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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 this landscape. 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, including perhaps a visit to the North Pole itself.

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Greenland Explorer: Valleys and Fjords$2500-$3500$699515RelaxedDiscover Greenland on this 15-day cruise aboard the Ocean Adventurer. Sailing along the coast is the best way to sample the rich history and diversity of this beautiful country. Kayaking around fjords, cruising Cape Farewell, and soaking in hot springs offers an exclusive Arctic immersion experience.
Big Island, Big Adventure: Spitsbergen Circumnavigation$2500-$3500$789513RelaxedAlong this 13-day voyage on the Ocean Adventurer you'll encounter Arctic wildlife, visit incredible geological formations, and explore some of the favorite landing sites in the Arctic Circle. Circumnavigate along the Spitsbergen archipelago and enhance your polar experience with optional excursions like kayaking and hiking.
Three Arctic Islands$2500-$3500$729513RelaxedOn this 13-day award-winning expedition aboard the Ocean Adventurer hike the Arctic tundra, cruise in a zodiac through icebergs and glaciers, and join optional kayaking excursions as you travel from the Arctic Circle in Spitsbergen, to the northeast coast of Greenland, and fascinating Iceland.
Spitsbergen Photography: In Search of Polar Bears$2500-$3500$789513RelaxedThis 13-day cruise aboard the Ocean Adventurer will take you deep into the enchanting northern landscapes of Spitsbergen. Among untouched tundra, ice-topped mountains, massive glaciers, & deep-walled fjords, you'll see polar bears, walruses, and other amazing Arctic creatures.
Introduction to Spitsbergen: Polar Bear Safari$1500-$2500$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.
Spitsbergen Explorer: Wildlife Capital of the Arctic$1500-$2500$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.
West Greenland: Disko Bay$1500-$2500$439510RelaxedThis 10-day voyage on the Ocean Adventurer focuses on Disko Bay, a legendary area famous for its icebergs & whales. Explore the natural wonders of northwest Greenland, including visits to Itilleq Fjord, Ilulissat Icefjord (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Baffin Bay, Equip Sermia, Uummannaq, Disko Island, and Sisimut.
Big Island, Big Adventure: Spitsbergen Circumnavigation$2500$749513RelaxedAs you embark the Ocean Nova in Longyearbyen, prepare for a 13-day adventure where you will see Arctic wildlife, incredible geological formations, and visit some of our favorite landing sites as you cruise around Spitsbergen, home to numerous seabirds, whales, walruses and even the king of the Arctic – the polar bear.
Across the Arctic Circle: Scotland, Norway & Spitsbergen50%$527014RelaxedBoard the Polar Pioneer to follow the Vikings’ route from Scotland to Svalbard on this 14-day Arctic voyage. Explore the Orkney and Shetland islands with visits to Stone Age sites, distilleries and picturesque fishing villages. Whale and bird watch along Norway's dramatic coast and search for seals, reindeer and polar bears in the Arctic Circle.
Spitsbergen Encounter$1500$549510RelaxedCruise into the heart of the Norwegian Arctic on this 10-day expedition aboard the Akademik Ioffe. Shore excursions to places of historic & wildlife colonies let you view the vivid native flora & fauna. This expedition features short and long hikes on shore and kayaking, along with regular cruising in the Zodiacs.

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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.
     
  • Greenland: Trek across glaciers & kayak through the fjords that underline this territory. In Scoresbysund, you'll see the world's biggest system of fjords; then you can visit some of the quaint fishing villages, where industry and traditions haven't changed in centuries.
     
  • Visit the British Isles & Eastern Europe, like Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and Russia. 
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.
 

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