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Epic Iceland

An exploration of Iceland & Scottish Isles aboard the MS Hebridean Sky

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If you want to see nature in the raw, where better than Iceland, the ‘Land of Ice and Fire’. Europe’s least populated country offers the visitor an unparalleled experience of elemental forces at work. Its largely deserted interior is dotted with huge ice-caps and glaciers, active volcanoes, gurgling mud pools, steaming hot springs and lava fields. If this were not enough, the immense scale of the landscape is dominated by towering snow-capped mountains and thundering waterfalls.

The first half of our unique voyage is focused on Iceland and we will visit some of its most dramatic areas, whilst we sail its waters looking out for humpback whales, orcas, white-beaked dolphins and observing the colonies of seabirds. Our journey will also include some time in the Faroes. Little known, but endlessly fascinating, we will spend three days exploring these mysterious islands before sailing on to the Shetland Islands and finally to Scotland’s east coast.

Such a journey can of course only be undertaken by a special vessel with the self-sufficient qualities of the MS Hebridean Sky. With our Zodiacs we will be able to land on remote beaches and cruise close to shorelines and cliffs. Enabling us to land in secluded places, the Zodiacs make the otherwise inaccessible readily available. We will keep a flexible approach allowing for the opportunity to fully experience the unexpected whether it be a sighting of dolphins, a whale or any unusual event.

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Hebridean Sky

Hebridean Sky

The MS Hebridean Sky is one of our three flag ships and sister vessel to the MS Island Sky and MS Caledonian Sky. All three vessels were built in the same ship yard in Italy at similar times and share the same excellent attributes that make them three of the finest small ships in the world. Formerly known as the Sea Explorer, the vessel underwent a multi-million pound refurbishment in Sweden in Spring 2016 before being re-launched as the MS Hebridean Sky.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - London to Reykjavik, Iceland.

Fly by scheduled flight. Arrive this afternoon and transfer to the MS Hebridean Sky.

Day 2 - Stykissholmur & Latrabjarg.

We will arrive this morning at Stykissholmur located in Breidafjordur Bay and surrounded by an archipelago of islands. The town is famed for its beautiful and well-preserved old houses and is also the gateway to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula which is dominated by the Snæfellsjökull Volcano regarded as one of the symbols of Iceland and known as the setting for Jules Verne’s ‘Journey to the Centre of the Earth’. During our morning tour we will drive through the lava landscape to the glacier visiting pretty fishing ports and beaches along the way. Alternatively enjoy a Zodiac excursion amongst the islands of Breidafjordur Bay looking for some of the local fauna and flora. Return to the ship for lunch and in the early evening we will cruise past the Latrabjarg cliffs, the westernmost point of Europe and home to many birds including puffins, northern gannets, guillemots and razorbills. If time and weather permits we hope to launch the Zodiacs for a closer look.

Day 3 - Vigur Island & Hornbjarg.

Awake this morning in the Western Fjords, an isolated but spectacular area of Iceland. We will explore Isafjordur with the MS Hebridean Sky and depending on local weather conditions, we hope to land on Vigur, a serene little island with only five residents but home to many more puffins, eider ducks, black guillemots and Arctic terns. We can also visit Iceland’s only extant windmill dating from the 19th century. Ensure you are on deck this afternoon as we cruise round the north coast of Iceland at the Hornbjarg Cliffs. These stunning cliffs rise 534 metres from the sea and are one of the largest centres for puffins in Iceland.

Day 4 - Siglufjordur & Grimsey Island.

Siglufjordur is a picturesque town that enjoys an idyllic setting in a small fjord backed by mountains. Here in the early 1900s, a booming economy due to the herring industry resulted in a prosperous town with some marvellous Icelandic architecture. Stroll through the town and visit the Herring Era Museum. In the afternoon we head to Grimsey Island. The Arctic Circle bisects this island which is known for its tiny community, basalt cliffs and large variety of birdlife. On arrival join our expedition team members for a nature walk on the island. Be on deck after dinner as we sail down Eyafjordur, on the lookout for whales, heading to Akureyri where we moor overnight.

Day 5 - Akureyri.

