Northern European Cruises


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Words like moor, loch, and geyser were born in this land, because no existing vocabulary could adequately describe these extraordinary landscapes. These regions could just as easily have coined a term for ambrosial summer evenings at seaside cafés, Fabergé palaces of amber and gold, and storybook cities crisscrossed by canals and flower markets, all of which are here in abundance. But as your elegant ship traces its way through enchanting fjords and forgotten archipelagos, you won’t need words. You are speechless.


 

Reykjavik to Reykjavik - 7 Days

In the land of fire and ice, your Windstar cruise around Iceland brings you to landscapes both otherworldly and astonishing beautiful. The earth is still shifting here. Dark volcanic peaks rise above fluorescent green hillsides. Lava fields bubble with mud pots and steam vents. Glaciers top mountains, even volcanos. Waterfalls, some of the largest in Europe, create their own rainbows. Startlingly blue lagoons, heated by vents from under the Earth's crust, are natural relaxation spots for bathers.
 
Your cruise begins in the capital city of Reykjavik, which radiates a small-town, artsy vibe. As your ship circumnavigates Iceland, you’ll encounter once-in-a-lifetime experiences such as hikes on ice and on lava fields, and riding Icelandic horses through lush countryside. You may explore lava caves with helmet and flashlight or take a flightseeing tour over icy glacial terrain that includes “The North” filming locations for the TV show, “The Game of Thrones.”
 
Nature tours by Zodiac provide up-close views of humpback whales and seabird cliffs, including the largest Atlantic puffin colony. History tours include Viking lore. In quiet interludes, you might find yourself alone with your thoughts while kayaking in the calm waters of a fjord. By nature of the fact you are on a Windstar small ship Iceland cruise, you’ll travel deeper into local waters than you would on larger ships.
 
Under the near 24-hour Midnight Sun, your Iceland cruise takes you far beyond the typical tourist hot spots, your yacht sailing to remote islands and fjords and tiny villages – including an overnight in Seydisfjordur, with its colorful chalet-style homes and lively arts scene. The leisurely pace affords time to converse with the locals, sample Icelandic cuisine and craft beer, and, perhaps, hear folk tales of elves and trolls.

Dun Laoghaire (Dublin) to Edinburgh - 8 Days

From the pubs of Dublin to the castles of Edinburgh, journey through hills and highlands, idyllic islands, and lyrical landscapes. Here in the land of good Scotch and great golf, astonishing natural beauty meets refined elegance in beautiful ports and quaint marinas. Celebrate Scotland's iconic past and lively present – and toast the spirit of the Emerald Isle.

London to London - 12 Days

Close in geography, distinct in culture, the countries of the British Isles offer their own unique takes on the United Kingdom. See it all with the perspective only a Windstar ship can give you as you visit small-ship-only ports like Ullapool, Oban, and Fishguard; berth at small-ship-only locations in Belfast  and London ; and stay in key cities like Belfast and Dublin late into the evening. Explore castle ruins and gardens in Scotland. Check the Giant’s Causeway and Blarney Castle off your list in Ireland. Discover the idyllic Cornish village of St. Ives. Even your disembarkation is an adventure as you dock in London right next to HMS Belfast (Tower Bridge), one of the most exclusive cruise ports in the world.

Lisbon to Dun Laoghaire (Dublin) - 10 Days

Discover the delectable cuisines and spirits of Spain and France at their authentic best. Treat your palate to Europe’s best seafood in Spain’s Galicia region, to sweet port in Porto, cognac in La Rochelle, and world-famous wines in Bordeaux. Spend time absorbing the culture, history, and landscapes that have gone into the creation of each delicious mouthful. Follow the pilgrims to Santiago de Compostela and share conxuro da quiemada with them in a social ritual passed down through the generations. Toast a region so bursting with flavor you wished you never had to leave.

Dover (London) to Reykjavik - 11 Days

Cruise beneath the Midnight Sun to sparkling Norwegian fjords, steaming Icelandic geysers, ancient Scottish standing stones, and the bucolic Faroe Islands. Hear the echoes of Old Norse tongues, see lands once lauded in ancient Viking sagas, and witness sights that will stir your soul. As a Windstar guest you experience it all from a uniquely thrilling perspective.

