23031
Scotland/Faroe Islands/Iceland

North Atlantic Adventure: Scotland, the Faroes and Iceland

Experience the rich history of the north Atlantic islands while discovering volcanic plains, vast nature reserves, and the colorful local traditions.
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Program No. 23031RJ
Length
15 days
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7,499
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15 days
14 nights
38 meals
13 B 12 L 13 D
DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In flight
DAY
2
Arrive Edinburgh, Check-in, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Edinburgh
D

Activity note: Hotel check-in available from 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration: At 5:30 PM meet your group leader in the hotel lobby. Mandatory Orientation: At 6:00 PM we will meet for a mandatory briefing with Adventure Canada. Here we will meet Resource Staff and fellow travelers as we learn about the embarkation process. While on board, rotating members of the ship's resource staff will offer educational presentations on a variety of topics. Many are active researchers with expertise in areas such as history, paleontology, geology, and biology. At each expedition port of call, you will have a choice of field trips that will vary by location such as nature activities (minimal walking), short walks (about .5 - 1.5 miles), longer walks (2-3 miles) and photography sessions led by resource staff. Periods in the daily schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Updates will be provided aboard ship. Thank you for your understanding. Expedition ships — more rugged than traditional sailing vessels — are designed to venture into remote landscapes, enabling us to seek opportunities for getting up close to nature and wildlife. These educational adventures have flexible schedules. The itinerary may change daily based on weather, sailing conditions, and potential wildlife sightings. There may also be serendipitous occasions to experience something unexpected. Due to the remote location of the ports, each embarkation and disembarkation will be done via zodiac rafts. Staff will be available for assistance. Should you require medication during the day please ensure you keep this with you.

Dinner: In a meeting room at the hotel, we will enjoy a plated dinner with beverage options including coffee, tea, water, and a glass of beer or wine. Additional beverages are available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure. Continue getting to know your fellow participants, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
3
Explore Edinburgh, Edinburgh Castle, St. Giles Cathedral
Edinburgh
B,L,D

Activity note: Getting on and off a motorcoach, walking up to a mile on paved walkways.

Breakfast: At hotel.

Morning: This morning we'll board a motorcoach with our local guide and head out for a full day exploration of Edinburgh. One of our first stops will be Edinburgh Castle where we'll explore the many exhibits.

Lunch: We'll enjoy a 2 course lunch at a local restaurant along with coffee, tea, and water. Other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Following lunch we'll continue our exploration of Edinburgh. We'll stop at St. Giles Cathedral where we'll have the chance to explore 900 years of history.

Dinner: At the hotel enjoy a 3-course, plated meal including coffee, tea, and water. Other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure. Rest up and prepare for the busy day we have ahead.

DAY
4
Edinburgh to Aberdeen, Embarkation
Aberdeen
B,L,D
Adventure Canada's Ocean Endeavour

Activity note: Riding on a motorcoach for 2.5 hours.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: This morning we'll board the motorcoach and begin our journey to Aberdeen where we'll board the ship. We'll stop at Scone Palace where we'll have a chance to explore the palace and it's grounds. Here we'll see a wide selection of art, antiques, and rare artifacts.

Lunch: This afternoon we'll enjoy a lunch of soup and sandwiches at Scone Palace.

Afternoon: This afternoon we arrive in Aberdeen. Many of Aberdeen’s historic stone buildings are of locally quarried granite; high in mica, they can sparkle like silver. The city is famed for its forty-five parks, gardens, and floral displays. In recent years, Aberdeen has become the gateway to the North Sea oil industry, but the city retains its old world charm. We board the Ocean Endeavour this afternoon.

Dinner: Aboard the ship, we’ll have a 3-course a la carte meal with meat, seafood, and vegetarian options, incorporating local delicacies when possible, plus water, coffee, and tea. Additional beverages are available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure. With lively talks, presentations, trivia nights, concerts, and movie nights, there’s certainly no shortage of evening activities!

DAY
5
Stromness
Stromness
B,L,D
Adventure Canada's Ocean Endeavour

Activity note: Zodiac landing; possibility of rough seas; getting in/out of Zodiac with assistance from staff. Walking distances up to 2 miles on uneven and hilly terrain.

Breakfast: Aboard the ship, we will choose from hot and cold buffet offerings, plus coffee, tea, water.

