Scottish Isles and Norwegian Fjords

Program Overview

Join us for this custom-designed, seven-night voyage to Norway’s majestic fjords and Scotland’s Orkney and Shetland Islands. Cruise from Bergen, Norway, to Glasgow, Scotland, aboard the exclusively chartered, Five-Star small ship Le Dumont-d’Urville. Travel in the wake of Viking explorers, cruising into ports accessible only by small ship. Ride Norway’s Flåm Railway, one of the world’s most scenic rail journeys, and enjoy a full-day excursion into the Scottish Highlands. Visit Neolithic Orkney—including a special presentation by the Ness of Brodgar archaeological site director and head archaeologist, Nick Card—and tour Bergen’s UNESCO-inscribed Bryggen. Norway/Copenhagen PreProgram and Edinburgh/Glasgow Post-Program Options.

Program Details

May 19 to 27, 2022,(Le Dumont-d’Urville) May 26 to June 3, 2022 (Le Dumont-d’Urville) June 2 to 10, 2022 (Le Dumont-d’Urville)
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  • Uniquely designed itinerary available only through Gohagan & Company—all excursions included.
  • Exclusively chartered cruise aboard the Five‑Star small ship Le Dumont-d’Urville, accessing ports unavailable to larger vessels.
  • Private balcony in each of the 92 Suites and Staterooms.
  • Specially arranged ride on Norway’s Flåm Railway—one of the world’s most scenic rail journeys.
  • Excursion through the Tolkienesque lands of the Scottish Highlands to visit Glencoe, Glenfinnan and the 13th-century Eilean Donan Castle.
  • Explore the staggeringly beautiful, tradition-steeped Orkney and Shetland Islands.
  • See the Orkney Islands’ Neolithic monuments—the Ring of Brodgar and Skara Brae, both UNESCO World Heritage sites—and the Shetland Islands’ 5,000-year-old prehistoric site of Jarlshof.
  • Specially arranged lecture by Nick Card, Ness of Brodgar’s director and head archaeologist.
  • Ample time in picturesque Bergen, featuring Bryggen, its UNESCO World Heritage-designated Old Wharf.
  • Complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages throughout the cruise and complimentary Wi-Fi access aboard ship (conditions permitting).
  • Introducing the extraordinary Blue Eye, the world’s first multisensory, underwater Observation Lounge.
  • Edinburgh and Glasgow Pre-Program Option and Wonders of Norway and Copenhagen PostProgram Option.

Day 1 - Depart the U.S. or Canada

Day 2 - Glasgow, Scotland/Embark Le Dumont-d’Urville

Day 3 - Fort William for the Scottish Highlands

Day 4 - Kyle of Lochalsh for Portree, Isle of Skye

Day 5 - Kirkwall, Orkney Islands, for Ring of Brodgar and Skara Brae

Day 6 - Lerwick, Shetland Islands, for Jarlshof

Day 7 - Cruising Sognefjord/Flåm Railway

Day 8 - Bergen, Norway

Day 9 - Bergen/Disembark ship/Return to the U.S. or Canada

Itinerary will also operate in the reverse direction.

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Le Dumont-d’Urville

Exclusively Chartered, Five-Star Luxury Small Ship

Le Dumont-d’Urville, launched in 2019, ushers in 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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Wonders of Norway–Copenhagen Pre-Program Option

Immerse yourself in majestic Norwegian landscapes and traditional Scandinavian culture on this unique and exclusive five‑night Pre-Program Option. Enjoy an exclusively chartered cruise along Copenhagen’s idyllic canals to see Christiansborg Palace, the Old Stock Exchange and Amalienborg Palace and view the Little Mermaid statue. In the Danish town of Roskilde, visit its 12th‑century, Gothic‑style cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and explore the fascinating Viking Ship Museum. In vibrant Oslo, visit the stately Opera House and the unique Vigeland Sculpture Park. Experience the majesty of the Norwegian highlands and ride through the stunning scenery of Europe’s highest mountain plateau on the Bergen Line. Ideally located accommodations include two nights in the Five-Star Skt. Petri in Copenhagen, one night aboard an award‑winning Seaways ferry from Copenhagen to Oslo, one night in the prestigious, Five-Star Grand Hotel in Oslo and one night in the historical Stalheim hotel.

Scotland’s Cultural Capitals: Glasgow–Edinburgh Post-Program Option

This special Post-Program Option explores two of Scotland’s greatest cities and their histories of fascinating clans, medieval knights and royal and religious intrigue. During your tour of Glasgow, visit its 12th‑century cathedral, the only medieval church in mainland Scotland to survive the reformation of 1560, and the St. Mungo Museum. In Edinburgh, discover the UNESCO World Heritage‑designated Old Town, a labyrinth of medieval passageways, the Royal Mile and the Neoclassical New Town, laid out in the 18th century. Explore imposing Edinburgh Castle, a powerful national symbol dating from the 12th century with curving ramparts that define the city’s romantic silhouette. Spend two nights in Edinburgh’s ideally located, Five-Star Sheraton Grand Hotel.

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

Flåm Railway

Flåm Railway, one of the world’s most scenic train routes. This masterpiece of Norwegian engineering—the steepest standard‑gauge railway track in Europe, spiraling 2,835 feet—opened to the public in 1940 and travels 13 dramatic miles through 20 tunnels to Myrdal’s mountaintop station.

