The village of Flam in valley between the fjords of Norway with a snowy mountain in the distance
Woman taking a picture while on a hiking trail in Geiranger Fjord in Norway
Waterfalls down the Geiranger Fjord in Norway, seen from a small ship cruise.
The UNESCO heritage site and colorful building fronts along the promenade by the water in downtown Bergen, Norway
Puffin and two other birds in flight in Scotland
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Norwegian Fjords Aboard Expedition

Go deeper into the otherworldly fjords of Norway on this 13-day Norwegian Fjords Aboard Expedition voyage. The 134-guest M/S Expedition acts as a floating basecamp along the way. Before sailing across the Norwegian Sea to explore the fjords of Norway, discover Scotland’s wonderous UNESCO World Heritage Sites like the Standing Stones of Stennes and the mystical Ring of Brodgar. See the unique archaeological sites on the Scottish Isles and have the opportunity to witness the curious clash of cultures in the Shetland Islands.

Upon reaching the Viking homeland, see Norway’s remarkable forests and waterfalls that line the fjords. These stunning walls will leave you breathless as the ship cruises up the coast visiting popular fjords like Geirangerfjord. Take in the mountain passes and valleys while on the Flam Railway and hike up to the Briksdalbreen glacier in Olden. Become captivated by the ancient cities and history of Trondheim before heading to the Lofoten archipelago filled with picturesque villages that are backed by jagged peaks.

The main Norway’s fjords cruise begins in Edinburgh, Scotland and sails north to end in Tromso, Norway. This trip offers two alternative itineraries, one sailing southbound from Tromso to Edinburgh and the other sailing northbound from Edinburgh to Longyearbyen in the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard.

Read on for details about this trip, or view all of AdventureSmith’s Northern Europe cruises.



Itinerary

13-Day Explore The Norwegian Fjords Itinerary

The 13-day Explore The Norwegian Fjords cruise begins in Edinburgh, Scotland, and sails northbound along Norway’s west coast to end in Tromso, Norway.

Route map of Norwegian Fjords Aboard Expedition small ship cruise, operating from Edinburgh, Scotland, to Tromso, Norway, with visits to Kirkwall/Orkney, Lerwick/Shetland, Bergen, Flam, Olden, Geiranger, Trondheim, Torghatten, Vega, Svartisen, Vikingen & the Lofoten Islands of Svolvaer & Trollfjord.
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Day 1
Embark Edinburgh, Scotland

The expedition begins near Scotland’s incomparable capital city of Edinburgh. Board the ship in the afternoon at Port of Leith, to embark on the voyage. The ship departs in the evening through a lock which leads down to sea level and before heading out to sail down the Firth of Forth. While on deck, keep a lookout for common eiders and northern gannets.

Accommodations

M/S Expedition

Meals

dinner

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Day 2
Kirkwall & Orkney

There are few places in the world that offer as much as the Orkneys. Only six miles off the coast off Scotland, the islands are famous for their abundant marine bird life and dramatic coastal scenery. Enjoy an afternoon to explore the ancient history of the people of these Scottish Isles. Visit historic and mystical sites by coach on this remote island. Explore the Standing Stones of Stenness, the intriguing Ring of Brodgar and the 4500-year-old village of Skara Brae.

Accommodations

M/S Expedition

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
Shetland Islands

Continue northwards to the remote Shetland Islands. The Shetland archipelago is an engaging mix of Scotland and Scandinavia blessed with spectacular coastlines, varied and abundant birdlife and a number of archaeological sites that date back thousands of years. Opt to visit Jarlshof or join the Puffin Bus to focus on puffins and seabird photography at Sumbrugh Head (weather dependent). Each tour option will allow a few hours to explore Lerwick after, to discover the unique mix of Scotland Scandinavian culture in the area. With your free time, opt to enjoy the Shetland Museum or take a walk through the village.

Accommodations

M/S Expedition

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Bergen, Norway

Cross the North Sea to visit the famous city of Bergen, the gateway to Norway’s fjords. Spend the afternoon exploring the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the historic seaport and fish market, all of which date back to the Hanseatic League. Opt for a historical walking tour of the city, or enjoy a funicular ride for amazing views of Bergen, then explore on your own for the afternoon.

Accommodations

M/S Expedition

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Flam

The Flam Line is a 12.4-mile route between Myrdal and Flam. The line is used most often as a tourist train as it passes through gorgeous landscapes. It also boasts an incredibly steep gradient, with an elevation difference of 2,831 feet. Hop on this Flam Railway and travel through valleys and mountain passes to reach the scenic fjord of the Flam district.

Accommodations

M/S Expedition

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Olden

Cruise into the Olden Fjord before a short bus ride to the Birksdal area. Stretch the legs on a hike from the Birksdal area to the nearby Briksdalbreen glacier in Jostedalsbreen National Park. For the first 20-30 minutes the grade is uphill (moderate to strenuous), but the footing is easy. For those who prefer not make the trek, hop on the trolley to get most of the way. Upon the approach, walk the last quarter mile to reach the glacier lake. The views are worth the effort!

Accommodations

M/S Expedition

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Geirangerfjord

Sail deep into one of Norway’s most beautiful and most visited fjords. The fjord is 9.3 miles long, surrounded by spectacular mountains, lush green trees, waterfalls and several farms. Have a camera ready for some spectacular photo opportunities. Enjoy a coach tour to Dalsnibba, soaking in the views at this UNESCO World Heritage site. For the more adventurous, opt for a 6.2-mile mountain hike exploring the area and taking in amazing views of the fjord from above.

Accommodations

M/S Expedition

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Trondheim

Continue on to Trondheim. Trondheim is a modern city surrounded by beautiful forests and mountains and is home to the remarkable Nidaros Cathedral. Choose between hiking in Bymarka Nature Reserve before visiting the Sverresborg Folk Museum, or enjoying a city tour including the Folk Museum and the elaborate Nidaros Cathedral, built between 1070 and 1300. Built over the burial site of Saint Olav, the king of Norway, Nidaos Cathedral is the traditional location for the consecration of the King of Norway. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore the area on your own.

