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Northern Europe perennially tops lists of favorite destinations for North American travelers. Those who have been there look forward to returning, and those who have not dream of going.
 
Baltics for the big cities of St. Petersburg, Stockholm and Copenhagen. Often forgotten among those marquee itineraries are the Norwegian fjords, set aside as a bucket-list destination or a place to go after you hit the "biggies."
 
Perhaps it's because no one really knows what they're going to find in Alesund, Flam and Geiranger. Or maybe people like the "greatest hits" cruises where they visit multiple countries in one trip, rather than a single nation. Then again, just what is a fjord, and why should you go see one?
 
There are plenty of good reasons for this popularity. The many great cities in this prosperous and sophisticated corner of the world include London, Paris, St. Petersburg and many others. Its landscapes include the rugged beauty of Norway and Finland, the bright flower fields of the Netherlands and the lush greens of Ireland. The architecture encompasses modern masterpieces as well as ancient churches and castles.
 
And of course, the art and music and literature of this region form a large part of the cultural fabric of the western world. These also are the heartlands of golf, tennis, auto racing, equestrian sports, soccer and many of the world's other favorite sporting pursuits and championships.
 
Summer is the high season for cruises in this part of the world; however, some lines offer year-round sailings from ports in Great Britain and Norway.



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Aarhus Denmark
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Denmark’s second-biggest city, Aarhus attracts the famously termed “culture vultures.” That’s because for vacationers, Aarhus has numerous museums, large and small, that should have a complete day’s visit - or longer. This is wh...
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Akureyri Iceland
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  Akureyri is the fourth biggest town in Iceland, counting a little more than 17,000 occupants. It’s most likely reliable advice the town doesn't even compare to being too-referred to as Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik. This can be a d...
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Alesund Norway
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Ålesund has a spectacular setting across several islands stretching out into the sea, and is situated at the very entrance to the World Heritage listed Geirangerfjord. Destroyed by a catastrophic fire in 1904, the town was rebuilt in th...
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Amsterdam
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The Netherlands has been made world-famous through reports of its lax drug laws, liberal structure, and legal prostitution. These aspects may or may not be reasons for visiting this beautiful country, but allow me to tell you that they d...
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Andalsnes Molde
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Molde, the 'Town of Roses', is a city and municipality in Romsdal in Møre og Romsdal County, Norway. The municipality is located on the Romsdal Peninsula, surrounding the Fannefjord and Moldefjord. The city is located on the northern sh...
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Antwerp Belgium
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Belgium’s second biggest city, Antwerp is really a cultural melting pot, having a port that's Europe’s second biggest. Located on the River Scheldt, more than 50 miles from the open sea, Antwerp is the fifth largest port in the world,...
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Bergen Norway
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Bergen is really an attractive city within the gorgeous country of Norwegian. Situated within the western region of the glorious land, Bergen is really a beautiful and striking city. The museums are perfect, and also the Bergen Art Museu...
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Bremerhaven
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    Bremerhaven cruise port is situated in the border of Geest River entering eastern Weser portion of the river meeting its Northern Sea, Germany. In Europe, this port may be the fourth biggest container port and also the world’s 16...
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Copenhagen
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Copenhagen is one of the warmest and most inviting cities in existence. A picture of this quaint city includes cobblestone streets, a few towering skyscrapers and friendly people who will greet you at every turn. This is very unlike the typ...
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Eidfjord Norway
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On days when luxury cruise ships get in touch with Eidfjord, the so-known as Troll Train is within operation. Departing in the tourist information office around, the train provides a one-hour sightseeing tour within the central areas of ...
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More than 600 miles (nearly 1,000 kilometres) from Denmark’s west coast lies the Faroes, a triangle of eighteen windswept islands, seventeen of which are inhabited. Only 48,500 people plus some 70,000 sheep roam these remote lands. Muc...
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Flam Norway
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Flåm is situated deep in Sognefjord, in the middle of southern Norwegian. It's the longest of all the fjords in Norwegian. The fjords created following the last Ice Age, over 10000 years back. Following the glaciers withdrew, the waters...