Stockholm to Edinburgh - 10 Days

Discover the radiant beauty of Baltic capitals from the fairytale castles and gardens of Copenhagen to Tallinn’s medieval walls and Helsinki’s charming Old Town. Spend two days in St. Petersburg enthralled by the gold-and-amber excesses of imperial palaces, the Hermitage, a perfectly performed ballet. Then venture to places off the beaten path, including some reserved exclusively for small ships like ours. Cruise through the middle of the German countryside as you cross the Kiel Canal. Nose into the tiny port of Harlingen with its 600 historic homes and UNESCO-designated wetlands. Stand on deck as your elegant ship arrives in Mariehamn, Port of the Last Windjammers, and docks next to a lovely windjammer from ages past. Go to sleep each night with stars in your eyes, even as the Midnight Sun is slow to set.

Discover and explore the hidden treasures often overlooked along the far-flung edge of Western Europe during this 8-day Atlantic cruise that touches on Portugal, Northern Spain, France, Belgium, the UK’s Channel Islands and the Netherlands. Take a relaxing riverboat cruise along Porto’s storied Douro River waterfront and learn the significance of Port wines during a detailed wine tasting. Explore Spain’s greenest landscapes surrounding El Ferrol, then, meet the skilled artisans of centuries-old Sargardelos, one of the most famous ceramics factories in the world. Hike to breathtaking vistas atop the 229-foot-high headlands of Cap Frehel near St.-Malo. Wander the elegant halls of Elizabeth Castle in the small port of St. Helier in the Channel Islands, or sample the famous fresh lobster and savory and creamy dishes based on cheeses from the famed Jersey cows. Learn the mysteries, controversies and disputes that continue nearly a thousand years after the final strands of the Bayeux Tapestry were woven into place. Admire classical Flemish art at Bruges’ Groeningemuseum and sample tangy Belgium ales at countless small pubs and family breweries. This coastal adventure concludes in Amsterdam, where you can admire works housed in the Van Gogh Museum, tour Anne Frank’s House or rent bikes to ride among countless art galleries, antique shops and charming cafes in some of the most famous and vibrant neighborhoods in the Netherlands.

Stockholm to Copenhagen - 10 Days

Visit seven magical countries and nine delightful cities as you travel through the Baltic's most fascinating cultures and breathtaking scenery. Your ship docks close to the center of most ports placing you just steps away from major sights, while an overnight stay in St. Petersburg gives you time to savor more of the imperial city’s wonders.

Edinburgh to Copenhagen - 8 Days

More than a thousand fjords lace the west  coast of Norway, carved by glaciers and filled by the Norwegian Sea. One of the world’s natural wonders, Geirangerfjord and Signefjord are stunning from every angle—from the top of Lysefjord’s anvil-shaped Pulpit Rock, from the Flam Railway as it winds through the mountains and past waterfalls high above Aurlandsfjord, and from the fjords themselves as you cruise on Star Breeze. Tiny hill farms, half-timbered houses, and stave churches pass by, leading the way to the Art Nouveau architecture of Alesund, the colorful Hanseatic pier in Bergen, and sights too beautiful to imagine.

Copenhagen to Stockholm - 7 Days

Marvel at the sheer magnitude of it all. The charming Old Towns of Stockholm, Tallinn, and Helsinki. Copenhagen’s picture-perfect Nyhavn Wharf. St. Petersburg’s imperial grandeur and treasure trove of visual and performing arts. Marvel again at the ever-changing panorama of emerald archipelagos, fairytale castles, and immaculately manicured gardens. Six countries in a week, yet nothing feels hurried. There’s time to stroll the Nevsky Prospect for amber earrings, explore the golden age of sail on Mariehamn’s classic windjammer, and spend a day at sea relaxing with a good book and a perfect massage in the WindSpa.

