Northern Europe
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Why Choose a Northern Europe Small Ship Cruise

With small ship cruises offered all over the world, you can trust AdventureSmith Explorations with your Northern Europe small ship cruise. Journey to these vast landscapes with the assurance of industry experts. Northern Europe’s Scandinavian and Nordic coastlines, including Svalbard and Iceland, with endless scenic bays and fjords are perfectly suited for small ship expedition cruising. Or go even smaller on an inland European river cruise to explore the history, castles and culture of England, Ireland or Scotland. We match your interests with the best itinerary and small ships so that your next European vacation is unforgettable. Northern Europe’s distinct draw for visitors, centers from the ancient historical places and unique cultural components, coupled with breathtaking fairytale landscapes and picturesque towns. Northern European cruises aboard small ships bid to satisfy this desire to reach these far-off places to experience the tartans found on Scottish cruises, the healing hot springs of Iceland and the heartwarming charm of Norway’s colorful towns. AdventureSmith’s diverse selection of small ship cruises offers a way to see Northern Europe unlike the average traveler while sailing in style and comfort along scenic waterways.

Small Ship Cruises in Northern Europe

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Northern Europe is an unrivaled place filled with dramatic landscapes, timeless towns and intriguing historical places and cultural interactions. Visitors venturing out on a Northern Europe small ship cruise are rewarded with intimate nature-based experiences and intriguing cultural interactions that are not experienced on the well-trodden paths by the average traveler. Luxury small ship cruises in Scandinavia explore Norwegian fjords while Nordic cruises venture all the way to Iceland.

Our Northern Europe small ship cruises include a range of itineraries with a variety of focal points. Your selection includes experiencing the sweeping green hills and historical places of Scotland; the iconic gardens and coastlines of England and Ireland; the geothermal activity of Iceland’s glaciers, waterfalls and hot springs; the unspoiled countryside of the Faroe Islands; and the breathtaking fjords of Norway and icescapes of Svalbard. We are European canal, Scandinavian and Nordic cruise experts, here to help you find the right trip at the best price.

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Northern Europe Small Ship Cruises
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AdventureSmith’s small ship cruises in Europe offer an array of options. Journey along fjords on a Nordic cruise. Visit vibrant medieval cities and coastal towns during Scandinavian cruises on small ships. Or gently explore the arts, foods and traditions of England, Ireland and Scotland on the best European river cruises. Why book your Northern Europe small ship cruise with AdventureSmith?

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Work with a dedicated Northern Europe small ship cruises specialist to find, confirm & plan for your cruise.

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Choose between Nordic cruises, Scandinavian cruises and European river cruises on a diversity of ships.

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We act as your greatest ally, both while booking small ship cruises in Northern Europe and while traveling.

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Our breadth of small ship cruises in Europe translates into more opportunities to match you with savings.

Aerial view of Urquhart Castle set along Scotland's Great Glen waterway, surrounded by bright green trees and grass.

Where to Travel Aboard Small Ship Cruises in Europe?

View our small ship cruises in Northern Europe for a wide range of options, including luxury small ship cruises in Scandinavia, Norway small ship cruises, British Isle cruises, small European cruises and small ship adventures to the North Sea and Iceland. Consider your goals. Do you want to maximize wildlife or historic places? Do you prefer active or more passive exploration? Is reaching the Arctic a priority? Is your focus on one country or a few? Let our experts help you select and book one of the best small cruise ships in Europe for your interests and timeline.

European River Cruises & Charters

Our Europe barge cruises offer gentle exploration from ships of 8-12 guests. Cruise Ireland and Scotland aboard these elegant small cruise ships in Europe, which are popular for charter cruises with themes such as family cruises, golf, fishing, horse-riding, whiskey, theater, antiques, spa treatments, or customize your own itinerary. Cruise England, Ireland and Scotland on these riverboats for instant camaraderie amongst new-found friends. These are some of the best cruises to Ireland and Scotland. Bond over fine dining and wine pairing options from the onboard master chef, after a day of floating at a relaxed pace with visits to castles, gardens, museums, local artisans and possibly a distillery.

Stone path lined by bright green shrubs & purple & yellow flowers with vines growing overhead leads to a castle on a European river cruise.

Norway Small Ship Cruises

The best small ship cruises in Norway fjords are those that take their time and allow for off-ship exploration. Norwegian small ship cruises offer opportunities for hiking, kayaking and skiff excursions. In particular, cruises to Scotland and Norway, or directional cruises to Norway from Scotland and cruises from Scotland to Norway, are in strong demand and occasionally make our list of small ship cruises in Northern Europe. A Norway expedition cruise that focuses on northern Norway, or one that adds time exploring Svalbard or Iceland, is also an excellent option.

“Journey along fjords; medieval cities and coastal towns; or gentle canals on an England, Ireland & Scotland cruise.”

Climate

Small Ship Cruises in Northern Europe

Temperature & Rainfall

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Avg. High (F) 52 43 47 50 56 60 64 63 58 53 46 43
Avg. Low (F) 43 35 37 39 44 49 53 52 48 44 39 36
Avg. Rainfall (Inches) 2 1.6 1.5 1.5 1.8 1.9 2.6 2.8 2.3 2.6 2.4 2.1

Year-Round Small European Cruises

Small ship cruises in Northern Europe operate throughout the year, with the majority of departures offered during the warmer months of May through September. Long days provide ample time to explore castles, highlands, UNESCO World Heritage sites, fjords and classic rivers such as Ireland’s River Shannon and England’s River Thames. Select northern fall and winter departures even feature the northern lights. Note that the climate data referenced above is for Inverness, Scotland.

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