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Scottish Islands & Norwegian Fjords - Edinburgh to Tromso

14 Days, Edinburgh to Tromso
Scottish Islands & Norwegian Fjords - Edinburgh to Tromso

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Go deeper into the otherworldly fjords of Norway on this unique journey from Scotland, across the Norwegian Sea to the fjords of Norway. Discover UNESCO-protected wonders read more...

IS THIS Marine TRIP FOR ME ? YES ! IF YOU...
    • Want to visit the world's greatest aquatic destinations aboard intimate and unique ships and yachts
    • Are eager to discover remote islands and isolated ports
    • Have experiences like communing with thousands of Gentoo Penguins in Antarctica
    • Wish to foster meaningful connections with local people and culture
What's Included
  • Overseas Medical Insurance for the duration of the tour (Sum of US$ 2,50,000 covered).
  • 13 nights accommodation aboard the G Expedition in quad-, triple-, twin-share cabins, or suites (all with en suite bathrooms and porthole or window).
  • Please note that all cabins consist of twin-size berths and are ocean-facing. Suites have one queen-size bed.
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  • 13 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 13 dinners.
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities (G Expedition, Zodiac, local bus, coach).
  • Meeting point to ship transfer.
  • Zodiac and land excursions with our expert expedition team.
  • Ancient ruins guided tour (Orkney Islands).
  • Bergen city tour.
  • Flam Railway excursion.
  • Olden visit.
  • Geirangerfjord visit.
  • Trondheim excursion.
  • Vega Island visit.
  • Local village visit (Lofoten Islands).
  • Services of one expedition team member per 10 guests.
VERY IMPORTANT
Please ensure that you print a final copy of your trip details provided by Cox & Kings as pdf format.
Important Notes
We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD25-35 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.
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Itinerary
Day 1 Edinburgh/Kirkwall
Day 2 Kirkwall/Orkney
Day 3 Shetland Islands
Day 4 Shetland/Bergen
Day 5 Bergen/Flam
Day 6 Flam/Olden
Day 7 Olden/Geiranger
Day 8 Trondheim
Day 9 Torghatten/Svartisen
Day 10 Svartisen/Sanna/Vikingen
Day 11 Lofoten
Day 12 Lofoten/Norwegian Sea
Day 13 Norwegian Sea/Nordkapp
Day 14 Depart Tromso
Departures
  • May
    2019
  • Start
  • Finish
  • Tue, 07 May '19
  • Mon, 20 May '19
TRIP SPECIFIC SAFETY

Cox & Kings takes all reasonable measures to ensure your safety and enjoyment while travelling with us. The aim of this document is to give you an insight into ways you may further enhance your own personal safety while abroad.

Places Visited
  • Edinburgh
  • On Board The Cruise
  • On Board The Cruise to On Board The Cruise Map
  • DAY 1 Edinburgh/Kirkwall

    The G Expedition departs in the late afternoon, sailing towards Kirkwall.

    The expedition begins near Scotland's incomparable capital city. Board the ship this afternoon in the suburb Port of Leith, to embark on a voyage to the Arctic. The G Expedition departs in the evening through a lock which leads down to sea level, before heading out to sail down the Firth of Forth. While on deck, keep a lookout for common eiders and northern gannets.

    Note: Please make sure to be at the Apex Waterloo Place Hotel before 13:00 as luggage will be transferred o the ship at that time. Meet back at the hotel no later than 15:00 for a group transfer to the Port of Leith at 16:00.

    Arrival Day
    15:00 Afternoon
    Begin your adventure today. There are no planned activities so feel free to explore or rest up for the excitement ahead.

    Private Vehicle
    Edinburgh - Leith 16:00 Afternoon
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

    G Expedition
    Leith - Kirkwall
    Not too big, not too little, our 134-passenger polar expedition ship is just right. (Dinner)

  • DAY 2 Kirkwall/Orkney

    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.

    There are few places in the world that offer as much as the Orkneys. Only six miles off the coast of Scotland, the islands are famous for their abundant marine bird life and dramatic coastal scenery. Enjoy an afternoon to explore the ancient history of the people of these Scottish Isles.

