A cruise on Baltic ⛴️

Scandinavia is beautiful but a journey through this region can never be complete without a cruise on the seas. And you will have a variety of options to choose from.

There is so much more that you can pack in your holiday, provided you plan your trip well. And talking about planning, well if you are not too hard-pressed with time right now, please do go through my post Scandinavia…a travelogue & you too could use some of the tips & tricks that I employ to have a cool, relaxed & complete holiday.

This holiday, in one of the most beautiful part of Europe, has it all. A train journey over the mountains, Oslo to Bergen…A journey of a lifetime 🕺💃 ; unbelievable fjord experience, The Norway Fjord experience.. ; an experience of being On top of the world.. at Mount Floyen, from where the views are majestic & breathtaking ; the scenic Norway fjords & Archipelagos for you Norway Fjords & Archipelagos.. experience it right here ⛵️ ; wonderful choice of sea food & of course some great music all around. And in this case from the Two Champions on the streets 🎻🎸. And one can never forget the pleasure of being able to walk around & explore this wonder European destination, Turku in Finland. With the icing on the cake being the evening ride on River Aura aboard one of the oldest steamship, s/s Ukkopekka with great hospitality, music & the opportunity to spend the evening having dinner on one of most beautiful islands, Loistokari. Truly, Turku..a wonder destination.

But this is only the tip of an iceberg. There is so much more that we are going to discover in the coming days. Today though is reserved for a two hour each way round trip cruise from Helsinki, Finland over Baltic Sea aboard Tallink Silja Megastar to explore a new country, Estonia & it’s capital city, Tallinn.

But before we board, some interesting aspects of Baltic Sea & these cruise ships. The average depth of Baltic Sea is only 54 meters & the deepest basin is 450 meters deep. And hence during the winter the entire sea gets frozen. During those days these same cruise ships, which are equipped to cut through the ice, transport passengers & food supplies to all the far away islands with pretty colorful houses but all cut out from the mainland. Amazing isn’t it?

It’s so exciting getting up early morning, taking the underground & a then a bus to reach the boarding terminal. And there we check in & proceed to the boarding area for some breakfast & coffee. The views, as we wait for the ship to anchor in, is just out of the world. And finally we have the call for boarding so lets proceed..

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The Cruise Ship ride is a great experience with wonderful choice of food, a relaxed atmosphere, lovely music from the music duo, great top deck view, the refreshing breeze, the air force helicopters keeping a vigil & much much more. Be there, to be blown away.

As we see the main land approaching, we are now in a new country. Estonia the green capital of Europe, a small country but very pretty. Time to explore.

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Tallinn is a very small city surrounded by over fifty percent green, with classy buildings, lots of parks, few historical landmarks, cute small markets selling handicrafts, casual wear & artifacts. There are some good places to eat & a good choice of cuisine. The only way to get around in the city are cars, taxis & buses. For tourist though the best option is hop on hop off buses with two different routes all covered in one ticket. These buses have a stop next to all three Port Terminals & hence you really do not have to use any other means of transport, if you are on a day trip.

Time now to head back & leave behind a wonderful pretty city, which you can explore in a day.

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Hope you had fun & let’s look forward to some more great moments as we move ahead 🚣

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51 Comments

  1. Rajeev Garg says:

    Very well written travelogue on Baltic

  2. Ben Butler says:

    I would love to see the Baltic like this. Crusing is one of my favorite ways to travel.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes cruising is fun 😊

  3. Sara Welch says:

    Love that you can explore an entire country in one day! We can’t even cover Disneyland in one day! Awesome!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes Tallinn is the Capital & it’s a small green country.

  4. What an adventure! I would love to see the Baltic Sea frozen over; I had no idea that that was even possible!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes and big cruise ships move cutting the ice.I too would love to experience the frozen Baltic.

  5. Rosey A says:

    Oh man, it sounds like the trip of a lifetime. I would love to have this experience.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes it’s a wonderful way to visit Tallinn on a day trip.

