Cruises to Malmo

Malmo, Sweden

Take a memorable Alaska cruise adventure to Malmo, Sweden. Poised on the southwestern edge of Sweden, Malmö is a city that surprises visitors with its innovative spirit and multicultural charm. As your ship navigates into the modern port, a skyline marked by the soaring Turning Torso, the tallest building in Scandinavia, catches the eye. The city’s diverse landscape features a harmonious blend of old and new architectural styles, lush city parks, and picturesque coastal views. Nestled on the shores of the Baltic Sea, Malmö is teeming with marine life, offering a unique experience for nature lovers.

The Port of Malmö offers docking facilities for cruise ships, ensuring a smooth transition for passengers eager to explore. Ships generally arrive in the morning, giving visitors a full day to experience the city. With a stay usually lasting a day, there's ample time to soak in Malmö’s unique Scandinavian charm. The harbor area is a destination in itself, boasting a mix of restaurants, cafes, shops, and the beautiful Ribersborg beach nearby. It's an area bustling with activity, providing a delightful introduction to the city.


Seen from above, Malmö's cityscape is a collage of architectural styles, green spaces, and shimmering waterways. The city's old town, Gamla Staden, charms visitors with its cobbled streets and half-timbered houses. The Moderna Museet Malmö, an offshoot of Stockholm's modern art museum, and Malmö Castle, a fortress dating back to 1434, are among the city's many highlights. Innovative architecture is apparent in the sustainable district of Västra Hamnen and the famous Turning Torso skyscraper. In Malmö, tradition and innovation coexist, creating an intriguing urban environment.

Malmö’s culture is deeply rooted in its rich history and Swedish heritage, yet it has a distinctly cosmopolitan vibe thanks to its diverse population. It was a significant merchant city in the Hanseatic League, evidence of which can be found in its historic buildings and old harbor. Today, it's a beacon of sustainable living and progressive design. Traditional Swedish customs are celebrated during holidays like Midsummer, while newer traditions from its multicultural residents enrich the city's cultural fabric.

Attractions and Activities

For those with an adventurous spirit, Malmö offers a variety of excursions. The nearby city of Lund, with its medieval architecture, and Copenhagen, just a short train ride across the iconic Öresund Bridge, make for interesting day trips. Cycling along the city's extensive bike paths, beach activities at Ribersborg, or bird-watching in the Pildammsparken offer encounters with local wildlife and nature. The rich marine life of the Baltic sea can be appreciated on boat tours, adding another dimension to your adventure in Malmö.

Local Speciality

Malmö’s gastronomy reflects the city's multicultural ethos, with a mix of traditional Swedish fare and international cuisines. Try 'fika', the Swedish tradition of coffee and cake, or sample a local dish like 'skånsk äggakaka'. The city boasts several organic and vegetarian eateries, reflecting its commitment to sustainable living. Explore Malmö's breweries for a taste of local craft beers, or head to Möllevångstorget, a vibrant market square known for its food stalls offering delicacies from around the world.

Shopping in Malmö reveals a treasure trove of locally made products and souvenirs. Malmö's shopping scene ranges from designer boutiques to quirky vintage shops and international brands. Swedish design items, eco-friendly products reflecting the city's commitment to sustainability, and traditional handicrafts make for unique keepsakes. Don't miss out on purchasing traditional Swedish treats like salted licorice or local delicacies like spettekaka as a sweet reminder of your visit.

Festivals and Events

Malmö’s festivals showcase its vibrant culture and diverse community. The Malmö Festival, a week-long free event filled with music, art, and food from different cultures is a highlight of the summer. The Sommarscen festival offers free cultural experiences in parks and squares throughout the city. From the contemporary music of the Intonal Festival to the culinary delight of Malmö Food Truck Festival, there's always something to enjoy in Malmö, no matter when you visit.

Best time to visit Malmo

While Malmö offers unique experiences throughout the year, the best time to visit is during the summer months (June - August) when the weather is warm and the city comes alive with outdoor events and festivals. Enjoy long daylight hours, lush green landscapes, and numerous water activities in the surrounding Baltic Sea. Autumn (September - November) offers beautiful fall foliage in the city's parks, creating a picturesque backdrop for exploration.

Malmo Cruise Schedule

As your journey in Malmö comes to an end, the memories of this progressive, yet historical city linger. You may find yourself reflecting on the contrast between the modern Turning Torso and the ancient Malmö Castle, the vibrant flavors of a diverse food scene, and the inclusive, forward-thinking spirit of the city. Whether you’ve spent the day exploring urban innovation, absorbing centuries-old heritage, or embracing the natural beauty of the coastal landscape, Malmö leaves you with a treasure trove of experiences. And as the cityscape recedes, you carry with you the undeniable charm and enduring allure of Malmö.