Odyssey at Sea: Scandinavian Splendor

Aboard our floating campus, discover historic and cultural gems in three Scandinavian countries — Sweden, Norway and Denmark.
Program No. 23984RJ
14 days
Starts at
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At a Glance

A seamless mix of eclectic cities and stunning wilderness, Scandinavia has an endless supply of natural and cultural gems just waiting to be explored. Learn about the distinct histories, languages, cuisines and traditions of three Scandinavian countries as you explore regal palaces, stunning vistas and artistic neighborhoods alongside experts. Unlike most cruise ships that are briefly in port, you’ll have overnight stays in many locations, as well as a hotel night in Stockholm — the perfect opportunity for deeper exploration. Discover the secrets and charms of Europe’s most northern cities aboard our favorite ship.

For an easy travel experience...

We offer extra hotel nights before or after this program.

Odyssey at Sea: Lodging in Stockholm

Learn about the fascinating city of Stockholm prior to your Odyssey at Sea voyage, complete with a hotel night.
Activity Level
Choose Your Pace
This program offers two activity levels to choose from on every departure date: one that has less walking and fewer stairs and another at a more active pace.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Take in the scenic vistas of Norway during a ride on the Flamsbana train, known as one of the most scenic railways in the world.
  • Enjoy an expert-led panoramic overview of Oslo, where you’ll learn about the Royal Palace, Parliament, National Theater and other iconic sites.
  • Set off to discover the highlights of Copenhagen, from the City Hall and the Tivoli Gardens to the Nyhavn harbor and the fairy-tale Rosenborg Castle.
  • Sail exclusively with shipmates who are all Road Scholar participants, as dedicated to learning as you are.

General Notes

We’ll have up to 350 Road Scholar participants on the ship, divided into groups of 35 for shore excursions. Please note roommate matching is available in categories F, H and L. Looking to extend your stay? In addition to "Lodging in Stockholm" (#24030), this program has another extension: "Odyssey at Sea: Copenhagen Extension" (#24031).
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
In Cod We Trust: Living the Norwegian Dream
by Eric Dregni
A Minnesotan of Norwegian extraction, Dregni writes entertainingly of Norwegian culture and the immigrant experience in this delightful account of a year living with his wife and infant son in Trondheim on a Fulbright scholarship.
Letters on Sweden, Norway, and Denmark
by Mary Wollstonecraft, William Godwin
Groundbreaking feminist Wollstonecraft records her observations of a late 18th-century journey through Scandinavia in this small masterpiece, rich in detail of people and place.
The Almost Nearly Perfect People, Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia
by Michael Booth
Guardian journalist Booth writes with laugh-out-loud humor and brutal candor about the Scandinavians, mixing history and his own experiences in Nordic regions in this searing cultural portrait.
Winter's Tales
by Isak Dinesen
A collection of 11 haunting short stories by the Danish writer most famous as Karen Blixen. With their Nordic settings, the Gothic tales draw upon the folk tradition and myths of Denmark. Originally published in 1942.
Insight Guide Scandinavia
by Insight Guides
From Denmark to Sweden, Norway and Finland, this guide introduces the region with outstanding color maps and photographs.
The Stories of Hans Christian Andersen
by Hans Christian Andersen, Diana Crone Frank, Jeffrey Frank
A newly refurbished collection of 22 tales, adroitly retranslated by Diana and Jeffrey Frank and with the original illustrations.
The Northmen, The Viking Saga
by John Haywood
Viking historian John Haywood delves into the Vikings’ age of expansion (793 CE -1241 CE). His magisterial chronicle answers myriad questions about the Vikings, their technology, their society and why it went into decline.
Growth of the Soil
by Knut Hamsun
The epic tale of a homesteader in the mountainous Norwegian interior, which helped win Hamsun a Nobel Prize in 1920.
Northern Europe Scandinavia Map
by Freytag & Berndt
A colorful shaded relief map showing the Baltic region from Copenhagen to St. Petersburg and Hammerfest at a scale of 1:2,000,000.
A History of Scandinavia: Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland
by T.K Derry
The story of Scandinavia from prehistory to the present with chapters on the Viking and Lutheran kingdoms, medieval times, monarchies, the World Wars and modern period, emphasizing the common cultural, political and social backgrounds.

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