Accommodations

M/S Expedition

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 9
Torghatten & Vega

The rugged coastline of central Norway features some of the world’s most beautiful scenery. Enjoy a short but scenic coach ride into the Treana archipelago. The goal is to visit Torghatten, one of the most bizarre rock formations in Norway and a significant local landmark. The ship aims to move towards the Treana archipelago that is comprised of over 1000 islands. Expedition guides will provide information on the local areas and the ship’s photography expert will be on hand to offer advice on how to capture the perfect shot. Hike up to the famous hole in the mountain, with fantastic views of the region. Keep an eye out for Norway’s mythical trolls. In the afternoon, head to the quaint and picturesque Vega Island, a UNESCO site. Learn about life on the island from a local guide and hear how the unique farming techniques and elder down production gained the island UNESCO World Heritage site status. Wander the fishing villages, go on a guided nature hike and appreciate the slow pace of life.

Accommodations

M/S Expedition

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 10
Svartisen & Vikingen

Visit Svartisen, Norway’s second-largest glacier. Hike to one of the outlet glaciers of Svartisen, Engabreen, which ends at the lowest point of any glacier on the European mainland, at 295 feet above sea level (in 2018). The first 30 to 45 minutes of the hike are easy with no incline. The remaining hike is guided in small groups as it can be a challenging and complicated maze of rocky outcroppings leading to a close encounter with the ice. Everyone should reach a beautiful lookout over the lake. Opt to visit the café for waffles and coffee. Visit Vikingen Island, a small island that sits directly on the Arctic Circle. There’s a small statue of a globe on the island celebrating its position on one of the five major latitude circles.

Accommodations

M/S Expedition

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 11
Lofoten Islands & Trollfjord

The Lofoten archipelago is an enchanting area of picturesque villages by the sea backed with jagged peaks. Go ashore by Zodiac for a day trip of the area. Enjoy a coach tour across the Lofoten Islands, visiting the Torrfiskmuseum (Stockfish Museum) to learn about traditional work of the islands before moving on to Svolaer. Stop in Nusfjord, one of Norway’s oldest and best-preserved fishing villages, for lunch at a local restaurant. Pause for photos and other visits along the way including the Viking Museum at Bostad. After, stop in Henningsaer for time to see local art or explore. In the evening, stay on deck as the ship cruises into one of Norway’s most famous fjords, the short yet dramatic Trollfjord. Search the cliffs on this continued quest to spot trolls.

Accommodations

M/S Expedition

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 12
Tromso

Tromso, the capital of northern Norway, is known as the Gateway to the Arctic as it was the embarkation point for many Arctic expeditions. Spend the day exploring Norway’s largest northern city. Choose between hiking on the mountaintop overlooking Tromso, or wandering the city’s streets before taking a cable car up. Enjoy a delicious lunch of traditional open-faced sandwiches while gazing over the city. Everyone will have a chance to visit some of the major sites including the Polar and Tromso Museums and (weather permitting) enjoy a stunning view from a cable car.

Accommodations

M/S Expedition

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 13
Disembark Tromso, Norway

Disembark the ship in the morning and take an included transfer to the Clarion Hotel the Edge or Tromso Airport.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations and meals aboard ship, meeting point to ship transfer, Zodiac and land excursions with the expedition team, lectures and educational programs, guided tours, insulated waterproof boots supplied for USA sizes 4 – 16 for use aboard the ship and expedition parka (see MS Expedition Parka Sizing Chart).

Exclusions

Airfares to the embarkation point and from the disembarkation point; passport and visa expenses; government arrival and departure taxes; hotel accommodations; trip cancellation insurance with emergency medical evacuation insurance (required); excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar and beverage charges and telecommunication charges; and the customary gratuity at the end of the voyage. Should the price of marine fuel increase dramatically, a fuel surcharge may be instituted.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a nonrefundable deposit of $1000 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 120 days before the departure date.  Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 90 days – 100% of deposit (may be applied to future trip by trip operator)
89 to 60 days – 100% of deposit (may be applied to future trip by trip operator) and 50% of the remainder of payments made
59 to 0 days – 100% of deposit (may be applied to future trip by trip operator) and 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The main Norwegian Fjords Aboard Expedition voyage begins in Edinburgh, Scotland (EDI) and ends in Tromso, Norway (TOS). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Plan flights to arrive to Edinburgh by 11:00am on day 1 of the itinerary. Plan flights to depart Tromso no earlier than 11:00am on day 13. Transfers on the final day are included. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit ourBooking Flights resource page.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include hiking; Zodiac excursions; photography; museum, cultural and historical visits; town exploration; and wildlife observation.

Room Configuration

Solo travelers willing to share can reserve a quad, triple or twin-shared cabin, where you will be matched with a person of the same gender. If the other cabin berth goes unsold, you will be guaranteed the rate with no single supplement. For those who desire single occupancy, cabins are available for single occupancy at 1.6x the twin rate, excluding Category 1 and 1A cabins.

Families & Children

Minimum child age is 10 years old. An adult over the age of 21 must accompany every 2 children under the age of 18. The ratio of adults to children traveling together must be one adult per two children and two adults per four children (17 and under).

Travel Insurance

Travelers are required to have travel insurance with a minimum medical, evacuation and repatriation coverage of USD $200,000 covering all applicable dates of travel, personal injury and emergency medical evacuation. It is strongly recommended that you extend coverage to include personal liability, cancellation, curtailment, and all other expenses that may arise as a result of loss, damage, injury, delay or inconvenience while traveling. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

13-Day Cruise the Norwegian Fjords Itinerary

The 13-day Cruise the Norwegian Fjords expedition begins in Tromso, Norway, and sails southbound along Norway’s west coast to end in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Route map of Norwegian Fjords Aboard Expedition Northern Europe cruise, operating from Tromso, Norway, to Edinburgh, Scotland, with visits to Nordkapp, the Lofoten Islands of Svolvaer & Trollfjord, Svartisen, Vikingen, Vega, Torghatten, Trondheim, Andalsnes, Geiranger, Alesund, Lerwick/Shetland & Kirkwall/Orkney.
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Day 1
Arrive Tromso, Norway

Welcome to Tromsø, the capital of northern Norway, known as the “Gateway to the Arctic.” There will be a welcome desk set up to greet passengers between 09:00 and 12:00 at the Clarion Hotel the Edge, to assist with baggage drop-off and provide information on what to do in Tromsø for the morning. In the afternoon, join fellow passengers for a group transfer and begin your journey aboard the Expedition.

Please make sure to be at the Clarion Hotel the Edge before 1:00pm as luggage will be transferred at that time. Passengers will be transferred as a group to the ship at 4:00pm.

