Scottish Isles & Norwegian Fjords

Program Overview

Across the mist-shrouded peaks, verdant glens and velvet moors of Scotland, and through the unsurpassed natural beauty of Norway’s mighty fjords, experience the enduring legacies of Viking and Celtic clans. On this unforgettable sea journey, step inside sacred ancient abbeys, Viking cathedrals and legendary castles; and traverse majestic fjords aboard the breathtaking Flåm Railway. Fall under the spell of the emerald teardrop Isle of Iona; the archipelago of the sandstone-rimmed Orkney Islands; and the spectacular bird life, blue lochs and famous ponies of the Shetland Islands. This exclusive travel program takes you to destinations of wild beauty you’ll never forget.

Program Details

June 4 to 12, 2025 (World Traveller)
From approximately $6,195* plus air View Terms & Conditions
  • Exclusive journey through the Scottish Isles and cruising through the Norwegian fjords.
  • Created in our tradition of innovative programming and educational travel.
  • Access to ports unavailable to larger vessels and included excursions throughout your program.
  • Specially arranged piano concert in the home of Edvard Grieg, Norway's most famous composer.
  • Two UNESCO World Heritage sites — Heart of Neolithic Orkney, Orkney Islands, and Bryggen, Bergen — plus Shetland UNESCO Global Geopark, Shetland Islands.
  • Edinburgh and Glasgow Pre-Program Extension Option and Norway and Copenhagen Post‑Program Extension Option.

Day 1      Depart home city

Day 2     Glasgow, Scotland/Greenock/Embark World Traveller

Day 3     Iona

Day 4     Kyle of Lochalsh/Isle of Skye

Day 5     Kirkwall for Mainland, Orkney Islands

Day 6     Lerwick, Shetland Islands

Day 7     Cruising Sognefjord, Norway/Flåm Railway

Day 8     Bergen

Day 9     Bergen/Disembark ship/Return to home city

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World-Traveller, Atlas Ocean Voyages

World Traveller

Exclusively Chartered Luxurious Small Ship

• Only 95 suites and staterooms, each with spectacular ocean views.
• All meals included on board the ship, as well as alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages throughout the cruise.

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Edinburgh, Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

Glasgow and Edinburgh Pre-Tour Extension Option

Discover two of Scotland’s greatest cities and their histories of clans, medieval knights and royal castles. Visit Edinburgh Castle and see the country’s Crown Jewels and Stone of Destiny. Delve into the heart of Scotland at Trossachs, Loch Katrine and Stirling castle. In Glasgow, tour the historic city and explore two museums.

Copenhagen old town, Nyhavn harbor, Denmark

Norway and Copenhagen Post-Tour Extension Option

Travel aboard the Bergen Railway over Europe’s highest mountain plateau, to Oslo. Stroll through the ancient Viking city, visiting the Vigeland Sculpture Park and the Opera House. Take the ferry to Copenhagen, where you’ll explore the iconic sights and storied past of the “City of Spires” through walking and canal tours.

Optional Extensions are available at an 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 Depart home city

Depart for Glasgow, Scotland. Please check your bags from your gateway city to your arrival city.

Day 2 Glasgow, Scotland / Greenock / Embark World Traveller

Arrive in Glasgow Airport in Glasgow, Scotland. Proceed through immigration to the baggage claim area and retrieve your luggage. After completing customs screening, meet a Gohagan & Company representative. Early arrivals will transfer to the Corinthian Club Hospitality Room and enjoy lunch on your own. This afternoon, all passengers transfer to the dock at Greenock and embark the deluxe World Traveller.

Immerse yourself in the soulful sounds of a Scottish bagpiper as the ship departs Glasgow. Enjoy dinner on board the ship this evening.

