Ignite your curiosity and go deeper into the mystical fjords of Norway on this spectacular journey through the Norwegian Sea. Explore the UNESCO-protected site such as the Standing Stones of Stennes before heading to Shetland Islands and witness the amazing coastline and an abundant birdlife. Guided by our experienced expedition team you'll be sure to discover unique sites and enjoy plenty of opportunity to capture special moments to remember for a lifetime
Witness the spectacular wildlife and scenery of the Norwegian Fjords
Visit UNESCO-protected site such as Standing Stones of Stenness
Discover unique mix of Scotland Scandinavian culture on the Shetland Island
Enjoy breathtaking views of the mountain scenery and coastline.
Itinerary in Brief
Day 1- Edinburgh
Day 2- Kirkwall and Orkney
Day 3- Orkney and Shetland Islands
Day 4- Shetland and Bergen
Day 5- Bergen and Flåm
Day 6- Flam and Olden
Day 7- Olden and Geiranger
Day 8- Geiranger and Torghatten
Day 9- Torghatten and Svartisen
Day 10- Svartisen and Lofoten
Day 11- Lofoten
Day 12- Lofoten and Norwegian Sea
Day 13- Norwegian Sea and Nordkapp
Day 14- Tromsø
Day 1: Arrive Edinburgh
The expedition begins near Scotland's incomparable capital city. Board the ship this afternoon in the suburb Port of Leith, to embark on a voyage to the Arctic. Our expedition departs in the evening through a lock which leads down to sea level, before heading out to sail down the Firth of Forth.
Day 2: Kirkwall and Orkney
Visit historic and mystical sites by coach on this remote island. Explore the Standing Stones of Stenness, the intriguing Ring of Brodgar, and the village of Skara Brae.
There are few places in the world that offer as much as the Orkneys. Only six miles off the coast of Scotland, the islands are famous for their abundant marine bird life and dramatic coastal scenery. Head to shore for a day of exploration.
Orkney Islands Ancient Ruins Guided Tour
Take a guided coach tour of the many mystical historical sites on the island. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site the Ring of Brodgar, the standing stones of Stennes, and the 4500 year old village of Skara Brae.
Day 3: Orkney and Shetland Islands
The Shetland archipelago is an engaging mix of Scotland and Scandinavia blessed with spectacular coastlines, varied and abundant birdlife and a number of archaeological sites that date back thousands of years.
Visit Lerwick on the Shetland Islands and discover the unique mix of Scotland Scandinavian culture in the area. Opt to visit Jarlshof, a remarkable archaeological site where Neoloithic houses and several Norse longhouses were discovered after a violent storm uncovered the settlement.
Day 4: Shetland and Bergen
Enjoy a city tour of Bergen, including a stop at the museum of Edvard Grieg and a visit to the historical seaport district which dates from the Hanseatic League.
Day 5: Bergen and Flåm
Hop on the Flåm Railway, travelling through valleys and mountain passes to reach the scenic fjord of the Flåm district. The Flåm Line is a 20km route between Myrdal and Flåm. The line is used most often as a tourist train as it passes through gorgeous landscapes. It also boasts an incredibly steep gradient, with an elevation different of 863m (2,831 ft).
Day 6: Flam and Olden
Cross the famous North Sea - through one of the largest off shore oil fields in the world. Depending on time and weather, stop in Olden for a short bus ride to the Birksdal area and a walk to a glacier. There’s also a trolly-like car for those who are unable to walk the full distance to the glacier.
Day 7: Olden and Geiranger
Sail deep into one of Norway's most beautiful, and most visited, fjords. Enjoy soaking in the views at this UNESCO World Heritage site. The fjord is one of Norway's most visited tourist sites and has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The fjord is 15 km (9.3 mi) long, surrounded by spectacular mountains, lush green trees, waterfalls, and several farms. Have a camera ready for some spectacular photo opportunities.
Day 8: Geiranger and Torghatten
Today we continue on to visit Trondheim. Trondheim is a modern city surrounded by beautiful forests and mountains, and is home to the remarkable Nidaros Cathedral. Built over the burial site of Saint Olav, the king of Norway in the 11th century, Nidaos Cathedral is the traditional location for the consecration of the King of Norway. You can choose between taking an afternoon hike to the Sverresborg Folk Museum, or enjoy a city tour including the Folk Museum and the elaborate Nidaros Cathedral.