Accommodations

M/S Expedition

Meals

dinner

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Day 2
Nordkapp

Explore Nordkapp (North Cape), one of the most northern points in Europe. A popular spot to watch the midnight sun during the summer months, as the sun never sets between the middle of May to late August, this cape is the location where the Atlantic and Arctic oceans meet. Travel across the arctic terrain of northern Norway, keeping a sharp eye for wild reindeer and learning about the local Sami people en route. Enjoy time visiting the North Cape Visitor Centre, opt to watch a film about Lapland’s breathtaking scenery, or simply take in the views of the Arctic Ocean from viewpoints of up to 1000 feet above sea level.

Accommodations

M/S Expedition

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
At Sea

Enjoy a day at sea, taking in the stunning scenery of the Arctic. Keep a sharp eye while on deck to try and spot marine wildlife.

Accommodations

M/S Expedition

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Trollfjord & Lofoten Islands

Spend the early morning at the short, yet dramatic Trollfjord. Try to spot the mythical creatures along the cliffs. Head ashore in Svolvaer to explore the Lofoten Islands by coach. Stop in Henningsvær for time to see local art or explore the quaint fishing village. After, visit Nusfjord, one of Norway’s oldest and best-preserved fishing villages for lunch at a local restaurant, before visiting the Tørrfiskmuseum to learn about traditional work of the islands. End the day in the town of Å.

Accommodations

M/S Expedition

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Svartisen, Vikingen & Lovund

Visit Svartisen, Lovund and Vikingen for beautiful glaciers and a globe sculpture which marks Vikingen as a point directly on the Arctic Circle. Svartisen is Norway’s second-largest glacier. Hike to one of the outlet glaciers of Svartisen, Engabreen, which ends at the lowest point of any glacier on the European mainland, at almost 300 feet above sea level (in 2018). The first 30 to 45 minutes of the hike are easy with no incline. The remaining hike is guided in small groups as it can be a challenging and complicated maze of rocky outcroppings leading to a close encounter with the ice. Everyone should reach a beautiful lookout over the lake. Opt to visit the café for waffles and coffee.

Then visit Vikingen Island, a small island that sits directly on the Arctic Circle. There’s a small statue of a globe on the island celebrating its position on one of the five major latitude circles.

Accommodations

M/S Expedition

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Vega & Torghatten

Today, explore the rugged coastline of central Norway, which features some of the world’s most beautiful scenery. Access one of the small islands and picturesque fishing villages of Vega by Zodiac. Learn about life on the island from a local guide and hear how the unique farming techniques and elder down production gained the island UNESCO World Heritage site status.

This afternoon’s goal is to visit Torghatten, one of the most bizarre rock formations in Norway and a significant local landmark. Then move towards the Treana archipelago that is comprised of over 1000 islands. Expedition guides will provide information on the local areas, and the ship’s photography expert will be on hand to offer advice on how to capture the perfect shot.

Accommodations

M/S Expedition

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Trondheim

Continue on to Trondheim. Choose between hiking in Bymarka Nature Reserve before visiting the Sverresborg Folk Museum, or enjoying a city tour including the Folk Museum and the elaborate Nidaros Cathedral, built between 1070 and 1300. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore the area on your own.

Trondheim is a modern city surrounded by beautiful forests and mountains, and is home to the remarkable Nidaros Cathedral. Built over the burial site of Saint Olav, the king of Norway in the 11th century, Nidaos Cathedral is the traditional location for the consecration of the King of Norway.

Accommodations

M/S Expedition

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Eresfjord & Andalsnes or Geirangerfjord

2020: Spend the morning exploring the town of Eresfjord or join an optional hike for amazing views. In the afternoon, board the Rauma Railway into the dramatic scenes of the Romsdalen mountains. Known as one of Europe’s most beautiful train journeys, the Rauma Railway offers spectacular Norwegian scenery, past crystal blue fjords to snow-capped mountain peaks in about an hour. Board the train in Åndalsnes and settle in for a journey into the Romsdalen valley, surrounded by the staggering Romsdalshorn and Trolltidene mountains on either side. See the “Troll Wall,” a climbers’ favorite, and cross the majestic Kylling bru bridge over the Rauma River. Upon arrival at Bjorli station, transfer to a coach for the scenic drive back to town, with ample photo stops along the way.

2021: Sail deep into one of Norway’s most beautiful, and most visited fjords, Geirangerfjord. Enjoy a coach tour to Dalsnibba, soaking in the views at this UNESCO World Heritage site. For the more adventurous, opt for a 6-mile mountain hike, exploring the area and taking in amazing views of the fjord from above. If possible, the Expedition ship will cruise around this scenic area.

Accommodations

M/S Expedition

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 9
Geirangerfjord or Olden

2020: Sail deep into one of Norway’s most beautiful, and most visited fjords, Geirangerfjord. Enjoy a coach tour to Dalsnibba, soaking in the views at this UNESCO World Heritage site. For the more adventurous, opt for a 6-mile mountain hike, exploring the area and taking in amazing views of the fjord from above. If possible, the Expedition ship will cruise around this scenic area.

2021: Cruise into the Olden Fjord before a short bus ride to the Birksdal area. Stretch the legs on a hike from the Birksdal area to the nearby Briksdalbreen glacier in Jostedalsbreen National Park. For the first 20-30 minutes the grade is uphill (moderate to strenuous), but the footing is easy. For those who prefer not make the trek, hop on the trolley to get most of the way. Upon the approach, walk the last quarter mile to reach the glacier lake. The views are worth the effort!

Accommodations

M/S Expedition

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 10
Alesund or Flam

2020: Spend the morning exploring the beautiful Art Nouveau district of Ålesund, or take the 418 steps up to Fjellstua for the views of the city, islands and bay. Opt to visit the Ålesund Museum and learn about the culture and history of the town, including the fire which destroyed the city in 1904. Those who are feeling more active may want to try one of the local hikes for unbeatable views.

2021: The Flam Line is a 12.4-mile route between Myrdal and Flam. The line is used most often as a tourist train as it passes through gorgeous landscapes. It also boasts an incredibly steep gradient, with an elevation difference of 2,831 feet. Hop on this Flam Railway and travel through valleys and mountain passes to reach the scenic fjord of the Flam district.

Accommodations

M/S Expedition

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 11
Shetland Islands

Continue southwards to the remote Shetland Islands. Opt to visit Jarlshof or join the Puffin Bus to focus on puffins and seabird photography at Sumbrugh Head (weather dependent). Enjoy additional time to explore Lerwick. The Shetland archipelago is an engaging mix of Scotland and Scandinavia blessed with spectacular coastlines, varied and abundant birdlife and a number of archaeological sites that date back thousands of years.

