LANDS OF THE MIDNIGHT SUN

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Bergen, Norway

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3 HRS

Easy

sightseeing

unesco
Bergen, Best of Bergen & Mount Ulriken
On this introduction to lovely Bergen you will board a motor coach to sightsee through downtown Bergen with its old wooden Hanseatic pier, Bryggen, the medieval King Håkon’s Hall, erected during the reign of King Håkon Håkonsson, the Rosenkrantz Tower, St. Mary’s Church, built around 1170, and one of the finest examples of Romanesque architecture in Norway, the peninsula Nordnes, Bergen Theater (Den National Scene), and Grieghallen, the modern concert hall named after Norway’s great composer, Edvard Grieg. Your tour will continue over to Kalfaret, the noble residential area of Bergen, and on to the main attraction of the day - Ulriken Mountain. You will be taken by cable car to the highest of Bergen’s famous "Seven Mountains," Ulriken, to spectacular scenery and mountain terrain 2,100 feet above the city streets.  From the summit, at the Sky:skraperen you will be introduced to one  of the local specialties while you enjoy magnificent views of Bergen and the surrounding area - the sea, the islands, fjords, and mountains, before  returning back to the lower station to board your motor coach for a short trip back to the pier.  

Please note:  People can stay on the motor coach if walking becomes too strenuous during the tour. There is a ramp and lift at the Ulriken cable car.


price $175
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2.5 HRS

Moderate

unesco

sightseeing
Bergen, Best Views of Bergen by Segway
Your guide will give you a brief overview on how to operate the Segway before you begin your ride through Bergenhus Fortress and its beautiful park. Continuing on to historical Bryggen (UNESCO World Heritage Site) you will pass the fish market. Your adventure will also take you by Bergen Aquarium and into Nordnes Park, one of Bergen’s most beautiful parks on the farthest end of the town.  Driving along the classic alleyways of Bergen you will head toward the National Norwegian Theater, the Blue Stone, John’s Church and Lille Lungegårdsvannet.  At Fjellveien you will have a wonderful view over the center of Bergen and the surrounding areas before you head back down to the city center to Bergenhus Park.

Please note:  Timings are approximate and subject to modifications. This excursion is not recommended for guests with physical/walking disabilities. It is recommended that guests dress in warm layered clothing and wear flat comfortable shoes.


price $169
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5 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

dining

culture
Bergen, Beyond Ordinary: Helicopter to Baroniet Manor with Horse Carriage
This flight combines the beautiful mountains, fjords, and archipelago from Bergen to Rosendal.  Take in a bird’s-eye view of the Folgefonna Glacier just next to the Hardangerfjord.  This is Norway’s 3rd largest glacier and the highest point is  5,417 feet (1,651m) above sea level.  Arriving in Rosendal, you will take a step back in time as you are taken to the Baroniet Manor by horse carriage.  The Baroniet Manor is the only manor of its kind in Norway. Around 1650 the noble Dane Ludwig Rosenkrantz came to Bergen as a war commissioner for the Danish King. In 1658 he married Norway’s wealthiest heir, Karen Mowat. As a wedding gift they were given the farm Hatteberg. They built their home there and called it Rosendal.  In 1665 King Christian V of Denmark gave the estate Barony status and today it is known as the Baroniet Rosendal Manor. Here you will be greeted with a glass of champagne and be given a guided tour of the gardens and Manor, taking you through different epochs. You will visit room by room and experience the influence of the owners over 250 years. Around 1850 a beautiful landscape park was erected around the Barony. Here you may see 2,500 blooming roses during the summer season. Enjoy a private, candle light, 3-course dinner in one of the rooms in the Manor. Your horse-drawn carriage will then take you to your helicopter for your return flight to Bergen.

Please note:  It is recommended that guests dress in layered clothing and wear flat, comfortable walking shoes. This excursion is not recommended for guests with physical/walking disabilities or who suffer from motion sickness and/or vertigo, nor guests who have a fear of heights and enclosed spaces. Due to flight weight restrictions, guests must register their body weight.  Visibility of sights may be affected in adverse weather conditions. Flight times are weather dependent.  There are 15 steps to the top floor of the Manor, where dinner is served.


price $5900
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1.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

unesco

sightseeing

concierge
Bergen, Concierge Collection: Helicopter Fjord Adventure
Join this exhilarating helicopter flight over Bergen and the surrounding areas. This tour  will combine the beautiful areas around Bergen and the Folgefonna Glacier just next to the Hardangerfjord.  This is Norway's third largest glacier and the highest point is 5,415 feet above sea level. Take in a bird's eye view over Mount Ulriken and Mount Fløyen, the archipelago outside Bergen and of course Bryggen – listed as a UNESCO site.

