Extend your Lapland short break and visit some great capital cities by sea! Stockholm, Helsinki and Tallinn are connected by stylish modern cruise ships which ply the Baltic Sea offering an overnight or daytime crossing. These full facility vessels offer a great alternative to flying and you might not want to get off!
If flying to Lapland via Helsinki, why not consider a 2 or 3 night extension in Stockholm or the delightful capital of Estonia, Tallinn. The Tallink/Silja line operates regular services between these three destinations and extending your stay might be easier and cheaper than you think. And it should be noted that these are far from being simple ferries – each ship boasts unmistakable Scandinavian design and décor together with a wealth of onboard Duty Free shopping, first-rate dining and entertainment facilities.
Imagine sailing out through the beautiful Stockholm archipelago, countless islands dotted amongst a frozen ocean – no problem for these ice-strengthened vessels and breaking that ice is all part of the experience. During winter much of the Baltic Sea is frozen – its many hues changing from white to deep blue, edged with frosted coastlines, providing endless photo opportunities. How romantic, sailing into an historic city - old town skylines contrasting with chic, new buildings, full of places for excellent wining, dining and shopping and of course, cultural pursuits.
We offer three routes which may be combined to take in two or three cities – subject to sailings and flight connections back to the UK.
Between Helsinki & Stockholm
The two luxury sister ships, Silja Symphony and Silja Serenade, depart daily from Stockholm and Helsinki, sailing overnight via the Aland Islands archipelago. Watch the lights of the city slip by as the ship sails out of the harbour. Then head for life below deck in a glass lift, exiting into a wide central Promenade. Protected from the elements by a glass roof and overlooked by cabins either side, this promenade provides a warm place to investigate the variety of Duty Free shops filled with the latest fashion, perfumes, fine wines and much more. There are a number of dining options from buffet to barbeque, lobster to a la carte and more besides. Nightly entertainment can continue into the early hours with a trip to the Casino, spa or take in a glitzy show.
Between Stockholm & Tallinn
The modern ships Tallink Victoria and Tallink Romantika, depart every evening from Stockholm and Tallinn, arriving at their destination mid-morning the next day. There are plenty of bars and an excellent choice of restaurants as well as a Duty Free shop. The casino and the cabaret provide popular evening entertainment.
Between Helsinki & Tallinn
These Tallink Superfast ships connect Helsinki and Tallinn in 2 hours, with several sailings a day. The Tallink Galaxy has a daily sailing of 3½ hours and the ship offers a variety of bars, restaurants, a sauna and pool area as well as ample shopping facilities. Luggage may be stored securely for a small fee.
Contact our travel specialists for further information and prices on these routes.