ariel view of waterwall and green cliffs off the waters of iceland
Hardangerfjorden
Single-file hikers walk up grassy hillside under blue sky during a cruise to the Faroe Islands & Iceland.
Hiker overlooks geothermal valley with turquoise glacier melt lake & golden-orange hills under cloudy sky by Myvatn Lake, Iceland.
group of puffins taking flight off from a green grassy waterside spot
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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.

Embark in Tromso, Norway and disembark 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.

Passage is aboard the 138-guest National Geographic Endurance 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 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 15-day Coastal Wonders of Norway, The Faroe Islands & Iceland cruise begins 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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Day 1
Tromso, Norway

Embark Tromsø, Norway known as the “gateway to the Arctic” due to the large number of Arctic expeditions that originated here. Transfer to our meeting place in the city and 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 our ship this afternoon.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance

Meals

dinner

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Day 2
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 3
Lofoten Islands

The Lofoten archipelago boasts an enchanting landscape of picturesque villages ringed by jagged
granite peaks. Enjoy village walks and island explorations as we venture through an area known for its dramatic landscapes and its cod fishing traditions throughout the centuries. A bit later, admire one of Norway’s most dramatic fjords from the deck as our ship navigates through Trollfjorden.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 4 - 5
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 6
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 7
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 8 - 9
Exploring The Faroe Islands

This morning, we 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 Tórshavn, 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’s Magnus Cathedral, which was never completed. Navigate through the islands to one of the local communities on Eysturoy, the second largest island in the Faroes. Enjoy a day in the village experiencing the warm hospitality and stunning landscapes of their beautiful fjord.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 10 - 11
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 12 - 13
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.

Accommodations

National Geographic Endurance

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 14
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 15
Disembark Reykjavik, Iceland, Explore & Depart

Disembark in Reykjavík and take a morning excursion. After lunch, transfer to the airport for flights home.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast, lunch

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Expedition parka to keep; accommodations; meals as 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; basic WiFi (enhanced and premium packages available for purchase). Gratuities for all departures of National Geographic Explorer, Orion, Endurance, Resolution, Sea Cloud, Jahan and Lord of the Glens.

Exclusions

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

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. 

(For expeditions booked prior to May 1, 2023: Please refer to your invoice for your payment and cancellation terms.)

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.

Arrival & Departure

The Coastal Wonders of Norway, The Faroe Islands & Iceland cruise begins in Tromsø, Norway (TOS). Embarkation time may vary as it is based upon arrival of flights. Disembarkation is after lunch on the final day, in Reykjavik, Iceland (KEF). 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.

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National Geographic Endurance

The 138-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.

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The 138-guest National Geographic Resolution is one of the newest additions to the National Geographic fleet. This expedition ship is specifically designed for stability, efficiency, scholarship and long-range exploration in the polar regions.

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