Colorful buildings in Nyhavn along the Waterfront in Copenhagen with several small ships in front
2 travelers walk toward old brick castles atop bright green grass under a blue sky on the Circumnavigating the Baltic Sea Cruise.
Three people riding bicycles along a paved path beside an old brick castle on a sunny day with clear blue skies
Art Nouveau style architecture locally known as Jugendstil, Riga, Latvia with white statutes and detail on a blue brick buildling
Preserved remanence of a ship that once sailed and explored the Baltic Sea, now propped up on display in a museum
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Circumnavigating the Baltic Sea Cruise

Explore six countries that have thrived along the Baltic Sea and discover their intertwined histories filled with fascinating cultures on this Baltic Sea cruise. Sail among the picturesque islands and rugged coastlines of the Baltic Sea aboard 148-guest National Geographic Explorer. Follow in the wake of famous seafarers from the Vikings to the wealthy traders of the Hanseatic League. Explore these storied shores and witness the many cultural layers that have shaped this diverse region. Every day join naturalist or historian-guided hikes; or experiment with camera settings on a leisurely photo-focused walk. The encyclopedic knowledge of the historians adds insight, depth, and clarity to each destination and all the wonders contained while the naturalists describe the geology of these rich coastlines.

Discover beautiful islands of the Baltic Sea, like tiny Christiansø, whose fortress was a base for privateers, and Öland, with its Iron Age ring forts, windmills and dramatic cliffs. Halfway between Sweden and Finland, the intriguing Åland Islands—comprising 6,700 islands—were demilitarized after the Crimean War in the mid-1800s, and their deep connection to the sea is reflected in the friendly capital, Mariehamn. Explore elegant Lübeck, former capital of the Hanseatic League; wander through the medieval walled city of Visby; discover a side of Stockholm and Helsinki that few have experienced; and navigate tranquil bays and inlets teeming with biodiversity by kayak or Zodiac.  

Travel round-trip from Copenhagen visiting all the highlights in between. Explore round churches and charming fishing villages on the Danish islands of Christiansø and Bornholm alongside a National Geographic Photography Expert. Discover several UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the Hanseatic trade centers of Lübeck and Visby and the Swedish island of Öland. Delve into the captivating cities of Stockholm and Helsinki, discovering their timeless Old Towns as well as their flourishing contemporary culture. Navigate the wild Stockholm archipelago by kayak or Zodiac, and discover the unusual culture of Finland’s Åland Islands, an autonomous, Swedish-speaking region. And get immersed in the local cultures through musical performances curated by an onboard ethnomusicologist.

An alternative 13-day Scandinavian Discovery route cruises one-way from Helsinki, Finland to Bergen, Norway, exploring Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Norway on a voyage from the Baltic Sea to the North Sea.

Read on for details about this trip, learn more about AdventureSmith’s Northern Europe cruises and Northern Europe trips.



Itinerary

2023 Circumnavigating the Baltic Sea Itinerary

This 16-day circumnavigation of the Baltic Sea cruise sails round-trip from Copenhagen, Denmark allowing travelers to visit six different countries throughout the Baltic Sea.

Navigating the Baltic Sea Cruise route map, operating round-trip from Copenhagen Denmark, with visits to Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia & Poland.
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Days 1 - 2
Fly to Copenhagen, Denmark & Embark

After an overnight flight, arrive in the Danish capital of Copenhagen (Day 2). See the city from the water on a boat cruise along its charming canals, then embark the ship.

Accommodations

n/a (day 1); National Geographic Explorer (day 2)

Meals

n/a (day 1); lunch and dinner (day 2)

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Day 3
Christiansø & Bornholm, Denmark

Sail to the tiny isle of Christiansø, where Danish fortifications date from 1684. Join the National Geographic Photography Expert for a walk among the colorful buildings of this car-free island, home to less than 100 people and just one species of mammal: the hedgehog. This afternoon, cruise to Bornholm Island. Hike the coast trail to the clifftop ruins of the Hammershus fortress, or visit the island’s round churches and the harbor village of Svaneke, voted Denmark’s most beautiful town in 2013.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Gdańsk, Poland

Arrive in Poland and take in Gdańsk’s art and architectural highlights, including the Gothic-Renaissance Town Hall and the National Museum. Visit the Westerplatte peninsula, where World War II began with the German invasion of Poland, and take a guided tour of the European Solidarity Center.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
At Sea to Riga, Latvia

