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.

Highlights


• Explore Isafjordur with the MS Hebridean Sky and depending on local weather conditions, hopefully land on Vigur, a serene little island with only five residents but home to many more puffins, eider ducks, black guillemots and Arctic terns.

• Visit Grimsey Island. The Arctic Circle bisects this island which is known for its tiny community, basalt cliffs and large variety of birdlife.

• Discover Husavik, known as the whale capital of Iceland.

• 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.

• Sail to the island of Mousa where you 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.

Fly by scheduled flight. Arrive this afternoon and transfer to the MS Hebridean Sky.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 16th century 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.
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.
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.
Disembark this morning. Transfers will be provided to Edinburgh Central Station and international airport at a fixed time.

Amundsen Standard Suite

£ 7395 GBP pp
Amundsen Standard Suite
Standard Suites located on the Amundsen deck measure approximately 21 square metres and feature large portholes. Each suite affords considerable comfort with en-suite bathroom featuring marble-topped vanity unit with sink and walk-in shower, large wardrobes, dressing table with large mirror and stool and excellent storage. There is a mini-fridge, flat screen television with inbuilt DVD/CD player and a telephone in each suite. Bottled water, towelling dressing gowns and slippers are also provided for your comfort. Other 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.

Byrd Superior Suite

£ 7695 GBP pp
Byrd Superior Suite
Superior Suites located on the Byrd deck measure an average of 22 square metres with a large window. Each suite affords considerable comfort with en-suite bathroom featuring marble-topped vanity unit with sink and walk-in shower, large wardrobes, dressing table with large mirror and stool and excellent storage. There is a mini-fridge, flat screen television with inbuilt DVD/CD player and a telephone in each suite. Bottled water, towelling dressing gowns and slippers are also provided for your comfort. Other 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.

Mawson Premuim Suite

£ 8095 GBP pp
Mawson Premuim Suite
The Premium Suites located on the Mawson deck measure approximately 21 square metres and feature a large window. Each suite affords considerable comfort with en-suite bathroom featuring marble-topped vanity unit with sink and walk-in shower, large wardrobes, dressing table with large mirror and stool and excellent storage. There is a mini-fridge, flat screen television with inbuilt DVD/CD player and a telephone in each suite. Bottled water, towelling dressing gowns and slippers are also provided for your comfort. Other 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.

Mawson Corner Suite

£ 8695 GBP pp
Mawson Corner Suite
The two magnificent Corner Suites located on the Mawson deck feature dual aspect windows and measure 22 square metres. Each suite affords considerable comfort with en-suite bathroom featuring marble-topped vanity unit with sink and walk-in shower, large wardrobes, dressing table with large mirror and stool and excellent storage. There is a mini-fridge, flat screen television with inbuilt DVD/CD player and a telephone in each suite. Bottled water, towelling dressing gowns and slippers are also provided for your comfort. Other 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.

Scott Deluxe Balcony Suite

£ 9695 GBP pp
Scott Deluxe Balcony Suite
The Deluxe Balcony Suites located on the Scott deck measure 20.9 square metres and boast a 4 square metre private balcony with table and chairs. Each suite affords considerable comfort with en-suite bathroom featuring marble-topped vanity unit with sink and walk-in shower, large wardrobes, dressing table with large mirror and stool and excellent storage. There is a mini-fridge, flat screen television with inbuilt DVD/CD player and a telephone in each suite. Bottled water, towelling dressing gowns and slippers are also provided for your comfort. Other 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.

Shackleton Owner's Balcony Suite

£ 10395 GBP pp
Shackleton Owner's Balcony Suite
The Owner’s Balcony Suites located on the Shackleton deck measure 22 square metres and feature a large private balcony measuring 8 square metres with table, chairs and sun loungers. Each suite affords considerable comfort with en-suite bathroom featuring marble-topped vanity unit with sink and walk-in shower, large wardrobes, dressing table with large mirror and stool and excellent storage. There is a mini-fridge, flat screen television with inbuilt DVD/CD player and a telephone in each suite. Bottled water, towelling dressing gowns and slippers are also provided for your comfort. Other 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.