This delightful town on the north coast of Iceland is not what you would expect to find in such a remote location. In summer months the gardens and window boxes are ablaze with colour and on a morning tour we will explore the botanical garden where we find species from Africa, China and the Mediterranean growing alongside the Alaskan, Greenlandic and indigenous specimens. We will also have time to explore the town to visit Art Alley, where artisans keep their workshops and galleries, or the local church with its beautiful views over the fjord. Return to the ship for lunch and enjoy a free afternoon to explore further or maybe enjoy a hike in nearby Kjanaskogur. Alternatively travel by bus to the Lake Myvatn-Krafla area, a fine example of the volcanic world with lava fields, boiling and steaming mud pools and steam vents of sulphur and craters. The area illustrates the sheer magnitude of Iceland’s forces at work. The lake itself, with beautiful natural rock formations and hot springs, is also a unique ecosystem and the largest migratory bird sanctuary in Europe. We will offer time in the natural baths or on a bird watching walk before returning to the ship via Godafoss (falls of the Gods), an imposing sight.

Day 6 - Husavik.

Over breakfast we arrive in Husavik, known as the whale capital of Iceland. This morning we will use local boats to explore Skjalfandi Bay looking for one of the 15 species of whales, the most popular being Humpback, Minke and Blue whales, as well as white beaked dolphins and many different kinds of birds. After lunch on board we have the afternoon to explore the pretty town including time at the excellent whale museum, the exploration museum and quaint local church.

Day 7 - Seydisfjordur.

Today we arrive at the natural harbour at Seydisfjordur which has preserved its fishing heritage from the early 19th century and its architectural style. On a walking tour we will pass brightly painted and well preserved Norwegian style wooden buildings and visit the shops famous for their Icelandic patterned woollens. The keen walkers might prefer an energetic hike up the river trail through a verdant landscape of wildflowers. Return to the MS Hebridean Sky for lunch and spend the afternoon at sea as we sail towards the Faroe Islands.

Day 8 - Torshavn, Faroe Islands.

After a morning cruising we arrive in the Faroe Island capital of Torshavn. From our berth we will join a guided tour through Torshavn over the hills to Kirkjubour, the island’s oldest cultural centre, where we see the ruins of the 13th century St. Magnus Cathedral and the 11th century church, still in use. We also visit the 900-year old ‘Roykstovan’, the old bishopric, considered to be the oldest wooden house in Europe. For the more active we will arrange a hike in the hills surrounding the town to discover the local flora and fauna. We remain in the port overnight for anyone who wishes to explore the town or enjoy a nightcap ashore.

Day 9 - Vestmanna.

Before breakfast we will sail the short distance to Vestmanna, our base as we discover the northwest corner of Streymoy and the nearby cliffs. Here we will board local boats to explore the vertical cliffs that climb almost 1500 feet, sailing into grottos carved by the surf over the years and watching the thousands of sea birds including puffins, guillemots, fulmars and kittiwakes that nest here each summer. After lunch on board we will drive to the beautiful village of Saksun, an isolated settlement situated beneath steep majestic mountains. We visit Duvugaroar, an old farmhouse, which is now a museum and visit a traditional Faeroese wooden church in Kollafjord.

Day 10 - Suduroy.

Our last morning in the Faroes will be on Suduroy, the southernmost island of the group. From the port of Tvoroyri we have a choice of activities. Choose to join an island drive passing the beautiful scenery as we travel between the villages seeing the stunning geology, fjords, tunnels and architecture of the island and end at the southernmost point and the Akraberg lighthouse. In Porkeri we will take the ridge-top road which winds up the mountain side for wonderful views towards the steep cliffs on the west coast, the Beinisvørð promontory to the north and the luscious grass slopes to the east. Alternatively the active may wish to join a hike to Hvaanhagi a beautiful, uninhibited place north of Tvøroyri on the east coast of Suðuroy. The view is fantastic towards the three islands Lítla Dímun, Stóra Dímun and Skúvoy. There are sheep and birds, a valley with a lake and beautiful high mountains. Return to the ship for lunch and enjoy an afternoon at sea as we sail to Scotland.

Day 11 - Lerwick, Shetland Islands.

Arriving in Scotland at the Shetland capital we will visit the remarkable archaeological site of Jarlshof. The site was uncovered by a violent storm in the winter of 1896/7, revealing an extraordinary settlement site embracing at least 5000 years of human history. The site contains a remarkable sequence of stone structures – late Neolithic houses, a Bronze- Age village, an Iron-Age broch and wheelhouses, several Norse longhouse, a Medieval farmstead and the 16thcentury laird’s house. Return to the ship for lunch and enjoy a free afternoon to explore this historic port. Perhaps wander through its narrow stone lanes or maybe visit the excellent Shetland Museum, containing artefacts from shipwrecks and the whaling era. We remain in port overnight for anyone wishing to take an after dinner stroll.

