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Islands of the North Atlantic: Orkney Islands & the Faroes

Ancient settlements, Viking legacies and medieval churches are spread across the Orkney Islands and the Faroes. Discover their connection on an epic voyage from Edinburgh to Reykjavik.
Program No. 23772RJ
Length
12 days
Starts at
4,499
Flights start at
725
Scotland/Faroe Islands/Iceland

Islands of the North Atlantic: Orkney Islands & the Faroes

Ancient settlements, Viking legacies and medieval churches are spread across the Orkney Islands and the Faroes. Discover their connection on an epic voyage from Edinburgh to Reykjavik.
Length
12 days
Starts at
4,499
Flights start at
725
Program No. 23772 RJ
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At a Glance

The people of the North Atlantic have melded their Viking history with Christian traditions and developed their own lifestyle — separate and distinct from the rest of Europe. Learn about Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile before sailing into a mysterious world of ancient settlements and Viking sagas from Scotland to Iceland. In the Orkney Islands and the Faroes, discover the remnants of 5,000-year-old Skara Brae, walk among historic Viking assembly grounds and follow the spread of Christianity in the North Atlantic.
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Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Walk through Edinburgh’s long history as you navigate the medieval streets of the Old Town and the Royal Mile with commentary from local experts.
  • Examine the Stone Age settlement of Skara Brae in the Orkney Islands and learn about whisky production at Scotland’s northernmost distillery — Highland Park.
  • In the Faroe Islands, consider the complex legacy of Norse traditions and Christian influences on a field trip to the ancient Viking “Thing” and St. Olav’s Church.

General Notes

Select dates are designated for small groups and are limited to 24 participants or less.
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Brave New Arctic: The Untold Story of the Melting North
by Mark C. Serreze
Wildlife of the North Atlantic: A Cruising Guide
by Tony Soper
Scotland: The Story of a Nation
by Magnus Magnusson
Scotland: A Concise History
by Sir Fitzroy Maclean and Magnus Linklater
Continuously in print for over thirty years and renowned to this day for the authority and wit with which it disentangles the complex threads of Scotland's rich history, this classic work has been brought up to date with a new chapter examining the Scots identity in the wake of the first Scottish Parliament in nearly 300 years.
Orkneyinga Saga: The History of the Earls of Orkney
by Hermann Palsson & Paul Edwards
A Farewell to Ice: A Report from the Arctic
by Peter Wadhams
The Faroe Islands: Interpretations of History
by Jonathan Wylie
Scotland: The Autobiography
by Rosemary Goring (editor)
The Sagas of the Icelanders
by Jane Smiley
English translations of 17 sagas, with reference section including maps and full index of characters. In Iceland, the age of the Vikings is also known as the Saga Age. A unique body of medieval literature, the Sagas rank with the world’s great literary treasures – as epic as Homer, as deep in tragedy as Sophocles, as engagingly human as Shakespeare. Set around the turn of the last millennium, these stories depict with an astonishingly modern realism the lives and deeds of the Norse men and women who first settled in Iceland and of their descendants, who ventured farther west to Greenland and, ultimately, North America. Sailing as far from the archetypal heroic adventure as the long ships did from home, the Sagas are written with psychological intensity, peopled by characters with depth, and explore perennial human issues like love, hate, fate and freedom.
The Hammer and the Cross: A New History of the Vikings
by Robert Ferguson
Spitsbergen Explorer (map)
by Nigel Sitwell
The Old Man and His Sons
by Heðin Brú, John F West (translator)
Lines in the Ice: Exploring the Roof of the World
by Philip Hatfield
Sagas in Salt and Stone: Orkney Unwrapped
by Robin Noble





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