The Baltic, Scandinavia & Iceland cruises

Europe’s northernmost nations create a wonderful region to explore, filled with fascinating contrasts. Following the shores of the Baltic Sea can showcase Scandinavia’s capitals, medieval towns and cities dotted with grand imperial buildings. On the other hand, choosing one of our Norway and Iceland cruises is more about the scenery, the sense of being away from it all.

Experiences

Visit in the winter months and you can expect the crunch of snow under your feet, seasonal markets and cosy cafés. Summer is a more popular time for holidays here, when you'll be rewarded with warm temperatures, flower-decked meadows and almost 24-hour daylight. May to August are the main months to take a Cunard cruise through the majestic Fjords, which are the best way to appreciate the Norwegian coast’s silent beauty, legends, waterfalls and glaciers. You can also combine one of our Fjords cruises with Iceland’s geysers and mineral rich thermal springs.

History

Baltic cruises reveal a history tied to merchants and trade, with the powerful Hanseatic League creating many of the thriving cities that exist today. By contrast Scandinavia and Iceland have a simpler, more traditional history, with fishing playing a major role in their development.

Culture

With the great wealth that trade bought, cultural pursuits followed and the Baltic is home to exquisite theatres and lavish concert halls, playing host to some of the best performers in the world. Russian ballet, for example, is highly acclaimed. Some of the world’s best museums can also be found in the Baltic, with St Petersburg’s vast Hermitage Museum a spectacular example.

Cuisine

Most travellers new to the Baltic expect to find robust stews and not much else – something of a misconception. Whilst the Baltic cities are, indeed, home to wonderfully hearty dishes – usually served with black rye bread – they offer a far wider menu. Summer, for instance, brings delicate fresh fish, meats and herbs cooked and served in the summer sun.

Location

Highlights of the region.

Featured cruises to the Baltic, Scandinavia & Iceland

  • Grand Norwegian Explorer

    Featured Cruise

    Sun 28 Jul to 18 Aug 2019

    Grand Norwegian Explorer

    Queen Mary 2

    21 nights from $4,049 per person

  • Grand Voyage, San Francisco to Southampton

    Featured Cruise

    Wed 3 Jul to 08 Aug 2019

    Grand Voyage, San Francisco to Southampton

    Queen Elizabeth

    36 nights from $5,869 per person

  • Norwegische Fjorde

    Featured Cruise

    Thu 9 May to 19 May 2019

    Norwegische Fjorde

    Queen Victoria

    10 nights from $2,089 per person

The Baltic, Scandinavia & Iceland

Available cruises: 28

Wonderful places to visit

Visit spellbinding Scandinavia to encounter spectacular Fjordland vistas, iceflows and forests glistening with sparkling frost. Perhaps you'll catch a glimpse of the ethereal Northern Lights in the winter sky? As well as captivating natural landscapes, you'll find bustling, cosmopolitan cities.

Denmark

There is a reason that Denmark consistently comes out on top in those quality of life surveys: life there is pretty good. Connecting Northern Europe to Scandinavia via the Oresund Bridge, Denmark also includes the Jutland Peninsula and connecting islands. This is a place where long summer nights, simple yet practical design and old-fashioned charm fuse to create an utterly unforgettable destination.

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