Explore the Scandinavian countries of Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland on our collection of escorted tours exploring outstanding natural beauty, rich Viking heritage and architectural delights. Discover Norway's stunning fjords and Hanseatic Bergen with its colourful Bryggen Wharf and explore the attractive capital cities of Oslo, Stockholm, Copenhagen and Helsinki.
Denmark takes in the beautiful Jutland peninsula and over 400 islands, so it’s no wonder that it has a strong seafaring past. This incredible country was the homeland of the Vikings who left their mark across Europe and indeed in Denmark. The historic rune stones of UNESCO-listed Jutland were left by Viking kings, while the island of Funen has Viking burial grounds and the Glavendrup stone which contains Denmark’s longest Viking inscription. Denmark’s ancient capital, Roskilde, is home to Scandinavia’s first Gothic cathedral, UNESCO-listed Roskilde Cathedral. This is a stark contrast to the modern-day capital of Copenhagen which offers the longest pedestrian street in Europe, Strøget, lined with fashionable shops catering for stylish Scandinavians.
The awe-inspiring scenery is undoubtedly Norway’s biggest attraction, from mesmerising fjords to cascading waterfalls and majestic glaciers, formed during the last Ice Age. During the summer months, the Norwegian coast is bathed in subtle shades of gold as the Midnight Sun reigns, whereas in the winter months, Norway is one of the best places in the world to view the Northern Lights, nature’s great spectacle. UNESCO-listed Geiranger fjord, the traditional village of Flam with its world-famous railway, and Hanseatic Bergen are just some of the delights that Norway has to offer.
Sweden is a fashionable country with beautifully-decorated cafes and public spaces. Two thirds of the country is covered by dense forest, making it a haven for outdoor pursuits including cycling. Viking ruins and burial mounds are a reminder of the country’s Viking past, and in the north, the indigenous Sami people keep nomadic traditions alive. The Swedish capital of Stockholm is spread across fourteen islands. The Old Town, known as Gamla Stan, is one of the best-preserved medieval centres in Europe, and where you’ll find the striking Stockholm Cathedral.
Finland is often visited on escorted tours to Scandinavia. It is one of the northernmost countries in the world, with two thirds of it blanketed by thick woodland. Therefore, it is no surprise that nature is the country’s top attraction. Hossa National Park offers exciting hiking and cycling trails, along with tranquil lakes, perfect for canoeing and fishing. Finland’s capital, Helsinki, is a fascinating mix of architecture, culture and beautiful green spaces, from parkland to forests and the serene coastline. Key sights in the city include UNESCO-listed Suomenlinna, an impressive 19th-century fortress, the soaring Uspenski Cathedral which dominates the skyline, and the Sibelius Monument dedicated to Finnish composer Jean Sibelius.
Featured Scandinavia Tours
Norway is towering frozen peaks and tumbling waterfalls, sweeping valleys and deep-blue waters. This mesmerising cruise glides through the heart of the country’s famous fjords, docking in some of the prettiest - and most remote - towns and villages along the way.
Spectacular natural beauty and snow-dusted peaks await on this journey through some of the world’s most dramatic scenery. After a whirlwind stop in the quirky, canal-crossed city of Amsterdam, you’ll begin your voyage to discover the quintessential Scandinavian ‘toy town’ of Bergen, the sheer cliffs of Eidfjord and orchard-lined Hardangerfjord.
Cruising Norway’s breathtaking Fjordland is a wonderful experience and one that is all the more special in this loveliest of seasons. Enjoy a kaleidoscope of incredible images from gentle slopes, towering peaks capped in dazzling snow, remote farms clinging to steep hillsides and dramatic waterfalls.
Explore a magnificent corner of Europe that is rich with history. Atmospheric towns full of diverse architecture and an abundance of UNESCO World Heritage sites. The countries bordering the Baltic Sea have managed to remain slightly under the radar when it comes to busy tourist spots in Europe, yet those who visit these Baltic beauties are richly rewarded.
Explore two beautiful Nordic capitals in one effortless trip. We begin in stunning Stockholm, whose 14 islands offer delights like the atmospheric cobbled Gamla Stan (Old Town) and unmissable Vasa Museum, which houses an exquisitely preserved 17th century warship.
Gleaming glaciers, foaming waterfalls, soaring mountains, beautiful valleys and ice-blue mountain lakes are all part of Norway’s stunning fjordland canvas created by Mother Nature. Whether you’re discovering charming fjord villages, touring on dizzying mountain roads, or riding on the famous Flåm Railway, your time ashore promises to be something truly special on this epic scenic adventure.
