During the cruise portion of your Nordic adventure, your shipmates will be a mix of local and international travelers. This gives you the unique experience of connecting with not only Scandinavians, but with people from across the globe as well. You’ll also enjoy daily lectures aboard ship given by your Adventure Leader designed to illuminate the unique culture of this region and enrich your discoveries along the way: You’ll enjoy lectures on the following topics:
- Life in Norway
- Second World War - Norway's involvement
- Facts & Myths - Vikings in Scandinavia
- Norwegian Cooking Culture
- Norwegian Language Lesson
- The Topography of Norway
In addition, you’ll have other opportunities to experience the art and culture of Norway during visits to several unique cities and towns:
- Pay a visit to Troldhaugen, the former summer residence of composer Edvard Grieg. Inspired by the history, scenery, and legends of his homeland, Grieg’s talent and passion marked him as one of the most celebrated composers and pianists in Norwegian history. Stroll through Troldhaugen’s grounds, which include the family villa, the Edvard Grieg Museum, the hut he used exclusively to compose music, and the gravesite of Grieg and his wife, as you learn about the life and work of this gifted musician.
- During a city tour of Bergen, note the traditional architecture and unusual street patterns.
In addition to its natural beauty, Ålesund features an incredible display of Art Nouveau architecture just waiting to be admired. Rebuilt after an early 20th-century fire destroyed most of it, this Nordic town has an intriguing mix of styles and an undeniable artistic spirit, which we’ll explore during a walking tour.
During our Lapland explorations, we’ll stop in the village of Inari, tiny in size but significant in Sami culture. In Finland, the Sami population is approximately 9,000 people strong, with traditions stretching over 5,000 years. Here, we’ll browse the exhibits of the Sami Museum Siida
and gain invaluable insights into Sami identity and spirituality, as well as the importance of nature in both Sami and Lapland culture.
The Finnish have a saying: “If tar, sauna, and vodka doesn’t help, the illness is fatal!” An integral part of their way of life, Finns think of saunas not as a luxury, but as a necessity. We’ll honor this Finnish tradition with a visit to a local sauna, the perfect way to unwind after a day of scenic travel. Male travelers will stay in Iisakki Village, where they’ll enjoy the traditional smoke sauna with birch whisking, access to an outdoor Jacuzzi, and the chance for a refreshing dip in the lake. Female passengers will take a short transfer to the Pyhäpiilo Sauna & Spa for a variety of invigorating spa treatments, from scrubs and masks made from all-natural wild herbs to old Finnish remedies.
During our explorations of Tromsø, known as the gateway to the Arctic, we’ll get a chance to admire some of its distinctive architecture, including the iconic shape of the Artic Cathedral. Perched scenically at the end of the Tromsø Bridge, this cathedral is a beacon for locals and travelers alike. We’ll also pay a visit to the Polar museums, an intriguing look into the traditions of Artic hunting and the history of Polar exploration.