The history of the Swedish state can be traced back to the Viking era and how the small chiefdoms Scandinavia developed influential clans in Sweden. The coastal regions of Scandinavia are just perfect for cruising in those long summer days and promise an easy sailing with endless hours of sunshine in the Swedish Baltic. Why not take a Scandinavia cruise this year and discover unforgettable sights, loads of sunshine, and of course, the dancing northern lights!
Here is a comprehensive guide for all those planning to cruise Scandinavia coasts.
Best time to cruise
The spring and summer months are the right time for the cruises as the days are longer, and the weather is pleasant. Cruise lines plan the itineraries in advance so that one can sightsee, explore, and shop at the popular destinations and ports. Northern light’s cruises from late September to early Marcare timed to suit the Aurora season.
What to expect
The Scandinavian Peninsula is home to the Nordic countries like Sweden, Norway, and Finland and boasts of the lively cruise industry. This is your chance to visit and explore the biggest cities in the region like Stockholm, Copenhagen, and Oslo. Stockholm, the Swedish capital, is the most attractive capital city. You will find that the Scandinavian destinations are not very far from each other, and one can even explore northern Europe on the same cruise. You can wake up to a new destination every day and have an awesome time exploring destinations.
Different cruise ships
You can pick from a wide and extensive fleet of cruise ships in different categories and choose to start your cruise from UK ports like Dover and Southampton. There are some voyages that depart from Dublin and other European cities like Dubrovnik, Split, and Amsterdam. You can plan and book ahead for the most exclusives cruises and opt for either one way or round trip. Explore beautiful destinations along the Scandinavia coasts and enjoy the experience in total comfort in the fully equipped boats.
Popular routes to explore
Choosing a Scandinavian cruise can indeed be difficult as there is so much to see and explore. What really draws the tourists to the different itineraries is the chance to visit the capitals of the Baltic Sea and without the need to deal with annoying flights and expensive hotels. Here are some of the most popular stopovers and routes to pick from.
- Get to know medieval Sweden
Set sail for the Baltic island of Gotland and explore the ancient Viking settlements. Explore Sweden’s West Coast if interested in food and taste the delicious seafood made of lobster, oysters, and prawns. Visit the medieval town of Visby and get a taste of the local life.
- Swedish island life
The western archipelago boasts of more than 1,000 islands, and each of them is famous for its unique features. Marstrand is famous for Carlsten Fortress while the Koster Islands are known for peace and quiet as well as Koster Havet marine national park.
- The beautiful cities in Europe
You can stop in Stockholm, Copenhagen, and Oslo, well known as the most beautiful cities in Europe. Cruise passengers can enjoy a lot here and eat at world-class restaurants and indulge in some great shopping. Copenhagen, the Danish capital, is a major hub for boating excursions, while Oslo is the jumping-off point to see the famous fjords on Norway’s west coast.
- The Norwegian fjords
Cruise towards Norway’s west coast, where you will not only come across the world’s most dramatic scenery but the country’s most famous fjord, Geirangerfjord. Feast your eyes on jaw-dropping waterfalls, jagged peaks and impossibly beautiful nature around you.
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