Explore Norway’s rumbled coast of fjords, cliffs and islands, beginning in the sunnier south with its green coastal grasses and slate grey outcrops. Bergen marks the start of Norway’s fjords, where a cable car can transport you to the summit of Mount Ulrikken, lording over magnificent coastal scenes.
The beautiful city of Tromsø has an intriguing history and culture as well as being one of the best places to see the elusive Northern Lights. You'll also enjoy a thrilling husky-driven sled ride and experience traditional Norwegian life on this fabulous holiday.Included with this holiday
Blend remote, lesser-known Baltic islands with the big-name colourful capitals of Denmark and Sweden in this irresistible Scandinavian showcase. Glide to the cobbled Danish island of Bornholm, before hopping to enchanting, UNESCO-listed Visby, tucked behind medieval walls on the Swedish isle of Gotland.
Encounter the 'King' and 'Queen' of the Fjords, Olympic triumphs and the trading heritage of the Hanseatics as you answer the call of Norway's untamed wilderness and embrace Scandinavian sophistication.Included with this holiday
Mixing calls at fascinating destinations with explorations of scenic fjords and spectacular archipelagos, this Swedish showcase is a wonderful example of what cruising is all about, packing plenty of memorable sights and experiences – uncovered during time spent ashore and on board Balmoral – into one very special holiday.
From the Little Mermaid to the not so little Peter the Great - Travel from Copenhagen to Stockholm and the meadows of Smáland. Shop in Helsinki and marvel at Russia's iconic cities.Included with this holiday
This ultimate voyage with Hurtigruten is described as `The World’s Most Beautiful Voyage´. From Bergen to Kirkenes and back in 12 days, see 34 ports and cover over 2,500 nautical miles, which allows you to explore every inch of the coastal magic Norway has to offer.
Embark on an enchanting journey to Iceland and the Greenland fjords, combining majestic scenery and off-the-beaten-track exploring with time at sea beneath the midnight sun. Starting in Reykjavik, hop between cafés and galleries, or perhaps visit the steaming geothermal pools of the Blue Lagoon.
Beyond the deep fjords, glaciers and islands that dot the Scandinavian coastline, there are distinctly different cultures that will make your visit to Norway, Sweden and Denmark a fascinating journey of discovery.Included with this holiday
Revel in outstanding Scandinavian scenery as you cruise the glassy fjords and ride the Flåm Railway. In the cities, soak up the seafaring history and lively cultural scene.Included with this holiday
Skip between colourful coastal towns as you travel up the length of Norway, before sailing on to the wildly beautiful archipelago of Svalbard - just 700 miles south of the North Pole. Cruise through breathtaking fjords and rugged, remote landscapes, and spot reindeer, puffins, beluga whales and even polar bears.
Sail the Baltic Sea, crossing rolling tundra and glassy fjords in your search for the midnight sun, all the while enjoying the local culture, history and striking scenery.Included with this holiday
Discover a Nordic wonderland on our two-week journey through Denmark, Sweden and Norway. Cruise spectacular fjords, gaze at glaciers, view Viking ships, feast on gorgeous mountain scenery and explore timeless cities like Copenhagen, Stockholm and Oslo.Included with this holiday
On this cruise, we follow the routes of the ancient settlers of Northern Europe to Iceland and Greenland, to learn of the early and modern-day inhabitants and their cultures that have developed around these wondrous lands of ice and fire. Twinning magnificent Arctic lands and seas - where the whale and walrus thrive and glaciers calve into the ocean - with Iceland‘s Golden Circle of sights, means many opportunities to experience the extraordinary power of nature.
