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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 Traditional Viking boats in Norway  The brooding landscape of Glencoe  Glenfinnan Monument  The evocative Eilean Donan  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  The town of Lerwick, capital of the Shetland Islands  The archaeological site of Jarlshof on the Shetland Islands. Credit: National Geographic Image Collection/Alamy  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

Scottish Isles and Norwegian Fjords

A Cruise from Glasgow to Bergen Aboard the 180-guest Le Champlain

9 days from $4,995

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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Overview

Voyage in the wake of Viking seafarers and experience the rugged beauty of remote islands and dramatic coastlines forever linked by their heritage. Cruise into ports in Scotland’s rarely visited Orkney and Shetland Islands and through some of Norway’s magnificent fjords, visit World Heritage sites, and enjoy plentiful seabirds and spring flowers.

Highlights Include

  • Scottish Highlands: Cruise from Glasgow to Fort William. Enjoy a full-day scenic excursion into the Scottish Highlands, with visits to Fort William, Glencoe and Glenfinnan, where Bonnie Prince Charlie rallied Jacobite Highlanders against King George II. Sail to the lovely Kyle of Lochalsh to tour dramatic Eilean Donan Castle, then continue to the Inner Hebrides and the Isle of Skye, where you’ll experience the beautifully rugged landscape.
  • The Orkney Islands: Sail to the remote Orkney Islands, a hub of Neolithic civilization. Visit the settlement of Skara Brae, see the ceremonial Stones of Stenness and the Ring of Brodgar, and gain further insight from archaeologist and site director Nick Card. Plus, explore the Viking town of Kirkwall. 
  • Shetland Islands: Cruise farther north to the crossroads where Scotland meets Scandinavia and legacies linger in archaeology, dialect, and traditional music. At Jarlshof, see late Neolithic stone houses, a Bronze Age village, Iron Age broch, Norse longhouses, and more.
  • Viking Homelands: Crossing the North Sea, enjoy the vistas once known by Vikings as they plied the waters on their longships. View dramatic mountains, sheer cliffs, and sparkling waterfalls during a day cruising through Norway’s famous fjords, including Sognefjord. Plus, take a thrilling ride through this landscape aboard the Flam Railway
  • Norway’s Bergen: Continue to Bergen, founded on an old Viking settlement and later part of the Hanseatic League’s trading empire. Enjoy a walking tour of Bryggen, a World Heritage site, and visit the home of composer Edvard Grieg. 

*The May 19 - May 27, 2019 departure will sail aboard the Le Champlain and the May 21 - May 29, 2019 departure will sail aboard the Le Boreal

*During this voyage, we will share the ship with other leading cultural and educational institutions, which will add to the excitement and energy of the experience.

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

- Irving R.

May 21-29, 2019 Itinerary

Day 1 — Depart the U.S.

Day 2 — Bergen, Norway

Arrive in Bergen, founded on an old Viking settlement in 1070 and the Norwegian capital during the 12th and 13th centuries. Embark the Le Boréal. (D)

Day 3 — Bergen

The city of Bergen has a proud history as an important part of the Hanseatic League’s trading empire from the 14th to mid-16th centuries. Enjoy a walking tour of Bergen’s Bryggen (the old wharf), a World Heritage site that proudly displays its characteristically colorful wooden houses. See Troldhaugen, the summer home of Edvard Grieg, Norway’s most famous composer and walk the grounds of his estate. Then visit the reconstructed Fantoft Stavkirke, a traditional 12th-century wooden stave church, named for its post and lintel construction.

Enjoy the afternoon at leisure in Bergen. Attend the Captain’s welcome reception this evening. (B,L,R,D)

Day 4 — Flåm Railway / Cruising the Norwegian Fjords

Later this morning, board the Flåm Railway, named one of the world’s most scenic train rides by the readers of Travel + Leisure magazine. This masterpiece of Norwegian engineering—the steepest standard‑gauge railway track in Europe with an impressive elevation difference of 2835 feet—opened to the public in 1940 and travels 13 dramatic miles through 20 tunnels to the mountaintop train stop of Myrdal. Enjoy stunning views of snowcapped mountains, cascading waterfalls—including the awe‑inspiring Kjofossen—and picturesque hamlets along this alpine branch of the world‑renowned Bergen Line.