    Orkney Islands Ancient Ruins Guided Tour
    Kirkwall
    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.

    G Expedition
    Kirkwall - Orkney
    Not too big, not too little, our 134-passenger polar expedition ship is just right. (Dinner,Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 3 Shetland Islands

    Continue northwards to the remote Shetland Islands. Opt to visit Jarlshof or join the Puffin Bus to focus on puffins and seabird photography at Sumbrugh Head. Enjoy additional time to explore Lerwick.

    The Shetland archipelago is an engaging mix of Scotland and Scandinavia blessed with spectacular coastlines, varied and abundant birdlife and a number of archaeological sites that date back thousands of years.

    G Expedition
    Orkney - Shetland
    Not too big, not too little, our 134-passenger polar expedition ship is just right.

    Lerwick Visit
    Lerwick
    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 talk a walk through the village.

    Free Time
    Lerwick 1h30m
    Take some free time to explore.

    Optional Activities - Day 3
    Shetland Museum visit

    Lerwick
    Visit the Shetland Museum to learn more about this fascinating area. (Dinner,Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 4 Shetland/Bergen

    Cross the famous North Sea to reach Norway. Enjoy an afternoon city tour of Bergen, including a stop at the Edvard Grieg Museum, a visit to the historical seaport district and the fish market. Alternatively, opt to explore Bergen on your own for the afternoon.

    Bergen City Tour
    Bergen
    Visit the famous city of Bergen, the gateway to Norway's fjords. Spend the afternoon exploring the historical seaport, visiting the museum of Edvard Grieg and visiting the fish market, dating back to the Hanseatic League.

    G Expedition
    Shetland - Bergen
    Not too big, not too little, our 134-passenger polar expedition ship is just right. (Breakfast,Dinner,Lunch)

  • DAY 5 Bergen/Flam

    Hop on the Flam Railway, travelling through valleys and mountain passes to reach the scenic fjord of the Flam district.

    Flamsbana Railway
    Flam 1h
    The Flam Line is a 20km (12.4 mi) route between Myrdal and Flam. 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).

    G Expedition
    Bergen - Flam
    Not too big, not too little, our 134-passenger polar expedition ship is just right. (Dinner,Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 6 Flam/Olden

    Cruise into the Olden Fjord before a short bus ride to the Birksdal area. Enjoy a moderate walk to the glacier, or, for an easier option, take a trolley ride with a shorter walk to make it to the glacier lake.

    G Expedition
    Flam - Olden
    Not too big, not too little, our 134-passenger polar expedition ship is just right.

    Glacier Walk
    Nordfjord
    Stretch out your legs on a walk from the Birksdal area to a nearby glacier. For the first 20-30 mins of this walk (moderate to strenuous), the grade is slightly uphill 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! (Lunch,Breakfast,Dinner)

  • DAY 7 Olden/Geiranger

    Sail deep into one of Norway's most beautiful, and most visited, fjords. Enjoy a coach tour to Dalnibba, soaking in the views at this UNESCO World Heritage site.

    Note: In 2017, we arrive to Geirangerfjord on the country's national holiday - Constitution Day. Wear your red, white and blue ribbons as we hope to join the celebration ashore.

    Geirangerfjord Visit
    Geirangerfjorden
    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.

    G Expedition
    Olden - Geiranger
    Not too big, not too little, our 134-passenger polar expedition ship is just right. (Dinner,Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 8 Trondheim

    Continue on to Trondheim. Choose between hiking to the Sverresborg Folk Museum or enjoying a city tour including the Folk Museum and the elaborate Nidaros Cathedral, built between 1070 and 1300. Opt to explore the area on your own, perhaps visiting Munkholmen.

    G Expedition
    Geiranger - Trondheim
    Not too big, not too little, our 134-passenger polar expedition ship is just right.

    Trondheim Visit
    Trondheim
    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.

