Arctic Saga: Exploring Spitsbergen via the Faroes and Jan Mayen

Arctic Saga: Exploring Spitsbergen via the Faroes and Jan Mayen

14 Days



Arctic Saga: Exploring Spitsbergen via the Faroes and Jan Mayen

14 Days Starting in Aberdeen and ending in Longyearbyen

Visiting: Aberdeen, Fair Isle, Faroe Islands, ሀመር።, Jan Mayen, Spitsbergen , Longyearbyen

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Fully Guided

Group size:

1 - 132

Physical rating:

Low, Leisurely

Age range:

18 to 99

Special diets catered:

Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements

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Sightseeing, Walking

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Tour Overview

Sailing across the North Atlantic, you’ll be immersed in the region’s rugged beauty and whaling and Viking history, visiting the awe-inspiring and unspoiled destinations of Fair Isle, the Faroe Islands, Jan Mayen and Spitsbergen. Towering fjords, massive glaciers, soaring sea stacks and coastal cliffs teeming with thousands of seabirds, like the amazing Atlantic puffin, will take your breath away. So too will the diverse wildlife of this far-flung region, from Svalbard reindeer to dolphins, seals and whales. Having continuous daylight for part of the voyage means optimum chances to spot these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat at any time of day… or night!


  • Follow in the footsteps of the Norsemen on Fair Isle and the Vikings in the Faroe Islands

  • Explore the volcanic and glacier covered Jan Mayen island, in the heart of the North Atlantic Ocean

  • Encounter iconic Arctic wildlife, such as puffins, reindeer, whales and seabirds

  • Travel in a small expedition vessel

  • Accompanied by extremely qualified Expedition Staff

  • Cruise in a Zodiac to explore diverse landscapes and wildlife


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Day 1 : Embark In Aberdeen, United Kingdom


Meals Included:


Arrive any time on Day 1 and make your way to your included hotel. The gateway for your Arctic adventure, the Scottish city of Aberdeen, has many monikers, but its most famous is Granite City, as it was once the granite capital of the world. Wandering the streets, you’ll soon see why, as the Victorian buildings sparkle in the sun. A bustling cultural hub, Aberdeen also offers a range of museums, galleries, theaters, shops, cafés and restaurants to explore.

Day 2 : Embarkation Day


Meals Included:

Breakfast, Dinner

Today you will have some free time before being transferred to the port to
board your ship. As you set sail this afternoon, you’ll want to be out on
deck, camera in hand—the area’s coastal waters offer excellent
possibilities for spotting Bottlenose and White-beaked dolphins, Harbor
porpoises and Minke whales.

Day 3 : Exploring Fair Isle

Fair Isle

Meals Included:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The U.K.’s most remote inhabited island, the extraordinary Fair Isle is
located halfway between the Shetland and Orkney Islands. Boasting a rugged
beauty, Fair Isle’s landscape is diverse, with fields and moors dominated
by seaside cliffs and an astounding amount of sea stacks, natural arches and
caves.Despite its small size, the island offers activities for history,
nature and photography buffs alike. Visit the museum to immerse yourself in
local artifacts, photos, knitwear and other historic memorabilia. Don’t
forget to snap a shot of the circa 1935 classic red phone booth by the post
office!In terms of wildlife, Orcas are native to the waters around Fair Isle,
and they sometimes come close in pursuit of seals. But the island is best
known for its coastal cliffs teeming with seabirds in spring and summer. The
star attraction is the Atlantic puffin, a clown-like bird that clings to the
steep slopes. Photographers will surely want to capture pictures of their
bemused expressions, and Fair Isle’s easily accessible grassy banks make it
one of the best places in the Shetlands to observe these colourful creatures.
Northern fulmars, kittiwakes, Storm petrels, razorbills and guillemots are
also likely to be spotted, soaring over the open waters.Visitors to this
community of crofters, artisans and artists may be able to pick up a
traditional Fair Isle sweater to keep you warm during the rest of your arctic
voyage. Be sure to pick one up, along with a matching hat, scarf and mittens,
at the town hall.

