North Atlantic Saga Cruise

  1. 2021
    Thursday, June 24, 2021 to Sunday, July 4, 2021
    Tour Duration: 
    11 days
    Tour Price:
     $4,995 USD
    Tour Starts/Ends: 
    Aberdeen, Scotland / Reykjavik, Iceland
Highlights
  • Neolithic standing stones at Stenness and Brodgar, Scotland
  • Prehistoric village of Skara Brae, an unesco World Heritage Site
  • Fulmar, puffin, gannet, skua and other North Atlantic seabirds
  • Woolens and other unique handicrafts in the Orkneys, Shetlands and Faroes
  • Faroe Islands’s dramatic, otherworldly landscapes and seascapes
  • Heimaey, Westman Islands: a town nearly destroyed by a volcano!
  • Reykjavik: a clean, green, ancient and contemporary city bustling with culture
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 archeology, hiking and bird-watching—and interactions with our charming Scots hosts! Opportunities are very good for marine mammals and seabirds such as puffins, skuas and more. Fair Isle offers world-famous woolens and other hand-made crafts. 

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. The capital, Torshavn, is a hidden gem of a Scandinavian city. Faroese culture is unique, best experienced with our generous local hosts. Hiking excellent and the scenery sublime.

As we approach Iceland, we enter the realm of the active earth: 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. We sail on to Reykjavik to end our journey in one of the finest and most forward-thinking capital cites anywhere.

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Day 1: Aberdeen, Scotland

Many of Aberdeen’s historic stone buildings are of locally quarried granite; high in mica, they can sparkle like silver. The city is famed for its forty-five parks, gardens, and floral displays. In recent years, Aberdeen has become the gateway to the North Sea oil industry, but the city retains its old world charm and is a wonderful place for a walkabout. We board the Ocean Endeavour in the afternoon.

Day 2: Stromness, Orkney Islands

Off the north coast of mainland Scotland, Orkney is a gateway to ancient realms. The ancient village of Skara Brae and the standing stones at Stenness and Brogdar reveal a palpable prehistoric presence. Neolithic archeological sites include villages, ceremonial sites, and burial chambers dating to 8,000 years ago. From Viking times, the Kings of Norway held a strong presence here until the sixteenth century. Stromness was the last European port of call for Hudson’s Bay Company ships and for the Franklin Expedition of 1845.

Day 3: Fair Isle

Fair Isle was a Viking hub and is now an idyllic island colony of artists and shepherds. Its sixty residents include global citizens who have relocated to help maintain Fair Isle’s traditions including world-famous woolen crafts. Fair Isle boasts sightings of three hundred and fifty bird species including puffins and great skuas in substantial numbers. The local museum is dedicated to preserving island heritage. The National Trust Bird Observatory is now being reconstructed after a fire in 2019.

Day 4: Suðuroy Island and Sumba, Faroe Islands 

Suðuroy Island, Faroes, is famed for its dramatic cliffs towering over the North Atlantic. It’s a paradise for bird, including northern fulmars, European storm petrels, European shags, black-legged kittiwakes, Atlantic puffins, common guillemots, and black guillemots. The village of Sumba, population 239, occupied since the seventh century, is a stronghold of Faroese chain dancing. Hiking is excellent in the foothills of nearby Beinisvøro Mountain, affording spectacular, panoramic views of the region.

Day 5: Tórshavn, Faroe Islands

Tórshavn, literally “Thor’s harbour,” is the Faroe Islands’ capital and largest town, with a population of 19,000. A former Viking trading centre, Tórshavn is a splendid little city to explore. The National Art Gallery is a treasure, surrounded by gorgeous grounds with walking trails. Nordic House is a must, widely considered the finest example of architecture in Scandinavia. Torshavn offers excellent shopping and handicrafts, restaurants and pubs, and a cathedral dating 1788.

Day 6-7: Western Faroe Islands

The northwestern shores of Eysturoy and Streymoy islands are beyond spectacular. Hiking, birding and photography are outstanding. Charming villages connected by high-tech tunnels through mountains and beneath the ocean floor are a unique and startling feature of Faroese life. The spectacular waterfall at Gásadalur is reached through one such tunnel—but look for the old switchback trail over the mountain, once used by the local postman!

