When you first begin planning your Northern European Cruise you may well be confused with the wide variety of options available. Northern Europe has a wide selection of different countries to visit and ensuring you take in the sights you want can become a major excerise in planning.
Our handy introduction to the various countries available should serve as an introduction allowing you to plan your cruise with confidence.
Northern France borders the English channel and has many small towns and villages dotted along the coast of Normandy. A cruise in this area may well take in the Channel Islands including Jersey and Guernsey which although British have a vastly different climate to mainland Britain. The capital of France is Paris which is located a couple of hours south of the coast so a visit will require a little organisation.
On the opposite side of the English Channel you may well begin your cruise at the large port of Southampton. The Isle of Wight is a potential venue for a stop over as are the Channel Islands. The capital of Britain is London which is approximately one hour north of the south coast.
Denmark and the Netherlands
If you plan to stop in the Netherlands you can find a wealth of culture in the city of Amsterdam or the lowlands of Belgium. Amsterdam is the capital of Holland and is an easy stopover point for your cruise as it's a port city. Denmark is located at the entrance to the Baltic Sea and is classed as a Scandanavian country. The capital of Denmark is Copenhagen which has a rich culture.
A cruise around Norway can take in the delights of the Norweigien Ffjords and takes you northwards into the artic waters of the northern hemisphere. Pack your heavy clothes for the weather turns much colder but it can be worth it for a view of the Northern Lights.
Sweden is the next country you'll find come across in the Baltic Sea. The capital of Sweden is Stockholm and it has strong ties with its proximity to Denmark. Sweden has strong Scandanaivian links and is full of the history of the Vikings.
Moving further into the Baltic Sea you reach the country of Finland and its capital Helsinki which is located on the southern coast. Being a port city Helsinki is an ideal stop for your cruise and is filled with a wealth of Scandanavian culture and history.
A cruise along the northern coast of Germany takes in delightful cities such as Bremerhaven and Rostock. You'll no doubt look to travel inland slightly to Hamburg which spans the River Elbe and if you have the time arrange a trip further inland to Berlin, one of Europe's most historic and vibrant cities.
Stop off in Poland in the Baltic Sea at the city of Gdansk and take in a thriving culture of this former eastern european state.
Coming towards the end of the Baltic Sea you reach the western coast of Russia and a visit to the beautiful city of St Petersburg. Steeped in history and culture St Petersburg has strong links to the Tsars who once ruled Russia and made the city their capital. There's a vast wealth of museums and history to explore in St Petersburg including the old palace that ensure a visit is well worth your time.