Please note:  Timings are approximate and subject to modifications. This excursion is not recommended for guests with physical/walking disabilities or who suffer from motion sickness and/or vertigo, nor guests who have a fear of heights and enclosed spaces. It is recommended that guests dress in layered clothing and wear flat, comfortable shoes.  Due to flight weight restrictions, guests must register their body weight.


price $649
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3.5 HRS

Moderate
Bergen, Fantoft Stave Church & Greigs Home & Garden

This enriching excursion will take you south of Bergen to view a remarkable wooden church and to visit the home of Norway's famed composer, Edvard Grieg. You will drive through the residential areas south of Bergen, towards Fana and the Stave Church. The old Stave Church at Fantoft was originally built in Fortun in Sogn in 1150, and was moved to Fantoft in 1883 to save it from demolition and preserve it as part of the nation’s heritage.  After a destructive 1992 fire, artisans extensively and faithfully restored the church to its former beauty. Inside, you can admire the traditional timber construction and elaborately carved decoration. From spiritual faith to musical brilliance, you'll also visit Troldhaugen, home of Norway's famed composer Edvard Grieg.  Troldhaugen was built in 1885 and Edvard Grieg lived there for 22 years together with his wife Nina. Grieg composed many of his best-known works in the composer’s hut by the shore of Lake Nordås. Enjoy a guided tour of the Villa, museum and the garden and some free time to walk around on your own afterwards. Your visit will end with the highlight of the tour; a private recital in Troldsalen. One of the best interpreters of Grieg’s music will play some of the famous pieces as well as some of the more unknown ones, and tell stories and anecdotes about the composer and his wife.

Please note: It is recommended that you dress in layered clothing and wear flat comfortable walking shoes. This tour involves stone steps, uneven ground and gradual slopes.


price $195
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2.5 HRS

Moderate

unesco

walking

sightseeing
Bergen, Walking Tour Of Hanseatic Bergen & Mt. Floyen
Begin your tour with a walk to the UNESCO World Heritage Site - Bryggen. Here you will wander through the narrow streets between the houses dating back to 18th century. Your guide will take you on a journey back in time, where you will learn more about the fascinating development of the old Hanseatic city. Stop and admire St. Mary’s Church dating back to 1170 and one of the finest examples of Romanesque architecture in Norway. Continue your walk to Mount Floyen Funicular station, Bergen’s most famous mountain. At the top of the mountain you can enjoy some free time with a spectacular view of Bergen. On your way back to the ship you will learn more about Bergen in the 20th century and you will make a stop at Fisketorget, the fish market, located at the very heart of Bergen. 

Please note: It is recommended that guests dress in warm, layered clothing and wear flat comfortable walking shoes. This walking tour involves steps, uneven ground, cobble stone paths, gradual slopes, and is therefore not suitable for guests with any walking difficulties.


price $85
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Olden, Norway



3.5 HRS

Easy

outdoors

refreshments

sightseeing
Olden, Briksdals Glacier
The village of Olden is situated at the end of the innermost arm of lovely Nordfjord, which cuts its way inland to the mighty ice fields of the Jostedals Glacier, Europe’s largest glacier. Briksdal Glacier, your destination on this tour, is one of its arms.Leaving Olden’s center by coach with your guide, you will pass two picturesque churches and the beautiful lakes Floren and Olden. At the end of the valley lies Rustøen, around which numerous waterfalls tumble from the ice field. The road ascends through woodlands to the Briksdalen Inn, where you will leave the coach.  The powerful Briksdal Glacier is a part of the Jostedal Glacier National Park. The wild glacier swoops down from a height of 3,927 feet to the lush, narrow Briksdal Valley. When you arrive at Briksdal Fjellstove the “Troll cars” will be waiting to take you safely to where the road ends – at the famous glacier. It’s a fantastic trip on a narrow road that crosses the foaming glacier stream twice.  You will return to Briksdal Fjellstove which has been the meeting place for hill walkers and mountaineers in Briksdalen for several generations. Here you will be served some coffee/tea and cake before your return by bus to Olden and the ship. 