Visit Lerwick on the Shetland Islands and discover the unique mix of Scotland Scandinavian culture in the area. Opt to visit Jarlshof, a remarkable archaeological site where Neoloithic houses and several Norse longhouses were discovered after a violent storm uncovered the settlement. Another option is to join the Puffin Bus to focus on puffin and seabird photography at Sumbrugh head. Each tour option will allow a few hours to explore Lerwick after. Enjoy free time exploring the Shetland Museum or taking a walk through the village.

Accommodations

M/S Expedition

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 12
Orkney Islands

There are few places in the world that offer as much as the Orkneys. Only six miles off the coast of Scotland, the islands are famous for their abundant marine bird life and dramatic coastal scenery. Enjoy an afternoon to explore the ancient history of the people of these Scottish Isles. Visit historic and mystical sites by coach and explore the Standing Stones of Stenness, the intriguing Ring of Brodgar, and the village of Skara Brae.

There are few places in the world that offer as much as the Orkneys. Only six miles off the coast of Scotland, the islands are famous for their abundant marine bird life and dramatic coastal scenery. Enjoy an afternoon to explore the ancient history of the people of these Scottish Isles.

Accommodations

M/S Expedition

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 13
Disembark Edinburgh, Scotland

Cruise overnight to Edinburgh’s Port of Leith, then disembark in the morning. It’s highly recommended to book extra time to visit Edinburgh. After disembarkation, be transferred to either the airport or the end hotel, depending on the time of your flight. Those transferred to the hotel will have an opportunity to explore the town center on their own, and then be transferred to the airport later in the day as per flight schedules. Transfer times will be confirmed and communicated onboard prior to departure. Luggage storage at the end hotel will be available until time of departure.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations and meals aboard ship; meeting point to ship transfer; Zodiac and land excursions with the expedition team; lectures and educational programs; guided tours; insulated waterproof boots supplied for USA sizes 4 – 16 for use aboard the ship; expedition parka (see MS Expedition Parka Sizing Chart).

Exclusions

Airfares to the embarkation point and from the disembarkation point; passport and visa expenses; government arrival and departure taxes; hotel accommodations; trip cancellation insurance with emergency medical evacuation insurance (required); excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar and beverage charges and telecommunication charges; and the customary gratuity at the end of the voyage. Should the price of marine fuel increase dramatically, a fuel surcharge may be instituted.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a nonrefundable deposit of $1000 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 120 days before the departure date.  Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 90 days – 100% of deposit (may be applied to future trip by trip operator)
89 to 60 days – 100% of deposit (may be applied to future trip by trip operator) and 50% of the remainder of payments made
59 to 0 days – 100% of deposit (may be applied to future trip by trip operator) and 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The 13-Day Cruise the Norwegian Cruise begins in Tromso, Norway (TOS), and ends in Edinburgh, Scotland (EDI). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Plan flights to arrive to Tromso by 11:00am on day 1 of the itinerary. Plan flights to depart Edinburgh no earlier than 11:00am on day 13. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include hiking; Zodiac excursions; photography; museum, cultural and historical visits; town exploration; and wildlife observation.

Room Configuration

Solo travelers willing to share can reserve a quad, triple or twin-shared cabin, where you will be matched with a person of the same gender. If the other cabin berth goes unsold, you will be guaranteed the rate with no single supplement. For those who desire single occupancy, cabins are available for single occupancy at 1.6x the twin rate, excluding Category 1 and 1A cabins.

Families & Children

Minimum child age is 10 years old. An adult over the age of 21 must accompany every 2 children under the age of 18. The ratio of adults to children traveling together must be one adult per two children and two adults per four children (17 and under).

Travel Insurance

Travelers are required to have travel insurance with a minimum medical, evacuation and repatriation coverage of USD $200,000 covering all applicable dates of travel, personal injury and emergency medical evacuation. It is strongly recommended that you extend coverage to include personal liability, cancellation, curtailment, and all other expenses that may arise as a result of loss, damage, injury, delay or inconvenience while traveling. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

15-Day Norwegian Arctic Encompassed Itinerary

The 15-day Norwegian Arctic Encompassed cruise begins in Edinburgh, Scotland, and sails northbound along Norway’s west coast before crossing up to Longyearbyen where the expedition ends.

Route map of 15-day Norwegian Arctic Encompassed small ship cruise, operating from Edinburgh, Scotland, to Longyearbyen, Norway, with visits to Kirkwall/Orkney, Lerwick/Shetland, Alesund, Andalsnes, Trondheim, Torghatten, Vega, Svartisen, Vikingen, the Lofoten Islands of Svolvaer & Trollfjord, Tromso, Hornsund, Bellsund & Isfjorden.
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Day 1
Embark Edinburgh, Scotland

The ship departs in the late afternoon, sailing towards Kirkwall. The expedition begins near Scotland’s incomparable capital city. Board the ship this afternoon in the suburb Port of Leith, to embark on a voyage to the Arctic. The ship departs in the evening through a lock which leads down to sea level, before heading out to sail down the Firth of Forth. While on deck, keep a lookout for common eiders and northern gannets.

Accommodations

M/S Expedition

Meals

dinner

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Day 2
Kirkwall & Orkneys

Visit historic and mystical sites by coach on the remote island of Kirkwall. Explore the Standing Stones of Stenness, the intriguing Ring of Brodgar, and the village of Skara Brae. There are few places in the world that offer as much as the Orkneys. Only six miles off the coast of Scotland, the islands are famous for their abundant marine bird life and dramatic coastal scenery. Enjoy an afternoon to explore the ancient history of the people of these Scottish Isles.

Accommodations

M/S Expedition

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
Shetland Islands

Continue northwards to the remote Shetland Islands. Opt to visit Jarlshof or join the Puffin Bus to focus on puffins and seabird photography at Sumbrugh Head (weather dependent). Enjoy additional time to explore Lerwick. The Shetland archipelago is an engaging mix of Scotland and Scandinavia blessed with spectacular coastlines, varied and abundant birdlife and a number of archaeological sites that date back thousands of years.

Accommodations

M/S Expedition

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Alesund or Olden, Norway

2020: Cross the famous North Sea to reach Norway. Spend the afternoon exploring the beautiful Art Nouveau district of Ålesund, or take the 418 steps up to Fjellstua for the best view of the city, islands and bay. Opt to visit the Ålesund Museum and learn about the culture and history of the town, including the fire which destroyed the city in 1904.

