Uncover the ancient and tumultuous Viking legacy of remote seafaring destinations as you sail from the northern Scottish Isles to their Norwegian homelands.

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 Eilean Donan Castle, Scottish Highlands  The brooding landscape of Glencoe  The Jacobite steam train, traveling from Fort William to Mallaig  Glenfinnan Monument  Eilean Donan Castle, Scottish Highlands  St. Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall, Orkney Islands  A Neolithic stone house at Skara Brae, Orkney Islands  The Ring of Brodgar, Orkney Islands  Evocative landscape of the Shetland Islands  The town of Lerwick, capital of the Shetland Islands  The archaeological site of Jarlshof on the Shetland Islands. Credit: National Geographic Image Collection/Alamy  Two puffins on a rocky coast  Puffin colonies found on the Shetland Islands  Traditional Viking boats in Norway  The fjords of Bergen  The World Heritage site of Bryggen, in the town of Bergen  Panorama of Bergen

Scottish Isles and Norwegian Fjords

A Cruise from Glasgow to Copenhagen

9 days from $5,495

Uncover the ancient and tumultuous Viking legacy of remote seafaring destinations as you sail from the northern Scottish Isles to their Norwegian homelands.

or Call 855-330-1542

Overview

Edinburgh/Glasgow Pre-Program Option — 3 Days, 2 Nights

Explore Scotland’s two great cities and their histories of feuding warlords, medieval villains and royal and religious intrigue. In Edinburgh, discover the historic Old Town, Royal Mile and iconic Edinburgh Castle and visit the Museum of Scotland for a glimpse of the nation’s formative years from the Bronze Age to Viking and Roman invasions. During a panoramic tour of Glasgow, walk through George Square, visit the City Chambers and see the Tolbooth of Glasgow, Scotland’s most remarkable 17th-century building. See the extensive collection of art and antiquities during a visit to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Accommodations for two nights are in the deluxe Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian in the heart of Edinburgh’s New Town. Enjoy a most convenient location right at the end of Princes Street (main shopping street in Edinburgh). Also while not all rooms will have castle views, when one walks out to the hotel, the famous ramparts of the castle are right before you.

Copenhagen Post-Cruise Option 3 Days, 2 Nights

Scandinavia’s most cosmopolitan city and the capital of Denmark is an inviting and exuberant showcase of culture rooted in Viking ancestry, Hans Christian Andersen stories and historical architecture. See Amalienborg Palace and Tivoli Gardens and cruise the 400-year-old canals past Christiansborg Palace, the King’s Palace and gardens. In the nearby town of Roskilde visit its ancient cathedral, a World Heritage site, and explore the Vikings’ life at sea in the fascinating Viking Ship Museum. Accommodations for two nights are in the centrally located, deluxe Copenhagen Marriott Hotel.

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Itinerary

Day 1 — Depart the U.S. for Glasgow, Scotland

Day 2 — Glasgow

Arrive in Glasgow, a dynamic Scottish city where the indelible mark of Viking conquest still permeates the art and culture. Transfer to the five-star L'Austral and depart to the dulcet sounds of a traditional bagpiper. (D)

Day 3 — Oban, Fort William, Scottish Highlands, The Jacobite steam train

Travel through the heart of the Highlands and see the picturesque Pass of Brander, Loch Awe—with views of the striking Kilchurn Castle—and Rannoch Moor, one of the last remaining wildernesses in Europe. Enjoy the splendor of majestic Glencoe and ride along the shores of Loch Linnhe en route to Fort William. After lunch, board The Jacobite steam train—immortalized as Hogwarts Express in the Harry Potter film series—for one of the great railway journeys of the world. Commencing in the shadow of Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in Great Britain, travel past Loch and River Morar to Mallaig near Loch Nevis, the deepest seawater loch in Europe. Along the way, visit Glenfinnan, where Bonnie Prince Charles rallied Jacobite Highlanders against King George II in 1745.