Day 4 - 5 : Exploring The Faroe Islands

Faroe Islands

Meals Included:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Known for its beautiful, unspoiled landscape, with verdant pastures giving
way to rugged, steep cliffs, the Faroe Islands have a storied past, though
the details of the archipelago’s early history are a bit hazy. The first
settlers may have been seventh-century Irish monks seeking solitude on these
islands far removed from any continent. Their isolation ended in 800 AD, with
the arrival of Norse farmers, and Norwegian colonization continued throughout
the Viking Age. Today, many of the inhabitants of the Faroe Islands, now a
self-governing country within the Kingdom of Denmark, are descendants of
Norwegian Vikings.We will have two days to explore this unspoiled and
seldom-visited archipelago made up of 18 rugged islands located about halfway
between Scotland and Iceland. The mighty North Atlantic is omnipresent
wherever we go with no place on the Faroe Islands farther than 3 miles (5 km)
from its shores. The sea has always dominated life on the Faroes –
throughout history as much as today: rich fisheries, magnificent ocean views
and thriving sea bird colonies make up this rare Nordic jewel – often
referred to as Europe’s best kept secret.We will spend a day exploring the
outer islands of the archipelago which are separated by narrow sounds and
fjords and delight in their surreal landscapes, dramatic cliffs and rock
formations, green valleys engulfed by steep dramatic mountains, protecting
small picturesque villages with colorful turf-topped housed. Wind, weather
and sea conditions will influence and shape our activity options, but we will
of course always keep our eyes out for marine and bird life especially the
iconic Atlantic puffin.Our second day in the Faroes will be dedicated to the
capital city of Tórshavn, where the Vikings established their government in
825 AD. One of the world’s smallest capitals, the picturesque Tórshavn has
a relaxed vibe and a number of historical and cultural sites. Meander the
maze of narrow laneways of the Old Town, admiring the quaint wooden houses
with traditional sod roofs and white paned windows. If you’re looking for
more action, a hike up to the historic fort, built in 1580 to guard against
pirate raids, offers stunning views of the port below. Or perhaps you prefer
to wander the charming harbor, filled with cafés, pubs and old warehouses,
and simply gaze out at the sea while sipping a latte.

Day 6 - 7 : At Sea

Jan Mayen

Meals Included:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Say goodbye to the Faroes as we cruise toward the world’s most northerly
volcanic island, Jan Mayen. There are several activities to keep you engaged
while at sea. Learn to identify seabirds gliding alongside your ship, attend
dynamic presentations by the Expedition Team, relax in our polar library or
simply spend some time on deck, admiring the sea. With your binoculars and
camera at the ready, keep your eyes peeled for the blow of a Humpback, Blue
or Fin whale. Encounters with Minke whales or Orcas are also possible, since
their curiosity can bring them near the ship. If you’re lucky, you may even
see Harp seals.

Day 8 - 9 : Exploring Jan Mayen

Jan Mayen

Meals Included:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

North of the Arctic Circle, about 280 miles (450 km) east of Greenland and
340 miles (550 km) north of Iceland, is the mysterious Jan Mayen, deep in the
North Atlantic Ocean. Often shrouded in thick fog, the small mountainous
island was declared a nature reserve in 2010 and is rarely visited, save for
the 18 rotating personnel of the Norwegian military and Norwegian
Meteorological Institute, who are the only inhabitants.Landing here will be
dictated by the weather and sea. If conditions allow, as we approach, keep
watch on deck as the spoon-shaped island’s highest summit emerges. At 7,470
feet (2,277 metres) high, the breathtaking Beerenberg volcano features a
symmetrical cone shape and impressive glaciers that spill into the sea.
During the summer months, the island’s lower landscape is covered with
grass, moss and a smattering of hardy flowers that add a cheery pop of color
to the otherwise barren black lava terrain.One site we hope to visit is
Olonkinbyen and the surrounding area. Named after Russian-Norwegian Polar
explorer Gennady Olonkin, it’s the island’s only settlement and the
location of the meteorological station, where you may have the chance to
learn about Polar research while seeing how weather is monitored at the top
of the world. Another option might be the black sand beach at Kvalrossbukta,
where the remnants of a 17th-century Dutch whaling station and a large fulmar
colony can be found. In 1632, two Basque ships landed at the small bay and
plundered the station. A Dutch party was sent here the following year to
protect the land stations during winter, but all seven men perished from
scurvy. Whaling in the area came to an end about 20 years later.If we’re
fortunate, we may view the volcano and the stratified cliffs of the
spectacular north coast as we Zodiac cruise around the island, searching for
wildlife. Designated an Important Bird Area by BirdLife International for the
large numbers of breeding seabirds, Jan Mayen supports colonies of Northern
fulmars, Little auks, Glaucous gulls, kittiwakes, and Black and Brünnich’s
guillemots (Thick-billed murres). And if we are fortunate, you might see
“sea parrots,” the Atlantic puffin again. The waters here are rich
feeding grounds for marine life, so keep a lookout for Minke, Fin, Blue or
Humpback whales.

Day 10 : At Sea

Jan Mayen

Meals Included:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

As we sail farther north, spend some time with your shipmates in the lounge,
swapping stories and photos, or pause for a moment on the bridge, joining in
as the Expedition Team looks out for whales, seals and a variety of seabirds.

