Bergen, Norway at sunset with multicolored buildings by pedestrian walkway with travelers on a Legendary Northern Isles cruise.
Ring of Brodgar stones standing & laying flat on bright green grass, seen on a Legendary Northern Isles cruise to Scotland.
A brown and white Shetland pony on open coastal moorland in Shetland, UK, seen on a Legendary Northern Isles cruise to Iceland.
2 Arctic puffins with dark feathers & bright orange beaks stuffed with fish stand atop a rocky cliff by the ocean in Iceland.
A couple stand together viewing big Godafoss waterfall with teal water in Iceland during a Legendary Northern Isles cruise.
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Legendary Northern Isles: Scotland, Faroes & Iceland

Discover remote isles steeped in Viking history and fascinating geology on this Scotland, Faroes and Iceland cruise. Sail from the historic waterfront town of Bergen, Norway, to seldom-explored islands in the Faroes and Scotland, and then explore all of Iceland’s coastal wonders on a near-circumnavigation. In Scotland encounter Shetland ponies roaming verdant landscapes. Then go back in time at Skara Brae, a 5,000-year-old stone-slab village on Orkney, and see the mysterious standing stones of the Ring of Brodgar.

Walk with a historian through Jarlshof archaeological site, a complex of ancient settlements spanning 4,000 years of human history. Meet the welcoming islanders who call the scenic Faroe Islands home. Observe incredible birdlife—massive puffin colonies in the Faroe Islands and Grimsey, and on the Cliffs of Noss, thousands of murres and kittiwakes.

Highlights include sailing in the wake of early Viking explorers and learning the region’s dramatic history. Encounter the Bronze Age ruins and Viking longhouses of Jarlshof, a prehistoric settlement in the Shetland Islands. Discover the unique culture of the Faroe Islands, where residents cling proudly to their Viking heritage. Observe nesting seabirds in dramatic settings—on Iceland’s skyscraping Látrabjarg cliffs and amid Shetland’s spectacular Cliffs of Noss. And sail past the dramatic sea cliffs of the Faroe Islands to see cliff-nesting puffins, gannets and northern fulmars.

Passage is aboard 148-guest National Geographic Explorer, which offers active exploration via hiking, walking, kayaking and Zodiac riding amidst stunning scenery. Options abound to make each expedition as active as you choose, and each day join a different naturalist or the onboard historian for more viewpoints. Explore under the sure guidance of expedition leaders, an assistant expedition leader, veteran naturalists, a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor, an undersea specialist, a wellness specialist and a video chronicler.

Read on for details about this cruise, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s small ship cruises in Northern Europe, Iceland cruises, Arctic cruises and Arctic trips.



Itinerary

2023 Legendary Northern Isles: Scotland, Faroes & Iceland Itinerary

The 14-day Legendary Northern Isles: Scotland, Faroes & Iceland cruise sails from Bergen, Norway, to Reykjavik, Iceland. Highlights include the Ring of Brodgar in Scotland’s Orkney archipelago and a near circumnavigation of Iceland that includes Djúpivogur on the east coast and the unforgettable sight of Goðafoss, the waterfall of the gods.

A Faroe Islands cruise map showing the expedition's route in a red line from Bergen Norway to Reykjavik Iceland, with the Faroes and Orkneys in the middle of the path.
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Days 1 - 2
Fly to Bergen, Norway & Embark

Fly overnight to Bergen. Bergen is one of the major cities of the powerful Hanseatic League. Hansa merchants operated in the historic Bryggens Wharf area, filled with wooden buildings from the Middle Ages. Embark in time for dinner on the ship on Day 2.

