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Scottish Highlights and Norwegian Fjords

Scottish Isles Cruise Information

Summary : Take part in a mystical North Atlantic journey from Northern Scotland to the Norwegian Fjords. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to ply the Norwegian Sea, keeping your eyes open for unique wildlife. Discover UNESCO World Heritage sites, explore picturesque villages by the sea, stretch your legs on scenic glacier walks, and visit world famous fjords surrounded by spectacular mountains, lush green trees, waterfalls, and quaint farms. From the abundant marine bird life, to the dramatic coastal scenery, to the unique historical significance of this region, this is a voyage filled with adventure, natural beauty, and discovery.

Activities : Birding, Hiking, Photography, Triple/Quad Cabins

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Itinerary
Day 1
Edinburgh / Kirkwall, Orkney Island

Begin your adventure today in the majestic city of Edinburgh, Scotland. Your expedition begins near Edinburgh in Port of Leith. Depart in the evening through a lock which leads down to sea level, before heading out to sail down the Firth of Forth to Kirkwall, the capital of Orkney.

Day 2
Kirkwall, Orkney Island / Lerwick, Shetland Island

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 bird marine bird life and dramatic coastal scenery. Head to shore for a day of exploration. Take a guided coach tour of the many mystical historical sites here. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site the Ring of Brodgar, the standing stones of Stennes, and the 4,500 year old village of Skara Brae.

Day 3
Kirkwall, Orkney Island / Lerwick, Shetland Island

The Shetland archipelago is an engaging blend 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. Visit Lerwick on the Shetland Islands and discover the unique mix of Scottish and Scandinavian culture in the area. Opt to go to Jarlshof, a remarkable archaeological site where Neolithic houses and several Norse longhouses were discovered after a violent storm uncovered the settlement.

Day 4
Lerwick, Shetland Island / Bergen, Norway

Enjoy a city tour of Bergen, Norway today, including a stop at the museum of Advard Grief and a visit to the historical seaport district which dates from the Hanseatic League. Opt to visit the local fish market.

Day 5
Bergen, Norway / Flam, Norway

Today you will ride on the Flam Railway. Regarded as one of the most beautiful train rides in the world, with panoramic views of the wild and magnificent Norwegian fjord landscape, descend almost 3,000 feet in an hour on this 12.4 mile route from the high mountains of Myrdal into the valley to the ocean level town of Flam.

Day 6
Flam, Norway / Olden, Norway

Cross the famous North Sea through one of the largest offshore oil fields in the world. Depending on time and weather, stop in Olden for a short bus ride to the Birksdal area and a walk to a glacier.

Day 7
Olden, Norway / Geiranger, Norway

Sail deep into one of Norway's most beautiful, and most visited fjords. Enjoy soaking in the views at this UNESCO World Heritage site. 9.3 miles long, the Geirangerfjorden is surrounded by spectacular mountains, lush green trees, waterfalls, and farms. Get your camera ready for spectacular photo opportunities!

Day 8

Notes

This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.

Mandatory Travel Insurance:
As a requirement of participation on the Expedition, all passengers must purchase medical and emergency evacuation insurance with a minimum medical coverage of $200,000 and this insurance must cover personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, and evacuation expenses. Other conditions may apply based on pre-existing conditions. Clients must be able to provide proof of insurance purchase and adequate coverage as per the required amounts above. We also strongly recommend that all passengers purchase comprehensive travel insurance which would include coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property. ExpeditionTrips can assist U.S. residents with travel protection options.

Included:

Arrival transfer from the meeting point to the ship; cabin accommodations and meals aboard the ship; Orkney Islands ancient ruins guided tour; Bergen city tour; Flam Railway excursion;  Olden visit; Geirangerfjord visit; Trondheim excursion; Vega Island visit; Lofoten Islands local village visit; Finnmark exploration; Zodiac cruises; services of Expedition staff and naturalists; lecture and educational programs; gear on loan (waterproof boots for US sizes 6 - 16); and a complimentary wind- and water-resistant parka. Subject to change without notice.

Not Included:
Airfare; travel insurance (required); passport and visa fees; departure taxes; discretionary gratuities; items of a personal nature including laundry, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages (except coffee, tea and water); optional excursions; fuel surcharge may apply.

PHOTOS:  © Adrian Santos, © Chris Combe, © Havard, © Harvey Barrison, © Lukas Koster,  © Matthia Ripp, © Mickey Bo

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