Summary : Go deeper into the otherworldly fjords of Norway on this unique journey from Scotland across the Norwegian Sea to the fjords of Norway. Discover wonderous UNESCO World Heritage Sites like the Standing Stones of Stennes and the mystical Ring of Brodgar. Visit archaeological sites, witness the curious clash of cultures in the Shetland Islands, and marvel at the stunning forests and waterfalls that line the fjords.
Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking, Triple/Quad Cabins
$5,199 to $10,699
Your trip begins near Scotland's incomparable capital city. Embark the ship this afternoon in the suburb Port of Leith to begin your adventure to the Arctic. The Expedition departs in the evening through a lock which leads down to sea level, then sails out to the Firth of Forth. While on deck, keep a lookout for common eiders and northern gannets.
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.
There are few places in the world that offer as much as the Orkneys. Only six miles off the coast of Scotland, the islands are famous for their abundant marine bird life and dramatic coastal scenery. Enjoy an afternoon to explore the ancient history of the people of these Scottish Isles.
Continue northwards to the remote Shetland Islands. The Shetland archipelago is an engaging mix of Scotland and Scandinavia blessed with spectacular coastlines, varied and abundant bird life, and a number of archaeological sites that date back thousands of years. Opt to visit Jarlshof or join the Puffin Bus to focus on puffins and seabird photography at Sumburgh Head (weather dependent). Enjoy additional time to explore Lerwick.
Cross the famous North Sea to reach Norway. Opt for a historical walking tour of the city, or enjoy a funicular ride for amazing views of Bergen, then explore on your own for the afternoon.
Hop on the Flåm Railway, traveling through valleys and mountain passes to reach the scenic fjord of the Flåm district.
Cruise into the Olden Fjord before a short bus ride to the Briksdal area. Enjoy a moderate hike to Briksdalbreen glacier or, for an easier option, take a trolley ride and a shorter walk to reach the glacier lake.
Sail deep into one of Norway's most beautiful and most visited fjords. 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.
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.
The rugged coastline of central Norway features some of the world’s most beautiful scenery. Hike up to the famous hole of Torghatten, with fantastic views of the region. Keep an eye out for Norway's mythical trolls. In the afternoon, head to the quaint and picturesque Vega Island, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Wander the fishing villages, go on a guided nature hike, and appreciate the slow pace of life.
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 Lofoten archipelago is an enchanting area of picturesque villages by the sea backed with jagged peaks. Go ashore by Zodiac for a day trip of the area. Start by visiting the Tørrfiskmuseum to learn about traditional work of the islands before visiting Nusfjord, one of Norway's oldest and best-preserved fishing villages, for lunch at a local restaurant. Afterwards, stop in Henningsvær for time to see local art or explore the quaint fishing village. In the evening, stay on deck as you cruise into one of Norway's most famous fjords, the short yet dramatic Trollfjord. Search the cliffs on your continuing quest to spot trolls.
Tromsø, the capital of northern Norway, is known as the "Gateway to the Arctic" as it was the embarkation point for many Arctic expeditions. Learn about past Arctic expeditions and opt for some hiking or to explore the city on your own.
Disembark the Expedition in the morning.
Transfers to the Clarion Hotel the Edge or Tromsø Airport will be offered to all passengers with flights scheduled after disembarkation.
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 Tromsø to Edinburgh on 5/17/2020. See Norwegian Fjords & Scottish Islands.
Transfer from meeting point to ship; transfer ship/airport or Clarion Hotel day of disembarkation; Ancient ruins guided tour (Orkney Islands); Shetland Islands visit; Bergen city tour; Flåm Railway excursion; Olden visit; Geirangerfjord visit; Trondheim excursion; Vega Island visit; local village visit (Lofoten Islands); Tromsø city tour; 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