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View on the Waterfalls of the seven sisters at Geiranger Fjord in the morning light

Sailing with the Vikings

Tromso - Amsterdam - Example 14 Day Cruise aboard SH Diana
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Embark on a 14-day cruise aboard the SH Diana that traces the path of the legendary Vikings. Begin in Tromso, an Arctic city in Norway, passing through the mythical Trollfjorden and experiencing the charm of Leknes in the Lofoten Islands. Enjoy the coastal beauty of Bronnoysund and Molde before the cruise continues across the North Sea from Geiranger's majestic fjords to reach the United Kingdom. Explore Kirkwall's ancient heritage, immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of Aberdeen and Edinburgh in Scotland, and discover the historical charm of Newcastle upon Tyne.
Explore beautiful AmsterdamMidnight sun over LofotenDunnottar CastleBrilliant tulips growing near AmsterdamView on the Waterfalls of the seven sisters at Geiranger Fjord in the morning light
Highlights
  • Explore Tromso, the Arctic gateway, and experience the soft glow of the midnight sun
  • Discover the unbelievable Trollfjorden with its near-vertical mountainous sides and white-tailed eagles soaring overhead
  • Experience the otherworldly beauty of Leknes, the main town in the Lofoten Islands
  • Marvel at the granite dome of Torghatten in Bronnoysund and walk through the famous hole in the mountain
Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.
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Day 1: Tromso

Arrive in Tromso, relax and spend the overnight here preparing for your adventure

*specific hotel and location to be announced

Day 2: Tromso | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
Known as the Arctic gateway, Tromso is a remote Norwegian city at 69° north, 250 miles above the Arctic Circle, where you can take in the soft glow of the midnight sun. Learn more about early polar explorations at the Polar Museum. Famed for the Northern Lights on winter nights, you can find out more about this natural spectacle at the Science Center.

Day 3: Cruising Trollfjorden | Leknes, Lofoten

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Trollfjorden is unbelievable—a 100-m-wide entrance to a narrow fjord with near-vertical mountainous sides up to 1,100 m high. The passage slices through Austvagoya, on the edge of the Lofoten Islands, and there’s no way in other than by boat or a dizzying hike. Appreciate the silence while you cruise gently onward as white-tailed eagles soar overhead, and marvel as the ship slowly spins around to leave.

Explore the Lofoten Islands, an archipelago just above the Arctic Circle. Leknes, the islands’ main town, on Vestvagoya, sits on the bay-like Buksnesfjorden. The scenery is otherworldly: little red-painted houses against a backdrop of craggy, mountainous isles. In the height of summer, the white sand beaches look almost like the South Seas, and this is the Land of the Midnight Sun for almost two months each year. Tours take in the mountainous interior, and there are also whale-watching excursions.

Day 4: Bronnoysund

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A pretty town on a narrow peninsula amid a world of islands halfway up the Norwegian coast nearby, Torghatten, a granite dome of a mountain on the isle of Torget, is famed for the hole through the middle, which you can walk right through. Boat trips head to the Vega Archipelago UNESCO site, with shallow waters, fishing docks, and nesting spots for down-rich eider ducks. The Norwegian Aquaculture Centre gives guests a taste of salmon farming with aquariums, underwater cameras, and a restaurant.

Day 5: Molde

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
As Romdalsfjord nears the open sea, it’s a very different place—bigger and even more placid, yet still wild. From the town of Molde, it’s reckoned that you can see 222 peaks. From here, the Atlantic Road darts across bridges and islands on its extraordinary journey, and a replica Viking ship departs for Haholmen Island, an 18th-century fishing port. Another boat takes you into the spine-tingling caves of Bergtatt, where marble has been mined for a significant number of years.

Day 6: Geiranger

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Geirangerfjord is a truly magnificent fjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its staggering mix of snow-capped peaks and clear blue waters, lush greenery, and the magnificent Seven Sisters waterfalls. See the falls from a tiny boat, or take a bus along hair-raising roads to the 1,500-meter Mount Dalsnibba Skywalk viewpoint and learn about your surroundings at the Norwegian Fjord Center. The village of Geiranger, at the head of the fjord, is well over 100 kilometers from the sea.

Day 7: Day at Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sea days are rarely dull. Take the time to sit back and let the world go by. The ship’s observation decks provide stunning views of the passing ocean. A day at sea gives you the opportunity to mingle with other passengers and share your experiences of this incredible trip, or head to the library, which is stocked full of reference books. Get an expert’s view in one of the on-board lectures, or perhaps perfect your photography skills with invaluable advice from the onboard professional photographers.