Norway’s fjords and islands offer some of Europe’s most phenomenal coastal scenery, where sea mist, shafts of sunlight and vivid rainbows congregate in a dazzling array of colors that seem to make the landscape greener and the fjords bluer. Be on deck this afternoon while cruising the majestic Sognefjord and the World Heritage-designated Naeroyfjord (time and weather permitting), passing traditional farmsteads and villages flanked by soaring mountains. (B,L,D)

Day 5 — Lerwick, Shetland Islands

Dock in Lerwick and 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 dramatic sheer rock cliffs. Though remote, these islands have a unique 6000-year-old culture, where Scotland meets Scandinavia at this North Atlantic crossroads and legacies linger in the fascinating archaeology, dialect, and traditional music.

From Lerwick, the capital of Shetland, journey to the island’s southernmost point, scanning the verdant landscape for Shetland’s famous ponies grazing on the rolling, grass-covered knolls. Visit Jarlshof, a pending World Heritage site and an extraordinary settlement revealing 5000 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.

Aboard the ship this evening, the director and head archaeologist of the Ness of Brodgar site will introduce and provide insights about this impressive ancient compound that lies outside of Kirkwall. (B,L,D)

Day 6 — Kirkwall / Orkney Islands / Scotland

Nearly 5,000 years ago, ancient inhabitants of this archipelago employed technological prowess centuries ahead of their time to erect the Ring of Brodgar. Today, this magical compound rivals in the British Isles as the third largest stone circle raised to chart the seasons. See the ceremonial Stones of Stenness en route to visit the settlement of Skara Brae. Archaeologists suggest these sites, along with the Ness of Brodgar, were inhabited by an early Orcadian culture known for decorative arts and sophisticated craftsmanship. Pilgrims and traders carried the Orcadian innovations to the mainland and beyond—making Orkney not a remote scatter of islands but instead a hub of Neolithic civilization. Thousands of years later, the Vikings established the port town of Kirkwall on Orkney’s main island, leaving behind the towering 12th-century St. Magnus Cathedral, known as the “Light of the North.”

Hear the classically haunting sounds of a traditional Scottish bagpiper as you re-embark the ship. This evening, listen as a Scottish storyteller weaves the traditional stories that have been handed down by word of mouth for generations in these remote isles. (B,L,D)

Day 7 — Portree, Isle of Skye / Kyle of Lochalsh

Cruise the coastline of ethereal Isle of Skye, home to some of Scotland’s most phenomenal geography. Disembark and depart by coach for a scenic tour of the Isle of Skye.  Drive through the Cullin Mountains to Portree, the capital of Skye, overlooking a sheltered bay.   

From the port village of Kyle of Lochalsh travel across a starkly beautiful land of rolling green moors to visit iconic Eilean Donan Castle, named for the sixth‑century Irish saint and one of the most iconic castles in the world. (B,L,D)

Day 8 — Fort William and Scottish Highlands / Oban

Enjoy a full day’s journey experiencing the rich, resplendent beauty of the legendary Scottish Highlands. Along the way, pause at the bucolic village of Glenfinnan, where Bonnie Prince Charlie rallied Jacobite Highlanders against King George II in 1745 to view the monument that commemorates the Jacobite Rising.

After lunch, travel along the picturesque, castle-dotted shores of Loch Linnhe to the splendor of majestic Glencoe—Scotland’s most scenic glen, much of which is owned and preserved by the National Trust for Scotland. Attend the Captain’s farewell reception this evening. (B,L,R,D)

Day 9 — Glasgow / Return

Disembark in Glasgow, a dynamic city where the indelible mark of Viking conquest still permeates the culture, and continue on the Glasgow and Edinburgh Post‑Cruise Option or transfer to the airport for your return flight to the U.S. (B)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)

May 19-27, 2019 Itinerary

Day 1 — Depart the U.S.

Day 2 — Glasgow, Scotland

Discover Glasgow, a dynamic Scottish city where the indelible mark of Viking conquest still permeates the art and culture. Transfer to the Le Champlain and while sailing away from port listen to the evocative melodies of a traditional bagpiper. (D)

Day 3 — Fort William / Scottish Highlands

Enjoy a full day’s journey experiencing the rich, resplendent beauty of the legendary Scottish Highlands. Travel to the bucolic village of Glenfinnan, where Bonnie Prince Charlie rallied Jacobite Highlanders against King George II in 1745.

