See Scandinavia with Pullmantur
Admittedly, most people tend to miss out the region of Scandinavia when it comes to thinking of cruising around Europe. Yet, with intriguing architecture, friendly locals, great weather and a fascinating culture – Scandinavia has much to offer for anyone seeking an alternative cruising destination.
Located in north-east Europe and to the west of Russia, Scandinavia is home to some of the most surprising nations Europe has to offer. The area traditionally covers the three kingdoms of Denmark, Norway and Sweden; whilst other Nordic countries such as Finland also fall into the area geographically.
From Oslo in Norway to Stockholm in Sweden; Pullmantur takes a closer look at what you can expect on a cruise around Scandinavia.
Previously known as Christiana, Oslo is one of the world’s largest capitals by area and is filled with fantastic architecture, riveting history and tranquil forests. Oslo is a city in transformation – with many new buildings being built along the city’s waterfront. More traditional buildings include the Royal Palace, which has provided residence for the monarchs of Norway since the early 19th century. If you book in advance, it is possible to wander the halls and explore everything this fantastic building has to offer.
The University of Oslo is a similar looking building in terms of its exterior, but inside it houses 11 works by Edvard Munch. Whilst this room is only occasionally open to the public, it is worth going out of your way to see if possible. Other beautiful factors of Norway’s capital include the stunning wooden houses and the many beautiful gardens and parks. Additionally, throughout August, the city is home to many prestigious music festivals.
With a collection of 14 islands, of which are connected to one another via 50 bridges; the Stockholm archipelago holds many surprises for the intrepid traveller. Being an archipelagic capital, the city has much to offer in terms of natural beauty including the many lakes which, sometimes in winter, can completely freeze over – allowing people to skate on the surface. Another of the natural aspects that will make your trip to Stockholm even more enjoyable is the quality of the air. It ranks third best among European capital cities – sitting just behind Berlin and Copenhagen.
The Old Town, also known as Gamla Stan or Staden mellan broama (the town between the bridges) contains much in the way of genuine cultural heritage. The Royal Palace is one of the most recognisable buildings and is the official residence of the king of Sweden. It is possible to embark on a tour of the grounds and the well preserved interior will take you on a journey back to the 18th century.
Behind Stockholm in terms of size, Gothenburg is Sweden’s second largest city. Gothenburg was founded by King Gustav II Adolf in 1621and has an extensive history, which is reflected through architecture. Alternatively, there are many modern shopping centres and outlets, as well as a fine collection of cafes, bars and restaurants. Wherever you decide to go; the locals here are very friendly and will welcome all visitors with open arms.
The Skansen Kronan is a 17th century hilltop fortification, located southwest of the city centre. It was used as a prison throughout the 19th century and later became a military museum. Today, you will find a restaurant within these walls and, along with the barracks; the Skansen Kronan is well worth a visit. There are many museums, including one dedicated to Volvo – where you admire past and present models of the Swedish car. On a nice day, the botanic garden creates the perfect setting for a picturesque and peaceful walk.
The capital city of Finland is the most eastern of all the Scandinavian cities visited on Pullmantur cruise itineraries. You may think of Finland as cold and grey, but it is quite the opposite during the summer and may provide a surprise or two. Regarded as the daughter of the Baltic, Helsinki is very much like Stockholm in the sense it is an archipelagic city, surrounded by sea.
Helsinki offers a beautiful collection of churches and a wide variety of engaging museums – all of which can be visited via the fantastic Senate Square. One of the most amazing churches you can visit is the Church in the Rock – a minimalist church dug out of the rock. Copper strips support the ceiling of the church and provide the frame a series of windows. This church is a must visit for anyone in Helsinki.
There are many cruises that can take you to some of Scandinavia’s most amazing cities – each of which offers wonderful architecture and friendly locals; as well as many tranquil natural features.Tweet