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15 days / 14 nights, Leith/Scotland – Norway – Longyearbyen/Svalbard


PS56-14 / May 26 – June 09, 2006

The Scottish Isles, the Norwegian fjords and Svalbard, this is a spring voyage that celebrates life since ancient times and the wonder and beauty of nature – from ancient standing stones, cliffs crowded with nesting birds, dramatic fjords with spring flowers and charming communities, to an icy wilderness with perhaps walrus and the majestic Polar Bear. This is a remarkable voyage of the more remote regions from Scotland to Norway and Svalbard that are a true delight.


We begin our voyage in Leith, the port town of gracious Edinburgh.


This is a day of bird watching and archaeological sites - Standing Stones of Stennes, Ring of Brodgar, Skara Brae and Maes Howe. In Kirkwall we visit St. Magnus Cathedral and the museum.


We visit nesting areas of seabirds including Puffins, Kittiwakes, Razorbill and Guillemots as well as the archaeological site of Jarlshoff, 4200 years old.


Day 4 BERGEN (Norway)

We explore the old quarter with its quaint Hanseatic houses and visit Edward Grieg’s home and museum.


We take an early morning Zodiac cruise at the island of Runde, for a close up experience of the sights and sounds of the seabird nesting grounds with Sea Eagles cruising overhead. Later we visit the picturesque community of Ålesund, with its Art Nouveau architecture and canals and visit the aquarium.


We take a guided tour of this city, the first capital of Norway, including the lovely cathedral and nearby Monk’s Island. We then head for Austråt to visit a well preserved castle and WWII German gun emplacement.



We plan to spend most of this day enjoying nature with hikes that may that takes us through the large hole in the mountain.


On Lovund a morning walk takes us to a place noted for its density of Puffins. On Sanna we walk to the village, the “cathedral” cave and perhaps the DEWS radio station. Back onboard we cross the Arctic Circle.


This enchanting archipelago is a collection of picturesque villages by the sea in a setting of jagged granite mountain peaks. We visit several villages, Viking museum and blacksmith artist at work, and in the evening take a cruise in Trollfjord.



Past the bird island of Bleiksøya and whale watching areas, we come to Tromsø to visit the dramatic Arctic Cathedral, Polar and Tromsø museums and a cable car ride up to the tundra for a stunning view of the region.


Onboard today we start with bird watching at Gjesværstappen and then steam around the northernmost point of Europe. Depending on the day we will go Zodiac cruising to watch for birds and reindeer.


We will take a dramatic Zodiac cruise among the stacks, caves and towering bird covered cliffs and hope to visit the radio station on the northern shore and take an escorted hike across the boggy tundra. Continuing north we expect to spend time cruising through drift ice.

Days 13 -14 SPITSBERGEN (Svalbard)

Reaching Svalbard we spend these two days exploring part of this Arctic archipelago with its deep fjords, stunning mountains and massive sheets of ice that cover much of the land. Svalbard is home to walruses, whales, seals, reindeer, Arctic Foxes, the rare Ivory Gulls and majestic Polar Bears.


We arrive here in time for early morning flights for international connections.


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Departure Dates
Magic of Islands & Fjords, 15 days /14 nights
Voyage Date Port Date Port
PS56-14 May 26 Leith June 09 LYR
LYR = Longyearbyen


Prices in US Dollars

Magic of Islands and Fjords,15 days/14 nights

Cabin Category  Description
(# of cabin in brackets)
 Price in USD, per person
 K1-T  Triple - shared facilities (4) 3,493
 K1-D  Double - shared facilities (4) 4,178
 K2 - D  Double - private facilities (15) 4,768
 K3 - D Double - private facilities ( 16) 4,998
 K4 - T Triple - private facilities (4) 4,178
 K4 - D  Double - private facilities (4) 5,318
 K6 - D Mini suite - private facilities (5) 5,768
 K7 - D  Suite- private facilities (2) 6,043
SGL  Single passenger supplement 1.6 times the double

Prices quoted in USD per passenger in cabin categories as described. Subject to availability and change.



  • Voyage aboard the indicated vessel as per itinerary

  • Cabin category of choice

  • All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship incl. snacks, coffee and tea

  • All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac

  • Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff

  • Expedition guide service

  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program

  • Access to medical services when available onboard at posted prices

  • Pre-departure information and briefing

Not Included

  • Airfare to and from M/V Polar Star

  • Airport taxes

  • Visa, passports and vaccination charges

  • Hotels and Meals ashore

  • Personal items such as laundry, postage, telecommunication charges, medical expenses, alcoholic beverages

  • Optional tours and excursions

  • Baggage, cancellation and personal trip insurance (strongly recommended)

  • Emergency evacuation charges

  • Gratuity for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided)

  • $ 25 Service fee

Fuel Surcharge:
Due to the continuous increases of fuel prices a fuel surcharge of US $ 22.00  per night per passenger has been added to the cruise rates
Please note:

Detailed Terms and Conditions are available upon request and are automatically include with booking correspondence.

We highly recommend that passengers purchase cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property, medical and emergency evacuation insurance.



All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on local ice and weather conditions and in order to take advantage of opportunities to see wildlife. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises.



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