Island Hopping in the North Atlantic – Iceland, the Faroe Islands and British Isles

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Wildlife, bygone civilisations and modern life in the North Atlantic Viking heritage Visit bustling capital cities and tiny villages, and spot the seabirds and marine life that thrive in this diverse part of the world.

Ship Maud
Capacity: 528
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Ancient sites and modern life
Sail from Edinburgh to the Icelandic capital via the remote and wild isles of the North Atlantic. As the gentler summer weather warms these much-storied seas, you’ll explore exciting capital cities, Neolithic sites, thriving island towns, and tiny villages where the influence of the Vikings can still be felt.

Wildlife and expansive skies
Seabirds and marine life thrive under the huge skies of the North Atlantic. Whether you’re on our small expedition boats, on MS Maud’s decks or on foot, you’ll see towering cliffs teeming with seabirds and watch for whales and dolphins splashing in the seas around us.
Explore the wild and rugged islands of the North Atlantic on this 1012-day expedition cruise between mainland Britain and Iceland.

Discover the Viking heritage that links many of these remote places as we island hop our way north aboard expedition ship MS Maud.

Visit bustling capital cities and tiny villages, and spot the seabirds and marine life that thrive in this diverse part of the world.

Wildlife, bygone civilisations and modern life in the North Atlantic

PLEASE NOTE: In keeping with our adventurous spirit, we visit small remote ports on our expeditions. Due to sea conditions and secluded locations we visit, it's not always possible to dock in port. Sometimes we have to use our small expedition boats to get ashore.

Wildlife, bygone civilisations and modern life in the North Atlantic Viking heritage Visit bustling capital cities and tiny villages, and spot the seabirds and marine life that thrive in this diverse part of the world.

01 July, 2023 to 10 July, 2023 (reverse)
Prices

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Expedition Suite. From
£ 6399 GBP pp
Expedition Suite. From
Our Expeditions Suites are the most luxurious cabins. Situated on the ship’s upper deck, the suites feature seating areas with TV and bathrooms with shower/toilet, all with double beds. Some suites have more amenities than others. Located on decks 6, 7, and 8. An exciting welcome gift awaits all suite guests in their cabin.
Arctic Superior. From
£ 3738 GBP pp
Arctic Superior. From
Relaxation and comfort are the hallmarks of our Arctic Superior cabins. Situated on both the upper and middle decks, they all have bathrooms with shower/toilet. They are also equipped with tea- and coffee-making facilities. Most of them have separate beds, one of which doubles as a sofa, and some have double beds. All cabins have individual specifications.
Polar Outside. From
£ 3170 GBP pp
Polar Outside. From
Our Polar Outside cabins are mostly situated on the middle or lower decks and all have bathrooms with a shower/toilet. They have separate beds, one of which doubles as a sofa, or upper and lower berths. All cabins have individual specifications.
Polar Inside. From
£ 2990 GBP pp
Polar Inside. From
Our cozy Polar Inside cabins are located on all decks. All cabins include bathrooms with a shower/toilet. Most cabins have separate beds, with one doubling as a sofa. Others are equipped with upper and lower berths. All cabins have individual specifications.
19 September, 2023 to 28 September, 2023
Prices

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Polar Inside. From
£ 2490 GBP pp
Polar Inside. From
Our cozy Polar Inside cabins are located on all decks. All cabins include bathrooms with a shower/toilet. Most cabins have separate beds, with one doubling as a sofa. Others are equipped with upper and lower berths. All cabins have individual specifications.
Polar Outside. From
£ 2640 GBP pp
Polar Outside. From
Our Polar Outside cabins are mostly situated on the middle or lower decks and all have bathrooms with a shower/toilet. They have separate beds, one of which doubles as a sofa, or upper and lower berths. All cabins have individual specifications.
Arctic Superior. From
£ 3113 GBP pp
Arctic Superior. From
Relaxation and comfort are the hallmarks of our Arctic Superior cabins. Situated on both the upper and middle decks, they all have bathrooms with shower/toilet. They are also equipped with tea- and coffee-making facilities. Most of them have separate beds, one of which doubles as a sofa, and some have double beds. All cabins have individual specifications.
Expedition Suite. From
£ 5329 GBP pp
Expedition Suite. From
Our Expeditions Suites are the most luxurious cabins. Situated on the ship’s upper deck, the suites feature seating areas with TV and bathrooms with shower/toilet, all with double beds. Some suites have more amenities than others. Located on decks 6, 7, and 8. An exciting welcome gift awaits all suite guests in their cabin.
26 June, 2024 to 08 July, 2024 (reverse)
Prices

