Focus on Northern Europe
Discover the full experience of sailing Seabourn Quest's 15-Day Norway & Northern Isles ultra-luxury cruise from Copenhagen to Dover (London). Guests traveling on the June 16, 2019 sailing will explore the fjords of southern Norway before turning westward to the Faroe and Shetland islands, Skirt Scotland's coast to Newcastle, Great Yarmouth and Dover. Here's the full day-by-day itinerary of this voyage available as part of our Signature Savings Event.
Embark Copenhagen, Denmark
Vibrant Copenhagen, Denmark's capital, sits on the coastal islands of Zealand and Amager. Originally a Viking fishing village established in the 10th century, Copenhagen today is one the most livable cities in the world. Its open spaces, lively street life, city planning favoring cyclists and pedestrians, encourages inhabitants to enjoy city life with an emphasis on community, culture and cuisine.
Copenhagen is a highly cultured city. The National Gallery of Denmark which holds 240,000 works of art, the Ny Carlsberg Museum with its spectacular collection of ancient sculptures from Egypt, Rome and Greece and the Rosenborg Castle which exhibits the Danish Crown Jewels are just of few of the highlights the city has to offer.
Life in Copenhagen is lived on the seat of a bicycle, everybody rides one. Danes cycle in sun, rain or snow: they bike to work, to school, to bring the kids to kindergarten, to shop for groceries and to social gatherings. Discover one of Europe's true treasures.
Day 1 Gothenburg, Sweden
Gothenburg is situated on the Göta älv River on Sweden's west coast. An important seaport, it's known for its tree-lined boulevards, quaint cafés, shops, theaters and sculptured gardens. Trädgardsföreningen Park, 340 acres (137 hectare) in area, is a natural gem and is a wonderful place to relax along one of the scenic 17th century canals. At Slottskogen Park one can view many of the wildlife species of Sweden, in particular the impressive elk known in North American as the moose. Local people refer to the park as the 'green lungs of the city'. Explore the nearby botanical gardens with its beautifully sculpted flowerbeds, and award-winning stone gardens. Here, North America, Europe and Asia are represented by some 5000-plant species. For those with an interest in modern architecture, discover the prize-wining wonder of Museum für Weltkultur.
Gothenburg was founded as a trading colony in 1621 by King Gustavus Adolphus and is now the largest port in the Nordic countries. Gregarious and beautiful Gothenburg will charm everyone!
Day 2 Oslo, Norway
Beautiful Oslo was named as Europe's Green Capital. As Norway's largest city, it is a cosmopolitan hub with an abundance of world-class architecture, museums, restaurants and shopping. Oslo is buzzing with energy from its new neighborhoods to its cutting-edge food, fashion, art scene and famous museums. The Oslo Opera House is a magnificent architectural wonder, resembling a massive iceberg, while Frognerparken showcases the work of Norway's best-loved sculptor, Gustav Vigeland in an open-air setting. The Astrup Fearnley Modern Art Museum is an example of Oslo's modern metropolitan atmosphere. The city, however, maintains its refreshing closeness to nature that few other capital cities can match.
For those with an interest in history, discover the sprawling castle-fortress of Akershus Slott, strategically built along the shores of the fjord in 1299 by King Håkon V or explore Vikingskipshuset with its historic preserved Viking longships, dating back to the year 1100. Founded in 1049by King Harold Sigurdsson, Olso celebrates its longstanding traditional Norse heritage.
Day 3 Kristiansand, Norway
Kristiansand, situated on the southern tip of Norway, is a place for all ages. Explore the Dyreparken, a gigantic zoo, as well as numerous beaches and historical landmarks. Christiansholm Fortress constructed in 1672, speaks to the early history of Norway with its picturesque martello stone towers and cannons pointed out to sea. Beautiful Kristiansand Cathedral, with its elegant, vaulted wooden ceiling and 230-foot (70 m) steeple tower was built in 1645 and is a classic example of Neo-gothic architecture. While walking some of Kristiansand's quaint and picturesque city streets, one can visit the local fish market with its many open-water tanks, a showpiece to the seafood wealth of Norway.
