A kaleidoscope of fascinating history and cultures

Set sail among the picturesque islands and rugged coastlines of the Baltic Sea, following in the wake of famous seafarers from the Vikings to the wealthy traders of the Hanseatic League. As we explore these storied shores, witness the many cultural layers that have shaped this diverse region. Discover beautiful islands of the Baltic Sea, like tiny Christiansø, whose fortress was a base for privateers, and Öland, with its Iron Age ring forts, windmills, and dramatic cliffs. Halfway between Sweden and Finland, the intriguing Åland Islands—comprising 6,700 islands—were demilitarized after the Crimean War in the mid-1800s, and their deep connection to the sea is reflected in the friendly capital, Mariehamn. Explore elegant Lübeck, former capital of the Hanseatic League; wander through the medieval walled city of Visby; discover a side of Stockholm and Helsinki that few have experienced; and navigate tranquil bays and inlets teeming with biodiversity by kayak or Zodiac.  

  • Explore round churches and charming fishing villages on the Danish islands of Christiansø and Bornholm alongside our National Geographic Photography Expert

  • Discover several UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the Hanseatic trade centers of Lübeck and Visby and the Swedish island of Öland

  • Delve into the captivating cities of Stockholm and Helsinki, discovering their timeless Old Towns as well as their flourishing contemporary culture

  • Navigate the wild Stockholm archipelago by kayak or Zodiac, and discover the unusual culture of Finland’s Åland Islands, an autonomous, Swedish-speaking region

  • Get immersed in the local cultures through musical performances curated by onboard ethnomusicologist Jacob Edgar

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Duration

16 Days

Dates

May

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Europe & British Isles

Day By Day

With National Geographic Explorer as your home base, embark on an exploration of picturesque Scandinavian archipelagos, traveling from Copenhagen along the shores of Denmark, Sweden, and Finland after an initial stop in Lübeck. Wander through well-preserved medieval towns such as Visby alongside our historians and National Geographic Photography Expert. Visit fishing villages like Mariehamn that still celebrate age-old maritime traditions. Navigate thousands of wild islands along the shores of Finland and Sweden with our naturalists, exploring rocky cliffs and serene coves by foot, bike, kayak, and Zodiac. Along the way, witness the intersection of old and new in vibrant cities from Copenhagen to Helsinki and Stockholm.

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