2021: Cruise into the Olden Fjord before a short bus ride to the Birksdal area. Stretch the legs on a hike from the Birksdal area to the nearby Briksdalbreen glacier in Jostedalsbreen National Park. For the first 20-30 minutes the grade is uphill (moderate to strenuous), but the footing is easy. For those who prefer not make the trek, hop on the trolley to get most of the way. Upon the approach, walk the last quarter mile to reach the glacier lake. The views are worth the effort!

Accommodations

M/S Expedition

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Andalsnes or Geirangerfjord

2020: Take a full day to explore the town of Åndalsnes and the surrounding mountains. Board the Rauma Railway taking and head into the dramatic scenes of the Romsdalen mountains, or explore on foot in “The Alp town by the fjord.” Known as one of Europe’s most beautiful train journeys, the Rauma Railway offers spectacular Norwegian scenery, past crystal blue fjords to snow-capped mountain peaks in about an hour. Board the train in Åndalsnes and settle in for a journey into the Romsdalen valley, surrounded by the staggering Romsdalshorn and Trolltidene mountains on either side. See the “Troll Wall,” a climbers’ favorite, and cross the majestic Kylling bru bridge over the Rauma River. Upon arrival at Bjorli station, transfer to a coach for the scenic drive back to town, with ample photo stops along the way.

2021: Sail deep into one of Norway’s most beautiful and most visited fjords. The fjord is 9.3 miles long, surrounded by spectacular mountains, lush green trees, waterfalls and several farms. Have a camera ready for some spectacular photo opportunities. Enjoy a coach tour to Dalsnibba, soaking in the views at this UNESCO World Heritage site. For the more adventurous, opt for a 6.2-mile mountain hike exploring the area and taking in amazing views of the fjord from above.

Accommodations

M/S Expedition

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Trondheim

Continue on to Trondheim. Trondheim is a modern city surrounded by beautiful forests and mountains, and is home to the remarkable Nidaros Cathedral. Built over the burial site of Saint Olav, the king of Norway in the 11th century, Nidaos Cathedral is the traditional location for the consecration of the King of Norway. Choose between hiking in Bymarka Nature Reserve before visiting the Sverresborg Folk Museum, or enjoying a city tour including the Folk Museum and the elaborate Nidaros Cathedral, built between 1070 and 1300. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore the area on your own.

Accommodations

M/S Expedition

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Torghatten & Vega

The rugged coastline of central Norway features some of the world’s most beautiful scenery. Hike up to the famous hole in the mountain, with fantastic views of the region. Keep an eye out for Norway’s mythical trolls. In the afternoon, head to the quaint and picturesque Vega Island, a UNESCO site. Wander the fishing villages, go on a guided nature hike, and appreciate the slow pace of life. The mountain scenery and coastline offer breathtaking views.

The goal is to visit Torghatten, one of the most bizarre rock formations in Norway and a significant local landmark. Also try to move towards the Treana archipelago that is comprised of over 1,000 islands. Expedition guides will provide information on the local areas, and the ship’s photography expert will be on hand to offer advice on how to capture the perfect shot.

Accommodations

M/S Expedition

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Svartisen & Vikingen

Visit Svartisen and Vikingen to see beautiful glaciers and a globe sculpture which marks Vikingen as a point directly on the Arctic Circle. Svartisen is Norway’s second-largest glacier. Hike to one of the outlet glaciers of Svartisen, Engabreen, which ends at the lowest point of any glacier on the European mainland, at 295 feet above sea level (in 2018). The first 30 to 45 minutes of the hike are easy with no incline. The remaining hike is guided in small groups as it can be a challenging and complicated maze of rocky outcroppings leading to a close encounter with the ice. Everyone should reach a beautiful lookout over the lake. Opt to visit the café for waffles and coffee. Also visit Vikingen Island, a small island that sits directly on the Arctic Circle. There’s a small statue of a globe on the island celebrating its position on one of the five major latitude circles.

Accommodations

M/S Expedition

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 9
Lofoten Islands

The Lofoten archipelago is an enchanting area of picturesque villages by the sea backed with jagged peaks. Go ashore by Zodiac for a day trip of the area. Enjoy a coach tour across the Lofoten Islands visiting the Tørrfiskmuseum (Stockfish Museum) and Svolvær. Stop for photos and other visits along the way including the Viking Museum at Bøstad. Start by visiting the Tørrfiskmuseum to learn about traditional work of the islands before visiting Nusfjord, one of Norway’s oldest and best-preserved fishing villages for lunch at a local restaurant. After, stop in Henningsvær for time to see local art or explore the quaint fishing village. In the evening, stay on deck while the ship cruises into one of Norway’s most famous fjords, the short yet dramatic Trollfjord. Search the cliffs on the continuing quest to spot trolls.

Accommodations

M/S Expedition

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 10
Tromso

Tromsø, the capital of northern Norway, is known as the gateway to the Arctic as it was the embarkation point for many Arctic expeditions. Explore Norway’s largest northern city, choosing between hiking on the mountain top overlooking Tromsø, or wandering the city’s streets before taking a cable car to the mountain top. Enjoy a delicious lunch of traditional open-faced sandwiches while gazing over the city. Visit some of the major sites including the Polar and Tromsø Museums.

Accommodations

M/S Expedition

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 11
At Sea Past Bjornoya

Sail past mist-shrouded Bjørnøya (Bear Island)–a birdwatcher’s paradise featuring spectacular views. Sail past Bear Island. Weather permitting, there may be an opportunity to explore mist-shrouded Bjørnøya by Zodiac–the weather is temperamental, so this is a 50/50 chance. Bear island even from afar has spectacular views, thousands of species of birds like fulmars, kittiwakes, guillemots and gulls. Attend lectures hosted throughout the day on anything from local wildlife to the history and exploration of the Arctic.

Accommodations

M/S Expedition

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 12
Hornsund

Explore this archipelago of deep fjords, mountains and massive ice sheets. Explore the natural beauty of Hornsund and take advantage of the spectacular photo opportunities. The Expedition team will select the best areas to explore by Zodiac depending on weather conditions. Keep eyes open for walruses, seals, reindeer, arctic foxes and, of course, polar bears. The flexible itinerary and experience here mean taking the best advantage of ice and weather conditions. Each season, attempts are made to discover new landing sites to explore to enhance the expedition experience. Shore walks and Zodiac adventures reveal mystical landscapes, icebergs and wildlife.

