9 days tour

Through The North Atlantic - Arctic 2024- Ocean Albatros

This tour includes:

Guide

• English-speaking guides

Meals

Full board on the ship Dinner drink package Free coffee, tea, and afternoon snacks on the ship Welcome and farewell cocktails

Transport

Ocean Albatros

Accommodation

INCLUSIONS 9-day/8-night cruise on Ocean Albatros in a shared outside double room with a private bathroom in the category chosen English-speaking expedition staff Near-port walks with the expedition team Zodiac landings Information briefings and lectures by the expedition team Special photo workshop Full board on the ship Dinner drink package Free coffee, tea, and afternoon snacks on the ship Welcome and farewell cocktails Taxes, tariffs, and landing fees Digital visual journal link after the voyage, including voyage log, gallery, species list, and more

Not included:

Others

EXCLUSIONS International flights Extra excursions and activities not mentioned in the itinerary Single room supplement and cabin upgrades Meals not on board the ship Beverages (other than coffee and tea and dinner-drink package) Tips for the crew (we recommend USD 14 per person per day) Personal expenses Transfer to/from the ship Travel, cancellation, and senior insurance Anything not mentioned under ’Inclusions’

Flights

Flights are not included

Insurance

Insurance is not included

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Itinerary of your trip Through The North Atlantic - Arctic 2024- Ocean Albatros

  • Day 1 Embarkation In Aberdeen
    • 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

      Embarkation In Aberdeen

      Our journey begins in Aberdeen in North East Scotland, where MV Ocean Albatros is moored. Boarding is in the afternoon, where the staterooms are designated. After the mandatory security review and drill, we sail out on the North Sea.

  • Day 2 Orkney Islands. Historic Kirkwall, Green Energy, Distilleries And Norse Heritage. Optional Excursion: Highlights Of Orkney
    • 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

      Orkney Islands. Historic Kirkwall, Green Energy, Distilleries And Norse Heritage. Optional Excursion: Highlights Of Orkney

      During the night we will have sailed out into the waters between Outer and Inner Hebrides, and in the early morning we’ll reach the town of Kirkwall on the windy Orkney off the mainland of Scotland. Orkney is old Norse for the "seal islands", and, like the other North Atlantic islands, Orkney has a rich Viking story. Kirkwall is the capital of Orkney. Orkney has a fascinating history, and contains one of the highest concentrations of Stone-Age remains anywhere in the world, preserved in the islands' softly blowing sand. These sites range from the dramatic stone circle of Brodgar to the touchingly intimate Neolithic houses of Skara Brae, preserved so perfectly they could almost still be inhabited. Unlike the Scottish mainland, Orkney and nearby Shetland were colonised by Norse settlers, and were a part of the Kingdom of Norway until the late 1400s; the islands' language, culture and architecture is subsequently distinct to the rest of Scotland. Locals are proud of their Nordic heritage, which is evident almost everywhere you go in the city, from the magnificent St Magnus' Cathedral (the founding of which is detailed in bloody sagas; it is also one of the only churches in the world to have its own dungeon), to street names, to the world-renowned Highland Park distillery. More recently, the islands were of huge military importance to the British state, and an entire German fleet lies scuttled at the bottom of Scapa Flow, just outside the city. The barricades between several of the islands were conducted after a daring U-Boat raid in the Second World War; along with the magnificent Italian Chapel (built by prisoners of war) bear testament to the islands' intricate history. Today, the islands have again reinvented themselves; visitors are warmly welcomed, and the bustling port is littered with equipment and parts devoted to tidal and wind energy, as Orkney seeks to capitalise on its abundant green energy. For those who participate in the optional excursion: “Highlights of Orkney”: We depart Kirkwall and head into the west of Mainland, Orkney’s largest island. Along the way we will pass through rolling gentle landscapes into the Neolithic Heartland of Orkney, an area designated as a World Heritage Site due to its wealth of pre-historic archaeology. Passing the Standing Stones of Stenness, we will stop at the 5000-year-old ceremonial circle: the Ring of Brodgar.  We continue to the pretty fishing village of Stromness.  After a briefing and orientation enjoy free time to explore the picturesque harbour in Stromness and stroll along the quirky flag-stoned streets. Maybe visit the beautifully refurbished Pier Arts Centre with exhibitions by both local and international artists and relax with a hot beverage in a café or explore the craft shops selling local knitwear, pottery and art work.   Finally we return to the coach and continue our circular route following the coastline of Scapa Flow, a famous British Naval Base in both World Wars.    (The excursion is part of the optional excursion package and not included in the price of the trip).   For guests wishing to stay in Kirkwall, a short walking city tour will be arranged, passing by St. Magnus cathedral as well as the picturesque ruins from Bishop's and Earl's Palace.

  • Day 3 Shetland Islands, Scotland. Lerwick: Iron Age Dwellings, Peat Fuel And Quaint Fishing Villages. Optional Excursion To Clickimin Broch. Birdwatching At The Isle Of Noss.
    • 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

      Shetland Islands, Scotland. Lerwick: Iron Age Dwellings, Peat Fuel And Quaint Fishing Villages. Optional Excursion To Clickimin Broch. Birdwatching At The Isle Of Noss.

      We are set to approach Lerwick near the "Main Land" of the Shetlands in the morning. The Shetland Islands consist of more than 100 islands, of which only 15 are inhabited year-round. The islands form the northernmost part of the United Kingdom, located approximately 300 km north of the mainland of Scotland. For those who are on the optional excursion: "Clickimin Broch and Shetland sightseeing" Once securely docked at the port, we depart through Lerwick towards Scalloway for a short scenic drive. From the elevated position we can enjoy the view of the charming village and the imposing Scalloway Castle. After a short photo stop, we continue eastwards through the area that is locally known as the “Black Gates” – an area where peat is still cut and used as fuel. Following the road northwards, our main destination of Clickimin Broch is only a short drive. There will be free time to discover this well preserved and restored Broch and learn more about life in the Iron Age.  (Please note: The coach excursion is part of the optional excursion package and is not included in the price of the trip). Afterwards, we will return to Lerwick and after some time at leisure in the port town, we reboard around lunchtime.  As we finish our meal, our ship moves to the nearby Isle of Noss, where we will encounter many bird colonies. Depending on the weather we hope to make either a Zodiac cruise or a landing with a smaller hike on the island.

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Experience Style

Experience Style

Mixed

There will be challenging activities such as hiking, biking, canyoning and trekking, but you’re also going to have other means of transportation and relaxed moments to just chill.

Accomodation level

Accomodation level

Medium

This accommodation includes essential services like a hot shower, electricity, and a nice and comfy bed.

Experience Type

Experience Type

Small Group

You’ll be accompanied by a small group of travelers just like you.

Physical Rating

Physical Rating

Basic

Almost everyone is fit for these activities. Every hike or physical exercise last less than 30 minutes, such as paragliding and horseback riding. Please ask about specific conditions.

Age range

Age range

Min: 12 / Max: 80

Age range allowed for this experience.

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