Amundsen Standard Sole

£ 11045 GBP pp
Amundsen Standard Sole
Standard Suites located on the Amundsen deck measure approximately 21 square metres and feature large portholes. Each suite affords considerable comfort with en-suite bathroom featuring marble-topped vanity unit with sink and walk-in shower, large wardrobes, dressing table with large mirror and stool and excellent storage. There is a mini-fridge, flat screen television with inbuilt DVD/CD player and a telephone in each suite. Bottled water, towelling dressing gowns and slippers are also provided for your comfort. Other 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.

Shackleton Hebridean Suite

£ 11895 GBP pp
Shackleton Hebridean Suite
The spacious Hebridean Suite located on the Shackleton Deck meaures 24.5 square metres and boasts an extra large balcony with table, chairs and sun loungers. Each suite affords considerable comfort with en-suite bathroom featuring marble-topped vanity unit with sink and walk-in shower, large wardrobes, dressing table with large mirror and stool and excellent storage. There is a mini-fridge, flat screen television with inbuilt DVD/CD player and a telephone in each suite. Bottled water, towelling dressing gowns and slippers are also provided for your comfort. Other 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.

Byrd Superior Sole

£ 11945 GBP pp
Byrd Superior Sole
Superior Suites located on the Byrd deck measure an average of 22 square metres with a large window. Each suite affords considerable comfort with en-suite bathroom featuring marble-topped vanity unit with sink and walk-in shower, large wardrobes, dressing table with large mirror and stool and excellent storage. There is a mini-fridge, flat screen television with inbuilt DVD/CD player and a telephone in each suite. Bottled water, towelling dressing gowns and slippers are also provided for your comfort. Other 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.

Hebridean Sky

Vessel Type: Expedition

Length: 90 metres

Passenger Capacity: 110

Built: 1992 - newly re-launched 2016

The Hebridean Sky (formerly the Sea Explorer) underwent a 6.5 million dollar refurbishment. Always  known for its effortless elegance, impeccable service and atmosphere of charm and camaraderie, the Hebridean Sky continues that tradition adding a host of new amenities as well as state of the art stabilization, fuel efficiency, and upgraded communications systems. Its all-suite accommodations and increased adventure options make the Hebridean Sky the perfect blend of luxury and adventurous exploration.

SPACIOUS SUITES

Hebridean Sky is an all-suite yacht accommodating up to 110 guests. Built in 1992, refurbished 2014 and again in 2016, each suite features:

• Exterior views
• Your choice of queen-sized or two twin-sized beds
• Sitting area with sofa and side chair
• Flat Screen TV with DVD/CD player
• Telephone
• Independent temperature controls
• Mini-Bar
• Marble-appointed bathroom with fine toiletries
• Hair dryer
• 220 square feet or more
• Sofa can be converted to bed for third person

In adition Promenade, Deluxe, Veranda & Penthouse Suites include:

• En suite Champagne & Chocolates on Arrival
• Complimentary mini-bar (beer, wine & soft drinks)
• $100 per person Gift Shop credit
• En suite Nespresso machine

Penthouse Suites (325 sq.ft.) and Veranda Suites (260 sq.ft.) feature private balconies.

ONBOARD DINING
Great expeditions require great food! Our team of world-class chefs offer breakfast, lunch and dinner menus that change daily. They have boat-loads of creativity, so you are sure to experience a variety of remarkable cuisine throughout your voyage.

SERVICES
• World-Class Cuisine
• Complimentary Wine with Dinner
• Live Entertainment
• Complimentary Coffee/Tea station
• Voyage Photographer
• On-board MD and Facilities
• Dedicated Passenger Service Manager
• Pre-voyage hotel night
• Complimentary Expedition Jacket

FACILITIES
• Elevator serving all passenger decks
• Upgraded WIFI Internet
• Library with computers
• Panoramic Top Deck Observation Platform
• Bar/Lounge with Live Entertainment
• Boot Room
• Lounge with Audiovisual Facilities
• DVD Movie Library

Deck plans may very depending on the ship operator.

Cabin layout for Hebridean Sky

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