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress in warm layers.


price $269
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2.5 HRS

Easy

outdoors

refreshments

walking

sightseeing
Olden, Cable Car to Mt. Hoven
Your coach will take you to the new and spectacular Cable Car, finished in May 2017, that will take you 3,317 feet to the top of  Mount Hoven in only 6 minutes. From here you will find spectacular views over the Olden and Loen valleys. You will be served coffee/tea and cake as you see parts of the grand Jostedals Glacier, the largest glacier in continental Europe fed by the heavy snowfall in the region. You will also overlook the jade green water of the Loen- and Briksdal’s lake, and of course your ship. There will be opportunities to do a hiking tour on the several paths that you can find on top. There are 2 easy paths, some moderate and even strenuous paths for those who would like a challenge.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress in warm layers.

price $129
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3 HRS

Moderate

walking

dining

sightseeing

essentials
Olden, Kjenndal Glacier Wonders
Enjoy a scenic 50-minute drive to Kjenndal Glacier, where you can take a leisurely stroll to have a closer look at the lowest glacier arm of the mighty Jostedal Glacier, the largest glacier in mainland Europe. Leave the charming village of Olden, at the head of the beautiful Nordfjord, you will drive along its shores toward the popular village of Loen. This small village offers you the pleasure of its fjord, Loen Lake, glaciers, high mountains and luxuriant plant life. Continue to the Kjenndal Valley where you will experience the lovely, troll-like atmosphere in Lodalen, and the jade green, mirror of Loen Lake. You will be surrounded by mountains covered by protruding glacier arms.  Upon arrival at the trailhead you can take a short stroll to the glacier viewpoint where you can view the magnificent Kjenndal Glacier nestled between two high mountain tops with glistening waterfalls. Continuing to Kjenndalstova, situated on the shore of Lake Loen, you will enjoy waffles and coffee in beautiful surroundings.  

Please note:  It is recommended that guests dress in layered clothing, wear comfortable walking shoes and are prepared for inclement weather.  The optional walk to the viewpoint is on a dirt and gravel path with gradual slopes and is approximately .5 miles round trip.


price $245
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4 HRS

Strenuous

hiking

dining

sightseeing

essentials
Olden, Nordfjord Mountain Hike
Join a local for a scenic and adventurous hike along waterfalls, through wilderness with spectacular views of Nordfjord. Your trek  will begin at a local farm and take you on a classic western Norwegian path, which was made hundreds of years ago by animals.  After an approximate 1-hour hike on rather steep terrain you will reach a pasture and a cabin, where you will enjoy a traditional meal while your guide shares stories about life in Olden. 

Please note:  Participants must be in good physical condition.  Although the hike is only 1.25 miles each way, the trail is considered to be rather steep for the average person. Wear sturdy walking shoes (preferably hiking boots) and dress in warm, layered clothing.  Bring rain gear in case of inclement weather.   


price $185
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4.5 HRS

Easy

outdoors

refreshments

sightseeing
Olden, Nordfjord Panoramas
On this excursion, you will have superb views of the Nordfjord, the 5th largest fjord in Norway and the Hornindal Lake, the deepest lake in Northern Europe. You will board your motor coach and head along the northern banks of the Nordfjord through the beautiful settlements of Blakset, Fjelli and Hopland. On the viewpoint at Nos, there is a stunning view of the Nordfjord and its western mountains. Another panorama is at Kvalen before you will head down to the fjord again in Hennebygda and continue to Nordfjordeid. Nordfjordeid lies in the heart of the Nordfjord region and is a communications hub where the two main roads cross each other. Nordfjordeid is the main commercial center in the Nordfjord region. Here you will make a stop and get served some delicious cakes and coffee/tea at Nordfjord Hotell, which is located just outside the center of town. You will return to Olden along the crystal clear Hornindal Lake with picturesque small islands and high, ragged mountains. The Hornindalsvatnet Lake is the deepest lake in Europe, 1,686 feet deep. None of the glacier streams run out into the lake and the result is Europe´s clearest lake. Your tour will end  at the pier in Olden where the ship will be waiting.

