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.
Program No. 23772RJ
12 days
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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.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace

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.
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