Cruising Scotland to the Faroe Islands and Iceland

Program Overview

Discover the lands of the Vikings and Gaels on an exclusive itinerary that combines the treasures of Scotland and Iceland. Marvel at the 5,000-year-old Neolithic ruins of the Standing Stones of Callanish on the Isle of Lewis and learn more about Outer Hebrides from stone circle expert and guest speaker, Professor Colin Richards. Experience the beauty of the Inner Hebridean Isles and visit the breathtaking archipelago of the Faroe Islands. Enjoy an excursion to Iceland’s Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and cruise along UNESCO-inscribed Surtsey Island. Extend your journey with the Edinburgh/Glasgow Pre-Program and/or Reykjavík and the Golden Circle Post-Program Options.

Program Details

May 26 to June 4, 2023 (Le Bellot)
From $5,995 plus air View Terms & Conditions
  • Unique and exclusive travel program from Scotland to Iceland, featuring the Faroe Islands, created in the Gohagan & Company tradition of innovative and educational travel.
  • Cruise in the wake of the Vikings and Gaels on this eight-night voyage aboard the exclusively chartered, five-star Le Bellot, featuring only 92 suites and staterooms.
  • Visit the 5,000-year-old Neolithic ruins of the Standing Stones of Callanish on the Isle of Lewis and attend lectures by guest speaker Professor Colin Richards, an expert on the site.
  • Excursions to smaller ports inaccessible to larger vessels—Stornoway, Tvøroyri, Tórshavn, and Heimaey.
  • Cruise along Iceland’s Surtsey, one of Earth’s youngest islands and a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Edinburgh and Glasgow Pre-Program Option and Reykjavík and the Golden Circle Post-Program Option.

Day 1 - Depart home city

Day 2 - Arrive in Glasgow, Scotland / Embark Le Bellot

Day 3 - Tobermory, Isle of Mull / Isle of Iona

Day 4 - Stornoway for Callanish Standing Stones / Isle of Lewis

Day 5 - Tvøroyri, Faroe Islands, Denmark

Day 6 - Tórshavn / Vestmanna

Day 7 - Cruising the North Atlantic Ocean

Day 8 - Djúpivogur, Iceland, for Jökulsárlón

Day 9 - Heimaey, Westman Islands / Cruise along Surtsey Island

Day 10 - Reykjavík / Disembark ship / Return to home city

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The Le Bellot

Exclusively Chartered, Five-Star Luxury Small Ship

The Le Bellot, launched in 2020, represents a new generation of five-star small ships, combining revolutionary design and a new standard of luxury for unparalleled cruising. Dock in smaller ports inaccessible to larger ships, where authentic cultural experiences and majestic scenery await you.

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Edinburgh/Glasgow Pre-Program Option

Explore two of Scotland’s great cities intertwined with Celtic history. In Edinburgh, tour the medieval Old Town and Neoclassical New Town—both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. See the Crown Jewels of Scotland on a visit to the legendary Edinburgh Castle and enjoy a special viewing at the renowned Museum of Scotland. Explore Glasgow’s 12th-century cathedral and the St. Mungo Museum, named after a patron saint who brought the Christian faith to Scotland in the 6th century. Spend two nights in the five-star Sheraton Grand Edinburgh. 

Reykjavík and the Golden Circle Post-Program Option

The captivating city of Reykjavík and its surrounding natural wonders provide you with the perfect conclusion to Iceland. Tour the legendary Golden Circle—UNESCO World Heritage‑designated Þingvellir National Park, the thundering terraced cataract of Gullfoss and Strokkur, possibly the world’s most iconic fountain geyser. Enjoy a full-day excursion to the Reykjanes Peninsula, a UNESCO Global Geopark and natural marvel with an array of lighthouses and the famous Blue Lagoon. Accommodations are for three nights in the deluxe Hotel Borg.

Pre-Program and Post-Program Options are available at additional cost. Details will be provided with your reservation confirmation.

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Program Itinerary

Days 1 and 2 Depart home city / Glasgow, Scotland

Your trip will begin by departing the U.S. or Canada.

Arrive in Glasgow, Scotland, famed for its elegant Victorian homes, public buildings, and a storied trade and shipbuilding history. Embark the five-star Le Bellot.

Day 3 Tobermory, Isle of Mull / Isle of Iona

Cruise to the Isle of Iona, the birthplace of Christianity in Scotland, and stroll through the serene, restored abbey to see the churchyard’s intricate Celtic crosses. This afternoon, enjoy time at leisure in the picturesque port of Tobermory. Attend the Captain’s Welcome Reception this evening.

Day 4 Stornoway for Callanish Standing Stones / Isle of Lewis

Call at Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis and continue on an excursion to the 5,000-year‑old Neolithic ruins of the Standing Stones of Callanish. Among Scotland’s best-preserved ruins, the stones form a cross shape and predate Stonehenge. Although no known reason for their existence remains, historians and archaeologists speculate that the Standing Stones were once a setting for ritual activities and astronomical observances. Discover Dun Carloway Pictish Broch, one of the best-preserved of its kind in the Hebrides, and continue north to see the Gearrannan Blackhouse Village. After lunch on board the ship, enjoy the afternoon at leisure to explore Stornoway, or choose to visit Lews Castle.

Day 5 Tvøroyri, Faroe Islands, Denmark

Arrive in Tvøroyri and visit the black wooden Faroese church, built in 1847 with a traditional turf roof. Continue to the village of Sumba and the Akraberg lighthouse to look for puffins, kittiwakes, gannets, and migrating warblers.

Day 6 Tórshavn / Vestmanna

In Torshavn, explore the historic neighborhood of Tinganes. Transfer to Kirkjubour to visit the ruins of St. Magnus Cathedral and the 900-year-old Roykstovan, the oldest wooden house in Europe. Continue to Kollafjordur to visit a traditional Faroese church and see the Duvugardar national heritage museum in the remote village of Saksun.

Day 7 Day at Sea

Enjoy a relaxing day at sea, take in the panoramic views of the glistening Atlantic seascape and choose to attend educational lectures.

Day 8 Djúpivogur, Iceland, for Jökulsárlón

On a drive from Djúpivogur, enjoy the beauty of the snow‑capped mountains that rise amidst the grassy plains. Continue to the legendary Jökulsárlón ice lagoon in UNESCO World Heritage-designated Vatnajoküll National Park. Embark specially designed boats for a private cruise and the chance to touch ice blocks broken from Breidamerkurjökull, one of Vatnajoküll’s glacier outlets.

Day 9 Heimaey, Westman Islands / Cruise along Surtsey Island

Visit Heimaey Island for a tour of the Herjólfsdalur valley and its Viking ruins. Continue to Stórhöfdi’s lava fields of Eldfell, known as the “Pompeii of the North,” and tour the Eldheimar Museum. Cruise past Surtsey Island and attend the Captain’s Farewell Reception this evening. 

Day 10 Reykjavík / Return to home city

Disembark in picturesque Reykjavík, the central hub in tracing Iceland’s Viking history. Continue on the Reykjavík and the Golden Circle Post-Program Option or transfer to the airport for your return flight.