Join us for a unique, comprehensive, nine-day journey to Scotland's rarely visited Inner Hebridean, Orkney and Shetland Islands and Norway's majestic fjords, remote destinations forever linked by their Viking heritage. Cruise from Glasgow, Scotland, to Copenhagen, Denmark, aboard the exclusively chartered, Five-Star, small ship M.S. LE BOREAL with 100% ocean-view Suite and Stateroom accommodations. Travel in the wake of early Viking explorers, cruising into ports accessible only by small ship amidst spectacular landscapes in this seafaring region steeped in history and cultural richness. Specially arranged excursions include two of the world's most scenic rail journeys--The Jacobite steam train through the famed Scottish Highlands and the Flam Railway through Norway's stunning fjordlands. Also, visit Kirkwall in the Orkney Islands; prehistoric Jarlshof in the Shetland Islands; the UNESCO World heritage sites of Orkney's Neolithic Ring of Brodgar and Skara Brae, including a special presentation by local archaeologist and site director Professor Nick Card; and Bergen's picturesque Bryggen.
Day 1: Depart the U.S. or Canada
Day 2: Glasgow, Scotland / Embark M.S. LE BOREAL
Day 3: Scottish Highlands / Oban / Fort William / The Jacobite steam train / Mallaig
Day 4: Kirkwall, Orkney Islands, for Ring of Brodgar and Skara Brae
Day 5: Lerwick, Shetland Islands, for prehistoric site of Jarlshof
Day 6: Cruising the Norwegian Fjords / Flam Railway
Day 7: Bergen, Norway
Day 8: Cruising the North Sea
Day 9: Copenhagen, Denmark / Disembark ship / Return
Optional two night pre-cruise: Edinburgh / Glasgow, Scotland
Optional two night post-cruise: Copenhagen, Denmark
William Fitzhugh '64, is the director of the Smithsonian's Arctic Studies Center at the National Museum of Natural History. Bill is an anthropologist specializing in circumpolar archaeology, ethnology, and cultures of northern Canada, Alaska, Siberia, and Scandinavia and has produced many publications, international exhibitions, and films on the subject, including work on the NOVA specials on North Americans and the Vikings. Bill is an advisor to the Arctic Research Commission, represents the Smithsonian arctic social science in various interagency councils, and serves on the Smithsonian Science Commission.