Follow in the footsteps of Vikings and Gaels and explore the stunning islands of the North Atlantic. Explore the dramatic coastlines of Scotland, Iceland and the Faroe Islands and immerse yourself in the regions ancient history.

Our voyage begins in Scotland, known for its rich tapestry of history, culture and rugged, natural beauty. Harsh lands are fringed by a dramatic coastline, broken up by the occasional fishing village and quaint seaside town. Passing through the Outer Hebrides, the UK’s most remote islands, our voyage continues to the unique landscape of the Faroe Islands. An archipelago in the middle of the North Atlantic, the Faroe
Islands are some of the more remote, inhabited islands in the world. Famous for their natural beauty, rolling green hills and grass covered roofs, the country is dominated by steep mountains, sheep, and the largest colony of storm petrels in the world. The weather is volatile, but this doesn’t seem to bother the millions of seabirds that settle here.

Our last stop on our North Atlantic adventure takes us to Iceland, home to ice covered volcanoes, immense glaciers and geothermal lagoons. A stark, volcanic land with a warm heart, Iceland’s shallow fjords are a haven for whales, dolphins and seals alike and there is a surprising array of wildlife. This superb voyage links three of the gems of the North Atlantic. Each day we explore off the ship in the company of expert guides, cruising in the zodiacs and enjoying walks on shore.

