Scandinavia Shore Excursions

To help you experience the very best of your destinations, Cunard offers a diverse selection of excursions ashore, from leisurely sightseeing to exciting activities.

220 excursions in the Baltic, Scandinavia and Iceland

Excursions are released around 12 weeks before the cruise departs. To book an excursion for your cruise, please visit Voyage Personaliser

Russian visas are not necessary when joining an organised shore excursion or booking private arrangements through the Voyage Personaliser or the Shore Excursion Office on board. It is a requirement that all guests stay in their excursion group to ensure they comply with visa regulations. Should you choose to visit St Petersburg independently, a visa must be obtained, prior to arrival.

Helsinki Highlights

See Helsinki's city highlights on a guided drive that visits Senate Square and The Rock Church.

  • Helsinki Highlights
  • Helsinki Highlights
  • Helsinki Highlights

See the city’s focal point, Senate Square, with fine 19th century neo-classical buildings and the impressive Lutheran Cathedral of St Nicholas. Pass the Uspenski Cathedral and the North Harbour where the icebreaker fleet is stationed.

The Rock Church (Temppeliaukio), a unique creation carved out of solid rock and topped with a copper dome is a striking example of modern Finnish architecture. En route you will see the Presidential Palace, the colourful Market Square and the beautiful Kaivopuisto Park, where many of the foreign embassies are situated.

Stop to admire the massive, stainless steel Sibelius Monument dedicated to the musical vision of Jean Sibelius and situated in the beautiful Sibelius Park. View the Olympic Stadium, where the Olympic games were held in 1952 and travel past the new Opera House, Finlandia Hall, the Parliament Building, the National Museum and the Railway Station.

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The Olympic Stadium is currently undergoing renovation work, and may not be visible during your tour. Should you opt to remain in the city for independent sightseeing, you will be responsible for your own return to the ship. Please note that the Rock Church may close without prior notice. The tour does involve some walking, with gravel walkways at the Sibelius Monument and steps at Senate Square. The order of sites may vary. Due to parking restrictions there will be a ten minute uphill walk to The Rock Church.

Helsinki Highlights
  • Alesund, Norway
  • 3 hours
    • Medium activity level,
    • Shopping
  • TOUR CODE: AES_001

Ålesund Highlights

Experience the history and culture of Ålesund with a sightseeing drive and a visit to Sunnmøre Open-Air Museum.

  • Ålesund Highlights
  • Ålesund Highlights
  • Ålesund Highlights

Your drive will take you through the lovely ‘Art Nouveau’ style town centre of Ålesund, along the Borgundfjord, to the old trading centre of Borgund.

Borgund’s beautiful natural surroundings are the setting for Sunnmøre Open-Air Museum. The site has an outdoor display of 50 old and distinct houses. As you stroll between the picturesque houses you’ll feel as if you have stepped back in time, and on entering a few of the houses you’ll get a feel of how Norwegian people lived centuries ago. There is also a vast boat collection, including replicas of Viking ships, whilst the main building showcases an archaeology and culture exhibition. The museum provides a unique and fascinating insight into the life of the people who have inhabited this area for several thousand years.

On the return journey, enjoy a drive around the Ålesund’s highlights before heading up Mount Aksla for a stop to absorb the magnificent views over this lovely Art Nouveau town and its surrounding areas.

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 45 minutes of walking at Sunnmøre over gravel and some uneven ground. Some of the houses have stairs and low doorways, therefore guests should take extra care on entering. Please remember to carry local currency (Norwegian Kroner) if you wish to purchase refreshments or souvenirs. Comfortable walking shoes are advisable. This tour involves a drive through one long tunnel.

Ålesund Highlights

The Golden Circle

Discover outstanding natural beauty and geothermal delights on a visit to Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss Waterfall and Strokkur Geyser.

  • The Golden Circle
  • The Golden Circle
  • The Golden Circle
  • The Golden Circle
  • The Golden Circle

From Reykjavik, travel over the Mosfellsheidi heath to the dramatic Thingvellir National Park, which is Iceland’s only UNESCO World Heritage site due to its historical, cultural and geological significance. The Park straddles the mid-Atlantic ridge and is where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet. These plates are constantly pulling the earth’s crust in opposite directions causing rifts which add to the unusual and impressive landscape. It's also the site of Iceland's first parliament over 1000 years ago.

Continue into the fertile farmlands of the south to see the majestic Gullfoss Waterfall, otherwise known as ‘The Golden Waterfall’. As you stand and admire the beauty of this waterfall you can hear its raw power as the water gushes down the rock face. Nearby is the fascinating geothermal area of Geysir, with its abundance of hot springs, mud pools, fumaroles and other geothermal phenomena. There’ll be a stop to see the amazing geyser Strokkur, a fountain geyser which shoots up a 75-foot-high column of hot water every few minutes.

Stop at a local hotel for a delicious Icelandic luncheon, before beginning the scenic return journey. En route there will be a comfort stop at the Hellisheidi Geothermal Power Plant. Those who are interested can visit the Geothermal Energy Exhibition which provides a state-of-the-art look at how geothermal energy is harnessed in a sustainable manner in Iceland.

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately one hour of walking over mostly rough and uneven ground, however most sites can be seen from the coach. There are around ten steps at Thingvellir National Park. Sturdy, enclosed shoes and a wind/rainproof jacket are recommended. To access Gullfoss Waterfall there is a steep gravel and mud path and numerous steps, which can become slippery when wet.

The Golden Circle

Stockholm Waterways

A boat tour is the simplest and most enjoyable way to acquaint yourself with the ‘city that floats on water’.

  • Stockholm Waterways
  • Stockholm Waterways
  • Stockholm Waterways

Stockholm, strategically built where the freshwater Lake Mälaren meets the Baltic Sea, shows off her most beautiful side when seen from the water. Often referred to as ‘the Beauty on Water’, Stockholm is built upon 14 different islands and the mainland, all linked together by over 50 bridges.

Water plays an important role in everyday life. Boating, swimming and fishing are popular activities in this capital city, where over a third of the total surface area is water. While cruising the glittering waters, glide under bridges, and see most of the main sights of the city, including the Old Town with the Royal Palace, the Djurgården island, Vasa Museum, Skansen Open-Air Museum the Tivoli ‘Gröna Lund’, the first archipelago island Fjäderholmarna and the residential area Hammarby Sjöstad.

This excursion will operate by boat. Depending on your ship’s berth, you may either walk to the boat or take a short coach transfer. Depending on the vessel used on the day, refreshments may be available for purchase on board the boat; local currency (Swedish Kroner) or credit card is required.

Stockholm Waterways
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