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Zip up your parka & grab your scarf, as you set out to explore Scandinavia. Cruise through the icy waters of the Arctic Ocean, visiting Finland, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, & Greenland. Upon these frozen countries, distinct ways of life have developed around the glaciers & frigid waters that characterize Scandinavia. One of the defining features of the region are the breathtaking fjords, like those of Scoresbysund, which can be explored by Zodiac. As you cross through the Arctic circle, you will spot whales, polar bears, seals, and sea birds. And don't miss the nighttime spectacle of Aurora Borealis. From Svalbard to Reykjavik to Greenland's ice-capped tundra & coasts, a Scandinavian cruise takes you through one of the most remote and intriguing regions of our planet, perhaps including a visit to the North Pole itself.

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Trip NameSaveFromDaysLevelSummary
Iceland, Greenland, and Baffin Island: Arctic Circle Traverse25%$899518RelaxedOn this 18-day Arctic Circle Traverse cruise venture to remote and untamed lands of breathtaking vistas, massive icebergs and majestic mountains, fjords and glaciers. Join the Ocean Adventurer (Sea Adventurer) on an unforgettable Arctic small ship cruise to Iceland, Greenland, and Baffin Island, where rare wildlife-viewing opportunities abound.
East Greenland: Northern Lights25%$839514RelaxedExplore Scoresbysund, the world’s largest fjord system, on this 14-day Greenland voyage. Enticing you with some of the best displays of the northern lights, visit the Inuit settlement of Ittoqqortoormiit and learn about their traditions. Experience Greenland’s vast landscapes, spot Arctic wildlife, and hike the tundra on this active adventure.
Franz Josef Land: Longyearbyen - Longyearbyen10%-15%$859514RelaxedJoin the Sea Spirit on an authentic Arctic adventure. Discover Longyearbyen, capital of the Norwegian territory of Svalbard and starting point of your expedition, and sail all the way to Franz Josef Land, part of the Russian Arctic National Park since 2012. View polar bears and other quintessential High Arctic wildlife.
Introduction to Spitsbergen: Polar Bear Safari25%$52959RelaxedWitness the windswept landscapes of the Arctic on this 9-day voyage to the island of Spitsbergen on the Ocean Adventurer. There are also optional adventure like kayaking among icebergs & glaciers, snowshoeing through remote alcoves & hidden valleys, and hiking across the extraordinary Arctic tundra.
Iceland and Natural Wonders of Greenland20%$399512RelaxedJoin the Ocean Diamond for a 12-day expedition cruise from Reykjavik, Iceland to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland. Take in the magical scenery of Iceland’s volcanic landscape and the inviting, immense fjords of Greenland. Learn about these countries, their people, and wildlife on your unforgettable journey.
Spitsbergen - East Greenland - Iceland10%-15%$749515RelaxedExplore three fascinating Arctic destinations, Spitsbergen, East Greenland, and Iceland, on a spectacular 15-day cruise. Discover magnificent landscapes and fall in love with the culture and unique wildlife of this region.
Iceland, Jan Mayen & Spitsbergen10%-15%$639513RelaxedJoin the Sea Spirit on a fantastic 13-day sailing expedition to Iceland, Jan Mayen, and Spitsbergen. Explore some of the Arctic's most magical landscapes, admire its exotic wildlife, and enjoy all the history it contains!
Spitsbergen Explorer: Wildlife Capital of the Arctic15%$629511RelaxedThis 11-day cruise on the Ocean Adventurer (Sea Adventurer) explores Spitsbergen, the wildlife capital of the Arctic, through zodiac cruising, tundra hiking, snowshoeing, and kayaking. Witness continuous daylight and unique Arctic wildlife as you sail around the magical island of Spitsbergen.
East Greenland10%-15%$599512RelaxedJoin the Sea Spirit on this incredible Greenland cruise and experience the amazing connection between culture and nature. Go on adventures among colossal icebergs, mountains, and fjords to explore the biggest island in the world. Let the expedition leader bring you to first-hand interactions with wild nature in the Arctic sea.
Iceland Circumnavigation20%$259510RelaxedBoard the Ocean Diamond for a 10-day cruise around Iceland. Along the way, you'll discover both natural wonders and the Icelandic way of living via a range of shore excursions that feature bird & whale watching, Zodiac tours, and hikes that lead you to exotic geological formations that have inspired the country's nickname: Land of fire & ice.

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Scandinavia Cruise Guide & Travel Tips

The majestic, ice-covered tundra of Scandinavia proudly crowns the globe. Unlike tropical cruises where snorkeling & tanning are the highlights, here you'll need to bundle up as you get acquainted with the fascinating and unique sites of the Arctic Circle
  • Norway: Witness the incredible biodiversity of the Sea of Okhotsk, where polar bears & seals tread through the waters; Get to know the Spitsbergen archipelago, home to Svalbard Longyearbyen.
     
  • Iceland: Immerse yourself in Norse folklore as you follow in the steps of the Vikings. Explore the West Coast & Ísafjördur, considered by many to be one of the most magnificent fjords in the Arctic. In Reykjavik, museums and buildings preserve ancient artifacts and architecture.
No matter which cruise you choose, you are sure to see the marvelous Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis). Some crusies even offer exclusive expeditions to the North Pole

 
Getting to Scandinavia
Scandinavia comprises the whole northern region of Europe, including Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Denmark. So depending on where you are traveling from and where you are traveling to, there are a number of options:

From Europe by bus or train: Europe's intricate and consistent bus and train network makes it easy to get a train to most major cities in Scandinavia (other than those in Iceland, of course). Since some destinations require overnight commutes, trains typically provide cabin cars to sleep in.

From Europe by plane: If you are traveling from other parts of Europe that are too far to go by train or bus, then it's easy to find a flight that connects to the major cities in all Scandinavian countries. This is also the only way to get to Iceland.

From the United States, Asia, & Australia: There are many direct flights from both coasts of the United States and throughout Asia. From Australia & New Zealand, you will have to connect via Europe or Asia.

Getting around Scandinavia
If you are already in Scandinavia, a good alternative to land or air transportation is taking a ferry or speedboat. These will take you to most of the major port cities from which the cruises depart.
 

Scandinavia FAQs: For more info on specific destinations, click on the countries below.

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