Enjoy a day at sea, as the ship sails into the Gulf of Riga, with lectures by the onboard experts, photography
workshops with Certified Photo Instructors and a National Geographic Photography Expert. Enjoy a scenic sailing into Riga this evening.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Riga

Take a walking tour through Riga’s UNESCO World Heritage-designated center, passing wooden houses, art nouveau architecture and funky cafés. Wander through the airy Central Market—Europe’s largest market,  housed in old Zeppelin airship hangers. Or drive to the Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum, situated in a
wooded park on the outskirts of the city.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Tallinn, Estonia

Cross the Gulf of Riga to Estonia arriving in Tallinn this afternoon. Stroll the cobbled, medieval streets of the walled Old Town on a guided walking tour, and see the Kiek in de Kök, a 15th-century defensive tower. Visit Town Hall Square and take in the view of Tallinn’s picturesque spires and gables from Dome Hill.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 8 - 9
Helsinki, Finland

Arrive in Helsinki in the morning, a stylish capital known for its creativity, architecture and vibrant contemporary design scene. Choose from several options here: a traditional Finnish foraging excursion; a visit to the World Heritage-listed Suomenlinna Fortress; or a trip back in time to the home of Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim, one of Finland’s most notable statesman. Then explore in and around Finland’s capital: tour a grand estate in Porvoo; visit Seurasaari Open Air Museum, dedicated to preserving the traditions of rural Finland.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 10
Exploring Coastal Finland

Today, explore Finland’s southern coastline, with its numerous bays, inlets and islands rich with natural history. Navigate the labyrinthine passages of Ekenäs Archipelago National Park by kayak or Zodiac and disembark to explore its rocky and windswept islets.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 11
Aland Islands, Finland

Arrive in Mariehamn, the capital of Finland’s Åland Islands, an autonomous region made up of over 6,700 islands where 90% of the population speaks Swedish. Delve into the rich history of the islands, get a taste for their musical and culinary traditions and learn how the Baltic Sea has connected major empires throughout history. Set off on a hike or a bike ride along its shores, or venture out into the harbor of Mariehamn on Zodiacs to explore the historic pilot station, Kobba Klintar.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 12 - 13
Cruising Stockholm Archipelago, Sweden

Experience the natural beauty and cultural history of the largest archipelago in Sweden as the ship cruises among countless islands and past Fredriksborg Fortress on her way into the Swedish capital. Stay docked in Stockholm overnight so you can enjoy this magical Scandinavian city at your leisure. The next day, marvel at an amazingly preserved 17th-century wooden warship Vasa, housed in Stockholm’s Vasa Museum. Take a walking tour of the Old Town and visit the Royal Armoury to see the sparkling costumes and carriages of Sweden’s monarchs.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 14
Visby, Gotland, Sweden

Spend the day exploring the World Heritage site of Visby, a former Viking settlement on the island of Gotland and one of the best-preserved medieval towns in Scandinavia. Stroll the old town’s cobbled streets and walk along its 13th-century wall. Then visit the Gotland Museum, where an incomparable collection showcases Swedish history, from eighth-century picture stones to the discovery in 1999 of the Spillings Hoard, a treasure trove of Viking silver. Alternatively, head into the countryside for a visit to a sheep farm, or join a local guide for a bike ride, enjoying amazing views of the medieval town of Visby and the harbor.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 15
Öland, Sweden

Enjoy a leisurely sail through the narrow Kalmar Strait, which separates the Swedish mainland from the island of Öland. Visit Kalmar Castle, a seaside Renaissance castle set on the site where the Kalmar Union was signed in 1397, bringing Norway, Sweden and Denmark under a single monarch. Or venture to Öland, a long island of limestone heaths, biodiversity and prehistory, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Its first inhabitants date back some 6,000 years. While exploring the island’s coast, learn about its Mesolithic and Neolithic sites and discover its diverse flora and fauna—including a surprising number of bird species. On a guided tour of the Ottenby Bird Observatory, where researchers have been studying migratory birds since 1946, learn about bird banding—a technique used to study the approximate 140 species that migrate through the region each year.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 16
Disembark Copenhagen, Denmark

Disembark this morning and transfer to the airport for flights home.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations; meals indicated; excursions; services of expedition leader, naturalist staff and expert guides; use of kayaks and bicycles; entrance fees; all port charges and service taxes. Gratuities for all departures of National Geographic Explorer, Orion, Endurance, Resolution, Sea Cloud, Jahan and Lord of the Glens. Complimentary beer & wine on National Geographic Venture, National Geographic Quest, National Geographic Sea Lion, National Geographic Sea Bird, with a complimentary full bar on all other ships.

