Hardangerfjorden
Single-file hikers walk up grassy hillside under blue sky during a cruise to the Faroe Islands & Iceland.
Man & woman sit in natural thermal bath on remote, rocky shoreline under clouds during a cruise to the Faroe Islands & Iceland.
Two kayakers in a yellow kayak paddle in Nordfjord in the Norwegian Fjords with still blue glacial water
3 puffins with white chests, black backs & orange beaks sit in bright green grass on a hillside in Iceland.
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Polar Regions Northern Europe Cruise

Coastal Wonders of Norway, the Faroe Islands & Iceland

Follow the Viking trail on this expedition cruise from Norway to the far-flung islands and archipelagos of the North Atlantic, ending in Reykjavik, Iceland. Cruise the famed Norwegian fjords and the magical Lofoten islands, explore Stone Age sites in Scotland’s Shetland Islands and come face-to-face with the legacy of the Vikings amid the turf-roofed cottages and ancient sites of the Faroe Islands. Then trace Iceland’s most remote shorelines, witnessing geological wonders from volcanoes to thundering waterfalls.

The main route embarks in Tromso, Norway (by way of a charter flight from Oslo) and disembarks in Reykjavik, Iceland. Get out and hike, kayak and Zodiac cruise in three distinct Arctic regions. Discover welcoming, intriguing contemporary cultures and ancient sites. Observe nesting seabirds amid the towering peaks of the Lofoten islands. Encounter the Bronze Age ruins and Viking longhouses of Jarlshof, a prehistoric settlement in the Shetlands. Discover the unique culture of the Faroe Islands, where residents cling proudly to their Viking heritage. And sail past the dramatic sea cliffs of the Faroes to see cliff-nesting puffins, gannets, and northern fulmars.

A shorter, alternative Legendary Northern Isles: Scotland, Faroes & Iceland itinerary sails from Bergen, Norway. The route is similar, but exchanges time in the Norwegian fjords for more stops in Iceland, Scotland and the Faroe Islands. Extra highlights include the Ring of Brodgar in Scotland’s Orkney archipelago, three days spent exploring the Faroe Islands and a near circumnavigation of Iceland that includes Djúpivogur on the east coast and the unforgettable sight of Goðafoss, the waterfall of the gods.

Passage is aboard either the 126-guest National Geographic Endurance or 148-guest National Geographic Explorer, both of which offer 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 for more viewpoints. Explore under the sure guidance of expedition leaders, an assistant expedition leader, veteran naturalists, a National Geographic photographer, a Global Perspectives guest speaker, an undersea specialist, a wellness specialist and a video chronicler. Their collective knowledge and passion ensures an extraordinary experience, plus top shots with the help of the onboard Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor.

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



Itinerary

Coastal Wonders of Norway, The Faroe Islands & Iceland Itinerary

The 17-day 2023 Coastal Wonders of Norway, The Faroe Islands & Iceland cruise begins with a charter flight from Oslo to embark the ship in Tromso, Norway, and explores Norway’s fjords and most of Iceland, with the Shetland and Faroe islands in between, before disembarking in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Route map of Coastal Wonders of Norway, The Faroe Islands & Iceland cruise from Tromso, Norway, to Reykjavik, Iceland.
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Days 1 - 2
Fly to Oslo, Norway & Explore

Fly overnight to Oslo and check into the Hotel Bristol (or similar) in the heart of the city. In the afternoon, the  introduction to Norway begins with a tour of Oslo, including a visit to the Fram Museum, showcasing the polar ship Fram and dedicated to the explorers and wooden vessels that navigated the Arctic Sea in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome cocktail reception, followed by dinner at your leisure.

Accommodations

n/a (day 1); Hotel Bristol (or similar) (day 2)

Meals

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

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Day 3
Fly to Tromso & Embark

Take a charter flight to Tromsø, known as the “gateway to the Arctic” due to the large number of Arctic expeditions that originated here. Visit the Arctic Cathedral, where the unique architecture evokes icebergs; and peruse the Polar Museum, which showcases the ships, equipment and seafaring traditions of early Arctic settlers. Embark the ship this afternoon.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Tysfjorden

This morning, enter the long fjord of Tysfjorden, where only a few small villages cling to the rocky shores. Glide beneath the fjord’s steep walls on Zodiac and kayak excursions; and explore Hellemobotn Fjord, which reaches far inland, ending just a few miles from the border of Sweden.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Lofoten Islands

