Navigating the Baltic Sea Cruise
Explore four countries that have thrived along the Baltic Sea and discover their intertwined histories filled with fascinating cultures on this Baltic Sea cruise. Sail among the picturesque islands and rugged coastlines of the Baltic Sea aboard 148-guest National Geographic Explorer. Follow in the wake of famous seafarers from the Vikings to the wealthy traders of the Hanseatic League. Explore these storied shores and witness the many cultural layers that have shaped this diverse region. Every day join naturalist or historian-guided hikes; or experiment with camera settings on a leisurely photo-focused walk. The encyclopedic knowledge of the historians adds insight, depth, and clarity to each destination and all the wonders contained while the naturalists describe the geology of these rich coastlines.
Discover beautiful islands of the Baltic Sea, like tiny Christiansø, whose fortress was a base for privateers, and Öland, with its Iron Age ring forts, windmills and dramatic cliffs. Halfway between Sweden and Finland, the intriguing Åland Islands—comprising 6,700 islands—were demilitarized after the Crimean War in the mid-1800s, and their deep connection to the sea is reflected in the friendly capital, Mariehamn. Explore elegant Lübeck, former capital of the Hanseatic League; wander through the medieval walled city of Visby; discover a side of Stockholm and Helsinki that few have experienced; and navigate tranquil bays and inlets teeming with biodiversity by kayak or Zodiac.
Travel round-trip from Copenhagen visiting all the highlights in between. Explore round churches and charming fishing villages on the Danish islands of Christiansø and Bornholm alongside a National Geographic Photography Expert. Discover several UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the Hanseatic trade centers of Lübeck and Visby and the Swedish island of Öland. Delve into the captivating cities of Stockholm and Helsinki, discovering their timeless Old Towns as well as their flourishing contemporary culture. Navigate the wild Stockholm archipelago by kayak or Zodiac, and discover the unusual culture of Finland’s Åland Islands, an autonomous, Swedish-speaking region. And get immersed in the local cultures through musical performances curated by an onboard ethnomusicologist.