Dun Laoghaire (Dublin) to Lisbon - 8 Days

On some voyages there are as many memorable moments from small things as large, and this is one of those. Take yellow tram #28 to Lisbon’s Alfama and Baixa past old tiled buildings and palatial houses. Discover Pastéis de Nata (custard tarts) in Porto … and wish you hadn’t. Snack on cider and cheese in Gijon’s peaceful Jardines de Begona. Watch as Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim seems to move as it captures reflections of the river. Realize as you’re looking at the Book of Kells in Dublin’s Trinity College Library that Oscar Wilde and Samuel Becket may have stood right here. For every major attraction (and there are many), a dozen other intriguing stories beg to be heard.

Athens to Athens - 12 Days

Follow Jason and the Argonauts through the Black Sea on their quest for the Golden Fleece and find a magical world where lines blur between fact and fantasy. Listen as your onboard narrator shares tales of the Trojan Horse and the Battle of Gallipoli as you navigate the narrow Dardanelles between ancient Troy and the famous World War I battlefield. Discover Istanbul, the romantic city once known as Constantinople, with its radiant Blue Mosque and still-bustling Silk Road caravanserai dating to the 17th century. Explore ancient towns brimming with medieval churches, charming Ottoman villages where the gold of the realm is saffron, and cuisines as delicious as they are unfamiliar. In fact, the unexpected is your constant companion on this voyage to all 6 countries that border the Black Sea. Follow wine to its original source in Georgia, far from the vineyards of France and Italy. Spend a long day in Odessa, a city that appears more European than Soviet with its Greek Street, French Boulevard and Italian Boulevard. Take in the novelty architecture of Batumi from the Acropolis to an upside-down White House. And rearrange your reality in Bulgaria, where shaking your head from side to side means "yes," and nodding your head up and down means "no." Although you may not find a golden fleece on this journey, each port you visit offers diverse and wonderful rewards.

Reykjavik to Reykjavik - 10 Days

Take in the glow of pink midnight skies as you stand before fragile moss-shrouded arctic deserts punctuated by alabaster icefields, steaming geysers and smoldering volcanoes on a 10-day combination cruise and tour that integrates inland adventures with a coastal circumnavigation of Iceland. Venture inshore to Iceland’s untouched regions, including the Hraunfoss Lava Falls, the thundering Barnafoss Waterfall and glowing blue ice caverns beneath the Langjokull Glacier, the second largest glacier in Iceland. Bask in the steamy comfort of Blue Lagoon’s outdoor geothermal spa. Wander Reykjavik’s cultural museums and make your way along inviting side streets where former fishing homes offer basement bars, artisan boutiques and local coffee houses. Sample Kjötsúpa, a regional lamb stew rich in root vegetables. Spend an evening amid the colorful and quirky Seydisfjordur, a summer haven for artists and a jumping-off point for naturalists and scientists studying puffins, kittiwakes, arctic terns and innumerable wildlife in the nearby Skálanes Nature Reserve.

London to Lisbon - 11 Days

Sip robust red wines from storied French chateaus. Stare skyward at centuries-old arches in silent, candle-lit cathedrals. This 11-day, autumn Atlantic cruise along the coasts of Britain, France, Spain, and Portugal is an ideal getaway for anyone seeking popular European destinations without summertime crowds. Set sail from London, where you’ll have an unobstructed view of the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace and open seats at riverside pubs. Uncover the secret war waged by Guernsey’s island resistance at the La Valette Underground museum in St Peter Port. Slurp freshly shucked oysters with dry Muscadet wines from the western Loire Valley during a delicious stop at the Castel Clara restaurant in Port Goulphar on Belle Ile. Stroll beneath the storied arches of famous classified wine estates and sample exceptional French food during an overnight stay in Bordeaux. Soar high above the priceless Medoc vineyards and sprawling chateaus in St. Émilion in a helicopter. Cook up pinchos, or Basque-style tapas at a Bilbao cooking class or study contemporary art at the Guggenheim Museum. Sip smoky, 30-year-old port and shop the famed Avenida do Aliados District in Porto, Portugal. This journey concludes in Lisbon, where uncrowded streets present opportunities to explore the palace ruins of Moorish São Jorge Castle above the city and the crenelated splendors of Belém Tower down on the waterfront—all in one wonderful autumn day.

