“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” – Saint Augustine
Owning your own yacht opens up a world of possibilities. It allows you the unique freedom to explore places that few people get to experience in their lifetime. Northern Europe is one such location that is overflowing with natural beauty and inviting cultures and makes a unique and unforgettable yachting destination.
Northern Europe is home to some of the most idyllic scenery found anywhere in the world. From fjords carved by the endless power of glaciers to the hidden charm of small fishing villages, a yacht tour of the northern parts of Europe can be a majestic journey of bewitching beauty. The journey is filled with awe-inspiring scenery and abundant wildlife, but also authentic culture and a broadening of experiences.
The whole of northern Europe is open for you to explore onboard your yacht. But where should you begin? Discover some of the stunning places that you can explore by sea in a few of the most popular travel destinations from May to September in northern Europe.
THE UNITED KINGDOM
The United Kingdom is a unique island that is surrounded by four distinct bodies of water: the English Channel, the North Sea, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Irish Sea. The UK is made up of England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the surrounding sea. It offers a unique boating experience because the country’s history is closely tied to ocean travel.
The country itself also offers exquisite cultural experiences. England, Ireland, Wales, and Scotland each provide you with deeply rooted cultures to explore. Be sure to visit some of the famous bars in London, including The Wolseley and the 100 Wardour. By yacht, you will be privy to the essence that made the island nation what it is today.
The coastline that is just waiting to be explored spans over 19,000 miles (over 30,000 km). The coastline around the UK itself stretches roughly 7,700 miles (over 12,000 km) from Lizard Point on the Cornish Coast to the northmost tip of Dunnet Head in Scotland.
The UK coastline is scattered with safe and luxurious marinas that can shelter you from the sometimes-rough seas. The coastline along the shores of the UK is one of the most diverse waters in the world, making it one of the most favorable boating destinations there is.
Some of the most notable locations that hold an allure that must be witnessed include the Isles of Scilly, which could easily be mistaken for a Caribbean getaway. It is an excellent place to explore the waters below by snorkeling or scuba diving.
Loch Lomond in Scotland offers an expansive stretch of inland water that is the largest in the UK, with hundreds of inlets to explore, encapsulated by the green, rolling hills of Scotland.
NORWAY & SWEDEN
Norway and Sweden possess some of the most dramatic scenery in the world. Whether you’re exploring the immense heights of the carved fjords of Norway or the more than 30,000 granite islands that are scattered throughout the Stockholm, Sweden, archipelago, you will have an unforgettable, magical experience. The long summer days help to accentuate the beautiful scenery in the wide-open spaces of the Swedish and Norwegian wilderness.
Embarking from Stockholm, Sweden, you will find yourself immersed in the great outdoors almost instantly. Dense pine forests near the mainland of Sweden are sharply contrasted by the scattered low-lying shores and small islands of granite boulders.
While thousands of islands exist in the Baltic sea surrounding Sweden, only around 200 are inhabited, leaving you with untouched wilderness observation opportunities, which you will be able to experience in their full majesty aboard your yacht. Moore in a secluded pocket and enjoy a glass of wine while your freshly caught fish simmers in a pan.
Norway – with its timeless small fishing villages tucked away in the endless fjords, bays, and inlets – has some of the most striking landscape on earth. Millions of years of glacial movement have created a picturesque, awe-inspiring, jagged terrain that simply takes one’s breath away. Every turn reveals a new wonderland to be explored.
Along your epic journey through Sweden and Norway, cities such as Copenhagen and Helsinki, and small villages can be a welcome place to experience local cultures and cuisine. Secluded villages may seem like paradises locked in time, inviting you into the warm hearths and company before setting sail on a new adventure.
As you make your way across northern Europe on your luxury yacht, Russia – specifically the port city of Saint Petersburg – can be a stunning destination to visit. While the northernmost megalopolis in Russia, Saint Petersburg, is a sight to behold on land, by sea it is truly grandiose. Among the most striking things you’ll see if you approach the northwestern region is a modern marvel called the Lakhta Center – the tallest building in Russia – which often breaches the low-lying clouds in a truly magnificent fashion.
The city is often referred to as the Northern Venice, as it is connected by a multitude of rivers and channels, making it an ideal place to visit by boat. The city also has a rich history dating back hundreds of years. Peter and Paul Fortress is the original location that gave birth the Saint Petersburg as it is today.
The world-famous Church of the Savoir on Spilled Blood is an iconic building that draws countless tourists every year – a must-see during a visit to Saint Petersburg. Spend an evening enjoying local culture at the Mariinsky Theatre or experience traditional cuisine at one of the many fine-dining restaurants such as Palkin or Mari Vanna.
A luxury yacht can open up entirely new experiences that few have the privilege of experiencing. Quench your adventurous heart with a tour of northern Europe on your own private yacht.
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