Accommodations

M/S Expedition

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 13
Svalbard

Soak in the sights and sounds of Svalbard. Glaciers, nesting birds, sea mammals like polar bears, walruses and whales plus land mammals like the arctic fox and reindeer all call this region home.

Accommodations

M/S Expedition

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 14
Svalbard & Longyearbyen

Continue exploring the icy wonderland of Svalbard.

Accommodations

M/S Expedition

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 15
Disembark Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway

Disembark the ship at approximately 8:00am in the morning and transfer to Longyearbyen Airport or the Radisson Blu Polar Hotel. If transferring to the hotel, enjoy the opportunity to explore the town center on your own, and then be transferred to the airport later in the day as per flight schedules.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations and meals aboard ship; meeting point to ship transfer; Zodiac and land excursions with the expedition team; lectures and educational programs; guided tours; insulated waterproof boots supplied for USA sizes 4 – 16 for use aboard the ship; expedition parka (see MS Expedition Parka Sizing Chart).

Exclusions

Airfares to the embarkation point and from the disembarkation point; passport and visa expenses; government arrival and departure taxes; hotel accommodations; trip cancellation insurance with emergency medical evacuation insurance (required); excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar and beverage charges and telecommunication charges; and the customary gratuity at the end of the voyage. Should the price of marine fuel increase dramatically, a fuel surcharge may be instituted.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a nonrefundable deposit of $1000 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 120 days before the departure date.  Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 90 days – 100% of deposit (may be applied to future trip by trip operator)
89 to 60 days – 100% of deposit (may be applied to future trip by trip operator) and 50% of the remainder of payments made
59 to 0 days – 100% of deposit (may be applied to future trip by trip operator) and 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The 15-day Norwegian Arctic Encompassed cruise begins in Edinburgh, Scotland (EDI) and ends in Tromso, Norway (TOS). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Plan flights to arrive to Edinburgh by 11:00am on day 1 of the itinerary. Please make sure to be at the Leonardo Hotel before 1:00pm as luggage will be transferred to the ship at that time. Meet back at the hotel no later than 3:00pm for a group transfer to the Port of Leith at 4:00pm. Plan flights to depart Longyearbyen no earlier than 2:30am on day 15. Transfers on the final day are included. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit ourBooking Flights resource page.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include hiking; Zodiac excursions; photography; museum, cultural and historical visits; town exploration; and wildlife observation.

Room Configuration

Solo travelers willing to share can reserve a quad, triple or twin-shared cabin, where you will be matched with a person of the same gender. If the other cabin berth goes unsold, you will be guaranteed the rate with no single supplement. For those who desire single occupancy, cabins are available for single occupancy at 1.6x the twin rate, excluding Category 1 and 1A cabins.

Families & Children

Minimum child age is 10 years old. An adult over the age of 21 must accompany every 2 children under the age of 18. The ratio of adults to children traveling together must be one adult per two children and two adults per four children (17 and under).

Travel Insurance

Travelers are required to have travel insurance with a minimum medical, evacuation and repatriation coverage of USD $200,000 covering all applicable dates of travel, personal injury and emergency medical evacuation. It is strongly recommended that you extend coverage to include personal liability, cancellation, curtailment, and all other expenses that may arise as a result of loss, damage, injury, delay or inconvenience while traveling. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

16-Day Cruise The Norwegian Fjords & Scottish Highlands Itinerary

The 16-day Cruise the Norwegian Fjords & Scottish Highlands cruise begins in Tromso, Norway, and sails southbound along Norway’s west coast to end in Edinburgh, Scotland. After disembarkation, spend four days exploring Edinburgh and the Scottish Highlands.

Route map of 16-day Cruise the Norwegian Fjords with Scottish Highlands voyage, operating from Tromso, Norway, to Edinburgh, Scotland, with visits to Nordkapp, the Lofoten Islands of Svolvaer & Trollfjords, Svartisen, Vikingen, Vega, Torghatten, Trondheim, Andalsnes, Geiranger, Alesund, Lerwick/Shetland, Kirkwall/Orkney & the Scottish Highlands.
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Day 1
Arrive Tromso, Norway

Welcome to Tromsø, the capital of northern Norway, known as the “Gateway to the Arctic.” There will be a welcome desk set up to greet passengers between 09:00 and 12:00 at the Clarion Hotel the Edge, to assist with baggage drop-off and provide information on what to do in Tromsø for the morning. In the afternoon, join fellow passengers for a group transfer and begin your journey aboard the Expedition.

Please make sure to be at the Clarion Hotel the Edge before 1:00pm as luggage will be transferred at that time. Passengers will be transferred as a group to the ship at 4:00pm.

Accommodations

M/S Expedition

Meals

dinner

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Day 2
Nordkapp

Explore Nordkapp (North Cape), one of the most northern points in Europe. A popular spot to watch the midnight sun during the summer months, as the sun never sets between the middle of May to late August, this cape is the location where the Atlantic and Arctic oceans meet. Travel across the arctic terrain of northern Norway, keeping a sharp eye for wild reindeer and learning about the local Sami people en route. Enjoy time visiting the North Cape Visitor Centre, opt to watch a film about Lapland’s breathtaking scenery, or simply take in the views of the Arctic Ocean from viewpoints of up to 1000 feet above sea level.

Accommodations

M/S Expedition

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
At Sea

Enjoy a day at sea, taking in the stunning scenery of the Arctic. Keep a sharp eye while on deck to try and spot marine wildlife.

Accommodations

M/S Expedition

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Trollfjord & Lofoten Islands

Spend the early morning at the short, yet dramatic Trollfjord. Try to spot the mythical creatures along the cliffs. Head ashore in Svolvaer to explore the Lofoten Islands by coach. Stop in Henningsvær for time to see local art or explore the quaint fishing village. After, visit Nusfjord, one of Norway’s oldest and best-preserved fishing villages for lunch at a local restaurant, before visiting the Tørrfiskmuseum to learn about traditional work of the islands. End the day in the town of Å.