Bordeaux to Amsterdam - 11 Days

The French are known for their style and taste, and as you make your way from Bordeaux to Brittany, Normandy to Flanders, notice how each new vista appeals to an artist’s eye. Island fortresses exude a fairytale magic – the breathtaking abbey perched on Mont St. Michel, imposing St.-Malo filled with pirate lore, the Ville Close of Concarneau with its romantic drawbridges. Everywhere you look are scenes that beg to be captured on canvas, or perhaps already are – stunning La Rochelle built of luminous white limestone, Quimper’s gargoyle-embellished cathedral, Monet’s fabulous Japanese garden in Giverny, and Versailles, its gardens as magnificent as its gilded interior. History here escapes the books and leads you on a wild scavenger hunt. Bone up on the Norman Conquest in the threads of the 11th century Bayeux Tapestry. Uncover the hearts and souls of medieval prisoners in the graffiti of La Rochelle’s Old Port towers. Read the story of St. Ronan carved into the wood pulpit of Locronan’s church. Relive the battle before the battle of D-Day in the bullet holes on Pegasus Bridge. Your spring timing is perfect for wandering gardens and flower markets, quaint Old Towns and the shops of Rue de Rennes in Paris. And with three overnight stays and smaller ports of call that are closer to the sights than big ships get, you can spend more time in the places you want to see most.

Stockholm to London - 12 Days

Satisfy your Scandinavian cravings with a voyage that combines iconic Northern capitals, a handful of smaller, less-visited ports, and the incredible fjord scenery Norway is famous for. Viking history weaves its way throughout your journey at the Vasa Museum in Stockholm, a Viking burial site in Aalborg, the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo, and a reconstructed Viking living history farm in Haugesund, homeland of Viking kings. Leap forward a few centuries and find yourself in Copenhagen’s Nyhavn, brightly painted townhouses reflecting in a canal lined with historic wooden sailing ships. But all the fascinating history, grand buildings, and magnificent museums are dwarfed by the beauty of Norway’s fjords. Cruise Sognefjord past gushing waterfalls, deep green mountains, isolated hillside farms, and the occasional stave church. Take in vistas of Oslofjord from the public square on the roof of the Oslo Opera House. Visit tiny fjord-side hamlets with populations barely larger than that of Star Legend. And enjoy unique berths, from the town of Aalborg with room for just one cruise ship at a time, to our exclusive small ship moorage next to the museum ship HMS Belfast right at London’s Tower Bridge. With more time in port and an overnight stay in London, you can see even more of the wonders under the Midnight Sun.

Savor mouthwatering local delights and breathtaking scenery along the coastlines of Estonia, Denmark, Russia, Finland, Sweden, Norway and the United Kingdom during this 19-day cruise throughout the Baltic and North Sea. Sink your teeth into the art of Estonian truffle making with the guidance of a Master Confectioner at a delicious workshop in Tallinn’s Rottermann Quarter. Overnight in St. Petersburg and enjoy the grace of a Russian Ballet performance at a famed St. Petersburg theater. Drift close to Scandinavian seabirds and the moored Finnish Ice Breaker fleet during a kayaking tour around the Helsinki archipelago and bicycle through the rustic countryside outside the small Finnish port of Mariehamn before sitting down to traditional Åland pancakes with plum jam and whipped cream. Tour Stockholm’s rustic Old Town before sampling an authentic Swedish Smorgasbord of gravy-covered meatballs, smoked herring, sweet preserves and dense breads. Discover the beauty of Norwegian fjord cruising and combine trekking and biking on a guided journey to the scenic Drivande Waterfall above the verdant Mørkrid Valley near Skjolden. Overnight in London with time to see Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace.

Explore the finest small ports in Scotland, Norway, and the Faroe Islands (Denmark) before circumnavigating Iceland on this 17-day summertime adventure from Edinburgh to Reykjavik. Your first 11 days cover the shorelines of Scotland and Norway, stopping off to see Denmark’s Faroe Islands. The following week explores Iceland’s majestic fjords, imposing volcanoes and remote rocky reaches. Discover the challenges faced by Iron Age communities near Kirkwall, Scotland, sample almond ring cake and other Norwegian culinary delights at a historic farm near Bergen, Norway, and kayak among sea birds and urban artistry in Alesund, Norway. Iceland excursions include flights above waterfalls and volcanoes on Heimaey Island, detailed archaeological examinations of a medieval farm near Seydisfjordur, and relaxing moments immersed in the natural geothermal waters of the Myvatn Nature Baths outside Akureyri.

