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
June 13, 2024
Price from $ 6,110
$ 3,666
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Discover southern Scandinavia’s picturesque landscapes.

Picturesque Scandinavian charm

From Dover, 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 the pristine fjords of Norway’s dramatic southern coast. For a fully immersive experience, our Expedition Team will bring you closer to the area’s wonderful nature, either by bike, kayak, or small boat (RIB).

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

    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 English Channel.

    Then it’s time to board your ship, 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 will also meet your expert Expedition Team, 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

    Depart from Dover

  • Day 2
    At Sea

    Relax and learn at sea

    Enjoy the sea air as we head for the German coast

    Take time to decompress from daily life, relax, and find the perfect mindset 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 the Norwegian passion for nature, called ‘friluftsliv’. Enjoy lectures hosted by the Expedition Team, who will happily share their extensive knowledge of southern Scandinavia.

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

    Day 2
    At Sea

    Relax and learn at sea

  • Day 3

    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 specialty, Sylter royal oysters. You could also 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 tranquility.

    • Included Erlebniszentrum Naturgewalten Sylt
    Day 3

    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 Sea via the picturesque Kiel Canal, which stretches for 61 miles. Also known as the Nord-Ostsee-Kanal, it was 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. Daily life plays out peacefully along the canal. See grazing cattle, anglers fishing patiently, 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 Visit to Kunsthalle zu Kiel (Kiel Art Gallery)
    Day 4
    Kiel Canal

    Navigating the Kiel Canal

  • Day 5

    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 Sea meets the North Sea.

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

    After visiting the lively town center, 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

    Sunny Skagen in Denmark

  • Day 6
    Fjällbacka and Smögen

    Fjällbacka and Smögen

    Discover Sweden’s scenic seaside resorts

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

    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. 

    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
    Fjällbacka and Smögen

    Fjällbacka and Smögen

  • Day 7
    Koster Islands

    Koster Islands

    Explore Sweden’s remarkable marine biosphere.

    Today we’ll explore the Bohuslän archipelago, cruising up close past pretty fishing villages along Sweden’s beautiful west coast. We will stop at the Koster Islands in the center 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 charming coastal meadows, ancient forests, and sandy beaches on foot or by bike.

    Conditions permitting, our Expedition Team will bring you up close to Kosterhavet’s teeming marine life by small boat (RIB), kayak, or on a snorkeling trip.

    Day 7
    Koster Islands

    Koster Islands

  • Day 8

    Explore cosmopolitan Oslo

    Cultural and scenic delights in Oslo

    Your expedition cruise continues in Oslo, Norway’s fjord-side capital. With a 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 new Munch Museum.

    Take a stroll in the Ekebergparken Sculpture Park, visit 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 8

    Explore cosmopolitan Oslo

  • Day 9

    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.

    The incredible light and scenery of Kragerø has inspired many artists. 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, go swimming, or take a nature walk. Explore the Telemark Canal, one of the world’s most beautiful waterways.

    • Included Kittelsenhuset - An artist’s childhood home
    Day 9

    Kragerø’s natural beauty

  • Day 10
    Arendal, Norway


    Scenic delight with a laid-back vibe

    Arendal is one of Norway’s best kept secrets. The area boasts delightful coastal scenery, and it’s ideal for small boat cruising and shoreside walks.  

    Where small wooden houses are clustered by the sea and a bustling inner harbour creates an idyllic coastal town vibe. Take a leisurely stroll along the charming streets of the old town and soak up the relaxed southern approach to life on the coast. 

    Feeling energetic? The area is perfect for some outdoor adventure. The coast features glacial geology and numerous walking trails. Depending on the weather and conditions, you’ll have the option to explore the area by hiking, kayaking or biking.

    Day 10
    Arendal, Norway


  • Day 11
    Lysefjord and Pulpit Rock

    Lysefjord and Pulpit Rock

    Experience the highs of Preikestolen

    Enjoy 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 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 continue to Rosendal.

    Day 11
    Lysefjord and Pulpit Rock

    Lysefjord and Pulpit Rock

  • Day 12

    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 apples for the award-winning local cider.

    Spend the day exploring with our Expedition Team, perhaps on a kayaking or hiking trip, where you can take in Bondhusvatnet Lake and Folgefonna Glacier.

    A notable attraction is Rosendal’s magnificent 17th-century baronial manor, whose interiors are preserved from 1927. A path through the glorious rose garden, which will be blooming in July, leads you to the dramatic Hatteberg Waterfall.

    Day 12

    Summery Hardangerfjord

  • Day 13
    Lista Peninsula

    Lista Peninsula

    Pretty beaches and rich birdlife

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

    Upon arrival, look out for the marina watchman, who welcomes boats and visitors. Then take a scenic beach walk, visit the German-built World War II Nordberg Fort, or climb the Lista Lighthouse for fantastic views.

    • Included Farsund Historical Walk
    Day 13
    Lista Peninsula

    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. Make the most of your day at sea aboard MS Maud. Enjoy the final daily lecture by the Expedition Team and listen as they recap the highlights of the cruise.

    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 the seabirds and dolphins that occasionally follow the ship.

    Day 14
    At Sea

    Relax and unwind

  • Day 15

    Arrival in Dover

    Your Scandinavian discovery tour comes to a close

    Enjoy a final breakfast on board before we dock. If you have time, explore more of Dover and its famous white cliffs before returning home.

    Dover is the gateway to the English countryside. Before you rush off, consider visiting Dover Castle or the Roman lighthouse, reputedly the UK’s oldest building. You can also tour the underground hospital and secret World War II tunnels beneath the castle.

    Depart with wonderful memories of summer in Scandinavia. Always remember the idyllic islands and archipelagos, picture-perfect fishing villages, wonderful fjords, impressive nature, and of course, all the friendly people you met along the way.

    Day 15

    Arrival in Dover



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What’s included

Expedition Cruise

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

*House beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water

†Please note that Wi-Fi and phone reception are very limited in the remote areas where we travel, 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
  • The Citizen Science Program allows guests to contribute to ongoing scientific research projects.
  • Our onboard professional photographer will give photography tips and teach techniques for capturing landscape and wildlife photos.
  • Use of the ship’s hot tubs, panoramic sauna, and indoor gym.
  • Join informal gatherings with the crew for daily briefings.

Landing activities

  • Escorted landings with small boats (RIBs)
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment needed for the activities
  • Complimentary wind- and water-resistant expedition jacket
  • Expedition photographers will be on hand to assist you.


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

Not included in your voyage

  • International flights
  • Travel protection
  • Baggage handling
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners
  • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team

• All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions
• Excursions and activities are subject to change
• Please ensure you can meet all entry and boarding requirements
• No gratuities are expected

MS Maud
Interior in restaurant Lindstrøm
Photo: Oscar Farrera
Your Ship

MS Maud

Year built 2003
Shipyard Fosen Mek. Verk. (N)
Passenger capacity 570 (500 in Antarctica)
Beds 500
Gross tonnage 16,151 T
Length 445 ft
Beam 70.5 ft
Speed 15 knots

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

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Science center - MS Maud
Photo: Oscar Farrera
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