Southern Scandinavia - Archipelagos, Fjords and Quaint Fishing Towns

Southern Scandinavia - Archipelagos, Fjords and Quaint Fishing Towns

Southern Scandinavia - Archipelagos, Fjords and Quaint Fishing Towns

Southern Scandinavia - Archipelagos, Fjords and Quaint Fishing Towns

Travel information 15 days MS Maud
Departures
15 June 2023
12 June 2024
Price from
5091 €
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Discover southern Scandinavia's picturesque landscapes

Picturesque Scandi charm 

From Dover, you’ll explore idyllic seaside towns, tranquil fishing villages, photogenic archipelagos and beautiful waterways on a summer expedition cruise of northern Europe’s coastal hideaways. 

Norway’s islands and fjords 

After seeing Germany, Denmark and Sweden, Oslo provides an interlude of city culture, then it’s on to Norway’s dramatic southern coast with its pristine fjords. For a fully immersive experience, our Expedition Team will bring you closer to the area’s wonderful nature, whether by bike, kayak or small expedition boat.  

Southern Scandinavia - Archipelagos, Fjords and Quaint Fishing Towns Southern Scandinavia - Archipelagos, Fjords and Quaint Fishing Towns
  • Day 1
    Dover

    Depart from Dover

    Your southern Scandinavian adventure begins 

    Your summer expedition cruise to southern Scandinavia starts in Dover. If you have time, take a short walk to Dover Castle, a huge fortress with dazzling views of the Channel. 

    Then, it's time to board MS Maud. Pick up your complimentary expedition jacket, settle into your cabin and get to know your expedition ship, designed for exploring up close and in comfort. You'll also meet your expert Expedition Team, who'll be your knowledgeable lecturers, warm hosts and friendly guides. 

    Relax in the Explorer Lounge & Bar and watch the world go by from the panoramic windows. Your adventure is officially underway. 

    Day 1
    Dover

    Depart from Dover

  • Day 2
    At Sea

    Relax and learn at sea

    Enjoy the sea air as we head to the German coast 

    It's time to decompress from daily life, relax and really get into the mood for your summer expedition cruise. 

    Brush up on Scandinavian life philosophies like Danish hygge, Swedish lagom, meaning 'not too little, not too much – just right', or Norwegian passion for nature called friluftsliv. Enjoy lectures hosted by the Expedition Team, who'll happily share their extensive knowledge of southern Scandinavia. 

    Admire the views from MS Maud’s expansive Observation Deck, meet fellow guests, take full advantage of the gym and hot tubs or get some top tips from our professional photographer. 

    Day 2
    At Sea

    Relax and learn at sea

  • Day 3
    Sylt

    Glamorous Sylt

    Enjoy coastal nature and rustic charm 

    Today, we arrive at the picture-perfect North Frisian island of Sylt. With 25 miles of pristine dunes, beaches and heathland, it attracts those seeking sanctuary and solitude. 

    Explore List's rustic charm, perhaps by bike, then sample the island’s culinary speciality – Sylter Royal oysters – or enjoy a visit to the local ecological museum, which is powered by renewable energy. 

    At low tide, a short walk along the mud flats will bring you to the edge of the UNESCO-listed Wadden Sea, and the unspoiled Ellenbogen nature reserve – a haven of tranquillity. 

    • Included Erlebniszentrum Naturgewalten Sylt
    Day 3
    Sylt

    Glamorous Sylt

  • Day 4
    Kiel Canal

    Navigating the Kiel Canal

    Enjoy a scenic cruise through the world’s busiest canal 

    We sail from the North Sea to the Baltic via the picturesque 61-mile Kiel Canal, also known as the Nord-Ostsee-Kanal, built in 1887 to help ships bypass Denmark’s stormy Jutland peninsula. 

    Head out on deck as we pass lush countryside, quaint villages and magnificent landscapes. You’ll see daily life along the canal; grazing cattle, anglers patiently fishing, cyclists and, of course, many ships and boats. 

    We'll traverse the impressive locks or schleusen at Holtenau, before making a brief stop in Kiel itself.  

    • Included Walking Tour of Kiel
    Day 4
    Kiel Canal

    Navigating the Kiel Canal

  • Day 5
    Skagen

    Sunny Skagen in Denmark

    Rugged Skagen, a haven for artists and nature lovers 

    Your cruise continues to Denmark, as we arrive in Skagen, a popular beach town where the Baltic meets the North Sea. 

    Inspired by the clear light, artists began to move here to paint in the early 1800s, and at Skagen Museum you can see the works of their collective, which became hugely influential in Danish cultural history. 

    After visiting the lively town centre, you can explore the wild landscapes along nearby walking trails. At Grenen, Denmark’s northernmost point, visit the sand-covered church with only the tower visible, or Råberg Mile, the closest thing Denmark has to a desert. 

