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Explore the Norwegian Fjords

Overview

Set sail from Edinburgh to discover the remote Orkney and Shetland Islands and the rugged coastline and stunning fjords of Norway on this 13-day adventure. Cruise into Olden Fjord and hike to Briksdalbreen glacier before visiting Geirangerfjord, Norway’s most beautiful fjord. Visit the viewpoint at UNESCO Dalsnibba and explore Bymarka Nature Reserve before continuing north along the coast to UNESCO Vega Island. Witness the sheer spectacle of the glaciers of Svartisen and Lovund, see the globe structure that marks Vikingen as a point on the Arctic Circle, before exploring the enchanting area of the Lofoten archipelago. Cruise into the short but dramatic Trollfjord before disembarking in Tromsø, the capital of northern Norway, and "Gateway to the Arctic".

Optional Activities :

Trip Code: ACGAENF

Location: Arctic

Ship: Expedition

CRUISE ITINERARY

This expedition cruise departs in the late afternoon, sailing towards Kirkwall.

Edinburgh/Kirkwall

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.

Kirkwall/Orkney

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 (weather dependent). Enjoy additional time to explore Lerwick.

Shetland Islands

Cross the famous North Sea to reach Norway. Opt for a historical walking tour of the city, or enjoy a funicular ride for amazing views of Bergen, then explore on your own for the afternoon.

Bergen

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

Flåm

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

Olden (Fjord Cruise)

Sail deep into one of Norway's most beautiful, and most visited, fjords. Enjoy a coach tour to Dalsnibba, soaking in the views at this UNESCO World Heritage site. For the more adventurous, opt for a 10km mountain hike exploring the area and taking in amazing views of the fjord from above.

Geirangerfjord

Continue on to Trondheim. Choose between hiking in Bymarka Nature Reserve before visiting the Sverresborg Folk Museum, or enjoying a city tour including the Folk Museum and the elaborate Nidaros Cathedral, built between 1070 and 1300. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore the area on your own.

Trondheim

The rugged coastline of central Norway features some of the world’s most beautiful scenery. 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, go on a guided nature hike, and appreciate the slow pace of life.

Torghatten/Vega

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

Svartisen/Vikingen/Lovund

The Lofoten archipelago is an enchanting area of picturesque villages by the sea backed with jagged peaks. Go ashore by Zodiac for a day trip of the area. Start by visiting the Tørrfiskmuseum to learn about traditional work of the islands before visiting Nusfjord, one of Norway's oldest and best-preserved fishing villages for lunch at a local restaurant. After, stop in Henningsvær for time to see local art or explore the quaint fishing village. 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.

Lofoten

Tromsø, the capital of northern Norway, is known as the 'Gateway to the Arctic' as it was the embarkation point for many Arctic expeditions. Learn about past Arctic expeditions and opt for some hiking or to explore the city on your own.

Tromsø

Disembark your expedition cruise in the morning.

Tromsø
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Pricing & date

Departing Ending Duration
05 May 2020 17 May 2020 13
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Important Information

  • Shipboard accommodation
    All meals whilst on voyage
    Meeting point to ship transfer
    Zodiac and land excursions with expert expedition team
    Lectures and educational programs
    Insulated, waterproof boots
    Expedition parka

  • 2 (light adventure)
  • Available upon request

  • Contact us for more details

  • Season and availability

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Sustainability

Chimu Adventures undertakes a number of sustainability measures within its operations including:

1) Only using local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprints. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion and culture of the country you’re visiting.

2) Where possible, using locally owned and operated boutique hotels to maximise the return to the local community.

3) Chimu’s “Pass it on” programme has provided funding to hundreds of local community projects in Latin America. Our aim is to empower local communities, helping them to develop their own infrastructure for the future. Since 2006, we have been working with Kiva (a well-known Non-Governmental Organisation), providing hundreds of loans to local businesses all over South America.

4) In our pre tour information we provide a range of tips and advice on how to minimise your impact on both local environments and communities.

5) Chimu Adventures’ offices also take a number of sustainability measures including carbon offsets for company vehicles and most staff travel. Chimu Adventure’s internal processes are also structures to create a paperless office and to reduce waste. There are also internal programmes to help staff minimise their carbon footprint such as our staff bike purchase assistance plan which encourages office staff to commute to work via bicycle. Currently almost half of our office based staff commute to work via bicycle.