Cruises to Northern Europe and Arctic Circle
Northern Europe encompasses the British Isles, Republic of Ireland, Scandinavia, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Lithuania and Latvia. Cruises to Northern Europe are well poised to visit the Arctic Circle and explore the Baltic region.
Cruises to the Arctic Circle: Fjords, Waterfalls & Glaciers
While you may not choose to sail as far as the Arctic Circle itself, the so-called “land of the midnight sun”, there are many beautiful sights along the way and many itineraries to choose from. Departing from a major European port, sail northwards along the coast of Norway. Visit modern cities such as Oslo and Molde, the “Town of Roses” and see the Northern Lights at Tromso. Glacier spotting is a highlight of the ample scenic cruises on these voyages, as you sail past the majestic fjords with their towering walls and stunning waterfalls, a highlight surely being the Stigfossen waterfall cascading 6000ft over the Trollveggen (Troll Wall).
Take in the North Cape far into the Arctic Circle. Look out for reindeer grazing around the town boundaries at Honningsvag. You may choose a cruise itinerary that includes Iceland, or book a Northern Europe cruise direct to Iceland, stopping off in the southern tip of Norway before hitting the icy, deep blue waters of the Norwegian Sea. Spend three nights at sea in the waters of the North Atlantic.
Cruises in Northern Europe: Scandinavia, Russia & the Baltic
Cruise to Northern Europe from the UK or starting points at exciting European cities. Make city excursions in the ports of Copenhagen and Stockholm, mainstays in the grand history of Europe. Soak in the spectacular architecture and distinctly Finnish design at Helsinki. At the eastern end of the Baltic lies St. Petersburg, Russia. Another major player in the economic and political history of Europe, St. Petersburg is in itself a masterpiece showcasing the often-mysterious Imperial Russia.
The oldest city on the Baltic Sea, Tallinn is almost 1000 years old. Despite having grown into a modern city, Tallinn still retains a distinct air and style unchanged for almost 600 years. For the foodie in you, a stop at Gothenburg, Sweden, will be a sure highlight of your Northern Europe cruise to the Baltic Sea. If the sound of this eclectic and dynamic European cities sounds too good to miss, why not choose a short city break, which will take in several cities along the north and western coasts of the continent. You’ve never had a long weekend city-break like you’ve had it on a luxury cruise ship!
British Isles Northern Europe Cruises
A tour of the British Isles not only includes quaint and thriving ports in the United Kingdom, but nearby ports that are too good to sail by without an excursion. Starting in London, visit the British Isle of Guernsey. Swing upwards towards Cork, in the Republic of Ireland, then coast hop up the Irish Sea from Dublin to Liverpool, across to Belfast and back to Glasgow. Then stick to the ruggedly beautiful Scottish coast as you round the head and spend a day exploring the infamous Loch Ness, supposed home of the Loch Ness Monster. Then to Edinburgh, a vibrant city of culture and beauty, before a final call at the city of culture, Paris, and return to London Southampton Port.