The British Isles and the Faroe Islands – Castles, Capitals and Vikings

The British Isles and the Faroe Islands – Castles, Capitals and Vikings

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Explore the spectacular natural world and charming towns of Iceland and Norway. The experience of being on deck as we cruise into the majestic Norwegian fjords is unforgettable. Stroll through quaint Arctic villages, learn Viking history, and watch for abundant wildlife on this remarkable expedition cruise.

Ship: MS Fridtjof Nansen
Duration: 10 days

10-days British Isles and the Faroe Islands 
DEPARTURE
22 May 2021 Request a Quote
VOYAGE HIGHLIGHTS
  • Visit England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, the Faroe Islands and Iceland
  • Enjoy scenery such as Cornwall’s Isles of Scilly and Isle of Man, a Biosphere Reserve
  • Learn about Viking history on the Isle of Man and in the Western Scottish Isles
  • Watch for rich marine and bird life along the coast and around the islands

Day 1

Canals and Gardens

Hamburg, Germany – Embarkation

Hamburg is one of the greenest urban areas in Europe – featuring large parks, botanical gardens and nature reserves.  Before embarking on your ship, you may want to enjoy a tour on a harbor barge to explore some of the city´s canals

Day 2

At sea

Enjoy an idyllic day at sea as we head towards Dartmouth.  Take in the panoramic views from one of many viewpoints around the ship, relax with a book or join one of the lectures onboard and find out more about the exciting days ahead.

Day 3

Along the River Dart

Dartmouth (England)

The town Dartmouth is steeped in maritime history and boasts Britain’s largest Naval College along with a rich cultural history. Buckfast Abbey, castles, steam trains and magnificent walking trails are just a few of the compelling attractions waiting to be explored during our visit.

You will anchor near the center of the town with a short tender ride ashore, allowing you easy access to visit the town on your own. Or join one of our impressive excursions to learn more about this fascinating town.

Day 4

Beauty, history and brimming with wildlife
Isles of Scilly (England)

This enchanting archipelago off the coast of Cornwall is home to outstandingly beautiful, uncrowded and unspoilt islands.

Ideal for exploring on foot, the town of Tresco is home to the world famous Tresco Abbey Garden with its 20,000 plants from 80 different countries. You can also explore the castle ruins or stroll along the tropical-like white beaches.  You may also visit St. Mary’s – the largest of the islands – with its rocky coves, archaeological sites and charming Hugh Town.

Alternatively, join one of our optional excursions for a trip around the islands, visiting shipwreck sites, spotting seals basking on the rocks and cruising around the bird sanctuary of Annet to observe the puffins and numerous other breeding seabirds.

Day 5

Viking History on a Celtic Island

Douglas Isle of Man

With a rural landscape and rugged coastline, the Isle of Man has been designated a Biosphere Reserve in recognition of its marine and coastal ecosystems. Our location in Douglas enables us to explore the island, which has a strong Celtic and Viking heritage. Discover a spectacular landscape of rolling hills, pebble-dash beaches and coastal paths. Visit magnificent castles and Viking museums, board a historic steam train, or just enjoy strolling through the town at your leisure.

Day 6

Charming Industrial Capital

Belfast – Northern Ireland

An elegant city of industry, Belfast is the birthplace of the Titanic, and the capital and largest city of Northern Ireland. It is the gateway to a glorious countryside of pretty villages and beautiful rugged coastline with pristine beaches and breathtaking cliff-top walks. Experience the Giants Causeway, hike through spectacular scenery or explore what impressive Belfast has to offer.

Day 7

Stornoway, Lewis

Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides

Originally a Viking settlement, Stornoway is the main town of the Western Isles and the capital of the Isle of Lewis & Harris, the largest and most northerly of the Outer Hebrides. A bustling harbor and waterfront with museums and art galleries are overlooked by the handsome Lews Castle, which we invite you to explore with us. Further afield are mills and cottages where durable Harris Tweeds are woven. There are tiny folk museums, the world-famous Callanish Standing Stones, and the mysterious Carloway Broch, the best preserved fort in Scotland dating back more than 2,000 years.

Day 8

Tórshavn Faroe Islands

The Faroe Islands comprise 18 isles in the middle of the North Atlantic, halfway between the Shetland Islands and Iceland. Tórshavn is one of the world’s smallest capitals, 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 today is the economic, cultural and administrative center of the Faroes. The town is a charming blend of old and new with small houses in nearly every color.

Day 9

At Sea

The Expedition Team will host interesting talks and useful workshops in the onboard Science Center. You can also hit the gym, relax in the sauna, or soak in the outdoor hot tubs. Maybe just watch the world go by in the explorer lounge or from one of the outside observation decks.

Day 10

The World’s Northernmost Capital

Reykjavik, Iceland – Disembarkation

Iceland’s capital offers visitors a rich urban life. Relatively close to the city, you find glaciers, waterfalls, geysers and mountains. Reykjavík itself hosts fine restaurants, museums and shops. We arrive in the morning and this is where our expedition cruise ends.

MS FRIDTJOF NANSEN

MS Fridtjof Nansen is the latest addition to Hurtigruten’s fleet of custom-built ships – and represents the next generation of expedition ships. She will explore some of the most spectacular corners of the globe.

Featuring Hurtigruten’s revolutionary, battery-powered, hybrid propulsion system, MS Fridtjof Nansen will be a near identical twin to her sister ship MS Roald Amundsen. Combining state-of-the-art technology and a premium on board experience with Hurtigruten’s 125 years of experience and unparalleled destinations, the two Norwegian built ships introduce the next generation of adventure travel.

Ship Specifications

Year of construction 2020
Ship yard Kleven Yards, Norway
Passenger capacity 530
Gross tonnage 20 889 T
Length 140 m
Speed 15 knots
Installed power: 42 KW
Construction: Vard Langsten-Tomrefjord-Norway

MS FRIDTJOF NANSEN IN PICTURES

DECK PLAN

Included in Your Expedition

Expedition Cruise

  • Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurants Aune and Fredheim
  • À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi onboard. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations onboard
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organize and accompany activities onboard and ashore
  • Range of included excursions

Onboard Activities

  • Experts on the Expedition Team deliver in-depth lectures on a variety of topics
  • Use of the ship’s Science Center which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes
  • Citizen Science program allows guests to assist with live scientific research
  •    Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos
  •    Use of the ship’s, hot tubs, panoramic sauna, outdoor and indoor gyms, and outdoor running track
  •    Informal gatherings with the crew such as daily recaps and preparation for the day to come
  •   Loan of trekking poles, and all equipment for activities
  •    Complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket
  •    Expedition Photographers help with your camera settings before landings

NOTES:
All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions

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The British Isles and the Faroe Islands – Castles, Capitals and Vikings
Duration: 10 Days

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