  6. Heather Castillo says:

    I recently went on a cruise for the first time in over 30 years. I can’t wait to go on another one!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes a cruise is always fun.

  7. Elicit Folio says:

    This was such an amazing post! I’ve always wanted to go to Finland and travel through the Baltic Sea. Sending this to my husband as a “hint” for our next vacation 🙂

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes Finland and the entire Scandinavia trip of ours was just awesome.And we started with Helsinki.

  8. Martijn. S says:

    What an adventure and write up. I would love to visit Scandinavia one day. For now reading your post will do.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thank you Martijn 😊

  9. Mary Edwards says:

    What an amazing experience. I love following your travels. You inspire me to get back into travel blogging and sharing my experience with others. This trip looks amazing!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thank you Mary. Yes do please get back to travel blogging again so that I can also start enjoying your experiences.

  10. I would like to see the Baltic area soon. It looks so serene!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes please do take some time out & visit Finland.You would love it.

  11. Tiffany La Forge-Grau says:

    I would absolutely love to take a cruise on the seas around there. Plus, that area is such a beautiful place already!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes Tiffany.It’s truly worth the experience.

  12. I’ve never been to the Baltic before. Sounds like an amazing cruise to go on.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes it was very nice Shannon.

  13. artchee says:

    I’m really not into traveling by water :0(. But I’m interested in the Baltic sea. I read somewhere about it meeting with another sea without mixing together. :0)

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes you are right. Baltic Sea meets North Sea in a Denmark city named Skagen.There is a dividing line where they meet because of the different density of the water. Amazing really.

  14. Scandanavia is on my travel bucket list. In all of my travels I have never taken a cruise. Your pictures makes me want to book one today!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      I loved this cruise as it was short & nice.Two hours each way with enough music & food.

  15. Scandinavia has alwasy been a place that I wanted to visit. I have never heard of Tallin but I love how green it is there. Add it to the bucket list.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Tallinn is the capital of Estonia, a green small country.

  16. Love your photos as usual. I have always wanted to visit Estonia. The name alone calls to me! Loved that you helped to give me the visual and now I at least won;t be so lost lol.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thanks Ashlee. Do visit this green country, Estonia.

  17. tcleland88 says:

    I have enjoyed following along on your Scandinavian adventures. It’s sounded like an awesome trip.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thanks tc.Yes it was an amazing trip.

  18. snehalboricha says:

    I am amazed by the shots! 😍 Such a beautiful place to visit!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes Snehal.Entire Scandinavia is very beautiful 😊

  19. I would LOVE to take a trip like this! My hubby and I plan to take a cruise in a few years. I really enjoyed reading about your experience!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thanks Rachele 😊

  20. Blair villanueva says:

    This is such an awesome Baltic trip you had. I will save your recommendations, oh I want to cruise again!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Go Blair Go 😊 And thanks.

  21. These are great sights to behold! I just pray I have enough strength to travel when my kids get old

    1. travelwisesr says:

      I too pray for you. And thanks you enjoyed.

  22. I love your travelogues! Full of useful info and so many lovely photos. Thank you!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thank you Lene. Your comment makes me so happy 😊

  23. karilife says:

    Everything looks so majestic! Love seeing the world through your camera lens!

  24. I like going to small places where you can explore a little bit of everything in a day, because then there’s less time pressure and more time to soak in the experience!

  25. As always, you have taken me on a trip to a beautiful place through your writing and pictures. Love it. Cruises have never been something I’ve considered, but you may have changed my mind here.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thank you Erica. Your pleasure is my pleasure too 😊

  26. aword84 says:

    Tallin really looks cute! I didn’t know it has so many parks and greenery. I never considered cruising before, but somehow, the Baltic Sea and Scandinavian cities seem like a perfect destination for this type of travel.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Yes Scandinavia is beautiful, green & the cruises are just awesome.

  27. Nina says:

    A cruise is always exciting and your experience at Baltic sounds pretty amazing. I love the photos and the water is so inviting!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thank you Nina 😊

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