    • Included Grey Lighthouse and Skagen Bird Station
    Day 5
    Skagen

    Sunny Skagen in Denmark

  • Day 6
    Lysekil and Smögen

    Lysekil and Smögen

    Discover Sweden's scenic seaside resorts 

    Your expedition cruise continues to Sweden, and our first destination is the cosy seaside resort of Lysekil. With its beautiful archipelago setting, you'll have plenty of opportunities for outdoor adventure. 

    The old town, Gamlestan, is a charming well-preserved neighbourhood, perfect for a walk. Stop by some of the local cafés and restaurants to enjoy the region's renowned seafood. 

    Later on, we head to Smögen to enjoy the evening. Here, you’ll see rows of fishermen’s houses and beautifully restored cottages with lovingly tended gardens. In the evening, Smögen’s busy waterside boardwalk is the ideal place to enjoy the relaxed summer vibes. 

    • Included Guided walking tour in Lysekil
    Day 6
    Lysekil and Smögen

    Lysekil and Smögen

  • Day 7
    Fjällbacka

    Idyllic Fjällbacka

    Find out why Ingrid Bergman loved this place

    The tiny town of Fjällbacka, once the summer favourite for the Swedish movie star Ingrid Bergman, is a lively summer resort with brightly coloured houses. The area has several nature reserves that are great for coastal walks. While you’re here, stroll along the quayside, explore the old part of town and stop at one of the lovely seaside restaurants. For stunning views of Fjällbacka, climb up the wooden steps to the cliffs of Vetteberget. 

    A short drive away you’ll find the Vitlycke museum, which is located in the Tanum UNESCO World Heritage Site, where over 600 rock carvings dating back almost 4,000 years are located.  

    • Included Guided walking tour in Fjällbacka
    Day 7
    Fjällbacka

    Idyllic Fjällbacka

  • Day 8
    Koster Islands

    Koster Islands

    Explore Sweden's remarkable marine biosphere 

    Today we’ll explore the Bohuslän archipelago, cruising up close along Sweden’s beautiful west coast past pretty fishing villages. We stop at the Koster Islands, in the centre of Kosterhavet National Park – a marine park that’s a haven for sea life. 

    On North Koster take in the rubble-stone fields at Valnäs and magnificent views from Högen on foot. On South Koster explore the charming coastal meadows, ancient forests and sandy beaches on foot or by bike. 

    If conditions allow our Expedition Team will bring you up close to Kosterhavet’s teeming marine life by expedition boat, kayak or on snorkelling trips. 

    Day 8
    Koster Islands

    Koster Islands

  • Day 9
    Oslo

    Explore cosmopolitan Oslo

    Enjoy the cultural and scenic delights of Oslo 

    Your expedition cruise continues in Oslo, Norway's fjord-side capital. With its rich history and contemporary art scene, Oslo is a fascinating place to explore. You'll find museums, galleries, and remarkable architecture all within easy reach – including the beautiful Opera House and the new Munch museum. 

    Take a stroll in the sculpture park at Ekebergparken, visit the Akershus Fortress or relax in a floating sauna. Explore modern Sørenga and enjoy urban beach life, and round it all off with a meal at one of Oslo's many traditional and New Nordic eateries. 

    • Included Oslo - The Fram Museum
    Day 9
    Oslo

    Explore cosmopolitan Oslo

  • Day 10
    Kragerø

    Kragerø's natural beauty

    Islets, reefs and coves set in an idyllic archipelago 

    After Oslo we visit the beautiful coastal town of Kragerø. Looking out over islets and reefs, this elegant resort bustles with activity in summer. 

    Kragerø has inspired many artists, drawn to its incredible light and scenery. Edvard Munch spent six years here, and you can even enjoy a walk ambling through Kragerø’s charming narrow lanes, boutiques and eateries to visit some of the places that inspired him. 

    You can also join the Expedition Team on an island-hopping bike tour, or go swimming or on nature walks. Explore the Telemark Canal, one of the world’s most beautiful waterways. 

    Day 10
    Kragerø

    Kragerø's natural beauty

  • Day 11
    Lysefjord and Pulpit Rock

    Lysefjord and Pulpit Rock

    Experience the highs of Preikestolen 

    You'll be treated to views of Lysefjord's striking vertical cliffs on your final expedition day in Norway. Sailing deep into this imposing fjord, we reach the world famous Preikestolen, or Pulpit Rock. 

    Enjoy incredible views of the rock from below as we approach. Look out for the equally renowned Kjæragbolten, where a giant boulder seems precariously wedged in a mountain crevasse.  

    If you're feeling adventurous, join our Expedition Team for an optional five-hour guided hike to the Preikestolen viewpoint, a dizzying 1,982 ft above Lysefjord. After cruising the scenic fjord and collecting our tired but exhilarated hikers, we'll continue to Rosendal. 

