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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
  • 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
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Activity options vary depending on destination and operator. Activity level is determined by the range and intensity of activities you choose to participate in. Discuss with your Trip Planner which options are best for you.

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Day 1: Tromso

Arrive at the airport and head to the hotel via the group transfer to your hotel. Relax, and spend the overnight here preparing for your adventure.

*Pre/Post hotels and flights are always subject to change until the Travel Documents are provided.

Day 2: Tromso | Embark

In the morning, join the group transfer to the port and set sail on the SH Diana for your exciting adventure.

The Arctic Gateway, Tromso, at 69 degrees north, is renowned for the midnight sun in summer and the Northern Lights in winter. The Arctic Cathedral, with stained-glass windows, hosts midnight concerts. The Fjellheisen cable car offers panoramic views from Mount Storstei­nen, while the historic center features old wooden houses. The Polar Museum chronicles early polar explorations, and the thriving Alpine Botanic Garden adds to Tromso's charm.

Day 3: Cruising Trollfjorden | Leknes, Lofoten

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.

Included Excursion

  • Enjoy remarkable views of Leknes, your ship and distant mountains from Einangen
  • Take a coastal route along the Storfjorden, passing isolated homes and sheltered inlets
  • Admire your surroundings as waves from the Norwegian Sea lap against the shore
  • Travel 1000 years back in time an experience the Viking age by visiting the Lofotr Viking Museum
  • See the world's longest reconstructed longhouse and discover how people used to live in the Viking Age
  • Admire the magnificient Northern Norwegian Nature around and take pictures of the different livestock that existed during the Viking Age

Day 4: Bronnoysund

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.

Included Excursion

  • Witness the sustainable practices and innovative systems that contribute to Norway's renowned salmon industry
  • Enjoy an interesting on-site tour that covers every aspect of aquaculture, from hatcheries to fish pens, offering a comprehensive understanding of the industry's processes
  • Explore an interesting exhibition with aquariums and geology from the area

Day 5: Molde

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.

Included Excursion

  • Enjoy a panoramic tour that will bring you to the great Atlantic Ocean Road—a series of bridges and causeways zigzagging from island to island, right out to where the mainland ends and the great ocean begins
  • Stop at the Varden viewpoint for a wonderful view over the Romsdalfjord and its many islands
  • Visit Bud, a charming fishing village facing the open ocean

Day 6: Geiranger

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.

Included Excursion

  • Visit the Flydal viewpoint for pictures of the classical Geiranger motif of the fjord
  • Enjoy the remarkable views as your coach pulls you up the winding mountain roads
  • Visit the interesting Geiranger Fjord Centre and learn about the challenges locals had to face in this isolated area

Day 7-8: Lerwick, Shetland Islands, Scon

Nearer Norway than the Scottish mainland, the solid, stone-built town of Lerwick is the capital and only town of the Shetland Islands, a subarctic Scottish archipelago with Viking roots. The port has a Dutch flair with 17th-century Fort Charlotte. In the island's south, Jarlshof Prehistoric and Norse Settlement reveals an exceptional archaeological site spanning 5,000 years of history. Around 1,500 tiny Shetland ponies roam freely on the islands.

Included Excursion

  • Your friendly guide will point out St Ninian's Isle where the famous Pictish silver horde was discovered in 1958
  • Spend time at the RSPB Reserve at Sumburgh Head where you’ll find Shetland's first lighthouse built in 1821 by Robert Stevenson
  • Get a close look at the local seabirds including puffins, guillemots, shags, fulmars and offshore gannets

Day 9-10: Leith, Scotland

Ships dock in Leith, Edinburgh’s port, a mix of old and new with waterfront restaurants and pubs and the Royal Yacht Britannia. In Edinburgh's Royal Mile, attractions run from the King’s official residence in Scotland, Palace of Holyroodhouse, to Edinburgh Castle, sitting on Castle Rock, a volcanic hill. Nearby is the Scottish Parliament building, while the National Museum of Scotland, presents a detailed history of the country.

Included Excursion

  • Enjoy an excellent panorama tour of this scenic and historic Capital City
  • Pass by iconic landmarks like the Royal Mile, Edinburgh Castle and Holyroodhouse
  • Discover spectacular views of the city from Calton Hill

Day 11: Aberdeen, Scotland

Known as the "Granite City" for its grey buildings, Aberdeen is a compact Scottish city awash with cobbled streets and strong North Sea ties. Aberdeen also has a long golden beach and harbour where dolphins sometimes play. It offers access to Scotland's castle and whisky trails, including nearby distilleries like Glenfiddich and Glen Grant, as well as Aberdeenshire's dramatic Dunnottar Castle and numerous other castles.

Included Excursion

  • Stroll through Duthie Park, Scotland's third most visited gardens and explore the David Welch Winter Gardens which is one of the largest indoor gardens in Europe
  • Discover St Machar's Cathedral which is part of the Church of Scotland and dates back to 12th century, featuring a mesmerising and unique heraldic ceiling and fortified west front
  • Marvel at the beautiful architecture of the Kings College Chapel which is at the heart of Kings College University Campus. Visit a mostly stone fishing village near the harbor that dates to medieval times.

Day 12: Newcastle Upon the Tyne, England

Newcastle upon Tyne in northeast England sits on the River Tyne's north bank, spanned by the magnificent Tyne Bridge. Gothic Newcastle Cathedral overlooks the city. Below the streets, The Victoria Tunnel is a remarkable feat of Victorian engineering, used for coal transport and air raid shelters. Beyond the city, Hadrian's Wall, the largest archaeological feature in Britain at 73 miles (117.5 km), guarded the Roman Empire's northern frontier.

Included Excursion

  • This half-day tour of Newcastle will show you how much the city has to offer in terms of culture and historic places of interest, taking you to some of the sites that give Newcastle its unique appeal
  • Visit the Cathedral Church of St Nicholas, a magnificent building dating from the 13th and 14th centuries housing a superb collection of ancient treasures
  • Stop at Gateshead Quays and see the resident colony of Kittiwakes. This unique wildlife spectacle of around 1700 pairs of breeding Kittiwakes have established their habitat in the buildings along the quayside since the 1960s and are considered part of the local and natural heritage

Day 13: Scheveningen, The Hague

Scheveningen, a lively district in The Hague, Netherlands, exudes urban-seaside vibes with 11 km of North Sea beaches and the De Pier amusement park, including a Ferris wheel. The Hague is renowned for the Gothic-style Binnenhof complex, the seat of the Dutch parliament, and the King's working palace, Noordeinde Palace, surrounded by charming boutiques and galleries. It also hosts the U.N.'s International Court of Justice.


Day 14: Amsterdam | Disembark

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Amsterdam is a gorgeous Dutch city where a boat cruise along the canals reaches the heart of things. Yet, the magic also unfolds while strolling through narrow streets and crossing hundreds of bridges. It houses a treasure trove of fabulous art museums, including the Rijksmuseum, adorned with Dutch Masters, conveniently located near the Van Gogh Museum. To the south, picturesque stretches of countryside with windmills line the canals.

On this day, make your farewell to your fellow travelers and crew. Head to the airport via the group transfer provided and catch your flight home.


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