Accommodations

M/S Expedition

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Svartisen, Vikingen & Lovund

Visit Svartisen, Lovund and Vikingen for beautiful glaciers and a globe sculpture which marks Vikingen as a point directly on the Arctic Circle. Svartisen is Norway’s second-largest glacier. Hike to one of the outlet glaciers of Svartisen, Engabreen, which ends at the lowest point of any glacier on the European mainland, at almost 300 feet above sea level (in 2018). The first 30 to 45 minutes of the hike are easy with no incline. The remaining hike is guided in small groups as it can be a challenging and complicated maze of rocky outcroppings leading to a close encounter with the ice. Everyone should reach a beautiful lookout over the lake. Opt to visit the café for waffles and coffee.

Then visit Vikingen Island, a small island that sits directly on the Arctic Circle. There’s a small statue of a globe on the island celebrating its position on one of the five major latitude circles.

Accommodations

M/S Expedition

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Vega & Torghatten

Today, explore the rugged coastline of central Norway, which features some of the world’s most beautiful scenery. Access one of the small islands and picturesque fishing villages of Vega by Zodiac. Learn about life on the island from a local guide and hear how the unique farming techniques and elder down production gained the island UNESCO World Heritage site status.

This afternoon’s goal is to visit Torghatten, one of the most bizarre rock formations in Norway and a significant local landmark. Then move towards the Treana archipelago that is comprised of over 1000 islands. Expedition guides will provide information on the local areas, and the ship’s photography expert will be on hand to offer advice on how to capture the perfect shot.

Accommodations

M/S Expedition

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Trondheim

Continue on to Trondheim. Choose between hiking in Bymarka Nature Reserve before visiting the Sverresborg Folk Museum, or enjoying a city tour including the Folk Museum and the elaborate Nidaros Cathedral, built between 1070 and 1300. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore the area on your own.

Trondheim is a modern city surrounded by beautiful forests and mountains, and is home to the remarkable Nidaros Cathedral. Built over the burial site of Saint Olav, the king of Norway in the 11th century, Nidaos Cathedral is the traditional location for the consecration of the King of Norway.

Accommodations

M/S Expedition

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Eresfjord & Andalsnes or Geirangerfjord

2020: Spend the morning exploring the town of Eresfjord or join an optional hike for amazing views. In the afternoon, board the Rauma Railway into the dramatic scenes of the Romsdalen mountains. Known as one of Europe’s most beautiful train journeys, the Rauma Railway offers spectacular Norwegian scenery, past crystal blue fjords to snow-capped mountain peaks in about an hour. Board the train in Åndalsnes and settle in for a journey into the Romsdalen valley, surrounded by the staggering Romsdalshorn and Trolltidene mountains on either side. See the “Troll Wall,” a climbers’ favorite, and cross the majestic Kylling bru bridge over the Rauma River. Upon arrival at Bjorli station, transfer to a coach for the scenic drive back to town, with ample photo stops along the way.

2021: Sail deep into one of Norway’s most beautiful, and most visited fjords, Geirangerfjord. Enjoy a coach tour to Dalsnibba, soaking in the views at this UNESCO World Heritage site. For the more adventurous, opt for a 6-mile mountain hike, exploring the area and taking in amazing views of the fjord from above. If possible, the Expedition ship will cruise around this scenic area.

Accommodations

M/S Expedition

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 9
Geirangerfjord or Olden

2020: Sail deep into one of Norway’s most beautiful, and most visited fjords, Geirangerfjord. Enjoy a coach tour to Dalsnibba, soaking in the views at this UNESCO World Heritage site. For the more adventurous, opt for a 6-mile mountain hike, exploring the area and taking in amazing views of the fjord from above. If possible, the Expedition ship will cruise around this scenic area.

2021: Cruise into the Olden Fjord before a short bus ride to the Birksdal area. Stretch the legs on a hike from the Birksdal area to the nearby Briksdalbreen glacier in Jostedalsbreen National Park. For the first 20-30 minutes the grade is uphill (moderate to strenuous), but the footing is easy. For those who prefer not make the trek, hop on the trolley to get most of the way. Upon the approach, walk the last quarter mile to reach the glacier lake. The views are worth the effort!

Accommodations

M/S Expedition

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 10
Alesund or Flam

2020: Spend the morning exploring the beautiful Art Nouveau district of Ålesund, or take the 418 steps up to Fjellstua for the views of the city, islands and bay. Opt to visit the Ålesund Museum and learn about the culture and history of the town, including the fire which destroyed the city in 1904. Those who are feeling more active may want to try one of the local hikes for unbeatable views.

2021: The Flam Line is a 12.4-mile route between Myrdal and Flam. The line is used most often as a tourist train as it passes through gorgeous landscapes. It also boasts an incredibly steep gradient, with an elevation difference of 2,831 feet. Hop on this Flam Railway and travel through valleys and mountain passes to reach the scenic fjord of the Flam district.

Accommodations

M/S Expedition

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 11
Shetland Islands

Continue southwards to the remote Shetland Islands. Opt to visit Jarlshof or join the Puffin Bus to focus on puffins and seabird photography at Sumbrugh Head (weather dependent). Enjoy additional time to explore Lerwick. The Shetland archipelago is an engaging mix of Scotland and Scandinavia blessed with spectacular coastlines, varied and abundant birdlife and a number of archaeological sites that date back thousands of years.

Visit Lerwick on the Shetland Islands and discover the unique mix of Scotland Scandinavian culture in the area. Opt to visit Jarlshof, a remarkable archaeological site where Neoloithic houses and several Norse longhouses were discovered after a violent storm uncovered the settlement. Another option is to join the Puffin Bus to focus on puffin and seabird photography at Sumbrugh head. Each tour option will allow a few hours to explore Lerwick after. Enjoy free time exploring the Shetland Museum or taking a walk through the village.

Accommodations

M/S Expedition

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 12
Orkney Islands

There are few places in the world that offer as much as the Orkneys. Only six miles off the coast of Scotland, the islands are famous for their abundant marine bird life and dramatic coastal scenery. Enjoy an afternoon to explore the ancient history of the people of these Scottish Isles. Visit historic and mystical sites by coach and explore the Standing Stones of Stenness, the intriguing Ring of Brodgar, and the village of Skara Brae.

There are few places in the world that offer as much as the Orkneys. Only six miles off the coast of Scotland, the islands are famous for their abundant marine bird life and dramatic coastal scenery. Enjoy an afternoon to explore the ancient history of the people of these Scottish Isles.