Day 11 - 13 : Exploring Spitsbergen


Meals Included:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Rugged, wild, unspoiled and situated entirely within the Arctic Circle, the
largest island of the Svalbard archipelago is unforgettable. From immense
glaciers to Polar deserts, the landscape here is as varied as the wildlife.As
we explore the fjords of the southwestern corner of this magical island, it
won’t take long for you to see firsthand why Spitsbergen is the “wildlife
capital of the Arctic.” Some areas we hope to visit include Hornsund and
Bellsund fjords and the Lilliehöök Glacier.The possible landing sites at
Hornsund, the island’s most southerly fjord, have rich histories. En route
to Isbjornhamna, a bay at the southern end, where we hope to explore the
former science station, you may have the opportunity to discover old whale
bones. You may spot Svalbard reindeer and colonies of delightful Little
auks.A 12-mile (20 km) long sound, Bellsund lured miners a century ago to its
natural resources. Today, visitors come to Bourbanhamna and Calypsobyen to
see historic mining and trapper sites and marvel at the magnificent vistas.
It may also be possible to hike along the colourful tundra, dotted with
flowers bursting for a taste of sunshine. Viewing reindeer here is likely, as
they frequent the area.

Day 14 : Disembark In Longyearbyen


Meals Included:


The time has come to say farewell to your newfound friends and Expedition
Team. After disembarking, spend the day exploring the frontier-style
settlement of Longyearbyen or catch your homeward flights. For the 2021
departure, you will be transferred to the airport for your included flight to
Oslo where your adventure ends. 

What's Included

  • We can include flights from the UK.  Please contact us for a quote.

  • All meals while on the ship

  • Beer and house wine during dinner

  • All accommodation

  • Tour leader throughout and qualified Expedition Staff

  • All transport and listed activities

  • Meals

    8 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 8 dinners.

What's Not Included

  • Travel insurance

  • Single accommodation (available on request)

  • Visas or vaccinations


All meals while on the ship included.Typical MealsThe ships galley offers good quality service and cuisine throughout, with excellent chefs preparing international menus including vegetarian dishes, accompanied by a wide variety of drinks from around the world on sale.Breakfast: Buffet style – unlimited tea and coffee, a selection of fruit juices, hot options including bacon and eggs or omelettes, a selection of bread and toast and jam/honey/marmalade, fruit and cereal.Lunch: Three course set meal, or the occasional buffet or BBQ.Dinner: Three courses with a starter of soup, salad or anti-pasto, a choice of three mains with at least one vegetarian and one seafood option and a dessert of sweet pudding or ice cream or fruit, tea and coffee.Vegetarians and vegans can be well catered for on this holiday - please do inform us before departure of any special dietary requests so that our local team can be well prepared.


The Arctic Saga: Exploring Spitsbergen via the Faroes and Jan Mayen voyage is offered on the Ultramarine which is a Polar Adventure Ship. Full board accommodation on the ship, generally on a twin share basis in a variety of cabin types, all with en suite facilities.

Polar Adventure Ships

These are small ice rated vessels well qualified for Polar waters. Intimate adventures are always more enjoyable with like-minded passengers and staff, so these voyages are for people who like flexible itineraries and plenty to keep them busy. Activities include frequent Zodiac excursions, trekking and many hours on deck in areas that other ships only dream about accessing. Food and staff are superb and every guest benefits from the technical advances of this superb fleet. Rest assured our Polar Adventure Ships enable any traveller to maximize their experience sensitively in the Poles.

Check out our Q&As

  • Do you require a visa for this holiday?

    No visa required for British passport holders.

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?


  • What is the maximum group size?


  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    If you wish to make any changes to your booking, particularly if you need to alter any flights booked through us, please let us know as soon as possible. There is a booking or flight amendment fee of £40 per change and flight amendments often incur extra airline costs depending on the changes to be made and if the ticket has been issued or not.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Exodus has been trading since 1974

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Your final joining instructions and flight details, if booked with us, will then be sent out 2 to 3 weeks before departure. If you would like a hard copy posted, or if you require these any earlier, please contact the customer operations team. We advise that if you are booking connecting travel before receiving these, please ensure you leave plenty of time.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Travellers are welcome to opt to share a room with a tour member of the same gender for no additional charge. If you'd like your own room, we can request a single supplement so that you will have your own room throughout.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    You are welcome to meet the group after the tour has departed however there is no reduction in rate for joining a tour after the departure date.

Dates & Availability

ULTRAMARINE - Price includes Mandatory transfer package (including flights from Longyearbyen to Helsinki)

Sunday - Saturday

Apr 28, 2024 - May 11, 2024
$8972 $8680 (USD)

BLACK FRIDAY SALE @ Tourhub: $292 (USD)

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    Up to 42 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

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