Summary : Venture into the magical and mysterious lands along the coast of the Norwegian Sea to the Scottish Isles for close encounters with glaciers and gorgeous fjordscapes. This 13-day expedition brings you to important sites of Norway’s ancient history, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and some of the most incredible nature you’ll ever see. The tail end of the trip takes you through some of Scotland's beautiful islands before you disembark in Edinburgh.
Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking, Triple/Quad Cabins
$4,599 to $9,599
Welcome to Tromsø, the capital of northern Norway, known as the "Gateway to the Arctic". Embark in the afternoon. Consider arriving early to explore Tromsø.
Explore one of the most northern points in Europe. A popular spot to watch the midnight sun during the summer months—as the sun never sets between the middle of May to late August—this cape is the location where the Atlantic and Arctic oceans meet. Explore the barren landscape, quaint fishing villages, and stop by the Northern Cape Plateau standing 1,007 feet above the sea.
Enjoy a day at sea, taking in the stunning scenery of the Arctic. Keep a sharp eye while on deck to try and spot marine wildlife.
Spend the early morning at the short yet dramatic Trollfjord, trying to spot the mythical creatures along the cliffs. Head ashore in Svolvaer to explore the Lofoten Islands by coach. Stop in Henningsvær for time to see local art or explore the quaint fishing village. Afterwards, visit Nusfjord, one of Norway's oldest and best-preserved fishing villages, for lunch at a local restaurant before visiting the Tørrfiskmuseum to learn about traditional work of the islands. End the day in the town of Å.
Visit Svartisen, Lovund, and Vikingen to see beautiful glaciers and a globe sculpture which marks Vikingen as a point directly on the Arctic Circle.
The rugged coastline of central Norway features some of the world’s most beautiful scenery. Head to quaint and picturesque Vega Island, a UNESCO site. Wander the fishing villages, take a guided nature walk, and appreciate the slow pace of life. In the afternoon, hike up to the famous hole in Torghatten mountain, with fantastic views of the region. Keep an eye out for Norway's mythical trolls.
Continue on to Trondheim. Choose between hiking in Bymarka Nature Reserve before visiting the Sverresborg Folk Museum, or enjoying a city tour including the Folk Museum and the elaborate Nidaros Cathedral, built between 1070 and 1300. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore the area on your own.
Spend the morning exploring the town of Eresfjord or join an optional hike for amazing views. In the afternoon, board the Rauma Railway and witness dramatic scenes of the Romsdalen mountains.
Sail deep into one of Norway's most beautiful and most visited fjords, Geirangerfjord. Enjoy a coach tour to Dalsnibba, soaking in the views at this UNESCO World Heritage site. For the more adventurous, opt for a 6.2-mile mountain hike, exploring the area and taking in amazing views of the fjord from above. If possible, the Expedition will cruise around this scenic area.
Spend the morning exploring the beautiful Art Nouveau district of Ålesund, or take the 418 steps up to Fjellstua for views of the city, islands, and bay. Opt to visit the Ålesund Museum and learn about the culture and history of the town, including the fire which destroyed the city in 1904. If you are feeling more active, try one of the local hikes for unbeatable views.
Continue southwards to the remote Shetland Islands. Opt to visit Jarlshof or join the Puffin Bus to focus on puffins and seabird photography at Sumbrugh Head (weather dependent). Enjoy additional time to explore Lerwick.
Visit historic and mystical sites by coach on this remote island. Explore the Standing Stones of Stenness, the intriguing Ring of Brodgar, and the village of Skara Brae.
Cruise overnight to Edinburgh's Port of Leith, then disembark the Expedition in the morning.
After disembarkation you will be transferred to the airport or the hotel stated on your tour voucher.
Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice and weather conditions—and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Mandatory Travel Insurance:
As a requirement of participation with this shipping company, all passengers must purchase travel insurance with a minimum medical, evacuation, and repatriation coverage of $200,000 and this insurance must cover personal injury and emergency medical expenses. Passengers must be able to provide proof of insurance purchase and adequate coverage as per the required amounts above. Passengers are responsible for advising their insurer of the type of travel, destination(s), and activities included in their booking so that the insurer may provide appropriate coverage. It is the passenger's responsibility to ensure that they have sufficient coverage and comply with the terms of the applicable insurance plans. Other conditions may apply based on pre-existing conditions. ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends that all passengers also purchase comprehensive travel protection that includes cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property. ExpeditionTrips can assist U.S. residents with travel protection options.
This trip also runs in reverse from Edinburgh to Tromsø on 5/5/2020. See Scottish Islands & Norwegian Fjords.
Arrival transfer from meeting point to ship; transfer to airport on day of disembarkation; Nordkapp excursion; local village visit (Lofoten Islands); Svartisen glacier excursion; Vega Island visit; Trondheim visit; Rauma Railway excursion; Geirangerfjord visit; Ålesund visit; Shetland Islands visit; Orkney Islands guided tour of ancient ruins; Zodiac cruises; services of Expedition staff and naturalists; lecture and educational programs; shipboard accommodations; gear to keep (expedition parka); gear on loan (waterproof boots for US sizes 4-16); all meals onboard the ship; coffee, tea, and water. Subject to change without notice.
Airfare; travel insurance (required); passport and visa fees; discretionary gratuities; items of a personal nature including laundry, Wi-Fi, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages (except coffee, tea and water); optional excursions; fuel surcharge may apply.
PHOTOS: © Jeff Garriock (Geiranger Fjord Waterfall, Ring of Brogar Standing Stones, Vega Island Forest, Sanna Svartisen National Park Travelers); © Devon Howitt (Puffins); © G Adventures