Day 12 - Mousa & Fair Isle.

At dawn we sail the short distance to the island of Mousa where we will see the forty-foot defensive tower built by the Picts more than 2000 years ago, and the tallest, best preserved example of an Iron Age broch (tower) in Britain. Spend the morning walking around this fascinating site before we return to the ship and sail to Fair Isle arriving in the early afternoon. Here the tiny population of sixty or so islanders always extend us a warm welcome. Enjoy an afternoon to explore, maybe walk across the island, visit the Bird Observatory or meet the local community and maybe purchase some of the famous knitwear. Return to the ship for dinner and sail this evening.

Day 13 - Montrose.

Spend the morning at sea before we arrive in Montrose during lunch, the gateway to Angus known as the birthplace of Scotland. It was the Battle of Dunnichen, between the Picts and Northumbrians in 645 which led to the creation of the Kingdom of Alba. Whilst in 1320 the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath marked Scotland’s creation as an independent country. This afternoon you may choose to visit nearby Glamis Castle, setting for Macbeth and childhood home of the Queen Mother. Alternatively keen birders may want to join a walk in the Montrose Basin, an important roosting and feeding area for migrating birds, waders and wildfowl.

Day 14 - Leith.

Disembark this morning. Transfers will be provided to Edinburgh Central Station and international airport at a fixed time.

Dates and Prices

Prices per person based on double occupancy
5 to 18 August 2018
Category Price
Amundsen Deck Standard Suite £7395
Byrd Deck Superior Suite £7695
Mawson Deck Premium Suite £8095
Mawson Deck Corner Suite £8695
Scott Deck Deluxe Balcony Suite £9695
Shackleton Deck Owner's Balcony Suite £10395
Shackleton Deck Hebridean Suite £11895
Amundsen Deck Standard for sole use £11045
Byrd Deck Superior for sole use £11945

Tour Reference Code: SCHSK050818

Price Includes: Economy class scheduled air travel from London to Reykjavik, 13 nights aboard the MS Hebridean Sky on a full board basis, wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner, shore excursions, onboard team, gratuities, transfers, port taxes.

Not Included: Travel insurance. 

Ship to Shore: This voyage is a combination of both expedition style cruising and small ship destination cruising. Whilst we will be alongside on some days, on others we may be at anchor and the vessel’s Zodiacs will be utilised to transport passengers ashore and for Zodiac cruising to explore the more remote regions we will be visiting. The use of the Zodiacs will be key to the operation of the planned itinerary. If you have any queries pertaining to the use of Zodiacs or the level of fitness required for this voyage please do not hesitate to ask one of our experienced travel consultants. 
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Hebridean Sky

The MS Hebridean Sky is one of our three flag ships and sister vessel to the MS Island Sky and MS Caledonian Sky. All three vessels were built in the same ship yard in Italy at similar times and share the same excellent attributes that make them three of the finest small ships in the world. Formerly known as the Sea Explorer, the vessel underwent a multi-million pound refurbishment in Sweden in Spring 2016 before being re-launched as the MS Hebridean Sky.

 
  • MS Hebridean Sky
    MS Hebridean Sky
  • Library
    Library
  • Reception
    Reception
  • The Lounge
    The Lounge
  • The Club
    The Club
  • Hair & Beauty Salon
    Hair & Beauty Salon
  • Restaurant
    Restaurant
  • Restaurant
    Restaurant
  • At sea
    At sea
  • Sun loungers on Observation Deck
    Sun loungers on Observation Deck
  • Owners Balcony Suite - Cabin 601
    Owners Balcony Suite - cabin 601
  • Deluxe Balcony Suite
    Deluxe Balcony Suite
  • Deluxe Balcony Suite
    Deluxe Balcony Suite
  • Corner Suite
    Corner Suite
  • Premium Suite
    Premium Suite
  • Hebridean Suite
    Hebridean Suite
  • Superior Suite
    Superior Suite
  • Premium Suite
    Premium Suite
  • Staff On Board
    Staff On Board
  • Staff On Board
    Staff On Board
  • Food & Drink On Board
    Food & Drink On Board
  • Artwork On Board
    Artwork On Board
  • Lido Deck
    Lido Deck
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    MS Hebridean Sky
  • Owner's Balcony Suite
    Owner's Balcony Suite
  • Owner's Balcony Suite
    Owner's Balcony Suite
  • Your Suite

