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Its landscapes include the rugged beauty of Norway and Finland, while the architecture encompasses modern masterpieces as well as ancient churches and castles.
And of course, the art and music and literature of this region form a large part of the cultural fabric of the western world. These also are the heartlands of golf, tennis, auto racing, equestrian sports, soccer and many of the world's other favorite sporting pursuits and championships.
Summer is the high season for cruises in this part of the world; however, some lines offer year-round Northern Europe cruises from ports in Great Britain and Norway.