Exclusions

Immigration fees; air transportation; extensions; meals not indicated; reserve wines & premium spirits; gratuities for all departures of Delfin II, Endeavour II, Islander II, Venture, Quest, Sea Bird and Sea Lion; personal items such as emails, laundry, voyage DVD, etc.; and insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

For Expeditions departing prior to April 1, 2024:
In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $2,500 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 120 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
180 or more days – $750 of deposit retained (may be applied to future trip by trip operator)
179 to 120 days – 100% of deposit
119 to 90 days – 25% of total trip cost
89 to 60 days – 50% of total trip cost
59 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all guests 5 years and older must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot). There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The 2023 Circumnavigating the Baltic Sea cruise begins and ends in Copenhagen, Denmark (CPH). Group flights are recommended for this cruise and your AdventureSmith Specialist can assist with group flight details. General recommendations are to arrive to Copenhagen anytime on Day 2 of the itinerary. Disembarkation is after breakfast on Day 16 of the itinerary. Plan to depart Copenhagen on the final day of the cruise no earlier than 10:25am. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include walking, hiking, kayaking, inflatable boat/skiff excursions and photography.

Room Configuration

In addition to listed Solo cabin rates, select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. If you would like to share accommodations with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to try to accommodate you in select cabin categories. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate whether or not a roommate is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Children under the age of 18 are eligible for $500 off the double occupancy rate. Skilled staff members trained with National Geographic Education organize activities that inspire curiosity in young people of all ages. Programming for kids may include activities like photo workshops, journaling, scavenger hunts, Zodiac-driving lessons, hands-on nature and science programming and kid-friendly menu options.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

2024 Circumnavigating the Baltic Sea Itinerary

This 15-day circumnavigation of the Baltic Sea cruise sails round-trip from Helsinki, Finland allowing travelers to visit six different countries throughout the Baltic Sea.

Navigating the Baltic Sea Cruise route map, operating round-trip from Helsinki, Finland, with visits to Denmark, Sweden, Estonia, Latvia & Poland.
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Days 1 - 2
Arrive Helsinki, Finland & Embark

Arrive in Helsinki— Finland’s stylish capital known for its creativity, architecture and vibrant contemporary design scene—in the morning, and transfer from the airport to the ship before lunch. Choose from several options during your time here: a traditional Finnish foraging excursion; a visit to the World Heritage-listed Suomenlinna Fortress; or a trip back in time to the home of Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim, one of Finland’s most notable statesmen. The ship will stay docked in Helsinki overnight so you can enjoy the city at your leisure in the evening. Explore in and around Finland’s capital with local experts: tour a grand estate in Porvoo or visit Seurasaari Open Air Museum, dedicated to preserving the traditions of rural Finland.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer

Meals

lunch and dinner (day 1); breakfast, lunch and dinner (day 2)

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Day 3
Exploring Coastal Finland

Today, explore Finland’s southern coastline, with its numerous bays, inlets and islands rich with natural history. Navigate the labyrinthine passages of Ekenäs Archipelago National Park by kayak or Zodiac and disembark to explore its rocky and windswept islets.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 4 - 5
Aland Islands, Finland

Arrive in Mariehamn, the capital of Finland’s Åland Islands, an autonomous region made up of over 6,700 islands where 90% of the population speaks Swedish. Delve into the rich history of the islands, get a taste for their musical and culinary traditions and learn how the Baltic Sea has connected major empires throughout history. Set off on a hike or a bike ride along its shores, or venture out into the harbor of Mariehamn on Zodiacs to explore the historic pilot station, Kobba Klintar.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 6 - 7
Cruising Stockholm Archipelago, Sweden

Experience the natural beauty and cultural history of the largest archipelago in Sweden as the ship cruises among countless islands and past Fredriksborg Fortress on her way into the Swedish capital. Stay docked in Stockholm overnight so you can enjoy this magical Scandinavian city at your leisure. The next day, marvel at an amazingly preserved 17th-century wooden warship Vasa, housed in Stockholm’s Vasa Museum. Take a walking tour of the Old Town and visit the Royal Armoury to see the sparkling costumes and carriages of Sweden’s monarchs.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Visby, Gotland, Sweden

