Northern Europe & Baltics
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The cruising grounds of Northern Europe and the Baltic Sea are dramatically varied - from the maze of towering fjords and imposing glaciers in the north, to the picturesque ports and yachting towns of the UK and the Channel Islands.  

The Coast of the UK and Ireland are often overlooked for a luxury superyacht charter, due to the comparative lack of superyacht infrastructure, but the west and north coast of Ireland is an ideal starting point for an extended trip into northern Europe, journeying from here up to the west coast of Scotland and onto the Faroe Islands before reaching Norway.

Ireland, the ‘emerald isle’, is one of the more challenging yachting destinations, home to sometimes difficult open sea passages and refreshingly cool weather, but the remarkably untouched Irish coast features tiny fishing harbours, rocky inlets and jutting headlands, creating striking scenery with a raw nature.

Scotland’s west coast offers idyllic anchorages and a secluded beauty that is sure to inspire.  On shore, whiskey distilleries, castles and ancient lochs provide varied excursions with something for everyone.

In the northernmost part of this region lies Europe’s last great wilderness; a fairytale landscape of majestic, snow-covered mountain tops, wild and beautiful waterfalls, and lush green vegetation.  It is a terrain rich in epic legends of polar exploration and a visual banquet, all the more incredible when seen by yacht. In true explorer style, an itinerary for cruising Norway and the Baltic Sea will depend on weather and sea ice.

Norway’s longest and deepest Fjord is the Sognefjord, and this lies in the heart of the Norwegian countryside, extending inland to the Jotuheim and Jostedalsbreem national parks. Many of Norway's major attractions are found along this fjord, whether it be the UNESCO sites, national parks or Norway's highest waterfall and the largest glacier in Europe.  Not to be missed are the Seven Sisters waterfalls at Geirangerfjord, which with an average fall of 250 metres are an impressive sight, particularly during May to July which is the major snow melting period.

Exploring these fjords from one of the yacht’s kayaks gives an entirely different perspective to the majestic mountain peaks.

Further north, in the Svalbard archipelago, one can expect to find polar bears and walruses amongst the ice floes, and watching the wildlife from the yacht’s exterior decks is sure to be a highlight of your charter.  A wildlife-focused itinerary can be created by your agent in liaison with the yacht’s Captain, taking in whales, dolphins and bears.

Svalbard is the northernmost tip of Europe and the islands cover a total of 62,050 km2, the largest of which are Spitsbergen, Nordaustlandet and Edgeøya.  A few research bases aside, the settlements here are the northernmost permanently inhabited spots on the planet. Located between the 76° and 81° parallels, they are far more northerly than any part of Alaska and all but a few of Canada's Arctic islands. In fact, they would be permanently locked in by ice if not for the moderating influence of the Gulf Stream.

The Baltic Sea is a marginal sea of the Atlantic Ocean, enclosed by Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Sweden, northeast Germany, Poland, Russia and the North and Central European Plain.  In the southern Baltic, the cosmopolitan cities of Copenhagen and Hamburg, and Amsterdam to the west, offer incredible historical and modern architecture, cutting-edge design stores and fantastic shopping.  Being on the water, these cities have a long-standing yachting heritage and the area now boasts some of the world’s finest superyacht shipyards.

The Channel Islands are considered the most southerly part of northern Europe, and this small archipelago in the English Channel, off the coast of France, is home to Jersey and Guernsey.  Jersey, the larger island, is known for its beaches and cliff trails. The main town is St. Helier and is a popular port of call for local yachts, and the Medieval castle of Mont Orgueil on the east coast is another attraction.

To the northwest is Guernsey, with its capital of St. Peter Port.  The attractive coastline has a quaint charm and there are several notable restaurants serving locally caught fish.  The harbours are better suited to smaller yachts, but there and many picturesque bays to be enjoyed and it’s still possible to anchor close to shore.

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