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Lerwick, Shetlands

In the Wake of the Vikings

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The Vikings did colonize a lot of land and their heritage is still visible today. Explore some of the most interesting sites as you journey through the history of the Vikings. Follow the Vikings’ route, from Bergen in Norway to the beautiful Shetland and Orkney Islands, both of which are rich in Viking history. Sail on to Tórshavn, Eiði, and Mykines in the Faroe Islands before continuing farther north to the ‘kingdom’ of the Vikings – Iceland!

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Bergen, Norway | Embark
Day 2 : Værlandet | Bulandet
Day 3 : Lerwick
Day 4 : Kirkwall
Day 5 : Tórshavn
Day 6 : Eiði
Day 7 : Mykines
Day 8 : At Sea
Day 9 : Surtsey | Heimaey
Day 10 : Reykyavik, Iceland | Disembark

Highlights

  • Explore remarkably-preserved archaeological sites near Lerwick
  • Visit Tórshavn, founded in the 10th century, capital of the Faroe Islands
  • Hear exciting stories and learn more about Viking history
  • Enjoy a hike and see puffins on the island of Mykines
  • Tour Surtsey, part of the Westman Islands, and the fishing port of Heimaey

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MS Spitsbergen

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Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Torshavn, Faroe Islands Bergen market Bergen Grimsey bird life Lerwick, Shetlands

Day 1 Bergen, Norway | Embark

Your journey starts in Bergen, a town founded in 1070 A.D. by Viking King Olav Kyrre. He called the city ‘Bjørgvin’, meaning ‘the green meadow between the mountains’. Departing from Bergen, follow the same route that the Vikings once sailed when they went out to explore and plunder.

Day 2 Værlandet | Bulandet

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Located to the northwest of Bergen, Værlandet/Bulandet and Atløy/Nærvik form the westernmost archipelago of Norway. Enjoy visits to the most interesting sites in this area.

Day 3 Lerwick

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Lerwick is the main port in the Shetland Islands. In and around the town, find some of Shetland’s most attractive scenery and an extraordinary concentration of archaeological sites, including two remarkable Iron Age villages and Europe’s best-preserved broch, a drystone structure dating from the Iron Age.

Day 4 Kirkwall

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The capital of the Orkney Islands, Kirkwall is the largest town of the islands and is dominated by the famous St. Magnus Cathedral. The first mention of a settlement here is in a saga from 1046 A.D. and the name Kirkwall derives from the Norse word ‘Kirkjuvagr’(Church Bay).

Day 5 Tórshavn

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The Faroe Islands are a group of islands in the middle of the North Atlantic. The capital city, Tórshavn, is one of the smallest in the world, with only 15,000 inhabitants. The city was founded in the 10th century and might very well be the oldest capital in northern Europe. The Vikings established their parliament here on the Tinganes Peninsula in 850 A.D., and Tórshavn has remained the capital of the Faroe Islands ever since.

Day 6 Eiði

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the 9th century, the Vikings settled in Eiði. A visit here provides an opportunity to hear exciting Viking stories and discover more about Viking history. It is also a great place to enjoy a hike led by the expedition team.

Day 7 Mykines

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A thousand years ago, the Vikings who lived in Mykines would climb over the ridge to visit their neighboring community for occasions such as christenings, weddings, and funerals. This was hiking the way it used to be – no trampled path, no paving stones, and no handrail! Join for a landing here if you like hiking and have an opportunity to see the island’s puffins.

Day 8 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy a relaxing day at sea. Take in the views from on deck or participate in lectures as you cruise toward Iceland.

Day 9 Surtsey | Heimaey

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The Vestmannaeyjar, or Westman Islands, are a group of 15 spectacular islands and about 30 rock pillars located off Iceland’s south coast. The islands are named after the Gaelic slaves who were captured by Norsemen. The Old Norse word ‘vestmenn’ literally means ‘men from the west’. Even though we now know that there are countries farther west than Iceland, the name has stuck. Visit Surtsey, one of volcanic islands here, and the fishing port of Heimaey.

Day 10 Reykyavik, Iceland | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Reykjavik was the first Viking settlement on Iceland. Today, Iceland’s capital offers a lot to tempt the curiosity of its visitors. Relatively close to Reykjavik, find glaciers, waterfalls, geysers, and mountains. Within the city itself, find a vast selection of restaurants, museums, and shops. Arrive in the city early in the morning, and it is here that your voyage comes to an end.

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  • Voyage in cabin category of your choice on a full board basis (daily buffet breakfast, buffet lunch, and set or buffet dinner)
  • Wind-and water-resistant jacket
  • Landings and activities onboard and ashore
  • Professional English-speaking Expedition Team that gives lectures and accompanies landings and activities
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
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  • Luggage handling
  • Optional excursions and gratuities
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  • All itineraries are subject to change

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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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