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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.

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Trip NameSaveFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
Circumnavigating the Svalbard Archipelago30%$755312Jul 10, 2020Join this voyage into Arctic wilderness at its most extreme. Sail above 80º N while circumnavigating Svalbard in search of the mighty polar bear.
Circumnavigating Svalbard: The Ultimate Expedition30%$963912Jun 5, 2021
Spitsbergen Photography: In Search of Polar Bears20%$1149514May 26, 2021You’ll be experiencing this once-in-a-lifetime journey aboard a game-changing new expedition vessel, Ultramarine, which is equipped with 20 …
Circumnavigating Iceland: The Land of Elves, Sagas, and Volcanoes30%$652011Jul 18, 2021Board the MS Fram to discover the coastal highlights of Iceland, the land of elves, sagas, and volcanoes, on this 11-day circumnavigation cruise. …
Essential Greenland: Southern Coasts and Disko Bay15%$1049515Jun 25, 2021Join the 15-day cruise aboard Ultramarine to experience the best that Greenland has to offer. You will visit historical sites and meet locals while …
Introduction to Spitsbergen: Fjords, Glaciers, and Wildlife of Svalbard20%$749510May 8, 2021This exciting introductory journey to the remote Norwegian island of Spitsbergen, renowned for its stunning scenery and abundant, varied wildlife …
Three Arctic Islands: Iceland, Greenland and Spitsbergen - Reykjavik to Longyearbyen15%$1049515Sep 4, 2021Embark on Ocean Adventurer and join its 15-day itinerary that explores Iceland, Greenland and Spitsbergen. Get a chance to see spectacular diverse …
Three Arctic Islands: Spitsbergen, Greenland and Iceland - Oslo to Reykjavik15%$1049515Sep 17, 2021Check Spitsbergen, Greenland, and Iceland off your bucket list as you explore these three regions on this 15-day cruise aboard Ocean Adventurer. …
Greenland Adventure: Explore by Sea, Land and Air15%$79959Jul 10, 2021Aboard the Ultramarine, you'll be offered the most extensive array of adventure activities and you'll be able to curate an authentic Greenland active …
Spitsbergen Highlights: Expedition in Brief20%$59957May 3, 2021Aboard Ultramarine, explore Spitsbergen in brand new ways—taking advantage of the 20 quick-launching Zodiacs, the most extensive adventure options …

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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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