    G Expedition
    Trondheim - Torghatten
    Not too big, not too little, our 134-passenger polar expedition ship is just right. (Dinner,Breakfast,Lunch)

  • DAY 9 Torghatten/Svartisen

    The rugged coastline of central Norway features some of the world's most beautiful scenery. The captain will negotiate with local Norwegian pilots to determine our best Zodiac landing options. Hike up to the famous hole in the mountain, with fantastic views of the region. Keep an eye out for Norway's mythical trolls. In the afternoon, head to the quaint and picturesque Vega Island, a UNESCO site. Wander the fishing villages and appreciate the slow pace of life.

    The mountain scenery and coastline offer breathtaking views. The goal is to visit Torghatten, one of the most bizarre rock formations in Norway and a significant local landmark for the chance to move towards the Traena archipelago, comprised of over a thousand islands.

    Zodiac Excursion
    Torghatten
    Enjoy a zodiac excursion to Torghatten and the Treana archipelago. The Captain will negotiate with local Norwegian pilots to determine the best Zodiac shore landing options. 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 leaders will provide information on the local areas, and the ships photography experts will be on hand to offer advice on how to capture the perfect shot.

    G Expedition
    Torghatten - Vega
    Not too big, not too little, our 134-passenger polar expedition ship is just right.

    Vega Island Visit
    Vega
    Vega is a small island in Norway's Nordland, filled with tiny, picturesque fishing villages. Wander through the UNESCO World Heritage site with a history of eider down harvesting.

    G Expedition
    Vega - Svartisen
    Not too big, not too little, our 134-passenger polar expedition ship is just right. (Dinner,Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 10 Svartisen/Sanna/Vikingen

    Visit Svartisen, Sanna and Vikingen, for beautiful glaciers and a globe sculpture which marks Vikingen as a point directly on the Arctic Circle.

    Svartisen Land Excursion
    Svartisen
    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 20 meters above sea level (in 2007). 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 cafe for waffles and coffee.

    Sanna Island Visit
    Sanna
    Explore Sanna, with walking opportunities for the energetic. Opt for a bit of a hill climb over easy terrain looking for views of white-tailed sea eagles or a more gentle walk through lowland meadow wildflowers to a cave lookout. The island has an abandoned fishing village which is now used mostly as summer homes.

    Vikingen Visit
    Vikingen Island
    Visit Vikingen Island, a small island that sits directly on the Article Circle. There's a small statue of a globe on the island celebrating its position on one of the five major latitude circles.

    G Expedition
    Svartisen - Lofoten
    Not too big, not too little, our 134-passenger polar expedition ship is just right. (Breakfast,Dinner,Lunch)

  • DAY 11 Lofoten

    The Lofoten archipelago is an enchanting area of picturesque villages by the sea backed with jagged peaks. Go ashore by Zodiac to the village of A. Visit Nusfjord, one of Norway's oldest and best-preserved fishing villages for lunch at a local restaurant. In the evening, stay on deck as you cruise into one of Norway's most famous fjords, the short yet dramatic Trollfjord. Search the cliffs on your continuing quest to spot trolls.

    A Village Visit
    Lofoten
    Enjoy a coach tour across the Lofoten Islands visiting the Torrfiskmuseum (Stockfish Museum) and Svolvaer. Stop for photos and other visits along the way including the Viking Museum at Bostad.

    G Expedition
    Lofoten
    Not too big, not too little, our 134-passenger polar expedition ship is just right. (Dinner,Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 12 Lofoten/Norwegian Sea

    Enjoy a day off the coast with Zodiac excursions to search out the local marine life.

    Expedition Day
    Norwegian Sea
    Enjoy a day off the coast with Zodiac excursions to search out the local marine life. (Breakfast,Dinner,Lunch)

  • DAY 13 Norwegian Sea/Nordkapp

    Head back to the coast and visit Nordkapp in the Finnmark region. Take a scenic drive of this high rugged, coastal plateau. This will be the most northerly point of the trip at 71 o N.

    G Expedition
    Nordkapp - Tromso
    Not too big, not too little, our 134-passenger polar expedition ship is just right.

