Scottish Islands & Norwegian Fjords - Edinburgh to Tromsa¸
Go deeper into the otherworldly fjords of Norway on this unique journey through the Norwegian Sea. Discover UNESCO-protected wonders like the Standing Stones of Stennes, the mystical Ring of Brodgar, and archaeological sites, witness the curious clash of cultures in the Shetland Islands, and marvel at the stunning forests and waterfalls that line the fjords. Even after you come home, a part of you will remain here forever.
G Expedition, Zodiac, local bus, coach, walking.
Aboard the G Expedition in quad-, triple-, twin-share cabins, or suites (all with en suite bathrooms and porthole or window, 13 nts). Please note that all cabins consist of twin-size berths and are ocean-facing. Suites have one queen-size bed.
13 nts aboard the G Expedition. Meeting point to ship transfer. Zodiac and land excursions with our expert expedition team. Lectures and educational programs. Ancient ruins guided tour (Orkney Islands). Bergen city tour. Fla¥m Railway excursion. Olden visit. Geirangerfjord visit. Trondheim excursion. Vega Island visit. Local village visit (Lofoten Islands). Finnmark exploration. Insulated, waterproof boots supplied for USA sizes 6 - 16. Expedition parka.
Explore the Standing Stones of Stenness on the remote island of Kirkwall, Enjoy a city tour of Bergen, Hop on the Fla¥m Railway to reach the scenic fjord of the Fla¥m district, Wander through fishing villages and appreciate the slow pace of life
Day 1 Edinburgh/Kirkwall (1D)
The G Expedition departs in the late afternoon, sailing towards Kirkwall.
Day 2 Kirkwall/Orkney (1B, 1L, 1D)
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.
Day 3 Shetland Islands (1B, 1L, 1D)
Continue northwards 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.
Day 6 Olden Fjord/Birksdal (1B, 1L, 1D)
Cruise into the Olden Fjord before a short bus ride to the Birksdal area. Enjoy a moderate walk to Briksdalbreen glacier, or, for an easier option, take a trolley ride with a shorter walk to make it to the glacier lake.
Day 8 Trondheim (1B, 1L, 1D)
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.
Day 9 Torghatten/Vega (1B, 1L, 1D)
The rugged coastline of central Norway features some of the world's most beautiful scenery. The captain will negotiate with local Norwegian pilots to determine our best Zodiac landing options. Hike up to the famous hole in the mountain, 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 site. Wander the fishing villages, go on a guided nature hike, and appreciate the slow pace of life.
Day 10 Svartisen/Lovund/Vikingen (1B, 1L, 1D)
Visit Svartisen, Lovund, and Vikingen, to see beautiful glaciers and a globe sculpture which marks Vikingen as a point directly on the Arctic Circle.
Day 11 Lofoten (1B, 1L, 1D)
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 Ta¸rrfiskmuseum 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. After, stop in Henningsva¦r 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.
Day 14 Tromsa¸ (1B)
Tromsa¸, the capital of northern Norway, is known as the "Gateway to the Arctic" as it was the embarkation point for many Arctic expeditions. Disembark in the morning. We recommend booking some extra time in Tromsa¸ to explore.
Day 4 Bergen (1B, 1L, 1D)
Cross the famous North Sea to reach Norway. Enjoy an afternoon city tour of Bergen, including a stop at the Edvard Grieg Museum, a visit to the historical seaport district and the fish market. Alternatively, opt for a historical walking tour or the city that ends at the Hanseatic Museum, or explore Bergen on your own for the afternoon.
Day 5 Fla¥m (1B, 1L, 1D)
Hop on the Fla¥m Railway, travelling through valleys and mountain passes to reach the scenic fjord of the Fla¥m district.
Day 7 Geirangerfjord (1B, 1L, 1D)
Sail deep into one of Norway's most beautiful, and most visited, fjords. Enjoy a coach tour to Dalnibba, soaking in the views at this UNESCO World Heritage site. For the more adventurous, opt for a 10km mountain hike exploring the area and taking in amazing views of the fjord from above.
Day 13 Nordkapp (1B, 1L, 1D)
Head back to the coast and visit Nordkapp in the Finnmark region. Take a scenic drive of this high rugged, coastal plateau, keeping an eye out for wild reindeer. This will be the most northerly point of the trip at 71 Âº N.
Day 12 At Sea (1B, 1L, 1D)
Enjoy a day off the coast with Zodiac excursions to search out the local marine life, including sperm whales.