Wild Islands & Lands of Legends - Antarctic Cruise

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Embark on a luxurious expedition aboard our state-of-the-art vessel to the Arctic, where you'll traverse icy waters and explore enchanting destinations such as Kirkwall, Fair Isle Shetland Islands, Lerwick, and the Faroe Islands. Immerse yourself in unparalleled comfort and elegance as you witness breathtaking landscapes, encounter diverse wildlife, and uncover the rich cultural heritage of these remote Arctic locales. Join us for an unforgettable journey of discovery and indulgence in the heart of the Arctic wilderness.

12 Day Antartida Itinerary

Day 1: Edinburgh

We welcome you to Edinburgh, capital city of Scotland. This is where our journey begins. We have arranged hotel accommodation before the cruise to give you more time in this city rich with history and culture. Enjoy a relaxing stroll in the city, taking in both 18th century architecture and medieval architecture. Edinburgh Castle is majestically positioned above all.

Day 2: Edinburgh

The morning and the early afternoon are yours to enjoy at leisure. Edinburgh's ancient streets are dotted with unexpected views of distant green hills and blue seas. You will then be transported from your hotel to the cruise ship, located in nearby Port of Leith. You have time before dinner to discover the  expedition vessel. This is your new home away from home.

Day 3: Kirkwall

Kirkwall has a quiet, relaxed pace. It is also the capital city of Orkney, a remote archipelago. Kirkwall was first mentioned in the Orkneyinga Saga, in 1046. We can explore the rich history of Kirkwall today. Most famous is the St Magnus Cathedral in sandstone, which has been called the best medieval structure of the northern part of Scotland. Also, there are Bishop's Palace, and Earl's Palace.
Tour "Ancient Treasures of Orkney" with St Magnus Cathedral. Depart Kirkwall, and travel to the West of Mainland (Orkney's biggest island). The tour takes you through Orkney's gentle rolling terrain and the Neolithic Heartland, an area that has been designated as a World Heritage Site for its prehistoric archaeology. After passing the Standing Stones of Stenness we stop at the Ring ofBrodgar, a large ceremonial stone circle dating back nearly 5000 years. The 5000 year old village Skara Brae is beautifully explained in the Visitor Centre. Discover the amazing dwellings that were revealed by the storms 150 years ago from under the dunes.

Listen to some stories as you return to Kirkwall. We will visit St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall, the capital of the isle. 

Day 4: Fair Isle

Fair Isle is a small island with rolling moorlands, rugged coasts and friendly residents. Birders are drawn to the island for its many records and rare eastern migrants and rarities. Fair Isle, a small island in the North Sea, is one of Europe’s most popular places for watching seabirds up close, particularly puffins. The island's wildflowers are also notable. In its bays, seals can also be seen. During our visit, we will have the opportunity to view and buy hand-knitted articles in Fair Isle's distinctive and intricate style.

Day 5: Lerwick

On Mainland we come alongside the port of Lerwick, on the largest Shetland Island. We visit the Shetland Museum, an award-winning museum in this historical town. Here we learn about Shetland’s rich heritage and culture. We then take an overland scenic coach journey through Dunrossness' fertile landscape to explore Shetland’s most popular destinations. Birders can visit Sumburgh Head's historic lighthouse, which is the southernmost tip of Mainland Shetland. The rugged cliffs are home to thousands of seabirds, and you can enjoy close-up encounters with puffins in the beautiful wildflowers on the slopes. Jarlshof is also on the agenda, which is one of the best archaeological sites found in Britain. We will see stone structures that span 5,000 years, such as Bronze Age oval homes, Pictish Wheelhouses, Iron Age Brochs, Viking Longhouses and Mediaeval Farmhouses.

Day 6: Papa Stour & Foula

Foula, one of the Shetland Islands in the Atlantic Ocean. Foula is a wonderful place for birdwatching. Its cliffs are home to a wide variety of seabirds, including Great Skuas. Foula also has an interesting history and culture.

Papa Stour, another island in the Shetland islands.

Papa Stour’s soft volcanic rocks eroded to create a spectacular cliff scenery, with caves, arches, blowholes, and stacks. The marine fauna and plants that live in these features include a variety of species.

Day 7, 8, 9 & 10: Faroe Islands

National Geographic Traveler has rated Faroe Islands "authentic, undisturbed and likely to stay that way". Nature seems to have spared no expense in "painting the islands". The sceneries are unforgettable with their deep-green hills and bright-blue seas, as well as colourful boats and houses, along with orange-red beaks of puffins.

