8 Nights Norwegian Fjords & Scottish Isles

8 Nights Norwegian Fjords & Scottish Isles

$11,990.00Price

n a voyage aboard the newNational Geographic Resolution, sail across the North Sea in the wake of legendary explorers and seafarers, traveling from Norway’s breathtaking fjords and snow-dusted mountains to Scotland’s rolling green hills and ancient ruins. Along the way explore an array of remote, ancient sites—Bronze Age ruins on the rugged Shetland Islands, the Viking tombs of Orkney, the 5,000-year-old settlement of Skara Brae—all juxtaposed against the dynamic, bustling cities of Bergen and Edinburgh. You’ll see the dramatic cliffs of the second-largest fjord in Norway and explore the evocative seascapes and rich traditions of the Shetland Islands. With our knowledgeable expedition team, encounter an interwoven tapestry of histories and cultures as we explore on foot, by kayak, and by Zodiac.

  • Early Bird Special -

     

    * Free Bar Tab & Crew Tips Included

    * Back to Back Savings of 10% on voyage fares

    * Children receive $500 Off pp

    * Group Saving of 5% Off for 8 and above passengers

     

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    For Bergen (NOR) Departures -

     

    DAY 1-2: U.S./Bergen, Norway/Embark

    Depart on an overnight flight to the coastal city of Bergen, the gateway to the fjords. Discover the city’s maritime history on a tour of Bryggen—the colorful old wharf and a designated UNESCO World Heritage site. Later, embark our ship. (Day 2: L,D)

     

    DAY 3: Hardangerfjorden

    Norway’s glacier-carved western coast boasts some of the most dramatic landscapes in the world. Launch kayaks and Zodiacs to explore the sublime Hardangerfjorden, the second longest fjord in the country and the fourth longest in the world. Cruise beneath staggering cliffs and rushing waterfalls. Then venture ashore to hike against a backdrop of snow-dusted mountains, emerald valleys, and fruit orchards. (B,L,D)

     

    DAY 4: Hidra/At Sea

    Drop anchor at the island of Hidra, which boasts a rich history dating from the Viking era through World War II. Explore the picturesque village of Kirkehamn and learn about its long history of fishing and shipping. Hike to a beautiful viewpoint overlooking Hidra and the surrounding islands, and see the remains of World War II Coastal batteries. (B,L,D)

     

    DAY 5: Shetland Islands, Scotland/Isle Of Noss/Lerwick

    Our voyage takes us across the North Sea to the Shetland Islands, where Norse and Gaelic culture intermingle in fascinating ways. Cruise below the towering cliffs of Noss, a nature reserve which harbors thousands of seabirds including puffins, guillemots, and kittiwakes. Later, depart the bustling city of Lerwick to discover the prehistoric settlement of Jarlshof—which reveals 4,000 years of near-continuous settlement—and examine Bronze Age ruins and Viking longhouses. (B,L,D)

     

    DAY 6: Unst

    Arrive at Unst, the northernmost island of the Shetlands which harbors sheltered inlets, golden beaches, and a large nature reserve. Take to the trails onshore to skirt towering cliffs and heathercovered hills. Weather permitting, paddle the scenic coastline by kayak or cruise in a Zodiac to the farthest northern lighthouse in the U.K. Or visit the Unst Heritage Centre, which features local artifacts including handspun knit and lace, fishing tools, and wooden boats. (B,L,D) 

     

    DAY 7-8: Orkney Islands

    The Vikings held a strategic foothold in the Orkney Islands for centuries, and their Norse heritage is still evident. Explore fascinating Stone Age sites, including the megaliths of the Ring of Brodgar and the 5,000-year-old stone-slab village of Skara Brae. Visit the medieval St. Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall, which was founded in 1137 by the Viking Earl Rognvald. (B,L,D)

     

    DAY 9: Disembark/Edinburgh/U.S.

    Disembark in Edinburgh after breakfast and transfer to airport for your flight home. (B)

     

     

    For Leith/Edinburgh (GBR) Departure -

     

    DAY 1-2: U.S. / Edinburgh / Embark

    Depart on an overnight flight to Edinburgh and tour the city before boarding the ship. (Day 2: L, D)

     

    DAY 3-4: Orkney Islands

    The Vikings held a strategic foothold in the Orkney Islands for centuries, and their Norse heritage is still evident. On mainland Orkney, explore fascinating Stone Age sites, including the 5,000- year-old stone-slab village of Skara Brae and visit the medieval St. Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall, which was founded in 1137 by the Viking Earl Rognvald. Join us for a special evening visit to the Ring of Brodgar. Continue on to some of Orkney’s less frequented outer islands, exploring their stunning archaeological sites and wildlife. (B,L,D)

     

    DAY 5: Shetland Islands, Unst, Scotland/Isle Of Noss/Lerwick

    Arrive at Unst, the northernmost island of the Shetlands which harbors sheltered inlets, golden beaches, and a large nature reserve. Take to the trails onshore to skirt towering cliffs and heathercovered hills. Weather permitting, paddle the scenic coastline by kayak or cruise in a Zodiac to the farthest northern lighthouse in the U.K. Or visit the Unst Heritage Centre, which features local artifacts including handspun knit and lace, fishing tools, and wooden boats. At sunset, cruise below the towering cliffs of Noss, a nature reserve which harbors thousands of seabirds including puffins, guillemots, and kittiwakes. Arrive in Lerwick in the late evening. (B,L,D)

     

    DAY 6: Lerwick/At Sea

    In the bustling seaport of Lerwick, choose from several options. Explore the town, strolling amid 18th-century sandstone warehouses; delve into local culture and history at the Shetland Museum & Archives; or embark on a birdwatching or a geology-focused excursion. Alternatively, discover the prehistoric settlement of Jarlshof—which reveals 4,000 years of near-continuous settlement —and examine Bronze Age ruins and Viking longhouses. Our voyage takes us across the North Sea to Norway overnight. (B,L,D)

     

    DAY 7: Hidra, Norway

    Drop anchor at the island of Hidra, which boasts a rich history dating from the Viking era through World War II. Explore the picturesque village of Kirkehamn and learn about its long history of fishing and shipping. Hike to a beautiful viewpoint overlooking Hidra and the surrounding islands, and see the remains of World War II Coastal batteries. (B,L,D)

     

    DAY 8: Hardangerfjorden

    Norway’s glacier-carved western coast boasts some of the most dramatic landscapes in the world. Launch kayaks and Zodiacs to explore the sublime Hardangerfjorden, the second longest fjord in the country and the fourth longest in the world. Cruise beneath staggering cliffs and rushing waterfalls and venture ashore to hike against a backdrop of snow-dusted mountains, emerald valleys, and fruit orchards. (B,L,D)

     

    DAY 9: Bergen, Norway/Disembark

    Disembark our ship in Bergen, set on a lovely fjord, and transfer to the airport for homewardbound flights. (B)