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.

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WHY CRUISE TO NORTHERN EUROPE?

What Northern Europe has to offer.

The beauty of Northern Europe is that no two destinations are the same. Join us on a Baltic, Netherlands or Scandinavia cruise and discover Northern Europe’s cities like never before. 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. Plus, it’s never been easier to get there with our Northern Europe cruises from Southampton as well as our unbeatable cruise deals.

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 Scandinavia and Russia cruise, you’ll sail through the Baltic sea to discover some of the most iconic cities Northern Europe. Enjoy the view into Stockholm as you glide in through its archipelago of over 3,000 islands, before heading to Finland’s magnificent capital, Helsinki. Finally discover echoes of imperial past on an opulent St. Petersburg cruise and wander the medieval streets of Tallinn. No one day is the same as the last.

NORTHERN EUROPE CRUISES

Discover the heart of your destination with our unparalleled itineraries.

Our Top Pick for Northern Europe

Sail on newly revolutionised Celebrity Silhouette®

7 Night Norwegian Fjords Cruise

May 8, 2021 - May 15, 2021

  • Celebrity Silhouette
  • 7 nights
  • 2 guests
  • Interior Stateroom

Starting from £ 799 Avg. per person

A cruise through the Norwegian fjords puts you at the heart of the action. Sail directly through jaw-dropping scenery, admiring snow-capped peaks and undisturbed alpine forests. Cruise in style on recently revolutionised Celebrity Silhouette®. Boasting new stateroom design, plus reimagined restaurants, bars and lounges, a Norwegian fjords cruise has never been so luxurious.

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Northern Europe Highlights

History

Scandinavia and the Baltics celebrate a rich and diverse history spanning back centuries. With each city offering its own story to tell, you’ll discover how it shaped today’s present. Visit the Church of the Saviour on Blood and learn about the famous Tsar’s in St.Petersburg. Wander around the magnificent Royal Palaces of Amsterdam and Stockholm, whilst Tallinn’s Old Town with its enchanting red spire towers is one of the best preserved medieval sites in Europe. In Copenhagen explore the port of Nyhaven, dating back to the 1600’s.

Culture

History, art, music and age old traditions, combined with modern day lifestyles make Northern Europe a truly fascinating region to delve into. In Scandinavia embrace the art of Hygge, which is all about enjoying simple pleasures with good friends. In Finland saunas are seen as places of sociability and harmony, whilst in Sweden music fans won’t want to miss the Abba museum in Stockholm. The summer solstice is also widely celebrated in Northern Europe with festivals across the summer months.

Natural Wonders

Northern Europe is abound with breath-taking landscapes. In Iceland bathe in the steamy waters of the Blue Lagoon, naturally heated by geothermal energy or take a Golden Circle tour to discover its volcanic scenery and famous geysers. Experience the Norwegian fjords by Kayaking or hiking, their cobalt waters are sided by steep cliffs and cascading waterfalls offering spectacular views. Geirangerfjord is one of the most famous. During the Spring, the tulips in Amsterdam are a must see, whilst in St.Petersburg you can take a scenic cruise along its rivers and canals.

Cuisine

Though not well known for its cuisine, Scandinavia and the Baltic region are packed full of rich culinary delights. From local fish markets in Norway or street food in Copenhagen to Michelin star restaurants, it’s diverse cuisine offers something for everyone to enjoy. Try Currywurst in Germany, soak up the scenery canal side with a beer in Amsterdam, whilst in Sweden, take a break for Fika – a daily ritual involving coffee and cake. For those with a sweet tooth don't miss the art of chocolate making in Bruges.

NORTHERN EUROPE DESTINATIONS

 

Northern Europe Countries

  • Norway

    Sail into the heart of the majestic Norwegian fjords and take in the spectacular scenery and quaint villages. On selected itineraries we also visit Oslo, the cultural capital brimming with plenty to do and renowned foodie scene.

  • Finland

    Blending sleek Scandinavian design with grand palaces, Helsinki is the cultural hub of Finland. Explore museums, galleries before ending the day with a rejuvinating sauna – a tradition Finland is well known for.

  • Sweden

    Sweden is best appreciated outdoors. Whether you want to kayak Stockholm’s archipelago, enjoy hiking in the countryside or wander around it’s cool cities it will reawaken your sense of adventure.

  • Russia

    World-class museums, glittering palaces, and vodka tastings await you on a cruise to Russia. St Petersburg is a must see destination. Plus, don’t miss the white nights festival during the summer.

  • Estonia

    A land of fairytale architecture, Estonia is best known for its capital; Tallinn. Its beautiful historic old town is A UNESCO world heritage site. Venture outside of the city and you’ll discover rare wildlife and national parks.

  • Denmark

    Famous for its contemporary design, natural beauty, and Hygge lifestyle, Denmark is fascinating country. Explore the cities of  Aarhus or Copenhagen with us (we stay overnight on selected itineraries).

  • Germany

    The charming port of Warnemunde provides guests a jumping off point to the iconic city of Berlin, full of historical and cultural highlights. Outside of the capital, visit Rostock or the The Duke's Castle Schwerin.

  • Netherlands

    The Netherlands is a scenic, culturally rich country and Amsterdam is its beautiful capital. It is known for its colourful tulip fields, cycling routes and picturesque windmills.

  • Belgium

    On a cruise to Belgium we’ll take you to Bruges. Wander around the cobbled streets of this atmospheric medieval city, sampling some of the best chocolate and beer in the world as you go. 