Start the day on deck as the ship glides into Trollfjorden, one of Norway’s most dramatic fjords. Continue to the Lofoten archipelago, which boasts an enchanting landscape of picturesque villages framed by jagged, granite peaks that rise straight from the sea. Explore the many islets, and reposition to Værøy for walks and kayaking. Seek out Atlantic puffins, razorbills and guillemots on a Zodiac cruise.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 6 - 7
Exploring The Fjords of Norway

Carved by glaciers over millions of years, Norway’s northern coast is laced with steep-walled fjords, mountainous islands and chiseled peaks. Cruise in a Zodiac along vertical rock faces, kayak through serene fjords, or go ashore on a secluded sandy beach to hike amid verdant valleys and birch forests.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
At Sea & Shetland Islands, Scotland

Spend a relaxing morning at sea as the ship sails toward 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. This evening, dock overnight in Lerwick.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 9
Lerwick & Foula

Lerwick is a town where Norse and Gaelic cultures intermingle. Explore the town, delve into local culture and history at the Shetland Museum & Archives, or embark on a bird-watching or geology walk. Alternatively, venture to the prehistoric settlement of Jarlshof to examine its Bronze Age ruins and Viking longhouses. In the afternoon, continue to Foula, a stark but spectacular island edged with towering cliffs and blanketed with peat bogs, where people are drastically outnumbered by puffins.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 10 - 11
Exploring The Faroe Islands

This morning, arrive in the Faroe Islands, an autonomous archipelago within the Kingdom of Denmark. The legacy of the Vikings persists here, reflected in the language of the Faroese and their love of the sea. Visit Torshavn, the colorful capital of the Faroe Islands, where even the government buildings are crafted in the traditional design of wooden siding with a turf roof. Visit the 12th-century St. Olav’s Church alongside the ruins of Kirkjubøur Cathedral, which was never completed. Explore one of the outer islands in this tiny archipelago to see some of the incredible, dramatic sea cliffs and deep fjords that characterize the coastline. Take Zodiacs to look for cliff-nesting puffins, gannets and northern fulmars.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 12 - 13
At Sea & Iceland: Seyðisfjörður & Grimsey

After a day at sea, awake along Iceland’s rugged eastern coast, an unspoiled stretch of rocky outcrops, hidden coves and hills that beckon hikers. Visit Seyðisfjörður , a colorful fishing village located in the mouth of a majestic fjords and surrounded by dramatic mountains. Choose to explore the town or visit Skalanes Nature Reserve to see its incredible wildflowers and bird cliffs. Continue to Grímsey on the Arctic Circle.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 14 - 15
Ísafjörđur & Flatey Island

Located in the Westfjords region, the town of Ísafjörđur lies on a tiny spit jutting out into the water against a backdrop of steep hills. Spend time hiking and watching for nesting seabirds in this remote setting. The next day, visit Flatey island, a fishing and trading post for centuries. Navigate the coast by Zodiac to see where Erik the Red is believed to have set sail around the year 982, bound for Greenland.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 16
Westman Islands

Spend the day in the Westman Islands, one of the world’s younger archipelagos, formed by undersea volcanos some 11,000 years ago. In 1973, the isle of Heimaey was threatened by lava flows that nearly closed off the harbor. Visit the Eldfell volcanic crater, where the earth is still hot, and take in views over landscapes engulfed in lava rock. Also spy Surtsey, one of the world’s youngest islands, which was formed by volcanic eruptions between 1963 and 1967.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 17
Disembark Reykjavik, Iceland, Explore & Depart

Disembark in Reykjavík and choose to either hike the active Fagradalsfjall Volcano; explore the Reykjanes Geopark; or visit hot springs, a geothermal power plant, and a horse farm. Transfer to the airport for the flight home.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast, lunch

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Expedition parka to keep; one hotel night in Oslo; 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, including one-way charter flight from Oslo to Tromso, Norway (from $490 per person in 2023, subject to change); 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 penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
180 or more days – $750 of deposit retained (may be applied to future trip by trip operator)
179-120 days – 100% of deposit
119-90 days – 25% of total trip cost
89-60 days – 50% of total trip cost
59-0 days – 100% of total trip cost

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 Coastal Wonders of Norway, The Faroe Islands & Iceland cruise begins in Oslo, Norway (OSL), with a charter flight to embark the ship in Tromso, Norway (TOS), on Day 3 of the itinerary. 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.

Internal Flights

The charter flight from Oslo to Tromso is not included in the cruise price, but is arranged for you by AdventureSmith Explorations through your ship. Your Adventure Specialist will book these flights for you on the scheduled charter flight for your particular departure. Airfares vary by departure; your Adventure Specialist will detail these for you in their proposal and on your invoice. See Exclusions for sample airfare rates, subject to change. There is a strict luggage limit of two checked bags weighing up to 57 lbs (25 kg) combined, and one carry-on bag weighing up to 17 lbs (8 kg) plus a personal item that can be stowed under the seat on the flight between Oslo and Tromso.

