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Solar Eclipse 2015 - The Faroe Islands...
Special escorted tour led by expert astronomer and eclipse specialist Andy Green

The Faroe Islands, an 18-piece jigsaw adrift in the north Atlantic between Iceland and Scotland, is one of only two places in the world where you’ll be able to see the March 2015 total solar eclipse from dry land.

Not only does this escorted tour allow you to witness this phenomenon first hand, you’ll also be accompanied by expert astronomer Andy Green, who is ready to share his wealth of eclipse-viewing tips, astronomical knowledge and photography expertise with a privileged group.  

YOUR TOUR

17 March UK - Faroe Islands
To start your holiday you’ll be met at Stansted Airport by Andy Green and a tour escort before boarding a direct flight to the Faroe Islands. A private group transfer will then take you to the island of Streymoy and the 4-star Hotel Føroyar in the compact capital Tórshavn, the best hotel in the Faroe Islands and your base for the next four nights. Following check-in, there will be a light buffet supper and a brief tour update from astronomy expert Andy Green.

18 March - Eysturoy & Gjógv
After breakfast enjoy a privately guided group tour to the island of Eysturoy, which is joined to Streymoy by the only bridge to cross the Atlantic Ocean. The scenic drive takes you along the coast, through colourful villages and past towering sea stacks called ‘The Giant and the Witch’ to the village of Gjogv, famous for its magnificent scenery and natural harbour. During the journey your guide will explain to you the history, culture and traditions of the Faroe Islands.

After lunch in a local restaurant you’ll return to the hotel where Andy Green will give a lecture on various aspects of astronomy, including information on what to expect from the impending solar eclipse. This is followed by a buffet dinner at the hotel.

19 March - Sandoy
Today enjoy a full-day tour to the unspoilt island of Sandoy, also known as Saga Island. The island is steeped in history, myths and legends, many of which will be recounted by your guide as you tour the island, stopping off at viewpoints and areas of cultural importance. Lunch will be served en-route and you’ll return to the hotel in the late afternoon. Dinner tonight is in a local Tórshavn restaurant, where Andy will be on hand to answer any last-minute questions before tomorrow’s big event.

20 March - Solar Eclipse
A specialist team will carefully select the best location from which to view today’s total solar eclipse. As with all natural phenomena, unimpeded sightings cannot be guaranteed, but what can be promised is the best position possible to witness the eclipse. And of course Andy will be with you to explain what you’re witnessing, answer any questions and offer advice on photography.

The partial eclipse will start at 08:38.

At 09:41 it will reach its maximum, when the moon’s diameter will appear larger than the sun, plunging the Faroe Islands into darkness. Experiencing a solar eclipse can leave you with many emotions. The intensity of the day can reduce some people to tears, others give whoops and cheers of joy, some are silent, some like to capture the spectacle on camera, but many just stand still, in awe at what they’re witnessing. After the event you will be taken back to the Hotel Føroyar for lunch and the opportunity to share and reflect on the experience. This evening you’re invited to a celebratory gala dinner and cultural evening, which is sure to have something of a carnival atmosphere.

21 March return to the UK
Today is left free for you to relax or partake in additional optional excursions (see below) before transferring to the airport and flying back to the UK in the evening.

What’s Included

» Return direct flights from Stansted
» Private group transfers throughout
» Lectures & services of Andy Green, BSc (Hons), FRAS, FBIS
» 4 nights at the 4-star Hotel Føroyar in Tórshavn
» Breakfasts throughout, 3 lunches & 3 dinners
» Excursions to Eysturoy & Sandoy
» Celebratory gala dinner & cultural evening at a special supplement of £50 pp
» ATOL Protection for your financial security
» RB Collection 'VIP Booking Experience'

Price...
From £2,595 per person (single supplement from £955)

Accommodation

Hotel Foroyar
Hotel Foroyar

This 4* hotel located just a 20 minute walk from the centre of Torshavn. Opened in 1983, the Danish architects aimed to create a hotel that reflected its surroundings and the result does just that. The low rise building seemingly burrows into the ground with the green turf clad roof blending perfectly into the immediate landscape. The interior is a mixture of functionality and design. The light filled spacious bedrooms are decorated in typical modern Scandinavian style and enjoy an impressive view over the city harbour and the island of Nólsoy.

 

The hotel has a bar serving locally brewed beers as well as an award winning fine dining restaurant.

 

Free Wi-Fi • Private WC/Bathtub  • Hairdryer • Minibar • Telephone • Radio • Iron/Ironing board • Digital TV (10 channels) / Satelite TV / Pay TV • Coffee and tea making facilities • Parking • Room service • Laundry service

 

Optional additional excursions:
Make the most of your time in the Faroe Islands with these optional excursions, which can all be enjoyed before you fly home on 21 March.

- Home Visit – Meet the locals
V
isit a Faroese family home for coffee, cake and storytelling.
Prices from: £30 pp

- Boat trip to the Vestmanna Bird cliffs
Join a guided boat trip to the Vestmanna bird cliffs, whose 1,500- foot faces are home to guillemots, puffins and kittiwakes. The tour also visits the ancient Viking settlements at Kvívík.
Prices from: £95 pp

- High-Speed Rib Experience
Enjoy the thrill of this high-speed boat trip from Tórshavn to some of the outer islands.
Prices from: £25 pp

- Art & photo tour
Perfect for photography and art enthusiasts, this comprehensive tour visits many of the islands’ most dramatic and photogenic spots, and even includes a meeting with a celebrated Faroese artist.
Prices from: £95 pp

Your Private Eclipse Expert

Andy Green BSc (Hons), FRAS, FBIS
Andy Green has been involved in astronomy for more than 37 years. He is a Fellow of both the Royal Astronomical Society and the British Interplanetary Society, and Director and Senior Lecturer at StarDome

– Astronomy & Astronautics, a professional consulting and lecturing service. His work has seen him lecture the world over and lead groups to observatories and space agencies as far afield as Hawaii, mainland USA, Australia and Chile. He has written for such magazines as Spaceflight, Quest and RocketSTEM, presented talks for the London Science Museum, and for four years was a guest astronomy expert on BBC Radio. He has personally met more than 60 NASA astronauts and Russian cosmonauts, including several who have walked on the moon. He is also a skilled photographer, whose eclipse images have been used extensively on TV and online by the BBC.

In recent years, Andy has worked as a consultant and guide specialising in astronomy tours. He has developed and led a number of hugely popular trips to see the Northern Lights in Iceland and eclipses in China, South America, the USA and Australia.

Experience a Total Eclipse

A total solar eclipse is perhaps nature’s most awesome and dramatic spectacle.
The sheer excitement of watching an eclipse move through its various stages, culminating in ‘totality’, when the earth is plunged into darkness and stars and planets become visible during the day, can only really be appreciated when witnessed first-hand. The Faroe Islands is one of only two places on earth where the next total eclipse, 20 March 2015, will be visible from land.

All prices are per person based on two people sharing a standard room. Prices are subject to availability at time of booking.

How to book
Call RB Collection on 01543 258631 or email vip@rbcollection.com.

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