The Northern European cruise region stretches from the British Isles through Scandinavia and all the way to St. Petersburg, Russia. Cruises in this area are also called Baltic or Scandinavia cruises. Amazing historical and cultural sites await and shore excursions typically visit museums, palaces, castles and cathedrals. Cruises around the British Isles including England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland offer opportunities to visit famous cities like London, Dublin, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Hurtigruten - The Norwegian Coastal Voyage :
Hurtigruten takes you closer to the real Norway calling at 34 ports, some never visited by larger cruise ships. As with the scenery en route, it is the sheer variety of sights, sounds, scents and surprises that makes the coastal voyage such a delight.
The 14 Hurtigruten ships are able to reach places that many others can't, along some of the most beautiful coastlines in the world. Take your pick from the 'Norwegian Coastal Voyage' route in Norway, Spitsbergen and Greenland. Also available are a range of winter trips all under the Northern Lights. Cruises include 7 & 14 night voyages in Norway, 5 & 6 night Spitsbergen voyages plus a variety of Greenland itineraries.
The Northern European cruise season lasts from late May through to September and the British Isles cruise season runs from April through to October. To avoid larger crowds, consider travelling during the shoulder seasons in the spring (April and May) or in the fall (September and October). Northern Europe - late summer provides the best weather with mid-June to early July being particularly interesting with possible views of the midnight sun, which disappears for only 3-4 hours every evening.
Tour the grand public buildings or travel to the mythical Giant's Causeway in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
View the magnificent castle in Edinburgh which has remained unchanged since the 18th century.
Wander the boulevards of Cannes, famous for its designer boutiques and markets.
Discover the famous landmarks of Livorno (Florence/Pisa) in Italy.
See the coppery green towers alongside gingerbread houses and stroll through the cobblestone streets in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Explore the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg housing the art collection of Catherine the Great.
Visit the Viking Museum in Oslo, Norway.
Shop for fine leather-bound books or woolen goods in Tallinn, Estonia.
Stroll through Amsterdam's 700-year-old streets and marvel at its stepped-gable houses, cruise down its bustling canals or browse through its colorful flower markets.
Experience Stockholm, Sweden, a city of 14 islands linked by ferries and graceful bridges.