Day 9: Torghatten and Svartisen
The rugged coastline of central Norway features some of the world’s most beautiful scenery. The captain will negotiate with local Norwegian pilots to determine our best Zodiac landing options. Hike up to the famous hole in the mountain, with fantastic views of the region. Keep an eye out for Norway's mythical trolls. In the afternoon, head to the quaint and picturesque Vega Island, a UNESCO site. Wander the fishing villages and appreciate the slow pace of life.
The mountain scenery and coastline offer breathtaking views. The goal is to visit Torghatten, one of the most bizarre rock formations in Norway and a significant local landmark for the chance to move towards the Træna archipelago, comprised of over a thousand islands.
Day 10: Svartisen and Lofoten
Visit Svartisen and Vikingen and enjoy a scenic walk to a glacier. There's also a more demanding walk all the way around a lake below the glacier. From the lake there's a great view of the glacier, perfect for photos.
Day 11: Lofoten
The Lofoten archipelago is an enchanting area of picturesque villages by the sea backed with jagged peaks. Go ashore via coach on the island of Å, where cod fishing is still a major part of the economy. In the evening, be sure to stay on deck as we cruise into one of Norway's most famous fjords, the short yet dramatic Trollfjord and search the cliffs on your continuing quest to spot trolls.
Day 12: Lofoten - Norwegian Sea
Enjoy a day off the coast with Zodiac excursions to search out the local marine life.
Day 13: Norwegian Sea - Nordkapp
Head back to the coast and visit Nordkapp in the Finnmark region. Take a scenic drive of this high rugged, coastal plateau. This will be the most northerly point of the trip at 71 º N.
Day 14: Tromsø
Tromsø, the capital of northern Norway, is known as the "Gateway to the Arctic" as it was the embarkation point for many Arctic expeditions. Disembark in the morning. We recommend booking some extra time in Tromsø to explore.
Departs - Selected dates (listed below)
SHIP CABINS: G EXPEDITION
Category 1A Quad
2 x bunk beds
Category 1 Triple
1 x bunk, 1 single bed
Category 2 Twin
2 x single beds
Category 3 Twin
2 x single beds
Category 4 Twin
2 x single beds
Large Private bathroom
Category 5 Suite
Second room / office
Large Private bathroom and shower
Walk in robe
SHIP DECK PLAN: G EXPEDITION
SHIP INFORMATION: G EXPEDITION
Recently renovated in 2009 with $13million refurbishment
Among the most comfortable and spacious expedition ships in its class
Large common areas and observation decks provide superior views
Crew among the most experienced and skilled in the industry
Safe, stable and fast
Responsible. Environmental policies that meet and exceed industry regulations
The G Expedition provides an intimate small-ship cruising
experience. Completely refurbished in 2009, she boasts spacious cabins,
each featuring ocean-facing windows or portholes and private en-suite
facilities. Large common areas and observation decks provide panoramic
views of the distinctive landscapes of some of the world's most remote
regions. The Expedition's spacious confines can hold as many as 140
passengers, but our commitment to keeping group sizes small means you'll
never have to share it with more than 131 others. Many expedition
cruise operators offer you a choice of space, comfort or expertise; the
G Expedition delivers all three at a price few can top.
FACILITIES & AMENITIES
360° Observation Deck
All cabins with private ensuite and outside views
Raised Canada Goose Observation Deck
Fleet of 14 zodiacs with four stroke engines
Complimentary Wellington Boots for duration of your cruise
Complimentary destination guides for every passenger
Large headed Mud Room
Lonely Planet Library
Fine dining – international cuisine in one sitting
Large aft deck with barbeque facilities
Polar Bear Pub
Computer Room with internet where available
With a focus on
safety, comfort and the unique demands of polar travel, the crew of the G Expedition is committed to the ship’s continued safe operation.
Forward-looking sonar reduces the risk of its grounding on uncharted reefs or rocks.
Designed to Ice Class 1B specifications for service in sea ice.
totally covered lifeboats provide capacity for all passengers and crew,
while six liferafts boast a capacity of 150 persons.
Full immersion cold weather survival suits for all passengers and crew
Built: Helsingr Skibsvaerft, Denmark, 1972 (2009)
Ice Class: Swedish/Finnish 1B
Length: 105m (345 ft)
Breadth: 18.6m (61 ft)
Max Draft: 4.7m (15 ft)
Gross Tonnage: 6334 GRT
Cruising Speed: 14.5 knots
Stabilizers: Fins, Type Brown/AEG
Max Group Size: 132
(Max Passenger Capacity: 140)
All meals throughout the voyage
Zodiac cruises and land excursions with our expert expedition team
Meeting point to ship transfer
Waterproof boots for duration of the cruise
An expedition coat designed for exploring the polar regions