Day 3 Isle of Iona

Visit the Inner Hebridean Isle of Iona. On this emerald-green, teardrop-shaped island, experience an in-depth visit to Iona Abbey, founded in the year 563 and considered the birthplace of Christianity in Scotland. It was the monks of Iona who spread Christian ideas across Scotland and the north. St. Martin's Cross—dated to the eighth century—still stands by the roadside, and a replica of St. John's Cross is found by the doorway of the abbey.

This evening, get to know your fellow travelers at the Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner on the ship.

Day 4 Kyle of Lochalsh / Isle of Skye

Visit Eilean Donan Castle, one of the world’s most recognized and famous castles—located on a tiny island at the confluence of three sea lochs amid some of Scotland’s most dramatic scenery.  Return to the ship for lunch.

Depart for a scenic tour of the Isle of Skye with its 11 Cuillin Mountain range peaks and dramatic peninsulas.

Return to the ship and savor dinner on board.

Day 5 Kirkwall for Mainland, Orkney Islands

Mainland, the largest of the Orkney Islands, is home to Neolithic Heartland of Orkney—a UNESCO World Heritage site containing four sites and a wealth of prehistoric archaeology. View the sacred Standing Stones of Stenness and continue to the 5,000-year-old settlement of Skara Brae to see the unusual dwellings and their remarkable stone furnishings. Follow the coastline of Scapa Flow, made famous for its role in both World Wars, before visiting St. Magnus Cathedral. Known as the “Light of the North,” the cathedral was built by Vikings during their 500-year reign over the islands. Embrace the sounds of a Scottish bagpiper as you re-board the ship in Kirkwall.

This evening, enjoy an authentic Scottish storyteller’s performance of traditional Scottish tales. Savor dinner tonight on the ship.

Day 6 Lerwick, Shetland Islands

Disembark in Lerwick, for a coach tour of the island, taking in the magnificent Mousa Broch, the tallest and best-preserved broch in the world. Pass St. Ninian’s Isle, where the famous Pictish hoard of silver, dating from the ninth century, was found in 1958.

Embark on a guided visit to the remarkable archaeological site of Jarlshof, containing the remains of 5,000 years of human settlements. View the sequence of stone structures, including an Iron Age broch and wheelhouses, late‑Neolithic stone houses, a Bronze Age village, Norse longhouses, a medieval farmstead and a 16th‑century laird’s house. Look for sightings of Shetland’s famous ponies as you travel back to the ship.

After lunch on board the ship, relax and enjoy the amenities while cruising toward Norway. Savor dinner on board the ship this evening.

Day 7 Cruising Sognefjord, Norway / Flåm Railway

Experience this breathtaking cruise along the mighty Sognefjord, Norway’s longest and deepest fjord, stretching 127 miles, passing traditional farmsteads and villages flanked by mountains and glaciers.

Enjoy a delicious lunch on board. Then disembark the ship and board the Flåm Railway, for one of the world’s most scenic train rides, descending 3,500 feet during a 13-mile journey through 20 tunnels to Myrdal’s mountaintop station. Revel in views of snowcapped mountains, cascading waterfalls, intriguing hamlets and spectacular fjordlands—including the awe‑inspiring Kjosfossen Falls.

Return to the ship and enjoy dinner on board.

Day 8 Bergen

Enjoy a panoramic tour of Bergen as you travel to the summer home of famed Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg. Stroll the grounds and enjoy a private piano concert at Troldhaugen, Grieg’s home for 22 years, where he composed many of his best-known works in the little garden hut by the shore of Lake Nordas.

Continue to the Fantoft Stavkirke, a 12th‑century wooden stave church. Take a walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Bryggen, Bergen’s historic waterfront. The old wharf is a reminder of the town’s importance as part of the Hanseatic League’s trading empire from the 14th to the mid-16th century.

Return to the ship for lunch and enjoy time at leisure in Bergen.

Share highlights of your trip with fellow travelers at this evening’s Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner.

Day 9 Bergen / Disembark ship / Return to home city

Following breakfast, disembark the ship and transfer to the Bergen Airport for your return flight home.