Discover the delights of Scandinavia
As well as taking passengers to popular destinations throughout the Mediterranean and Caribbean, Pullmantur Cruises also provides a range of opportunities to visit towns and cities that may not be at the top of your must-visit list, but leave passengers feeling duly surprised. One region where this is certainly the case is Scandinavia, which is home a range of nations that includes Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland.
The Baltic Capitals itinerary takes passengers on a journey through the waters of northern Europe and provides a unique opportunity to visit Sweden and Finland. This week, we take a closer look at everything you can look forward to in the Scandinavian ports of Helsinki and Stockholm.
While Helsinki is a bustling metropolis, it somehow manages to maintain the feeling of a small town. There are many churches and museums which are certain to gauge your interest, while a number of parks provide a peaceful escape. There are two cathedrals that are particularly worth visiting including the 19th century Lutherian Cathedral and the ornately designed Uspenski Cathedral, which was built with 22-carat gold domes.
These, however, are somewhat overshadowed by the fascinating ‘Church in the Rock’ – a minimalist church which has been dug out of solid rock. From above, it resembles a crashed UFO and features a roof made up 22km copper strips.
Helsinki is known for being the birthplace of the sauna and Pullmantur Cruises is able to provide a unique excursion that will enable you to enjoy this traditional experience. A visit to the Haikko Manor will enable you enjoy a spot of Nordic walking in and around the magnificent manor before enjoying a relaxing session in the sauna cottage.
Stockholm is one of the cleanest capital cities in Europe, offering visitors a refreshing experience. As you wander the streets of the Swedish capital, you will discover a range of significant religious buildings, palaces and fascinating museums. A good place to start is the Gamla Stan (Old Town), which is considered to be the preserved heart of the city. Here, you can take in your surroundings at your own pace, with particular mention of the Riddarholmskyrkan medieval church. Within this area, you can also visit the Royal Palace and Swedish Parliament building.
Pullmantur’s extensive range of excursions will enable you to get the very best out of your visit to Stockholm, with a wide range of options available. There are themed walking tours based on ABBA and Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Saga; as well as cycling tours and even the opportunity to sea Stockholm via boat. You can admire wonderful panoramic views over the city from the Ericsson Globe Arena or visit the magnificent Drottningholm Palace.
Alternatively, you can head out of the Swedish capital to one of the many fabulous nearby destinations. You can visit Djugarden Island, which is known for its insightful Vasa Museum and grand 17th century warship. This tour is followed by a visit to the charming town of Sigtuna, which is home to a uniquely small City Hall and the Rosersberg Palace – which was built in Baroque style.
In addition to the Scandinavian capitals of Helsinki and Stockholm, the Baltic Capitals cruise also provides an opportunity to visit the Estonian capital of Tallinn and the wonderful Russian city of St Petersburg. Throughout the duration of your journey, you will be able to enjoy an all-inclusive package which enables you to enjoy all meals, drinks and much more at no added cost.