Edinburgh to Longyearben

12 June - 24 June 2018

Duration

12 Nights

Journey Type

Sailing from the UK

Ports

10 Ports

12 June

Setting sail from Edinburgh

Edinburgh - what a city! The capital city of Scotland has some striking and varied architecture, an imposing Castle, memorable museums and galleries and some wonderful restaurants. And what we love best about this buzzing city is that you can always look up, and there's the beautiful countryside - the Seven Hills - surrounding you. It's a city of inexhaustible delights; in one day alone you could see the Scottish Crown Jewels and Stone of Destiny, follow the Royal Mile to explore narrow closes steeped in history, and go to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Edinburgh Dungeon and the Scottish Parliament.

Don't miss

Walk through Grassmarket to see some of Edinburgh’s oldest streets and alleys, and some unusual independent shops where you can find dedicated craftsmen, artisans and experts.

13 June

United Kingdom: John O'Groats

14 June

United Kingdom: Lerwick

15 June

Norway: Geiranger

16 June

Norway: Norwegian Fjords

17 June

Norway: Leknes

18 June

Norway: Tromsø

19 June

Norway: Bjørnøya

20-23 June

Norway: Svalbard

24 June

Arriving in Longyearbyen

This is the world's northernmost city and the base for tourism in Svalbard. A bit quirky, as you would expect from somewhere that spends four months of the year in near darkness, Longyearbyen doesn't take long to explore. Its brightly coloured wooden houses are built on stilts, as the ground in Svalbard is permafrost. When you enter a building, you are normally asked to remove your shoes, and leave your gun at the door. Gun carrying is more or less essential for the locals, as with 3,000 local hungry polar bears, it is said that you never know when you might need protection. That said, we visited safely without a gun!

Our tip

Don’t die here – it’s illegal. There have been no new burials for over 70 years, because the permafrost prevents bodies from decomposing.

The Ship

Your home from home

Silver Cloud
Silversea - Zodiac in Greenland
Silversea - Pool Grill Bar

The intimate and popular little Silver Cloud is set to undergo an extensive refurbishment in August 2017, and will be reborn as a stylish expedition ship.

What we love

The lovely Silver Cloud will join Silversea's Expeditions fleet from November 2017, with a reduced capacity, an ice-strengthened hull and 18 zodiacs making this one of the most luxurious expedition ships at sea.

Capacity 296 guests (until Aug 2017) / 260 guests (from Nov 2017; 200 guests in polar regions)
Crew 222 International Staff (until Aug 2017) / 208 International Staff (from Nov 2017)
Style Cosy, welcoming, stimulating, exciting - this ship has it all! If you enjoy the finer things in life but have an adventurous spirit, you will find yourself in congenial company on board.
Inclusions
  • All meals in all venues including room service
  • All alcoholic drinks throughout the ship
  • Daytime activities and lecture programme
  • Evening entertainment and shows
  • Sports and fitness facilities
  • Gratuities
  • All excursions and zodiac rides (from Nov 2017)
  • Silversea complimentary parka for selected cold itineraries (from Nov 2017)
Year Built 1994
Last Refurbished 2012
Tonnage 16,800 grt
Length 514 feet
Breadth 71 feet
Cruising Speed 18 knots
More about Silver Cloud

Tailor-make your trip

Ways to make it better
The Witchery by the Castle, Edinburgh

Where to stay in Edinburgh

For sheer weird quirkiness, the Witchery by the Castle has to be our top choice: gothic and theatrical, this is Edinburgh at its best.

Forth Bridge, Scotland

What to see around Edinburgh

Cross the Forth Bridge to visit Hopetoun House, the seaside fortress Blackness Castle, the House of the Binns, the Palace of Linlithgow and Rosslyn Chapel.

Radisson Blu Polar Hotel Spitsbergen, Longyearbyen

Where to stay in Longyearbyen

There’s really not much choice! Go for the Radisson Blu.

Snowmobiles near Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen

Explore Spitsbergen

Travel out of Longyearbyen by snow scooter or dog sled to take a look at the amazing scenery and hunt for wildlife.

Get in touch & let us tailor-make your perfect cruise holiday

Call us on 020 7399 7670 or visit us at our comfortable offices just off London's Regent Street.

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