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The stunning Northern Lights, the bustling Scandinavian capitals and charming villages, untouched landscapes, the grand Fjords, enchanted castles, sparkling glaciers, and much, much more!

Northern Europe Cruises
Northern Europe offers a diverse range of landscapes, natural wonders and stunning cities and villages. The waters are lined with beautiful fjords and towering mountain peaks along the way, therefore a cruise offers the perfect opportunity to truly appreciate the region. Expect experiences such as witnessing the incredible Northern lights, discovering beautiful Baltic capitals such as Tallinn and so much more. There are a wide variety of itineraries available, meaning that the perfect cruise experience is here for everyone. Whether you fancy bar hopping in Tromsø, marvelling at the Stockholm Archipelago or sampling Danish delights in Copenhagen, a Northern European cruise can offer you everything you're looking for. Immerse yourself into the culture of the region with shore excursions and enjoy views of the unique surroundings from the comfort of a cruise ship. Friendly locals in Dublin and endless opportunities in Belfast for new experiences and cultural insights await.
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Travel Tips for Northern Europe

The definition and the make-up of Northern Europe has changed a few times throughout history. Today, according to the United Nations, the following countries are included in the term ‘Northern Europe’:

  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Norway
  • Sweden
  • The United Kingdom

Northern Europe, just like Europe on the whole, is full of culture, history, architecture. Many would associate this part of the world with Vikings and snow, and it wouldn’t be wrong – the former are a part of Scandinavia’s history and the latter is still there, plenty of it. However, Northern Europe is much more refined and classy than you ever could imagine.

There is so much to see on a Northern European cruise. The region is full of:

  • Castles
  • Palaces
  • Fjords
  • Monuments
  • Museums
  • Iconic sights

The cuisine differs from region to region, one thing it does have in common though – it is delicious. Northern Europe is home to some of the best restaurants in the world.

The Best Time to Cruise

Northern Europe is almost never sizzling hot and will not be your perfect beach holiday. A spot of drizzling rain and cool wind is a possibility any time of the year, so be prepared.

Generally speaking, the best time to visit Northern Europe is either April-May or September-October. The Northern Hemisphere shoulder seasons are good for:

  • Mild weather with sunshine
  • Little rain
  • Fewer crowds (high season is June-August)

Top Cruise Lines

It is rare for a Northern Europe cruise to depart from a home port in Australia, meaning you will have to get yourself over to one of the following popular departure port cities to embark:

  • Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Southampton, England
  • Kiel, Germany
  • Stockholm, Sweden

Taking the stress out of your Northern Europe cruise holiday is as easy as asking your cruise expert about our tailor-made DreamAway Packages. We can book flights, hotels, transfers and more for you, together with the cruise, so you don’t have to worry about it.

Choosing the right cruise line for your cruise holiday won’t be a problem, all the most reputable companies offer itineraries around Northern Europe:

  • Norwegian Cruise Line is the leading cruise line for Europe cruises
  • Holland America Line is launching their newest flagship Rotterdam in Northern Europe soon
  • MSC Cruises is an expert in all things Europe and family fun on board
  • Seabourn will sail you around the region in luxurious settings

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Cruise along the mighty Norwegian Fjords for an unforgettable experience. It is not just the fjords that have been drawing people to explore Norway, though, its natural beauty and spectacular scenery are world famous. You will be cruising past:

  • Dramatic waterfalls
  • Picturesque villages
  • Stunning landscapes
  • Breathtaking viewpoints

British Isles

Immerse yourself in the magical settings of England, Scotland and Ireland. The region is packed with things to see and do:

  • Castles
  • Cathedrals
  • Monuments
  • Legendary cities and villages
  • Beautiful countryside


Iceland is one of the most fascinating Nordic islands and is, therefore, very popular with cruise enthusiasts. Get on board and explore the numerous natural wonders of Iceland:

  • Lava fields
  • Waterfalls
  • Mountains
  • Fjords
  • Geysers
  • Mud baths
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Northern Europe cruises provide the perfect opportunity to enjoy a combination of bustling capitals such as Stockholm, Tallinn and Helsinki, in addition to tranquil surroundings such as the Stockholm Archipelago.

There is no end of culture, historic sights, bustling nightlife spots as well as scenic natural beauty. If you are looking to take in the Northern Lights, it is recommended to visit between September and March.