EXPEDITION CRUISE

Shetlands, Faroe Islands, and Iceland – in The Wake of The Vikings (Eastbound) (11 Days)

Cruise Line: Hurtigruten
Reykjavík, Iceland to Bergen, Norway
Dates: 06 Oct 2019 - 16 Oct 2019

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DAY 1
06 Oct 2019
Reykjavík, Iceland

Our voyage of discovery and adventure starts in Reykjavík, an early Viking settlement that today has become the modern capital of Iceland. The city's surroundings offer fantastic natural beauty; geysers, mountains, glaciers, and world-famous geothermal bathing. If you have the time, join an exciting pre-program in magical Iceland.

DAY 2
07 Oct 2019
Heimaey, Iceland

The Vestmannaeyjar — or Westman Islands — are a group of 15 spectacular islands and about 30 rock pillars with bird cliffs located off Iceland's southern coast. These islands were formed by submarine volcanic eruptions along a 19-mile-long fissure running southwest to northeast. Most of the islands have steep sea cliffs, are well-vegetated, and provide a habitat for countless birds, including the charming puffin. If weather and sea conditions allow, we will visit Heimaey, the largest of the Westman Islands, and was one of Iceland's most important fishing ports. Hunting and fishing are still the mainstays of the local economy.

DAY 3
08 Oct 2019
Day-at-Sea

Enjoy a relaxing day at sea with onboard lectures while we set course towards Iceland. Our expedition team will hold talks and workshops and share their knowledge and experience. Our experts will summarize the voyage so far and present the plan for the following days. There might also be a chance to look behind the scenes and partake in our Guest Expedition Staff program.

DAY 4
09 Oct 2019
Mykines, Faroe Islands

Mykines was formed about 60 million years ago. The layers of soft volcanic tuff and eroded basalt create excellent nesting conditions for birds here, and the island hosts some of the richest bird cliffs in the world. Several species nest and breed here during the summer season, such as guillemots, Atlantic puffins, northern fulmars, and kittiwakes, just to mention a few. The human population hovers around 12, while the number of sheep on the island is about 1,200!

DAY 5
10 Oct 2019
Eiði, Denmark, Faroe Islands

Eiði is a large fishing village in the Faroe Islands with around 600 inhabitants. In the 9th century AD, Eiði was settled by Vikings and today offers fascinating history as well as beautiful hiking trails, such as the short walk that takes in the 1,125-foot-high promontory of Eiðiskollur, with commanding views of Atlantic breakers crashing on the rocks below.

DAY 6
11 Oct 2019
Faroe Islands, Denmark, Faroe Islands

Our experienced captain, expedition leader, and local experts will coordinate a unique nature landing.

DAY 7
12 Oct 2019
Tórshavn, Faroe Islands

The Faroe Islands are a group of 18 isles that lie in the middle of the North Atlantic, halfway between the Shetland Islands and Iceland. Tórshavn is one of the smallest capitals in the world, with just 15,000 inhabitants. It was founded in the 10th century, and might very well be the oldest capital in northern Europe. Since the turn of the 20th century, Tórshavn has grown rapidly and is today the economic, cultural, and administrative centre of the Faroes. The town is a charming blend of old and new with small houses in nearly every colour.

DAY 8
13 Oct 2019
Kirkwall, United Kingdom

Kirkwall is the largest town and the capital of the Orkney Islands. The town is dominated by the famous St. Magnus Cathedral. The first mention of a settlement here is in a saga from 1046, and the name Kirkwall derives from the Norse 'Kirkjuvagr' (Church Bay). A local saga tells the story of how Magnus, kidnaped 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 for his memory. Today, Kirkwall has a population of 8,500 and is one of the most attractive and well-preserved small towns in Scotland.

DAY 9
14 Oct 2019
Lerwick, United Kingdom

Lerwick is the main port of the Shetland Islands and by far the northernmost town of Scotland. Founded in the 17th century as a fishing port, today Lerwick is a bustling cosmopolitan seaport. The old waterfront bustles with visiting yachts and working fishing boats. The area boasts some of Shetland's most attractive scenery and an extraordinary concentration of archaeological sites, including two remarkable Iron Age villages. Strong bonds were formed between the island and the Kingdom of Norway when refugees came over during the Second World War. The fishing boats that brought them would then return loaded with arms and ammunition to support the Norwegian resistance. The flow of vessels on this clandestine route became known as "The Shetland Bus".

DAY 10
15 Oct 2019
Værlandet, Norway

Værlandet/Bulandet and Atløy/Nærvika is the westernmost archipelago of Norway, situated northwest of Bergen. We will attempt to make landings both in the morning and in the afternoon, taking you to some of the most interesting sites in the area. This might include scaling the "Norwegian Horse" on the island of Alden. This steep 480-metre mountain rises from the sea in the shape of a horse. Værlandet is a great launch point as we head west on our Viking trail. Keep your eyes on the sky as we sail this area for rare white-tailed sea eagles.

DAY 11
16 Oct 2019
Bergen, Norway

Our autumn expedition ends in Bergen where we will arrive in the morning. Take some time to explore the city on your own. Bergen, founded in 1070 AD, served as the capital of Norway for several years. The city has preserved a great deal of local character and history. Visit the historic UNESCO-listed Bryggen district with colourful wharves that date back to the 14th century. Take a stroll around this charming and compact city, spend some time in one of the outdoor cafés and restaurants, enjoy a trip on the Fløibanen Funicular, or visit the Fish Market.

Shetlands, Faroe Islands, and Iceland – in The Wake of The Vikings (Eastbound) map

About the Ship

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MS Spitsbergen

MS Spitsbergen is named after the island in the Svalbard archipelago, known as the Arctic crown of Norway. Joining the fleet in 2016, her maneuverability and optimal size make her especially suitable for exploring the coast of Norway and beyond, bringing Hurtigruten guests even closer to nature.

What's Included

Included

  • Expedition jacket

  • Landings and activities on board and ashore

  • English-speaking expedition team that gives lectures and accompanies landings

  • Use of Muck® Boot rubber boots

  • Meals and Select Beverages

Not Included

  • Flights to/from the US

  • Travel Protection Plan

  • Luggage handling

  • Optional excursions and gratuities

About Us

Exploring since 1893, Hurtigruten operates premium exploration voyages to Norway, Antarctica, Iceland, Greenland, Spitsbergen, Europe, Africa, South/Central America and Arctic Canada. Our itineraries to these unique destinations focus on the stunning diversity of its wilderness, inhabitants, flora, and fauna. Hurtigruten’s unique heritage, combined with highly skilled crews and a diverse fleet of nimble, intimately-scaled expedition ships, enable us to offer guests unforgettable experiences in some of the most exciting corners of the world.

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Terms & Conditions

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