Arctic Islands with Scandinavian Highlights

On this 20 day journey, explore the Scandinavian highlights of Copenhagen, Stockholm and Oslo before cruising the Arctic Islands from Svalbard to Iceland.

20 Days
Copenhagen to Reykjavik
From (NZD)
$ 28,945
Dates & Pricing

2020 Copenhagen > Reykjavik

Arctic Exploration

Discover the highlights of Scandinavia’s elegant cities. Explore the majestic palaces of Copenhagen and the treasures and charm of picture-perfect Stockholm and Oslo. Embark Scenic Eclipse for the journey of a lifetime in all-inclusive luxury cruising the Arctic Islands from Svalbard to Iceland.
Sharing a flair for design, stunning natural beauty and colourful architecture, it is the small differences that make the Scandinavian cities utterly unique. Copenhagen’s humble origins as a fishing port and charming cobblestone streets contrast with Stockholm’s elegant 57 bridges linking the 14 islands of the metropolis, while cosy Oslo is nestled amongst Nordic forests, lakes and green hills.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
ONC2
Duration:
20 days
Departure City:
Copenhagen
Return City:
Reykjavik

20 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Copenhagen

    Welcome to Copenhagen where your wondrous journey begins with a two night stay. From its humble origins as a fishing village to its heyday as the glittering capital of the Danish Empire and its current position as one of the world’s premier design capitals, the stories and characters of Copenhagen’s history can be found in its sumptuous palaces, copper-roofed town houses and atmospheric cobbled squares.

  2. Day 2 - Copenhagen

    Take a cruise through the picturesque canals and see the city’s many iconic attractions including Christiansborg Palace, the remarkable Black Diamond Library, and the Little Mermaid sculpture. Alternatively, visit the spectacular sights of the Tivoli Gardens.

    Tonight, savour your welcome dinner at one of Copenhagen’s finest restaurants.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Copenhagen - Stockholm

    Fly to the trendy Swedish capital, Stockholm. Said to be one of the most beautiful capital cities in the world, Stockholm is built on 14 islands connected by 57 bridges and looks proudly onto the Baltic Sea. The beautiful architecture, lush greenery, fresh air and proximity to the water are distinctive traits of this city. Spend the next two nights in Stockholm.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  4. Day 4 - Stockholm

    With your expert local guide discover City Hall with its spire featuring the golden Three Crowns, one of Sweden’s most famous buildings. You’ll also see the Riddarholm Church and the Royal Palace. Then, visit the Vasa Ship Museum, where the 17th century warship ‘Vasa’ is now housed after it tragically capsized and sank on its inaugural voyage in 1628.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Stockholm - Oslo

    Take a short flight to Oslo, the capital of Norway. A thriving metropolitan capital surrounded by forests and fjords, Oslo is a modern and diverse city. Upon arrival you’ll be met by a local guide for a sightseeing tour before arriving at your hotel for a two night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  6. Day 6 - Oslo

    From the 8th to the 11th century, the Vikings started their journey from their over-populated fjords across Europe, looking for land and trade. Discover their amazing history during your visit to the Bygdoy Peninsula, home to three famous museums honouring the rich nautical heritage of the Norse race and its warrior ancestors. Wander the Viking Ship Museum, the Kon-Tiki Museum and the Fram Polar Ship. Fram is the strongest wooden ship ever built and still holds the records for sailing farthest north and farthest south. Step on board the ship and see how the crew managed to survive in the coldest and most dangerous places on earth, the Arctic and Antarctica.

    Celebrate your wonderful journey at tonight’s farewell dinner.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Oslo - Longyearbyen

    Fly from Oslo to Longyearbyen, where you will board Scenic Eclipse and be warmly welcomed by the crew. Toast the start of your adventure at tonight’s welcome reception where the Captain will introduce the crew and your expert Discovery Team.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Svalbard Archipelago

    The Svalbard Archipelago is one of the world’s northernmost inhabited areas, with rugged glaciers and frozen tundras waiting to be explored. Due to her size and unique technological capabilities, Scenic Eclipse will take you on an in-depth exploration of this fragile region of vast environmental significance with minimal impact. Due to the extraordinary nature of the region, the sailing and expedition schedule is flexible. Your experienced Captain and Discovery Leader will carefully plan each day’s activities based on the conditions. 
    Discovery: Our cruises include a vast range of tailored Scenic Discovery experiences and getting out into the big wild will be a highlight. Equipped with a fleet of Zodiacs, kayaks and a submarine (additional cost and subject to regulatory approval), daily Scenic Discovery excursions to search for the wildlife, marine life and their predators will take you to places of your wildest dreams.

