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The Footsteps of the Vikings

  • Overview

    NATURE'S WORK OF ART Discover the strongholds of the Vikings, from Bergen in Norway. Explore the wild, windswept and utterly magical Scottish isles of Fair Isle, the Shetland Islands, the Outer Hebrides, Orkney and Skye before crossing the North Sea to Iceland. Set out on a seafaring journey just as the Vikings undertook, visit important landing sites, hear grand tales of adventure, marvel at the extraordinary landscapes of these remote islands and cruise into the heart of small Scottish towns for utterly unique experiences.

    Duration: 10 days
    Passengers: 200 passengers
    Embarkation Point: Bergen, Norway
    Disembarkation Point: Reykjavik, Iceland
    Physical rating: Soft Adventure
    Fly/Cruise: Cruise only
    Single Supplement: Unavailable
  • Itinerary
    • Day 1 - Bergen, Norway; Embarkation Day

      Welcome to Bergen where a world of wonder awaits with a warm greeting by the crew as you step on board. Tonight toast to the start of your luxurious cruise.

    • Day 2 - Hardanger Fjord

      Hardanger Fjord, the fourth longest fjord in the world, is the second longest in Norway. A spectacular day of discovery awaits as we cruise through the magnificent scenery.

    • Day 3 - Lerwick

      Closer to Norway than Scotland, the Shetland Islands boast astounding archaeological sites, ancient ruins and Viking and Norse influences.

      There will be time at leisure this evening to discover the local nightlife.

      Explore Jarlshof Prehistoric site or discover the Norse history on your tour of the town and Shetlands Museum. Or you can choose to discover Scalloway and visit the Museum, or play a round of golf.

      Immerse yourself in Scottish traditions with a Highland fling and concert of Shetland fiddlers and Celtic singers.

    • Day 4 - Fair Isle

      Halfway between the isles of Orkney and Shetlands with a resident population of just 60, Fair Isle is a place rich in wildlife, cultural heritage and community spirit. Be welcomed by the locals to their island paradise and share stories of their life and history as you tour the Museum and enjoy their home made cakes and biscuits.

      Choose from a range of discovery excursions to explore the island by Zodiac or kayak. Take a short birdlife walking tour or the more active can choose a hike to the more remote areas of the island in search of wildlife. Helicopter excursions are available^.
      ^ At additional expense and availability subject to regulatory approval

    • Day 5 - Kirkwall

      Kirkwall, the ancient capital of Orkney, has an intriguing ancient history, Viking heritage and Scottish traditions.

      Uncover the Neolithic history and visit the World Heritage-listed Ring of Brodar or taste local brews at Highland Park Distillery and Orkney Brewery. You can also choose to witness local artisans at a demonstration or take a walking tour and visit St Magnus Cathedral. The more active can take a guided kayak or Zodiac adventure. Helicopter and submarine excursions are available^.
      ^ At additional expense and availability subject to regulatory approval

    • Day 6 - Stornoway to Portree

      Stornoway, originally a Viking settlement, is now a bustling hub for the arts and Gaelic heritage.

      Arrive in the afternoon to Portree, the thriving capital of the Isle of Skye and the perfect location to moor overnight.

      Enjoy time at leisure this evening to explore this charming Scottish cultural centre.

      Uncover the intriguing Viking and Iron Age history or at Harris Distillery sample the local malt. Alternatively play a round of golf, or take a discovery excursion by Zodiac or kayak in search of bird and marine life.

      Visit Dunvegan Castle, traditional home of Clan Macleod or take a tour of Portree and its surrounds.

    • Day 7 - Loch Ewe

      One of the most beautiful places in Scotland, Inverewe Estate and gardens date back to 1860. Carefully sculpted since its inception, this outstanding garden is an oasis of exotic plants and vibrant colour fuelled by the warm currents of the North Atlantic Gulf Stream. Discover the diversity of species and its history on your tour. Helicopter and submarine excursions are available^.
      ^ At additional expense and availability subject to regulatory approval

    • Day 8 - St Kilda

      This isolated archipelago of volcanic islands in the North Atlantic Ocean is a nature reserve boasting the largest colony of guillemots in the world, the oldest and largest colony of fulmars, the biggest colony of puffins in Britain and over one million birds in total.

