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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.

10 Best Cruises to Scandinavia in 2017

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Trip NameSaveFromDaysLevelSummary
The Saga of Erik The Red33%$1073013RelaxedStep aboard Le Soléal in Reykjavik for a 13-day expedition cruise to the remote and beautiful southern Greenland. Cruise across the Arctic and discover Viking ruins on this incredible voyage following in the footsteps of Norwegian explorer Erik the Red.
Greenland Explorer: Valleys and Fjords$3000-$4000$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.
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 Explorer$1500-$2500$649511RelaxedExplore Spitsbergen – the wildlife capital of the Arctic – on this 11-day voyage aboard the Ocean Nova. Unique Arctic animals, like polar bears, walrus, and reindeer, can be spotted while Zodiac cruising, tundra hiking, snowshoeing, or kayaking. Take advantage of continuous daylight for your polar desert exploration.
Big Island, Big Adventure: Spitsbergen Circumnavigation$1500-$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.
Spitsbergen Photography: In Search of Polar Bears$1500-$2500$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.
Big Island, Big Adventure: Spitsbergen Circumnavigation$1500-$2500$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.
West Greenland: Disko Bay$1500-$2500$439510RelaxedThis 10-day voyage on the Ocean Adventurer focuses on Disko Bay, an 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.
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.
Arctic Adventure: Norway, Greenland, and Iceland$1500$1549515RelaxedExplore the captivating shore of the Arctic north on this 15-day Arctic cruise. Sail along the coasts of Svalbard and Greenland and the pristine fjords of Iceland, disembarking in remote coves to explore the beautiful and varied landscape. Keep your eyes open for polar bears, as well as walrus, Arctic fox, and immense bird life.

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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.
 

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