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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 Glenfinnan Monument  The brooding landscape of Glencoe  The Ring of Brodgar, Orkney Islands  St. Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall, Orkney Islands  A Neolithic stone house at Skara Brae, Orkney Islands  Evocative landscape of the Shetland Islands  Traditional Viking boats in Norway  The town of Lerwick, capital of the Shetland Islands  Typical village along the Sognefjord  The archaeological site of Jarlshof on the Shetland Islands. Credit: National Geographic Image Collection/Alamy  The evocative Eilean Donan  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

Scottish Isles and Norwegian Fjords

A Cruise from Glasgow to Bergen Aboard the Le Bellot

9 days from $6,295

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

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Tour Extension

Edinburgh/Glasgow Pre-Tour Extension — 3 Days, 2 Nights

Explore two of Scotland’s great cities and their histories of fascinating clans, medieval knights and royal and religious intrigue. In Edinburgh, discover the historic Old Town, the World Heritage-designated Royal Mile, and iconic Edinburgh Castle; and tour the Museum of Scotland for a glimpse of the nation’s formative years from the Bronze Age to Roman and Viking invasions. During a panoramic tour of Glasgow, see George Square and the Tolbooth of Glasgow, Scotland’s most remarkable building from the 17th century, and visit the captivating St. Mungo Museum. Admire the extensive collection of art and antiques during a visit to the impressive Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Accommodations are for two nights in the luxurious Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa, overlooking Edinburgh Castle. 

Denmark/Norway Post-Tour Extension 6 Days, 5 Nights

Immerse yourself in majestic Norwegian landscapes and traditional Scandinavian culture on this unique and exclusive five-night extension featuring Copenhagen, Oslo, and Stalheim. Spend two nights in Copenhagen, Scandinavia’s most cosmopolitan city and the capital of Denmark, an inviting and exuberant showcase of culture rooted in Viking ancestry, historical architecture, and fabled literature. Enjoy an exclusively chartered cruise along Copenhagen’s idyllic canals past Christiansborg Palace and the famous sculpture inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale “The Little Mermaid.” See Amalienborg Palace, the King’s Gardens, and the vivacious Tivoli Gardens. In the nearby town of Roskilde, visit its 12th-century Gothic cathedral, a World Heritage site, and explore the Vikings’ lives at sea in the fascinating Viking Ship Museum. Experience the highlights of vibrant Oslo, including a visit to its stately City Hall, where the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony is held, and the impressive Opera House. Accommodations are in comfortable hotels, including Stalheim Hotel (Stalheim, Norway); the Grand Hotel (Oslo, Norway); Skt. Petri (Copenhagen, Denmark); and one night aboard an award-winning Seaways ferry from Copenhagen to Oslo. 

Please note: The June 6-14, 2021 departure will operate from Bergen to Glasgow. Tour extensions on this date will run in reverse as well; Denmark/Norway as a pre-program option and Edinburgh/Glasgow as a post-program option.

Pre- and post-program options are available at additional cost. Details will be provided with your reservation confirmation.

Activity Level

Activity Level 3:  Moderate / Active


Expectations: Ocean-going cruise that pulls into a pier for embarkation /disembarkation and for some shore excursions, and may use tenders at some ports. Excursions will be at a moderately active pace during the morning and/or afternoon. Some days will require early morning departures (8:00 or 8:30 a.m.). Daily activities will be of two to three hours each day. Expect some standing and walking for periods of time (up to two hours) during outdoor activities and tours, city tours, and museum visits. Walking during excursions can be two to three miles, sometimes over uneven terrain, such as cobblestone streets and at archaeological sites. When visiting the fjord region, there will be drives with hairpin turns and a one-hour train ride, which may have steps to board.  

Appropriate for: Travelers who are physically fit, lead active lives, are comfortable participating in long days of activities, and expect some physical exertion. 

Ship

Le Bellot

Launched in 2020, Le Bellot is among a new fleet of luxury expedition ships launched by the Ponant cruise line. These ships combine revolutionary design and a new standard of luxury. 
 
Spacious, Ocean-view Suites and Staterooms 
Each of the 92 elegant suites and staterooms features a private balcony, while Grand Deluxe Suites have a bay window and spacious private terrace. The deluxe, air-conditioned staterooms and suites (up to 484 square feet) have two twin beds that convert to one queen-size bed. Each cabin has a private bathroom with shower (bathtub in limited number of staterooms) and the luxurious amenities of a fine hotel, including individual climate control, satellite flat screen television, wireless Internet access, safe, minibar, full-length closet, writing desk/dressing table, and plush robes. 
 
