Norway and Scotland: Fjordlands to the Inner Hebrides

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Join us aboard the National Geographic Orion for an unforgettable voyage from the fjord-carved coast of western Norway to the windswept isles of Scotland. Kayak below emerald mountains in the dramatic Sognefjorden, and step ashore at Undredal to explore its stave church and traditional Nordic culture. Then sail across the North Sea to encounter the stunning s...
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Trip type
Small Group Tour
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Trip pace
Balanced schedule


    • Kayak the mirror-like waters of Norway’s Sognefjorden, and discover hidden inlets by Zodiac.
    • Spot puffins, guillemots, and razorbills along the cliffs of Noss, and visit a renowned seabird research station on Fair Isle—located on the migration flyway.
    • Hike to the lighthouse at Sumburgh Head, explore splendid gardens at Loch Ewe, and dive the historic wrecks of Scapa Flow.
    • Discover an archaeological treasure trove: Viking longhouses in the Shetlands, Stone Age megaliths in the Orkneys, and the sacred Christian sites of Iona.

What's this trip about?

    Join us aboard the National Geographic Orion for an unforgettable voyage from the fjord-carved coast of western Norway to the windswept isles of Scotland. Kayak below emerald mountains in the dramatic Sognefjorden, and step ashore at Undredal to explore its stave church and traditional Nordic culture. Then sail across the North Sea to encounter the stunning seascapes, ancient ruins, and rich marine life of Scotland’s evocative islands. Follow the Viking trail from the Shetlands to the Orkneys, and discover the unique heritage of the Inner Hebrides on our way to cosmopolitan Glasgow.

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Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeIntimate group - 12 max
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportAll internal ground transport included
Start CityBergen
End CityGlasgow

Travel Themes

  • 50 plus
  • Small Ship Cruise
  • Sailing


  • Europe
  • United Kingdom
  • Scotland
  • Norway


  • Bergen
  • Glasgow
  • Orkney Islands


  • Adventure & Adrenaline
  • Bird watching
  • Culture
  • Kayaking
  • Ruins & Archaeology
  • Short Cruise

Trip includes

    • Accommodations
    • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
    • Pre-departure information
    • Entrance fees, excursions, and sightseeing noted as included in the itinerary
    • Ground transportation during the expedition
    • Transfers to and from group flights where applicable
    • Services of an adventure consultant, guides and any other staff, and on designated “Photography” departures, a National Geographic Photographer
    • Taxes, port charges, baggage handling, and service charges
    • Itineraries that include camping, camp and cook staffs, tents, kitchen and dining tents and necessary Trip equipment (e.g., sea kayaks, rafts, personal floatation devices, etc.) Are provided
    • Internal airfare is included on some international expeditions as indicated in itinerary

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Day 1: Bergen, Norway

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Arrive in Bergen, Norway. Embark the National Geographic Orion in time for lunch and set sail into the heart of Norway’s fjord country.

Day 2: Sognefjorden

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Norway’s glacier-carved western coast boasts some of the most dramatic landscapes in the world. Cruise deep into the sublime Sognefjorden, and launch kayaks and Zodiacs to explore its serene waterways. In the picturesque village of Undredal, see the town’s 12th-century stave church and sample its famous brown goat cheese, or gjetost.

Day 3: Isle of Noss, Shetland Islands, Scotland/Lerwick/Sumburgh Head

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Sail across the North Sea to Scotland’s Shetland Islands, a rugged archipelago of about 100 islands and islets. Glide past the cliffs of Noss to view nesting seabirds before docking at Lerwick. Explore this town where Norse and G...

Day 4: Mousa/Fair Isle

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

On the uninhabited isle of Mousa, hike to an Iron Age broch, or stone tower, looking for storm petrels along the way. Our next landing is tiny and remote Fair Isle, situated between the Shetland and Orkney Islands. Visit the isla...

Day 5: Orkney Islands

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The Vikings held a strategic foothold in the Orkney Islands for hundreds of years, and their Norse heritage is apparent in local legends and traditions that endure today. Explore a treasure trove of Stone Age sites, including the...

Day 6: Inverewe Gardens

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Anchor in Loch Ewe, and bring your camera along as we stroll the winding paths of Inverewe Gardens. Tempered by the warm Gulf Stream, these splendid gardens are home to hundreds of exotic plant species.

Day 7: Iona and Staffa, Inner Hebrides

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Sail through the Sea of the Hebrides to the isle of Ionia, the site of Scotland’s first Christian settlement. Venture into an ancient nunnery and a 13th-century abbey. Explore St. Oran’s Chapel and its royal burial grounds, where...

Day 8: Glasgow, Scotland

Meals: Breakfast

Disembark this morning in the historic seaport of Glasgow, and transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay in Glasgow.

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Last Updated: 8/2/2018

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    • The “Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner” notations apply to the period during the expedition only and do not include any meals on flights to/from the Trip
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