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Baltic Archipelagos: Islands Of Denmark, Sweden & Finland

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In Denmark explore the craggy shores of Christanø Island and visit the Grasholmen Bird Sanctuary and the Fortress of King Christian V. Sweden’s Visby on Gotland Island is one of the best-preserved medieval towns in Scandinavia with its 13th-century wall and countless ruins. Enjoy Utö Island’s elder-flowered orchids and famed Apollo butterflies. Visit the 17th-century warship of Stockholm’s Vasa Museum and wander through Gamla Stan (Old Town). You won’t want to miss Finland’s Turku Castle, the ruins of Aboa Vetus, and the Åland Maritime Museum — arguably the finest in the world.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Copenhagen, Denmark | Embark
Day 2 : Christiansø
Day 3 : Visby, Gotland, Sweden
Day 4 : Stockholm Archipelago
Day 5 : Stockholm
Day 6 : Mariehamn, Åland, Finland
Day 7 : Turku
Day 8 : Tallinn, Estonia | Disembark

Highlights

  • Venture to the fortified town of Visby, a center of medieval trade history
  • Navigate the isles of the Stockholm Archipelago by kayak or Zodiac
  • Tour the old town and historic buildings of Stockholm
  • Visit Finland’s Åland Islands and Turku, Finland’s oldest city

Ship

National Geographic Orion

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Night scenery of Stockholm, Sweden City view of Stockholm, Sweden Scandinavia’s traditional, red fishermen’s cabins Cycling on Gotland Island, Sweden Brightly colored houses decorate the pier.

Day 1 Copenhagen, Denmark | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Embark the National Geographic Orion then settle into your cabin and prepare for an evening departure.

Day 2 Christiansø

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Venture by Zodiac to the almost uninhabited island of Christiansø, where Danish fortifications date from 1684. Explore the craggy shores and lighthouse — the first in Denmark Christiansø, and with just one type of mammal, the hedgehog. Look for eider ducks, razorbills, and more nested on the small island of Græsholmen, a bird sanctuary.

Day 3 Visby, Gotland, Sweden

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the day exploring Visby, one of the best-preserved medieval towns in Scandinavia. Founded as a Viking settlement, the town became a center of the Hanseatic trade in the 12th to 14th centuries. Stroll the cobblestone streets of the enchanting old town and walk along its nearly two-mile-long, 13th-century wall. Ride a bike through town or along the many bike paths across the island of Gotland. This evening a special night on Gotland awaits you with a Swedish dinner and a private concert by Swedish folk music group, Väsen.

Extremely picturesque, Visby is perfect for a guided photo walk through medieval neighborhoods capped off with a visit to the Gotland Museum.

Day 4 Stockholm Archipelago

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Anchor near the small island of Utö and explore its quiet coves by kayak. Or, take a Zodiac to the island to walk through Utö’s nature preserve. Keep your camera handy as you maneuver through the scenic Stockholm Archipelago to dock in the heart of Stockholm, the city built on 14 islands.

Arrive in Stockholm like no one else: via Zodiac through the lush greenery of the Djurgärden Canal.

Day 5 Stockholm

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The great Scandinavian maritime capital of Stockholm provides some favorite experiences: view the royal Vasa warship (which capsized in Stockholm harbor in 1628 and was salvaged and restored 350 years later.) Take a walking tour of Old Town Gamla Stan, or learn about Sweden’s living history at the Skansen open-air museum. This afternoon enjoy time on your own or take a tasting tour of Swedish sweets in the Gamla Stan. The ships stays docked overnight so you can enjoy this magical Scandinavian city.

Take a rooftop walk across the Old Town. Yes, opt to buckle up in your safety harness and step along the narrow rooftop path that only your group is able follow. Be stunned by the fantastic views and the fascinating stories that your guide narrates.

Day 6 Mariehamn, Åland, Finland

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sail to the Åland Islands, an autonomous, Swedish speaking, Finnish territory. In Mariehamn, the capital, visit the four-masted merchant sailing ship Pommern, and visit the Åland Maritime Museum, or bicycle out into the countryside. Tonight, enjoy a special tasting ashore while you hear traditional sea shanties from the Age of Sail.

Day 7 Turku

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit Turku, the oldest city in Finland. Explore Turku Castle, the Luostarinmäki Handicrafts Museum, or the artwork and underground ruins at Aboa Vetus and Ars Nova museum. This afternoon cruise via Zodiac to a small island for nature hikes and a relaxing swim.

Experience an authentic Finnish sauna in the good ol’ outdoors. Opt to take a sauna or a swim in the waters of one of the many islands in Turku’s Archipelago.

Day 8 Tallinn, Estonia | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport for flights home.

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Notes

Single supplement varies by itinerary. A solo traveler matching program may be available, but is subject to availability.

Please Note: Flexibility is a hallmark of National Geographic expeditions, and often the day-by-day itinerary will change as you take advantage of rare wildlife sightings or photographers linger ashore through the golden hour of light. Extraordinary adventure is a guarantee.

Included in Cost:
  • Accommodations aboard ship
  • Meals indicated
  • Alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages aboard ship
  • Excursions
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees
  • Special access permits
  • Transfers to and from group flights
  • Use of kayaks and snorkeling equipment
  • Services of Lindblad Expeditions’ Leader, National Geographic photographer, naturalist staff and expert guides
  • Services of a ship physician
  • All gratuities
  • All port charges and service taxes

Not Included:
  • Air transportation
  • Extensions
  • Passport, visa, immigration fees
  • Meals not indicated
  • Travel protection plan
  • Items of a personal nature such as e-mail, laundry.

Included

  • 7 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 7 Dinners
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