Discover remote isles steeped in Viking history and fascinating geology

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 you’ll 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.

  • Go aboard National Geographic Explorer and sail in the wake of early Viking explorers, 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

  • Sail past the dramatic sea cliffs of the Faroe Islands to see cliff-nesting puffins, gannets, and northern fulmars

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Duration

13 Days

Price

From $12,130 per person

Dates

Jun

Next departure

6/30/2022

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Arctic, Iceland, New and Noteworthy

Day By Day

Sail from the iconic fjords of Norway to Scotland, the Faroe Islands, and Iceland to explore three distinct Arctic regions aboard National Geographic Explorer. Get out and hike, kayak, and Zodiac cruise, exploring this diverse geography from land and sea. Discover welcoming, intriguing contemporary cultures and ancient sites. Options abound to make the expedition as active as you choose, and each day join a different naturalist for more viewpoints. Plus, get top photos with the help of a National Geographic photographer. 

2021

Embark

Bergen, Norway

Disembark

Reykjavik, Iceland

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