Spend the day exploring the World Heritage site of Visby, a former Viking settlement on the island of Gotland and one of the best-preserved medieval towns in Scandinavia. Stroll the old town’s cobbled streets and walk along its 13th-century wall. Then visit the Gotland Museum, where an incomparable collection showcases Swedish history, from eighth-century picture stones to the discovery in 1999 of the Spillings Hoard, a treasure trove of Viking silver. Alternatively, head into the countryside for a visit to a sheep farm, or join a local guide for a bike ride, enjoying amazing views of the medieval town of Visby and the harbor.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 9
Öland, Sweden

Enjoy a leisurely sail through the narrow Kalmar Strait, which separates the Swedish mainland from the island of Öland. Visit Kalmar Castle, a seaside Renaissance castle set on the site where the Kalmar Union was signed in 1397, bringing Norway, Sweden and Denmark under a single monarch. Or venture to Öland, a long island of limestone heaths, biodiversity and prehistory, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Its first inhabitants date back some 6,000 years. While exploring the island’s coast, learn about its Mesolithic and Neolithic sites and discover its diverse flora and fauna—including a surprising number of bird species. On a guided tour of the Ottenby Bird Observatory, where researchers have been studying migratory birds since 1946, learn about bird banding—a technique used to study the approximate 140 species that migrate through the region each year.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 10
Christiansø & Bornholm, Denmark

Sail to the tiny isle of Christiansø, where Danish fortifications date from 1684. Join the National Geographic Photography Expert for a walk among the colorful buildings of this car-free island, home to less than 100 people and just one species of mammal: the hedgehog. This afternoon, cruise to Bornholm Island. Hike the coast trail to the clifftop ruins of the Hammershus fortress, or visit the island’s round churches and the harbor village of Svaneke, voted Denmark’s most beautiful town in 2013.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 11
Gdańsk, Poland

Arrive in Poland and take in Gdańsk’s art and architectural highlights, including the Gothic-Renaissance Town Hall and the National Museum. Visit the Westerplatte peninsula, where World War II began with the German invasion of Poland, and take a guided tour of the European Solidarity Center.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 12
At Sea to Riga, Latvia

Enjoy a day at sea, as the ship sails into the Gulf of Riga, with lectures by the onboard experts, photography
workshops with Certified Photo Instructors and a National Geographic Photography Expert. Enjoy a scenic sailing into Riga this evening.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 13
Riga

Take a walking tour through Riga’s UNESCO World Heritage-designated center, passing wooden houses, art nouveau architecture and funky cafés. Wander through the airy Central Market—Europe’s largest market,  housed in old Zeppelin airship hangers. Or drive to the Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum, situated in a
wooded park on the outskirts of the city.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 14
Tallinn, Estonia

Cross the Gulf of Riga to Estonia arriving in Tallinn this afternoon. Stroll the cobbled, medieval streets of the walled Old Town on a guided walking tour, and see the Kiek in de Kök, a 15th-century defensive tower. Visit Town Hall Square and take in the view of Tallinn’s picturesque spires and gables from Dome Hill. Enjoy the city at your leisure this evening.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 15
Disembark Helsinki, Finland

This morning after breakfast, disembark and transfer to the airport for your flights home.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations; meals indicated; beer, wine & full bar; excursions; services of expedition leader, naturalist staff and expert guides; use of kayaks and bicycles; entrance fees; all port charges and service taxes. Gratuities for all departures of National Geographic Explorer, Orion, Endurance, Resolution, Sea Cloud, Jahan and Lord of the Glens.

Exclusions

Immigration fees; air transportation; extensions; meals not indicated; reserve wines & premium spirits; gratuities for all departures of Delfin II, Endeavour II, Islander II, Venture, Quest, Sea Bird and Sea Lion; personal items such as emails, laundry, voyage DVD, etc.; and insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

For Expeditions departing April 1, 2024 onward:
In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 15% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 120 days before the departure date. Special payment terms apply for groups of 8 or more, inquire for details. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
120 or more days – 100% of deposit**
119 to 90 days – 50% of total trip cost
89 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

**Advance payments will be credited in the form of a Lindblad Expeditions Travel Certificate which only may be applied towards final payment on any future booking; the certificate does not expire.

