More to Explore: Seven Gems of Northern Europe

Northern Europe is much more than the land of Vikings, kings and warriors. The region is home to many of Europe’s most vibrant cities and grand edifices, as well as envelope-pushing artists, thinkers and writers. To encapsulate the magic and splendor of this region, we compiled seven of our favorite travel moments – all of which are available as a part of Regent Seven Seas Cruises®  FREE Unlimited Shore Excursion menu or selections from Regent Choice Shore Excursions.

1. Kissing the Blarney Stone (Cork, Ireland)

Blarney Stone

During your visit to Blarney castle, you will have an opportunity to kiss the famous Blarney Stone, which, according to legend, imparts the gift of eloquence to all whose lips touch it. The stone is set in the wall, and to kiss it, one has to lean over backwards from the parapet walk of the battlements.

2. Savoring Belgian Chocolate (Bruges, Belgium)

Belgian Chocolates

Belgium’s finest export product is undoubtedly its chocolate, which is why you can buy it at most fine retailers throughout the world. However, what is truly special is visiting a Belgian chocolatier that demonstrates how the raw chocolate bars are made into the fine chocolates using only the best, freshest and carefully selected ingredients – and, of course, sampling the finished product.

3. Touring Anne Frank’s Home (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Anne Frank

We all hid with Anne Frank when we read her diary, but actually standing in the Secret Annex is an experience that is indescribable. The house now turned museum is not only home to Anne Frank’s original diary, but it also tells the story of the others that hid with her and those who helped them.

4. Strolling Through the Tivoli Gardens (Copenhagen, Denmark)

Tivoli Gardens

There is inherent joy in this wonderful park in the heart of Copenhagen. Whether you take pleasure in amusement rides and carnival games or beautiful flower gardens and romantic lakes, you will find it impossible to stop smiling.

5. Experiencing Russian Ballet (St. Petersburg, Russia)

Russain Ballet
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One would think that ballet was invented in Russia by the immense contributions the country has made to the art form by way of dancers, ballet companies and performances. With an overnight stay in St. Petersburg, you can experience the beauty and athleticism of a performance by one of the country’s most renowned classical ballet companies.

6. Visiting the Grave of the Rose of Turaida (Riga, Latvia)

Rose of Turaida Tomb in Sigulda

There is certainly no shortage of legends and tales in Northern Europe, but few come close to the gut-wrenching love story of the “Rose of Turaida.” By the Turaida church under an old linden tree, you will find the grave of the heroine of a true love story from the 17th century. There are many more stories you can learn about at the nearby sculpture park dedicated to Latvian folklore.

7.  Exploring Suomenlinna (Helsinki, Finland)

Suomenlinna

Built during the Swedish rule of Finland, the Suomenlinna fortress spans several small islands and is so impressive that it has been deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Beyond the bunkers and cannons, you will find that the complex is really a city within the city of Helsinki.

Your turn

Did your favorite Northern European excursion make the list? Share your absolute must-see destination of the North Atlantic in the comments below.

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