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Scandinavia by Sea: Denmark, Sweden, and Norway

Scandinavia Cruise

  • National Geographic Orion
  • Luxury Expedition Ship
  • 102 Capacity
  • 8 Days
  • 2016 View Departure>
    • 2016
    • Jul 10 Sun Offer
    • Jul 31 Sun Offer
  • Price from
  • $7,199

Summary : Fjords, fortresses and fabulous food; Scandinavia has it all! Sail past Denmark’s famed Elsinore Castle, visit Norway’s fortress island of Oscarborg, and hike to Hågasån Fort, explore Sweden’s Weather Islands by kayak or Zodiac and take in Hidra Island’s Tanum UNESCO World Heritage site to view the Vitlycle Rock Carvings and a Bronze Age farm. Use all of your senses in Oslo; join a National Geographic photographer at Frogner Park, perhaps ski jump at Holmenkollen, and sample local produce and delicacies at Mathallen market. Your Scandinavian voyage is as active or leisurely as you choose; maybe you’ll just want to do as the natives do in summertime—slow down and enjoy the long daylight hours with pub visits, waterfront strolls, guided walks and magnificent views.

Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography

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Itinerary
Day 1
Copenhagen, Denmark / Embark

Embark the National Geographic Orion in time for lunch aboard. Keep an eye out for Elsinore Castle while sailing this evening.

Day 2
Skagen, Denmark

Experience life in the seaside town of Skagen along the North Sea. Visit an artist’s colony that was active here at the turn of the century. Or discover the Land of Light on an excursion along the coast to Råbjerg Mile, the largest migrating dune in Northern Europe and take a hike at Hirtshals' Lighthouse. Or take a bike ride along the beach of this long peninsula. Before the day is over, you'll have a chance to taste Skagen Sild, the famous herring delicacy. This evening you may want to stroll along the waterfront and wander into one of the many cafes for a pint of the local brew.

Day 3
Väderöarna and Grebbestad, Sweden

This morning explore the Weather Islands by kayak or Zodiac. See harbor seals and a variety of bird species. In the afternoon, anchor on the western shore to experience Grebbestad, home of Sweden’s second largest fishing fleet. Bike or drive over to the Tanum UNESCO World Heritage area to view the Vitlyckle Rock Carvings and Bronze Age Farm. This evening enjoy an authentic Swedish dinner.

Day 4
Oslo, Norway

Spend a full day in Norway’s capital using all your senses. Visit Mathallen food market with the National Geographic Orion’s head chef and taste regional food specialties. Or test your speed skills at Holmenkollen Ski Jump with a special behind-the-scenes perspective from an Olympic ski jumper. Spend the afternoon with our National Geographic photographer at Frogner Park and admire Gustav Vigeland’s famous sculptures in this natural setting. Before dinner, you'll have a chance to meet and hear Thor Heyerdahl, Jr. talk about his father, an original in exploration and adventure.

Day 5
Oscarsborg

View the spectacular coastline as you sail from Oslo to the fortress island of Oscarborg. Serving as the first naval protector for the country’s capital for over three centuries, this island is now a national park. You may want to take a guided walk, visit the museum, meander through the tunnels, give the obstacle course a try, or just enjoy the beautiful view of the Oslofjord where this island lies.

Day 6
Hidra Island, Rasvag

Get your hiking shoes on this morning for a picturesque hike on the island of Hidra with a visit to Hågasån Fort with magnificent views of the Flekkefjord, or take a Zodiac foray through the scenic canal that almost divides the island in two. This afternoon enjoy lectures by staff as you sail along the southern fjords of Norway.

Day 7
Hardangerfjord

Wake up this morning deep in the Hardangerfjord as you sail slowly past its awesome cliffs. Later, kayak or Zodiac to the fjord landing near Osa for hikes with naturalists. Spend the day exploring Norway’s second longest fjord before heading out this evening.

Day 8
Bergen / Disembark

Arrive in Bergen this morning and disembark for flights home, or remain in Bergen for an added stay.

Notes

This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips.com is not responsible for itinerary changes.

Expedition Photography:
The photo team, a National Geographic Photographer and a Photo Specialist, will enhance your voyage by working with you on photo composition and exposure; helping you develop your own unique vision; showing you how professionals edit and store images while on the go; and sharing the stories behind some of their greatest images. Whether expert or interested beginner, you'll find added benefits such as walks ashore and Zodiac cruises dedicated to photography, presentations on the creative and technical aspects of photography, and one-on-one mentoring and coaching in the field.

Included:
All accommodations aboard ship; all meals aboard ship; alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages aboard ship; excursions; sightseeing and entrance fees; special access permits; transfers to and from group flights; use of kayaks and snorkeling equipment; services of expedition leader, National Geographic photographer, naturalist staff and expert guide; services of a ship physician; all gratuities; all port charges and service taxes.

Not Included:
Air transportation; passport; visa; immigration fees; travel protection plan; items of a personal nature including internet, laundry, etc.