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all guests 5 years and older must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot). There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The 2024 Circumnavigating the Baltic Sea cruise begins and ends in Helsinki, Finland (HEL). Group flights are recommended for this cruise and your AdventureSmith Specialist can assist with group flight details. General recommendations are to arrive to Helsinki anytime in the morning on Day 1 of the itinerary. Disembarkation is after breakfast on Day 15 of the itinerary. Plan to depart Helsinki on the final day of the cruise no earlier than 10:25am. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include walking, hiking, kayaking, inflatable boat/skiff excursions and photography.

Room Configuration

In addition to listed Solo cabin rates, select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. If you would like to share accommodations with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to try to accommodate you in select cabin categories. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate whether or not a roommate is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Children under the age of 18 are eligible for $500 off the double occupancy rate. Skilled staff members trained with National Geographic Education organize activities that inspire curiosity in young people of all ages. Programming for kids may include activities like photo workshops, journaling, scavenger hunts, Zodiac-driving lessons, hands-on nature and science programming and kid-friendly menu options.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Scandinavian Discovery: Vibrant Cities, Coastal Villages & Seafaring History Itinerary

This 13-day Scandinavian Discovery cruise sails from Helsinki, Finland to Bergen, Norway, allowing travelers to visit four different countries from the Baltic Sea to the North Sea.

Scandinavian Discovery cruise route map, operating from Helsinki, Finland, to Bergen, Norway, with visits to Sweden & Copenhagen.
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Day 1
Embark Helsinki, Finland

Arrive in Helsinki and transfer into the heart of the city. Take a panoramic city tour before you embark and set sail this evening.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer

Meals

dinner

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Day 2
Ekenäs National Park

Hundreds of rocky, windswept islands dot Finland’s coast. Pause in the Ekenäs Archipelago National Park and explore its many islands, harbors, and inlets by Zodiac and kayak. These islands are a habitat for white-tailed eagles, nesting waterfowl and gulls, among other avian species.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
Mariehamn

Discover a fascinating autonomous region today, Finland’s Åland Islands where most residents speak Swedish. Spend the day in the capital of this 6,700-island archipelago, Mariehamm, with options to delve into the islands’ rich seafaring history with museum visits or to explore by foot, bike or Zodiac. Museum options include the Pommern, a four-masted barque that was donated to the city after World War II, and the Mariehamn Maritime Museum. Other opportunities to explore by land include hiking or biking a shoreline trail.

Another option is to travel by Zodiac out of the Mariehamm harbor to the islands’ historic pilot station. Called Kobba Klintar, it’s a scenic spot where you can see the 1862 house of pilots who have helped countless captains navigate this tricky harbor over the years. This evening, enjoy the quaint downtown of Mariehamn—known as “the town of the thousand Linden trees”—at your leisure since the ship will be docked here overnight.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 4 - 5
Stockholm, Sweden

Sail among the serene islands of Sweden, past the 18th-century circular Fredriksborg Fortress and into the capital’s port. Stockholm is spread over 14 islands, and an overnight docking allows freedom to experience this magical city at night with the lights of harborside restaurants reflecting on the water. The morning brings the opportunity to discover the city’s cultural treasures: At the Vasa Museum, see the eponymous well-preserved 17th-century wooden warship; and on a walking tour of the city’s Old Town, learn about the country’s monarchy at the Royal Armory through displays of regal clothing, jewelry, and carriages. Choose to visit Fotografiska, the museum of photography that has exhibited legends like Annie Leibovitz, or the Millesgården, a spectacular sculpture garden built on terraces on the island of Lidingö. Before the end of the day, enjoy a local music performance curated by your ethnomusicologist Jacob Edgar.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Visby

Today explore the well-preserved 12th-century town of Visby, a UNESCO World Heritage site on the large island of Gotland. A medieval ring wall with original towers and gates encircles the city, a Hanseatic town that was a Viking settlement. Thousands of years of Swedish history unfold at the Gotland Museum where treasures include eighth-century picture stones and Viking silver. Outside Visby, the island has more than 150 nature reserves, sea stacks in the wild and windswept northern part of the island, and flower-filled meadows, shipwrecks and beaches in the south. There are opportunities today to visit a sheep farm or ride a bicycle on a scenic coastal trail.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Åhus

Discover the picturesque town of Åhus with its cobblestoned roads, colorfully painted wooden houses and 60-mile crescent shaped beach. Learn about its small-scale eel fishing tradition, a craft inherited from father to son since the 13th century and recognized on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list. Visit Ales Stenar, Sweden’s best-preserved tumulus: 59 standing stones erected 1,400 years ago in the shape of a boat. Although no one is sure why the stone design was created, we know the formation stands over a 5,500-year-old burial site. This afternoon, enjoy a tasting at the Absolut distillery, where vodka is made exclusively with grain from southern Sweden.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 8 - 9
Copenhagen, Denmark

