Across the length and breadth of Scotland and Norway lies an unsurpassed richness of archaeological heritage left from the age of the Vikings and before, where ancient, enigmatic stone monuments and settlements present an imposing face to the world. Explore this fascinating land of ruins and old-world villages, Viking and Celtic clans and the spectacular natural beauty of misty isles, wild glens, lochs, moors and Norway’s stunning fjords. Hear the Gaelic language, still spoken in the Scottish Highlands, where the history of those who lived here for centuries emanates from the heather‑covered hillsides. Experience these remote gems of the North Atlantic on a journey to distant and mysterious islands along idyllic seascapes and splendid coastlines.
Our rare and specially designed itinerary follows along the stepping stones of Nordic and Scottish civilizations during the best time of year, when the weather is mild and the days are long—a unique voyage accomplished only aboard a small ship cruising into smaller ports where larger vessels cannot venture. The exclusively chartered, Five-Star Le Boréal, which features only 110 deluxe Suites and Staterooms and provides all the luxury and sophistication of a fine hotel, is ideal for navigating the course of this unique itinerary.
Cruise from charming Bergen, Norway, to dynamic Glasgow, Scotland; call on the most seldom-visited islands of the North Atlantic; and experience two incredible, specially arranged rail journeys—through the Scottish Highlands aboard The Jacobite steam train, better recognized as Harry Potter’s Hogwarts™ Express, and along Norway’s spectacular mountain landscape on the Flåm Railway. Traverse the ancient shipping lanes of the Vikings as you cross the North Sea from Bergen, where rows of colorful, gabled houses on the historic Bryggen waterfront evoke the city’s past as a center of Hanseatic League trade. Cruise into majestic fjords and admire the natural beauty of the Shetland Islands with their remarkable links to the distant past. Learn more about Viking history on the tradition-steeped Orkney Islands and enjoy opportunities to visit up to five UNESCO World Heritage sites.
*This program itinerary operates in the reverse direction.
The Travel Program outlined here is subject to the features, final pricing and terms and conditions set forth in the published Travel Program brochure.
The Jacobite steam train