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Program Itinerary

Day 1 Departure

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

Day 2 Bergen, Norway

Arrive in Bergen, founded on a Viking settlement in 1070 and the Norwegian capital during the 12th and 13th centuries. Embark the Five-Star Le Dumont-d’Urville.

Day 3 Bergen

Bergen was an important part of the Hanseatic League’s trading empire from the 14th to mid‑16th century. Stroll the grounds of Troldhaugen, the summer home of famed Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg. Visit the reconstructed Fantoft Stavkirke, a traditional 12th-century wooden stave church, noted for its durable post and lintel construction. Glimpse the city’s illustrious past in the beautifully preserved gabled buildings of Bergen’s Bryggen (Old Wharf), a UNESCO World Heritage site surrounded by lushly carpeted hills and fjords.

Attend the Captain’s Welcome Reception on board the ship this evening.

Day 4 Flåm Railway and Sognefjord

Board the Flåm Railway, one of the world’s most scenic train routes. Watch as snowcapped mountains, cascading waterfalls—including the awe‑inspiring Kjosfossen—and intriguing hamlets unfold along the renowned Bergen Line.

Norway’s fjords and islands offer some of Europe’s most profoundly beautiful coastal scenery, where sea mist and sunlight enhance the fjords’ deep blues and valleys’ lush greens. This afternoon, cruise majestic Sognefjord, passing traditional farmsteads and villages flanked by soaring mountains and glaciers.

Day 5 Lerwick, Shetland Islands, Scotland

Explore the remote Shetland Islands, declared a Global Geopark by UNESCO for their geologically diverse landscapes and seascapes carved by prehistoric ice. Here, nature’s colors and textures endlessly shift, and clamoring gannets and puffins crowd the dramatic rock cliffs.

Dock in Lerwick, Shetland’s capital, and journey to the island’s southernmost point, scanning the verdant landscape for Shetland’s famous ponies grazing on the grass‑covered knolls. Admire the mysterious round tower of Mousa Broch (weather permitting), the world’s best preserved broch. Visit Jarlshof, a pending UNESCO World Heritage site deemed the zenith of prehistoric architectural achievement in Northern Europe. Remains from multiple periods span over 4,000 years of human history, including late-Neolithic stone houses, a Bronze Age village, an Iron Age broch and wheelhouse, Norse longhouses, a medieval farmstead and a 16th‑century laird’s house.

This evening, the director and head archaeologist of the Ness of Brodgar site, Nick Card, will provide keen insights about this impressive ancient compound that lies outside of Kirkwall. Card’s research and fieldwork are internationally regarded, both in the archaeology field and by the popular press. The Ness of Brodgar excavations were named the Current Archaeology Research Project of the Year in 2011 and were featured in a cover article of National Geographic in 2014.

Day 6 Kirkwall, Orkney Islands

Steeped in Viking heritage, the largest Orkney Island—known as Mainland—has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site for its concentration of prehistoric treasures defined as the Heart of Neolithic Orkney. Nearly 1,000 years before Giza’s pyramids were built and over 500 years before Neolithic humans raised Stonehenge, Stone Age inhabitants of this 3200 B.C. archipelago erected the Ness of Brodgar—a mysterious compound rivaling the scale of the Acropolis that demonstrates advanced technological prowess and Neolithic artistry. Walk among the 4,000-year-old stone monoliths of the Ring of Brodgar, arranged in the patterned circle of a henge.

See the ceremonial Stones of Stenness en route to the settlement of Skara Brae, which was inhabited more than 5,000 years ago by an early Orcadian culture known for decorative arts and sophisticated craftsmanship. Thousands of years later, the Vikings established the port town of Kirkwall on Mainland, where they constructed the towering 12th‑century St. Magnus Cathedral, known as the “Light of the North.”

Hear the classically haunting sounds of a Scottish bagpipe as you reboard the ship. This evening, a Scottish storyteller weaves traditional tales that have been handed down by word of mouth for generations.

Day 7, Morning Kyle of Lochalsh

Visit the soul-stirring 13th‑century Eilean Donan Castle, named for a sixth-century Irish saint and one of the world’s most recognizable castles. Colonel MacRae, of Clan MacRae, restored this icon in 1932 and established a clan museum.

Day 7, Afternoon Portree, Isle of Skye

Travel across heather‑covered moors and through the starkly beautiful Cullin Mountains en route to the Isle of Skye’s scenic capital of Portree, situated along the unforgettable coastline.

Day 8 Scottish Highlands

The legendary Scottish Highlands region’s striking, rugged scenery has inspired countless folktales and storytellers with its enchanting and mysterious allure. Begin your day in bucolic Glenfinnan—view the Glenfinnan Viaduct, immortalized by the Hogwarts Express in the Harry Potter film series, and see the Glenfinnan Monument, commemorating the Jacobite Highlanders that Bonnie Prince Charlie rallied against King George II in 1745.

Stop along the Caledonian Canal to view Neptune’s Staircase, an incredible feat of engineering when it was built in the early 1800s and the longest staircase lock in Britain. Travel along castle-dotted shores enshrouded with myth and legend to Glencoe, hailed as one of Scotland’s most scenic glens, partially owned and preserved by the National Trust for Scotland.

This evening, attend the Captain’s Farewell Reception on board the ship.

Day 9 Glasgow

Disembark in Glasgow, where the indelible mark of Viking conquest still permeates the culture, and continue on the Scotland’s Cultural Capitals Post-Program Option or transfer to the airport for your return flight to the U.S.