Faroese people are known for their ruggedness and love of sea. The archipelago will be explored, including Torshavn - the largest and capital city of the Faroe Islands. Kirkjubour was the cultural and ecclesiastical center for the Faroes during the Middle Ages. The Bishop lived here until the Reformation when the Faroese Diocese was abolished. Saint Magnus Cathedral, built in the 13 th century and dominated by its Gothic ruin to this day, still stands on the site. Over the centuries, the Roykstovan has served as the Kirkjubour home for farmers. It is built on a wide stone foundation that was once a part of the Bishop’s Palace. The same Faroese families have lived in the Roykstovan for over 17 generations.

The expedition team will search for areas that are remote and difficult to reach to stop or visit. We may use the Zodiacs, the ship to explore bird cliffs.

Day 11: British Isles

Don't waste your time on board! Discover the unique British Isles flora & fauna. With our briefings and lectures onboard, you'll be a true expert in no-time!

Day 12: Edinburgh

We say goodbye to Leith in Edinburgh after breakfast aboard Sea Spirit. If you want to stay longer in Edinburgh, we can arrange transfers from the port to the airport and back again.

Itinerary Map

Wild Islands & Lands of Legends

12 Day Antartida Itinerary Includes

  • Group transfer to the ship on day of embarkation
  • Group transfer to airport or central location upon disembarkation
  • Shipboard accommodation
  • All scheduled landings/excursions
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by our Expedition Leader & Expedition Team
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by our Expedition Leader & Expedition Team
  • WiFi on board
  • All meals on board throughout the voyage
  • Tea and coffee station 24 hours daily
  • Branded Poseidon Expeditions parka
  • Rubber boots for shore landings for the time of the cruise
  • Welcome and Farewell cocktails
  • All port fees
  • Predeparture materials
  • Digital Voyage Log

12 Day Antartida Itinerary Does not Include

  • Visa and passport fees (if applicable)
  • Luggage and trip cancellation insurance
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages other than those for special events and celebrations
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and telecommunication charges
  • Mandatory Emergency Evacuation Insurance to a minimum benefit of US$ 200,000 per person
  • Staff gratuities

12 Day Antartida Itinerary Highlights

  • Uncover Kirkwall's ancient treasures, including St Magnus Cathedral and Earl's Palace.
  • Experience the serene beauty of Fair Isle, renowned for its rugged coastline and vibrant birdlife.
  • Discover Lerwick's fascinating history at the Shetland Museum before embarking on a scenic tour to explore Sumburgh Head's historic lighthouse.
  • Embark on a unique exploration of Papa Stour's stunning cliffs and caves.
  • Immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of the Faroe Islands, where picturesque landscapes, charming villages, and historic sites.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast Served Daily
  • 11 Dinners
  • 12 Lunches
 | Faroe Islands | Puffin
Papa Stour | Scotland |  Antarctica
 | Falkland | Bird

12 Day Antarctica cruise activities

Sea Kayaking
Under full instruction from your sea kayaking guide, experience true tranquillity as you paddle through clinking ice floes and realise the enormity of the surrounding scenery. Look out for breaching whales, lounging seals and penguins zipping alongside your kayak. Some experience is required.
Ice Camping
Camp out on the ice and experience the silence which blankets the continent by night. This is your chance to completely connect with this ethereal ice world – wrap up warm and embrace the Antarctic elements.
Get a spring in your step when you slip on a pair of snowshoes in Antarctica. Enabling you to easily scale gentle slopes, this unique activity allows you to access hard to reach places and seek out the most impressive views.
Learn to capture wildlife and landscape shots in a small group photography program, including critiquing sessions and editing classes. Plus, Explorer Boat excursions with a dedicated photography expert on landings.
Explorer Boats
Achieve the best views and photographs from a forward facing Explorer Boats. They allow you to sit comfortably and securely while crackling through the ice-strewn waters. Look out for wildlife such as penguins, seals and whales as you cruise.
It doesn’t get more serene than complimentary yoga classes to the tune of glacial scenery. Join the most unique exercise setting in the world after a day of exploration. Classes are regular but are dependent on weather conditions and swell.
Wild Islands & Lands of Legends
12 Days
From $5,395.00 per person

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