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Scotland to Norway Crossing the Arctic Circle

14 days

This mystical expedition cruise of the northern Atlantic, offers rich culture and wildlife experiences, including some rare opportunities that will delight those interested in birding. We'll explore the medieval art and archeology of Britain's northernmost archipelagos of the Orkney and Shetland Islands, before continuing east to the picturesque port of Bergen. Continuing northwards into the Norwegian Sea, we'll discover the UNESCO-protected Vega Island, a veritable ornithologists’ dream.

Our home for this voyage is the nimble small ship, Ocean Nova, which will afford us the opportunity to get up close and personal with much of the landscape. There will be plenty of time to venture into the fjords on our Zodiacs, allowing us to get even closer to cascading falls and make shore landings in otherwise inaccessible coves. We'll conclude the voyage in Tromsø, called the 'Gateway to the Arctic,' and the last major habitation before the Arctic Circle.

Day-by-Day Expedition in Brief

  • The ancient history of the Scottish Isles combined with the exceptional landscape of the Norwegian Fjords
  • Enjoy amazing bird life, with thousands of North Atlantic seabirds
  • Sail deeper into fjords and visit islands that larger ships cannot
  • An excellent mix of culture and natural history
  • Sail north across the Arctic Circle
  • Combine this voyage with Tromsø, Bear Island and Spitsbergen: Fjords and Bears

Day 1 — Aberdeen, Scotland

Day 2 — Kirkwall

The morning finds us in Orkney, an archipelago of almost 70 islands, with a history dating back 8,500 years to the first Mesolithic tribe that inhabited the area.

Day 3 — Fair Isle, Orkney Islands

We plan to visit Fair Isle, the most remote inhabited island in the United Kingdom.

Day 4 — Lerwick, Shetland Islands

Day 5 — Bergen, Norway

We arrive at Norway’s second-largest city, Bergen, after crossing the North Sea.

Day 6 — Alesund

In the morning we should arrive in Alesund at the mouth of the Geiranger Fjord.

Day 7 — Geiranger Fjord

Day 8 — Trondheim

In the morning we will call into Trondheim, the historic capital of Norway. We will walk through the quaint historic district, characterised by wooden architecture, where you can visit small, specialist shops and enjoy a coffee at one of the pleasant cafés.

Day 9 — Vega Island

Today we visit the UNESCO-protected Vega Island archipelago as we head northward.

Day 10 — Alstahaug

In the morning we arrive at Alstahaug, in the shadow of the Seven Sisters Mountain range.

Day 11 — Svartisen and Vikingen

Today we will walk to the Svartisen glacier, which is actually two glaciers that meet in Holandfjord.

Day 12 — Lofoten Islands

We will navigate some of Norway’s northern fjords and take advantage of great hiking opportunities in this unspoiled region.

Day 13 — Bleiksøya and Nyksund

Arriving at Bleiksøya in the morning, we will have a Zodiac cruise around one of the most prolific bird populations in Norway.

Day 14 — Tromsø

Arriving in Tromsø in the morning, we will enjoy breakfast on the ship before you embark on your flights home.
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