Please note:  It is recommended that guests dress in warm layered clothing and wear flat comfortable shoes.


price $239
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Alesund, Norway



2.5 HRS

Moderate

culture

walking

sightseeing
Alesund: Art Nouveau City on Foot
Alesund, the largest town on the Northwest coast, has a beautiful setting, built on several islands stretching out into the ocean. A large part of Alesund was destroyed by fire in 1904 and rebuilt in the Art Nouveau style.  Today, it is a bustling town where the fish and fish processing industry are the main sources of income.   You will take a stroll through the many rooms in the listed building known as "The Swan Pharmacy," and be mesmerized by the beautiful and authentic décor. The tour continues through the Jugend (Art Nouveau) quarters of the town center and inner harbor, through the attractive park at the foot of  Mount Aksla and back to the pier and your ship.

Please note: This tour is a walking tour with steps, cobblestones and uneven ground and is not recommended for people with mobility issues.  Wear comfortable walking shoes. 


price $85
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2.5 HRS

Strenuous

sightseeing

boating

essentials
Alesund: Art Nouveau Kayak
This is the perfect kayak  experience for those interested in a more adventurous introduction of the Art Nouveau town of Ålesund.  After a short 10-minute walk to the kayak center you will be outfitted with the proper equipment and given a brief safety talk before you board your 2-person sea kayak.  This leisurely kayak trip will take you along Ålesund’s Jugend-style architecture where your guides will share stories about the area.  You will be given an interpretation of the history and culture of this Art Nouveau city perched on the Atlantic.  You will also paddle through the scenic maze of islands offering views of Ålesund’s coastline that you can only enjoy from the vantage point of a kayak.

Please note:  Participants must be at least 6 years of age and children must be accompanied by an adult.  It is recommended that guests dress in layered clothing and wear flat shoes.  You may get wet! Two- person (tandem) sea kayaks will be used. Not suitable for disabled people.  Excursion is dependent on weather.


price $149
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3.5 HRS

Strenuous

biking

outdoors

sightseeing
Alesund: Bike & Hike to Sugar Summit
After a short walk to the bicycle center your guide will give a brief safety instruction before you begin your adventurous and scenic ride to Hess Island. You will set off bicycling through Ålesund, riding past delightful stone buildings and churches carved with enchanting art nouveau décor.  Riding over Asp Island and around the outer edge of Hess Island you will see beaches, pasturelands, and historic installations from World War ll.  Arriving at Sugar Summit trailhead you will leave your bicycles and begin your 35-minute hike up to some breathtaking panoramic views of the sea, surrounding islands, Sunnmøre Alps and the city of Ålesund.  The view is worth every step, making this the highlight of your tour.  On your return bicycle ride you will get another chance to enjoy the scenic views that Ålesund has to offer.

Please note:  Participants must be 10 years of age and children must be accompanied by an adult.  It is recommended that guests wear layered clothing and flat shoes.  Take a bottle of water and backpack for your belongings.


price $199
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7 HRS

Moderately
easy

dining

sightseeing
Alesund: Full Day Trollstigen: Snowy Peaks & Deep Fjords
This scenic drive will take you all the way inland towards Valldal, where you will leave the fjords behind and make your way into the high mountains of the Romsdals Alps. You will make a stop at Gudbrandsjuvet, an 82-foot high ravine through which the Valldøla River has formed a complex of deep potholes and intricate formations. You will continue your drive into the high mountains of the Troll Road. At the 2,625-foot-high plateau, you will make a short stop to enjoy the magnificent view overlooking the valley. You will have an amazing view of the snowy peaks and the steep waterfall. Descending into the valley along the famous 11 hairpin turns you will follow the river towards Trollstigen Guesthouse where a delicious lunch is awaiting you. Surrounded by beautiful nature you will have enough time to enjoy your lunch before continuing your journey to the Troll Wall.  The Troll Wall is the tallest vertical rock face in Europe, measuring over 3,281 feet from its base to the summit of its highest point. At its steepest, the summit ridge overhangs the base of the wall by nearly 164 feet. The ridge is and has been a prestigious goal for rock climbers and its summit was only first climbed in 1965. The Troll Wall is also considered a mecca for base jumpers , but has been  made illegal, although some daredevils still attempt the jump after a 5-hour hike from the Trollstigen Plateau. After having admired the steep mountain ridge you will make your way back to Ålesund and the ship following a scenic drive along the Romsdalfjord and through the valleys and villages of the region.

Please note: This tour is not wheelchair accessible and there are many stairs. Wear comfortable walking shoes.


price $289
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Alesund: Half Day Private Car & Guide
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own car. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own. 

Please note:  Capacity: 1-2 guests. Private cars are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private car, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 4 hours.  Recommended for physically challenged guests.


price $1399
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Alesund: Half Day Private Van & Guides
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own van. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own. 

