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Cruise the Norwegian Fjords with Scottish Highlands

Cruise the Norwegian Fjords with Scottish Highlands


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Itinerary

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Cruise through some of Norway's most famous fjords, 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, Discover the unique mix of Scottish and Scandinavian culture in Lerwick, Taste a local Scotch at the Deanston Distillery.

Venture along icy cold waters through the gorgeous fjordscapes of Norway and Scotland's mysterious islands before sailing on to Edinburgh for a proper Scottish welcome. This 16-day expedition brings you to important sites of Norway's ancient history, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and the iconic landscapes of Scotland for some of the most incredible sights you'll ever lay eyes on whether by sea, air, or land. Your arrival in Edinburgh will give you a chance to embrace its charm before your wondrous journey comes to a close.

Day 1: Tromsø
Welcome to Tromsø, the capital of northern Norway, known as the "Gateway to the Arctic". Embark in the afternoon. Consider arriving early to explore Tromsø.
Activity: Begin your adventure today. There are no planned activities so feel free to explore or rest up for the excitement ahead.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: In the afternoon, join your fellow passengers to take your group transfer and begin your journey on the G Expedition. Please refer to your welcome letter or the joining instructions posted in the lobby of the start hotel. Make sure you have your passport handy as you are about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime.
Transport: Not too big, not too little, our 134-passenger polar expedition ship is just right.
Meal(s): Dinner