Morning: Off the north coast of mainland Scotland, Orkney is a gateway to ancient realms. The ancient village of Skara Brae and the standing stones at Stenness and Brogdar reveal a palpable prehistoric presence. Neolithic archeological sites include villages, ceremonial sites, and burial chambers dating to 8,000 years ago. From Viking times, the Kings of Norway held a strong presence here until the sixteenth century. We'll explore this area via zodiac.

Lunch: Aboard the ship, we will choose from hot and cold buffet offerings, plus coffee, tea, water.

Afternoon: This afternoon we'll explore Stromness by zodiac, a historic old town on the eastern shore of the main island, is a remnant from the 16th century and a staging area for ships heading west to North America. Almost all of the Hudson’s Bay Company ships sailed from here, with Stromness being the last European port where they could take on water.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Fair Isle
Fair Isle
B,L,D
Adventure Canada's Ocean Endeavour

Activity note: Zodiac landing; possibility of rough seas; getting in/out of Zodiac with assistance from staff. Walking distances up to 2 miles on uneven and hilly terrain.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: A key destination in Viking times, Fair Isle now hosts a hospitable population of some sixty residents who combine a respect for tradition with a modern outlook. It is also home to a National Trust Bird Observatory (now being reconstructed after a fire in 2019), and the local populations of great skuas and puffins routinely delight visitors; over three hundred and fifty species of bird have been recorded here. The island’s museum is dedicated to preserving island heritage, and the knitting of Fair Isle is renowned the world over.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: This afternoon enjoy a lecture by one of the ships knowledgeable staff.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure. Enjoy evening activities aboard the Ocean Endeavour.

DAY
7
Suðuroy Island & Sumba, Faroe Islands
Sumba
B,L,D
Adventure Canada's Ocean Endeavour

Activity note: Zodiac landing; possibility of rough seas; getting in/out of Zodiac with assistance from staff. Walking distances up to 2 miles on uneven and hilly terrain.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: This morning we'll cruise in our fleet of Zodiacs along the southwest coast of Suðuroy Island, composed of dramatic cliffs that tower above the Atlantic Ocean. The western side of the island is a breeding site for seabirds, including northern fulmars, European storm petrels, European shags, black-legged kittiwakes, Atlantic puffins, common guillemots, and black guillemots.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: This afternoon we'll arrive to Sumba, home to 239 inhabitants. Hiking opportunities abound in the foothills of Beinisvøro Mountain, and panoramic views of the surrounding area are spectacular. Archaeological excavations have shown traces of occupation at Sumba as far back as the seventh century, making it one of the oldest villages in the Faroe Islands.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure. Enjoy evening activities aboard the Ocean Endeavour.

DAY
8
Tórshavn, Faroe Islands
Tórshavn
B,L,D
Adventure Canada's Ocean Endeavour

Activity note: Zodiac cruise/landing; possibility of rough seas; getting in/out of Zodiac with assistance from staff. Walking distances up to 2 miles on uneven and hilly terrain.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: Tórshavn, literally “Thor’s harbour,” is the Faroe Islands’ capital and largest town, with a population of 19,000. A former Viking trading centre, Tórshavn is a splendid little city to explore. The National Art Gallery is a treasure, surrounded by gorgeous grounds with walking trails. Nordic House is a must, widely considered the finest example of architecture in Scandinavia. Torshavn offers excellent shopping and handicrafts, restaurants and pubs, and a cathedral dating 1788.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: We will continue exploring Tórshavn. Back on the ship, we will gather in the meeting space for a Road Scholar exclusive cocktail party.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure. Enjoy evening activities aboard the Ocean Endeavour.

DAY
9
Western Faroe Islands
Western Faroe Islands
B,L,D
Adventure Canada's Ocean Endeavour

Activity note: Zodiac landing; possibility of rough seas; getting in/out of Zodiac with assistance from staff. Walking distances up to 2 miles on uneven and hilly terrain.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: The northwestern shores of Eysturoy and Streymoy islands have some of the Faroes’ most spectacular coastlines and hiking opportunities contained in the eighteen islands that comprise this unique archipelago. Towering cliffs, waterfalls, sea stacks, and rocks seemingly pulled from the ocean floor are peppered with picturesque coastal communities like Saksun, Gjogv, and Tjornuvik. Uninhabited Tindhólmur, in the fjord Sørvágsfjørõur, may be the single most breathtaking view in the Faroes.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: On the ship, we will gather in the onboard meeting space for a lecture from one of the ship's knowledgeable resource staff.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure. Enjoy evening activities aboard the Ocean Endeavour.