    Scenic Eclipse cruises in the prime time for wildlife spotting, and there will be opportunities to be on the lookout for the dominant predators including Polar bear, who number as many as 3,000 animals, as well as the Arctic fox. Marine species include the carefully protected walrus with its characteristic tusks and several species of whales. Once hunted almost out of existence in a region now transformed into a dedicated conservation area, your encounters with these giants of the sea will be a memory to treasure. There will be the chance to cruise secluded bays and stunning fjords and glaciers on the west coast of the island. Each day, the Discovery Leaders will schedule activities so that when you’re on board you’ll have plenty to keep you occupied, including entertaining presentations, documentaries and more. There will also be time for you to relax in your suite, watch the live streaming on your TV from the exterior cameras, and tempt your palate as you explore the extensive range of dining options.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Svalbard Archipelago

    Continue exploring the Svalbard Archipelago.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Svalbard Archipelago

    Continue exploring the Svalbard Archipelago.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - At Sea

    Cruise towards the East Coast of Greenland, crossing the Greenland Sea and following the edge of the ice. Relax on board and make use of the Spa Sanctuary or even take a yoga class in the studio. There’ll be insightful lectures and presentations from the Discovery Team in the theatre. From your verandah keep an eye out for whales and sea ice.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - At Sea

    Enjoy a day relaxing at sea and take advantage of the many facilities on board your luxury yacht.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - North East Greenland

    Approaching North East Greenland you may encounter  a variety of seabirds such as northern Fulmar and migratory Brunnichs guillemots. This stretch of coastline is ripe for exploration, with its many secrets locked in place by drift ice for up to eight months each year. Home to polar bear, snowy owl and musk ox, it’s the world’s largest national park, covering 972,000km2, most of which is inland ice, and the rest a fjord landscape.
    Discovery: Enjoy Scenic Discovery excursions exploring by Zodiac, looking for musk ox, Arctic hare and eider ducks, or discover old trappers huts on hikes across the tundra. Conditions permitting, there will be a good chance for kayakers to paddle the waterways.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - East Coast Fjords

    Spend five days cruising and exploring Greenland’s magnificent East Coast Fjords, the world’s largest fjord system. Cruise among glorious icebergs and active volcanoes and feel the spray of thundering waterfalls. Enter Kaiser Franz Josef Fjord, a remote and rarely visited fjord system that lies within the North East Greenland National Park with countless opportunities for exploration. Cruising through Kong Oskar Fjord you will marvel at the geological beauty of the mountains. Head south along the coast of Liverpool Land, on a passage that is dependent on ice conditions, to reach Scoresby Sund, the world’s biggest fjord. Massive glaciers dump into this fjord, the birthplace of the famous big Greenland icebergs. Visit the remote Inuit community of Ittoqqortoormiit (Scoresby Town) to learn about their lifestyle in this remote and harsh environment.
    Discovery: Partake in Scenic Discovery excursions from hiking across the tundra in search of ancient graveyards and abandoned summer villages occupied 3,000 years ago by Eskimos. This area provides excellent opportunities for kayaking in its maze of calm, interconnecting waterways. If luck is on your side, the shy and sometimes elusive wildlife may be seen, from musk oxen to Arctic hares.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - East Coast Fjords

    Cruise among glorious icebergs and active volcanoes and feel the spray of thundering waterfalls.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - East Coast Fjords

    Cruise among glorious icebergs and active volcanoes and feel the spray of thundering waterfalls.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  17. Day 17 - East Coast Fjords

    Cruise among glorious icebergs and active volcanoes and feel the spray of thundering waterfalls.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  18. Day 18 - East Coast Fjords

    Cruise among glorious icebergs and active volcanoes and feel the spray of thundering waterfalls.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  19. Day 19 - At Sea

    Cruise the Denmark Strait across to the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik. The  expert Discovery Team will recount your extraordinary adventures to leave you with a rich understanding and lasting memories of this very remote, pristine and fragile environment.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  20. Day 20 - Reykjavik

    Iceland’s capital city signals the end of your cruise as you disembark taking away a lifetime of wonderful memories.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

Your luxury escorted journey includes:
  • 13 night all-inclusive luxury Scenic Eclipse cruise
  • The intimacy of small group land journeys with up to 20 guests
  • Your choice of Scenic Freechoice activities
  • Fully escorted land journey led by an expert handpicked
  • Tour Director with knowledgeable local guides
  • Internal flights and taxes
  • Porterage throughout plus return airport transfers
  • All tipping and gratuities

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