Accommodations

n/a (day 1); National Geographic Explorer (day 2)

Meals

n/a (day 1); dinner (day 2)

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Day 3
Orkney Islands, Scotland

Enjoy a morning at sea, then see the standing stones at the Ring of Brodgar and the stoneslab village of Skara Brae. Step into the past at the red sandstone cathedral of St. Magnus, built in 1137.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Shetland Islands

Reach the Shetland Islands, an archipelago of about one hundred islands and islets located north of the Scottish mainland. Glide past the towering cliffs of Noss to view murres, puffins, kittiwakes and other seabirds. Visit the Jarlshof archaeological site, a prehistoric and Norse settlement continuously inhabited for more than 4,000 years, and see the famous Shetland ponies.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 5 - 7
The Faroe Island Archipelago

Today arrive in the Faroe Islands, an autonomous archipelago within the Kingdom of Denmark. The rugged Faroese are proud of their Viking ancestry, reflected in their ancient language and love of the sea. Explore the archipelago with possible stops: in Tórshavn, wooden boats bob at anchor in the harbor and harken back to Viking times; visit the natural history museum and the Kirkjubøur archaeological site, a medieval farming and religious center; see the incredible bird cliffs and scenic landscapes of northern Streymoy, at the cliffs of Vestmanna.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Djúpivogur, Iceland

Dock in Djúpivogur and drive down the coast to explore the vast Vatnajökull icecap and the deep blue icebergs of the large ice lagoon of Jökulsárlón. Alternatively, go by 4×4 vehicle to visit some of the secluded valleys and remote waterfalls in the countryside around Djúpivogur or visit a local farm to meet the families living in rural Iceland.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 9
At Sea & Grimsey

Enjoy a morning at sea as the ship sails northward to the land of the midnight sun, going ashore in the evening at the tiny island of Grimsey. Home to nesting sea birds, it lies exactly on the Arctic Circle.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 10
Lake Mývatn & Akureyri

Drive to Lake Mývatn, the most geologically active area in Iceland. See the mud pools at Hverarond and the unforgettable sight of Goðafoss, the waterfall of the gods. Visit the explosion crater at Viti. Drive to Akureyri with its beautiful period houses, backed by snow-capped mountains.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 11 - 12
Western Iceland

Located in the Westfjords, Ísafjördur is surrounded by water on three sides, sculpted by glaciers. Explore the town and taste some Icelandic culinary delicacies, or visit a center dedicated to arctic foxes. Learn about the fishing industry that was the mainstay of this town for generations. Continue to charming Flatey Island, a trading post for centuries, for walks around the 19th-century hamlet and opportunities to see and photograph numerous species of birds. Zodiac cruise the coast and see where Erik the Red sailed from in the year 982 A.D., bound for Greenland.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 13
Surtsey & Heimaey, Westman Islands

The Westman Islands were formed by undersea volcanoes and are among the youngest of the world’s archipelagos. Surtsey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was created in 1963 and 10 years later, Heimaey was threatened by lava flows that nearly closed off its harbor. Visit the crater where the earth is still hot and see areas that were engulfed by lava.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 14
Disembark Reykjavik, Iceland, Explore & Depart

Today disembark in Reykjavík with options to visit either the famous Blue Lagoon thermal baths or the hot springs, geothermal power plant and a horse farm, prior to your flight home.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast, lunch

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Expedition parka to keep; accommodations; meals indicated; excursions; services of expedition leader, naturalist staff and expert guides; use of kayaks; entrance fees; all port charges and service taxes.Gratuities for all departures of National Geographic Explorer, Orion, Endurance, Resolution, Sea Cloud, Jahan and Lord of the Glens. Complimentary beer & wine on National Geographic Venture, National Geographic Quest, National Geographic Sea Lion, National Geographic Sea Bird, with a complimentary full bar on all other ships.

Exclusions

Air transportation; charter airfare; passport; visa; immigration fees; extensions; meals not indicated; reserve wines & premium spirits; gratuities for all departures of Delfin II, Endeavour II, Islander II, Venture, Quest, Sea Bird and Sea Lion; personal items such as emails, laundry, voyage DVD, etc.; and insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

For expeditions departing prior to April 1, 2024:
In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $3,000 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 120 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
180 or more days – $750*
179 to 120 days – 100% of deposit
119 to 90 days – 25% of total trip cost
89 to 60 days – 50% of total trip cost
59 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

*$750 USD will be credited in the form of a Lindblad Expeditions Travel Certificate, valid for 12 months from the date of cancellation, and which only may be applied towards final payment on any future booking.

