A cruise offering from Smithsonian Journeys and PONANT

Uncover the legacy of ancient civilizations from prehistory to the Vikings as you sail from Norway’s fjord-carved coast to the far-flung Scottish isles.  

Starting at: $6,120 * Price includes special offer Make a Reservation Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
 The Ring of Brodgar, Orkney Islands  Traditional Viking boats in Norway  Typical village along the Sognefjord  Norway's beautiful Flam Valley  The famous Flam Railroad amid Norway's dramatic landscape  The fjords of Bergen  The World Heritage site of Bryggen, in the town of Bergen  Panorama of Bergen  Evocative landscape of the Shetland Islands  The town of Lerwick, capital of the Shetland Islands  A Neolithic stone house at Skara Brae, Orkney Islands  St. Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall, Orkney Islands  The evocative Eilean Donan

Scottish Isles and Norwegian Fjords Voyage

A Cruise from Bergen to Glasgow aboard the 184-guest Le Dumont-d’Urville

8-10 days from $6,120

A cruise offering from Smithsonian Journeys and PONANT

Uncover the legacy of ancient civilizations from prehistory to the Vikings as you sail from Norway’s fjord-carved coast to the far-flung Scottish isles.  

or Call 855-330-1542

Experts

Jun 17 - 24, 2023 Departure
Gillian Hovell

Gillian Hovell

Gillian Hovell is an ancient historian and an archaeologist. She previously worked at BBC Television and is an award-winning freelance writer, author, and public speaker, specializing in archaeology, ancient history, and prehistory.  Gillian is actively involved in digs at major sites, including Orkney's famous Ness of Brodgar Neolithic site, and she also lectures across the United Kingdom regularly. Gillian holds a degree in Latin and Ancient History from Exeter University in England. Gillian looks forward to sharing  how archaeological finds and sites are full of human life and passion, and that history and archaeology are not just about the past, they’re everywhere, and they add color, depth and meaning to our lives today.  Gillian is a lecturer at the British Museum in a London and  York University.  

Jun 17 - 24, 2023 Departure
Jim Zimbelman

Jim Zimbelman

Dr. James Zimbelman is Senior Geologist Emeritus at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum where he has served as the chairman of the Center for Earth and Planetary Studies. He has expertise in physics and mathematics (B.A.), geophysics and space physics (M.S. University of California at Los Angeles), as well as geology (Ph.D. Arizona State University). Jim was co-editor of the book Environmental Effects on Volcanic Eruptions: From Deep Oceans to Deep Space, co-author of Dunes Worlds (2014) and The Volcanoes of Mars (2021), and he has written more than 110 papers and maps for various peer-reviewed scientific journals and books.

During his 32 years at NASM, he was been involved in the analysis of high-resolution spacecraft imaging and geophysical data of the Earth and terrestrial planets, geologic mapping of Mars and Venus, and other geologic studies of terrestrial planets.

Jun 24 - Jul 3, 2023 Departure
Colleen Batey

Colleen Batey

Smithsonian Journeys Expert Colleen Batey, recently retired from the University of Glasgow, Scotland. She now holds honorary positions at the University of the Highlands and Islands, University of Durham  and Hunter College, New York. For the past 40 years she has been involved in research on the Viking Age in Scotland, Scandinavia, and the North Atlantic, both as director of excavations and teacher. Since 2004, Colleen has combined her research interests with expedition cruising, both as expedition team member and guest lecturer – travelling extensively throughout the world of the Vikings from the Black Sea to Canada! This has included a number of SJ-sponsored voyages in the North Atlantic and the Baltic Sea. Colleen was the British coordinator of Viking loan material for the highly successful Smithsonian exhibition Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga, which toured widely in the U.S. starting in 2000 and attracted several million visitors throughout its run. More recently she was an academic advisor for a PBS/BBC programme “Uncovering the Vikings,” which aired in early 2016. Colleen has published extensively both books and journal articles. She is now based in Orkney, her 18th century home has stunning views of Scapa Flow!

Jun 24 - Jul 3, 2023 Departure
Terje Leiren

Terje Leiren

Terje Leiren is Professor Emeritus of Scandinavian Studies and History at the University of Washington, Seattle.  He was the first holder of the Sverre Arestad Endowed Chair in Norwegian Studies.  Terje earned his Ph.D. in history at the University of North Texas and taught at the University of Oslo before joining the UW in 1977.  He served as co-general editor of the University of Washington book series, “New Directions in Scandinavian Studies,” which published eleven books during his tenure.  He served as Chair of the Department of Scandinavian Studies from 1995 to 2010.   Terje has published extensively in Norwegian and Scandinavian-American history and culture, most recently a new revised edition of the “Historical Dictionary of Norway.”   He has traveled extensively in northern Europe and appeared on several television documentary programs about Scandinavia from the Vikings to World War II broadcast on PBS as well as the History Channel.