Explore spectacular fjord country and Norwegian culture past and present on a seven-night voyage aboard Le Dumont d'Urville - sailing between Bergen and Oslo - stay one night at a downtown hotel in both historic cities, and spend a day in Göteborg, Sweden.Included with this holiday
Travel through the cultural history of the Baltics, from the Vikings to the czars, on our Baltic Sea cruise aboard Le Dumont d'Urville, one of Ponant's new Explorer Class yachts, exploring Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki, St. Petersburg and Tallinn.Included with this holiday
An Earth Journey, created with BBC Earth. Join us for a new 10-day expedition trip to the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen in the Arctic Ocean in the "land of the Midnight Sun" - less than 700 miles from the North Pole! From Oslo, fly to Spitsbergen's main settlement, Longyearbyen, and embark on a 7-night Arctic Ocean cruise aboard Le Boreal. Imagine hearing nothing but the sea and calving glaciers as you board Zodiac craft to explore some of the northernmost outposts on Earth.Included with this holiday
Highlights of Scandinavia
Copenhagen is the capital of Denmark and a delight to explore. Tivoli Gardens is a short walk from the magnificent City Hall. The gardens are simply beautiful, and look magical in an evening when they are illuminated by thousands of colourful lights. Han Christian Anderson’s Little Mermaid statue can be found on a rock at the Langelinie promenade, while Amalienborg Palace is home to the Danish royal family and has stunning rococo interiors. Don’t miss the Strøget, the longest pedestrian shopping street in Europe, bursting with shops and cafes.
Aarhus on the Jutland peninsula was voted the European Capital of Culture in 2017, and has a host of art galleries, a quaint Latin Quarter, and charming Old Town. The Old Town is located in the heart of Aarhus Botanical Gardens, and has amazing period houses. The white-washed Marselisborg Palace is a royal residence and the 12th-century Gothic Aarhus Cathedral is dedicated to Saint Clement. Nearby are the UNESCO-listed Jelling Rune Stones, dating back to the 10th century.
The ancient city of Roskilde dates back to the Viking age and plays host to the Roskilde Festival, a large rock music event. The UNESCO-listed Roskilde Cathedral is the first Gothic cathedral in Scandinavia, while the Viking Ship Museum houses five excavated Viking ships. Roskilde Royal Mansion in the heart of the city is a former royal Baroque mansion noted for its vivid yellow stone.
Funen is the second largest island off the coast of Denmark and often referred to as the “garden island” due to its verdant hills dotted with thatched farmhouses. Odense is the main city on the island and was the birthplace of Hans Christian Anderson. The countryside is where you’ll find the majestic Egeskov Castle with its beautifully-landscaped gardens, and close by is the scenic South Funen archipelago encircled by one of Denmark’s longest hiking routes.
UNESCO-listed Geirangerfjord is arguably the jewel of the Norwegian fjords, renowned for its snow-capped peaks and cascading waterfalls, including the incredible Seven Sisters. The village of Geiranger has grown into one of Norway’s most popular tourist resorts and is gateway to the famous Troll’s Path, a series of thrilling hairpin bends.
Flam is nestled at the tip of Aurlandsfjord. In the 19th-century, royals were attracted by the salmon fishing opportunities in the Flam River. Today, tourists are drawn to the village for the famous Flam railway which winds its way through stunning mountain scenery to the Hardangervidda plateau.
Hanseatic Bergen is set against a backdrop of seven majestic mountains. The funicular to the top of Mount Floien offers panoramic views of the city, while the colourful UNESCO-listed Bryggen Wharf with its characteristic buildings is one of the most iconic sights. The city also offers an array of museums and art galleries, housing works by Picasso, Tidemand and Gude.
The dramatic North Cape is the northernmost point of mainland Europe and easily reached from Honningsvag. The iconic globe monument makes the end point of Europe and is obligatory for photographs. Experience the mesmerising Northern Lights or glow of the Midnight Sun from this spectacular location, or learn more about early expeditions to the North Cape at the museum.
Oslo is the lively capital of Norway surrounded by soaring mountains. The city is blessed with a large number of parks, including picturesque Frogner Park, making it one of the greenest cities in the world. Other highlights include the Vigeland Sculpture Park which displays the works of Gustav Vigeland, and the interesting Viking Ship Museum which houses 9th-century Viking ships. The Akershus Fortress, a former prison, is also worth a visit.
The Swedish capital of Stockholm is spread across 14 islands but is very easy to explore as most of the islands are connected by bridges. The old town, Gamla Stan, is one of the best-preserved medieval city centres in Europe and overlooked by the spectacular Royal Palace. There is a host of restaurants, cafes and bars giving Gamla Stan a unique character.
Finland’s capital, Helsinki, is situated on a peninsula in the Gulf of Finland. Overlooking the harbour is the red-brick Uspenski Cathedral, while in the centre is the bustling Market Square. The UNESCO-listed Suomenlinna, a 19th-century fortress, is spread across six inter-linked islands with a range of walking trails. The King’s Gate drawbridge and Suomenlinna Museum are popular attractions.
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