On a voyage aboard the new National Geographic Resolution, sister ship to the National Geographic Endurance, sail across the North Sea in the wake of legendary explorers and seafarers, traveling from Scotland's rolling green hills and ancient ruins to Norway's breathtaking fjords and snow-dusted mountains. Along the way explore an array of remote, ancient sites—Bronze Age ruins on the rugged Shetland Islands, the Viking tombs of Orkney, the 5,000-year-old settlement of Skara Brae—all juxtaposed against the dynamic, bustling cities of Bergen and Edinburgh. You’ll see the dramatic cliffs of the second-largest fjord in Norway and explore the evocative seascapes and rich traditions of the Shetland Islands. With our knowledgeable expedition team, encounter an interwoven tapestry of histories and cultures as we explore on foot, by kayak, and by Zodiac.
Glide beneath the dramatic cliffs of the second-largest fjord in Norway, Hardangerfjord
Explore the towering cliffs of Noss, a nature reserve that harbors thousands of seabirds including puffins, guillemots, and kittiwakes
See the U.K.’s northernmost lighthouse at Unst
Extend your stay with two options: pre- or post-trips to either Scotland or Bergen
Arctic, Europe & British Isles, New and Noteworthy
Day By Day
Explore the famous coast of Norway and discover some enchanting isles and hidden gems of Scotland. There will be opportunities to get out and hike, kayak, and Zodiac—as well as time to make the most of National Geographic Resolution’s world-class amenities and dining options. Go with a top team of naturalists and historians, and even get a glimpse beneath the waves via an ROV piloted by an undersea specialist. Plus, get top photos with the help of a National Geographic Photography Expert. Our day-by-day itinerary will be flexible, and our team will chart a course that allows for the peak experiences each day offers.
Depart on an overnight flight to Edinburgh and tour the city before boarding the ship. (Day 2: L, D)
From Edinburgh, we make our way to Stonehaven. Choose a coastal cliff walk to explore the storied ruins of Dunnottar Castle. Steeped in history, this dramatic and evocative clifftop fortress dates to the 13th century with various parts being added over a period of 500 years. Alternatively, venture further down the coast to the cliffs at Fowlsheugh, where over 130,000 breeding seabirds spend the spring and summer months. (B,L,D)
The Vikings held a strategic foothold in the Orkney Islands for centuries, and their Norse heritage is still evident throughout the archipelago. Here, we begin our exploration in true expedition style, discovering some of Orkney’s lesser-known islands on archaeology walks, birding hikes and zodiac or kayak excursions, conditions permitting. The following day, we will arrive in Kirkwall from which we will explore fascinating Stone Age sites, including the megaliths of the Ring of Brodgar and the 5,000-year-old stone-slab village of Skara Brae. We will also have the opportunity to visit the medieval St. Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall, which was founded in 1137 by the Viking Earl Rognvald. (B,L,D)
Shetland Islands, Unst, Scotland / Isle Of Noss / Lerwick
Arrive at Unst, the northernmost island of the Shetlands which harbors sheltered inlets, golden beaches, and a large nature reserve. Take to the trails onshore to skirt towering cliffs and heather-covered hills. Weather permitting, paddle the scenic coastline by kayak or cruise in a Zodiac to the farthest northern lighthouse in the U.K. Or visit the Unst Heritage Centre, which features local artifacts including handspun knit and lace, fishing tools, and wooden boats. At sunset, cruise below the towering cliffs of Noss, a nature reserve which harbors thousands of seabirds including puffins, guillemots, and kittiwakes. Arrive in Lerwick in the late evening. (B,L,D)
Lerwick / At Sea
In the bustling seaport of Lerwick, choose from several options. Explore the town, strolling amid 18th-century sandstone warehouses; delve into local culture and history at the Shetland Museum & Archives; or embark on a birdwatching or a geology-focused excursion. Alternatively, discover the prehistoric settlement of Jarlshof—which reveals 4,000 years of near-continuous settlement—and examine Bronze Age ruins and Viking longhouses. Our voyage takes us across the North Sea to Norway overnight. (B,L,D)
Drop anchor at the island of Hidra, which boasts a rich history dating from the Viking era through World War II. Explore the picturesque village of Kirkehamn and learn about its long history of fishing and shipping. Hike to a beautiful viewpoint overlooking Hidra and the surrounding islands, and see the remains of World War II Coastal batteries. (B,L,D)
Norway’s glacier-carved western coast boasts some of the most dramatic landscapes in the world. Launch kayaks and Zodiacs to explore the sublime Hardangerfjorden, the second longest fjord in the country and the fourth longest in the world. Cruise beneath staggering cliffs and rushing waterfalls and venture ashore to hike against a backdrop of snow-dusted mountains, emerald valleys, and fruit orchards. (B,L,D)
Bergen, Norway / Disembark
our ship in Bergen, set on a lovely fjord, and transfer to the airport for
homeward-bound flights. (B)
Save 5% when traveling as a group of 8 or more people. Take advantage of these great savings, while enjoying traveling with your friends and family. This savings is applicable to voyage fares only, and is not valid on extensions or airfare. Deposit, final payments, and cancellation policies for group travel vary from our regular policies.
Certain offers may be combinable, up to two savings opportunities, except where noted otherwise. For example, travel with a group of 8 or more on back-to-back expeditions, and take advantage of both savings.
FREE BAR TAB AND CREW TIPS INCLUDED
We will cover your bar tab (including alcoholic beverages aboard the ship except certain premium brands of alcohol), and all tips for the crew on all National Geographic Resolution, National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Endurance, and National Geographic Orion voyages.
Save 10% on any consecutive journeys taken on board one of our expedition ships. This savings is applicable on voyage fares only, and are not valid on extensions or airfare.
CELEBRATE LIFE'S MILESTONES
Join us and celebrate your great milestones, including birthdays, anniversaries, family reunions, retirements, and more. Beginning in 2023, groups of 8 or more traveling together in celebration receive 5% off and a complimentary group photograph, while the cabin-of-honor receives onboard ship credit, beautiful cake, and more onboard celebrations. Milestone celebration must be communicated at time of booking. Milestone amenity package is one per group, intended for the guest celebrating the Milestone event. Group discount is applicable to cruise portion only, and does not apply towards additional services such as hotels, extensions, airfare, etc. Group cancellation terms also apply. Not combinable with certain offers.
BRINGING THE KIDS
We believe sharing an expedition with your kids or grandkids is a life-enhancing experience. So take $500 off for each child under the age of 18.
Kick off your journey through southern Norway’s stunning landscapes in the medieval town of Bergen, where you will learn about the rich history of this former trading center for the Hanseatic League. Spend time exploring the thundering waterfalls and snowy peaks of the two longest fjords in Norway—Sognefjord and Hardangerfjord—and kayak, canoe, and hike along breathtaking lakes. Enjoy a ride on the Flåm Railway, one of world’s most scenic train journeys, then wrap up your Norwegian experience with a day in cosmopolitan Oslo.
NOTE: On some voyages, this extension runs in a reverse direction (Oslo to Bergen). Please contact an Expedition Specialist for more information.