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Norwegian Fjords and Scottish Isles

Example 8 Day Cruise aboard National Geographic Endurance
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On a voyage aboard the new National Geographic Endurance, 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. Glide beneath the dramatic cliffs of the second largest fjord in Norway, explore the rich traditions and evocative seascapes of the Shetland Islands, and travel back in time amid the Stone Age sites of the Orkney Islands. With our knowledgeable expedition team, encounter an interwoven tapestry of histories and cultures as we explore on foot, by kayak, and by Zodiac.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Bergen, Norway | Embark
Day 2 : Hardangerfjorden
Day 3 : Hidra | At Sea
Day 4 : Shetland Islands, Scotland | Isle Of Noss | Lerwick
Day 5 : Unst
Days 6-7 : Orkney Islands
Day 8 : Disembark |Edinburgh

Highlights

  • Visit the nature reserve in Shetland Islands where you can find thousand of seabirds
  • Stroll amid the white wooden houses of the Dutch Quarter
  • Board the Zodiacs to explore the sublime Hardangerfjorden
  • Explore the fascinating Stone Age sites in Orkney Islands

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National Geographic Endurance

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Colorful sunset over the Scottish Highlands Ring Of Brodgar, Orkney Kittiwake bird in flight Norwegian fjord Edinburgh city in winter from Calton hill, Scotland, UK

Day 1 Bergen, Norway | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 the ship.

Day 2 Hardangerfjorden

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 or bike against a backdrop of snow-dusted mountains, emerald valleys, and fruit orchards.

Day 3 Hidra | At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 by Zodiac or kayak, gliding along shores dotted with quaint, red-roofed buildings. Or venture to the town of Flekkefjord, located at the head of a vast fjord. Stroll amid the white wooden houses of the Dutch Quarter, a trading hub during the 16th and 17th centuries. Then visit the local museum which dates from around 1720 and houses a variety of exhibitions featuring traditional Norwegian interiors and textiles. 

Day 4 Shetland Islands, Scotland | Isle Of Noss | Lerwick

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Your voyage takes you 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, 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.

Day 5 Unst

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 heather-covered 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

Day 6-7 Orkney Islands

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
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. 

Day 8 Disembark |Edinburgh

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark in Edinburgh and tour the city before transferring to the airport for your flight home.

National Geographic Endurance

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Complimentary Bar Tab & Gratuities
Complimentary Bar tab and gratuities included on this voyage. Contact us for details.
Valid on all 2019/2020 departures.

Per person starting at
$7,970
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Notes

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 your 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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