Scandinavia, comprising Denmark, Sweden and Norway, is a popular destination for many late cruise deals, offering visitors refined culture and contemporary design set against a backdrop of breathtaking natural scenery.
Renowned for the magnificent fjords surrounding its coast, Norway is the country of the midnight sun with twenty-four hour daylight in the summer. It is also one of the very best locations for a spectacular view of the natural phenomenon Aurora Borealis, otherwise known as the Northern Lights.
Taking a dog sled to a native Sami village, watching the reindeer in their natural habitat, or visiting the fishing villages on remote islands around the rugged coastline of the north gives the opportunity to experience a very different way of life, while the beautiful beaches in the south and the cosmopolitan capital of Oslo demonstrate clearly why Scandinavia attracts so many visitors.
Denmark is a treasure trove of art and history, the statue of The Little Mermaid which sits in the harbour at Copenhagen being a permanent tribute to the great fairy-tale author Hans Christian Andersen, born in Odense. The Carlsberg Gallery in Copenhagen houses paintings by van Gogh, Monet and other artists, while the National Museum has exhibits spanning many centuries.
Sweden is the largest of the Scandinavian countries. More than half of Sweden is covered in dense and wild forest dotted with numerous lakes. The capital, Stockholm, is set on a raft of fourteen islands and cultural exhibitions dating to the 13th century sit alongside some of the most contemporary art and designs of the day. Gothenburg, the second city in Sweden, dates back to the 17th century with a huge Dutch influence and offers a variety of galleries, cafes and restaurants.
From the Tivoli Christmas Market in Copenhagen to mountain or cross country skiing in Tromso, there are some fantastic cruises from Southampton to every part of Scandinavia.
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