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Posted by on Mar 23, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Take the Waters of Scintillating Scandinavia

Take the Waters of Scintillating Scandinavia

Travelers to Scandinavia can immerse themselves in many unique opportunities: taking in the culture and sophistication of major Northern European cities, discovering a multitude of activities and attractions and drinking in savoring landscapes that boast glaciers, forests, fjords and rocky coastlines. Adults and children alike will be captivated by the region’s extraordinary natural phenomena, including Lapland’s Northern Lights and Iceland’s majestic ice-caps and volcanoes. Wildlife lovers will also enjoy meeting a cacophony of snow-dwelling critters; from shaggy Huskies to Santa’s reindeer.

Scandinavia’s ancient Viking legacy makes exploring the whole region by water the natural choice. A range of Scandinavian river cruises are available through companies such as Saga Travel — so why not follow in the footsteps of one of the world’s most fearsome sea-faring races?No visit to Scandinavia would be complete without a trip along the Norwegian fjords (the most popular place to visit on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.) These long, narrow inlets edged by steep cliffs were created by ancient glacial erosion and their awe-inspiring heights must be seen to be believed.

With its rich seafaring history, Scandinavia also has a large number of historic ports that can be incorporated into the itinerary of your Scandinavian river cruise.

Here are five destinations that span the range of what Scandinavia has to offer.

1. Copenhagen — Denmark
The stylish, cutting-edge capital of Denmark boasts a lively restaurant, bar and fashion scene. The city also hides a network of quaint pastel painted houses crouching on cobbled streets, dotted with cozy cafes where you can watch the world go by. Copenhagen also has a number of museums should you wish to dabble in Denmark’s cultural heritage.

2. Stockholm — Sweden

Comprising 14 islands connected by 50 bridges, Sweden’s capital city is truly one of a kind. This buzzing modern metropolis is an endless maze of pretty parks, shops and cafes. Combined with the historical Old Town (peppered with museums and palaces) Stockholm’s diversity has something to offer every type of traveler.

3. Helsinki — Finland

Helsinki’s strong appreciation for contemporary design makes retail therapy easy to come by, the port being renowned for its boldly patterned textiles, glass-wear and jewelry. Founded in 1550, Helsinki is steeped in history, from its Lutheran Cathedral to the neo-classical buildings of Senate Square. The avant-garde Museum of Contemporary Art and the Design Museum are also well worth a visit.

 

 

4. Tallinn — Estonia

Founded in 154AD, Tallinn is one of Europe’s best preserved historic cities. Take in some history at the Russian Orthodox Cathedral, but be sure to combine this with witnessing the modern face of Tallinn and take a trip to the Parliament building.

5. Oslo — Norway

Oslo is a somewhat provincial city, but there are many delights to be found in Norway’s capital. Located on the Aker River at the head of the Oslo Fjord, Oslo combines modern architecture with hundreds of lakes, numerous parks and some world-class museums and public statues. Oslo residents are nature lovers, rightly proud of their pristine forests and fjords. For cruise passengers, the ship’s approach and departure through the Oslo Fjord provides superb views of the natural scenery and small fishing villages.

Of course, these are just some of the highlights. Scandinavia has all sorts of wondrous sights to offer. The best way to learn about them is to visit!

 

Images by garybembridge and Rob Hurson, used under Creative Commons license

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