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Climb aboard the Ocean Endeavour for an unforgettable, 11-day expedition across the North Atlantic, tracing the coastlines of Scotland, the Faroe Islands, and Iceland. In partnership with Adventure Canada, we're setting out to explore the Orkney and Shetland Isles, rich with relics of prehistoric societies and stunning landscapes, including a world-famous artists’ community and colonies of bright-billed puffins. As we traverse the Faroe Islands, we’ll watch cliffs come to life with the beating wings of spectacular seabirds, glimpse staggering columns of basalt towering above the ocean, and wander small villages clinging to tiny islands. We’ll witness the active and vital Earth up close once we arrive at Iceland, exploring a new volcanic island, several snaking sea caves, and a town nearly destroyed by a volcano just decades ago. With a rich variety of programming and activities available both onboard and on land, each day can be as active or relaxing as you'd like it to be.
Note: This trip is not exclusive to Atlas Obscura. Our small group of Atlas Obscura travelers will be joining around 180 adventurers from all across the world.
The total cost of your trip depends on the type of cabin you select. Cabin costs vary, from the Quad ($3,995 per person) to the Suite ($13,595 per person). The most popular cabin types are the Interior Twin ($6,295) and the Comfort Twin ($9,595). Please contact us for a full list of cabin types and prices.
There are a number of single cabins available for solo travelers where a single supplement is not required. Please contact us to confirm availability.
With the Early Booking Discount, you will receive 15% off your cabin cost (available until October 31, 2020). By booking with Atlas Obscura, you will also receive an additional 5% off your discounted rate.
There are 10 cabin types available to choose, including quads, suites, and twins. All cabins have private baths. Exterior cabins have windows while interior cabins do not. If you’d like more detailed information and/or photographs of the different cabin types and layouts, please contact us.
Kayaking: Explore at water level in small groups with our experienced kayak guides. We offer double kayaks, as well as the essential gear for safety and comfort.
Biking: Whether you’re a fitness enthusiast, an independent explorer, or are keen to cover more ground, bikes offer an opportunity to experience communities and landscapes at your own pace. We carry a fleet of Kona mountain bikes. These multi-geared, all-purpose bikes are available during select community excursions.
Aberdeen Add-Ons: If you'd like to arrive early and spend a few extra days in Aberdeen, we'd be happy to help with booking and scheduling additional activities. Please contact us for more information on extra nights and add-ons.
This expedition can be as leisurely or active as you’d like it to be. Excursions off-ship are optional, but they’re often the most exciting part of the day. Please note that many on-shore excursions require getting in and out of inflatable boats (Zodiacs)—an activity that's comparable to getting in and out of a pick-up truck. Some destinations can present lengthy hikes over variable terrain, without any rest facilities onshore. For any biking and kayaking (available at a supplementary cost), basic experience and some physical fitness is required.
Our trip begins with a welcome dinner onboard the ship on Day 1. If traveling internationally, you should plan to arrive in Aberdeen, Scotland one day prior to embarkation as international flights will be limited and subject to delays. If you are arriving by train, car, or domestic flight, then you should plan to arrive no later than 12 p.m. on Day 1 prior to the afternoon's embarkation.
Our trip concludes in Reykjavik after breakfast on Day 11. Disembarkation from the vessel will take place between 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. If leaving Reykjavik directly after our trip, we recommend departing no earlier than 2 p.m.; note that the airport is a long drive from the pier. If you'd like to extend your trip, we’re happy to provide suggestions for things to do and see in the city on your own.
Because of the exploratory nature of these voyages, we do not have a rigidly set itinerary. The final decisions on our daily program will make the best use of local ice and weather conditions, spontaneous opportunities, and wildlife. The notes in this itinerary are designed to give you a good idea of our intentions, and what your days will look like, but there will very likely be some changes.
It's common to have beautiful, sunny days with temperatures reaching a high of 65°F. In the Arctic, we can also experience temperatures close to 30°F. Zodiac rides can be quite chilly, and you should be sure to bring waterproof garments. When you're on land and walking around, it usually gets quite warm, and people tend to take off layers.
Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated, though in most cases ingredients can't be substituted or omitted from particular dishes. If you have a severe allergy, please contact us to find out if this is the right trip for you.