The British Isles and the Faroe Islands – Castles, Capitals and Vikings
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MS Fridtjof Nansen
10 days

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

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$ 3885
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
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Departure
22 May 2021
  • Visit the coasts of 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

Itinerary

Starting from Hamburg, we sail the picturesque coasts of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and the Faroe Islands before arriving in Iceland. You’ll see beautiful English cliffs and countryside, stunning Scottish islands, and vibrant capital cities. This is also a journey into the past as we visit the ancient ruins of castles, abbeys, and former Viking settlements.
Day 1
Hamburg, Germany
Hanseatic Harbour City
Dramatic modern architecture in Hamburg.
Dramatic modern architecture in Hamburg.
Photo: Shutterstock

The second-largest city in Germany is also one of the greenest urban areas in Europe – boasting large parks, botanical gardens and nature reserves. Before embarking on your ship, you may want to enjoy a tour on a harbour barge to explore some of the city´s canals.  

Dramatic modern architecture in Hamburg.
Dramatic modern architecture in Hamburg.
Photo: Shutterstock
Get to know the historic old centre of the city.
Get to know the historic old centre of the city.
Photo: Shutterstock
Meet, share and enjoy over great meals onboard.
Meet, share and enjoy over great meals onboard.
Soak under the open skies on deck.
Soak under the open skies on deck.
Day 2
At sea
Relaxing day at sea
Meet, share and enjoy over great meals onboard.
Meet, share and enjoy over great meals onboard.

Enjoy a relaxing day at sea, sailing to Dartmouth. Scout for wildlife from the observation deck or the Explorer lounge, spend time in the Science Center, soak in the hot tubs and the pool, and listen as the Expedition Team briefs you on the days to come.

Day 3
Dartmouth, England
Along the River Dart
Dartmouth Castle guards the River Dart.
Dartmouth Castle guards the River Dart.
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Set on the banks of the River Dart, the enchanting town of 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. 

We will be anchored in the centre 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.

Dartmouth Castle guards the River Dart.
Dartmouth Castle guards the River Dart.
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Discover local coastal beauty.
Discover local coastal beauty.
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Admire the lush Tresco Abbey Gardens on the Isles of Scilly.
Admire the lush Tresco Abbey Gardens on the Isles of Scilly.
Photo: shutterstock
Port Cressa beach, St. Mary´s.
Port Cressa beach, St. Mary´s.
Photo: shutterstock
Scan for grey seals among the rocks.
Scan for grey seals among the rocks.
Photo: shutterstock
Day 4
Isles of Scilly, England
Beauty, history and brimming with wildlife
Port Cressa beach, St. Mary´s.
Port Cressa beach, St. Mary´s.
Photo: shutterstock

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
Douglas, Isle of Man
Viking History on a Celtic Island
Quaint Peel Bay welcomes you.
Quaint Peel Bay welcomes you.
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With a rural landscape and rugged coastline, the Isle of Man became a designated 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. Explore 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.

Quaint Peel Bay welcomes you.
Quaint Peel Bay welcomes you.
Photo: shutterstock
Wander Viking-era castles on the Isle of Man.
Wander Viking-era castles on the Isle of Man.
Photo: shutterstock
Experience the rugged Giant´s Causeway.
Day 6
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Charming Industrial Capital
The elegant Belfast City Hall.
The elegant Belfast City Hall.
Photo: shutterstock
Explore scenic Carnlouhg.
Explore scenic Carnlouhg.
Photo: Shutterstock
Day 6
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Charming Industrial Capital
Experience the rugged Giant´s Causeway.
Experience the rugged Giant´s Causeway.
Photo: shutterstock

A city of industry and elegance, Belfast is the birthplace of the Titanic, as well as being the capital and largest city of Northern Ireland. It is a gateway to a glorious countryside of pretty villages and a beautiful rugged coast with pristine beaches and breathtaking clifftop walks. Experience Giants Causeway, hike through spectacular scenery or explore what this impressive city has to offer.