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.

Coastal Wonders of Norway, The Faroe Islands & Iceland Itinerary

The 16-day 2024 Coastal Wonders of Norway, The Faroe Islands & Iceland cruise begins with a charter flight from Oslo to embark the ship in Tromso, Norway, and explores Norway’s fjords and most of Iceland, with the Shetland and Faroe islands in between, before disembarking in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Route map of Coastal Wonders of Norway, The Faroe Islands & Iceland cruise from Tromso, Norway, to Reykjavik, Iceland.
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Days 1
Oslo, Norway

Arrive in Oslo and check into the Hotel Bristol (or similar) in the heart of the city. In the afternoon, the  introduction to Norway begins with a tour of Oslo, including a visit to the Fram Museum, showcasing the polar ship Fram and dedicated to the explorers and wooden vessels that navigated the Arctic Sea in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome cocktail reception, followed by dinner at your leisure.

Accommodations

Hotel Bristol (or similar)

Meals

lunch

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Day 2
Fly to Tromso & Embark

Take a charter flight to Tromsø, known as the “gateway to the Arctic” due to the large number of Arctic expeditions that originated here. Visit the Arctic Cathedral, where the unique architecture evokes icebergs; and peruse the Polar Museum, which showcases the ships, equipment and seafaring traditions of early Arctic settlers. Embark the ship this afternoon.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
Tysfjorden

This morning, enter the long fjord of Tysfjorden, where only a few small villages cling to the rocky shores. Glide beneath the fjord’s steep walls on Zodiac and kayak excursions; and explore Hellemobotn Fjord, which reaches far inland, ending just a few miles from the border of Sweden.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Lofoten Islands

Start the day on deck as the ship glides into Trollfjorden, one of Norway’s most dramatic fjords. Continue to the Lofoten archipelago, which boasts an enchanting landscape of picturesque villages framed by jagged, granite peaks that rise straight from the sea. Explore the many islets, and reposition to Værøy for walks and kayaking. Seek out Atlantic puffins, razorbills and guillemots on a Zodiac cruise.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 5 - 6
Exploring The Fjords of Norway

Carved by glaciers over millions of years, Norway’s northern coast is laced with steep-walled fjords, mountainous islands and chiseled peaks. Cruise in a Zodiac along vertical rock faces, kayak through serene fjords, or go ashore on a secluded sandy beach to hike amid verdant valleys and birch forests.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
At Sea & Shetland Islands, Scotland

Spend a relaxing morning at sea as the ship sails toward 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. This evening, dock overnight in Lerwick.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Lerwick & Foula

Lerwick is a town where Norse and Gaelic cultures intermingle. Explore the town, delve into local culture and history at the Shetland Museum & Archives, or embark on a bird-watching or geology walk. Alternatively, venture to the prehistoric settlement of Jarlshof to examine its Bronze Age ruins and Viking longhouses. In the afternoon, continue to Foula, a stark but spectacular island edged with towering cliffs and blanketed with peat bogs, where people are drastically outnumbered by puffins.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 9 - 10
Exploring The Faroe Islands

This morning, arrive in the Faroe Islands, an autonomous archipelago within the Kingdom of Denmark. The legacy of the Vikings persists here, reflected in the language of the Faroese and their love of the sea. Visit Torshavn, the colorful capital of the Faroe Islands, where even the government buildings are crafted in the traditional design of wooden siding with a turf roof. Visit the 12th-century St. Olav’s Church alongside the ruins of Kirkjubøur Cathedral, which was never completed. Explore one of the outer islands in this tiny archipelago to see some of the incredible, dramatic sea cliffs and deep fjords that characterize the coastline. Take Zodiacs to look for cliff-nesting puffins, gannets and northern fulmars.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 11 - 12
At Sea & Iceland: Seyðisfjörður & Grimsey

After a day at sea, awake along Iceland’s rugged eastern coast, an unspoiled stretch of rocky outcrops, hidden coves and hills that beckon hikers. Visit Seyðisfjörður , a colorful fishing village located in the mouth of a majestic fjords and surrounded by dramatic mountains. Choose to explore the town or visit Skalanes Nature Reserve to see its incredible wildflowers and bird cliffs. Continue to Grímsey on the Arctic Circle.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 13 - 14
Ísafjörđur & Flatey Island