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Gdansk Polland
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The third biggest city in Poland, Gdansk can also be the main city of Poland's northern region. It manages the province of Pomorze Gdanskie, which is also called East Pomerania. It's in close association with the tiny cities that ensure ...
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Geiranger Norway
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Geiranger has been called the best fjord viewing location in Norway; a picturesque location full of sights that you will never forget. The landscape of Geiranger is remarkable, and everyone you encounter will be eager to help you while you ...
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Ghent
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From the Ghent Port, the medieval architecture of Ghent, Belgium will enchant the cruise tourist. The third largest Belgian city speaks Flemish; it is found in the East Flanders province. Flowers are its biggest exports. The Lys and Sche...
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Gudvangen Norway
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Gudvangen is located just off the E16, which is the main road between Oslo and Bergen. By car Gudvangen is located 35 Norwegian miles (350 km) from Oslo and 14,6 Norwegian miles (146 km) from Bergen.   Pier InformationCruise ships anchor...
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Hamburg
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Hamburg is a beautiful and successful commercial port city that has been nicknamed the Hollywood of Germany. All of the German big wigs call Hamburg their home, which is no surprise. Simply stroll though the canal region of Hamburg, dine in...
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Hellesylt
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Hellesylt is a traditional Viking hub in Norway, and you will experience all of the beauty and charm of Norway and also the breathtaking waterfall that runs through the center of the port. Hellesylt is a very small town with just over 50...
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Helsinki
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Helsinki (Swedish: Helsingfors) is the capital of Finland and its largest city. The urban area offers a variety of historical, cultural, and outdoor attractions to explore. Most of Helsinki proper sits on a granite peninsula on the north...
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On a cruise to the land of trolls and the midnight sun 130km (81 miles) NE of Hammerfest; 2,444km (1,515 miles) NE of Bergen.   You have to journey a long way to see Nordkapp (North Cape), the most celebrated attraction in Norway. Nearer...
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Ilulissat
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Despite the inconvenience, Greenland is well worth a visit, and one of the best ways to see the world’s largest island is by ship. While Fram operates the most extensive Greenland itineraries (ranging from 11 days to 14 days), other cr...
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Kalmar
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Kalmar is one of Sweden's oldest cities. A few minutes walk from the cruise berth or the tender bridge lies the 17th-century city centre. Discover the city's rich historical heritage with its impressive city wall, imposing buildings, pic...
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Kiel Germany
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Northern European cruise port destination Kiel is located on the Baltic Sea. Kiel is at the end of a 17 km long fjord. The sea comes right into the heart of the city. The great natural feature in Kiel is the fjord with its beaches. The m...
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Molde Norway
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Cruise destination Molde, known for its roses and International Jazz Festival, faces the fjord and is famous for its panoramic view of 222 mountain peaks. The famous Atlantic Road - labelled the world's best road trip and Norways best bik...
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Olden Norway
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Winter isn't far within the Olden Valley. The Jostedalsbre, or Jostedals glacier, flanks the little Olden on three sides: towards the east, south and west. The biggest glacier in landmass Europe, the Jostedalsbre using its many arms cove...
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Oslo
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Oslo is among the earliest capitals in most of Scandinavia. Due to the elevated curiosity about tourism, Oslo has experienced an explosion previously decade. Whereas two-three decades ago, site visitors to Oslo might have needed to depen...
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Rønne (Bornholm)
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Located in the middle of the Baltic Sea, Bornholm is an island filled with charisma and natural splendor. It is actually situated closer to Sweden than to Denmark, but Danish appeal is alive and well in Bornholm. The land here is rich an...
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Reykjavik Iceland
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Reykjavík is a close-knit, inspiring and beautiful city. There are many great sights and marvelous museums, fabulous dining facilities, and lovely stores to peruse. The citizens here are friendly and welcoming to tourists. From an architec...
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Riga Latvia
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Crusaders and German merchants sailed into the area that would become Riga in 1201. From that point on, trade flourished, and Riga became a major port. Dominating the skyline are church steeples and the high-rise building known as Sun St...