Join the Captain for a welcome reception on board this evening. (B,L,R,D)

Day 4 — Armadale Castle, Isle of Skye and Kyle of Lochalsh for Eilean Donan Castle

This morning cruise to Armadale on the Isle of Skye, home to some of Scotland’s most phenomenal geography. The mist, shafts of sunlight, and vivid rainbows congregate here in a dazzling array of colors that seem to make the glens greener and the sea bluer. Transfer to your motor coach and see the ruins and gardens of Armadale Castle, the ancestral home of the MacDonalds. 

In the afternoon, re-board the ship for lunch. Transfer to your motor coach to your next destination, Eilean Donan Castle. Named for a 6th-century Irish saint, Eileen Donan was constructed in the 13th century and now stands as one of the most iconic and recognizable castles in the world. (B,L,D)

Day 5 — Kirkwall, Orkney Islands

Experience the mystique of Orkney, a remote cluster of islands ringed with red sandstone cliffs shimmering in the sea mist. Kirkwall, founded around 1035, is noted for the towering St. Magnus Cathedral, built by the Vikings during the 12th century. Enjoy the gentle rolling landscape of the Neolithic heartland of Orkney, designated a UNESCO World Heritage site for its wealth of prehistoric archaeology. Pass the standing stones of Stenness and stop at the Ring of Brodgar, a ceremonial semicircle of stones dating back to 3,000 B.C. Continue to the 5,000-year-old village of Skara Brae, a settlement built of stone that was only rediscovered in 1850 when a great storm wiped away its veil of sand. See Scapa Flow, one of the world’s largest natural harbors, first used by the Vikings and later made famous for its role in both world wars.

On board the ship later today, listen as a seanachaí weaves the traditional stories that have been handed down for generations by word of mouth at fireside hearths over the centuries in these remote isles. (B,L,D)

Day 6 — Lerwick, Shetland Islands

Explore the majestic Shetland Islands, declared a Global Geopark by UNESCO for their geologically diverse landscapes and seascapes carved and shaped by ice. Admire nature’s endlessly changing colors and textures and listen for the clamor of gannets and puffins crowding the extraordinary cliffs. Though remote, these islands have a unique 6,000-year-old culture, where Scotland meets Scandinavia at this North Atlantic crossroads and legacies linger in the archaeology, dialect, and traditional music. From Lerwick, the capital of Shetland, journey to the southernmost point of the island to visit Jarlshof, a pending UNESCO World Heritage site and an extraordinary settlement revealing 5,000 years of human history, including late Neolithic stone houses, a Bronze-Age village, an Iron-Age broch and wheelhouse, Norse longhouses, a medieval farmstead, and a 16th‑century laird’s house. (B,L,D)

Day 7 — Bergen, Norway

The city of Bergen was founded on an old Viking settlement in 1070 and has a proud history as an important part of the Hanseatic League’s trading empire from the 14th to mid‑16th centuries. Today, Bergen’s Bryggen (the old wharf), a UNESCO World Heritage site, still flaunts its colorfully characteristic wooden houses. Tour Troldhaugen, the summer home of Edvard Grieg, Norway’s most famous composer, and walk the grounds of his estate, where he conceived many of his finest works. The afternoon is at leisure. (B,L,D)

Day 8 — The Norwegian Fjords and North Sea

Norway’s fjords and islands offer some of the most stunning coastal scenery in Europe. Watch the sunlight play off granite cliffs and pristine cobalt blue waters while cruising by the inland waterways once plied by Viking longships, passing traditional Norwegian farms and villages. Attend the Captain’s farewell reception this evening. (B,L,R,D)

Day 9 — Copenhagen, Denmark and Depart for the U.S.

Arrive in Denmark, the spiritual and historic home of the Vikings and from whence sailed their intrepid predecessors—Angles, Saxons, and Jutes. Disembark in Copenhagen and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the U.S. (B)