- Step back in time while exploring centuries-old fishing villages and World War II fortresses.
- Walk the windswept beaches of Skagen, Denmark, and discover the island’s artistic traditions.
- Kayak into the sheltered coves of Sweden’s Weather Islands to seek out seals, seabirds, and other marine life.
- Glide along the waters of Norway’s magnificent, mountain-framed Hardangerfjord, and opt to sample Norwegian culinary specialties in Oslo.
Set sail aboard the National Geographic Explorer to experience the 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.
This trip is operated in collaboration with Lindblad Expeditions.
Arrive on an overnight flight to Copenhagen. Enjoy a boat tour of the city’s canals and see its historic waterfront before embarking the National Geographic Explorer. Cast off this afternoon, sailing north toward the Kattegat strait.
National Geographic Explorer for the entire voyage
Dotted with yellow and red clapboard houses, Skagen is perched along windswept dunes at the northern tip of Denmark. Explore this charming fishing village, discover rich birdlife with our naturalists, 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. Cap off the day with a taste of the famous Skagen Sild, a local pickled herring sandwich topping, accompanied by a cold Danish beer.
Today, 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 seabirds, and explore the islands’ stunning vistas on foot.
Sail up the epic Oslofjorden to discover the delights of Norway’s cosmopolitan capital. Visit the Fram Museum and learn about the early Norwegian polar expeditions, or spend time 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. Alternatively, tour a gourmet food market to learn about—and taste—Norwegian culinary specialties.
Sail back down the Oslofjorden and anchor outside the coastal town of Risør, adorned with white wooden houses. Enjoy a walk through the quaint town, viewing historic buildings that were once home to merchants and sailors. Later, take a short Zodiac ride to nearby Stangholmen island for a walk to its lighthouse. Conditions permitting, perhaps go kayaking near one of the island’s ancient “potholes”—circular holes formed naturally over thousands of years and now filled with water.
Arrive early this morning on the shores of Flekkefjorden and join our naturalists for a hike on Hidra—a lush island steeped in a rich maritime history dating back to before the Vikings. Visit the World War II-era Hågasån Fort, stroll past quaint wooden houses, and cruise in a Zodiac through the scenic channel that splits the island in two.
Spend two days exploring Norway’s stunning fjords, considered one of Europe’s greatest natural attractions. Our explorations may take us deep in the Hardangerfjorden—the fourth-longest fjord in the world—where we’ll cruise beneath staggering cliffs, snow-dusted mountains, and rolling valleys dotted with tiny settlements. From our quiet anchorage, head out with naturalists to explore the area on a variety of Zodiac, kayak, and hiking excursions.
Arrive in beautiful Bergen, perched on a fjord and ringed by seven hills. After breakfast, disembark our ship and transfer to the airport for your flight home.
- Bergen Extension
- Copenhagen Extension
Overlooking the blue waters of Norway’s southwestern fjords, Bergen was once an important center of the bustling maritime economy ruled by the powerful Hanseatic League. Step into the city’s historic corners as you explore a medieval stave church and the colorful Bryggen wharf, and take in spectacular views from the top of Mount Fløyen.
Arrive in Bergen, and then set out to explore Norway’s second-largest city. This colorful seaside community was once a Viking stronghold, and later an important trading center of the Hanseatic League, which dominated commercial activity in northern Europe in the late Middle Ages. Step inside the intricate wooden Fantoft Stave Church, originally constructed in the Middle Ages and painstakingly rebuilt following a suspicious 1992 fire. Board a funicular and soar up to the summit of Mount Fløyen, offering breathtaking panoramic views of the city and the sparkling sea.
After breakfast, transfer to the Bergen Airport for your journey home