  • Iceland

    Discover the land of ice and fire on a cruise to Iceland. Staying overnight in Reykjavik gives you the opportunity to explore further. Highlights include the Golden Circle, whale watching or a relaxing soak in the Blue Lagoon.

  • Channel Islands

    Delve deeper into the history of the channel islands, spend time on beautiful beaches and or explore Sark island – a hidden gem.

  • UK

    From the highlands of Scotland to the north of Ireland, and down south to the French-influenced Channel Islands, every UK port has a rich maritime history, a local speciality and a pub.

  • Ireland

    Known as the emerald Isle for its sprawling green landscapes and beautiful national parks, Ireland’s cosmopolitan cities are not be missed either. We visit Dublin, Belfast, Cork and Waterford on our Ireland cruises.

NORTHERN EUROPE DEPARTURE PORTS

  • Southampton, UK

    Start your holiday the moment you arrive at the port with our no-fly cruises from the UK between April and October. Discover magical cities and breathtaking landscapes on a Baltic or Scandinavia cruise from Southampton.

     

  • Amsterdam, Netherlands

    On our cruises from Amsterdam, not only will you be able to experience the beautiful canals and world-class art and museum scene all that this city has to offer but the best of Northern Europe too. From the Norwegian Fjords, Scandinavia and Russia to Iceland and Ireland.

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. Explore Scandinavia and the Baltics in 2021. 

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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.

Everyone loves a beach holiday, but the diverse countries of Northern Europe have an altogether more mysterious allure. Perhaps it’s the luscious green forests, the soaring mountains, the fascinating history – or maybe just the Danish pastries.

•    Unique vantage points – Travelling by ship, you’ll see the many sights of Europe from a different perspective. We reckon there’s no better way to explore the majesty of the Norwegian Fjords than to sail directly through them. 
•    Hassle-free travel – When you sail with us, we remove all the fiddly logistics that usually come along with a holiday. Simply unpack once and enjoy all the amenities on your Celebrity Cruises ship while we take you cruising from A to B in style and comfort.
•    Multiple ports of call – We can’t wait to show you the best that Northern Europe has to offer. Wake up in a new destination each day, and perhaps discover a hidden gem you weren’t expecting. 
•    Efficient – Choosing a cruise is the most economical way to save both time and money, as your transport and accommodation are consolidated into one cost. 

Northern Europe is packed full of things to do, whether you’re an adrenaline junkie or a culture vulture. Here are some of our top recommendations:
•    Tallinn Old Town – This preserved medieval city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Dip in and out of cosy cafes, photograph the gothic spires and find hidden boutiques down cobbled streets. 
•    Norwegian Fjords – There’s nowhere quite like the Norwegian Fjords, with their crashing waterfalls and steep valleys. Explore the majesty of Geirangerfjord and Sognefjord on Northern Europe cruises. 
•    Winter Palace, St Petersburg – Once the home of Russian Emperors, today the grand Winter Palace houses the Hermitage Museum, the second largest art museum in the world. 
•    Nyhavn, Copenhagen – No visit to Denmark’s capital is complete without a stroll along Nyhavn, a colourful and picturesque waterfront dating back to the 17th century. Discover more on one of our city tour shore excursions.  
•    Gamla Stan, Stockholm – The island of Gamla Stan is Stockholm’s atmospheric old town. As well as quaint, traditional 18th century buildings, you’ll find the Royal Palace and Storkyrkan Cathedral. 

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’re planning on getting out into the wilderness. If you’re visiting Northern Europe in the shoulder seasons, be sure to bring plenty of layers as the evenings can get chilly. Find out more about packing for your Celebrity cruise. 

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

Typical cuisine varies across the region. In Scandinavia, you can expect to find plenty of local seafood and fish such as herring and crayfish, as well as tart berries. In Baltic countries, traditional stews feature beef, onion, potatoes and cabbage. The national dish of Russia is pelmeni – little pastry dumplings, filled with minced meat and covered in butter. In Amsterdam, start the day with pancakes or snack on some salty liquorice. And what would a trip to Germany be without a pint of beer and a bratwurst? 

Northern Europe is generally considered a safe region to visit, although as with most tourist destinations, incidents do occur from time to time. Check the GOV.uk website to find out about any potential risks before you go.

When travelling anywhere, we encourage guests to be vigilant about their personal safety. Find out more about your safety onboard

We cruise to Northern Europe between April and October, when the weather is at it’s warmest. In Scandinavian countries like Sweden temperatures reach up to 24 degrees Celsius, making it the perfect time to hit the beach. June and July are when the awe-inspiring White Nights take place in St Petersburg. In this time, the sun doesn’t set, and the phenomenon is marked by music and festivals in the cities.

The warmer months are also when the Norwegian Fjords look at their most spectacular, with sunshine reflecting off the cobalt water. The mild temperatures also mean you can get out and about to explore the wilderness. 
 

Yes, there is a chance you might see the Northern Lights in Northern Europe. Norway, Sweden and Iceland are all known for their aurora borealis. You can also see the Northern Lights on the Baltic Sea, in destinations such as Russia. 

However, it’s worth noting that cruise season in Northern Europe (April to October) isn’t the prime time for Northern Lights viewing due to lighter skies and shorter nights. 

Baltic countries we visit include Russia, Estonia and Germany. A Baltic cruise also includes Scandinavian countries like Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Denmark and Finland. Find out more about Baltic cruises.

Scandinavian countries we visit include:
•    Norway
•    Sweden
•    Finland 
•    Denmark
•    Iceland
 

We’ve created some tips to help with any confusion – check out our guide to Brexit and travelling to help make your European cruise as smooth as possible.