Please note:  Capacity: 3 - 6 guests. Private vans are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private van, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 4 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests.


price $1499
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3.5 HRS

Moderate

refreshments

sightseeing

essentials
Alesund: Panoramic Alesund - Islands of Giske & Godoy
The community of Giske consists of four islands. Two of them will be visited on this tour - the Giske and Godøy Islands, which lie further to the west. The tour to the islands will take you via bridges and underwater tunnels, the longest being 2.6 miles (4.2 km). Giske is known as the Saga Island for the fact that the Viking Chieftain Rollo was born here. This island is fairly flat and fertile. On the island you will visit the old stone church dating back to 1150, originally a chapel belonging to the mighty Giske family. From Giske you will continue over to Godøy Island. On the northwestern side of the island you will drive towards the small but picturesque fishing village of Alnes, situated facing the Atlantic Ocean. Take a closer look at the old lighthouse, climb the stairs to the very top and enjoy refreshments at the visitor center. On the way back to the ship visit the viewpoint Mt. Aksla, with a spectacular view of Ålesund and the islands that have just been visited.

Please note:  Giske church is a working church and due to unforeseen church services, an inside visit to the church cannot be guaranteed. Wear comfortable walking shoes as the ground is uneven in places.


price $245
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2.5 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

outdoors

wildlife

boating
Alesund: Rib Adventure through Alesunds Archipelago
Discover Ålesund’s stunning coastline during an exciting RIB adventure.  A short walk from your ship you will find your captain waiting for you, where he will give you the necessary equipment and a brief safety talk. After boarding the RIB, your adventure beings as your captain takes you to the area’s most scenic spots. Once aboard, prepare to feel the adrenaline rush of the RIB boat’s speed and be awe-inspired by the scenery. You will venture to the island of Runde, with close-up views of Sunmøre’s beautiful coastline en route. Keep an eye out for the Grasøyane and Runde lighthouses, along with natural wonders such as interesting caves and abundant bird life. In fact, Runde is famous for its staggering number of birds, with between 500,000 and 700,000 of the winged creatures inhabiting the isle. Among the species you might  spy are puffins, common guillemot, fulmar and razorbill. 

Please note: Participants must be at least 12 years of age, 4-1/2 feet  tall, and children must be accompanied by an adult. This tour is not recommended for pregnant women or guests with back or neck problems.  All participants will be given a weatherproof suit which is also a life jacket.  Wear flat shoes, heels are not permitted.  You may get wet!

 

price $245
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Lerwick, Scotland



3 horus

Easy

sightseeing
Lerwick, Castles & Ponies
Your tour starts in the fishing port of Lerwick, founded in the 17th century.  The center is full of character, especially by the water’s edge where the older buildings are situated.  As we drive through the town we will see the Town Hall before turning west to the old town of Scalloway, the original main town and second largest settlement on the island.  En route we will pass Clickimin Broch –a defense tower with surrounding structures dating back 2,000 years. On arrival in Scalloway we will stop to visit the now roofless Castle which was built around 1600 by the tyrant Earl Patrick Stewart.  He used forced labor to build his residence and was executed in Edinburgh in 1615. You will then visit the fascinating local museum, which has a special display devoted to the Shetland Bus, boats which traveled between Shetland and Norway helping the Norwegian Resistance movement during World War II. If you prefer, wander along Scalloway’s Main Street and view the waterfront.  Leaving Scalloway, you will travel through the Tingwall Valley, pausing for a photo stop to view a small herd of Shetland Ponies.

Please note: Scalloway Museum is wheelchair accessible, Scalloway Castle is not.


price $129
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4 HRS

Moderate

refreshments

sightseeing
Lerwick, Eshanes & North Shetland
You will be driven through Lerwick, the largest town in Shetland, dating from the 1600s, as you travel to the northwest Shetland Mainland.  Pass through Tingwall Valley and on to the picturesque community of Voe with its Scandinavian influence.  The scenery becomes more and more spectacular as you head north through Brae, crossing Mavis Grind where the North Sea almost meets the Atlantic Ocean, passing the Drongs; a sea stack, where we have a photo stop, and on to Tangwick Haa (Hall).  Here, visit the fascinating local museum and learn more about the area’s history of fishing and crofting before continuing to Eshaness Lighthouse. At Eshanes you can view the sea stacks and natural arches formed by the action of volcano and glacier – the black basalts and purple andesites that form the cliffs contain agates and amethysts.  Some of Britain’s oldest rock, at nearly 3 billion years old, is not far away.  A short walk along the cliff top allows you to savor and photograph the spectacular scenery.  After your bracing walk, you will return to the lovely Braewick Café for refreshments with views of the spectacular seascapes, before heading south once more.  On the return journey to Lerwick, look out for famous Shetland Ponies and hear more of Shetland’s culture and heritage from your experienced, local guide, having seen the very best scenery in Shetland.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes. There is limited wheelchair access on this tour.