    On board there are 59 exceptionally spacious and well-designed suites. All feature a sitting area and fourteen suites have private balconies. The feeling of luxury is enhanced by the wood panelling and brass which predominates throughout the vessel conveying the atmosphere of a private yacht. The passenger accommodation is arranged over five decks and all suites have outside views with suites on the Scott and Shackleton Decks featuring private balconies. Each suite affords considerable comfort with en-suite bathroom featuring vanity unit with sink and walk-in rainfall shower, large wardrobes, dressing table with large mirror and stool and excellent storage. There is a mini-fridge, flat screen television and a telephone in each suite. Bottled water, towelling dressing gowns and slippers are also provided for your comfort.

    Additional facilities include a programmable electronic safe, hairdryer, assorted Molton Brown toiletries and individually controlled air-conditioning and heating. Soft hues and blended tones will enhance the traditional maritime style making the passenger accommodation an inviting and relaxing place to be. The beds in each suite can be configured as twins or double with the exception of suite 601 and 602 which feature fixed double beds.

    The impressive Hebridean Suite, located on the Shackleton Deck consists of a separate bathroom and sitting room with extra large balcony stretching the length of the suite. Additonal benefits of booking this marvellous suite include complimentary internet usage, complimentary mini-bar stocked with your preferences and complimentary laundry.

     

  • Your Space

    The spacious and finely decorated public rooms include a large lounge on the Byrd Deck featuring a selection of seating options from individual armchairs and sofas to side cushioned benches. Daily briefings given by the Cruise Director and talks from Guest Speakers and Expedition staff take place in The Lounge which is fitted with the highest standard of presentation equipment including multiple screens.

    In addition to the main Lounge, there is also The Club, located on the Mawson Deck which features the main bar where the on board pianist plays periodically throughout the day. The Club also offers a 24-hour tea and coffee station. Towards the aft of the ship on the Mawson Deck is The Library. Well stocked with reference books pertaining to the destinations the vessel is visiting and a selection of essential reads, you will not find yourself short of excellent literature on board. A selection of games and two computers complete with complimentary internet access can also be found in The Library.

    The main dining room which can seat all guests at one sitting is located on the Amundsen Deck and is a bright and charming setting to enjoy the delicious meals on board.

    Outside there is a rear Lido Deck located on the Scott Deck where meals are served in warm weather under shade. Further to this on the top Shackleton Deck there is an observation area which offers a fantastic platform for spotting wildlife complete with deck furniture, ideal for relaxing with a book or catching up with fellow travellers. There is also a small hairdressers on board with appointments made on request.

    Throughout the vessel you will notice a wide selection of artwork. With the assistance of the Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge, we were able to secure some wonderful prints from the expeditions of Captain Robert Falcon Scott and Sir Ernest Shackleton.

  • Your Dining

    It is quite a task to create a dining experience as that found on board our vessels when you are cruising in far-flung corners of the globe, indeed it takes a team of highly talented chefs to deliver fresh, varied dishes no matter where you are at sea. Fortunately, our catering teams are well adapted to the world of small ship cruising where no two days are the same and the menus are often scheduled and tailored around the days’ excursions.

    With only one sitting and a maximum of just over 100 passengers, the cuisine on board all three vessels is of a consistent superior quality that befits such vessels. Where possible and when it meets their high standards, our accomplished chefs will obtain local produce in markets. Such purchases enhance the well stocked larders and enable the chefs on board to exhibit their culinary skills and bring a local touch to the varied menus, emphasising the international expertise of the chefs on board. Afternoon tea and pre-dinner canapes take place every day in either the comfort of the Lounge or out on the Lido deck when the weather is favourable. Tea and coffee are also available 24 hours a day. Special diets can be catered for with sufficient notice.

    In keeping with the informal atmosphere on board, when dining you are able to choose your seating arrangements at your leisure. Whether that be joining a table of four to six other passengers outside on the Lido Deck in the evening’s sunshine or whether you prefer to enjoy meals in the à la carte restaurant. For those travelling alone, our onboard friendly restaurant staff will take care to ensure you are seated with other like minded travellers. In the main elegant dining room, breakfast is served buffet-style, with certain items cooked to order on request. Lunch and dinner are à la carte with an excellent choice of dishes, with the menu reflecting the daily catch or local delicacies. To enhance your dining experience even further a selection of wines are included with both meals and there is also a comprehensive wine list with a wide selection of new and old world wines from which to choose.