Highlights


• Explore the stunning coast lines of some of the most remote islands in Europe

• Visit some of the world’s rarest bird colonies alongside expert ornithologists

• Immerse yourself in the ancient Nordic culture and Gaelic history

• Enjoy long hours of daylight, perfect for wildlife and landscape photography

Your voyage begins in Edinburgh, Scotland’s picturesque capital city. We recommend spending a few days prior to your voyage departure exploring this historic city, enjoying a stroll along the ‘royal mile’, visiting Edinburgh’s famous castle or taking in views of the city with a hike up to ‘Arthur’s Seat’. This afternoon, we transfer to nearby Leith to board our home for the next 11 nights – RCGS Resolute. Once onboard you will meet the expedition team and set sail. Following welcome drinks and dinner, we depart north, skirting the Scottish coastline.
We wake up cruising the stunning east coast of Scotland ready for our first historical destination, Aberdeen, also known as ‘The Granite City’ due to the locally quarried stone that built it. Old Aberdeen, just north of the city centre, has been an important political, ecclesiastical and cultural centre since the end of the Middle Ages. For many, a visit to Dunnottar Castle is a must. The medieval fortress located upon a rocky headland is steeped in history - once besieged by Vikings and captured by William Wallace. For those wanting to stretch their legs, a stunning and undulating coastal path will take you 3km north to the town of Stonehaven. Here you will see a working harbour, busy with sailing yachts, home to the Stonehaven Tolbooth museum, a notable building on the quayside with a fascinating history.
Today we reach the Orkney Islands. Many are uninhabited, allowing us to truly enjoy the local wildlife, including seals, and prolific birdlife. Orkney is considered to be the best place in the UK for viewing seabirds. It is a land of breathtaking beauty and famous for its unique archaeological sites, such as the well-preserved Skara Brae, a stone-built Neolithic settlement. Stromness lies in the West of the Orkney Islands and has a strong maritime influence. Spend the day experiencing the unique culture, heritage and traditions by visiting one of its many museums, galleries, craft workshops, and independent retailers.
The Scottish Western Isles of the Outer Hebrides are a diverse chain of inter-connected islands with their own unique way of life. The dramatic cliffs and large windy beaches are ideal to stroll along, breathing in the fresh Atlantic air. A highlight of our visit will be a trip to the 5000-year old Standing Stones at Callanish. History buffs will also enjoy the Gearrannan Blackhouse Village. Others may choose to spend the day strolling along the quay at Stornoway Harbour and listen to the shouts of the fishermen, as the traditional fleet land the catch of the day.
A unique place of peace, pure air and wide-open spaces, visitors to Unst in the Shetlands savour the wildlife, the birdlife and the warm community spirit. Known as ‘the ultimate destination for those with adventure in their soul’, Unst is the northernmost of the inhabited British Isles and boasts scenic beauty, rich history, heritage and traditions. Rugged coast line and golden, empty beaches will give us the perfect playground to explore by Zodiac, kayak or on foot. Keen birders will rejoice with closeup views of tens of thousands of breeding gannets, guillemots, puffins, razorbills, kittiwakes and fulmars. Hikers of all levels will have plenty of routes to choose from, with the combination of spectacular coastal scenery, quiet inland lochs and gentle heather hills.
By morning we have arrived in the Faroe Islands - a group of eighteen rocky, volcanic islands situated between Iceland and Norway. Visitors are drawn to the islands’ mountains, valleys, grassy heathland and steep coastal cliffs. We begin our time exploring in Tórshavn, on Streymoy Island, the tiny capital of the Faroe Islands. Nearby Tinganes, home of the famous wooden turf-roofed houses is a bustling harbour with plenty of local boutiques. It will be a joy to take in the narrow sounds and deep grottoes in the shadow of the 1500 feet high cliffs where thousands of seabirds nest.
Our second day of exploration in the Faroe Islands will take us to two of the Islands’ most stunning waterfalls. First stop - Sørvágsvatn, the largest lake on the islands. Dubbed “the lake over the ocean” due to an optical illusion, the lake appears to hover in mid-air. At the end of the lake is the impressive Bøsdalafossur waterfall – which provides a great hiking excursion. Next we cruise towards the tiny village of Gasadular. Surrounded by high mountains, this photogenic village is home to the second waterfall of the day; Mulafossur Waterfall. This stunning natural wonder is best viewed by sea. We visit Mykines island which provides some of the best bird watching in the Faroe Islands. Here we find colonies of cormorants, while the cliffs make perfect nesting ledges for guillemots and razorbills. On the grassy slopes above the bird cliffs, thousands of colourful puffins can be observed at close proximity.
Defined by its dramatic landscape of glaciers, waterfalls, volcanoes, geysers, hot springs and lava fields, Iceland will give us plenty to explore over the next five days! We start our Icelandic saga in Seydisfjordur. A place of singing waterfalls and interesting characters, Seydisfjordur is a welcoming town with a rich history. Experience the flourishing art scene, enjoy local cuisine or experience the delightful hiking trails. One of the highlights will surely be a pleasant hike down ‘Waterfall lane’, winding though forests to many waterfalls rich in Icelandic vegetation. A slightly longer hike brings us to a lookout with glorious views. The Skaftfell Centre for Visual Arts provides us with a great alternative to the outdoors, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in Icelandic culture.
Our next stop will take us to the small fishing village of Djupivogur located on the Bulandsnes Peninsula. The scenic landscape immediately draws your eye up to Búlandstindur, a pyramid-shaped mountain towering over the town. Thought to be one of the most beautiful mountains in Iceland, it also has a tie to local folklore and the belief it can grant wishes during the summer solstice. In the village, you will find remnants of an origin in trading dating back to the 16th century. The oldest storehouse, Langabúð, built in 1790 stands strong after a full restoration that has turned it into an outstanding cultural centre. A unique attraction to take in while visiting is a display of outdoor sculptures named Eggin in Gleðivík, by famous artist Sigurður Guðmundsson. The collection of 34 large granite eggs reflect the bird species that nest in the local area and offer a lovely walk along the coast to view them.
We continue our journey around Iceland’s stunning south coast heading towards Vik. Just east of the outskirts of the village lies one of Europe's biggest Arctic tern breeding grounds. To the south of Reynisfjall mountain a spectacular set of rock columns, called Reynisdrangar, rise majestically out of the Atlantic Ocean. These towering, spiky rock formations jut out from the ocean 66 metres (217 ft) into the air. Teeming with nesting Arctic terns, fulmars and puffins. A folk legend says there were two trolls pulling a three-mast ship to the shore, but were caught by the sunlight at dawn and turned into stone (as happens to trolls when they stay out until dawn). Our approach by sea will give a unique perspective and the chance to view this spectacular landmark in small groups, perfect for bird viewing and exploring through your lens. With close to 20 hours of daylight, opportunities are endless to learn hints and tips from our photographer-inresidence.
Leaving the shores of the mainland, we journey into the North Atlantic to the tiny, but beautiful, Westman Islands. Rich in volcanic history and known as a ‘modern Nordic Pompeii’, Heimaey’s once-solitary volcano, Helgafell (or “Holy Mountain”) created the island in an eruption 7,000 years ago. In 1973 it erupted again and fortunately, Heimaey’s entire fishing fleet was moored in the harbour for the night and carried everyone to safety. The force of Helgafell’s eruption added a new volcano to Heimaey’s skyline - Eldfell, (or the “mountain of fire”.) Learn more about this unique destination with a visit to one of the town’s fascinating museums. The seabird life in the Westman Islands is abundant and we are on the lookout for whales and seals. This evening we celebrate this exceptional journey at a special dinner attended by the Captain of the ship.
Our expedition concludes in the world’s most northerly capital - the colourful and quirky city of Reykjavik. Why not stay a few days to explore the city and surroundings? A transfer is provided to a downtown location or to the airport for your onward journey.
Itineraries are subject to change.

