Exploring the Baltic by Small Ship is the Best Way to Visit This Endlessly Fascinating Corner of Northern Europe

St. Petersburg. Stockholm. Copenhagen. Helsinki. Tallinn … These fab five trip off the tongue like a who’s who of Baltic beauty. Think cobbled streets filled with jumbles of bicycles, ornate palaces that date back centuries and untamed beauty as far as the eye can see. Think long white nights that spill into languid summer days. Think melting pot: equal parts language, gastronomy, tradition and diversity. But more than anything, think of a region where the countries may be close but the cultures are miles apart. Whether you want cathedrals or countryside, our Baltic cruises will captivate you.

Copenhagen. Effortlessly cool and down to earth, Copenhagen is a contemporary, clean and classy highlight of Scandinavia. A city built to be liveable, Copenhagen has refused to compromise, resulting in a forward-thinking metropolis that’s green and clean. Swim in the waters of Havnebadet Islands during summer, or shelter from winter’s bite by snuggling in beside a roaring open fire during winter. You can even hop on a train to Sweden, traversing the famous span of a Nordic Noir star - the Öresund Bridge. 

St. Petersburg. Elegant and exotic, St Petersburg somehow feels familiar and far away at the same time. Set on the Gulf of Finland, Russia’s second city has a more relaxed, European flavour than anywhere else in the country - and its fluctuating name reflects the rebellious city’s turbulent history. Envisioned by Peter the Great as a ‘window into Europe’, St Petersburg is a grand city of waterways and wide boulevards. Stacked with museums, galleries, soaring architecture and open squares, St Petersburg is Russia at its most inviting and culturally eclectic.

Stockholm. Emerald spires puncture the sky across Sweden’s alluring capital, a leafy place of history, culture and waterfront perfection. Innovative and inventive, Stockholm is a city looking to the future, but with a firm grip of its envied past. Stylish Stockholm has enough to occupy you for a lifetime, from cathedral-like food markets to simmering baths and natural escapes. Visit the staggeringly beautiful interior of Stockholm's City Hall, or learn more about one of Sweden’s best-known exports – with a visit to the ABBA museum. 

Helsinki. "A thriving, flawlessly-designed seaside city, Helsinki is famously livable and inspiring. A regional powerhouse of outstanding design and creativity, Helsinki lies across a confetti scattering of 300 islands and skerries in the Gulf of Finland. Known for the light granite hue of its buildings - which lend the city a bright, whitewashed appearance - traditional buildings mingle seamlessly with bold new structures, showcasing Finland's celebrated design outlook. Helsinki Cathedral is the crowning glory - rising high over the city's waterfront with its pearly white domes gleaming. 

Tallinn. A fairytale city of new and old, Tallinn boasts one of the best-preserved UNESCO listed old towns in Northern Europe, and balances the traditional and contemporary astutely. A beautiful Baltic capital of storied culture and history, Tallinn is riding the wave of a burgeoning reputation as Europe's hidden gem, and it boasts a picturesque allure that few cities can rival. Having endured countless occupations in its history, Estonia finally gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991 and has been hell-bent on progressive, forward-thinking policies ever since. 

If you’re after a small ship cruise or an expedition ship cruise to the Baltic Wild Earth Travel can help you find a trip of a lifetime. We are ready to guide you through our range of different options with impartial advice so you can experience the very best of this unique destination. Our team are all passionate expedition & small cruise ship travellers and our knowledge and stories come from our own personal experiences.

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