25 things to do on your Baltic Sea cruise

Summer is the perfect time to embark on a Baltic Sea cruise, hitting the capital cities of Scandinavia and northern Europe, and even dipping into Russia. While southern sections of the continent tend to get uncomfortably hot and muggy in the mid-summer months, the weather in northern Europe at that time is mostly temperate and breezy.

We embarked the Regal Princess for an 11-day circuit of the Baltic region—check out the Princess Cruises website for upcoming sail dates. On this cruise, you’ll encounter impressive cathedrals and palaces, cobblestone old town centers, unique sculptures and monuments, and, if you follow my path, decadent hot chocolate and savory Swedish meatballs.

Here’s a list of 25 things you can do on your Baltic Sea cruise to make the most of your northern Europe getaway.


1. See the tall ships and colorful houses of Nyhavn

Nyhavn in Copenhagen

Nyhavn is one of Copenhagen’s most famous locales, with its signature tall ships docked in a canal amidst a colorful array of row houses. Snap that iconic photo, then grab a bite at one of the waterfront eateries.

Nyhavn on TripAdvisor | Yelp | Foursquare

2. Be a part of the world of the Little Mermaid

Little Mermaid sculpture in Copenhagen

Danish fairy tale author Hans Christian Andersen is a national treasure, and you can get up close to a sculpture in Copenhagen celebrating one of his most famous creations, the Little Mermaid. Turn up the Disney soundtrack in your headphones and sing along for added effect.

The Little Mermaid on TripAdvisor | Yelp | Foursquare

3. Go for a bike ride around Copenhagen

Riding bikes in Copenhagen

Consistently named the most bike-friendly city in the world, Copenhagen maintains an infrastructure and roads that are smartly designed for two-wheel travelers. For visitors, it’s quite easy to rent a bicycle by the hour or the day and traverse the city like a local. Definitely take a leisurely Copenhagen bike ride if you have the time.

4. Ride the coasters and see the pretty lights at Tivoli Gardens

Pagoda in Tivoli Gardens at night in Copenhagen

Celebrating its 175th anniversary in 2018, Tivoli Gardens is the second-oldest operating amusement park in the world. It doesn’t show its age at all. Highlights for me included getting an aerial view of Copenhagen from the Golden Tower (right before a scream-worthy free fall) and seeing the park light up at night.

Posted on July 6, 2018


25 things to do on your Baltic Sea cruise
25 things to do on your Baltic Sea cruise
25 things to do on your Baltic Sea cruise