    Day 11
    Lysefjord and Pulpit Rock

    Lysefjord and Pulpit Rock

  • Day 12
    Hardangerfjord

    Summery Hardangerfjord

    The beautiful orchards and gardens of Rosendal 

    We sail on to Rosendal, a picturesque village at the heart of Hardangerfjord. It’s surrounded by mountains and waterfalls, and pretty hillside orchards supply the apples for the award-winning local cider. 

    You can spend the day exploring with our Expedition Team, perhaps on kayaking and hiking trips, taking in the Bondhusvatnet lake and Folgefonna glacier. 

    A notable attraction is Rosendal’s magnificent 17th century Baronial manor, its interiors preserved since 1927. A path through the glorious rose garden – blooming in July – leads you to the dramatic Hatteberg waterfall. 

    • Included Rosendal - Folgefonn Centre
    Day 12
    Hardangerfjord

    Summery Hardangerfjord

  • Day 13
    The Lista peninsula

    The Lista peninsula

    Pretty beaches and rich birdlife  

    MS Maud's smaller size allows us to explore Norway's southern coast up close . With its sandy beaches, grassy dunes and wetlands, Farsund offers some of the area's best summer birdwatching. 

    On arrival, look out for the Marina Watchman, welcoming boats and visitors. Then take a scenic beach walk, visit the German-built WWII Nordberg Fort, or climb the Lista Lighthouse for fantastic views. 

    • Included Farsund Historical Walk
    Day 13
    The Lista peninsula

    The Lista peninsula

  • Day 14
    At Sea

    Relax and Unwind

    Enjoy your last day at sea 

    It’s our last full day as we cruise back to Dover. Be sure to make the most of this day at sea on board MS Maud. Enjoy the final daily lecture by the Expedition Team and listen as they  recap the highlights of the voyage. 

    Relive your experiences of southern Scandinavia as you share stories with fellow guests over dinner or drinks in the Explorer Lounge & Bar. Relax in the hot tub or sauna or head out on deck to spot seabirds and dolphins that sometimes like to follow the ship. 

    Day 14
    At Sea

    Relax and Unwind

  • Day 15
    Dover

    Arrival in Dover

    Your Scandinavian discovery tour comes to a close 

    Enjoy a final breakfast on board before we dock. If you have time, why not explore a little more of Dover and its famous white cliffs before returning home. 

    Dover is the gateway to English countryside, so before you rush off, why not visit Dover Castle, or the Roman lighthouse that's reputedly the UK’s oldest building. You can also tour the underground hospital and secret WWII tunnels beneath the castle. 

    You'll depart with wonderful memories of your summer in Scandinavia – idyllic islands and archipelagos, picture-perfect fishing villages, wonderful fjords, impressive nature, and of course, all the people you’ve met along the way. 

    Day 15
    Dover

    Arrival in Dover

Departures

2023

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June:
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June:
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What's included

Included in your voyage

Expedition Cruise 

  • A stay in a cabin of your choice 
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages* in restaurants Aune and Fredheim 
  • À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests 
  • Complimentary tea and coffee 
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board† 
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle 
  • English -speaking Expedition Team leading activities on board and ashore 
  • Range of included activities 

*House beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water 

†Please note there is very limited Wi-Fi and phone signal in the remote areas we travel to, and streaming is not supported.  

Onboard Activities 

  • In-depth lectures and discussions hosted by experts on the Expedition Team 
  • Full use of our Science Center, small library and advanced biological and geological equipment 
  • Citizen Science Programme where you can assist with ongoing scientific research 
  • Photography tips and techniques for capturing landscape and wildlife from our onboard professional photographer 
  • Use of ship's hot tubs, panoramic sauna, indoor gym  
  • Informal gatherings with the crew for daily briefings 

Landing Activities 

  • Escorted landings with small expedition boats 
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles and all equipment for activities 
  • Complimentary wind- and water-resistant expedition jacket 
  • Expedition photographers on hand to assist you 

Notes 

  • All planned activities are subject to weather  
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change 
  • Please make sure you meet all entry and boarding requirements  
  • No gratuities expected 

Not included in your voyage

  • International flights 
  • Travel insurance 
  • Luggage handling 
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners 
  • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team 
MS Maud
Interior in restaurant Lindstrøm
Photo: Oscar Farrera
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MS Maud

Year built 2003
Shipyard Fosen Mek. Verk. (N)
Passenger capacity 528 (500 in Antarctica)
Beds 500
Gross tonnage 16,151 T
Length 135,75 m
Beam 21.5 m
Speed 15 knots

Formerly the MS Midnatsol, the MS Maud is well-suited for expedition cruising.

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