Join us for an exploration of the magnificent landscapes, remote islands, ancient settlements, and idyllic villages of Norway and northern Scotland. Delight in the long days of summer in the Land of the Midnight Sun, when temperatures are mild and the countryside is carpeted in flowers. Much more than a cursory introduction, this varied and balanced itinerary from Aberdeen to the Shetland Islands then far up the Norwegian Coast above the Arctic Circle to Tromsø combines the wonders of the natural world with the historical and cultural highlights of the area.
Linger in the dramatic and beautiful landscapes of the Sognefjord, Norway's longest and deepest fjord, including its most dramatic and narrow arm, UNESCO-listed Naeroyfjord, and the renowned Flåm railway. Step ashore at peaceful, picturesque towns off the beaten track—splendid Art Nouveau Ålesund, set on myriad islands stretching out into the ocean; and the tiny fishing villages of Å, Reine, and Henningsvaer in the Lofoten Islands—all of which have inspired artists and photographers for over a century.
Among the special features, the cruise is bookended with two days each in some of the region's most remote and inaccessible island groups. Discover Scotland's remote Shetland Islands over two full days, visiting not just Mainland with its town of Lerwick and remarkable archaeological site of Jarlshof, but also the smaller island of Fair Isle. And visit Norway's Lofotens, featuring dramatic coastal landscapes, fascinating ancient settlements, and unique wildlife.
In addition to the must-see fjord networks of Norway, we also call at Stavanger to learn about the history of oil and its exploration in the North Sea at the state-of-the-art Norwegian Petroleum Museum, and at Bergen to explore the well-preserved Hanseatic wharf district of Bryggen and marvel at the lovely Art Nouveau architecture in the impossibly scenic port of Ålesund. Throughout, there will be ample time to relax and enjoy the summer days in delightful towns and natural settings.
The 118-passenger Hebridean Sky is the perfect vessel to navigate the narrow inlets and fjords of small islands and Norway's coast. Completely refurbished in 2016, all 59 spacious suites and public spaces have been completely redecorated and the ship boasts a casual elegance, impeccable service, and an atmosphere of true charm.