Along the way, enjoy the splendor of majestic Glencoe—Scotland’s most scenic glen, much of which is owned and preserved by the National Trust for Scotland. Attend the Captain’s welcome reception this evening. (B,L,R,D)

Day 4 — Kyle of Lochalsh / Portree, Isle of Skye

From the port village of Kyle of Lochlash travel across a starkly beautiful land of rolling green moors to visit the 13th-century Eilean Donan Castle, named for a sixth‑century Irish saint and one of the most iconic castles in the world.

Cruise the coastline of ethereal Skye, home to some of Scotland’s most phenomenal geography. Drive through the Cullin Mountains to Portree, the capital of Skye, overlooking a sheltered bay.

Aboard the ship, this evening, the director and head of the Ness of Brodgar will introduce and provide insights into this impressive ancient compound that lies outside of Kirkwall. (B,L,D)

Day 5 — Kirkwall, Orkney Islands

Nearly 5000 years ago, ancient inhabitants of this archipelago employed technological prowess centuries ahead of their time to erect the Ring of Brodgar. Today, this magical compound rivals in the British Isles as the third largest stone circle raised to chart the seasons. See the ceremonial Stones of Stenness en route to visit the settlement of Skara Brae. Archaeologists suggest these sites, along with the Ness of Brodgar, were inhabited by an early Orcadian culture known for decorative arts and sophisticated craftsmanship. Pilgrims and traders carried the Orcadian innovations to the mainland and beyond—making Orkney not a remote scatter of islands but instead a hub of Neolithic civilization. Thousands of years later, the Vikings established the port town of Kirkwall on Orkney’s main island, leaving behind the towering 12th-century St. Magnus Cathedral, known as the “Light of the North.” Hear the classically haunting sounds of a traditional Scottish bagpiper as you re-embark the ship.

This evening, listen as a Scottish storyteller weaves the traditional stories that have been handed down by word of mouth for generations in these remote isles. (B,L,D)

Day 6 — Lerwick, Shetland Islands

Dock in Lerwick and 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 dramatic sheer rock cliffs. Though remote, these islands have a unique 6000-year-old culture, where Scotland meets Scandinavia at this North Atlantic crossroads and legacies linger in the fascinating archaeology, dialect, and traditional music.

From Lerwick, the capital of Shetland, journey to the island’s southernmost point, scanning the verdant landscape for Shetland’s famous ponies grazing on the rolling, grass-covered knolls. Visit Jarlshof, a pending World Heritage site and an extraordinary settlement revealing 5000 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 — Cruising the Norwegian Fjords/ Flåm Railway

Norway’s fjords and islands offer some of Europe’s most phenomenal coastal scenery, where sea mist, shafts of sunlight and vivid rainbows congregate in a dazzling array of colors that seem to make the landscape greener and the fjords bluer. Be on deck this morning while cruising the majestic Sognefjord and the World Heritage-designated Naeroyfjord (time and weather permitting), passing traditional farmsteads and villages flanked by soaring mountains.

Later this afternoon, board the Flåm Railway, named one of the world’s most scenic train rides by the readers of Travel + Leisure magazine. This masterpiece of Norwegian engineering—the steepest standard‑gauge railway track in Europe with an impressive elevation difference of 2835 feet—opened to the public in 1940 and travels 13 dramatic miles through 20 tunnels to the mountaintop train stop of Myrdal. Enjoy stunning views of snow-capped mountains, cascading waterfalls—including the awe‑inspiring Kjofossen—and picturesque hamlets along this alpine branch of the world‑renowned Bergen Line. (B,L,D)

Day 8 — 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. Nearby, Troldhaugen was the summer home of Edvard Grieg, Norway’s most famous composer. Walk the grounds of the estate before visiting the reconstructed Fantoft Stavkirke, a traditional 12th-century wooden stave church, named for its post and lintel construction. Enjoy a walking tour of Bergen’s Bryggen (the old wharf), a World Heritage site that proudly displays its characteristically colorful wooden houses, before an afternoon at leisure in this charming city. Attend the Captain’s Farewell Reception this evening. (B,L,R,D)

Day 9 — Bergen / U.S.

Disembark the ship in Bergen and continue on the Wonders of Norway and Copenhagen Post-Cruise Option or transfer to the airport for your return flight to the U.S. (B)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)