Hundreds of years ago Northern Europe was the land of the Vikings. Today, it offers one of the highest living standards in the world and very picturesque scenery.
Svalbard/ Spitsbergen, is a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean. Situated north of mainland Europe, it is about midway between continental Norway and the North Pole.The trip options on Svalbard are numerous, and it is often possible to combine various activities – especially when the trip extends across several days. During the summer and autumn (June – September), it is possible to combine hikes with boat transportation or cruises. The experience of a summer on Svalbard is guaranteed to be enhanced if you sit down in the slope underneath a bustling bird mountain, camp among tall mountains and mighty glaciers, or paddle in a kayak while a seal is sunbathing on an ice floe nearby.
The winter season (November/December – May) offers many possibilities. Some travellers dream of reaching Svalbard’s tallest mountain peaks by ski, whereas others prefer to experience the winter landscape by dog sledge or snow scooter. On Svalbard it is easy to feel engulfed by the sense of infinity and the raw nature.
If you are planning a trip to Europe, a cruise is the best way to get an overview of many of the great cities on this diverse continent. You can visit almost every country in Europe on an ocean-going or river ship. The hotel and dining costs can be very expensive in northern Europe, which makes a cruise tour of the area even more attractive. The most popular and pricewise reasonable are Baltic cruises.