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Ignite your curiosity and go deeper into the mystical fjords of Norway on this spectacular journey through the Norwegian Sea. Explore the UNESCO-protected site such as the Standing Stones of Stennes before heading to Shetland Islands and witness the amazing coastline and an abundant birdlife. Guided by our experienced expedition team, you'll be sure to discover unique sites and enjoy plenty of opportunity to capture special moments to remember for a lifetime.
Duration: 14 Days
The expedition begins near Scotland's incomparable capital city of Edinburgh. Board the ship this afternoon in the suburb Port of Leith, to embark on a voyage to the Arctic. Our expedition departs in the evening through a lock which leads down to sea level, before heading out to sail down the Firth of Forth.
Please make sure to be at the Apex Waterloo Place Hotel before 13:00 as luggage will be transferred to the ship at that time. Meet back at the hotel no later than 15:00 for a group transfer to the Port of Leith at 16:00. Your flight must arrive by or before: 11:00am today.
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. Head to shore for a day of exploration.
Orkney Islands Ancient Ruins Guided Tour
Take a guided coach tour of the many mystical historical sites on the island. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site the Ring of Brodgar, the standing stones of Stennes, and the 4500 year old village of Skara Brae.
The Shetland archipelago is an engaging mix of Scotland and Scandinavia blessed with spectacular coastlines, varied and abundant birdlife and a number of archaeological sites that date back thousands of years.
Visit Lerwick on the Shetland Islands and discover the unique mix of Scotland Scandinavian culture in the area. Opt to visit Jarlshof, a remarkable archaeological site where Neoloithic houses and several Norse longhouses were discovered after a violent storm uncovered the settlement.
Enjoy a city tour of Bergen, including a stop at the museum of Edvard Grieg and a visit to the historical seaport district which dates from the Hanseatic League.
Hop on the Flåm Railway, travelling through valleys and mountain passes to reach the scenic fjord of the Flåm district. The Flåm Line is a 20km route between Myrdal and Flåm. The line is used most often as a tourist train as it passes through gorgeous landscapes. It also boasts an incredibly steep gradient, with an elevation different of 863m (2,831 ft).
Cross the famous North Sea - through one of the largest off shore 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. There's also a trolly-like car for those who are unable to walk the full distance to the 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. The fjord is one of Norway's most visited tourist sites and has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The fjord is 15 km (9.3 mi) long, surrounded by spectacular mountains, lush green trees, waterfalls, and several farms. Have a camera ready for some spectacular photo opportunities.
Today we continue on to visit Trondheim. Trondheim is a modern city surrounded by beautiful forests and mountains, and is home to the remarkable Nidaros Cathedral. Built over the burial site of Saint Olav, the king of Norway in the 11th century, Nidaos Cathedral is the traditional location for the consecration of the King of Norway. You can choose between taking an afternoon hike to the Sverresborg Folk Museum, or enjoy a city tour including the Folk Museum and the elaborate Nidaros Cathedral. 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. 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 and appreciate the slow pace of life.
The mountain scenery and coastline offer breathtaking views. The goal is to visit Torghatten, one of the most bizarre rock formations in Norway and a significant local landmark for the chance to move towards the Træna archipelago, comprised of over a thousand islands.
After breakfast, visit Svartisen and enjoy a scenic walk to a glacier. Svartisen is Norway’s second-largest glacier. Hike to one of the outlet glaciers of Svartisen, Engabreen, which ends at the lowest point of any glacier on the European mainland, at 20 meters above sea level (in 2007). The first 30 to 45 minutes of the hike are easy with no incline. The remaining hike is guided in small groups as it can be a challenging and complicated maze of rocky outcroppings leading to a close encounter with the ice.
After, visit Vikingen Island, a small island that sits directly on the Arctic Circle. There’s a small statue of a globe on the island celebrating its position on one of the five major latitude circles.
The Lofoten archipelago is an enchanting area of picturesque villages by the sea backed with jagged peaks. Go ashore via coach on the island of Å, where cod fishing is still a major part of the economy. In the evening, be sure to stay on deck as we cruise into one of Norway's most famous fjords, the short yet dramatic Trollfjord and search the cliffs on your continuing quest to spot trolls.
Enjoy a day off the coast with Zodiac excursions to search out the local marine life.
Head back to the coast and visit Nordkapp in the Finnmark region. Take a scenic drive of this high rugged, coastal plateau. This will be the most northerly point of the trip at 71 º N.
Tromsø, 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 and transfer to the airport for your outbound flight. If you wish to extend your stay, feel free to contact us for recommendations!
Your flight must depart no earlier than 11:00am today.
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