price $145
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3.15 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing
Lerwick, Jarlshof & Southern Shores
Depart through Lerwick, the capital of Shetland, as you begin your trip to the island’s most southerly point.  En route, you will pass through the rural townships of Fladdabister and, conditions permitting, pause to admire the view of the magnificent Mousa Broch, the tallest and best preserved broch in the world.  You will continue south down the west coast and pass St Ninian’s Isle where the famous Pictish horde of silver dating from the 9th Century was found in 1958. Continue south to visit the remarkable archaeological site of Jarlshof.  The site was uncovered by a violent storm in the winter of 1896/7, revealing an extraordinary settlement site embracing at least 5,000 years of human history.  The site contains a remarkable sequence of stone structures – late Neolithic houses, a Bronze-Age village, an Iron-Age broch and wheelhouses, several Norse longhouse, a medieval farmstead, and the 16th century laird’s house.   Visit the remains of these village settlements with your guide to make the most of your time here. You will then return to Lerwick with your guide telling you more about these islands as we look out for Shetland’s famous ponies on the way back.

Please note:  Jarlshof is not wheelchair accessible.  Wear comfortable walking shoes.


price $129
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Kirkwall, Scotland



4 HRS

Easy

refreshments

sightseeing

essentials
Kirkwall, Distillery & Churches with Connoisseurs Whiskey Experience
You will leave Orkney’s biggest island and follow the coast of Scapa Flow to the smaller South Isles. Drive over the first of the Churchill Barriers, built during the Second World War to protect Scapa Flow. You will visit the beautiful, hand-painted Italian Chapel, built by Italian prisoners of war who were interned on this small island during World War II. The chapel stands as a lasting memorial to peace but also to the ingenuity and skill of the prisoners. You will continue your journey to Highland Park to discover Orkney’s highly acclaimed 12-year-old malt whisky at the world’s most northerly whisky distillery. Here there will be an opportunity to tour the distillery and try a wee dram! Returning to Kirkwall you will visit the beautiful 12th  century sandstone St. Magnus Cathedral, built by the Vikings during their 700-year rule over the islands.

Please note: Guests can stay on the motor coach if the tour becomes too strenuous. 


price $229
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4 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

unesco
Kirkwall, Orkney Treasures
Depart Kirkwall and head into the west of Mainland, Orkney’s largest island. This tour passes through gentle rolling landscape and into the Neolithic Heartland of Orkney; an area designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its wealth of pre-historic archaeology.  Passing the Standing Stones of Stenness you will stop at the Ring of Brodgar; a huge ceremonial circle of stones dating back almost 5,000 years.  You then continue on to the 5000-year-old village of Skara Brae, beautifully interpreted in the visitor center.  See the remarkable dwellings revealed from beneath the sand dunes by storms only 150 years ago.  From here it is only a 656-foot walk to visit Skaill House, Orkney’s finest manor.  Skaill was built by Bishop George Graham in 1620 on the site of a farmstead thought to date to the Norse period.  In its 400 year history all 12 of its Lairds have been related and all have contributed to the history and collection in the house. Return to your coach and continue this circular route following the coastline of Scapa Flow, made famous for its role in both World Wars.

Please note: The ground around the Ring of Brodgar is very soft and not suitable for wheelchairs or people with mobility issues.  Wear comfortable walking shoes and warm clothing.


price $145
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3.5 HRS

Moderate

walking

sightseeing

essentials
Kirkwall, Sea-Faring Stromness
You will start this tour with a short coach transfer from Kirkwall to Stromness. On arrival in Stromness you will begin a walking tour with your informative guide from the picturesque harbor along the pretty flag-stoned street of this seafaring town. Making your way along the twists and turns of the street, you will explore the narrow lanes and tiny piers which intersect the street along its length. Stromness is a town of quirky architectural character, with many connections to the famous Hudson's Bay Company. You will hear fascinating stories about Stromness’ maritime history as well as learning about its arts and literary heritage. Following your walk you will have the option to visit the Stromness Museum and the beautifully refurbished Pier Arts Centre (time permitting) with exhibitions by both local and international artists. There will be time to explore the craft shops selling local knitwear, pottery, and art work before your coach returns you to Kirkwall