Today dock in the center of Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, just steps from the Little Mermaid statue. Take a panoramic walking tour of the city visiting Børsen, the 17th-century stock exchange, and Christiansborg, a palace and the seat of the Danish Parliament, the Danish Prime Minister’s Office, and the Supreme Court of Denmark. Later, enjoy a canal tour into the heart of Christianshavn and a performance by local musicians.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 10 - 11
Oslo, Norway

Your day in Norway’s capital will include Frogner Park, a masterfully landscaped outdoor sculpture park featuring hundreds of life-size figures by Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland. Learn about Norway’s role in polar exploration at the Fram Museum, which is built around the original ship that Amundsen, Nansen and others sailed aboard to discover new regions of both poles. Spend an evening at your leisure in beautiful Oslo as the ship will be docked near the capital overnight.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 12
Southern Fjords of Norway

Conclude the voyage with a day exploring one of Norway’s most stunning fjords. Discover quaint villages with narrow streets and wooden houses—many centered around their time-old fishing traditions—and learn about local customs.

Accommodations

National Geographic Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 13
Disembark Bergen, Norway

This morning, disembark in Bergen after breakfast and transfer to the airport for flights home.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations; meals indicated; beer, wine & full bar; excursions; services of expedition leader, naturalist staff and expert guides; use of kayaks and bicycles; entrance fees; all port charges and service taxes. Gratuities for all departures of National Geographic Explorer, Orion, Endurance, Resolution, Sea Cloud, Jahan and Lord of the Glens.

Exclusions

Immigration fees; air transportation; extensions; meals not indicated; reserve wines & premium spirits; gratuities for all departures of Delfin II, Endeavour II, Islander II, Venture, Quest, Sea Bird and Sea Lion; personal items such as emails, laundry, voyage DVD, etc.; and insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

For Expeditions departing April 1, 2024 onward:
In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 15% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 120 days before the departure date. Special payment terms apply for groups of 8 or more, inquire for details. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
120 or more days – 100% of deposit**
119 to 90 days – 50% of total trip cost
89 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

**Advance payments will be credited in the form of a Lindblad Expeditions Travel Certificate which only may be applied towards final payment on any future booking; the certificate does not expire.

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all guests 5 years and older must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot). There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The Scandinavian Discovery cruise begins in Helsinki, Finland (HEL), and ends in Bergen, Norway (BGO). Group flights are recommended for this cruise and your AdventureSmith Specialist can assist with group flight details. General recommendations are to arrive to Helsinki anytime in the morning on Day 1 of the itinerary. Disembarkation is after breakfast on Day 13 of the itinerary. Plan to depart Bergen anytime after breakfast on the final day of the outlined itinerary. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include walking, hiking, kayaking, inflatable boat/skiff excursions and photography.

Room Configuration

In addition to listed Solo cabin rates, select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. If you would like to share accommodations with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to try to accommodate you in select cabin categories. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate whether or not a roommate is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Children under the age of 18 are eligible for $500 off the double occupancy rate. Skilled staff members trained with National Geographic Education organize activities that inspire curiosity in young people of all ages. Programming for kids may include activities like photo workshops, journaling, scavenger hunts, Zodiac-driving lessons, hands-on nature and science programming and kid-friendly menu options.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Rates & Dates

Cruise Rates & Dates

Rates are variable per remaining availability and are subject to change. Please contact AdventureSmith for the most up-to-date pricing.

May 09 - May 24, 2023
National Geographic Explorer • 16 days
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Jun 23 - Jul 07, 2024
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Jul 07 - Jul 19, 2024
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Expedition Ship
National Geographic Explorer

The National Geographic Explorer is a state-of-the-art expedition ship accommodating 148 guests in 81 outside cabins. She is fully stabilized, enabling her to navigate polar passages while providing comfort.

Deals

Current Deals on This Trip

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Groups Save 5% On National Geographic Expeditions

Save 5% when traveling as a group of 8 or more on National Geographic expeditions in this special deal.

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Save 10% On Two Consecutive National Geographic Expeditions

Save 10% when you book two consecutive cruises aboard a National Geographic expedition ship.

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