heimaey natuur

Boutique cruise Shetland, Faroe Islands, Iceland: wild islands and lands full of legends

Ponant cruises

11 Days - 10 Nights

From Bergen, you will sail into the calm waters of Hardangerfjord, the second longest fjord in Norway. In the heart of this natural jewel, you'll discover stunning scenery as lush fruit orchards stretch across its lush shores. Then you continue toward the Shetland Islands: a jagged coastline with immaculate sandy beaches, windswept green heaths, thousand-year-old cliffs sculpted by sea erosion. In the Faroe Islands, you will be immersed in a wild and spectacular natural environment. Finally, at the edge of the Arctic, with its dizzying fjords, volcanoes and waterfalls, Iceland offers a romantic and wild sight.

This cruise is available from 3/08/2024 to 13/08/2024. Feel free to contact us for other options.

Day 1: Bergen

The cruise starts in Bergen. Embarkation is from 4-5 pm and departure is at 7 pm. A walk through the streets of Bergen means going back in time in search of the hidden treasures listed on UNESCO's World Heritage List. Bergen is a true open-air museum and home to a thriving artistic community of painters, potters and jewelers. Bergen's cable car offers you a stunning panorama of the harbor and surrounding fjords. Don't miss a visit to the old quarter with its narrow streets!

Day 2: Hardangerfjord

In the heart of Norwegian nature, southeast of Bergen, you'll navigate the calm waters of Hardangerfjord, Norway's second longest fjord. At the wide mouth of this majestic fjord you will find gently rolling valleys with lush meadows and fruit trees galore. As such, it is rightly nicknamed "the fruit orchard of Norway." As you sail further inland, the fjord narrows and the rolling countryside gives way to dizzying walls and high mountain ranges.

Day 3: Lerwick and Isle of Noss, Shetland Islands

Today you will discover the highlights of the Shetland Islands. You will visit the small and charming capital of the Shetland Islands, with its seafront full of old houses and narrow streets. To the north is Geopark Shetland, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then continue to the towering sandstone cliffs on the east coast of the island of Noss. The many ledges carved into the rocks are ideal breeding grounds for the gannets, puffins, guillemots, kittiwakes, razorbills, razorbills, fulmars and great skuas that populate this area.

Day 4: Kirkwall, Orkney

Kirkwall, meaning "church bay," is the capital of the Orkney archipelago and an ideal stopover before continuing your journey to the Northern Isles. Sheltered in a wide bay, the lively town welcomes you with its charming cobbled alleys lined by old houses and craft stores. Tankerness House, the town's oldest house, must be seen. But the true architectural treasure of the aptly named Kirkwall is none other than its remarkable cathedral of red and gold stone. And because whiskey is inextricably linked to Scotland's identity, stop by Highland Park Distillery for a highly educational visit.

Day 5: Suduroy Island, Faroe Islands

The island of Suduroy has one of the smallest populations in the Faroe Islands. It has steep cliffs along its west side. The island is an important breeding ground for seabirds, including fulmars, kittiwakes, puffins and guillemots. Your expedition team will guide you as you explore the island, its authentic villages with black, tarred churches typical of the Faroe Islands, and hiking trails past peat fields and stone sheep pens. Sheep are indeed ubiquitous in the Faroe Islands - in fact, there are more sheep than people - and they add to the charm of these wild landscapes.

Day 6 - 7: Eysturoy island, Faroe Islands

During your stop on Eysturoy Island, you can immerse yourself in a traditional Faroese village. The locals welcome only a few dozen visitors a year, so this is a rare privilege. In the company of your nature guide and local guides, you will explore the village, where some houses have a typical Scandinavian roof made of birch bark covered with turf. Here you will enjoy a traditional coffee. Sports enthusiasts can hike along the paths that connected the island's villages when people still roamed on foot.

Day 8: Faroe Islands

An archipelago formed by volcanic rock, the Faroe Islands reveal an incredible variety of reliefs where the sea is omnipresent. To the west of the island of Vagar are Thindolmur and Drangarnir, rocky points that have been detached from the coast by sea erosion to form independent islets known as stacks. The impressive Traelanipa cliff, also known as Slave Cliff, is 142 meters high. It overlooks the beautiful lake Sorvagsvatn. This lake is 30 meters above sea level and is the largest lake in the archipelago. On the island of Streymoy you can see guillemots, screeching fulmars or penguins nesting in the crevices of the Vestmanna cliffs.

Day 9: East fjords

The East Fjords are among the wildest and most pristine areas of Iceland. Here, several glaciers have carved the volcanic plateaus that have eroded over thousands of years, carving out valleys and creating long, majestic fjords into which the sea penetrates. This slow metamorphosis has created sublime landscapes that you can view in all their diversity: basalt cliffs plunging into the sea, waterfalls with crystal clear water, volcanic black sand beaches, alpine reliefs, hot springs. In this remote area, birds have found refuge in a rich ecosystem, such as puffins especially in May and June.

Day 10: Heimaey, Vestmannaeyjar

This land off the southern coast of Iceland is the largest of the Vestmann Islands and the only inhabited island in the archipelago. The steep Edfell volcanoes and the green prairies of Herjólfsdalur offer a rich contrast of nature. On the road to Stórhöfði, you look out over gray sandy beaches and cliffs carved by the Arctic Ocean. From here you can also see the bronze landscapes of the mountain peaks. You can visit Eldheimar, a state-of-the-art interactive museum about the volcanic eruption that Heimaey experienced in 1973.

Day 11: Reykjavik

Iceland's capital stretches along the edge of a vast bay in the west of the country. Perlan, the "Pearl of Reykjavík," a museum on the 'Oskjuhlið hill, offers panoramic views of the lush, green landscapes. A little further on, you can easily find directions to the evangelical church Hallgrímskirkja and to the historic center, where you stroll along Skólavördustígur and Laugavegur, two lively streets lined with charming stores. For some relaxation just outside the city, visit the Reykjanes Peninsula and the famous thermal lagoons of the Blue Lagoon.

Price from is 18.720 euros per cabin. This is a price indication per cabin based on a standard room in all-inclusive formula and some activities.

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