Bucket list cruise destinations: Baltic & Scandinavian Region

Friday, 31 March 2017
Cruising the baltic sea

A cruise to the northern parts of Europe may include the beautiful Fjords of Norway, where you may get to experience the midnight sun, or even a glimpse of the mesmerising Northern Lights.  In Sweden and Finland the picturesque towns and villages surrounded by rolling green hills and mountains will truly keep you in awe with their natural beauty.

As you cruise down the eastern side of the Baltic Sea, St Petersburg’s artistic history, culture and traditions will keep you fascinated for hours. The city of Tallin in Estonia, with its walled Old Town dating back centuries and lined with cafes and shops, age old defensive towers and churches, is certainly an amazing cultural experience and a definite must for any traveller.  

 

Norwegian & Baltic Cruise Types

 

Cruises International offer a variety of cruises in this region, which sail between 7 and 32 nights. Embark from cities like Copenhagen, Stockholm, Portsmouth, and Southampton and set sail through the ancient Viking waters of the Baltic and the North Sea as you visit the natural wonders of the area, and the many beautiful towns and cities of the region.

 

Main ports in the Scandinavian & Baltic region

 

Depending on the length of your cruise, you may visit all or just some of these destinations. However, each city is well worth a visit, and definitely deserve to be on any cruisers bucket list, with each one offering its own secrets and amazing discoveries.

 

1.  Copenhagen – Denmark

 

Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark is one of the embarkation points for many cruises in the area. It also offers a number of attractions including the Indre By, which is the city’s ‘historic centre’, Tivoli Gardens, The Little Mermaid statue, the colourful Nyhavn, and Rosenborg Castle.

 

2.  Tallinn - Estonia

 

Tallinn in Estonia is one of the oldest capital cities in Europe with the earliest human settlements dating back 5000 years. Tallinn itself was founded in 1248 on the site of the city’s Old Town, which today is a cobble-stoned and heavily walled cruiser’s paradise for old architecture, cafes, restaurants and charming Baltic sites such as the Gothic Town Hall, Main Square and churches.

 

3.  St Petersburg – Russia

 

At the most eastern point of the Gulf of Finland lies a small section of Russia, with Finland to the north and Estonia to the south-west. St Petersburg is the main city in the region and is often referred to as the cultural centre of Russia. For two centuries, it was the capital of the country and is home to iconic venues such as the Mariinsky Theatre, the State Russian Museum, Hermitage Museum and the Church of the Saviour on Blood.

 

4.  Helsinki – Finland

 

Helsinki is a city rich in history and offers many cultural, and of course, historic attractions. Known as the ‘Daughter of the Baltic,’ Helsinki is home to various museums, theatres, art galleries and is a scenic and interesting European city to visit. Its main attractions include, the Suomenlinna, which is a sea fortress built on six islands, the Uspenski Cathedral, and Market Square, to name just a few.

 

5.  Stockholm – Sweden

 

The capital city of Sweden, Stockholm, is essentially an archipelago of roughly 14 islands. The city has a wonderful and charismatic Old Town, as well as a number of ferries, which transport thousands of people between the islands daily. Gamla Stan is the place to go to feel the heartbeat of Stockholm. It’s made up of architecture from the middle ages, cobbled streets, shopping and loads of restaurants. Other attractions that you must visit include the naval Vasa Museum, Stockholm Palace and the Abba Museum.

For a completely different experience of Europe, and the chance to experience another side to the historic tale of this fascinating continent, a cruise to the Baltic and Scandinavian regions should be on any cruiser’s bucket list. Not only is the natural scenery spectacular, but the towns, cities, cultures and traditions you will experience are unforgettable. So speak to your Cruises International consultant today to find out more about the cruises on offer to the Baltic and Scandinavian regions of Europe.  

 

 

 

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