Eight New Arctic & Fjords Experiences you can Explore on a Scenic Eclipse Voyage


Combining innovative design and state-of-the-art technology, Scenic Eclipse will take guests further into the remarkable Arctic region than ever before  
Innovation is at the heart of Scenic, and in our largest ever destination release, we have expanded our incredible journeys in 2023/24 into the Arctic and Fjords on board Scenic Eclipse, The World’s First Discovery YachtsTM.
 
With the arrival of Scenic Eclipse II in 2023, we will take you to even more diverse regions around the Arctic, Iceland, Greenland and for the first time, the coastline of Scotland.
 
Reserved for 200 guests on each Expedition Voyage, the expert Discovery Team will lead the immersive daily activities, taking you on Zodiac or kayak excursions to get up close to encounter wildlife, or on land for guided nature walks or small-group excursions hosted by local guides.
 
In Greenland, Iceland, Canada and Norway, delve below the spectacular waters on Scenic Neptune, our custom-built submarine^, or fly above and beyond the horizon in one of two on-board helicopters^.
 
Feel enriched with deep history as you explore regions of legend Vikings in Scotland. Find inner peace as you breathe in the natural beauty of these remote lands, and marvel at an abundance of wildlife encounters. 
 
Here is a snapshot of some of the new once-in-a-lifetime experiences Scenic Eclipse guests can enjoy during these new extraordinary voyages.
Bearded Seal, Arctic
Scenic Eclipse

1. Experience Icelandic culture

Seyðisfjörður is at the mouth of a beautiful fjord and is the heart of culture, heritage and hospitality in East Iceland. Renowned for its 19th century timber houses set on the side of the lagoon, the town is surrounded by cascading waterfalls, snow-capped mountains, wandering reindeer and porpoises that frequent the shores. Visitors will also uncover a flourishing art scene weaved throughout the small town of just 700 residents. 

Take a Scenic Freechoice excursion to tour the town with an expert local guide on a walking tour that will include taking in a short concert inside the famous Blue Church, approached via a rainbow-coloured walkway.  Or visit the Wilderness Centre and learn about Icelandic wilderness history, nature and the life of the original inhabitants of the region.

Seydisfjordur, Iceland

2. Hike past ruins on an isolated archipelago

On the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, also known as the Western Isles, St Kilda is an isolated archipelago and World Heritage-listed site.  Its sea cliffs that overlook the Atlantic Ocean are the highest in the United Kingdom.  It’s believed that permanent residents possibly lived here as far back as two millennia, with the peak occurring in the 17th century.  

The island is owned by the National Trust of Scotland and home only to military personnel, conservationists, scientists – and sheep. Join your Discovery Team member to hike past grazing sheep on St Kilda passing the ruins where islanders once dried seabirds for winter food. The isles play host to Europe’s most important seabird colony. If you prefer to take in the remote island from sea level, join a guided kayak around its craggy sea cliffs.
St Kilda, Scotland

3. Discover the wildlife of Franz Josef land

This will be a treasured experience – observing wildlife in their natural and untouched environment in the world’s northernmost archipelago, Franz Josef Land.  Comprised of 191 remote islands that lie entirely above the Arctic circle, some 85 per cent of this region is covered in ice. As a visitor, you’ll share the region with approximately five million sea birds, polar bears and walrus, as well as whales who visit the icy waters. 

Scenic’s expert Discovery Team, made up of historians, naturalists, glaciologists, marine biologists and more will tailor flexible expedition schedules to best complement the weather conditions. The team, along with the ship’s captain, will use their considerable expertise to design your voyage from day to day, to make the most of the long hours of daylight and to navigate the ice conditions. The best way to see the abundant wildlife is on the water. Be led on Scenic Discovery excursions by Zodiac or kayak; or where possible, step ashore for thrilling guided nature walks and be awed by the mesmerising Arctic scenery, tundra landscapes, wildlife and marine animals.
Franz Josef Land

4. Taste Norwegian salmon at its source

Located on southern Norway’s Lista peninsula, the old pirate town of Farsund features beautiful white wooden houses perched on its shores and small shops and boutiques in the town. The region’s wetlands are home to several hundred species of migratory birds, while the surrounding waters are famous for their prized salmon. 
 
A new land-based and sustainable salmon aquaculture project is currently being completed in Farsund. During a Scenic Freechoice activity, take a tour of the salmon centre to taste and savour the flavours of local salmon. You might like to join a local guide and learn the history of Farsund; or hop on two wheels to discover the area on a bike tour.

