Discount cruises to Northern Europe are a perfect choice for all who are eager to explore the region’s picturesque cities, dramatic landscape, rich history and a wealth of historical attractions ranging from splendid museums to majestic cathedrals and magnificent palaces. No matter if being interested in unspoiled nature, art, architecture or history, Northern Europe offers something for just about everyone. In addition, a cruise to Northern Europe is a great way to retreat from the summer heat. Although the effects of global warming can be felt here as well, the average summer temperatures are much more pleasant than in Central and Southern Europe.
Though some cruises to Northern Europe also include the coast of Scotland, the majority focus on Scandinavian countries and Russia. Shore excursions most often include the following destinations:
Renowned as the cultural link between Scandinavia and the rest of Europe, the Danish capital of Copenhagen offers plenty to see and experience: from world-class museums to beautiful architecture and endless opportunities for sight seeing, shopping and entertainment.
The Swedish capital is a vibrant metropolis and a unique mixture of history and modernity. The visitors’ favourites include the Old Town which is also home to the Royal Palace and the Stockholm archipelago consisting of thousands of islands and islets.
The capital of Norway is another distinctively Scandinavian city which, however, has its own character that makes it a very special place. With a history dating back nearly 1,000 years, Oslo is especially attractive to travellers who are interested in history. But it also offers plenty to see and experience to travellers who prefer a little bit more modern attractions, art, culture, architecture or/and nature.
This charming coastal city is a standard stop of many discount cruises to Northern Europe for the nearby fjords and plenty of opportunities for a variety of water activities. But it also attracts many visitors with its zoo and amusement park, and the many festivals that take place throughout the year.
The capital of Estonia astonishes its visitors with beautifully preserved Medieval Old Town that was inscribed into the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the 1990s. Also known as one of the world’s top 10 digital cities, Tallinn offers plenty of modern attractions as well.
Other standard stops of discount cruises to Northern Europe include the former Russian imperial capital of St. Petersburg, Iceland’s capital of Reykjavik, Finnish capital of Helsinki and a number of historical and natural attractions along the way.