Gilded cities that cut majestic silhouettes across the sky. Forests that give way to cascading waterfalls. The Baltic landscape has been carved by the ocean and there really is no better way to visit this region than on a cruise. More delights can be found on Norway cruises and Russia cruises. The imposing towers and medieval streets of Gdansk, for example; Heyerdahl’s Kon-Tiki raft in Oslo and, perhaps one of the most inspiring sights, the extravagant collection of art found within the walls of the Hermitage in St. Petersburg. The Baltic opens up an ancient world. Harking back to their Viking ancestry, the residents of the Baltic thrive on ocean life, fresh fish abounds in local restaurants, fishing vessels line the shore and yachts moor in the marinas.