There are so many cultures and countries to experience in Northern Europe, the potential activities seem limitless. Each new day might start at a different port and often in a different country. Even seven-day itineraries frequently visit three or four countries, giving travelers a variety of languages, tastes and shore excursions.
Countries in Northern Europe have rich histories that stretch back hundreds and sometimes thousands of years. Venture to Talinn to see buildings dating back to the 13th century, then on to St. Petersburg to experience famous masterpieces at the Hermitage Museum. Travel to Kiel and the Molfsee, an open-air museum that replicates rural life in this part of Germany during the last 150 years. See a fairy tale castle in Edinburgh and walk down the Royal Mile through the medieval streets of Old Town. Visit the historic site where the Berlin Wall was brought down in 1989.
Besides snapping shots of the relics of the past, there's plenty of culture to experience in the present. Enjoy a pint and some Irish soda bread in a pub in Dublin. Have a day of thrills at Copenhagen’s world-famous amusement park, Tivoli Gardens. See the famous tulip gardens in Amsterdam and tour the Heineken Brewery.
Shoppers won't be disappointed by the offerings around Northern Europe. Hand-knit sweaters, fine crystal, antiques, silver and porcelain are among items that passengers seek in these ports. Find Waterford crystal along Patrick Street in Cork. Shop for handicrafts in Storatorget Square in Visby. Buy fresh Finnish pastries and souvenirs in Helsinki’s market square.