Join Albatros Expeditions on a spectacular voyage, island-hopping from Scotland all the way to Svalbard, next to the North Pole

Cruising from Scotland to the lush green islands of Orkney, Shetland, the Faroe Islands, and onwards to the high Arctic islands of Jan Mayen and Svalbard, this adventure delivers fair-lighted days and matchless landscapes and seascapes. Our journey begins in Aberdeen, Scotland's Granite City, where we embark on Albatros Expeditions’ modern vessel Ocean Albatros, our home for the next 12 days. Migrating birds, dolphins, and whales are only some of the sights we hope to see this cruise through the wild North Atlantic.

Departing the bustling port of Aberdeen, our first stop is the cozy town of Lerwick, capital of the Shetland Islands, followed by an afternoon stop at the Isle of Noss - a small isle hosting one of the largest and most spectacular mixed-species bird colonies in the UK. We sail further north to the fabled Faroe Islands, making our first landing at the beautiful village of Vágur, and then on to the capital and largest city of Tórshavn. Explore this small but perfectly formed capital, famous for its ancient Norse heritage and beautifully preserved turf-roofed buildings. 

From the Faroe Islands, we venture into the unknown, heading for the enigmatic isle of Jan Mayen, Earth's northernmost volcano and one of the most isolated and spectacular islands anywhere in the world. This island is home to vast numbers of seabirds, and is an excellent place to spot whales, which like us, are migrating northwards. From Jan Mayen, we will set a course for Svalbard, following the migrating birds which come to nest on this isolated high Arctic archipelago. This far north, the sun never sets, and life moves at a frenetic rhythm as wildlife feed and raise their young on summer's brief bounty. Seabirds, seals, walrus and reindeer are just some of the wildlife we hope to find in this high Arctic paradise - maybe even a glimpse of the polar bear, King of the Arctic.  

There are few wilder, more magnificent and untouched places than the Arctic islands of the North Atlantic! And few ships better suited than Ocean Albatros for such a voyage. Experience with us! 

Facts about Northern Odyssey - from Scotland to Svalbard - 2025
  • Arctic
  • Faroe Islands
  • Norway
  • Scotland
  • Svalbard
  • Europe