Northern Isles: Iceland & Scotland

9 Days
Reykjavik to Edinburgh
From (USD)
$ 8,711
Dates & Pricing

2023 Reykjavik > Edinburgh

Lands of Myth and Legends

Explore the strongholds of the Vikings, from the volcanos of Iceland to the wild isles of Scotland. Visit wildlife sites, hear grand tales of discovery, marvel at the extraordinary landscapes and cruise into small Scottish towns for unique experiences. You’ll love travelling across them all, from the Shetlands to Orkney, the Outer Hebrides and Aberdeen, they each have a unique character.
Our voyage of Discovery is all about northern wilderness. Following in the footsteps of the Viking explorers as you journey from the majestic shores of Iceland. Witness unparalleled beauty amid breath taking volcanic landscapes and encounter centuries-old traditions of the Faroe Isles. Discover the legendary Scottish Highlands, offering amazing anchorages, famous whisky distilleries and wonderful views.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
201B
Duration:
9 days
Departure City:
Reykjavik
Return City:
Edinburgh

Selected Itinerary

9 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Reykjavík, Iceland

    Welcome to Reykjavík, the world’s northernmost capital city, where a world?of wonder awaits as you step on board and raise your glass to toast the start?of your luxurious cruise. 

    Please book your flight to arrive into Reykjavik prior to 02:00 PM.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Heimaey

    The perfect example of nature’s ability to both create and destroy, Heimaey and the Westman Islands (Vestmannaeyjar) are filled with awe-inspiring natural beauty. When the volcano Eldfell, meaning “Hill of Fire”, erupted in 1973, parts of this small town were locked in time, and the harbour was nearly sealed off.  Guests can wander around this island and witness where the ashes enveloped the town. Keep your eyes open for our black and white friends, with more Atlantic Puffins nesting here than anywhere else in the world, and the best place in Iceland to spot orcas. 

    Today, choose one of our Scenic Freechoice activities or join a more active Scenic Discovery.

    Freechoice

    Tour the island and visit the Eldheimar Museum built around one of the destroyed houses, or cruise around the island with a local captain in search of birdlife, including the puffin colonies.

    Discovery

    Take a Scenic Discovery excursion hiking over the lava fields to the top of the new volcanic cone.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Seyðisfjörður

    Seyðisfjörður is at the mouth of a beautiful fjord,  and is the heart of culture, heritage and hospitality in East Iceland. The centre of town is known for 19th century timber houses perched on the side of the lagoon, a “pearl enclosed in a shell”. Surrounded by cascading waterfalls and snow-capped mountains, wandering reindeer and porpoises frequenting the shores, a flourishing art scene and small-town charm, you will soon discover why this unique location is a must see in Iceland.  

    Today, choose one of our Scenic Freechoice activities or join a more active Scenic Discovery.

    Freechoice

    Your local guide will share stories of the town on a walking tour including a short concert in the Blue Church or visit the Wilderness Centre and learn of the Icelandic wilderness history, nature and the life of the original inhabitants.

    Discovery

    Choose a Scenic Discovery excursion such as hiking in the Skálanes Nature Reserve.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Tórshavn, Faroe Islands

    A charming port named after the Norse god of weather, strength, and growth, Thor. One of the world’s smallest capital cities, Tórshavn remains one of Europe’s least travelled destinations. Towering cliffs, craggy fjords and powerful waterfalls make up the wild landscape. Wander the cobbled alleyways admiring the coloured buildings and grassy roofs. Be taken back to the time that the Vikings ruled.

    Today, choose one of our Scenic Freechoice activities or join a more active Scenic Discovery.

    Freechoice

    Explore the town of Tórshavn and the surrounding villages leaning the Viking history, or enjoy another perspective of the Faroe Islands on a local boat trip to the Vestmanna Cliffs, keeping watch for puffins and guillemots.

    Discovery

    Join a local expert for a hike to the geological formation Streymoy Sill.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Fetlar Island > Lerwick, Scotland

    Our morning arrival is to the Island known as the "Garden of Shetland" due to it being by far the greenest of all the islands. Fetlar Island is rumoured to be the first Norse landing the Shetland, attracting many due to its fertile soils and ability to grow crops.

    Discovery

    Discovery: Explore with the Discovery Teams ornithologist for the red-necked phalarope, a rare and endangered species, along with great and arctic skuas, red-throated diver, curlew and snipe. With the on board geologist learn the history of Funzie, an unusual conglomerate found on Fetlar Island.

    After a morning of discovery, we set sail for the capital of the Shetland Islands, Lerwick.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Lerwick

    The most northerly point of the British Isles, Lerwick’s waterfront is lined with sandstone buildings dating back to the 18th century. The sound of traditional Shetland music can often be heard as you walk through the twisting lanes of this charming harbour town.

    Freechoice

    Visit the remarkable prehistoric  archaeological site of Jarlshof, or take a ferry to the Island of Mousa and admire the Iron Age fortress, incredible scenery and abundant wildlife. Alternatively, explore the Shetland Museum.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Stromness

    Stromness is full of character, with winding streets stretching from the shoreline up the hillside, quaint alleyways waiting to be explored, and a landscape shaped by the sea. Stroll through the township to find the hidden gems, such as the finest crafts, textiles and jewellery in the small local shops. This long established seaport has attracted sailors for centuries, from Vikings to Captain Cook.

    Discovery

    Predating Stonehenge and the pyramids of Giza, Skara Brae is one of the world’s most evocative prehistoric sites. Walk around the stone structures of this old village.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Aberdeen

    Set neatly between the mountains and the sea, Aberdeen's harbour is said to be ‘one of the most architecturally distinctive in Europe.’ Docking in the heart of the city, witness Aberdeen's famous stunning, sparkling, granite buildings and monuments shimmering in the sunlight and listen for the warming tones of Scottish dialect 'Doric' as you roam.

    Today, choose one of our Scenic Freechoice activities or join a more active Scenic Discovery.

    Freechoice

    Learn the history of Aberdeen on a city tour or choose to explore some of the fairy tale castles. Alternatively, enjoy a whiskey and pale ale tasting tour.

    Discovery

    Explore the dramatic cliffs at the Bullers of Buchan, observing the diversity of wildlife, from Aberdeenshire’s puffins, porpoises, minke whales and sunbathing seals.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Leith (Edinburgh)

    Nestled between the Highlands and the Border Hills, Edinburgh is a gracious city noted for its superb skyline, its impressive collection of architecture and its beautiful vedant green parks. Disembark after breakfast and say farewell to your new friends.

    Please book your flight to depart out of Edinburgh after 11:00 AM.

    The itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons. As such Scenic cannot guarantee the tour will operate unaltered from the itinerary stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions for further information.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

Unrivalled exploration of extraordinary lands with
  • Up to 200 guests on board to maximise landings in Antarctica or the Arctic
  • Up to 20-member specialist Polar Discovery Team
  • Engaging lectures and education program with on board experts
  • Scenic Discovery excursions by Zodiac
  • Full kayak program and stand-up paddle boarding
  • Complimentary expedition parka and water bottle, plus use of special polar boots

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