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Most Popular Northern European Adventures

Posted on 7/27/2021 12:00:00 AM in The Buzz

Among Iceland’s thousands of waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss is unique, in that visitors can explore and photograph the cascades from behind. It’s a highlight of the #1 adventure on this list.

Encompassing the Nordic countries, the Baltic states, and the British Isles, the northern reaches of Europe are home to pristine natural beauty, charming medieval cities, and some of the happiest people on Earth. Read on to discover our most popular adventures in this part of the world, both by land and small ship.

While we will be resuming operations on select adventures in 2021—beginning with Untamed Iceland, which resumed in July—we understand many travelers are planning further ahead. We have opened 2023 departures of many O.A.T. adventures—and you can reserve any 2021, 2022, or 2023 adventure with confidence with our Risk-Free Booking Policy through 12/31/21.

1. Enhanced! Untamed Iceland —13-day O.A.T. Small Group Adventure (Average group size: 13)

Our most popular independent film:

Overseas with David Conover: Iceland

Join filmmaker David Conover as he explores Iceland’s landscapes, chats with locals about Icelandic culture, and glimpses into the center of the Earth.


Travelers reserved through 2023: 2,407

A world away yet tantalizingly close, Iceland is a magical island of pure and unspoiled natural beauty. One of the least-populated nations on Earth—and nowhere near as cold as its name implies—Iceland is a verdant paradise of electric green valleys punctuated by craggy mountains, steaming hot springs, boiling mud pools, and lava fields said to be inhabited by elves.

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3. New! Scotland Revealed: Legends, Lochs & Highland Landscapes —13-day O.A.T. Small Group Adventure (Average group size: 13)

Our most popular independent film:

Lights of Scotland

Get an in-depth look into the scenic gems of Scotland, from panoramic views atop Arthur's Seat to stacked homes lining narrow, cobbled streets.

Travelers reserved through 2023: 1,679

As we trace the coast of Scotland all the way down to its capital city, we'll get an intimate glimpse into the country's past, and we'll meet the warm, inviting locals that call Scotland home along the way. We'll have opportunities to slip into daily life, like when we join locals in Glasgow in their home for a traditional Home-Hosted Dinner, and when we grab pints with fishermen in a pub in Oban. Plus, with a Trip Experience Leader by our side, we'll see Scotland through a local lens as we explore.

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3. The Baltic Capitals & St. Petersburg —16-day O.A.T. Small Group Adventure (Average group size: 13)

Our most popular independent film:

Great Railway Journeys of Europe: Budapest to Warsaw

Discover Central Europe by railway and see this complex region in a whole new way.


Travelers reserved through 2023: 1,574

When you travel to the Baltic capitals in a small group with O.A.T., you'll discover the turrets, spires, and winding cobbled streets of Vilnius, Riga, and Tallinn—three capitals that preserved the timeless elegance of their Old Towns. And you'll cast your eyes to Mother Russia as you discover the wonders of St. Petersburg, founded by Peter the Great early in the 18th century as a showcase for Russia’s imperial might. Take in the rich sweep of history, unique cultures, and natural beauty of one of Europe's long-buried treasures.

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4. Irish Adventure: Dublin, Belfast & the Northwest Counties —16-day O.A.T. Small Group Adventure (Average group size: 13)

Our most popular independent film:

Planet Food: Ireland

From hearty stews to perfect pints, take a mouthwatering look at the culinary traditions of the Emerald Isle.

Travelers reserved for through 2023: 1,498

Upon the Emerald Isle, we'll trace the influence of the infamous Troubles across the country—first exploring the era's influence on Dublin before traveling to Belfast, where the heart of the period unfolded during the late 20th century. Stay in both quiet country settings and in the heart of Ireland's musical cities. Whether it’s the stunning Cliffs of Moher rising from the Atlantic or the cozy pubs lining cobbled city streets, the rich history and natural splendor witnessed across Ireland is sure to captivate you.

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5. Fjord Cruise & Lapland: Norway, Finland & the Arctic Circle —18-day O.A.T. Small Ship Adventure (Average group size: 22)
6 nights aboard a 400- to 1,000-passenger Havila Norwegian Coastal Voyage ship

Our most popular independent film:

Smart Travels with Rudy Maxa: Oslo and Norway

Visit Norway with Emmy Award winner Rudy Maxa, and witness its iconic architecture, Viking heritage, and culture.


Travelers reserved through 2023: 1,221

Following in the wake of the Vikings who settled this northern wilderness, you and your small group of 20-25 travelers (average of 22) will board our 400- to 1,000-passenger Havila coastal voyage ship. An active part of Norway’s maritime heritage, these ships regularly sail into local harbors to deliver supplies and travelers to hard-to-reach towns. Cruise along Norway’s coast near the top of the world—crossing the Arctic Circle—and step ashore to discover small, colorful cities and quiet fishing villages.

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6. Grand Baltic Sea Voyage —14-day O.A.T. Small Ship Adventure (Average group size: 22)
10 nights aboard our privately-owned 89-passenger M/V Clio or 98-passenger M/V Corinthian

Our most popular independent film:

Smart Travels with Rudy Maxa: Stockholm and Sweden

Witness the natural and man-made beauty of Sweden with Emmy Award winner Rudy Maxa.

Travelers reserved through 2023: 1,166

Explore seven countries and immerse yourself in the distinct and unique cultures of each region, with a Trip Experience Leader and local guides fostering authentic experiences along the way. And because of our ship's small size, you'll not only be able to witness the Baltics' iconic highlights—like lavish St. Petersburg and bustling Stockholm—but also delve into the region's more remote gems—like colorful Visby and historic Riga, small ports only accessible by small ship.

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