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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
Greenland Explorer: Valleys and Fjords35%$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 …
Franz Josef Land: Longyearbyen - Longyearbyen15%$949515RelaxedJoin the Sea Spirit on an authentic Arctic adventure. Discover Longyearbyen, capital of the Norwegian territory of Svalbard and starting point of …
West Spitsbergen & Polar Ice Edge15%$699512RelaxedJourney across the enchanting Arctic on this 12-day sailing expedition aboard the Sea Spirit. Exploit every opportunity to experience excellent …
Big Island, Big Adventure: Spitsbergen Circumnavigation15%$789513RelaxedAlong this 13-day voyage on the Ocean Adventurer you'll encounter Arctic wildlife, visit incredible geological formations, and explore some of the …
Spitsbergen Photography: In Search of Polar Bears15%$789513RelaxedThis 13-day cruise aboard the Ocean Adventurer will take you deep into the enchanting northern landscapes of Spitsbergen. Among untouched tundra, …
West Spitsbergen & Polar Ice Edge15%$649510RelaxedJourney across the enchanting Arctic on this 10-day sailing expedition aboard the Sea Spirit. Take advantage of every opportunity to experience …
West Greenland: Disko Bay20%$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 …
East Greenland15%$599511RelaxedJoin the Sea Spirit on this incredible Greenland cruise and experience the amazing connection between culture and nature. Go on adventures among …
Introduction to Spitsbergen: Polar Bear Safari15%$57959RelaxedThis 9-day voyage provides the opportunity to get a taste of everything the Arctic has to offer, from polar bears and walrus to spectacular scenery. …
Midnight Sun Exploration of Greenland$1250$1705517RelaxedExperience the stunning Ilulissat Icefjord, where enormous icebergs crack, rumble, and change color under the midnight sun on this 17-day voyage …

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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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