Bask in the natural beauty of Norwegian fjords and delightful Danish shores prior to delving into the history and culture of Ireland, Scotland and England during this memorable 24-day cruise that visits Sweden, Denmark, Norway, England, Ireland and Scotland. Float in Tivoli Garden dragon boats, whirl on an antique carousel, or relax and enjoy coffee and pastries in a Copenhagen café. Sip chilled vodka poured into ice glasses inside Icebar Oslo. Stare skyward at steep cliffs and tumbling waterfalls while cruising past Sognefjord’s rugged coastline. Take a turn or three ascending and descending the London Eye, snacking on fish and chips and watching the changing of the Buckingham Palace guard during two overnight stays. Steal away to Spike Island, a former Irish smuggler’s haven not far from where passengers purchased tickets for the Titanic’s maiden voyage. Sample Scottish whisky amid copper kettles, fragrant oak barrels and old stone passages at the famed Oban Distillery.

Dun Laoghaire (Dublin) to Copenhagen - 16 Days

Much like the Irish blessing, the road, fjords and emerald scenery rise up to meet you throughout this 16-day cruise to historic Northern European ports, emerald-topped cliffs and unspoiled Norwegian fjords during visits throughout Ireland, the Isle of Man, Scotland, Norway, and Denmark. Sip a rich and frothy stout and take in Dublin’s skyline from the Gravity Bar. Float past lonely Scottish castles, serrated coastal cliffs and seemingly endless windswept heaths. Ride deep into the Norwegian wilderness aboard the scenic Flam Railway. Spiral skyward in the hoofsteps of royalty inside Copenhagen’s Rundetaarn, a 17th century observatory built for horses and carriages and host to horseback rulers like Czar Peter the Great.

Discover flavors, history, culture and little-known small ports of Western Europe like Oban, St. Peter Port and Le Palais on a remarkable 23-day cruise that stops in England, Ireland, Scotland, France, Spain and Portugal. Overnight in Belfast and wander Industrial Era maritime warehouses and shipbuilding relics on cobbled streets, at this former global nexus for linen, tobacco and shipbuilding—and the Titanic’s birthplace. Sip an amber-hued dram of smoky, aged whisky in a Scottish distillery near Oban. There’s time to explore the old halls of Edinburgh Castle, with chambers dating back to the 1100s, and admire the sparkling Crown Jewels of Scotland and the historic Stone of Destiny when you overnight there. Swirl, sniff and sip the black plum and brambleberry aromas and flavors of red Bordeaux blends during an overnight stay near the famed French vineyards along the Garonne River, a small ship specialty. Drop in at family tascas—small restaurants—for Porto’s fried mackerel or cod paired with broa, a Portuguese corn bread that easily washes down with a tart and fizzy Vinho Verde white wine.

Dun Laoghaire (Dublin) to Reykjavik - 19 Days

Savor 19 days of sailing and adventures among the northern latitudes of Ireland, Isle of Man, UK, Norway, Faroe Islands (Denmark) and Iceland in this exceptional journey featuring 15 stops in diverse and scenic settings that range from remote fishing villages to bustling seaports. Wander the windswept northern Scottish reaches once inhabited by Iron Age families outside of Kirkwall. Watch nesting sea birds and listen to the calls of grey seals along the coastline of Spanish Head on the Isle of Man. And step inside the Rosenkrantz Tower at Saint Mary’s Church in Bergen, recognized as the finest example of Romanesque architecture in Norway. In Reykjavik, Iceland you can visit the stately white Höfdi House where Ronald Regan and Mikhail Gorbachev discussed peace in 1986 before sampling Icelandic meat soup at the Viking World Museum.

