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Follow the Viking trail aboard the new National Geographic Endurance on a 16-day voyage from Norway to the far-flung islands and archipelagos of the Arctic. Cruise the famed Norwegian fjords and the magical Lofoten islands, explore Bronze Age sites in Scotland’s Shetland Islands, and delve into the legacy of the Vikings amid the turf-roofed cottages of the Faroes. Then trace Iceland’s most remote shorelines, witnessing geological wonders from volcanoes to thundering waterfalls.
 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Oslo, Norway
Day 2 : Tromsø | Embark
Day 3 : Tysfjorden
Day 4 : Lofoten Islands
Days 5-6 : Exploring the Fjords of Norway
Day 7 : At Sea | Shetland Islands, Scotland
Day 8 : Lerwick | Foula
Day 9 : Tórshavn, Faroe Islands
Day 10 : Mykines
Days 11-12 : At Sea | Rauđanes or Langanes Peninsulas, Iceland | Grímsey
Days 13-14 : Ísafjörđur | Flatey Island | Látrabjarg
Day 15 : Westman Islands
Day 16 : Reykjavík | Disembark

Highlights

  • Explore secluded inlets and coves of the Arctic by kayak or Zodiac
  • Encounter the Bronze Age ruins and Viking longhouses of Jarlshof
  • Explore the unique culture of the Faroe Islands
  • Observe nesting seabirds in Látrabjarg cliffs and Lofoten islands

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National Geographic Endurance

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

The breathtaking scenery of Iceland Puffins on the Latrabjarg Cliffs Looking for wildlife in the Arctic Hallgrimskirkja Church in Reykjavik A mother polar bear and her young relax on the Arctic landscape

Day 1 Oslo, Norway

Once you arrive in Oslo, settle into Clarion Hotel, the Hubin the heart of the city. Take an afternoon tour, stroll amid the city’s famed Vigeland sculptures—hundreds of life-size human figures set in terraced parkland. Visit the Fram Museum, showcasing the polar ship Fram and dedicated to the explorers and wooden vessels that navigated the Arctic Sea in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The evening is free to explore Oslo on your own. 

Day 2 Tromsø | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Take a charter flight to Tromsø and visit the Arctic Cathedral where the unique architecture evokes icebergs. You can also see the Polar Museum that showcases the ships, types of equipment and seafaring traditions of early Arctic settlers. Embark on the ship this afternoon. 

Day 3 Tysfjorden

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, you will enter the long fjord of Tysfjorden where only few small villages cling to the rocky shores. Glide beneath the fjord’s steep walls on Zodiac and kayak excursions and explore the U-shaped valley whose fjord reaches far inland, ending just a few miles from the border of Sweden.

Day 4 Lofoten Islands

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Start your day on deck as you glide into Trollfjorden, one of Norway’s most dramatic fjords. The Lofoten archipelago boasts an enchanting landscape of picturesque villages framed by jagged, granite peaks that rise straight from the sea. Explore the many islets, and go ashore at Værøy to hike and kayak. Seek out Atlantic puffins, razorbills, and guillemots on a Zodiac cruise. 

Day 5-6 Exploring the Fjords of Norway

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Carved by glaciers over millions of years, Norway’s northern coast is laced with steep-walled fjords, mountainous islands, and chiseled peaks. Cruise in a Zodiac along vertical rock faces, kayak through serene fjords, or go ashore on a secluded sandy beach to hike amid verdant valleys and birch forests. 

Day 7 At Sea | Shetland Islands, Scotland

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend a relaxing morning at sea as you sail toward the Shetland Islands, an archipelago of about one hundred islands and islets located north of the Scottish mainland. Glide past the towering cliffs of Noss to view murres, puffins, kittiwakes, and other seabirds. 

