What It's Like/What You'll Do

Actively explore quaint Scandinavian towns and islands, and learn about the shared history of these countries.


National Geographic Explorer will be your base as you’re immersed in the culture and history of coastal Scandinavia, from Copenhagen to Bergen. The ship will feel like home in no time as you discover all its nooks and crannies, the community camaraderie kindles, and you make exhilarating discoveries together.  Zodiac cruise, kayak, hike, and walk daily: there's nothing passive about our expedition style. Our captains' dexterity and the logistical savvy of our expedition leaders allow us to get you out daily, often twice a day on forays. Experiences involving the expedition team's knowledgeable guidance alternate with opportunities to roam freely through quaint port towns, hiking across tiny islands, photographing the colorful hue of Scandinavian homes and buildings, and meeting the locals who make a visit to this coastal area so special.  There’s no one-size-fits-all scheduling here. You choose which activities to take part in—both on and off the ship.

Choice of daily activities

Daily activities by land and sea

This voyage encompasses sites best explored on foot or by small boat. Visit charming Skagen, an important and picturesque artist community of the 19th century; Hike the skerries of the Weather Islands and paddle the coast by Zodiac; spend a day in Oslo, marveling at the Fram Museum and the sculpture of Gustav Vigeland; meet the locals of tiny Risǿr and walk to the lighthouse at Stangholmen; take Zodiacs ashore to Hidra for a hike and learn of its important role in WWII; cruise through Norway’s iconic Fjordland and take every opportunity to hike, kayak, or cruise the shoreline by Zodiac.   

Window on the wildness


And when you're back aboard: catch the day's Recap, read, write, organize photos on your laptop, or socialize over drinks or dinner––all highly gratifying activities. Explorer's acres of panoramic windows and balconies bring the ever-present scenery of ocean and shoreline inside.

See the rare North Atlantic undersea


We are the only North Atlantic cruise expedition company that voyages with an undersea specialist as part of the expedition team. The undersea specialist suits up and dives, or mans a ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) able to descend to 1,000 feet—and brings back footage of the life beneath the ship for you to enjoy in vivid high-definition on plasma screens in the Lounge. We guarantee you will be astonished by the fascinating life forms of these cold waters. And given the history of Viking trade and exploration in these waters, who knows what our undersea specialist could chance upon.

Share the adventure


Whether they're fellow guests, members of the expedition team, a National Geographic photographer, or a guest speaker, you're sure to find the company of the like-minded others on board interesting. And you'll benefit from those who know: the on-board talks, slideshows and presentations will take you ever deeper into the richness and depth of this geography and the ties between countries which bind it together.

Enjoy the daily ritual


Each evening at cocktail hour, the entire expedition community gathers in the lounge for a ritual we call Recap. As you enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, various onboard experts give talks and your expedition leader will outline the following day’s schedule. Guests often tell us in comment cards that Recap remains one of the fondest memories of their voyage.

Savor time aboard ship

National Geographic Explorer boasts plenty to keep you busy on board. Her public rooms include a dramatic, window-lined library and observation lounge perched at the very top of the ship. There are plentiful observation decks, a forward-facing chart room, and a 24-hour beverage station. Relax or read in the spacious lounge, work up a sweat in the state-of-the-art fitness center, or book yourself a spa treatment from our talented wellness specialist. And when Explorer is underway, linger on the bow for a unique view of the surrounding landscape, visit the bridge for an up-close look at the ship’s command center, or head to the upper deck at night for a bit of stargazing.

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