Day 7
Stornoway, Lewis, Scotland
Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides
Discover the ancient fort at Carloway.
Discover the ancient fort at Carloway.
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Originally a Viking settlement, Stornoway is the main town of the Western Isles and the capital of the Isle of Lewis, which is the largest and most northerly of the Outer Hebrides. A bustling harbour 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 hard-wearing Harris Tweed is 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.

Discover the ancient fort at Carloway.
Discover the ancient fort at Carloway.
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Lews Castle overlooks the harbour.
Lews Castle overlooks the harbour.
Photo: shutterstock
Tórshavn is one of the smallest capitals in the world.
Day 8
Torshavn, Faroe Islands
The Oldest Capital in the World
Colourful small houses at every turn.
Colourful small houses at every turn.
Photo: shutterstock
Wander the lanes amid sod roofs.
Wander the lanes amid sod roofs.
Photo: shutterstock
Day 8
Torshavn, Faroe Islands
The Oldest Capital in the World
Tórshavn is one of the smallest capitals in the world.
Tórshavn is one of the smallest capitals in the world.
Photo: shutterstock

The Faroe Islands are a group of 18 isles that lie in the middle of the North Atlantic, halfway between the Shetland Islands and Iceland. Tórshavn is one of the smallest capitals in the world, 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 is today the economic, cultural and administrative centre of the Faroes. The town is a charming blend of old and new with small houses in nearly every colour.

Day 9
At sea
Relaxing day at sea
Enjoy fascinating lectures in the Science Center.
Enjoy fascinating lectures in the Science Center.
Photo: Oscar Farrera

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. Why not watch the world go by in the explorer lounge or from one of the outside observation decks.

Enjoy fascinating lectures in the Science Center.
Enjoy fascinating lectures in the Science Center.
Photo: Oscar Farrera
Relax with your favourite book on deck.
Relax with your favourite book on deck.
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon
Visit the ultra-modern Harpa concert hall.
Visit the ultra-modern Harpa concert hall.
Photo: Ragnar Th Sigurdsson
Experience the drama of local geysers.
Experience the drama of local geysers.
Photo: Ragnar Th Sigurdsson
Day 10
Reykjavik, Iceland
Northernmost Capital City in the World
Visit the ultra-modern Harpa concert hall.
Visit the ultra-modern Harpa concert hall.
Photo: Ragnar Th Sigurdsson

Our voyage ends in Iceland’s trendy capital of Reykjavik. Its name means 'Smokey Bay', so called because of the columns of steam that rise from its many hot springs. We highly recommend booking a Post-Programme to explore the surrounding geysers, mountains, glaciers and geothermal baths on offer near to the city.

Hurtigruten offers unique expedition cruises to some of the most remote and pristine waters of the world. As with all expeditions; nature prevails. Weather, and ice and sea conditions, sets the final framework for all Hurtigruten’s operations. Safety and unparalleled guest experiences are at all times our top priorities. All our indicative itineraries are continuously evaluated for adaptions, whether this is due to constraints the elements unexpectedly presents – or exciting possibilities nature and wildlife offer. That is why we call it an expedition.
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What's included

Included in your voyage

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 on board. 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 on board
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board 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 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, 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

Not included in your voyage

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners
  • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team
  • Optional treatments in the onboard wellness and spa area

Notes

A large boat in a body of water with a mountain in the background
Pool area on MS Fridtjof Nansen
Photo: Oscar Farrera
Science Center
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon

Your ship

MS Fridtjof Nansen

Year built 2020
Shipyard Kleven Yards, Norway
Passenger capacity 530 (500 in Antarctica)
Gross tonnage 20 889 T
Length 140 m
Beam 23,6 m
Speed 15 knots
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MS Fridtjof Nansen is the latest addition to Hurtigruten’s fleet of custom built ships – and the next generation expedition ship. She will explore some of the most spectacular corners of the globe.

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Extend your cruise

Get more out of your journey by adding a Pre- or Post-programme before or after your expedition cruise.

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Hamburg: Pre-Programme

Europe

Duration

2 Days

From

$ 440

Booking code

HAMPRE

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Reykjavik Post-programme: South Coast (20/21 and 21/22)

Iceland

Duration

2 Days

From

$ 809

Booking code

REKPOST

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