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18th June, 2019

Off the beaten track cruise destinations

The Caribbean, the Mediterranean, Norway - all classic cruise destinations respectfully there to be discovered. But what about the more unusual destinations that are off the beaten track?

Whilst we do have an abundance of existing cruises to popular destinations, we have been steadily growing our list of off the beaten track destinations, to scratch that itch for the intrepid cruise passenger.

In this blog, we have specially selected two cruises, featuring more unusual destinations.

Summertime in Arctic Norway

Venture right up to the Russian frontier, in the far north of Norway.

Reach new heights on Tromsø’s cable car

Scandinavia is a popular cruising ground, with Norway being high up on the list of destinations to visit. On this 17-night itinerary, passengers get to take in the usual delights of Norway, before heading deep into the Arctic Circle in the summertime, where the sun barely sets.

From Stavanger, travel the length of Norway, passing Svanøy Island and Bergen, right to Honningsvåg. Explore the tundra at the Russian border by quad bike, or visit Tromsø, the ‘Gateway to the Arctic.’

Whilst on board your cruise, you can enjoy in depth talks from television presenter, explorer and author Benedict Allen, as well as history expert Bob Horner, specialising in the Arctic convoys and Arctic explorers. Wildlife expert, Ralph Todd will also be on hand to talk about the birds and mammals you might encounter on your trip.

Unlike many Norway cruises, this itinerary explores remote Arctic regions that give you a sense of real escapism. And because it’s in the summertime, you’ll see the Arctic from an unusual perspective.

Natural Scandinavia

Visit the Gulf of Bothnia – the northernmost arm of the Baltic Sea.

Breathtaking Stavanger Lysefjord in Norway

Located between Sweden and Finland, Bothnia isn’t reachable by bigger cruise ships due to the shallow waters, so it’s a real privilege to be able to sail here. And it’s worth the trip, because the archipelagic scenery is simply stunning.

Before exploring the Gulf of Bothnia, this wonderfully adventurous cruise includes some scenic cruising around the Stockholm waterfront and an overnight in this wonderfully cultured city. From Bothnia, the itinerary picks up pace, with a cruise aboard a river cruiser through the Finnish countryside before sightseeing in Pori by road train.

Lovers of the great outdoors can head to the Arctic Circle from Luleå to see Europe’s largest rapids at Storforsen Falls, hike across the vast sand dune of Råbjerg Mile from the Danish resort of Skagen on the windswept Jutland Peninsula and explore the famous Vigeland sculpture park in Norway’s capital from the historic fortress town, the Fredrikstad.

There are of course other itineraries that venture off the beaten track to include a remote destination. Browse our full range of ocean cruises to see for yourself.

The opinions expressed are those of the author and are not held by Saga unless specifically stated.

The material is for general information only and does not constitute investment, tax, legal, medical or other form of advice. You should not rely on this information to make (or refrain from making) any decisions. Always obtain independent, professional advice for your own particular situation.