Day 2: Nordkapp
Explore one of the most northern points in Europe. A popular spot to watch the midnight sun during the summer months, as the sun never sets between the middle of May to late August, this cape is the location where the Atlantic and Arctic oceans meet. Explore the barren landscape, quaint fishing villages, and stop by the Northern Cape Plateau standing 307 m above the sea.
Activity: Embark on a day trip to one of the most northern places in Europe, Nordkapp (North Cape). Travel across the arctic terrain of northern Norway, keeping a sharp eye for wild reindeer en route. Learn about the local Sami people en route to North Cape. Enjoy time visiting the North Cape Visitor Centre, opt to watch a film about Lapland's breathtaking scenery, or simply take in the views of the Arctic Ocean from viewpoints of up to 1000 feet above sea level.
Transport: Not too big, not too little, our 134-passenger polar expedition ship is just right.
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 3: At Sea
Enjoy a day at sea, taking in the stunning scenery of the Arctic. Keep a sharp eye while on deck to try and spot marine wildlife.
Transport: Not too big, not too little, our 134-passenger polar expedition ship is just right.
Activity: Attend lectures hosted throughout the day on anything from local wildlife to the history and exploration of the Arctic.
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 4: Trollfjord/Lofoten Islands
Spend the early morning at the short, yet dramatic Trollfjord. Try to spot the mythical creatures along the cliffs. Head ashore in Svolvaer to explore the Lofoten Islands by coach. Stop in Henningsvær for time to see local art or explore the quaint fishing village. After, visit Nusfjord, one of Norway's oldest and best-preserved fishing villages for lunch at a local restaurant, before visiting the Tørrfiskmuseum to learn about traditional work of the islands. End the day in the town of Å.
Transport: Not too big, not too little, our 134-passenger polar expedition ship is just right.
Activity: Enjoy a coach tour across the Lofoten Islands visiting the Tørrfiskmuseum (Stockfish Museum) and Svolvær. Stop for photos and other visits along the way including the Viking Museum at Bøstad.
Transport: Not too big, not too little, our 134-passenger polar expedition ship is just right.
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 5: Svartisen/Vikingen/Lovund
Visit Svartisen, Lovund and Vikingen, for beautiful glaciers and a globe sculpture which marks Vikingen as a point directly on the Arctic Circle.
Transport: Not too big, not too little, our 134-passenger polar expedition ship is just right.
Activity: Visit Svartisen, Norway's second-largest glacier. Hike to one of the outlet glaciers of Svartisen, Engabreen, which ends at the lowest point of any glacier on the European mainland, at 90 meters above sea level (in 2018). The first 30 to 45 minutes of the hike are easy with no incline. The remaining hike is guided in small groups as it can be a challenging and complicated maze of rocky outcroppings leading to a close encounter with the ice. Everyone should reach a beautiful lookout over the lake. Opt to visit the café for waffles and coffee.
Activity: Visit Vikingen Island, a small island that sits directly on the Arctic Circle. There's a small statue of a globe on the island celebrating its position on one of the five major latitude circles.
Transport: Not too big, not too little, our 134-passenger polar expedition ship is just right.
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 6: Vega/Torghatten
The rugged coastline of central Norway features some of the world's most beautiful scenery. Head to the quaint and picturesque Vega Island, a UNESCO site. Wander the fishing villages, go on a guided nature hike, and appreciate the slow pace of life. In the afternoon, hike up to the famous hole in the mountain, with fantastic views of the region. Keep an eye out for Norway's mythical trolls.
Transport: Not too big, not too little, our 134-passenger polar expedition ship is just right.
Activity: Access one of the small islands and picturesque fishing villages of Vega by Zodiac. Learn about life on the island from a local guide and hear how the unique farming techniques and elder down production gained the island UNESCO World Heritage site status.
Transport: Not too big, not too little, our 134-passenger polar expedition ship is just right.
Activity: Enjoy a short, but scenic, coach ride into the Treana archipelago. Our goal is to visit Torghatten, one of the most bizarre rock formations in Norway and a significant local landmark. We will also try to move towards the Treana archipelago that is comprised of over 1000 islands. Expedition guides will provide information on the local areas, and the ship's photography expert will be on hand to offer advice on how to capture the perfect shot.
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 7: Trondheim
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.
Transport: Not too big, not too little, our 134-passenger polar expedition ship is just right.
Activity: Trondheim is a modern city surrounded by beautiful forests and mountains, and is home to the remarkable Nidaros Cathedral. Built over the burial site of Saint Olav, the king of Norway in the 11th century, Nidaos Cathedral is the traditional location for the consecration of the King of Norway.
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 8: Geiranger
Sail deep into one of Norway's most beautiful, and most visited, fjords. Enjoy a coach tour to Dalsnibba, soaking in the views at this UNESCO World Heritage site. For the more adventurous, opt for a 10km mountain hike exploring the area and taking in amazing views of the fjord from above.
Transport: Not too big, not too little, our 134-passenger polar expedition ship is just right.
Activity: The fjord is one of Norway's most visited tourist sites and has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The fjord is 15 km (9.3 mi) long, surrounded by spectacular mountains, lush green trees, waterfalls, and several farms. Have a camera ready for some spectacular photo opportunities.
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 9: Olden
Cruise into the Olden Fjord before a short bus ride to the Birksdal area. Enjoy a moderate hike to Briksdalbreen glacier, or, for an easier option, take a trolley ride with a shorter walk to make it to the glacier lake.
Transport: Not too big, not too little, our 134-passenger polar expedition ship is just right.
Activity: Stretch out your legs on a hike from the Birksdal area to the nearby Briksdalbreen glacier in Jostedalsbreen National Park. For the first 20-30 mins the grade is uphill (moderate to strenuous), but the footing is easy. If you'd rather not make the trek, hop on the trolley to take you most of the way. As you approach, you'll need to walk the last quarter mile to reach the glacier lake. The views are worth the effort!
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 10: Flåm
Hop on the Flåm Railway, travelling through valleys and mountain passes to reach the scenic fjord of the Flåm district.
Transport: Not too big, not too little, our 134-passenger polar expedition ship is just right.
Activity: The Flåm Line is a 20km (12.4 mi) route between Myrdal and Flåm. The line is used most often as a tourist train as it passes through gorgeous landscapes. It also boasts an incredibly steep gradient, with an elevation different of 863m (2,831 ft).
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 11: Shetland Islands
Continue southwards to the remote Shetland Islands. Opt to visit Jarlshof or join the Puffin Bus to focus on puffins and seabird photography at Sumbrugh Head (weather dependent). Enjoy additional time to explore Lerwick.
Transport: Not too big, not too little, our 134-passenger polar expedition ship is just right.
Activity: Visit Lerwick on the Shetland Islands and discover the unique mix of Scotland Scandinavian culture in the area. Opt to visit Jarlshof, a remarkable archaeological site where Neoloithic houses and several Norse longhouses were discovered after a violent storm uncovered the settlement. Another option for your time here is to join the Puffin Bus to focus on puffin and seabird photography at Sumbrugh head. Each tour option will allow a few hours to explore Lerwick after. With your free time, opt to enjoy the Shetland Museum or take a walk through the village.
Free Time: Take some free time to explore.
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 12: Orkney Islands
Visit historic and mystical sites by coach on this remote island. Explore the Standing Stones of Stenness, the intriguing Ring of Brodgar, and the village of Skara Brae.
Transport: Not too big, not too little, our 134-passenger polar expedition ship is just right.
Activity: Take a guided coach tour of the many mystical historical sites on the island. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site the Ring of Brodgar, the standing stones of Stennes, and the 4500 year old village of Skara Brae.
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 13: Edinburgh
Cruise overnight to Edinburgh's Port of Leith, then disembark the G Expedition in the morning. This afternoon, enjoy free time to explore Edinburgh.
Transport: Not too big, not too little, our 134-passenger polar expedition ship is just right.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Free Time: Enjoy some free time this afternoon.
Accommodation: Leonardo Royal Hotel Edinburgh Haymarket (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 14: Edinburgh
Enjoy a walking tour of Edinburgh and a visit to the famous Edinburgh Castle. The afternoon is free to discover at your own pace.
Activity: A historic fortress dominating the skyline of the city from its position on Castle Rock, Edinburgh Castle is a must-see in the city. Explore the home of the Crown Jewels of Scotland, the Stone of Destiny and the National War Museum. Fee includes entrance to all attractions within Edinburgh Castle.
Activity: Embark on a walking tour of Scotland's capital city.
Free Time: Enjoy some free time in Edinburgh.
Accommodation: Leonardo Royal Hotel Edinburgh Haymarket (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 15: Scottish Highlands
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.
Activity: Explore the fascinating history of Stirling on a guided tour of Stirling Castle and the Old Town. Once the Scottish capital, this city at the edge of the Highlands was home to the Stewart Kings and Queens, who held court and other grand celebrations at Stirling Castle.
Activity: Learn about Sir William Wallace and his legendary battle-sword at one of Scotland's national landmarks, built to commemorate the Battle of Stirling Bridge. Opt to climb to the monument's crown, where spectacular views of surrounding Loch Lomond, The Pentland Hills and The Firth of Forth await.
Activity: Journey to the town of Deanston for a taste of real single malt scotch whisky -- and discover how barley and water from the Scottish Highlands turn into the region's most famous export product.
Accommodation: Leonardo Royal Hotel Edinburgh Haymarket (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 16: Edinburgh
Depart at any time.
Meal(s): Breakfast

