Eldfell Volcano | Heimaey | Westman Islands | Iceland
FROM: R60,900 pp

Take in the highlights of the North Atlantic Ocean on this 6-day expedition cruise from Scotland to Iceland. Visit the northernmost scotch whiskey distillery in the world on Orkney, explore the stunning coastline and charming capital of the Faroe Islands and take in the remote and sparsely populated Westman Islands off the coast of Iceland.

Prices & Dates

Trip Highlights

Faroe Islands - see the grass-roofed Parliament in Torshavn and join an optional excursion to the important historical site of Kirkjubour
Orkney - explore the town of Kirkwall and discover a rich Viking history on the windy archipelago, then opt to visit Northern Europe's Pompeii at Skara Brae
Heimaey - visit the only inhabited island in the Westman archipelago and see the excavated houses from the 1973 volcanic eruption
Reykjavik - end your adventure in the enchanting Icelandic capital of Reykjavik
Westman Islands - cruise through this cluster of 15 green islands including UNESCO-listed Surtsey, where only researchers are allowed
Highland Park - take in the northernmost scotch whiskey distillery in the world which produces award-winning whiskey
North Atlantic - gaze out over the endless waves from the observation deck and look out for marine life including whales and dolphins
Ocean Atlantic - spend your days at sea aboard our expedition cruise ship with amenities including a swimming pool, restaurant, two bars, gym facilities and a library


5 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 5 dinners
Services of the ship captain and crew, expedition team and English-speaking guides at sights of interest
Full board on the ship, afternoon snacks, free tea and coffee daily
5 nights aboard the Ocean Atlantic expedition cruise ship in a shared outside double cabin with private facilities
All guided sightseeing and excursions as per itinerary
Taxes and tariffs

Not Included

International flights and visas
Any meals not onboard the ship & any drinks (excluding tea and coffee)
Pre and post tour accommodation, plus any airport or port transfers
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture
Optional excursions


Day 1

Welcome to Scotland!

Thursday. Welcome to Aberdeen for your North Atlantic cruise. On arrival in the city, make your way to the Ocean Atlantic expedition cruise ship, which is moored in the Dee River. There's free time to settle into your cabin before we set sail for the North Sea.

Facilities aboard the Ocean Atlantic include a spacious restaurant serving international cuisine, two bars, a comfortable lounge area, and a library. Relax in the sauna or work out in the gym. There is also a lecture theatre where you can learn more about this part of the world. All of your meals onboard are included, and you can enjoy free snacks, tea and coffee. From the top deck you can keep your eyes peeled for marine life and watch sea birds swooping and wheeling over the ship.
Overnight: Ocean Atlantic ship  |  Dinner

Day 2


Aberdeen - Orkney. Overnight we sail between the Outer and Inner Hebrides, arriving at the windy archipelago of Orkney in the morning. We go ashore to the town of Kirkwall and there's an optional excursion to visit the Skara Brae archaeological site, Northern Europe's Pompeii. This Neolithic settlement was hidden by nature for 5,000 years before a massive storm uncovered the ancient site.

Returning to Kirkwall, we visit Highland Park, considered by many to be the best whiskey distillery in the world.
Overnight: Ocean Atlantic ship  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3

Exploring the Faroe Islands

Orkney - The Faroe Islands. Shortly after breakfast we arrive at Torshavn, the capital of the Faroes. The city is located on Streymoy, the largest and most populated of the 18 islands which make up the country. There's free time to independently visit the charming grass-roofed Parliament building or to admire the stunning coastline. Alternatively, perhaps pay a visit to the old citadel, located near the harbour.

You may wish to join an optional coach excursion over the mountains to Kirkjubour, the Faroes' most important historical site. In medieval times it was the religious and cultural capital of the country. We visit the impressive ruins of the Magnus Cathedral and Saint Olav Church - the only remaining medieval church on the island. We then return to Torshavn.
Overnight: Ocean Atlantic ship  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4

Day at sea

Today is spent cruising the North Atlantic towards Iceland. Gaze out from the observation deck in search of dolphins and whales, or listen to a lecture from our expedition team. Alternatively, kick back with a book in the library.
Overnight: Ocean Atlantic ship   |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

Westman Islands, Surtsey & Heimaey

The Faroe Islands - The Westman Islands (Iceland). Today we'll be exploring the Westman Islands, a tiny, mostly uninhabited archipelago located around 14km off the south coast of Iceland. Compared by an Icelandic poet to the sapphires on a silver ring, the beautiful collection of islands is a wonderful sight to sail past. Puffins and gannets can be spotted on the islands as we sail.

We pass by UNESCO-listed Surtsey, where only researchers are allowed to dock, and stop at Heimaey. This is the only inhabited island in the Westman Islands, with a population of around 4,000. The site of a volcanic eruption and subsequent evacuation in 1973, we can see some of the recently excavated houses from the eruption.
Overnight: Ocean Atlantic ship  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6


The Westman Islands - Reykjavik. This morning we dock in the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik. After a final breakfast your tour comes to an end. If you wish to extend your stay to explore more of Iceland, please speak to our Sales team.

Prices & Dates

Prices shown are per person when there are 2 persons sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the per person price.


The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard.

Ocean Atlantic, Expedition Cruising

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 star cruise boat

Newly renovated in 2016, the Ocean Atlantic is the perfect vessel for exploring the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans. With an international ice class-rating of 1B, this cruise ship is one of the strongest operating in this region. At 140-metres in length, a total of 198 passengers are accommodated across multiple decks. Each cabin features an ensuite bathroom, individual temperature controls and a TV, with either portholes or windows. Indoor lounges offer large panel windows, where you can easily look out for passing whales and other sights. Passengers can enjoy shore landings, with a fleet of 20 motorized rubber ‘Zodiac’ boats, taking you to exciting areas that the larger vessel can't reach. Upon your return, perhaps enjoy a dip in the pool or sauna, or curl up with a book in the onboard library. There’s also a spacious restaurant serving 4-star international cuisine and a bar offering an assortment of beverages.

In Brief

Trip Type
Hotel Rating
Ocean Atlantic expedition cruise ship
Tour Guide
Services of ship captain, crew and local guides at sites of interest
Breakfast: 5, Lunch: 4, Dinner: 5
Colourful houses of Reykjavik against a backdrop of snowy mountains
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