Day 8: Kirkwall

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Old Kirkwall was once one of the most important towns of the Norse Western Empire. Officially a Royal Burgh since 1486, the town’s name comes from the Norse ‘Kirkjuvagr’, meaning ‘Church of the Bay." From the 9th to the 15th centuries, Orkney and the surrounding islands belonged to the Norse king, a thraldom held by earls. This Viking heritage is still very much alive today in the town of Kirkwall. A highlight is the magnificent St. Magnus Cathedral. Regarded as the finest medieval building in Northern Scotland, the sandstone structure was erected by skilled builders in 1137, brought north from their work on the revered Durham Cathedral.

Day 9-10: Leith, Scotland

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  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
No visit to Edinburgh would be complete without strolling along the Royal Mile from the Queen’s official residence in Scotland, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, to that lauded landmark, Edinburgh Castle, which sits on Castle Rock, a volcanic hill. Nearby are the contemporary, design-forward Scottish Parliament building and the National Museum of Scotland, which presents a detailed history of the country. Or climb to the top of Calton Hill; it’s steep, but the views are worth it. Sail from Leith, Edinburgh’s port on the Firth of Forth, and make your way down to the waterfront, where you can find your chic ship waiting.

Day 11: Aberdeen, Scotland

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Aberdeen’s ubiquitous gray buildings have given the city its epithet, the Granite City. Located a stone’s throw from the North Sea oil reserves, Aberdeen is also known as the UK’s petroleum capital. Thanks to this twist of geology, the city benefits from oil-infused affluence as well as multicultural influences. Disembark to explore; the Aberdeen Arts Centre, the Maritime Museum, the Gordon Highlanders Museum, and Marischal College are just some of your options. One of the city’s biggest draws, however, is its proximity to Scotland’s famed castle and whisky trails. Aberdeenshire, that great shoulder of land that pushes into the North Sea, has more castles per hectare (260) than anywhere else in the United Kingdom. There are plenty near Aberdeen itself; you could visit the impressive cliff-top ruins of Dunnottar Castle, the fairytale Crathes Castle, or Drum Castle, an elegant Jacobean mansion house. Whisky lovers might be interested to note that also close by are the distilleries of Glenfiddich, Strathisla, and Glen Grant.

Day 12: Newcastle Upon the Tyne, England

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Newcastle upon Tyne is a vibrant and eclectic city in northeast England. Its attractions include the Tyne Bridge, St James’ Park, Eldon Square, Laing Art Gallery, and the Great North Run. You can also visit Quayside, Victoria Tunnel, The Discovery Museum, and more.

Day 13: Scheveningen, The Hague

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Scheveningen is a district in The Hague, the Netherlands. It is known for its beautiful beaches and many attractions, such as De Pier, Westduinpark, Oostduinpark, and more.

Day 14: Amsterdam | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Your port is the gorgeous Dutch city where a boat cruise along the canals gets to the very heart of things, but where walking the narrow streets and over the hundreds of bridges is magical too. Discover a treasure trove of fabulous museums such as the Rijksmuseum, filled with Dutch masters, and just around the corner from the Van Gogh Museum. While south of the city, explore windmill-filled stretches of countryside canals.

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Located on decks 5, these balcony staterooms feature 2 single beds or a double bed, distinct bedroom and living room areas, a luxurious bathroom and your own private 6 sq. m balcony.
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Located on decks 5, these balcony staterooms feature 2 single beds or a double bed, distinct bedroom and living room areas, a luxurious bathroom and your own private 6 sq. m balcony.
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Located on decks 6, these balcony staterooms feature 2 single beds or a double bed, distinct bedroom and living room areas, a luxurious bathroom and your own private 6 sq. m balcony.
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Our Suites features a superking bed and separate living room with and a soothing flame-effect fireplace a luxurious ensuite bathroom and a 12 sq.m. private balcony.
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SH Diana’s Premium Suites feature a Super King Size bed, separate living room with homely flame-effect fireplace, luxurious en-suite bathroom, spacious walk-in wardrobe and a 12 sq. m private balcony.
Included
  • 13 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 12 Dinners
  • 13 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Room Service 
  • Wifi
  • Coffee, tea, soft drinks and selected alcoholic beverages available 24-hours per day
  • Lecture programs by our experienced expedition team and guest speakers
  • Onboard gratuities & port taxes
  • Branded Swan Hellenic expedition parka and use of rubber boots in Polar Regions.
  • All transfers between Airport, Hotel and Ship
  • One night pre-cruise accommodation with breakfast in a 4/5-star hotel or onboard
Excluded
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Passport and Applicable Visa Expenses
  • We recommend every traveler to take out a travel cancellation insurance, travel interruption insurance and a travel health insurance policy with an assumption of the return transport costs of repatriation

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