10 Best Scandinavian Cruises

Which Scandinavian cruise is right for you? Here are some of the best, from three hours to three weeks. Many of these cruises are available year-round, whereas some are limited to the summer. Compare cruise lengths and prices to determine which cruises best combine the attractions you want to see and how much you want to spend. Then reserve your trip and get ready to explore the countries that make up this beautiful region.

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3-Hour Norwegian Evening Cruise on the Oslo Fjord (Viator)

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Finding it hard to squeeze a full-length Scandinavian cruise into your visit? Then spend just an evening on the Oslo fjord in Norway on this three-hour sunset mini-cruise on a traditional wooden sailing ship. You'll see the Akershus Fortress and Oslo Opera House. 

Price: About $52 USD

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14-Hour Iceland South Coast Day Cruise (Viator)

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A wonderful way to experience Iceland is this 14-hour day tour and cruise from Reykjavik. The first part of the outing takes you to the sites via a coach bus. You'll see the Skogarfoss waterfall, Skaftafell National Park,​ the desert of Skeidarasandur, Oraefajokull glacier, and Jokulsarlon. After the visit to the lagoon, a relaxing boat cruise follows. Note: The boat tour is not included in October, March, and April.

Price: From $201 USD

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4-Day Scandinavian Capitals Cruise (Authentic Scandinavia)

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Explore the capital cities of Copenhagen, Denmark, and Oslo, Norway, on this short trip through Scandinavia. The tour includes two nights hotel accommodations with an overnight ferry crossing from Copenhagen to Oslo. Attractions include the beautiful Oslo fjord. This tour operator also offers capital tours from five to 18 days, which can include the capital cities of Helsinki, Stockholm, and Tallin, along with the Russian cities of St. Petersburg and Moscow.

Price: From $307

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7-Day Scandinavia, Russia & Baltic (Norwegian Cruise Line)

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Embark in Warnemunde (Berlin), Germany, then cruise to the medieval capital of Tallinn in Estonia, the cultural-rich city of St. Peterburg in Russia, the Art Nouveau-influenced Helsinki, scenic Stockholm, and cosmopolitan Copenhagen. You'll get the chance to see attractions such as Amalienborg Palace, the Tsar’s Village in Pushkin, Rebala Heritage Reserve, and the 13th century Rakvere Castle.

Price: From $1,099 USD

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7-Night Norwegian Fjords Cruise (Royal Caribbean)

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Your ship departs from Copenhagen, Denmark. From there, you'll make your way down the Norway coast stopping in the cities of Stavanger, Bergen, Alesund, and Geiranger before cruising back to Copenhagen. Experience Norway's Old-World charm, ​​medieval and Art Noveau architecture, and natural beauty.

Price: From $1,766 USD 

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7-Night Scandinavia & Russia Cruise (Royal Caribbean)

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You'll board the Serenade of the Seas in Copenhagen, Denmark, then set sail for Stockholm; Tallinn, Estonia; St. Petersburg, Russia; and Helsinki before returning to Copenhagen. Highlights include Sweden's medieval Old Town, the 13th-century castle where Estonia's parliament meets, the architectural masterpieces in St. Petersburg, and the distinctive Helsinki Cathedral.

Price: From $849 USD

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9-Night Netherlands, Norway, Germany Cruise (Costa Cruises)

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Do you want to see a lot of the Norwegian coastline? Then this is the trip for you. The cruise begins in Amsterdam then sets off for Bergen, Norway's second-biggest city. You'll see fjords, steep mountains, glaciers, waterfalls, and the Trollwall rock face before your last stop in the port of Stavanger. From there, you'll travel on to Bremerhaven, Germany, and back to Amsterdam.

Price: From $1,149 USD

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11-Day Scandinavian Tapestry, Stockholm to Edinburg (Windstar Cruises)

Sweden, Island of Gotland, Visby. Medieval street plan and buildings.
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Departing from Stockholm, Sweden, you'll cruise to the medieval city of Visby, the beach resort town of Warnemunde, and the Denmark capital of Copenhagen. Other ports include the colorful Denmark town of Skagen, Sweden's capital Oslo, and the picturesque Norwegian town of Kristiansand before disembarking in Edinburgh, Scotland. Highlights include viewing painter Edvard Munch's "The Scream," Tivoli Gardens, Stockholm's historic Gamla Stan, and Berlin landmarks such as the Brandenburg Gate.

Price: From $3,999 USD

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13-Day In Search of the Northern Lights Cruise (Viking Ocean Cruises)

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If seeing the Northern Lights is on your bucket list, this winter cruise to far north Norway is a wonderful way to do so. This smaller vessel of only 930 guests takes you to stops within the Arctic Circle: Bodø, Tromsø, Alta, and Narvik. Highlights include snowy landscapes, sled dog rides, stunning cathedrals, and of course the mesmerizing Northern Lights. This tour starts in London and ends in Bergen, Norway.

Price: From $4,999 USD

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19-Day Baltic & Viking Sagas (Holland America)

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This Scandinavian and Baltic cruise departs from Rotterdam in The Netherlands with stops in Copenhagen; Berlin; Tallin, Estonia; St. Petersburg, Russia; Helsinki; Stockholm; and multiple ports in Norway on its way back to Rotterdam. You'll see fjords, hear about the Vikings, and learn about the history of the region's royalty.

Price: From $2,549 USD

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