The Scandinavian kingdoms of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden lure visitors with sophistication and enchantment. The scenery boasts small green farms, blue lakes, and white coastal beaches. Rural areas are sprinkled with thatched cottages, castles, and windmills across a gentle landscape. The cities are modern and bustling, but an air of medieval charm has been preserved in old sections of colourful buildings and cobblestone streets. A cruise to Scandinavia can often be mixed with a cruise of other ports that surround the Baltic Sea.
Why cruise Scandinavia?
The waters around the Scandinavian countries are some of the most spectacular in the world from the stunning fiords of Norway to the beautiful harbour city in Copenhagen, Denmark. A cruise to Scandinavia has an air of stepping back in time, despite the modern bustling cities with its charming cottages, castles and windmills. Whether you love to explore new cities and experience the culinary delights and nightlife of the busier hubs or you are looking for something a bit more off the beaten track, a Scandinavian cruise offers something for everyone. Combine the classic routes around the Scandinavian countries with stop offs in other European cities located around the Baltic Sea including St Petersburg in Russia, Tallinn in Estonia or Helsinki in Finland.
With so many different route options, picking where you will cruise in Scandinavia is a nice problem to have. From the various cruise lines to the different countries you can visit, every itinerary offers up something different whether you choose to concentrate on one country or try to see as much of Scandinavia as possible. Some of the most popular cruises are around the Norwegian fiords and these will typically only involve stop offs in Norwegian towns and cities. Alternatively you may choose to cruise from capital to capital, a journey that will often involve stop offs in other eastern European countries like Finland, Latvia, Estonia and Russia. Below is a list of destinations often included in Scandinavian cruises:
• Copenhagen • Oslo • Stockholm • Gothenburg • Bergen • Stavanger • Malmo • Riga • Tallinn • St Petersburg • Helsinki
Who's sailing in Scandinavia?
Most of the major cruise line operators offer itineraries in and around Scandinavia and the Baltic Sea with some specialist cruise lines like Hurtigruten operating cruises to the Norwegian fiords. This gives you plenty of options when picking both your itinerary and the type of cruise you are looking for whether it’s a more intimate cruise with a small number of passengers or something more luxurious with all the mod cons of a five star hotel on board. A cruise to the Scandinavian countries should not be looked at in isolation – have a look out there and see what routes are available that might also give you the opportunity to visit places you had not previously thought about.
When is the best time of the year to go to Scandinavia?
As with Baltic cruises, there used to be a pretty limited window when cruise lines would operate in and around Scandinavia, however the season is now much longer, opening in May and running right through to the end of September. If it’s warm weather you’re looking for, the main months to travel will be July and August, however is you are happy to put up with cooler temperatures, the shoulder seasons are not only a cheaper time to travel but also less crowded. If you visit in June, the Scandinavian countries experience near 24-hour daylight and the summer temperatures are in the 60s and 70s most days.
Find out more and book today
To choose your Scandinavian cruise simply click on the cruise lines above or alternatively us the search function on the left of the page to enter the dates and destination. If you are new to cruising or you have any questions, check out our FAQ section for more information. If you are looking for more personal advice do not hesitate to give our travel consultants a call and we will be more than happy to help to plan your dream cruise to Scandinavia. Happy cruising!