This unique journey takes you to Scotland’s rarely visited Orkney and Shetland Islands and Norway’s majestic fjords, remote destinations forever linked by their Viking heritage.


  • Cruise from Glasgow, Scotland, to Bergen, Norway, aboard the exclusively chartered small ship Le Boréal with ocean-view suite and stateroom accommodations.
  • Experience two of the world’s most scenic train rides: the Jacobite steam train (known as Harry Potter’s Hogwarts Express) and Norway’s Flåm Railway.
  • Explore the beautifully rugged landscape of the Isle of Skye and visit the open-air Skye Museum of Island Life.
  • See the Orkney Islands’ Neolithic monuments, the Ring of Brodgar and Skara Brae, and the Shetland Islands’ 5,000-year-old prehistoric site of Jarlshof.
  • Cruise Norway’s spectacular fjords, explore picturesque Bergen, and tour Bryggen, its old wharf.

Itinerary at a Glance

May 10Depart gateway city
May 11Arrive in Glasgow | Embark on the Le Boréal
May 12Scottish Highlands | Fort William | Mallaig
May 13Kyle of Lochalsh | Portree
May 14Kirkwall, Orkney Islands
May 15Lerwick, Shetland Islands
May 16Cruising the Norwegian fjords | Flåm Railway
May 17Bergen
May 18Bergen | Disembark ship | Depart for gateway city

Optional Extension(s)

Pretour Edinburgh and Glasgow (three days/two nights)
Posttour Norway and Copenhagen (five days/four nights)

Trip Scholar

Christina von Nolcken

Christina von Nolcken is an associate professor emerita in the Department of English Language and Literature and Program in Medieval Studies at the University of Chicago. A recipient of the Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, von Nolcken still regularly teaches courses on Old and Middle English literature, with a special interest in the linguistic and other cultural effects of early Anglo-Scandinavian contact. She has also taught a wide range of courses abroad and has led popular alumni seminars on Beowulf and the Vikings. In recent years she has led several successful alumni trips to the Baltics and Scandinavia. She is currently writing the biography of Edith Rickert, a distinguished University of Chicago professor and medievalist who helped effect perhaps the most important of the MI-8 solutions in World War I.