    The onboard catering and restaurant staff are experienced at sea and enthuse a passion for superb service. Whether it be ensuring you have an outdoor blanket as you enjoy the crisp sea breeze on the Lido Deck or sharing their knowledge of the characteristics of the days’ wine selections, you will experience a service on board like no other. You may also enjoy sumptuous barbeques on deck whilst at times, the chef will make your dish to order at special pasta or stir fry stations.

  • For your Comfort

    The MS Hebridean Sky is equipped with the latest safety, navigation and communications equipment along with roll stabilizers to minimize the ship’s motion. During your voyage we hope to offer the opportunity to visit the Captain and Officers on the Bridge to check the vessels progress by charts and learn more about your journey. There is also a dedicated channel on your television in your suite showing the routing of the vessel along with technical information and estimated times of arrival and departure from port. On board you will also find a clinic and Doctor and a lift that serves all decks. Smoking on board is restricted to a specific area on deck.

  • Life Onboard

    If large resort-style vessels accommodating many thousands of passengers are your ideal, then our ships are not for you as you will not find endless entertainment, round the clock buffets and the people management which is so much a part of today’s big ship on board style. However, if like us you prefer a more peaceful life at sea you will find our flagships the perfect vessels.

    When choosing your next voyage the choice of vessels is astounding. You can select a ship carrying in excess of 4000 passengers with impersonal service or join us aboard the MS Caledonian Sky, MS Island Sky or MS Hebridean Sky where peace, high quality service and attention to detail are the order of the day. We promise there will be no organised entertainment, fancy dress, deck games or any of the usual big ship experiences. Instead, the atmosphere is warm and convivial and more akin to a private yacht or country hotel in which you can learn more about the wonders of nature, culture and ancient civilisations in the company of like-minded people. A little music in the lounge or bar after dinner, Guest Speakers and informative port briefings from our Expedition Leader or Cruise Director and of course good food with wine included at lunch and dinner, all contribute to make any voyage aboard these wonderful vessels a memorable and joyful experience. After a day ashore you will return to the comfort and peace of an exceedingly comfortable ship.

    The daily programme on board is in the capable hands of our Cruise Director or Expedition Leader and staff who coordinate with the Captain and Officers to make the most of each day. Briefings and talks will be provided throughout the voyage together with a ‘Daily Programme’ that is distributed every evening to your suite outlining the next day’s activities. Dress on board is casual and relaxed and there will be no ‘black tie’ evenings.

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  • Cabin Plans

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    {MEDIA GALLERY DEFAULT}Suite 601 is located on the Shackleton Deck and measures approximately 22 square metres with a large private balcony of 8 square metres with table and chairs. The configuration of the suite varies to the other suites on the Shackleton Deck and is as shown in the cabin plan above.

  • Review

    Click below for a review on Silver Travel Advisor of our La Dolce Vita cruise aboard MS Hebridean Sky.

    Cruising the coast of Sicily with Noble Caledonia

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Tour Extensions

    • If you would like to spend some time in Reykjavik, we are offering a two night optional extension staying at a centrally located hotel on a bed and breakfast basis

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      Day 1 London to Reykjavik, Iceland. Fly by scheduled flight. On arrival transfer to the Fosshotel (or similar) for our two night stay. The remainder of the day is free for independent exploration.

      Day 2 Reykjavik. After breakfast in the hotel we enjoy a full day ‘Golden Cirlcle’ tour including a visit to the Pingvellir National Park, Gullfoss Waterfall and the great Geysir. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before returning to the hotel this evening.

      Day 3 Reykjavik. Enjoy a city tour of Reykjavik and lunch before transferring to the MS Hebridean Sky in the late afternoon.

    • Prices per person based on double occupancy
      CategoryPrice
      Twin £595
      Single £845

      Price includes: Two nights accommodation at the Fosshotel Reykjavik on a bed and breakfast basis, full day Golden Circle tour, half-day Reykjavik tour, lunch daily, airport transfer, gratuities, Noble Caledonia Tour Manager.

      Not Included: Travel insurance, dinners in Reykjavik.

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