, shop, gym and hot tub. The ship has plenty of open deck space and an open bridge policy. A 10mb communications access card is included in every voyage.

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Mike lives and breathes adventure travel and has a wealth of experience in some of the most exciting and inspirational destinations in the world. His expertise and first-hand experience afford him the skills to help build holidays to remember.

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As Senior Travel Expert, Simon has an absolute wealth of experience in adventure travel in some of the most fascinating places in the world. With in-depth knowledge and fantastic organizational skills, Simon’s first-hand experience and genuine passion drive him to work to create your perfect itinerary.

Amy Lucas Travel Specialist

Having amassed a host of extraordinary adventures in destinations all over the world, Amy’s experience, skills and enthusiasm for helping clients plan their ideal itinerary will help make your holiday unforgettable, action packed and life-changing.

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