Triple Private

$ 5995 USD pp
Triple Private
Located on deck 3 these cabins feature the option for a double or two single configured beds and a convertible sofa lounge to a lower berth. A sectional lounge is placed by the portholes, writing desk/chair, ample storage and private washroom facilities. These cabins are spacious and well appointed.

Twin Private

$ 7395 USD pp
Twin Private
Located on deck 4 these cabins feature the option for either a double or two single configured beds. A sectional lounge is placed by the large picture windows, writing desk/chair, ample storage and private washroom facilities. These cabins are spacious and well appointed.

Superior

$ 8095 USD pp
Superior
Located forward on deck 5 these cabins feature the option for either a double or two single configured beds. A sectional lounge is placed by the large picture windows, writing desk/chair, ample storage and private washroom facilities. These cabins are spacious and well appointed.

Superior Plus

$ 8395 USD pp
Superior Plus
Located forward on deck 5 these cabins feature the option for either a double or two single configured beds. A sectional lounge is placed by the large picture windows, writing desk/chair, ample storage and private washroom facilities. These cabins are spacious and well appointed.

Shackleton Suite

$ 9595 USD pp
Shackleton Suite
Located on deck 6 these cabins offer ample space (22m2) including the comfort of a sectional lounge, a large desk, expansive soft close cabinetry, washroom facilities including both a shower & bathtub. Sleeping quarters feature the option for either a double or two single configured beds with upgraded linen/ pillows. Included are a night light, region specific iPad, mini stereo, coffee maker, fully stocked mini bar, iPod alarm clock with audio line, private flora and fauna library all to enjoy amidst the large picture windows overlooking either the port or starboard side of the vessel.

One Ocean Suite

$ 11595 USD pp
One Ocean Suite
Located on deck 6 these cabins offer ample space (44m2) including the comfort of a sectional lounge with matching club chairs, a large desk, expansive soft close cabinetry, washroom facilities including both a shower & bathtub. Sleeping quarters feature the option for either a double or two single configured beds with upgraded linen/ pillows. Included are a night light, region specific iPad, mini stereo, coffee maker, fully stocked mini bar, iPod alarm clock with audio line, private flora and fauna library all to enjoy amidst the large picture windows overlooking either the port or starboard side of the vessel.

Triple Private

$ 6595 USD pp
Triple Private
Located on deck 3 these cabins feature the option for a double or two single configured beds and a convertible sofa lounge to a lower berth. A sectional lounge is placed by the portholes, writing desk/chair, ample storage and private washroom facilities. These cabins are spacious and well appointed.

Twin Private

$ 7995 USD pp
Twin Private
Located on deck 4 these cabins feature the option for either a double or two single configured beds. A sectional lounge is placed by the large picture windows, writing desk/chair, ample storage and private washroom facilities. These cabins are spacious and well appointed.

Superior

$ 8795 USD pp
Superior
Located forward on deck 5 these cabins feature the option for either a double or two single configured beds. A sectional lounge is placed by the large picture windows, writing desk/chair, ample storage and private washroom facilities. These cabins are spacious and well appointed.

Superior Plus

$ 9095 USD pp
Superior Plus
Located forward on deck 5 these cabins feature the option for either a double or two single configured beds. A sectional lounge is placed by the large picture windows, writing desk/chair, ample storage and private washroom facilities. These cabins are spacious and well appointed.

Shackleton Suite

$ 10295 USD pp
Shackleton Suite
Located on deck 6 these cabins offer ample space (22m2) including the comfort of a sectional lounge, a large desk, expansive soft close cabinetry, washroom facilities including both a shower & bathtub. Sleeping quarters feature the option for either a double or two single configured beds with upgraded linen/ pillows. Included are a night light, region specific iPad, mini stereo, coffee maker, fully stocked mini bar, iPod alarm clock with audio line, private flora and fauna library all to enjoy amidst the large picture windows overlooking either the port or starboard side of the vessel.

One Ocean Suite

$ 12395 USD pp
One Ocean Suite
Located on deck 6 these cabins offer ample space (44m2) including the comfort of a sectional lounge with matching club chairs, a large desk, expansive soft close cabinetry, washroom facilities including both a shower & bathtub. Sleeping quarters feature the option for either a double or two single configured beds with upgraded linen/ pillows. Included are a night light, region specific iPad, mini stereo, coffee maker, fully stocked mini bar, iPod alarm clock with audio line, private flora and fauna library all to enjoy amidst the large picture windows overlooking either the port or starboard side of the vessel.

