Norwegian Arctic and Scottish Highlands Encompassed

Marine, Edinburgh to Longyearbyen

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Scotland's bustling capital city and beautiful highlands kick-off this 18-day odyssey through the Norwegian fjords that will sweep you off your feet but help you find your sea legs. Cruise along the fjord coastline of Norway as you explore the glaciers that carved the stunning landscapes, visit arctic islands by Zodiac in search of wildlife, walk through history at UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and so much more. This is a journey for all those keen to explore all ends of the earth.

What’s included

  • Edinburgh city tour
  • Edinburgh Castle visit
  • Day trip to Scottish Highlands
  • 14 nts aboard the G Expedition
  • Meeting point to ship transfer
  • Zodiac and land excursions with our expert expedition team
  • Lectures and educational programs
  • Orkney Islands guided tour of ancient ruins
  • Shetland Islands visit
  • Rauma Railway Excursion
  • Trondheim visit
  • Vega Island visit
  • Svartisen glacier excursion
  • Local village visit (Lofoten Islands)
  • Tromsø city tour
  • Hornsund excursion
  • Waterproof boots supplied for USA sizes 4 - 16
  • Expedition parka


  • Enjoy a walking tour of edinburgh and edinburgh castle
  • Embark on a day trip to the scottish highlands
  • Explore the standing stones of stenness on the remote island of kirkwall
  • Wander through fishing villages and appreciate the slow pace of life
  • Search cliffs for trolls
  • Enjoy some of the world's most beautiful scenery along norway's rugged coastline
  • Sail past mist-shrouded bjørnøya — a bird watcher's paradise featuring spectacular views


