Over the last few years, cruising from and around the UK have become increasingly popular and for good reason! Great value for money, improving weather and easy access make UK cruises an easy choice. Combine this with the majestic beauty of Northern Europe and cruises that take in the Norwegian fjords, Scandinavia or the dramatic landscapes of the polar region and you are onto a winner. The historic destinations of the Baltic or Russia such as Tallinn or Saint Petersburg are also increasingly attracting UK cruisers.


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There’s no better way to experience the enchanting and fairytale-like landscape of the Norwegian Fjords than by cruise. As you travel through these waterways you can’t help but be enthralled by their beauty which encompasses dense forests, vibrant green pastures, snow-capped mountains, icy waterfalls and charming towns that appear to be remotely tucked away in a world of their own.

 

There’s no doubt that a cruise along the Norwegian Fjords is all about the journey, however the ports of call each hold their own unique charm too. There’s tiny fishing villages and hamlets, historical links to the Viking era and even one of the world’s most beautiful railway journeys. Perhaps one of the most unique elements of a visit to these ports is learning about Norse legends and mythology which is ingrained into the culture and society, so much so that natural attractions feature names such as Troll Wall, Trollstigen and Trolltunga.

 

Outdoor enthusiasts will be in their element on a Norwegian Fjords cruise with a variety of excursions and tours on offer including boat trips, fishing, kayaking, climbing, biking and hiking.

 

Here at WOWCruise we have a wide choice of itineraries in the Norwegian Fjords with several different cruise lines including Holland America,  P&O and Celebrity Cruises so we can help you discover a holiday which is perfect for you. Take a look at our offers below or get in touch with any questions you have on 0800 888 6787.

 

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Lofoten Isles


The Lofoten Isles are known as Norway’s untamed islands and their beauty is simply unsurpassable. Small red clapboard fishing villages cling to rocky outcrops just above the waters edge, set against a backdrop of striking mountains and arctic fjords. Lofoten has strong connections with the age of Vikings and this can be explored at the Lofotr Viking Museum. This best ways to discover the beauty of these isles is by boat, kayak or hiking through the mountains and understandably there are plenty of tours on offer here featuring these activities.

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Geiranger


Geiranger is the ‘poster child’ of the Norwegian Fjords and when you conjure images in your mind of what a cruise in this region might look like, it’s likely that it’s Geiranger you imagine. Quite possibly one of the most dramatic and impressive ports to cruise into, Geiranger is a tiny village that sits at the base of striking snow-capped mountains at the end of the UNESCO World Heritage protected Geirangerfjord. Make sure to get a space on top deck to see the views as you cruise in and get an up close look at the famous Seven Sisters and Suitor waterfalls.

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Flam


Meaning ‘little place with steep mountains’, Flam is a picturesque hamlet that appears like something straight out of the pages of a storybook. Flam is located on one of the inner branches of Sognefjord, the second longest fjord in the world. The port is a stunning place to visit at any time of year and one way to appreciate the scenery is to ride the Flam railway which is highly acclaimed as one of the most beautiful railway journeys in the world.



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Natalia says "Clear air, diverse and enchanting landscapes filled with natural beauty, historic legends, astounding architecture, enriching culture and so much more. From the impressive fjords of Norway to the charm of Copenhagen and the untouched beauty of Svalbard, Scandinavia is a truly unique cruise destination."


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Visit some of the world’s most remote and awe-inspiring destinations such as Greenland, Antarctica, Iceland and Svalbard. An expedition cruise featuring any of these unspoilt destinations is the experience of a lifetime.

 

A cruise to the Polar regions is anything but typical and along your voyage there’s the opportunity to spot hundreds of different species including penguins, humpback whales, seals, reindeer, walruses, arctic foxes and hares and even polar bears. For many of the ports of call, wildlife is the main highlight such as Elephant Island where elephant seals can often be found dozing on its shore, or the Falkland Islands which are home to colonies of Gentoo and King penguins.

 

Whilst this wild landscape is enough to sate any taste for adventure, explorers will also find it fascinating to learn about the heritage and maritime history of these villages and settlements that are often the last outpost between civilization and seemingly endless stretches of icy tundras and mountains.

 

These polar region cruises will provide you with unforgettable experiences, whether it’s seeing the Northern Lights for the first time, spotting a pod of whales out in the ocean or trying local dishes such as skyr in Iceland or suaasat, a traditional Greenlandic soup.

 

Here at WOWCruise we offer a wide choice of expedition cruises to breathtaking destinations including Antarctica and Svalbard so we can help you discover a holiday which is perfect for you. Take a look at our offers below or get in touch with any questions you have on 0800 888 6787.

 

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Port Stanley, Falkland Islands


Port Stanley is the capital of the Falklands and here you can learn more about the 1982 Falklands war, Antarctic heritage, and the maritime and natural history of the area at the Historic Dockyard Museum. Port Stanley is particularly popular with visitors due to its resident penguins and you can find Magellanic penguins at Gypsy Cove, Gentoo penguins at Bluff Cove and King penguins at Volunteer Point.

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Bear Island


Located almost halfway between Tromsø and Svalbard is the isolated Bear Island, the southernmost island of the Svalbard archipelago. The island has steep, imposing cliffs which are favoured as nesting grounds by a flurry of sea bids including razorbills, guillemots, fulmars, kittiwakes, gannets, puffins and little auks. The island is a well-protected nature reserve and vessels which visit near the island must adhere to environmental regulations in order to enjoy the privilege of visiting.

