NORTHERN EUROPE, SCANDINAVIA & BALTIC CRUISES

A land of fairy-tale towns and magical fjords, northern Europe surprises and enchants at every turn. Discover the majesty of St Petersburg, the charm of Estonia, the wild beauty of Iceland and more.

Northern Europe Destinations

Our stunning destinations.

Northern Europe Ports of Call

WHY CRUISE TO NORTHERN EUROPE?

What Northern Europe has to offer.

From Scandinavia to the Baltic region, no two destinations in Northern Europe are quite the same. With a blend of jaw-dropping landscapes, colourful heritage and a rich fashion and design scene, you’ll discover something new at every port of call.

Firstly, there are the epic, UNESCO-protected fjords of Norway with their deep blue water, waterfalls and dramatic mountains. The ultra-stylish towns of Sweden and Denmark will provide a sharp contrast before we sail onto the rugged landscapes of Iceland.

On a northern European cruise, you’ll also explore the Baltic region, from the medieval streets of Tallinn to the echoes of imperial past in the opulent St. Petersburg.  No one day is the same as the last.

Northern Europe FAQs

Answering your questions about Northern Europe.

Whether you want to know more about Scandinavian culture or are unsure what to pack, read on for answers to some of our most frequently asked questions.

We all love a beach holiday, but the countries of northern Europe hold an altogether more mysterious allure. Perhaps it’s the snow-tipped forests, the soaring mountains, the fascinating history – or maybe it's just the delicious Danish pastries.

The best way to experience the Norwegian fjords is by water – we’ll take you sailing straight through these epic landscapes, giving you a unique vantage point not possible by land. We’ll also visit multiple ports of call, without any of the hassle or logistics.

Besides the fjords, there's plenty to see in northern Europe. The UNESCO-listed Old Town of Tallinn never fails to enchant, with its winding streets and picture-perfect spires. Don't miss the colourful buildings of Nyhavn in Copenhagen or the uninhibited grandeur of the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg.

If you're cruising in the summer, prepare for warm temperatures with shorts, vests and T-shirts. You may also want to bring waterproof clothing and hiking boots if you fancy getting out into the wilderness. If you're visiting in the shoulder seasons, make sure to bring plenty of layers as the evenings in particular can get chilly.

Most countries in northern Europe have either GMT, CET or EET time zones. Russia has 11 time zones, due to its large size. 

In Scandinavia, you’ll find a lot of fish such as herring and crayfish as well as berries. In Baltic countries, traditional stews feature beef, onion, potatoes and cabbage.

Northern Europe is generally considered a safe region to visit.

A range of languages is spoken in northern Europe, including Danish, Swedish, Norwegian and Russian. Hello in Icelandic is halló.

NORTHERN EUROPE HIGHLIGHTS

The best of Northern Europe, handpicked by us.

Where will your northern Europe cruise take you? Here are just a few of our favourite spots and sights you shouldn’t miss. Don’t forget your camera.

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  • Boats line the canal in Amsterdam.
  • Nyhavn Pier, Copenhagen.
  • The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, St. Petersburg.
  • The classic blue domes of Oia, Santorini.
  • View of beautiful Valencia, Spain.
  • Small port in the centre of Montenegro.

WHEN TO VISIT NORTHERN EUROPE

The best time to visit Northern Europe, with Celebrity Cruises.

The warmest months in Scandinavian and Baltic countries are from May – September when temperatures can reach the mid to high twenties in Stockholm. Winters tend to be very cold and wet.

You can experience the city of St Petersburg at its most dazzling between May and July – when the sun doesn’t set, and the mysterious White Nights take place. A luminous glow bathes the city all through the night, celebrated by a range of festivals, concerts and general revelry.

The best time to discover Norway's fjords is also in the summer when plenty of sunshine and natural light will ensure you experience these natural wonders at their best. Spring is also a good time to visit, as the snowmelt makes the waterfalls even more dramatic.

SHIPS VISITING NORTHERN EUROPE

NORTHERN EUROPE CRUISES

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