Despite being a island, international connections are easy: To/from Russia, Zarubino (near Vladivostok, the last stop on the Trans-Siberian), there are twice-weekly ferries to Sokcho.
It's around 18hours by boat and for this reason many take one of the regular flights.
A surprising number of agencies offer tours (Koyro being the most popular), but all visit the same core sights and group tours are the cheapest (anything up to 40 people, depending on the cost).
Being in a big group is however not too bad as you won't feel quite as shepherded and watched, plus have plenty of company in the evening when you are effectively locked in your hotel.
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Although there is a state run company based in Beijing that might take you for half that price if you can manage to deal with their bureaucracy .
Although somewhat of a tourist circus and the most obvious attraction near to Seoul, the DMZ and learning about how it came into being is a worthwhile part of any trip.
There are also several tunnels would-be invading North Koreans mined that you can go down in.
You find an observation point and tunnel just North of Seoul.
However for a ball-park figure think between EU€1000-2000 with the cheaper figure being for a four day tour and the latter being seven, say with slightly more upmarket lodgings at a peak time in a smaller group.
For other tours such as individual tours you could double those figures.Few destinations hold as much traveller kudos as North Korea.