DAY
10
Western Faroe Islands
Western Faroe Islands
B,L,D
Adventure Canada's Ocean Endeavour

Activity note: Zodiac landing; possibility of rough seas; getting in/out of Zodiac with assistance from staff. Walking distances up to 2 miles on uneven and hilly terrain.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: After breakfast, we will gather in the onboard meeting space for a lecture from one of the ship's knowledgeable resource staff.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: We will continue to explore the Western Faroe Islands. Charming villages connected by high-tech tunnels through mountains and beneath the ocean floor are a unique and startling feature of Faroese life. The spectacular waterfall at Gásadalur is reached through one such tunnel—but look for the old switchback trail over the mountain, once used by the local postman!

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure. Enjoy evening activities aboard the Ocean Endeavour.

DAY
11
Mykines Island
Mykines Island
B,L,D
Adventure Canada's Ocean Endeavour

Activity note: Zodiac landing; possibility of rough seas; getting in/out of Zodiac with assistance from staff. Walking distances up to 2 miles on uneven and hilly terrain.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: Mykines is the westernmost of the Faroe Islands. Along its northern coast lies the valley Krokadalur, where great columns of balsalt (called the Stone-wood) tower thirty meters above the ocean. On the western end of the island is the kilometer-long inlet Mykinshólmur, with several sea stacks clustered at its western end. A lighthouse was built here in 1909, and a forty-meter footbridge connects the islet with Mykines. It is the oldest part of the Faroes, and was formed about sixty million years ago by volcanic activity.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: Mykines is inhabited by large numbers of puffins and gannets as well as vast colonies of guillemots, razorbills, northern fulmurs, Manx shearwaters, European storm petrels, European shags, and black-legged kittiwakes. It has been identified as an Important Bird Area by BirdLife International. We'll cruise in our fleet of Zodiacs to get a better view of the bird life in the area.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure. Enjoy evening activities aboard the Ocean Endeavour.

DAY
12
At Sea
At Sea
B,L,D
Adventure Canada's Ocean Endeavour

Activity note: Zodiac cruise/landing; possibility of rough seas; getting in/out of Zodiac with assistance from staff. Walking distances up to 2 miles on uneven and hilly terrain.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: Today we will enjoy a day at sea! With on-board education and time spent on-deck, we will keep our eyes open for marine wildlife and seabirds.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: This afternoon take advantage of the workshops and talks onboard or use this time to relax and take in the scenery.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure. Enjoy evening activities aboard the Ocean Endeavour.

DAY
13
Heimay, Vestmannaey Jar (Westman Islands)
Heimaey
B,L,D
Adventure Canada's Ocean Endeavour

Activity note: Zodiac landing; possibility of rough seas; getting in/out of Zodiac with assistance from staff. Walking distances up to 2 miles on uneven and hilly terrain.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: Vestmannaeyjar lies off the south coast of Iceland and comprises fourteen islands, numerous rocks and skerries. Only the largest island, Heimaey, is inhabited. Numerous species of seabirds, including the famous puffin, nest in the steep rock faces along the ocean cliffs.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: We will continue exploring Heimaey. The volcanically active area has seen two major eruptions in recent times: the formation of the island of Surtsey in 1963, and the Eldfell eruption ten years later that destroyed much of Heimaey and nearly blocked its harbour.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: At leisure. Enjoy evening activities aboard the Ocean Endeavour.

DAY
14
Disembark, Explore Reykjavik, Iceland
Reykjavik
B,L,D

Activity note: Getting on and off a motorcoach, walking up to one mile on paved walkways.

Breakfast: Aboard the ship.

Morning: After disembarkation we'll board a motorcoach with our local guide and set off to explore Rekyjavik.

Lunch: We'll enjoy a meal at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Free time. Take this opportunity to explore Reykjavik and see and do what interests you most.

Dinner: At the hotel we'll enjoy a plated 3-course meal including coffee, tea, and water. Other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Following dinner we'll wrap up the program and discuss the highlights we experienced. Following wrap up the rest of your evening if free to do what you like. Spend time with your fellow Road Scholars or take this time to pack up and get ready for your departure the next day.

DAY
15
Program Concludes
Reykjavik
B

Activity note: Hotel check out by 11:00 a.m. See your program’s travel details regarding transfers. If you are an independent traveler (POP status), see “Arrival and Departure Instructions” in your Final Information Packet.

Breakfast: At hotel.

Morning: Program concludes. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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