Bright red house on stilts sits atop rocky shoreline with tall pink flowers & fjords in the background on a partly sunny day.
Flock of white & gray seagulls flies over water beside islands of bright green cliffs, seen on a Scandinavian Discovery cruise.
Preserved remanence of a ship that once sailed and explored the Baltic Sea, now propped up on display in a museum
Three miniature flags with a horizontal yellow cross representing Oland, Sweden lay on a bed of bright red lingonberries
Remote village of small colorful homes sits atop rocky island with mountain in the background on a sunny day.
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Scandinavian Discovery Cruise

Explore Scandinavia’s cultural capitals and archipelagos over 13 days aboard 148-guest National Geographic Explorer. Travel to four Scandinavian countries to experience the region’s varied landscapes and regions, from dramatic fjords to tranquil archipelagos. The intertwined histories and seafaring heritage of Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Norway are ever-present in well-preserved Viking ships, stone fortresses and medieval Old Towns. Standing stones and palaces, sheep farms, and distilleries paint a full picture of multi-faceted destinations that have persevered through millennia of history and evolved into culturally rich and aesthetically beautiful modern countries that demonstrate deep respect for their pasts. 

Check off many Scandinavian highlights during this cruise. Delve into the captivating capital cities of four Scandinavian countries—Helsinki, Stockholm, Copenhagen, and Oslo—discovering their timeless Old Towns as well as their flourishing contemporary culture. Explore peaceful wooded islands and small rocky islets of Ekenäs Archipelago National Park aboard a kayak or Zodiac.

Capture the beauty of the southern Norwegian fjords and their quaint fishing villages alongside a National Geographic photography expert. Experience the unique maritime culture of Finland’s Åland Islands, an autonomous Swedish-speaking archipelago, and explore Visby, a UNESCO site and one of the best-preserved medieval towns in Scandinavia. Finally, get immersed in local Danish culture through a special musical performance during your 2 days in Copenhagen.

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



Itinerary

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

The 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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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, valid for 12 months from the date of cancellation, and which may only be applied towards final payment on any future booking.

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.

Jul 07 - Jul 19, 2024
National Geographic Explorer • 13 days
From $19560USD
Per Person
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