Please note:  This tour is not recommended for those with mobility issues as there are cobblestone walkways with steep inclines.


price $149
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3.75 HRS

Moderate

refreshments

wine

sightseeing
Kirkwall, Sites of the South Isles with a Taste of Orkney
This is a wonderful tour for exploring the South Isles of Orkney and sampling some local produce. You will leave Orkney’s biggest island and follow the coast of Scapa Flow on a 30-minute drive to the smaller South Isles. Drive over the first of the Churchill Barriers, built during the Second World War to protect Scapa Flow. You will visit the beautiful, hand-painted Italian Chapel, built by Italian prisoners of war who were interned on this small island during World War Two. The chapel stands as a lasting memorial to peace.  You will then continue south across two further Churchill Barriers to the island of Burray and stop for delicious refreshments in the lovely small fishing town of Burray Village for a taster plate of some local produce including Bere Bannocks (local bread) and local farmhouse cheese, and Orkney Fudge Cheesecake.  The tour will also include a glass of wine or beer. You will then continue to the Fossil and Heritage Centre.  Here you will learn more about the heritage of Orkney and the building of the Churchill Barriers in addition to an opportunity to learn more about Orkney’s geological history before returning to the ship.

Please note: Dress in warm, comfortable clothes and bring along waterproof things like an umbrella or rain poncho. This tour is wheelchair accessible.


price $199
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Torshavn, Denmark



3.5 HRS

Moderate

culture

sightseeing
Torshavn: Coastal Villages
Your first stop will be in Kollafjørður where you will visit an old Faroese church with a traditional, Faroese turf roof. On our way farther north, we head toward the village of Saksun, tucked away at the end of the road. As you get closer to Saksun, surprising vistas will delight you around each twist in the road. Then, there it is – one of the most distinctive villages in the Faroes. The old farm, Dúvugarðar, is now a national heritage museum, and, together with the outbuildings that belong to the museum, it provides an intimate look into past rural life in the Faroes. The round bay below the farm was at one time a natural harbor.  Today, although sand deposits have made its waters shallow and only accessible to small boats at high tide, it is the centerpiece of a spectacular panorama. You will return to Tórshavn via the mountain road and stop at the viewpoint overlooking the capital.

Please note:  There are 3-4 steps to enter the different venues and a small hill up to the museum in Saksun. 


price $95
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4 HRS

Moderate

culture

sightseeing
Torshavn: Island Of Vagar
You will leave Streymoy Island via Kaldbakfjord and the Kollafjørdur Valley, then pass through the new underwater tunnel and, 5 minutes later, arrive on Vagar Island. You will appreciate Vagar's ever-changing scenery and will have time explore its villages. Your guide will tell you about the island, its history and about life here today. Drive through the village of Sandavágur, where you'll visit the Midvágur Church, and pass the largest lake in the Faroe Islands before reaching Vatnsoyrar. In Bøur, you'll discover a little village with both old and new houses with green sod roofs and a charming old tar-blackened church. From there take in the spectacular view of Tindholmur and Mykines Islands beyond. You'll leave Bour through the tunnel to Gasadalur-Vagar's westernmost village, then return to Tórshavn via the mountain road to capture the extraordinary panoramic views out over the fjords and the capital.

Please note:  There are small hills and steps on most of the stops. Wear comfortable walking shoes. 


price $85
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4.5 HRS

Moderate

refreshments

culture

sightseeing
Torshavn: Scenic Faroes
From Tórshavn, take a 45-minute drive to the north, past idyllic villages and the old whaling station at Áir. The only bridge over the Atlantic, as it is sometimes called, spans the narrow channel of Sundini to connect Eysturoy with the larger island of Streymoy. Because the channel is so narrow, spectacular eddies form at the base of the bridge when the current is running strongly with the tide. You will pass Eiði and cross the mountains to Gjógv. On the way, you are treated to a view of the Giant and the Hag -two very distinctive sea stacks that your imagination will have fun with. You'll also pass the highest mountain in the Faroe Islands, Slættaratindur (2,983 feet) and see the rather handy Gjógv Gorge which, at 616-feet long, provides a marvelous natural harbor for the local fishing fleet to shelter in. Stop in the village of Gjógv, at the local guesthouse, to enjoy refreshments of coffee and tea with pancakes. The ride back to Tórshavn is via the mountain road and you will stop at the viewpoint overlooking the capital.

