written by
Jennifer Jones

Dream of not having a care in the world as you sail into the sunset? These divine luxury cruises in the breathtaking far Northern Hemisphere offer nearly every comfort you could imagine and much, much more.


Want to experience the splendor of whale pods, the grace of snowy owls, and the magnificence of polar bears in their natural state? Silversea Expedition Cruises’ 19-day Alaskan Expedition Cruise aboard the Silver Explorer is a voyage you will never forget. This ship was designed especially for sailing  in some of the world’s most secluded destinations. The infinite daylight will allow you to explore the different cultures and witness extraordinary birding that make up this wild frontier. Your journey will start in Nome, Alaska and take you through the East Siberian Sea where you will have the opportunity to witness nature in all its glory. From Nome, you’ll head out to see some primitive areas of Russia. Some sites you will encounter include a former military outpost, one of Russia’s most famous lighthouses, and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Wrangler Island which is home to the largest population of polar bears and the last place that woolly mammoths roamed. Along the way, you will have the opportunity to visit even more off-the-beaten path locations with Silver Explorer’s fleet of 12 Zodiac boats with an expert Expedition Team that will provide insight and understanding to each adventure.


Many of Europe’s greatest gems await you on Oceania Cruises’ 10-day Baltic Bliss Cruise. After boarding the gorgeous Marina, you’ll say bon voyage in London as you encircle the seaside jewels of the Baltic Sea and end in Stockholm, Sweden. Starting in London, make sure to get a bird’s eye view of the city from the London Eye and see the sites like Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, and Piccadilly. Experience the wild beauty of Norway’s capital city of Oslo and cruise along Copenhagen, Denmark’s charming canals. Explore one of the many museums in Berlin, Germany or savor one of its famous landmarks such as Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie or Berlin’s largest Palace, Charlottenburg Palace. Enjoy the quaint countryside of Visby, Sweden where you can take in the view of ruined medieval churches and the cliff-top view of the coastline. In Helsinki, Finland you will admire stunning modern architecture and the bustling open-air market. Marvel at the historic sites in St. Petersburg, Russia, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Seaside Tallinn, Estonia will take you back in time as you stroll through a charming walled medieval town and dine at the cafés of Old Town. At the final destination, Stockholm, Sweden, you can spend the day discovering the elegant royal palace, many wonderful parks and the charming Old Town.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ 20-night Arctic Exploration Cruise aboard the Seven Seas Navigator takes you on a journey starting in Copenhagen, Denmark and ending in Amsterdam, Netherlands with stops along the way in the Arctic. Copenhagen is an excellent port to start your magical Arctic journey. Historic sites, museums, art galleries, and lively entertainment are among the attractions that make Copenhagen memorable. The seaside town of Lysekil, Sweden is the first stop and is filled with incredible sights. From Lysekil, you will head to the Norwegian towns of Stavanger, Bergen, Ålesund, Trondheim, and Hammerfest. In Russia, discover mystical Murmansk. Located above the Arctic Circle, Murmansk has relatively mild temperatures due to the Gulf Stream. You will also visit the Solovetsky Islands, an archipelago located in the western part of the White Sea (it’s unlike any other place in the region) and Archangel, Russia. Norway’s northernmost village, Honningsvag, is the gateway to the North Cape and the next stop. Kristiansund, Norway is a delightful city surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty where you will find its most famous attraction, the Atlantic Road. The route winds its way with grandiose views of the ocean and coastline. From there, the United Kingdom awaits you with stops in Lerwick, Edinburgh, and Newcastle. And last but not least, after debarking, explore Amsterdam, a cultural center of Europe, as demonstrated in its more than 140 art galleries and 40 museums.


One unforgettable view after another is what you can expect on Crystal Cruises’ 16-day North Cape Panorama Cruise. It all starts aboard the Crystal Serenity in beautiful and picturesque Reykjavik, Iceland and ends in eclectic Copenhagen. Trek into the capital of Iceland to experience an icy tranquility in a land of volcanoes, sparkling northern lights, and cool glaciers. Spend some time soaking in the comforting springs of the Blue Lagoon. After a few days of kayaking, fishing, skiing, and biking your way through Iceland, this cruise heads to Norway where you will be on the lookout for whales or will spend time gazing at majestic peaks and quaint villages. From the ship you will be able to view one of the most dazzling of all the Norwegian fjords, the Geiranger which has been visited by touring ships for more than 100 years. Impressive mountains, breathtaking waterfalls, and farms clinging precipitously to steep hillsides combine to give this area its unique charm. Awaiting you in the tiny village of Flåm is one of the world’s most remarkably engineered railway lines. The 13-mile train journey provides views of some of Norway’s wildest and most magnificent scenery. Before heading into port, you will stop in Bergen, “Capital of the Fjordland” and Norway’s second-largest city. In its heyday, Norwegian kings resided here. Make sure to save some time to explore
everything that Copenhagen has to offer.


Get ready to embark on a luxurious and sophisticated journey like no other where you will feel like you are sailing on a private yacht. Seabourn’s 24-day Route of the Vikings II Cruise aboard the Seabourn Quest begins its journey in Reykjavik, Iceland and ends in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Seabourn Quest carries just 458 guests in all-suite accommodations as it cruises to Greenland and Canada. Starting in Reykjavik, Iceland, make sure to spend time visiting the highly active thermal hot springs and volcanoes. Say bon voyage to the mainland as the ship sails to Qaqortoq. Founded in 1775, Qaqortoq is the largest town in South Greenland with over 3,500 citizens. Explore the town and its museum, or possibly arrange a visit to a nearby hot springs. Other stops in Greenland include Paamiut, Nuuk, Maniitsoq, Sisimiut and Ilulissat. In Ilulissat, you will see Sermeq Kujalleq, the fastest-moving glacier in the world and designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From Greenland, you will head to the shores of Canada. Your expedition team’s naturalists will offer optional ventures by Seabourn Zodiac excursions to skirt the Canadian coastline to view the many animals that are natural to the area. Other stops include Iqaluit, Lady Franklin Island, Monumental Island, Akpatok Island, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, L’Anse aux Meadows, Havre-Saint-Pierre, Sept-Îles, Saguenay, Quebec City, and disembarking in Montreal.









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