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Akureyri


Located at the base of Eyjafjörður Fjord in northern Iceland, Akureyri has a unique biosphere resulting in a diverse landscape and lush vegetation in particular areas. In fact among the top points of interest here is a botanical garden which is highly regarded for its excellent walking paths and hikes. The garden was founded in 1912 and today it contains nearly every plant found in Iceland (approx 450) as well as nearly 7,000 foreign plants. Akureyri is an idea port of call to spend time learning about the fascinating heritage and culture of Iceland, try some traditional local cuisine and if you’re lucky, spot the Northern Lights.

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Nuuk


As the capital city of Greenland, Nuuk offers a complete juxtaposition of cultures where the fascinating lives of old tradition mix with modern twists and diverse influences. During your visit you can discover mummies at the Greenland National Museum and new and old expressions of Inuit culture at the Nuuk Art Museum. Visitors can also take a small boat tour to explore along the winding fjords and nearby villages with the chance to spot some whales or get set for action packed adventures such as diving, climbing or cross-country skiing.



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Natalia says "Experience the winter and snow in Lapland at any time of the year, but you’ll find it the city of Helsinki! Step inside this winter wonderland of snow and ice. An ice-cold vodka is usually served in a glass made of ice, there are winter activities to try and you also have a chance to enjoy a husky sled ride!"


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With so much natural splendour, history and culture to explore on our own doorstep, a cruise around the British Isles is a great way to see more of it than you would on a typical 7 day British staycation.

 

Made up of approximately 6000 islands, the British isles offers spectacular rugged coastline and access to some of the UK and Ireland’s most vibrant cities where you can uncover a tapestry of fascinating heritage.

 

Outdoor enthusiasts will revel in a cruise around the UK coast with so many excellent opportunities for hiking and those with a passion for wildlife will find excellent tours on offer to spot whales, dolphins and seabirds.

 

Visit some of the UK’s most impressive historic sites such as Dublin castle, Lews Castle in Stornoway or the SS Nomadic, a museum aboard the storied ship. Alternatively the chance to see some of the UK’s most incredible gardens and woodlands might interest you, such as the Abbey Garden in Tresco which are home to around 20,000 different exotic species or the Botanic Gardens in Belfast which dates back to 1828 and today sprawls over 28 acres.

 

Here at WOWCruise we offer a wide choice of UK cruise itineraries. Take a look at our offers below or get in touch on 0800 888 6787 if you have an idea in mind you’d like us to quote for.

 

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Portree (Isle of Skye)


The name Isle of Skye alone is enough to have you conjuring images of beautiful, otherworldly landscapes and what you’ll find in Portree doesn’t disappoint. Whilst in port here you can take a hike through The Quiraing which offers some of the most beautiful scenery in Scotland. Despite what many people might think, Portree is actually only 200 years old - it was originally founded as a fishing village at the beginning of the 19th century.

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Stornoway (Outer Hebrides)


Stornoway is the largest town on the Hebrides and here you can delve into the history of this part of Scotland at the Stornoway museum or with a visit to the magnificent Lews Castle which boasts beautiful grounds and picturesque woodland walks. Whilst the residents of the town speak English, should you venture out into the surrounding countryside you’ll find that many people speak traditional Gaelic.

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Kirkwall (Orkney Islands)


Kirkwall is the capital of the Orkney archipelago in the north of Scotland. Settlements here can be traced back to Norse times in the 11th century which means there is a fascinating history and culture to learn about during a visit here. The Orkney islands are also renowned for bird watching opportunities and the RSPB look after a total of 8 reserves spread across the islands which are home to the likes of puffins, razorbills, guillemots and gannets. If you’re lucky you might also spot a pod of orca whales off the coast - 90% of orca sightings in the UK are reported either here or the Shetland isles.

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Lerwick


Lerwick was gifted to Scotland in the 1400’s by a Norwegian Princess yet even today you can see a subtle influence of Norway in the architecture and people. The UNESCO town is the capital of the Shetland Isles which is reputed for its vibrant green fields and dramatic coastline. Like many of the ports of call in Scotland, there is fantastic hiking trails across the Shetland Isles, many which offer the chance to see wildlife including the famous shetland ponies.

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Dublin


Dublin is Ireland’s largest city and it is packed with heritage and culture ranging from St Patrick’s cathedral built in 1220 to the Guinness Storehouse or Jameson whiskey Distillery, both of which offer an immersive experience with Ireland’s most famous brands of drink. Dublin is a city which offers everything from a vibrant theatre culture to quirky eateries and boutique shopping - you certainly won’t be short of activities to fill your time in port!

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St Mary’s (Isle of Scilly)


Just 28 miles off the coast of Cornwall lies Britain’s only island archipelago - the Isle of Scilly, of which St Mary’s is the largest of the 5 inhabited islands. Hugh’s Town is the central hub where you’ll find shops and restaurants but with a population of just 1,800 this town is probably a world away from your everyday. At St Mary’s you’ll find deserted stretches of white sandy beaches, dramatic rocky coves and superb hiking and nature trails with fantastic seascapes.



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Jonathon says "Some cruise lines offer on-board spending money. However, if booked under different codes you could end up with on-board spending money and coach transfers to Southampton for the same price. Ask you Cruise Expert if you are unsure."


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