Begin your adventure overnight in jolly old England with plenty of time to see London’s Big Ben and Buckingham Palace before setting sail to France. Where the Seine meets the English Channel, the charming town of Honfleur welcomes you to view its famous Bayeux Tapestry and Cathedral. In St Peter Port, reputed to be Europe’s prettiest harbor town, photo opportunities abound—capture Salem Church, Sutler’s Garden and the famous Guernsey cows. An inspiration to Monet and Matisse, Belle Ile boasts staggering cliffs, pastel houses and the bustling town of Le Palais. Next, it’s time to raise your glass to an overnight in Bordeaux. Enjoy extra time to visit France’s most famous vineyards including the chateaux of Médoc and Saint-Émilion. In Bilbao, don’t miss the Frank Gehry-designed Guggenheim Museum before cruising to Portugal. Arrive in Porto to sip Port wine in Old Town. In Lisbon, climb the steep hills in a turn of the century funicular and take in views of the Rio Teja. Follow the aroma of grilled sardines to the colorful quay in Portimao. Overnight in Cádiz, and visit Sierra de Grazalema and los Alcornocales nature parks. Arrive in Casablanca’s whitewashed alleyways and make a memorable trip to Marrakech before strolling the beautiful beaches of Tangier, gateway to Africa. On the shores of Costa del Sol, overnight and visit Museo Picasso Málaga, or venture into the Andalusian countryside to sip some of the world’s best wine in the village of Mijas. The walled town of Cartagena offers windsurfing, snorkeling and sailing for an active day ashore. Finish the voyage with a bang in Barcelona, nibbling tapas and witnessing Antoni Gaudí’s La Sagrada Familia Cathedral as its decorative spires soar high into the sky.

Circumnavigating Iceland, from Heimay Island witness a modern-day Pompeii as you sail past Surtsey Island, the youngest place on earth, created by an eruption in 1963. Overnight in Seydisfjordur, taking in the cascading waterfalls and admiring colorful historic houses imported from Norway. Akureyri’s must-dos include visiting Listagil (art canyon), riding an Icelandic horse, and soaking in the sky-blue Myvatn Nature Baths. You can also take a polar flight to Grimsey Island and stand half in and half out of the Arctic Circle. Discover the alternative music scene in Isafjordur and visit Snæfellsjokull National Park in Grundarfjordur—full of glaciers, lava fields, waterfalls, caves, calderas, and basalt cliffs. Cruise Prince Christian Sound, a beautiful fjord system that connects the Labrador and Irminger Seas. In Greenland, soak in the 100⁰ natural hot springs at Uunartoq, see polar bears in Nanortalik, cruise Tasermiut Fjord, and hike the trails out of Narsaq, an agricultural town rich in cowboy and Nordic history. In Newfoundland don’t miss Quidi Vidi, the village-within-a-city. Pull out the binoculars for soaring seabirds, seals and other wildlife in St. Pierre & Miquelon, and browse the shops and boulangeries along Quebec City's picturesque Petit Champlain. Make sure to try the unique cuisine of Montreal including poutine, Arctic char and Kamouraska lamb.

Blend the best Northern Europe cities with Norway’s unforgettable vistas and natural beauty on a 2-week cruise through Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Russia, Denmark and Norway. Sip traditional kali, a tart, dark and bubbly Estonian refreshment made from fermented rye bread, in a small café in Tallinn’s Old Town. Savor an enchanting evening of classical music and ballet in an ornate, centuries-old theater during an overnight stay in St. Petersburg, Russia. Inhale the arboreal aromas of a Norwegian forest high above a fjord during a ride on the famous Flam Railway. Glide past tumbling waterfalls and sheer precipices in Geirangerfjord and admire the serene beauty of Sognefjord, Norway’s deepest and longest fjord.

Dun Laoghaire (Dublin) to Reykjavik - 26 Days

Nights are either short or nonexistent when you sail the North Sea in early summer, so you see more in Ireland, the Isle of Man, UK, Norway, Faroe Islands (Denmark), and Iceland. This 26-day cruise winds throughout the northern expanses and smaller ports throughout UK and Norway before touching on the remote Faroe Islands and eventually circling all of Iceland, giving you plenty of time to explore storied Scottish castles in Portree, sample unique goat cheeses in Geiranger, Norway and ride charming Icelandic horses close to the Arctic Circle in Akureyri, Iceland.

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