Sunset in Norway - Viking Sky
As I stared heavenwards and screwed up my eyes to focus on a few wispy white streaks in the inky night sky, I really wasn’t sure what I saw seeing. Sure, they pulsated and moved, but was this really Aurora Borealis, the natural light show that twirls and dances across the skies of the Northern...

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Contemporary glass architecture on the waterfront in Copenhagen

Port in focus: Copenhagen

Founded by the warrior-bishop Absalon in 1167, Copenhagen is a city of bridge-spanned canals, copper-roofed buildings and manicured parks that many ships visit on Baltic cruise routes. Nyhaven The maritime heritage of this former Hanseatic port is omnipresent. Indeed the city’s name means ‘Merchants’ Harbour’. In the 1630s, when King Christian IV decided to look...

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Alexander Palace seen from across a lake in St Petersburg
Baltic cities fuse antiquity and modernity with style and verve. A cruise here during the luminous ‘White Nights’ of the summer solstice – when the late evening sun shimmers as brightly as noon – offers a scene of such photogenic prettiness you would not dare to invent it. At other times, Baltic cruises offer enchanting...

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