Day 8 Lerwick | Foula

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Dock in Lerwick, a town where Norse and Gaelic cultures intermingle. Explore the town, delve into local culture and history at the Shetland Museum & Archives, or embark on a bird-watching or geology walk. Alternatively, venture to the prehistoric settlement of Jarlshof to examine its Bronze Age ruins and Viking longhouses. In the afternoon, continue to Foula, a stark but spectacular island edged with towering cliffs and blanketed with peat bogs, where people are drastically outnumbered by puffins.

Day 9 Tórshavn, Faroe Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive in the Faroe Islands, an autonomous archipelago within the Kingdom of Denmark. The legacy of the Vikings persists here, reflected in the language of the Faroese and their love of the sea. Browse Viking artifacts at the historical museum in Tórshavn, the capital of the Faroe Islands; wander through 12th-century St. Olav’s Church; and discover the archaeological site of Kirkjubøur, a medieval farming and religious village.

Day 10 Mykines

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Zodiacs take you ashore on Mykines island, known for its breathtaking views and for the hundreds of puffins that make their home here. Stroll through the tiny village along unpaved streets, passing whimsical turf-roofed houses and a turf-roofed church; and see the islands tiny lighthouse, tethered down with guy wires. 

Day 11-12 At Sea | Rauđanes or Langanes Peninsulas, Iceland | Grímsey

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
After a day at sea, awake along Iceland’s rugged eastern coast, an unspoiled stretch of rocky outcrops, hidden coves, and hills that beckon hikers. You may visit one of several locations in this region. Depending on the weather and tides, go for a Zodiac cruise to view the sea stacks near Rauđanes peninsula or hike along a stretch of the Langanes peninsula. Continue to Grímsey on the Arctic Circle.

Day 13-14 Ísafjörđur | Flatey Island | Látrabjarg

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Located in the Westfjords region, the town of Ísafjörđur lies on a tiny spit jutting out into the water against a backdrop of steep hills. Spend time hiking and watching for nesting seabirds in this remote setting. The next day, visit Flatey island, a fishing and trading post for centuries. Navigate the coast by Zodiac to see where Erik the Red is believed to have set sail around the year 982, bound for Greenland. Sail past the soaring Látrabjarg cliffs, the westernmost point of Iceland and home to teeming populations of bird species, including razorbills and puffins.

Day 15 Westman Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive at the Westman Islands and you will get to explore one of the world’s younger archipelagos that was formed by undersea volcanoes some 11,000 years ago. Visit the Eldfell volcanic crater, where the earth is still hot, and take in views over landscapes engulfed in lava rock and also spy Surtsey which was formed by volcanic eruptions between 1963 and 1967.

Day 16 Reykjavík | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark in Reykjavík and choose to either soak in the geothermal waters of the famed Blue Lagoon; or visit hot springs, a geothermal power plant, and a horse farm. Transfer to the airport for your flight home. 

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Inclusions:
  • All meals and non-alcoholic beverages*
  • Cappuccinos, lattes & filtered water
  • 24-hour coffee, tea & soda on demand 
  • Hors d’oeuvres & snacks during Recap
  • Fitness center or exercise equipment, depending on the ship
  • Fully stocked library, and other gracious public spaces
  • The guidance and company of our expedition staff
  • The services of a physician on certain ships/destinations
  • Hotels ashore as indicated in the itinerary
  • Meals on land, as indicated in the itinerary
  • Sightseeing & entrance fees
  • Special access permits, park fees, port taxes
  • Transfers to and from group flights
  • The expertise of our expedition staff
  • All excursions
  • Zodiac & kayak explorations
  • Snorkeling, including wetsuits, masks, fins & snorkel where relevant
  • Presentations and guest speakers in the lounge
Exclusions: 
  • International and internal airfare
  • Additional hotel nights
  • Private transfers
  • Travel Protection Plan
  • Passport, visa, and immigration fees
  • Expedition extensions
  • Gratuities
  • Spa treatments
  • Scuba diving
  • Laundry
  • Internet and phone
  • Gift shop items and any other items of personal nature
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