5. Witness one of the world’s most beautiful fjords

Situated in the inner Geirangerfjord, Geiranger is a small village in western Norway. It’s home to one of the country’s most beautiful natural sites – the World Heritage-listed Geiranger fjord that is regarded as one of the most spectacular on the planet, flanked by steep mountains. Two notable waterfalls in the Geiranger Fjord are Seven Sisters Falls and the Suitor, with both falls facing one another across the fjord. 
 
While enjoying the ultra-luxury comforts of Scenic Eclipse, you’ll be guided to the very best vantage spots to take in the craggy, rising cliffs, mountains, tranquil lakes and cascading falls. Be ready with your camera, either from the privacy of your own suite’s balcony, or perhaps from the ship’s Observation Terrace and Lounge where your Discovery Team will passionately share with you enriching insights about the postcard-perfect destination.  
Geiranger fjord, waterfall Seven Sisters, Norway

6. Weave through Greenland’s giant icebergs by Zodiac

The otherworldly Savissivik settlement in northern Greenland is a magical place that almost beggars belief. Considered to be one of the biggest iceberg ‘graveyards’ in Greenland, its hauntingly beautiful topography is a favourite among photographers. Fragments found of a meteorite that landed here, one of the world’s largest, date the incident to approximately 10,000 years ago. 

A small Inuit population continues to reside here. For an immersive discovery of the icebergs, step into a Zodiac with your Discovery Team member who will expertly manoeuvre the craft between the giant, white forms. For those who seek a more active excursion, hike to a viewpoint nearby to enjoy an incredible view of this vast landscape from above.
Zodiac, Greenland

7. Kayak past the barren rocky islands of the High Canadian Arctic

The uninhabited island of Lady Franklin Island in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago is thought to be comprised of some of the world’s oldest rock, formed up to four billion years ago. This and Monumental Island rise dramatically from the depths of the ocean to withstand the full brunt of the harsh conditions and form breeding grounds for walrus, bears, caribou and seabirds.
 
The islands, Lady Franklin and Monumental, are named in honour of the wife of British Royal Naval explorer Sir John Franklin – and his efforts. In 1845, Sir Franklin vanished here during an ill-fated expedition of the Northwest Passage. Head out with your Discovery Team member on a Zodiac or kayak to see the islands up close and spot resident wildlife.

8. Stay in a European Capital of Culture

On Ireland’s west coast lies the harbour city of Galway, named the European Capital of Culture for 2020. It entices visitors with its brightly painted buildings, historic architecture, pubs teeming with local folk music and warm, Irish hospitality. During one of Scenic’s new luxury land journeys, spend the evening in buzzing Galway after visiting the nearby, World Heritage-listed Cliffs of Moher.
 
Stay at the 5-star Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate that dates back to the 18th century. See such sites as the St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church, the largest medieval church still in everyday use in Ireland; Galway Cathedral and the Spanish Arch before your Scenic tour continues on to the city of Belfast.
 
Cliffs-of-Moher, Ireland

Scenic Eclipse Will Take You Further Than Ever Before 

Purpose built for Polar regions, Scenic Eclipse’s strengthened hull and Polar Class 6 rating allows guests to safely access the furthest regions of this spectacular continent. This is a true exploration, combining 6-star ultra-luxury with state-of-the-art technology. 
 
On a Scenic Eclipse Expedition voyage, every day is unique. Our Discovery Team are experts within their field, guiding you to the extraordinary by Zodiac, kayak and stand-up board. You can soar above in one of two on board helicopters^, in Greenland, Iceland, Canada and Norway and dive below on our custom-built submarine^. 
 
On board, pure indulgence awaits. Sophisticated spaces to relax and indulge at up to 10 dining experiences and nine bars and lounges. Or rejuvenate at the tranquil Senses Spa, PURE: Yoga & Pilates studio and POWER: Gym. 
 
Every detail of your journey will be taken care of by a world-class team, so you can focus on what’s important – exploring the most breathtaking regions in the world and unlocking them with extraordinary Scenic experiences.
 
^Flights on board two helicopters, helicopter experiences and submarine at additional cost, subject to regulatory approval, availability, weight restrictions, medical approval and weather and ice conditions. Helicopters and Submarine are unable to operate in Svalbard.