RCGS Resolute

Vessel Type: Polar Expedition Vessel

Passenger Capacity: 146

Built: 1993

Named after the HMS Resolute, a British Royal Navy Arctic exploration vessel, as well as the Inuit town of Resolute in Canada’s Nunavut Territory, RCGS Resolute will arrive in Canada in November 2018 for its inaugural polar voyage. RCGS Resolute also carries the name of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS), since we are exclusive education, environmental science, and expedition partners in Canada’s north. This longstanding partnership works to the benefit of our guests, who have the opportunity to learn from and interact with world-renowned educators, researchers, naturalists, marine biologists, artists, historians and photographers.

With an unsurpassed ice classification, a proven track record for stability and safety, large indoor and outdoor viewing platforms, and exceptional maneuverability, RCGS Resolute is ideally equipped to guide guests through the world’s most pristine regions, further expanding our expertise in exploration and discovery. RCGS Resolute will carry a maximum of 146 passengers in unparalleled comfort, with an array of luxury amenities, educational opportunities and activities tailored to guests’ particular interests, and individual, personalized service. 

Superb Design and Layout. Throughout the ship there are spaces ideally suited to every need. Spacious outer decks provide 360 degree viewing platforms perfect for photography, wildlife watching, birding and appreciating expansive views.  The salt water plunge pool, large relaxation deck, hot water jacuzzi are all located aft of the wellness centre (massage therapy, Finnish Sauna, steam room) and well equipped gymnasium.  Inside there are multiple areas to explore ranging from our well appointed theatre style presentation room, aft observation lounge and bar, forward observation lounge and bar, and both dining rooms. Add in the One Ocean Expeditions multimedia room, and mobile laboratory and the opportunities are endless. 

Six Different Cabin Categories. All cabins feature outside viewing ranging from deck three traditional with port holes, up to decks 4 through 6 offering expansive panoramic windows.  Cabins all have lower berths that have the ability to be single beds, or 1 double bed depending on our guests needs.  Extensive renovations have provided new carpets, high quality cabinetry with soft close drawers, contemporary and spacious bathroom design, all paired with soft accent lighting offering options dependant on our guests daily activities and mood. All cabins offer modern sectional lounge quarters, providing a quiet nook to read or catch up on journalling.  Space is exceptional as each cabin offers 22M squared living space, whilst the One Ocean Suites are absolutely palatial offering 44M squared with enough room to entertain or do back - flips (your choice)!

Enjoy Great Dining? So do we. At One Ocean Expeditions, the priority is on the expedition.  However with every activity, option, event, or excursion we find we build up incredible appetites to indulge in superb and extensive menu options.  Our bistro dining room provides early birds the option to get their social caffeine or smoothy start to the day, accompanied by light breakfast style snacks.  Full meal service includes buffet breakfast and lunches incorporating an international flare.  For those with special dietary requirements - no problem, we can accommodate that too.  Dinner is a great opportunity to catch up about the day’s events, as well as look to where we expect to explore next.  Five course menu options are offered a la carte, and seating is open in our business casual dining room featuring 180 degree sweeping views.  There’s also an excellent wine list featuring a range of international wines and other beverages of choice. 

Join us on the Bridge. There is an open-bridge policy and guests are welcome to meet the navigating crew at virtually any time of day; there’s always something to learn from the officers on watch and the bridge is one of the best places on the ship for spotting whales and sea birds.  The bridge is closed during times of tricky navigation, pilotage, or weather.

Operational Safety. There are no compromises here. The expedition staff and crew onboard RCGS Resolute have the deepest respect for changeable weather in the polar regions and the varying sea and ice conditions. That respect is apparent in every decision made throughout the voyage. The ship carries the most extensive inventory of safety equipment on all excursions and require leaders to undergo vigorous and effective safety training programs. Your expedition team are well prepared, so you can relax and enjoy your voyage.

Cabin layout for RCGS Resolute

Save $1000 on 2021 Voyages aboard RCGS Resolute

Early booking offer of US$1000 per person travel credit applies on voyages in Chile and Central America; Islands of the North; Spitsbergen, the Canadian Arctic and East Coast Golf.

With the East Coast Canada 'Fins and Fiddles', and Labrador, Torngats and Greenland we have combined a travel credit of US$500pp for adults with a special new offer for children (21 and under) at a reduced fare calculated on their age x US$100 when travelling with a paying adult. So, for example, a 12-year-old child would pay US$1,200. These voyages are terrific for family travel.

The early booking incentives are valid until November 30th, 2019. Prices online do not show the discounted rates. Terms and Conditions apply, special offer is subject to availability, please contact us for more details.

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