Please note:   This tour travels along a scenic mountain road.


price $99
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4 HRS

Easy

outdoors

wildlife

boating
Torshavn: Vestmanna Sea Cliffs
Ride by coach to the village of Vestmanna. Here, you will board a boat and head out to the famous bird cliffs. All your senses will awaken with the sound of sea birds, the salty scent of the sea and its cool spray on your face, the stunning, weather-beaten cliff formations and the raucous riot of squawking birds who call the sea cliffs home. You'll cruise along the cliff wall, into a narrow gorge where sheer rock walls rise vertically on both sides towards the sky. The boat slowly enters one of the many grottoes, and for a moment, daylight disappears. Darkness and the sound of dripping water surround you and then, suddenly, you emerge on the other side. The boat stops for a while so you can enjoy the scenery. Take photographs to help you remember the details. After the boat trip, return to Tórshavn via the mountain road and stop at the viewpoint looking over the capital.

Please note: There are 4-5 steps to board the boat and the tour travels along a winding scenic mountain road.


price $115
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Reykjavik, Iceland



5.5 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

sightseeing

essentials
Reykjavik: Krysuvik & Blue Lagoon & Transfer to Hotel
The Reykjanes Peninsula holds many geological wonders – one of the country’s deepest lakes, bubbling and steaming earth and the world-renowned Blue Lagoon.  Your journey will start with a pleasant drive through Reykjavík city center with a short photo stop by one of the city’s main attractions, Hallgrímskirkja church. We will continue our tour by driving through the lively port town of Hafnarfjörður, situated picturesquely on an ancient lava flow. Continue on along the enchanting Kleifarvatn Lake, one of the deepest lakes in Iceland where you will have a photo opportunity and enjoy the rugged scenic landscape.  Then on to Krýsuvík where in the geothermal field, powerful jets of steam escape from deep below the earth’s crust and the multicolored pools of boiling mud bubble and pop continuously. You will head on across the impressive volcanic plateau of Reykjanes, driving through the bustling fishing village of Grindavík before arriving at the Blue Lagoon, located in the middle of a beautiful lava field. The Lagoon’s aquamarine-colored water, the steam and the lava landscape surrounding it succeed in creating a unique and memorable atmosphere. You will have a unique bathing experience here.   Homeward bound you will drive through the Reykjanes lava fields and through Reykjavik city before arriving at the Windstar hotel. 

Please note:  This itinerary may operate in a different order if necessary. Wear comfortable walking shoes. . At the end of the tour guests will be transferred to the chosen Windstar Hotel. If guests are booked at different hotels they will need to pay for transportation from the Windstar Hotel to their chosen property.


price $209
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5.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

refreshments

sightseeing

essentials
Reykjavik: Panoramic Reykjavik & Viking History with Transfer to Airport
This classic city tour takes in all the highlights of Reykjavík.  Your journey will begin with a drive through Laugardalur (“Warm Water Valley”) where you will pass one of the most popular outdoor geothermal swimming pools. From there the road will lead you to drive past the open-air museum at Árbær.  You will, then cross the Ellidaá River, one of the world’s cleanest salmon rivers. Eventually you will reach Álftanes Peninsula where the President’s residence, is located.  Returning to the city  you will drive to Perlan, The Pearl with its viewing deck that offers great panoramic views over Reykjavik. You will head towards Hallgrímskirkja, the church that dominates the city skyline with its imposing tower, then drive through the charming old quarter of Reykjavik with its colorful wooden houses and narrow streets , past the University of Iceland complex and along the city pond, Tjörnin. Then you’ll reach the old harbor where you’ll make a quick stop. Finally you will follow the coastline and make one short stop at Höfdi House where the summit meeting between President Ronald Reagan and Secretary General Mikhail Gorbachev was held in 1986. Drive directly to the Viking World Museum to enjoy the delicious Icelandic meat soup before exploring the museum. Then you will be drive to the airport or your waiting hotel.

Please note:  The order of the itinerary might be reversed if necessary. At the end of the tour guests will be transferred to the chosen Windstar Hotel. If guests are booked at different hotels they will need to pay for transportation from the Windstar Hotel to their chosen property.


price $189
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