Accommodations

M/S Expedition

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 13
Disembark Edinburgh

Cruise overnight to Edinburgh’s Port of Leith, then disembark in the morning. Spend the day at leisure or enjoy one of the following optional activities: At the Edinburgh Gin Distillery, discover the city’s rich history of gin production and heritage while exploring a working distillery. Learn about the history of gin, taking in Edinburgh’s distilling past in an exhibition area. Experience up close how gin is made today using two working copper stills. During the Edinburgh Food Tour, walk the city’s narrow streets while sampling some of its most famous dishes including Haggis, Neeps and Tatties. Learn about Scottish whiskey and end the tour with a traditional afternoon tea and local Scottish cakes. On the Ghosts of Edinburgh Tour, indulge in Edinburgh’s fascination with the underworld. Famous for witch burning, grave robbing and mysterious murders, Edinburgh is full of narrow alleyways and gruesome graveyards with plenty of stories to tell.

Accommodations

Leonardo Royal Hotel Edinburgh Haymarket or similar

Meals

breakfast

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Day 14
Explore Edinburgh

Enjoy a walking tour of Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city, and visit the famous Edinburgh Castle, a historic fortress dominating the skyline of the city from its position on Castle Rock. Explore the home of the Crown Jewels of Scotland, the Stone of Destiny and the National War Museum. Fee includes entrance to all attractions within Edinburgh Castle.

Accommodations

Leonardo Royal Hotel Edinburgh Haymarket or similar

Meals

breakfast

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Day 15
Scottish Highlands

Enjoy a day trip to the Scottish Highlands. Explore the fascinating history of Stirling on a guided tour of Stirling Castle and the Old Town. Once the Scottish capital, this city at the edge of the Highlands was home to the Stewart Kings and Queens, who held court and other grand celebrations at Stirling Castle.

Continue to Wallace Monument and learn about the infamous battle of Bannockburn. Learn about Sir William Wallace and his legendary battle-sword at one of Scotland’s national landmarks, built to commemorate the Battle of Stirling Bridge. Opt to climb to the monument’s crown, where spectacular views of surrounding Loch Lomond, The Pentland Hills and The Firth of Forth await.

After lunch, enjoy some free time in Stirling and a tasting at the Deanston Distillery before returning to Edinburgh for the night.

Accommodations

Leonardo Royal Hotel Edinburgh Haymarket or similar

Meals

breakfast

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Day 16
Depart Edinburgh, Scotland

Depart at any time.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations and meals aboard ship & on land as detailed in itinerary; meeting point to ship transfer; Zodiac and land excursions with the expedition team; lectures and educational programs; guided tours; insulated waterproof boots supplied for USA sizes 4 – 16 for use aboard the ship; expedition parka (see MS Expedition Parka Sizing Chart).

Exclusions

Airfares to the embarkation point and from the disembarkation point; passport and visa expenses; government arrival and departure taxes; hotel accommodations; trip cancellation insurance with emergency medical evacuation insurance (required); excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar and beverage charges and telecommunication charges; and the customary gratuity at the end of the voyage. Should the price of marine fuel increase dramatically, a fuel surcharge may be instituted.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a nonrefundable deposit of $1000 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 120 days before the departure date.  Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 90 days – 100% of deposit (may be applied to future trip by trip operator)
89 to 60 days – 100% of deposit (may be applied to future trip by trip operator) and 50% of the remainder of payments made
59 to 0 days – 100% of deposit (may be applied to future trip by trip operator) and 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The 16-Day Cruise the Norwegian Fjords & Scottish Highlands Cruise begins in Tromso, Norway (TOS), and ends in Edinburgh, Scotland (EDI). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Plan flights to arrive to Tromso by 11:00am on day 1 of the itinerary. Plan flights to depart Edinburgh anytime on day 16. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include hiking; Zodiac excursions; photography; museum, cultural and historical visits; town exploration; and wildlife observation.

Room Configuration

Solo travelers willing to share can reserve a quad, triple or twin-shared cabin, where you will be matched with a person of the same gender. If the other cabin berth goes unsold, you will be guaranteed the rate with no single supplement. For those who desire single occupancy, cabins are available for single occupancy at 1.6x the twin rate, excluding Category 1 and 1A cabins.

Families & Children

Minimum child age is 10 years old. An adult over the age of 21 must accompany every 2 children under the age of 18. The ratio of adults to children traveling together must be one adult per two children and two adults per four children (17 and under).

Travel Insurance

Travelers are required to have travel insurance with a minimum medical, evacuation and repatriation coverage of USD $200,000 covering all applicable dates of travel, personal injury and emergency medical evacuation. It is strongly recommended that you extend coverage to include personal liability, cancellation, curtailment, and all other expenses that may arise as a result of loss, damage, injury, delay or inconvenience while traveling. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

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Expert Aboard: Expedition Ship Review

An AdventureSmith Specialist writes this detailed ship review of the 134-guest Expedition polar vessel. Read about her favorite features and cabin insights.

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8 - 11 Day Cruise
Realm of the Polar Bear

This is a voyage of nonstop, close-up highlights, where roaming polar bears, lounging seals, grazing reindeer and colonies of birds all co-exist in this harsh land we dare only to explore a few months of the year, aboard the 134-guest Expedition.

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From $4199USD
Jun Jul Aug
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8 Day Cruise
North Norway, Aurora Borealis & Whales

Defined by rugged winter wilderness, Northern Norway offers whale watching, northern lights, hiking, snowshoeing and even skiing on select departures. Spend 8 days sailing Norway aboard the 20-guest Noorderlicht or 33-guest Rembrandt van Rijn Arctic sailing schooners.

From $2400USD
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8 Day Cruise
North Spitsbergen

Explore North Spitsbergen and focus on spotting polar bears aboard the 170-guest Hondius, 108-guest Ortelius or 108-guest Plancius. Zodiac cruise and photograph rugged mountains, sweeping tundra, ice-caps, glaciers, unspoiled wilderness and abundant wildlife.

From $3950USD
May Jun Jul Aug
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From the Highlands to the High Arctic

Cruise from Edinburgh, Scotland to Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen aboard the 114-guest Sea Spirit on this epic adventure with stops at the Faroe Islands, Jan Mayen and Fair Isle, which feature over 345 bird species, deep-green hills, bright blue sea and colorful communities.

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May Jun
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Norway's Fjords & Arctic Svalbard

Join National Geographic expert leaders aboard the 126-guest National Geographic Endurance to see the Arctic's unparallelled beauty, exploring where polar bears prowl and walruses haul out on rocky shores.

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May Jun
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Norwegian Fjords Aboard Expedition

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