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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 NorwayFinland, Sweden, Iceland, Denmark & 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. 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 2019

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Trip NameSaveFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
In the Wake of the Vikings: A Voyage from Iceland to Greenland15%$499512Jul 14, 2019Board the Ocean Endeavour to follow in the footsteps of the Vikings on this exceptional 12-day expedition cruise across the Arctic region. Depart …
Iceland Circumnavigation15%$449510Jul 5, 2019Trace the routes of the Icelandic sagas' heroes on this 10-day circumnavigation cruise starting and ending in Reykjavik. Volcanically and …
Spitsbergen Encounter$1000$589510Jun 19, 2019On this 10-day Arctic cruise explore the pristine coves and calving glaciers of Spistbergen and Svalbard. the land of the polar bear, beluga whale, …
Spitsbergen Explorer$1000$809512Jun 8, 2019The Norwegian territory of Svalbard and the islands that make up the archipelago offer a tremendous wildlife and birdlife experience, as well as a …
Exploring Gardens and Historic Sites$1000$464010May 14, 2019This 9-day small ship cruise aboard Le Boreal explores the United Kingdom, departing from London and visiting ancient Scotland and various towns …
History, Art & Architecture along the North Sea$1000$45108Aug 25, 2019Board the luxurious Le Dumont-d'Urville for an unforgettable 8-day cruise of the North Sea, departing from Copenhagen and visiting Harlingen, …
Introduction to Spitsbergen: Polar Bear Safari$1500$57959Jun 1, 2019This 9-day Arctic cruise aboard Ocean Adventurer offers a true taste of everything the Arctic has to offer, from polar bears and walrus to …
Big Island, Big Adventure: Spitsbergen Circumnavigation$2000$789513Jun 17, 2019Along this 13-day expedition cruise on the Ocean Adventurer you'll encounter Arctic wildlife, visit incredible geological formations, and explore …
Land of Ice Bears: An In-Depth Exploration of Arctic SvalbardSavings$1074010Jun 3, 2019Plunge deep into the Arctic on this 10-day polar expedition cruise aboard the luxurious NatGeo Explorer to experience wildlife like polar bears, …
Norway's Fjords & Arctic SvalbardSavings$1794016May 21, 2019From walruses to polar bears to the most stunning fjords of Norway, this 16-day cruise aboard the National Geographic Explorer immerses you in the …

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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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