Day 1 Edinburgh Arrive at any time. Today's Welcome Meeting with the group includes a drink and light snack. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Edinburgh (1B) Enjoy a walking tour of Edinburgh and a visit to the famous Edinburgh Castle. The afternoon is free to discover at your own pace. Included Activities: Edinburgh Castle Visit Edinburgh Walking Tour
Day 3 Scottish Highlands (1B) Enjoy a day trip to the Scottish Highlands. Explore Stirling on a guided tour of the old town including Stirling Castle. Continue to Wallace Monument and learn about the infamous battle of Bannockburn. Enjoy some free time in Stirling for lunch. After lunch visit Deanston Distillery and enjoy a tasting before returning to Edinburgh for the night. Included Activities: Stirling Castle and Old Town Visit National Wallace Monument Visit Deanston Distillery Visit
Day 4 Edinburgh/Kirkwall (1B) Board the ship this afternoon in the suburb Port of Leith, to embark on a voyage to the Arctic. The G Expedition departs in the evening through a lock which leads down to sea level, before heading out to sail down the Firth of Forth. While on deck, keep a lookout for common eiders and northern gannets. Transport: Private Vehicle G Expedition
Day 5 Kirkwall/Orkney (1B, 1L, 1D) There are few places in the world that offer as much as the Orkneys. Only six miles off the coast of Scotland, the islands are famous for their abundant marine bird life and dramatic coastal scenery. Enjoy an afternoon to explore the ancient history of the people of these Scottish Isles. Included Activities: Orkney Islands Ancient Ruins Guided Tour Transport: G Expedition
Day 6 Shetland Islands (1B, 1L, 1D) The Shetland archipelago is an engaging mix of Scotland and Scandinavia blessed with spectacular coastlines, varied and abundant birdlife and a number of archaeological sites that date back thousands of years. Included Activities: Lerwick Visit Transport: G Expedition
Day 7 Ålesund (1B, 1L, 1D) Cross the famous North Sea to reach Norway. Spend the afternoon exploring the beautiful Art Nouveau district of Ålesund, or take the 418 steps up to Fjellstua for the best view of the city, islands and bay. Opt to visit the Ålesund Museum and learn about the culture and history of the town, including the fire which destroyed the city in 1904. Transport: G Expedition
Day 8 Åndalsnes (1B, 1L, 1D) A full day to explore the town of Åndalsnes and the surrounding mountains. Board the Rauma Railway taking you into the dramatic scenes of the Romsdalen mountains, or explore on foot in "The Alp town by the fjord". Included Activities: Rauma Railway & Romsdalen Transport: G Expedition
Day 9 Trondheim (1B, 1L, 1D) Continue on to Trondheim. Choose between hiking in Bymarka Nature Reserve before visiting the Sverresborg Folk Museum, or enjoying a city tour including the Folk Museum and the elaborate Nidaros Cathedral, built between 1070 and 1300. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore the area on your own. Included Activities: Trondheim Visit Transport: G Expedition G Expedition
Day 10 Torghatten/Vega (1B, 1L, 1D) The mountain scenery and coastline offer breathtaking views. The goal is to visit Torghatten, one of the most bizarre rock formations in Norway and a significant local landmark. Included Activities: Torghatten Excursion Vega Island Visit Transport: G Expedition G Expedition
Day 11 Svartisen/Vikingen (1B, 1L, 1D) Visit Svartisen, and Vikingen, to see beautiful glaciers and a globe sculpture which marks Vikingen as a point directly on the Arctic Circle. Included Activities: Svartisen Land Excursion Vikingen Visit Transport: G Expedition
Day 12 Lofoten Islands (1B, 1L, 1D) The Lofoten archipelago is an enchanting area of picturesque villages by the sea backed with jagged peaks. Go ashore by Zodiac for a day trip of the area. Start by visiting the Tørrfiskmuseum to learn about traditional work of the islands before visiting Nusfjord, one of Norway's oldest and best-preserved fishing villages for lunch at a local restaurant. After, stop in Henningsvær for time to see local art or explore the quaint fishing village. In the evening, stay on deck as you cruise into one of Norway's most famous fjords, the short yet dramatic Trollfjord. Search the cliffs on your continuing quest to spot trolls. Included Activities: Å Village Visit Transport: G Expedition
Day 13 Tromsø (1B, 1L, 1D) Tromsø, the capital of northern Norway, is known as the "Gateway to the Arctic" as it was the embarkation point for many Arctic expeditions. Learn about past Arctic expeditions and opt for some hiking or to explore the city on your own. Included Activities: Tromsø Guided Tour Transport: G Expedition
Day 14 At Sea/Bjørnøya (1B, 1L, 1D) Sail past Bear Island. Weather permitting, there may be an opportunity to explore mist-shrouded Bjørnøya by Zodiac - the weather is temperamental, so this is a 50/50 chance. Bear island even from afar has spectacular views, thousands of species of birds like fulmars, kittiwakes, guillemots and gulls. Included Activities: Arctic Lectures and Educational Programs Transport: G Expedition
Day 15 Hornsund (1B, 1L, 1D) Our flexible itinerary and experience here allow us to take the best advantage of ice and weather conditions. Each season we attempt to discover new landing sites to explore to enhance your expedition experience. Shore walks and Zodiac adventures bring us up close to mystical landscapes, icebergs, and wildlife. Included Activities: Hornsund Shore Walks and Zodiac Adventures
Day 16 Svalbard (1B, 1L, 1D) Soak in the sights and sounds of Svalbard. Glaciers, nesting birds, sea mammals like polar bears, walruses and whales plus land mammals like the Arctic fox and reindeer all call this region home. Transport: G Expedition
Day 17 Svalbard/Longyearbyen (1B, 1L, 1D) Continue exploring the icy wonderland of Svalbard. Transport: G Expedition G Expedition
Day 18 Longyearbyen (1B) Transfers to Longyearbyen Airport will be offered to all passengers with flights scheduled after disembarkation. Additional Notes: After disembarkation at approximately 8:00am, you will be transferred to either the airport or the Radisson Blu Polar Hotel, depending on the time of your flight. Those transferred to the hotel will have an opportunity to explore the town centre on their own, and then be transferred to the airport later in the day as per flight schedules. Transfer times will be confirmed, and communicated onboard prior to departure. Luggage storage at the Raddison Blu Polar hotel will be available until time of departure. We are pleased to offer an early morning disembarkation and transfer to the airport for those passengers with flights departing Longyearbyen around 2:30am (dependent on airline schedules). Included Activities: Departure Day Transport: Private Vehicle