A cruise to Scandinavia is not complete without stops in the Baltic states too, a region with unique cultural traditions and lovely Old Towns that date back to the medieval vendors of the Hanseatic League. Several of the cities considered â€œmost livableâ€ in the world can be found in Finland, Sweden, and Norway. Everyone will find something to appreciate in Norway, from its colorful Viking history to the beautiful fjords. Other not-to-miss sights include Helsinkiâ€™s Neoclassical and Art see route Nouveau collections, the â€œVenice of Scandinaviaâ€ in Stockholm, and the red roofs and unique steeples in Tallinn. The northern lights, or aurora borealis, are visible in the region, must also be high on your list of must-have experiences. Based on land mass, Russia is the most extensive country on earth and makes up part of both Europe and Asia. In Russia, you will want to spend some time in the beautiful city of St. Petersburg and lay your eyes on the stunning Peterhof Palace. Stop by the historic Red Square in Moscow to check out its iconic domes and towers, then be sure to stop by a local cafÃ© to taste Russian caviar and blini pancakes.