From the majestic Norwegian fjords to the stunning snow-covered landscapes of Lapland, there’s a lot to experience on a trip to the world’s Baltic and Scandinavian regions. A cruise vacation is a unique way of visiting these European Northern Hemisphere countries, and provides you with the opportunity to stop off at numerous destinations.
Whether you choose to cruise, drive or fly, here are just some of the exciting locations and activities you could experience on your holiday to Baltic and Scandinavian countries.
The land of fire and ice
Iceland is one of the most popular northern destinations and offers unforgettable sightseeing such as the chance to venture inside an actual Icelandic volcano. Visitors can take an open elevator ride down into the volcano to view the otherworldly rock formations.
The vibrant city of Reykjavik will be your starting point for tours of the island including stops at the famous Blue Lagoon where you can swim in the warm waters while viewing the amazing landscape. If you’re a skiing enthusiast you can spend a day or afternoon on the slopes at Blafjoll, Iceland’s top ski resort located only 30 minutes from the capital.
Baltic beauty spots
Sailing around the Baltic will no doubt mean a stop at the city of Kiel via the 98Km Kiel Canal. This northern German city offers sightseeing opportunities such as the Kiel Botanical Gardens and the Laboe Naval Memorial with its panoramic views from the 72 metre high observation deck.
Denmark is another destination to visit on a Baltic cruise and a trip to the picturesque island of Bornholm will allow you to enjoy the white sand beach and the ruins of Hammershus Castle. Riga in Latvia is fast becoming another popular port of call and offers a step back in time with its beautiful medieval old town, city markets and atmospheric restaurants.
A winter wonderland
Everyone has heard of Lapland and this beautiful snow-covered region of the world is synonymous with Christmas festivities. Winter activities here include skiing, snowboarding, sledding and ice fishing.
Lapland is part of the northern regions of Sweden, Norway, Finland and even parts of Russia, and it’s here where you can experience the awe-inspiring Northern Lights at their best. With 18 beautiful national parks across Lapland, winter is one of the best seasons in which to explore these beauty spot. You can also take a guided tour on a husky driven sleigh-ride!
The majestic Norwegian fjords are another truly amazing sight and a cruise will take you on a journey through the Sognefjorden, the longest fjord in the world. If you take a walking tour of the largest glacier in Europe located in the Jostedalsbreen National Park, you can actually walk across the shimmering ice.
Another highlight will be the 218m Feigumfossen Waterfall, one of the highest waterfalls in Scandinavia. Norway is truly a country of remarkable beauty with an abundance of lakes, traditional little villages and mountain scenery; don’t miss the chance to ride the world’s steepest mountain railway, the Flamsbana.
Scandinavia and the Baltics cover an immense area so if you are choosing to board a cruise ship, make sure it stops at your most desired sightseeing spots. Just be ready to digest some truly amazing sights.