      Choose a discovery excursion by Zodiac and kayak to search for some of the fascinating bird species or take a guided walk across the islands. Helicopter excursions are available^.
      ^ At additional expense and availability subject to regulatory approval

    • Day 9 - At sea

      Relax on board and perhaps try a course in Scenic Epicure.

    • Day 10 - Reykjavik, Iceland; Disembarkation

      Reykjavik signals the end of your cruise as you disembark after breakfast taking with you a lifetime of wonderful memories.

    Please consider that our voyages are expeditionary in nature. This means, that there are no concrete itineraries, your captain and expedition leader will utilise their vast experience to chart the best course for your expedition depending on the climatic and environmental conditions. Mentioned highlights and wildlife cannot be guaranteed.

  • Adventure Activities


    Glide amongst icebergs, past elephant seal haulouts, noisy penguin colonies, experience humpback whales alongside your kayaking.


    Helicopter excursions

    ^ At additional expense and availability subject to regulatory approval


    Submarine excursions

    ^ At additional expense and availability subject to regulatory approval


    Norway's coastline

    Norway’s profound natural beauty, is difficult to look past as one of the best coastlines in the world to explore from sea. Incredibly diverse geologically, Norway’s coastline is simply one of the most beautiful in the world, picture perfect coastal villages, incredible rock formations, a jagged coastline where fjords penetrate deeply into the country's interior, teeming wildlife and the opportunity to see the Northern Lights in all their magnificence from late August. On top of Norway’s natural beauty is of course their primeval history.

    Picturesque Scottish Isles

    Scotland’s Islands are some of the most idyllic in the world. Our voyages around the Scottish Islands navigate among the most beautiful seabird islands in the North Atlantic. Dolphins, porpoises, seals and whales may be sighted from the ship and landings allow us to see reindeer and Arctic fox.

    Sailings are timed to coincide with a profusion of wild flowers and the sea cliffs of the Scottish Islands should look like rock gardens with the pink and white of sea pinks and sea campion. In addition to their natural history we will also focus on their human history and artefacts, such as old whaling stations.

  • Inclusions

    All Gratuities

    Gratuities on board and onshore are included.

    Inclusions / Exclusions

    Included in your Expedition

    - 200-guest luxurious Discovery Yacht
    - 100% spacious verandah suites
    - An exclusive Enrich experience in Lerwick
    - 24 Freechoice shore excursions in five ports
    - Discovery Leaders on board Broad range of active discovery excursions
    - Discover the diversity of species at Inverewe Gardens
    - Complimentary on board polar boots
    - And all tipping and gratuities both on board and onshore

    Not included in your Expedition

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  • Vessel


    The Eclipse is the World’s First Discovery Yacht and the first ocean cruise ship from Scenic. Launching in August 2018, her maiden voyage season will include The Americas; Antarctica; Europe and the Mediterranean; and the Arctic and Fjords. Designed to deliver the ultimate experience of a lifetime for only 228 guests, Scenic Eclipse takes ocean cruising to a whole new level – marrying luxury, discovery and safety, and giving guests the opportunity to explore above and beyond what was previously imaginable.

    Features & Facilities
    • Luxury accommodation
    • Sun terrace
    • Helicopter & hangars
    • Helipad
    • Rectractable glass roof
    • Indoor/outdoor pool
    • Plunge pools
    • Spa sanctuary
    • Observation lounge
    • Outdoor viewing deck
    • Library
    • Theatre
    • Lift
    • Gym
    • Yoga & Pilates studio
    • Medical Centre
    • Self service laundry
    • Mud room
    Key Facts
    Luxury star rating: 6
    Guests #: 200
    Crew #: 192
    Ice Class: 1A Super
    Speed: 17
    Technical Specs
    Year built:
    Length: 168m
    Width: 21
    Tonnage: 17000
    Elec Outlets: 220V / 2 Round Pin
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  • Final payment due 120 days prior to departure.
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Suite Pre-Registration Open

31 Jul 2018 - 09 Aug 2018
All suites onboard the Eclipse are appointed with the finest luxuries and are of the highest standards. The 2018/19 Antarctic season on the Eclipse sold out extremely quickly, so registered and hold your cabin now for when bookings open in early 2018. Enquire now for availability and cabin pricing options.