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Scandinavia by Sea: Denmark, Sweden, and Norway

  • Trip Type: Small Ship
  • 8 Days | Copenhagen to Bergen
  • Group Size: Max 102

Expedition Details


Set sail aboard the National Geographic Orion to experience the astonishing natural beauty and delightful cultures of Europe’s Nordic nations. Discover some of Scandinavia’s most remote and spectacular coastal scenery, from the picturesque fishing village of Skagen in Denmark to Sweden’s enchanting Weather Islands and Norway’s fjord-laced western coast. Stroll past brightly-colored fishing huts clinging to rocky outcrops, kayak amid tiny islets and vast fjords, and explore vibrant cities where contemporary life gracefully mingles with centuries of history.

Trip Highlights

    • Step back in time while exploring centuries-old fishing villages, Bronze Age rock carvings, and World War II fortresses.
    • Go biking along the windswept beaches of Skagen in Denmark, and discover the island’s artistic traditions.
    • Kayak into the sheltered coves of Sweden’s Weather Islands to seek out sea lions, seabirds, and other marine life.
    • Glide along the waters of Norway’s magnificent, mountain-framed Hardangerfjorden, and sample Norwegian culinary specialties in Oslo.

Itinerary - 8 Days

Day 1 — Copenhagen, Denmark

Arrive in Copenhagen and board the National Geographic Orion. Set sail during dinner en route to Skagen.

Day 2 — Skagen, Denmark

Dotted with yellow and red clapboard houses, Skagen is perched along windswept dunes at the northern tip of Demark. Explore this charming fishing village, and delve into the history of the Skagen Painters—a community of Scandinavian artists who settled here beginning in the late 19th century, drawn by the town’s magnificent landscapes and remarkable light. Discover rich birdlife with our naturalists, or bike along the peninsula’s white beaches. Cap off the day with a taste of the famous "Skagen Sild," a special herring dish that can only be enjoyed with a cold Danish beer.

Day 3 — Weather Islands, Sweden and Grebbestad

Journey across the Skagerrak strait to Sweden’s westernmost archipelago: the Väderöarna, or Weather Islands. This seascape of rugged islets, skerries, and picture-perfect villages boasts some of the most stunning scenery in Scandinavia. Set out by kayak or Zodiac to encounter seal colonies and an array of sea birds. Dock at Grebbestad to explore the evocative Bronze Age rock carvings in Tanum, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Enjoy a traditional Swedish dinner on shore.

Day 4 — Oslo, Norway

Cruise up the epic Oslofjorden to Norway’s cosmopolitan capital. Visit the Fram Museum to learn about the early Norwegian polar expeditions, and hear a talk from Thor Heyerdahl Jr., the son of the Norwegian explorer. Or take a private, backstage tour of Oslo’s new Opera House or learn to cook Norwegian style at the Mathallen Gourmet Food Market. Spend the afternoon with our National Geographic photographer at Vigeland Park, training your lens on more than two hundred life-size human figures by native sculptor Gustav Vigeland.

Day 5 — Risør

Anchor outside Risør, a well-preserved historic town on Norway's heritage list, known for its old wooden buildings and rich cultural traditions. Zodiacs ferry us over the Strangholmen skerry and perhaps a unique experience kayaking near one of the "potholes" or small lagoons. A relaxing outdoor seafood lunch awaits on Strangholmen, with a Norwegian folk music performance.

Day 6 — Hidra

Arrive on the shores of Flekkefjorden, and go for a morning hike on Hidra—a lush island steeped in a rich maritime history dating back to before the Vikings. Travel overland for a village tour of Flekkefjord or cruise in a Zodiac through the scenic channel that divides the island. This afternoon over coffee, one of the locals on Hidra shares his thoughts on Norwegian island living.

Day 7 — Hardangerfjorden

Awaken this morning in the heart of Norway’s western fjord land, considered one of Europe’s greatest natural attractions. Deep in the Hardangerfjorden—the fourth-longest fjord in the world—cruise beneath staggering cliffs, snow-dusted mountains, and rolling valleys dotted with tiny settlements. From our quiet anchorage, head out with our naturalists to explore the area on a variety of Zodiac, kayak, and hiking excursions.

Day 8 — Bergen/U.S.

Our final port of call is the lovely city of Bergen, perched on a fjord and ringed by seven hills. Disembark after breakfast, and transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Special Offer

Complimentary Airfare and Amenities

Book by March 31, 2017 and receive complimentary round-trip international airfare from New York We'll also cover your bar tab on board and all tips for the crew.

Book More and Save

Book two or more European expeditions aboard the National Geographic Orion and save 10% off the expedition cost.

National Geographic Expert

Erika Larsen

Erika LarsenFor more than a decade, Erika Larsen has used photography to learn intimately about and document cultures that maintain strong connections with nature. She has followed Sami reindeer herders in the Scandinavian arctic and explored the significance of the horse in Native American culture for National Geographic magazine. Her work has been shown in the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, the Swedish Museum of Ethnography, and Ájtte Sámi Museum. Larsen is also the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, which sponsored her study of the North Sami language. She has recently published her first book of photographs, Sámi, Walking With Reindeer. Erika has experienced Costa Rica through its deep-sea fishing and rain forests, and looks forward to sharing her insights about creating images and expressing a personal vision on this journey.

Erika will join the following departure:

Jun 16 - 23, 2017

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This trip is offered in association with Lindblad Expeditions.


  • Jun 16 - 23, 2017

Expedition Cost

Category 1 $7,990
Category 2 $9,260
Category 3 $10,990
Category 4 $11,990
Category 5 $14,320
Category 6 $16,610

Rates are per person, double occupancy.For a single cabin, add $4,000 to Category 1 and $5,500 to Category 3.

International airfare is not included in the expedition cost.

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