Located in the Westfjords region, the town of Ísafjörđur lies on a tiny spit jutting out into the water against a backdrop of steep hills. Spend time hiking and watching for nesting seabirds in this remote setting. The next day, visit Flatey island, a fishing and trading post for centuries. Navigate the coast by Zodiac to see where Erik the Red is believed to have set sail around the year 982, bound for Greenland.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 15
Westman Islands

Spend the day in the Westman Islands, one of the world’s younger archipelagos, formed by undersea volcanos some 11,000 years ago. In 1973, the isle of Heimaey was threatened by lava flows that nearly closed off the harbor. Visit the Eldfell volcanic crater, where the earth is still hot, and take in views over landscapes engulfed in lava rock. Also spy Surtsey, one of the world’s youngest islands, which was formed by volcanic eruptions between 1963 and 1967.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 16
Disembark Reykjavik, Iceland, Explore & Depart

Disembark in Reykjavík and choose to either hike the active Fagradalsfjall Volcano; explore the Reykjanes Geopark; or visit hot springs, a geothermal power plant, and a horse farm. Transfer to the airport for the flight home.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast, lunch

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Expedition parka to keep; one hotel night in Oslo; 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, including one-way charter flight from Oslo to Tromso, Norway (from $490 per person in 2024, subject to change); 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 which only may be applied towards final payment on any future booking; the certificate does not expire.

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 Coastal Wonders of Norway, The Faroe Islands & Iceland cruise begins in Oslo, Norway (OSL), with a charter flight to embark the ship in Tromso, Norway (TOS), on Day 2 of the itinerary. 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.

Internal Flights

The charter flight from Oslo to Tromso is not included in the cruise price, but is arranged for you by AdventureSmith Explorations through your ship. Your Adventure Specialist will book these flights for you on the scheduled charter flight for your particular departure. Airfares vary by departure; your Adventure Specialist will detail these for you in their proposal and on your invoice. See Exclusions for sample airfare rates, subject to change. There is a strict luggage limit of two checked bags weighing up to 57 lbs (25 kg) combined, and one carry-on bag weighing up to 17 lbs (8 kg) plus a personal item that can be stowed under the seat on the flight between Oslo and Tromso.

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.

Legendary Northern Isles: Scotland, Faroes & Iceland Itinerary

The 14-day 2023 Legendary Northern Isles: Scotland, Faroes & Iceland cruise sails from Bergen, Norway, to Reykjavik, Iceland. This alternative itinerary exchanges time in the Norwegian fjords for more stops in Iceland, Scotland and the Faroe Islands. Extra 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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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 penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
180 or more days – $750 of deposit retained (may be applied to future trip by trip operator)
179-120 days – 100% of deposit
119-90 days – 25% of total trip cost
89-60 days – 50% of total trip cost
59-0 days – 100% of total trip cost

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 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.

Legendary Northern Isles: Scotland, Faroes & Iceland Itinerary

The 13-day 2024 Legendary Northern Isles: Scotland, Faroes & Iceland cruise sails from Bergen, Norway, to Reykjavik, Iceland. This alternative itinerary exchanges time in the Norwegian fjords for more stops in Iceland, Scotland and the Faroe Islands. Extra 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

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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

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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

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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

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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 which only may be applied towards final payment on any future booking; the certificate does not expire.

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 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. Please contact AdventureSmith for the most up-to-date pricing.

Jun 29 - Jul 12, 2023
National Geographic Explorer • 14 days
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Jul 04 - Jul 20, 2023
National Geographic Endurance • 17 days
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Jun 23 - Jul 08, 2024
National Geographic Endurance • 16 days
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Aug 12 - Aug 24, 2024
National Geographic Explorer • 13 days
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National Geographic Endurance

The 126-guest National Geographic Endurance is the newest addition to the National Geographic fleet. This expedition ship is specifically designed for stability and sustainability as well as for in-depth education and an unmatched range of exploration in the polar regions.

Expedition Ship
National Geographic Explorer

The National Geographic Explorer is a state-of-the-art expedition ship accommodating 148 guests in 81 outside cabins. She is fully stabilized, enabling her to navigate polar passages while providing comfort.

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Additional Travel Options Before or After Your Cruise

In conjunction with this cruise, the following options may be available for a seamless land-and-sea group travel experience with National Geographic guides and fellow passengers. Contact AdventureSmith Explorations for pricing & availability. Bergen Extension is a 1-day pre-cruise exploration of the picturesque and historic city with one hotel night. Enjoy a full day sightseeing tour including highlights like the Bryggen area, a UNESCO World Heritage site, before a stunning funicular ride and special dinner. Norway’s Fjords Pre-Voyage Extension between Oslo & Bergen covers 5 days through southern Norway’s stunning landscapes, including a ride on the Flam Railway.

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