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Ferries to Latvia

Wedged between Estonia and Lithuania, Latvia is one of the three Baltic Nations, nestled in the northeast corner of mainland Europe.

Since ancient times, Latvia has been a well-known trading post, earning recognition from empires as far as Rome and Greece for cultivating amber, which was then more valuable than gold. As a result, Latvia has long been a melting-pot of nationalities, attracting foreign visitors and workers from around Europe. Additionally, gaining independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, it then flourished economically, while leaving behind separate geographical regions, all with different social attitudes and cultural disparities, making Latvia even more exciting to explore today.

A trip to Latvia means getting close to nature; it has the fifth highest proportion of land covered by forest in the European Union, almost thirteen thousand rivers, four national parks and over thirty thousand species of wildlife and plants. Unsurprisingly, then, it’s popular for cycling and hiking holidays, and the relatively short coastline has some gems for beaches, with the best silver stretches of sand to be found outside the capital, Riga, and by the resort town of Jurmala.

Latvia’s shining light, however, is the capital city. Set upon the Daugava River, close to the Baltic Sea, the cosmopolitan Riga oozes art nouveau, with facades decorated with intricate carvings of mythological creatures and a picturesque skyline primarily of Gothic spires. Famous for its UNESCO World Heritage Site listed Old Town, the city itself has been shaped by over eight hundred years of history, all while boasting modern art centres, trendy bars and innovative restaurants. Riga is also widely acknowledged as the birthplace of the Christmas tree, with some accounts dated back to the 1500s, meaning the city becomes even more striking during the festive season.

Ferries traverse the Baltic Sea to a few ports on the Latvian coast, including the capital and a couple of port towns further west. With regular ferry routes from a couple of destinations in Sweden, it’s easy to reach Latvia from the Scandinavian Peninsula, while the slightly less frequent crossings from northeast Germany make it accessible from mainland Europe.

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Latvia reviews

  • "Super trip"

    What a superb experience. Will travel with Stena again soon. l

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  • "Happy "

    Have not done boat for years loved it good price loads of rooms nice staff

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  • "Easy travel "

    Getting the ferry to Ireland taking our car was so easy, as soon as we pulled up to the booking area we were addressed by our name and directed onto the ferry. Then a short walk upstairs to the very clean and well presented ship, good facilities throughout. Would definitely travel on Stena ferries again. As the Irish like to say, “no bother”

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  • "Remembrance Trip"

    I recently booked on the Stena Estrid from Holyhead to Dublin for a Family History Trip to Enniskillen. I was very impressed with the morning trip in choppy seas. I am not a great traveller in those conditions, but I hardly noticed them. The food, drinks and snacks were in plentiful supply and the whole crossing was on time. The return journey was even better, smooth sailing conditions and a beautiful sunny day. The facilities onboard were excellent. We loaded and off loaded quickly in both directions. A very memorable trip.

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