The weather in Scotland is not as extreme when compared with our polar voyages. However, it is notoriously changeable, and on our voyage, we will visit Scotland’s northern and western extremes. The west coast of Scotland is swept by the Gulf Stream so the climate is mild and moist, with average summer highs of around 19°C.

The Shetland Islands are typically cooler, around 9-13°C in July. The weather may be gloriously warm and sunny, but rain and wind are also common at any time.

Some of the outer Scottish islands can experience the full brunt of Atlantic storms. though we have plenty of options to tailor our itinerary to the weather and choose more sheltered sports for landings when appropriate. The weather can change rapidly, so you should always carry a waterproof jacket when exploring ashore.

Each passenger aboard our Scottish expeditions will receive an expedition jacket when you board the ship. Designed exclusively for Aurora Expeditions, the 3-in-1 jacket offers sophisticated expedition-styling and both the inner and outer jacket include all of the important features for travelling to the polar regions, complete with an included ‘drop seat’ allowing for additional comfort when sitting in Zodiacs.

Polar expedition jacket
Your expedition jacket is designed to be worn over your essential base layers and provides a versatile layering system suitable for the conditions to be encountered on our expeditions.

Your jacket will be ready and waiting for you in your cabin when you board your expedition.

Jacket Features

Outer Shell

  • Waterproof, breathable outer shell (600pu waterproofing, and breathability of 8,000grms)
  • Waterproof front zipper with handy storm flap on the inside and an anti-chaffing zipper garage at chin
  • Two zippered fleece-lined hand warmer pockets
  • Drawcord-adjustable drop-tail hem seals in warmth and cuts out wind
  • Articulated sleeves for easy movement, even with multi-layers
  • Adjustable, fleece-lined hood with laminated visor for good visibility in poor conditions
  • Microfleece-lined back of neck and wind flap for next-to-skin comfort
  • Fleece-lined pockets with coated, watertight zippers reduce bulk and are easy to access even when wearing a lifejacket
  • Full-reach gusset panels under the arms and articulated sleeve panels make layering easy and comfortable
  • Easy-to-use velcro cuff tabs

Inner Liner

  • Lightweight synthetic fill polyester shell inner jacket provides great warmth-to-weight ratio
  • Two zippered hand warmer pockets have clean-finished zipper garages; zippered internal chest pocket
  • Wind-resistant for comfortable wear without the companion waterproof shell

Expedition Jacket FAQs

I already have a jacket, can I get a refund or order as a gift?
Our jackets are a complimentary gift and therefore you will not be entitled to any refund. If you do not wish to keep the jacket for yourself, you are welcome to order a different size (however please note sizes cannot be changed on board due to change of mind).

What if the jacket doesn’t fit – can I change it on board?
We will have a very limited range of extra sizes on board if your jacket is too small.

What colour are the jackets?
The outer jackets have a blue body and grey arms. The inner jacket is dark grey.

What size should I order?
We suggest ordering a size that you normally wear for jackets. If you are unsure, we suggest you order one size up. Our friendly reservations team are also available to help.

Can I try one on before I order?
We have samples of all sizes at our Sydney office. You are welcome to visit us to try it on for size.

For more information, please contact us.