For expeditions departing April 1, 2024 onward:
In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 15% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 120 days before the departure date. Special payment terms apply for groups of 8 or more; inquire for details. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
120 or more days – 100% of deposit**
119 to 90 days – 50% of total trip cost
89 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

**Advance payments will be credited in the form of a Lindblad Expeditions Travel Certificate, valid for 12 months from the date of cancellation, and which may only be applied towards final payment on any future booking.

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all guests 5 years and older must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot). There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The 2023 Legendary Northern Isles: Scotland, Faroes & Iceland cruise begins in Bergen, Norway (BGO). Embarkation time may vary as it is based upon arrival of group flights. Disembarkation is after breakfast on the final day, in Reykjavik, Iceland (KEF), followed by included daytime activities. Plan to depart Reykjavik anytime after 5:00pm on the final day. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include hiking, kayaking, Zodiac excursions, photography, morning yoga and stretching, glacier viewing and wildlife observation.

Room Configuration

In addition to listed Solo cabin rates, select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. If you would like to share accommodations with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to try to accommodate you in select cabin categories. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate whether or not a roommate is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Children under the age of 18 are eligible for $500 off the double occupancy rate. Skilled staff members trained with National Geographic Education organize activities that inspire curiosity in young people of all ages. Programming for kids may include activities like photo workshops, journaling, scavenger hunts, Zodiac-driving lessons, hands-on nature and science programming and kid-friendly menu options.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice, weather conditions, wildlife encountered and the captain’s discretion. Flexibility is the key to the success of any Arctic expedition.

2024 Legendary Northern Isles: Scotland, Faroes & Iceland Itinerary

The 13-day Legendary Northern Isles: Scotland, Faroes & Iceland cruise sails from Bergen, Norway, to Reykjavik, Iceland. Highlights include the Ring of Brodgar in Scotland’s Orkney archipelago and a near circumnavigation of Iceland that includes Djúpivogur on the east coast and the unforgettable sight of Goðafoss, the waterfall of the gods.

A Faroe Islands cruise map showing the expedition's route in a red line from Bergen Norway to Reykjavik Iceland, with the Faroes and Orkneys in the middle of the path.
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Day 1
Embark Bergen, Norway

Arrive in the colorful port town of Bergen, the gateway to the Norwegian fjords. Transfer from the airport and stroll the historic Bryggens Wharf area, a UNESCO World Heritage site, before embarking the ship.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer

Meals

dinner

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Day 2
Orkney Islands, Scotland

Enjoy a morning at sea, then see the standing stones at the Ring of Brodgar and the stoneslab village of Skara Brae. Step into the past at the red sandstone cathedral of St. Magnus, built in 1137.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 3
Shetland Islands

Reach the Shetland Islands, an archipelago of about one hundred islands and islets located north of the Scottish mainland. Glide past the towering cliffs of Noss to view murres, puffins, kittiwakes and other seabirds. Visit the Jarlshof archaeological site, a prehistoric and Norse settlement continuously inhabited for more than 4,000 years, and see the famous Shetland ponies.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Days 4 - 6
The Faroe Island Archipelago

Today arrive in the Faroe Islands, an autonomous archipelago within the Kingdom of Denmark. The rugged Faroese are proud of their Viking ancestry, reflected in their ancient language and love of the sea. Explore the archipelago with possible stops: in Tórshavn, wooden boats bob at anchor in the harbor and harken back to Viking times; visit the natural history museum and the Kirkjubøur archaeological site, a medieval farming and religious center; see the incredible bird cliffs and scenic landscapes of northern Streymoy, at the cliffs of Vestmanna.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Djúpivogur, Iceland

Dock in Djúpivogur and drive down the coast to explore the vast Vatnajökull icecap and the deep blue icebergs of the large ice lagoon of Jökulsárlón. Alternatively, go by 4×4 vehicle to visit some of the secluded valleys and remote waterfalls in the countryside around Djúpivogur or visit a local farm to meet the families living in rural Iceland.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 8
At Sea & Grimsey