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Arctic Superior. From
£ 5525 GBP pp
Arctic Superior. From
Relaxation and comfort are the hallmarks of our Arctic Superior cabins. Situated on both the upper and middle decks, they all have bathrooms with shower/toilet. They are also equipped with tea- and coffee-making facilities. Most of them have separate beds, one of which doubles as a sofa, and some have double beds. All cabins have individual specifications.
Expedition Suite. From
£ 9455 GBP pp
Expedition Suite. From
Our Expeditions Suites are the most luxurious cabins. Situated on the ship’s upper deck, the suites feature seating areas with TV and bathrooms with shower/toilet, all with double beds. Some suites have more amenities than others. Located on decks 6, 7, and 8. An exciting welcome gift awaits all suite guests in their cabin.
Polar Outside. From
£ 4685 GBP pp
Polar Outside. From
Our Polar Outside cabins are mostly situated on the middle or lower decks and all have bathrooms with a shower/toilet. They have separate beds, one of which doubles as a sofa, or upper and lower berths. All cabins have individual specifications.
Polar Inside. From
£ 4419 GBP pp
Polar Inside. From
Our cozy Polar Inside cabins are located on all decks. All cabins include bathrooms with a shower/toilet. Most cabins have separate beds, with one doubling as a sofa. Others are equipped with upper and lower berths. All cabins have individual specifications.
17 September, 2024 to 29 September, 2024
Prices

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Polar Inside. From
£ 5285 GBP pp
Polar Inside. From
Our cozy Polar Inside cabins are located on all decks. All cabins include bathrooms with a shower/toilet. Most cabins have separate beds, with one doubling as a sofa. Others are equipped with upper and lower berths. All cabins have individual specifications.
Arctic Superior. From
£ 6605 GBP pp
Arctic Superior. From
Relaxation and comfort are the hallmarks of our Arctic Superior cabins. Situated on both the upper and middle decks, they all have bathrooms with shower/toilet. They are also equipped with tea- and coffee-making facilities. Most of them have separate beds, one of which doubles as a sofa, and some have double beds. All cabins have individual specifications.
Expedition Suite. From
£ 15595 GBP pp
Expedition Suite. From
Our Expeditions Suites are the most luxurious cabins. Situated on the ship’s upper deck, the suites feature seating areas with TV and bathrooms with shower/toilet, all with double beds. Some suites have more amenities than others. Located on decks 6, 7, and 8. An exciting welcome gift awaits all suite guests in their cabin.
Polar Outside. From
£ 5599 GBP pp
Polar Outside. From
Our Polar Outside cabins are mostly situated on the middle or lower decks and all have bathrooms with a shower/toilet. They have separate beds, one of which doubles as a sofa, or upper and lower berths. All cabins have individual specifications.
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DAY 1 Depart from Reykjavík
Your island-hopping expedition cruise starts in Iceland's art, culture and history-packed capital, Reykjavík.  If you have time before boarding MS Maud, stroll along Laugavegur with its boutiques and galleries, head to the striking Hallgrimskirkja cathedral or the fascinating Reykjavík Art Museum. With so much to explore, you may want to come early and join one of our Pre-Programmes to the Golden Circle or Icelandic Highlands. On board MS Maud, pick up your expedition jacket, check out your cabin, meet the Expedition Team, and enjoy your first delicious dinner as we set sail towards our first stop, Heimaey.
DAY 3 At sea
As we sail to the Faroe Islands, enjoy an idyllic day at sea with plenty to do. Admire the views from MS Maud’s expansive Observation Deck, visit the Science Center for insights into the destinations ahead, or take advantage of the gym and hot tubs.   Photography enthusiasts can pick up some pointers from our onboard photographer on how to capture wildlife and landscapes. You'll find the comfort of the Explorer Lounge a great place to read or watch the world glide by.  You can also enjoy a talk by the Expedition Team – experienced explorers who will share their extensive knowledge of the places ahead with you.
DAY 4 Remote Runavik
Tiny Runavik is a flourishing town on the Faroe Island of Eysturoy. Hugging the eastern side of Skálafjørður fjord, it’s been a haven for ships for many centuries. The Vikings used to dock here too.  Join the Expedition Team on a kayaking tour of Skálafjørður – at nine miles long, it’s the longest fjord in the Faroe Islands – or head off on one of the many hiking routes. You could follow the relatively easy path through the heather-rich moorland around Lake Toftavatn, known for its birdlife. Hike up the nearby hill for astounding views of the surrounding green peaks. Take the opportunity to stretch your legs before we cruise to Streymoy, the largest of the islands. You can also enjoy a talk by the Expedition Team – experienced explorers who will share their extensive knowledge of the places ahead with you.
DAY 5 10th-century Tórshavn
A visit to Streymoy in the Faroe Islands  Founded by Norsemen in the 10th century, Tórshavn – ‘Thor’s Harbour’ – is one of Northern Europe’s oldest capitals. Wander along winding cobbled alleyways and past colourful, turf-roofed houses. In the local museums, you’ll learn about the city’s origins and the flora, fauna and geology of the Faroe Islands.  Just over a mile north of the town, Svartafoss waterfall tumbles over mossy rocks. And as you walk along the seafront, look out for the Eider Drake and the distinctive Faroese Starling with its beige-tipped wings.
DAY 6 The wild side of the Shetland Islands
Sea birds and Vikings in the northern Shetlands The northern Shetland Islands represent the geographical extremity of the British Isles. In these remote areas, we’ll explore according to the conditions and where we find the best opportunities. We may visit charming Haroldswick on Unst, where the Vikings reputedly first made footfall in the British Isles. Home to a reconstruction of a Viking longhouse and ship, there’s also a burial mound thought to be the grave of King Harald Fairhair, the village’s namesake. We may also take out our small expedition boats, exploring hidden coves below towering cliffs. At the UK’s most northerly point, the cliffs of the Hermaness National Nature Reserve shelter thousands of breeding seabirds including fulmars, puffins, shags and gannets, so be sure to bring your binoculars.
DAY 7 The capital of the Shetland Islands
Experience life in the capital of Scotland's most northerly inhabited isles  We'll dock alongside Lerwick, the capital of the Shetland Islands, to explore this friendly, Victorian-influenced fishing town.  Navigate the narrow lanes on foot to discover little shops selling local whiskies, woollen sweaters and fudge. By the old waterfront, you’ll find the Shetland Museum, exploring the area's rich history. Nearby, see Fort Charlotte and the regal Town Hall.  The wider island is home to remarkable Iron Age villages and the Croft House Museum, where you'll learn about the hard life of the local crofters.  Keep your binoculars handy as you may spot grey and common seals along Lerwick's beaches, and local birdlife such as Red-throated Divers, redshanks and curlews.
DAY 8 Far-flung Fair Isle
A scenic stop for bird lovers  Your cruise continues in the Shetlands as we visit Fair Isle, Britain's most remote island, known for its birdlife and knitwear. A magnet for birdwatchers and wildlife photographers, the island is home to 27 bird species. It's a vital stop for migrating seabirds, drawn to the red sandstone cliffs, green fields and moors. Why not join a hike along breathtaking clifftop trails with the Expedition Team. Gain fascinating insights into the life and history of the 65-strong island community at the local museum. You can support Fair Islanders by buying genuine Fair Isle knitwear directly from local makers. If landing isn’t possible, the scenic cruising is just as spectacular.
DAY 9 Highlights of Orkney
Discover the islands’ rich heritage, wildlife and whisky  The Orkney Islands' largest town, Kirkwall, is a vibrant place influenced by every era from the Vikings to World War II.  In the Norse town centre, visit the regal St Magnus Cathedral and the adjacent Earl’s Palace to see the stone ruins of this once-grand Renaissance building. Whisky aficionados will enjoy Kirkwall's Highland Park and Scapa distilleries’ sublime single malts.  Delve into the past at Scara Brae settlement and the mysterious standing stones of Ring of Brodgar and Stones of Stenness – all part of the Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage site.  Sea birds such as puffins, gannets, guillemots, kittiwakes and eagles thrive around the Orkneys. Look out for dolphins, whales and orcas.
DAY 10 Scotland's crowning jewel
Discover the many charms of the much-loved city of Edinburgh After London, Edinburgh is the most visited city in the United Kingdom, and you’ll soon see why. With streets steeped in history and a thriving cultural scene, the Scottish capital offers the perfect balance between the traditional and contemporary.    Explore mysterious winding alleys and elegant terraced rows, and check out some of the many shops, bars and restaurants. Get a great view of the city from majestic Edinburgh Castle, where you can see Scotland’s Crown Jewels and the famed Stone of Destiny.
Please Note:
Itineraries are subject to change.

