Join your fellow Princetonians for a unique seven-night journey to Scotland’s rarely visited Orkney and Shetland Islands and Norway’s majestic fjords.
Cruise from Glasgow, Scotland, to Bergen, Norway, following the path of Viking explorers. Aboard the five-star Le Champlain, voyage through the spectacular landscapes and dramatic coastlines of this seafaring region steeped in history and cultural richness. Enjoy a full-day excursion into the Scottish Highlands, with visits to Fort William, Glenfinnan and Glencoe. Then travel northwest to the Isle of Skye, home to some of Scotland's most iconic landscapes. See the Orkney Islands’ Neolithic monuments—the Ring of Brodgar and Skara Brae, both UNESCO World Heritage sites—and the Shetland Islands’ 5000-year-old prehistoric site of Jarlshof. Cross the sea to Norway and experience a specially arranged ride on the Flåm Railway, one of the world’s most scenic rail journeys. End your adventure in the picturesque town of Bergen.
Pre-and post-cruise extensions will be available in both Scotland and Norway for those wanting to take a deeper dive into these awe-inspiring countries. Please note: Princeton travelers will be joined by participants from like-minded institutions.
Michael Littman is Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University and Director of Undergraduate Studies in his Department. He joined the Princeton Faculty in 1979 as Assistant Professor. His degrees are in physics. He received an AB degree from Brandeis University in 1972. His PhD is from MIT received in 1977. He was postdoctoral associate at MIT from 1977-1979. Prof. Littman is an experimentalist working in several areas including atomic spectroscopy, tunable laser design, parallel computer design, space telescope design, and recently STEM education. For the past 10 years he has been studying the research and teaching devices used by Prof. Joseph Henry at the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in the early 19th century. Prof. Littman teaches courses in a variety of areas including automatic controls, mechatronics, experimental methods, history of engineering, engineering projects in community service, and a freshman seminar on the art and science of motorcycle design. Prof. Littman is a fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA) and in 2010 he received the OSA Paul Forman Award in recognition for his designs of tunable lasers. In 2015, he was the recipient of the Princeton University School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) award for distinguished teaching.