Enjoy a morning at sea as the ship sails northward to the land of the midnight sun, going ashore in the evening at the tiny island of Grimsey. Home to nesting sea birds, it lies exactly on the Arctic Circle.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 9
Lake Mývatn & Akureyri

Drive to Lake Mývatn, the most geologically active area in Iceland. See the mud pools at Hverarond and the unforgettable sight of Goðafoss, the waterfall of the gods. Visit the explosion crater at Viti. Drive to Akureyri with its beautiful period houses, backed by snow-capped mountains.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 10 - 11
Western Iceland

Located in the Westfjords, Ísafjördur is surrounded by water on three sides, sculpted by glaciers. Explore the town and taste some Icelandic culinary delicacies, or visit a center dedicated to arctic foxes. Learn about the fishing industry that was the mainstay of this town for generations. Continue to charming Flatey Island, a trading post for centuries, for walks around the 19th-century hamlet and opportunities to see and photograph numerous species of birds. Zodiac cruise the coast and see where Erik the Red sailed from in the year 982 A.D., bound for Greenland.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 12
Surtsey & Heimaey, Westman Islands

The Westman Islands were formed by undersea volcanoes and are among the youngest of the world’s archipelagos. Surtsey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was created in 1963 and 10 years later, Heimaey was threatened by lava flows that nearly closed off its harbor. Visit the crater where the earth is still hot and see areas that were engulfed by lava.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 13
Disembark Reykjavik, Iceland, Explore & Depart

Today disembark in Reykjavík with options to visit either the famous Blue Lagoon thermal baths or the hot springs, geothermal power plant and a horse farm, prior to your flight home.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast, lunch

Read More
Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Expedition parka to keep; accommodations; meals indicated; beer, wine & full bar; excursions; services of expedition leader, naturalist staff and expert guides; use of kayaks; entrance fees; all port charges and service taxes. Gratuities for all departures of National Geographic Explorer, Orion, Endurance, Resolution, Sea Cloud, Jahan and Lord of the Glens.

Exclusions

Air transportation; charter airfare; passport; visa; immigration fees; extensions; meals not indicated; reserve wines & premium spirits; gratuities for all departures of Delfin II, Endeavour II, Islander II, Venture, Quest, Sea Bird and Sea Lion; personal items such as emails, laundry, voyage DVD, etc.; and insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

For expeditions departing April 1, 2024 onward:
In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 15% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 120 days before the departure date. Special payment terms apply for groups of 8 or more; inquire for details. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
120 or more days – 100% of deposit**
119 to 90 days – 50% of total trip cost
89 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

**Advance payments will be credited in the form of a Lindblad Expeditions Travel Certificate, valid for 12 months from the date of cancellation, and which may only be applied towards final payment on any future booking.

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all guests 5 years and older must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot). There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The 2024 Legendary Northern Isles: Scotland, Faroes & Iceland cruise begins in Bergen, Norway (BGO). Embarkation time may vary as it is based upon arrival of group flights. Disembarkation is after breakfast on the final day, in Reykjavik, Iceland (KEF), followed by included daytime activities. Plan to depart Reykjavik anytime after 5:00pm on the final day. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include hiking, kayaking, Zodiac excursions, photography, morning yoga and stretching, glacier viewing and wildlife observation.

Room Configuration

In addition to listed Solo cabin rates, select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. If you would like to share accommodations with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to try to accommodate you in select cabin categories. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate whether or not a roommate is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Children under the age of 18 are eligible for $500 off the double occupancy rate. Skilled staff members trained with National Geographic Education organize activities that inspire curiosity in young people of all ages. Programming for kids may include activities like photo workshops, journaling, scavenger hunts, Zodiac-driving lessons, hands-on nature and science programming and kid-friendly menu options.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice, weather conditions, wildlife encountered and the captain’s discretion. Flexibility is the key to the success of any Arctic expedition.

Rates & Dates

Cruise Rates & Dates

Rates are variable per remaining availability and are subject to change.

Jun 29 - Jul 12, 2023
National Geographic Explorer • 14 days
From $12740USD
Per Person
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Aug 12 - Aug 24, 2024
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