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Inclusions

Meals Included
15 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 12 dinners

Transport
G Expedition, Zodiac, local bus, coach, walking.

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

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When you arrive

Chief Experience Officers

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While on tour

Planes, trains, automobiles and more

Small private transport vehicles

  • Every surface in G Adventures well-kept fleet of private vehicles will get at least one daily deep cleaning
  • Each traveller will have a daily assigned seat
  • Hand-sanitizer will be required every time you board the vehicle
  • Facial coverings will be recommended while on-board
Boats
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  • High-traffic areas will receive more frequent cleaning
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  • Facial coverings will be recommended and welcomed on-board
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Local transportation
  • Use of local transportation will be limited wherever possible. Please reference the Trip Details for each individual tour for specifics
  • If local transportation is used, precautions will be followed in adherence to local health and safety regulations to keep travellers safe and sound.

Where you'll be staying safe

G Adventures has always carefully selected accommodation partners for high standards and local roots. Travelling in small groups means that the stay is in smaller hotels too, with fewer guests — which means less daily contact with others outside your group in public spaces. Now G Adventures is working with accommodation partners to optimize their health, safety and cleanliness procedures, as well as creating additional measures for physical distancing. Here are some of the things G Adventures is working on to help keep you safe:

  • Daily deep cleaning and disinfecting of all surface areas inside your room with extra cleaning on light switches, door handles, TV remotes, and thermostats
  • No hotel staff will enter your room after it has been cleaned
  • Increased frequency of cleaning and disinfecting of all public restrooms and all surfaces in public areas. This might include the closure of public spaces such as gyms, bars, restaurants, and meeting rooms for periods throughout the day
  • Wherever possible, groups will stay on the lower floors to limit elevator use
  • Hotels will implement social distancing protocols in line with local regulations
This is just the beginning of commitments to keeping you sleeping safe and sound. G Adventures will continue to evolve and roll-out these and additional policies as needed.

A good & safe place to eat

G Adventures has always carefully selected food service partners and worked closely with them to ensure they are meeting health, safety, and cleanliness standards with their facilities, staff training, and food preparation and delivery. Wherever possible, G Adventures will reserve separate tables or private rooms at the restaurants visited on the trip, opt for more "al fresco" opportunities when it is possible (gotta love that fresh air!), and ensure breakfasts can be "grab and go" boxes, while avoiding family style or self-serve buffets for meals. G Adventures wants you to feel comfortable and safe as you savour every last bite.

Activities

You've always had freedom and flexibility to do your own thing on tours with optional activities and experiences. Now, you'll still have those options with added measures to keep you healthy and safe. All equipment for activities on tour, including hiking poles, camping supplies, life jackets, snorkels, etc., will be cleaned thoroughly at least once a day and disinfected between use. When travellers are responsible for putting up their own tents on camping itineraries, you will be given the supplies required to disinfect your gear. G Adventures will also do their best to make activities and highlights stops happen during non-peak hours, so you can have fun and feel safe no matter what you're doing.


Before you leave

A healthy goodbye

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