Day 8: Mykines Island

Mykines is the westernmost of the Faroes and a geological marvel. Great columns of balsalt (called the Stone-wood) tower thirty metres above the ocean. On the western end of the island, connected by a forty-metre footbridge, is the islet Mykinshólmur, famed for its sea stacks and a lighthouse dating to 1909. Mykines has been identified as an Important Bird Area by BirdLife International for its large numbers of puffins and gannets, guillemots, razorbills, northern fulmurs, Manx shearwaters, European storm petrels, European shags, and black-legged kittiwakes.

Day 9: At Sea 

Today we will enjoy a day at sea!  With onboard education and time spent on-deck, we will keep our eyes open for marine wildlife and seabirds!

Day 10: Heimaey, Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands)

Vestmannaeyjar lies off the south coast of Iceland and comprises fourteen islands, numerous rocks and skerries. Only the largest island, Heimaey, is inhabited.

Numerous species of seabirds, including the famous puffin, nest in the steep rock faces along the ocean cliffs. The volcanically active area has seen two major eruptions in recent times: the formation of the island of Surtsey in 1963, and the Eldfell eruption ten years later that destroyed much of Heimaey and nearly blocked its harbour.

Day 11 | Reykjavík

Reykjavík, “steamy bay”, is a cosmopolitan capital city on the site of what is believed to be the first permanent settlement in Iceland, established in AD 874. Entirely powered by geothermal energy, Reykjavik is among the cleanest, greenest, and safest cities in the world.

Night life, cuisine and culture are vibrant here during the summer months, when locals and visitors alike make the most of the midnight sun. The Culture House promotes Icelandic national heritage, including treasures like the Poetic Edda, and the Norse Sagas in their original manuscripts. Today we will disembark Ocean Endeavour and journey home!

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Vessel
Ship Info

Sailing with a maximum of 198-passengers, Ocean Endeavour is the perfect vessel for expedition cruising. Outfitted with twenty Zodiacs, advanced navigation equipment, multiple lounges and a top deck observation room, she is purpose-built for passenger experiences in remote environments. The Ocean Endeavour boasts a 1B ice class, enabling her to freely explore throughout the Arctic summer.

Launched in 1982, she has had numerous upgrades, most recently in 2010 and 2014. At 137 meters (450ft) in length, Ocean Endeavour has plenty of interior and exterior space. Enjoy multiple decks offering comfortable lounge chairs, outdoor dining, a swimming pool, sauna and even a hot tub! The spacious interiors allow for multiple workshops and presentations to occur simultaneously. Community is at the heart of Adventure Canada’s expedition experience. We gather together to learn, enjoy a drink, sing a song or share a yarn – connecting with one and other. The three lounges aboard Ocean Endeavour are fantastic public spaces for seminars, events and dialogue.

The Ocean Endeavour’s private spaces are stylish and comfortable. All cabins have private washroom facilities, a phone for internal calls, radio, TV and air-conditioning. There are a variety of cabin categories available ranging from 9-30 m2 (100-320 sq ft). 

Ocean Endeavour’s crew is experienced, and friendly. Her shallow draft and maneuverability allow her to access isolated fiords, bays and secluded communities. The stylish vessel is at home among the glorious settings we seek. Enjoy the class and comfort of a boutique hotel, while venturing to some of the world’s last great frontiers aboard the Ocean Endeavour!

 

Deck Plan

Pricing

2021 Fares are per person in US Dollars:

Category 1: $3,995  Deck 4 

Category 2: $4,995  Deck 4 

Category 3: $6,295 Deck 5 

Category 4: $7,595  Deck 4 

Category 5: $8,595 Deck 5 

Category 6: $9,595 Deck 7 & 8

Category 7: $10,595  Deck 8 

Category 8: $11,595 Decks 5 & 7 

Category 9: $12,595  Decks 5 & 7 

Category 10: $13,595  Deck 7 

If you'd like a single occupancy cabin, there are a limited number of single cabins in categories 3 to 7 available without a single supplement. Single cabins in categories 8 to 10 are available at 1.5x the fare quoted above.