Maud

Refurbished 2021
Fuel Biodiesel
Single use plastic Banned
Maximum passengers 500

Equipped with battery packs and other green technology, Maud will operate year-round expedition cruises along the Norwegian coast from 2021. You will be able to explore Norway like never before, with all the comforts, facilities and expertise you need for creating a perfect adventure. Maud will also be equipped for shore power, to cut emissions to zero when docked in ports with shore power facilities, and she will be fitted with low-emission engines, complying with all known and upcoming regulations. 

Cabins and public areas
Norway´s stunning scenery is reflected in the ship´s interior design. Comfortable cabins and suites feature natural Scandinavian materials, such as granite, oak, birch and wool. Our stylish and welcoming public areas create great places to watch the world´s most beautiful coastline pass by.

A specially designed Expedition Launch zone – the tender pit area where guests embark on their on their excursions and off-ship adventures – will be added, complete with tender boats and other expedition equipment. 

A new Science Center will be added. Packed with state-of-the-art technology and high-tech gadgets such as touch screens, science equipment and other interactive features, the edutainment area will also be the on-board HQ for the ship’s Expedition Team.

A wellness-area, complete with gym, lounge and treatment rooms, will be built. 

There will be a range of restaurants :

  • Restaurant Aune, an expedition cruise main restaurant concept. Aune will be social and informal with the use of natural elements in design and interiors, and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner based on a Scandinavian identity.
  • Restaurant Lindstrøm, a specialty restaurant named after the favorite chef of the Norwegian polar heroes, will be added. Lindstrøm will be an upper premium fine dining restaurant with strong roots in traditional Norwegian cooking that are contrasted with modern cuisine.
  • The informal eatery Fredheim, named after a legendary 1920s hunting station in Svalbard that sheltered adventurers from around the world. In addition, a new outdoor grill venue will be added outdoor on the top decks.

Honouring explorer heritage

MS Maud is named after one of the most famous polar vessels of all time, Roald Amundsens “Maud” from 1917. The original “Maud” got her name from the first Queen of modern-day Norway. 

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