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Located in the middle of the Baltic Sea, Bornholm is an island filled with charisma and natural splendor. It is actually situated closer to Sweden than to Denmark, but Danish appeal is alive and well in Bornholm. The land here is rich and p...
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Rostock (Warnemunde)
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The lovely Baltic Sea resort Warnemünde lies in  Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, at the top of Rostock. The name means “Warnow mouth” and it was founded around the year 1200, where it has since had a long and colorful, though mostly peacefu...
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Rotterdam
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 If Holland's past endures in Amsterdam's fabled waterways and historic row houses, its future are available in the gleaming high rises and office towers of Rotterdam. Carrying out a devastating explosive device raid in The Second World ...
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Skagen Denmark
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Skagen sits right at the northernmost tip of Denmark on what they call "probably the largest sandspit in the world." When I was able to squeeze in a month later, it turned out to be little more than a pretty, overgrown village, its yello...
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Spitsbergen Svalbard
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  The islands from the Svalbard archipelago, the biggest being Spitsbergen, only have formally been a part of Norwegian since 1920. This wild, fragile area lies midway between your north pole and also the landmass.Icelandic texts from 1...
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St. Petersburg Russia
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Commissioned by Peter the Great as "a window looking into Europe," St. Petersburg is a planned city built on more than 100 islands in the Neva Delta linked by canals and arched bridges. It was first called the "Venice of the North" by Go...
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Stavanger Norway
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Situated on the southwestern coast of Norway, bustling Stavanger is the country's third largest city. It's also one of the oldest communities in Norway, tracing its roots as far back as the 12th Century. Well sheltered by offshore island...
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Stockholm
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Stockholm is a city in the flush of its second youth. In the last 10 years Sweden's capital has emerged from its cold, Nordic shadow to take the stage as a truly international city. The streets are flowing with a young and confident popu...
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  This bustling modern port town lies on the island of Austvågøy, the northernmost in the archipelago. Most of the Lofoten cultural attractions are within an easy reach if you decide to base here. Svolvær attracts the most visitors a...
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Tallinn Estonia
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Tallinn is really a city busy with activity a town that begs to become investigated. The main city of Estonia is definitely an incredible city--one which features outstanding museums and cultural sites, fabulous shopping, as well as an i...
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Travemunde (Lubeck)
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There's one word that springs to mind when you visit Travemunde -- delightful. This pretty little German beach resort is set between the Baltic Sea and fragrant pine forests and is bordered by shimmering blonde (and gloriously empty) be...
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Tromsø
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Tromsø is the largest city in northern Norway. After much archaeological study, Tromsø is thought to date back nine thousand years. Today it is a technologically advanced city that still maintains an aura of charm and simplicity even in t...
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Trondheim Norway
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Founded by the Viking king Olaf I Tryggvason in the 10th century, Trondheim is Norway's third-largest city and was the country's capital until the early 1200s. Scenic and pleasant, it's a bustling university center, with expansive avenue...
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Visby (Gotland)
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    The area of Gotland, using its magnificent walled Visby, is among Sweden's most widely used summer time locations as well as an outstanding tourist attraction. Already moved in the Stone Age, Visby arrived at prominence in medieval...
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Wismar (Berlin)
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A small, yet charming cruise port upon the shoreline of the Baltic Sea, Wismar is an historical and picturesque town with a wealth of potential for new and experienced cruisers alike. Wismar’s Old Town centre can trace its roots back to t...
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Zeebrugge (Bruges)
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Zeebrugge is a major cruise port in Flanders, and connects Belgium's intricate railway and canal transportation systems. Although it is not much larger in size than the state of Maryland, Belgium is among the most densely populated nations ...
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