Chic and Casual Dining 
International and regional cuisine are served in the stylish, spacious indoor-outdoor restaurant in a single, unassigned seating; at the casual pool deck grill; or from 24-hour room service. Continental and buffet breakfast, buffet lunch, afternoon tea, and a four-course dinner are served daily. Wine is served at your table during lunch and dinner and complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are included throughout the cruise. 
 
Spacious Public Areas, Intimate Atmosphere, and World-Class Service 
The warm and inviting public areas accommodate all passengers comfortably. Enjoy sweeping views from the Observation Lounge and Main Lounge, both of which open to the outdoors, and lectures, cultural performances, or film screenings in the state-of-the-art theater. For your convenience, complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the ship. 

The ship also features the first luxury underwater observatory, the Blue Eye, a multisensory underwater observation lounge that incorporates decor and technology to immerse you in the beauty of the ocean's ecosystem. Here, you can observe fascinating marine life through the large subaquatic windows while digital screens and the specially designed global listening system relay the sights and sound beneath the ocean surface.  

Other amenities aboard ship are a Sun Deck, swimming pool, beauty salon, spa and sauna, fitness room, and two elevators. In addition, there is a three-level marina platform with complimentary kayaking and snorkeling equipment, as well as 10 easily accessible Zodiacs.  

The highly trained, English-speaking international crew are personable and attentive, and the ship has an infirmary staffed with a doctor and nurse. 
 
Respect for the Environment 
The newest additions to a fleet that has been awarded the prestigious "Clean Ship" designation, a rarity among ocean-cruising vessels, these expedition ships are designed with energy efficient, advanced eco-friendly features that protect fragile marine ecosystems while providing a safe and comfortable voyage. 

Le Bellot

Launched in 2020, Le Bellot is among a new fleet of luxury expedition ships launched by the Ponant cruise line. These ships combine revolutionary design and a new standard of luxury. 
 
Spacious, Ocean-view Suites and Staterooms 
Each of the 92 elegant suites and staterooms features a private balcony, while Grand Deluxe Suites have a bay window and spacious private terrace. The deluxe, air-conditioned staterooms and suites (up to 484 square feet) have two twin beds that convert to one queen-size bed. Each cabin has a private bathroom with shower (bathtub in limited number of staterooms) and the luxurious amenities of a fine hotel, including individual climate control, satellite flat screen television, wireless Internet access, safe, minibar, full-length closet, writing desk/dressing table, and plush robes. 
 
Chic and Casual Dining 
International and regional cuisine are served in the stylish, spacious indoor-outdoor restaurant in a single, unassigned seating; at the casual pool deck grill; or from 24-hour room service. Continental and buffet breakfast, buffet lunch, afternoon tea, and a four-course dinner are served daily. Wine is served at your table during lunch and dinner and complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are included throughout the cruise. 
 
Spacious Public Areas, Intimate Atmosphere, and World-Class Service 
The warm and inviting public areas accommodate all passengers comfortably. Enjoy sweeping views from the Observation Lounge and Main Lounge, both of which open to the outdoors, and lectures, cultural performances, or film screenings in the state-of-the-art theater. For your convenience, complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the ship. 

The ship also features the first luxury underwater observatory, the Blue Eye, a multisensory underwater observation lounge that incorporates decor and technology to immerse you in the beauty of the ocean's ecosystem. Here, you can observe fascinating marine life through the large subaquatic windows while digital screens and the specially designed global listening system relay the sights and sound beneath the ocean surface.  

Other amenities aboard ship are a Sun Deck, swimming pool, beauty salon, spa and sauna, fitness room, and two elevators. In addition, there is a three-level marina platform with complimentary kayaking and snorkeling equipment, as well as 10 easily accessible Zodiacs.  

The highly trained, English-speaking international crew are personable and attentive, and the ship has an infirmary staffed with a doctor and nurse. 
 
Respect for the Environment 
The newest additions to a fleet that has been awarded the prestigious "Clean Ship" designation, a rarity among ocean-cruising vessels, these expedition ships are designed with energy efficient, advanced eco-friendly features that protect fragile marine ecosystems while providing a safe and comfortable voyage. 

Testimonials

WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

I trust and love The Smithsonian "brand". I just knew, after lots of comparing vendors, that the quality of the overall experience would be much richer with the Smithsonian. I was right!

- Mary S.

Smithsonian surpasses any organized trip we have taken in the past several decades.

- Irving R.
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