    G Expedition
    Norwegian Sea - Nordkapp
    Not too big, not too little, our 134-passenger polar expedition ship is just right. (Dinner,Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 14 Depart Tromso

    Tromso, the capital of northern Norway, is known as the "Gateway to the Arctic" as it was the embarkation point for many Arctic expeditions. Disembark in the morning. We recommend booking some extra time in Tromso to explore.

    Transfers to the Clarion Hotel the Edge or Tromso Airport will be offered to all passengers with flights scheduled after disembarkation.

    Note: After disembarkation you will be transferred to either the airport or the Clarion Hotel the Edge, depending on the time of your flight.
    Those transferred to the hotel will have an opportunity to explore the town centre on their own, and then be transferred to the airport later in the day as per flight schedules. Transfer times will be confirmed, and communicated onboard prior to departure.
    Luggage storage at the Clarion Hotel the Edge will be available until time of departure.

    Departure Day
    Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure. (Breakfast)

  • Meal basis

    As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals

  • TRIP DETAILS

    If you have booked this trip or are curious about all of the details, you can download this trip's information as a PDF.

    Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

  1. We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD25-35 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.

  2. This programme is operated on a Coach tour. Maximum Group size is 134 passengers, on this tour.

  3. Itinerary descriptions are guaranteed with the exception of unforeseen conditions which include, but are not limited to, road closures due to weather, acts of God, safety concerns, changes to highway legal restrictions, and acts by third parties beyond the control of Service Provider.

  4. There is no refund for any non-utilization of any services.

  5. All holiday prices are subject to Goods & Services Tax of 5% payable to Govt of India.

  6. At this point of time no services are confirmed and the same is subject to availability.

  7. Request for an early hotel check in or late checkout is at the discretion of the accommodation unless pre-booked and pre-paid in advance.

  8. All payment to be made strictly by cheque / Demand Draft / Direct bank transfer in favour of 'COX AND KINGS LIMITED'.

  9. Please note: While it is our intention of adhere to the route described above, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable, to make alterations. On the first day of your tour, your Expedition Leader will give you an expedition overview.

  10. The G Expedition is an adventure expedition ship and does not offer an elevator.

  11. ACTIVITY LEVEL
    The activity level for this trip as a whole is graded "Light", as the itinerary includes light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Please be advised that there are two activities included on this tour that are graded as "Moderate". Travellers are able to opt out of any excursion that they are not comfortable participating in. The two activities of higher activity grading are the following:

    1. Glacier Walk: The first 20 - 30 minutes of this activity is a moderate to strenuous walk; the grade is slightly steep but the footing is easy. If you are unable to manage this walk, there will be a trolley car available to take you most of the way to the glacier hike.
    2. Svartisen Land Excursion: The first 30 - 45 minutes of the hike is easy on a flat surface. The remaining hike is guided in small groups as it can be a challenging maze of rocky outcroppings leading to a close encounter with the ice.
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    4. BOOTS FOR ZODIAC LANDINGS
      - Complementary waterproof boots for use on board will be supplied in the following sizes:
      - US size 6 - 16
      - EUR size 36 - 49
      Please be advised that there are limited numbers of the smallest and largest sizes.

    5. If you wish to bring your own boots, you should follow the guidelines below:
      Rubber, waterproof boots that are just below your knees (12-16" high or 30-41cm) with a strong, ridged non-skid sole are essential for wet landings via the Zodiacs. You usually have to step from the Zodiac into the water, which can be up to 1 ft or 30 cm high on most landings. Do not bring heavy, cumbersome boots that make it difficult to walk. Do not bring boots with metal cleats as they cannot be used for the landings. Try out your boots before your voyage.

    6. The electricity onboard is 220AC electrical outlets, with European 2 pin round holes, as well as 110-volt shaving sockets in the bathroom for electric razors only. You may wish to bring an international adapter. A limited supply of hair dryers and electrical adapters are available to borrow free of charge at the Purser's Desk.

    7. When arranging your transportation, such as flights, please take into consideration the below time restrictions for joining and departing from your group. With these times, we have taken into account travel time to/from the airport in the given destination and required time for check-in or baggage collection/immigration.
      Your flight must arrive by or before: 01:00 p.m.
      Your flight must depart no earlier than: 11:00 a.m.


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