This magical 13-day cruise takes you on an island-hopping journey around the best of the Hebrides, Orkneys and Shetlands and more.

Focusing on the aspects the Scottish isles are famous for - varied wildlife, wonderful landscapes and some distinctive whiskies, this cruise takes full advantage of the outer isles in May. We delve first into the 'whisky isle' of Islay with its eight working distilleries creating unique, peaty drams that evokes the island's terrain. In the Victorian port of Oban, the distillery produces a very different style of whisky, whilst on the Isle of Mull, in the pretty tiny fishing port of Tobermory, the distillery dates from the 18th century.

Those not interested in whisky will still be spoilt for choice in terms of wildlife, from the archipelago of the Treshnish Isles to lonely and remote St Kilda. In May, both destinations will have teeming colonies of nesting seabirds such as puffins, kittiwakes and gannets. Whether from the ship's decks, explorer boat cruising, or on foot, we may also get to see otters, seals, sea eagles, and golden eagles. We may even hear a corncrake amongst the spring orchids in the fields of the Small Isles.

Other highlights include a private hosted visit to one of Scotland's most ancient and scenic castles. As guests of clan chieftain Sir Lachlan MacLean, we will enjoy a private evening visit at his clan home that has a history running back 800 years. We will see where Christianity arrived in Scotland from Ireland, and how Harris Tweed is created in the Outer Hebrides.

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Price includes

  • 12 nights' expedition full-board cruise in an inside cabin (range of cabin upgrades available)
  • Return flight from Bergen to London (regional airports available on request)
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurant Aune
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with very limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations on board
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore
  • Range of included excursions
  • 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 programme 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 and indoor gym
  • Informal gatherings with the crew such as daily recaps and preparation for the day to come
  • Escorted landings with small expedition boats
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment for activities
  • Complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket
  • Expedition Photographers help with your camera settings before landings

Availability

From
Wed, Wed, May 12, 2021
To
Mon, Mon, May 24, 2021
Duration
13 Days
Price per person
£2,865*
* Price based on two people sharing an inside cabin. Subject to availability. Single supplement applies. Deposit for new bookings only and is based on 20% of the total booking value (5% by 30 September, 2020, further 15% by 31 October, 2020. Non-refundable). Full balance is due 90 days before your scheduled departure date. Trip 100% protected by ATOL (3584) and ABTA (V7545). Subject to exchange rate at time of travel. Holidays are operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Hurtigruten, a company wholly independent of Hearst UK. This offer is exclusive to Hearst UK and may be promoted by other Hearst brands. Cancellation T&Cs available at hurtigruten.co.uk/practical-information/terms-and-conditions
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Itinerary

  1. Day
    1
    Depart from Glasgow
    Glasgow, United Kingdom
    Meals - Dinner
  2. Day
    2
    Belfast, The Titanic and Giant's Causeway
    Belfast, United Kingdom
    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  3. Day
    3
    Isle of Man
    Peel, Isle of Man
    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Day
    4
    Islay
    Islay, United Kingdom
    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day
    5
    Oban and Mull and Castle Duart
    Oban, United Kingdom
    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day
    6
    Iona and Treshnich, Outer Hebrides
    Baile Mor, Iona, United Kingdom
    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. Day
    7
    Isle of Skye, Loch Scavaig and Isle of Canna
    Isle of Skye Apt, United Kingdom
    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  8. Day
    8
    St Kilda, Hirta Island
    Hirta Island, United Kingdom
    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  9. Day
    9
    Stornoway, Lewis & Harris
    Stornoway, United Kingdom
    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  10. Day
    10
    Kirkwall, Orkney
    Kirkwall, United Kingdom
    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  11. Day
    11
    Fair Isle, Shetlands
    Fair Isle, United Kingdom
    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  12. Day
    12
    Lerwick, Shetlands
    Lerwick, Shetland Islands, United Kingdom
    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  13. Day
    13
    Fly home from Bergen, Norway
    Bergen, Norway
    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overview

Recently refurbished MS Spitsbergen is finished to a high standard and features comfortable, modern public areas and cabins. The vessel's fresh Scandinavian design reflects a colour palette derived from the sea. She is modern and environmentally progressive, and plans are in place to reduce emissions and fuel consumption more. The new ship's maneuverability and optimal size make her quite suitable for exploring polar waters.

Style & Character

After complete reconstruction, MS Spitsbergen joined the Hurtigruten fleet in 2016. The ship features high technical standards as well as comfortable, modern public areas and cabins. The vessel's fresh Scandinavian design reflects a colour palette derived from the sea. She is modern and environmentally progressive, and further improvements are planned that will reduce emissions and fuel consumption even more.

Facilities

  • Expedition Team
  • Explorer bar
  • Panoramic lounge - Explorer lounge
  • Compass Service Centre
  • Brygga bistro
  • Shop
  • Torget main dining
  • Wi-Fi
  • Sauna
  • Fitness room
  • Lift
  • Hot tub
  • Guest launderette
  • Panoramic deck 8
  • Outside bar for events, decks 7 & 8

Rooms

Newly-refurbishes MS Spitsbergen offers a range of comfortable cabins and suites:
Expedition Suites (16-33m2 / Upper & Lower Deck): 3 categories ranging from mini suites to owners' suite, these luxurious, spacious cabins include TV, seating area, balcony (not mini suite) coffee making facilities, bathrooms and minibar.
Arctic Superior (11-18m2) all have bathrooms with shower, WC, TV and kettle and double/twin bed
Polar outside (8-12m2) All have bathrooms with shower/WC/Kettle & TV and double/twin bed
Polar inside (9-20m2) All have bathrooms with shower/WC/Kettle & TV and double/twin beds

Food & Drink

The food is a real highlight of any Hurtigruten voyage and this is no different. MS Spitsbergen offers both a la carte dining and buffet dining in Torget and Brygga with freshly-sourced ingredients and wonderful seafood. The Panorama Lounge is a great place for a quiet coffee. The Explore Bar is perfect if you are looking for something stronger and there is also an outside bar so bar so you can take in the views.

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Availability

From
Wed, Wed, May 12, 2021
To
Mon, Mon, May 24, 2021
Duration
13 Days
Price per person
£2,865*
* Price based on two people sharing an inside cabin. Subject to availability. Single supplement applies. Deposit for new bookings only and is based on 20% of the total booking value (5% by 30 September, 2020, further 15% by 31 October, 2020. Non-refundable). Full balance is due 90 days before your scheduled departure date. Trip 100% protected by ATOL (3584) and ABTA (V7545). Subject to exchange rate at time of travel. Holidays are operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Hurtigruten, a company wholly independent of Hearst UK. This offer is exclusive to Hearst UK and may be promoted by other Hearst brands. Cancellation T&Cs available at hurtigruten.co.uk/practical-information/terms-and-conditions
Call now to book 02039934304
Quote ref: SCOTTISH ISLANDS