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
$4,999 to $10,399
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Continue on to Trondheim. A modern city surrounded by beautiful forests and mountains, it is also home to the remarkable Nidaros Cathedral. Built over the burial site of Saint Olav, the King of Norway in the 11th century, Nidaros Cathedral is the traditional location for the consecration of the king. You'll have a choice today between taking an afternoon hike to the Sverresbord Folk Museum, or enjoying a city tour including the elaborate Nidaros Cathedral.
Start your day with a Zodiac excursion. Your captain will negotiate with local Norwegian pilots to determine the best Zodiac shore landing options. If possible, you will visit Torghatten, one of the most bizarre rock formations in Norway and a significant local landmark. If weather permits, you will then make your way towards the Treana archipelago, comprised of over 1,000 islands. Enjoy an optional hike and keep an eye out for Norway's mythical trolls.
In the afternoon, make your way to Vega island in Norway's Nordland, filled with tiny, picturesque fishing villages. Wander through this UNESCO World Heritage site with a history of Eiderdown harvesting and relax into the slow pace of life.
Visit Svartisen and enjoy a scenic walk to a glacier. You may also opt to hike all the way around a nearby lake below the glacier. From the lake there's a great view of the glacier – a perfect photo opportunity.
In the afternoon, sail to Vikingen Island, a small island that sits directly on the Arctic Circle. See the globe statue on the island celebrating its position on one of the five major latitude circles.
The Lofoten archipelago is an enchanting place with picturesque villages by the sea backed by jagged mountain peaks. Go ashore here via coach to the island of A, where cod fishing is still a major part of the economy. In the evening, stay on deck as you cruise into one of Norway's most well-known fjords, the short yet dramatic Trollfjord. Search the cliffs on your continued quest to spot trolls.
Enjoy a day off the coast of Norway with Zodiac excursions. Look for local marine life like puffins and beluga whales.
Head back to the coast and visit Nordkapp in the Finnmark region. Take a scenic drive of this high, rugged, coastal plateau. Arrive at the most northly point of the trip at 71 degrees North.
Tromsø, the capital of northern Norway, is known as the "Gateway to the Arctic" as it was the embarkation point for many Arctic expeditions. You will disembark in the morning today. Consider extending your stay to explore Tromsø.
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.
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.
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.
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