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Scandinavia By Sea - Denmark, Sweden & Norway

Example 9 Day Cruise aboard National Geographic Explorer
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A moment of stillness in Copenhagen
  • Step back in time while exploring centuries-old fishing villages and World War II fortresses
  • Walk the windswept beaches of Skagen & discover the island of traditions
  • Kayak into the sheltered coves of Sweden’s Weather Islands
  • Sample Norwegian culinary specialties in Oslo
Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed

Full Itinerary

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Day 1: Copenhagen, Denmark | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive in Copenhagen. Enjoy a boat tour of the city’s canals and see its historic waterfront before embarking the National Geographic Explorer. Cast off this afternoon, sailing north toward the Kattegat strait. 

Day 2: Skagen, Denmark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Dotted with yellow and red clapboard houses, Skagen is perched along windswept dunes at the northern tip of Denmark. Explore this charming fishing village, discover rich birdlife with our naturalists, and delve into the history of the Skagen Painters—a community of Scandinavian artists who settled here beginning in the late 19th century, drawn by the town’s magnificent landscapes and remarkable light. Cap off the day with a taste of the famous “Skagen sild,” a local herring dish best enjoyed with a cold Danish beer. 

Day 3: Weather Islands, Sweden

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, journey across the Skagerrak Strait to Sweden’s westernmost archipelago: the Väderöarna, or Weather Islands. This seascape of rugged islets, skerries, and picture-perfect villages boasts some of the most stunning scenery in Scandinavia. Set out by kayak or Zodiac to encounter seal colonies and an array of seabirds, and explore the islands’ stunning vistas on foot.

Day 4: Oslo, Norway

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sail up the epic Oslofjorden to discover the delights of Norway’s cosmopolitan capital. Visit the Fram Museum and learn about the early Norwegian polar expeditions, or spend time with our National Geographic photographer at Vigeland Park, training your lens on more than two hundred life-size human figures by native sculptor Gustav Vigeland. Alternatively, tour a gourmet food market to learn about—and taste—Norwegian culinary specialties.

Day 5: Risør

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sail back down the Oslofjorden and anchor outside the coastal town of Risǿr, adorned with white wooden houses. Enjoy a walk through the quaint center, viewing historic 17th-century buildings that were once home to merchants and sailors. Later, take a short Zodiac ride to nearby Stangholmen skerry for a walk to its lighthouse. Conditions permitting, perhaps go kayaking near one of the island’s ancient “potholes”—small lagoons formed over the centuries by waves.

Day 6: Hidra

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive early this morning on the shores of Flekkefjorden and join our naturalists for a hike on Hidra—a lush island steeped in a rich maritime history dating back to before the Vikings. Visit the World War II-era Hågasån Fort, stroll past quaint wooden houses, and cruise in a Zodiac through the scenic channel that splits the island in two.

Day 7-8: Exploring Norway’s Fjords

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Spend two days exploring Norway’s stunning fjords, considered one of Europe’s greatest natural attractions. Our explorations may take us deep in the Hardangerfjorden—the fourth-longest fjord in the world—where we’ll cruise beneath staggering cliffs, snow-dusted mountains, and rolling valleys dotted with tiny settlements. From our quiet anchorage, head out with naturalists to explore the area on a variety of Zodiac, kayak, and hiking excursions

Day 9: Bergen | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Arrive in beautiful Bergen, perched on a fjord and ringed by seven hills. After breakfast, disembark our ship and transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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A moment of stillness in Copenhagen Paddlers in the Nyhavn district of Copenhagen Explore charming Scandinavian fishing villages Peaceful homes on the shores of the Baltic Sea A market in Bryggen, Bergen, Norway



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National Geographic Explorer's Category 1 Cabin.
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Main Deck with one or two portholes. #301-308
National Geographic Explorer's Category 2 Cabin.
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Cat 2
Main Deck with window. #317-320, 335-336.
National Geographic Explorer's Category 3 Cabin.
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Cat 3
Main Deck with Window #313-316, 321-328, 337-340,342, 344, 346, 348, 350.
National Geographic Explorer's Category 4 Cabin.
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Upper and Veranda Decks with Window. # 103-104, 107-108, 201-202, 204-207, 210, 212, 217, 226, 228.
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Cat 5
Upper Deck with Balcony. #209, 211, 214, 216, 218, 220-222, 224.
National Geographic Explorer's Category 6 Cabin.
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Cat 6
Veranda Deck Suite #101-102; Upper Deck Suite with Balcony #213.
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Cat 7
Upper Deck Suite with Balcony. #215, 219, 230.
National Geographic Explorer's Category SA and SB.
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C Deck Solo - Cabins 309-312, 329-334. Single cabins with window.
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Upper and Veranda Decks with Window. #105-106, 203, 208.


Aboard ship
  • All meals and non-alcoholic beverages*
  • Cappuccinos, lattes & filtered water
  • 24-hour coffee, tea & soda on demand 
  • Hors d’oeuvres & snacks during Recap
  • Fitness center or exercise equipment, depending on the ship
  • Fully stocked library, and other gracious public spaces
  • The guidance and company of our expedition staff
  • The services of a physician on certain ships/destinations
  • Your bar tab and all crew gratuities are included in the voyage price on all National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Endurance, National Geographic Resolution, and National Geographic Orion voyages. Please call for details.
  • Meals on land, as indicated in the itinerary
  • Sightseeing & entrance fees
  • Special access permits, park fees, port taxes
  • Transfers to and from group flights
  • The expertise of our expedition staff
  • All excursions
  • Zodiac & kayak explorations
  • Snorkeling, including wetsuits, masks, fins & snorkel where relevant
  • Presentations and guest speakers in the lounge
  • International and internal airfare
Pre- and post-expedition
  • Additional hotel nights
  • Private transfers
  • Travel Protection Plan
  • Passport, visa, and immigration fees
  • Expedition extensions
  • Gratuities
Aboard ship
  • Alcoholic beverages 
  • Spa treatments
  • Laundry
  • Gift shop items and any other items of personal nature

Rates are capacity-controlled and are subject to change without notice.


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