Scottish Islands and Norwegian Fjords
Scottish Islands and Norwegian Fjords 14 days aboard MS Expedition
An amazing north Atlantic journey from Edinburgh, exploring the wild and rugged Orkney & Shetland Islands, with their ancient sites and birdlfe and then crossing the North Sea to explore the charming towns of the Norwegian coast as far as the North Cape, before disembarking at the Arctic city of Tromso.
- Orkney & Shetland Islands
- Spectacular Norwegian coastline
- Birds and whale sightings
- Historic sites
- All meals and accommodation on board ship
- Photo workshops with photography expert
- Excursions as shown in itinerary
- Shore and Zodiac excursions
- Programme of lectures by experts
- Expedition parka
- Loan of rubber boots
- Transfers to and from ship
ITINERARY13 Nights 14 Days
- Day 1 | Edinburgh,Leith
- Day 2 | Orkney Islands
- Day 3 | Shetland Islands
- Day 4 | Bergen
- Day 5 | Flam
- Day 6 | Olden
- Day 7 | Geiranger
- Day 8 | Trondheim
- Day 9 | Torghatten
- Day 10 | Svartisen
- Day 11 | Lofoten Islands, Svolvaer & Trollfjord
- Day 12 | At Sea
- Day 13 | Nordkapp
- Day 14 | Tromso
Embark ship and sail in the late afternoon.
Land at Kirkwall, the main town on the islands and take a coach trip to visit historic and mystical sites at the standing stones of Stennes, the intriguing Ring of Brodgar and the village of Skara Brae.
The Shetland Islands are a mix of Scotland and Scandinavia, with spectacular coastlines, varied and abundant bird life and a number of archaeological sites that date back thousands of years. We plan to land at Lerwick and find time to explore.
Enjoy a city tour, including a visit to the Edvard Greig Museum, and visit the historic seaport district. Take a walk to the picturesque fish market.
Travel on the Flam railway through valleys and mountain passes to the scenic Flam fjord
Time permitting, stop in Olden for a short bus ride to the Birksdal area and a walk to a glacier.
Sail into one of Norway's most spectacular fjords, Geiranger Fjord, which has rightly been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Go ashore in Trondheim and take a walk to the Sverresborg Folk Museum or, alternatively, a city tour, which includes the museum and the elaborate cathedral.
As you will know by now, the rugged coastline of central Norway features some of the world's most beautiful scenery. Our Captain will negotiate with local Norwegian pilots to determine our best Zodiac shore landing options. Our goal is to visit Torghatten one of the most bizarre rock formations in Norway and a significant local landmark. Later, we head for the picturesque Vega Island
Svartisen has beautiful walking options to a glacier. We also visit Vikingen to see the globe structure marking this point directly on the Arctic Circle.
Lofoten Islands, Svolvaer & Trollfjord
The Lofoten Archipelago is an enchanting area of picturesque villages by the sea backed with jagged peaks. Today we go ashore via coach on the island of Aa, where cod fishing is still a major part of the economy. In the evening be sure to be on deck as we cruise into one of the most famous fjords in Norway, the short yet dramatic Trollfjord, and search the cliffs for Norway's mythical beings: trolls!
Enjoy a day sailing off the coast, with Zodiac excursions looking out for birds and marine wildlife.
North Cape - our most northerly point, where we will take a drive to view the rugged coastal plateau.
Tromso is the principal town in northern Norway. Disembark in the morning. If time permits, explore this northern haven and be sure to visit the Arctic Cathedral, whose unique architecture is evocative of snow and icebergs.
What Our Customers
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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.
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