A highlight of a visit to Kristiansand is lovely Ravnedalen Park, constructed in 1874 as a romantic-style, riverside garden, set in a deep valley gorge surrounded by awe-inspiring cliffs and waterfalls. Many exotic plants such as magnolia, cypress and rhododendron were imported to line the garden pathways, while some of Norway's largest spruce trees can been found throughout the park.
Day 4 Haugesund, Norway
A large columnar monument sits atop a small seaside hill at Haraldshaugen, near by the town of Haugesund, commemorating the birthplace of Norway. The hill is, in fact, the burial mound of the first king of Norway, Harald Fairhair who ruled from 872-930 at the height of the Viking age. This homeland of Viking kings has a lot to offer: fjords, mountains, waterfalls, glaciers, culture, idyllic islands and a unique Norse heritage.
The Dokken Open Air Museum features thematic exhibitions of life during Haugesund's herring fishing period of the 1800s, while the Karmsund Folkemuseum highlights the maritime culture and heritage of the area. While visiting the Arquebus War History Museum, you will be impressed by the quality and variety of the museum's collection of World War II tanks and military equipment. A highlight for many people in Haugesund is the Vintage Car Museum. It is Norway's largest private car collection with nearly 200 renovated and functioning vehicles, located in Frakkagjerd just outside of Haugesund.
Day 5 Ulvik, Norway
Ulvik is situated at the corner of deep, glistening Hardanger Fjord, and is set between steep, snowclad mountains. This is the heart of Norway's apple-growing region and numerous and exotic craft apple ciders are produced and sold here. The small town is a peaceful shelter and affords wonderful views up the fjord, set in the heart of stunning mountainous country, dotted with farmsteads and a variety of opportunities to enjoy nature. The Ulvik Lutheran church, consecrated in 1859, was decorated in 1923 with the ornate painted designs of roses by the artist Lars Osa.
After the dissolution of the union between Norway and Sweden in 1905, in a national referendum, Ulvik was one of the few municipalities that voted a majority in favor of a republic rather than a monarchy. It's named after the historic farm called Ulvik and is derived from the old Norse word for 'Wolf Cove' 'ulfr' meaning 'wolf' and 'vík', which translates as 'cove'.
Day 5 Eidfjord, Norway
This afternoon arrive in the small town of Eidfjord, situated at the end of the Eid Fjord, a branch of the much larger Hardanger fjord. This is a gateway to numerous dramatic natural history landmarks. Vøringsfossen waterfall, one of the most renowned waterfalls in Norway, has a free fall of 597 feet (182 m). The Måbødalen Valley, the narrow gorge that it plunges into, is a must see for anyone visiting the area. This is also the region of Norway's largest national park and a part of Europe's largest mountain plateau, Hardangervidda. This is the southernmost habitat for several Arctic species, and is home to one of the largest reindeer herds on Earth. Eidfjord is undoubtedly, one of the most beautifully situated towns in this part of Norway. The quaint, white-stone church was built around the year 1300 and is dwarfed by the surrounding mountains.
Day 6 Bergen, Norway
Stunningly beautiful Bergen is the ideal combination of nature, culture and exciting urban life and is the gateway to Norway's fjords. Since King Olav Kyrre founded the city in 1070, Bergen has attracted people from all over the world. The city's history is marked by numerous great fires; what remains of the inner harbor, the Bryggen, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is the scene for one of Norway's most famous postcards.
Bergen is a cultural melting pot, with concerts, international festivals and museums of all kinds. The renowned Hanseatic Museum and the Gamlehaugen Mansion, the residence of the Norwegian Royal Family, are two of the many highlights. Den Nationale Scene Theater, is one of the oldest in Norway while beautiful Christ Church Cathedral, built by King Olav Kyrre in 1066 and has been the site of numerous royal coronation and burials. The Bergenhus fortress, built in 1240, situated at the entrance is one of the oldest and best-preserved stone fortifications in Norway.
Day 7 Skjolden, Norway
Skjolden is located at the innermost point of Sognefjord, Norway's longest fjord. Nicknamed the 'King of the Fjords'; Sognefjord extends 127 miles (205 km) inland. During the last major glaciation, ice reached a maximum thickness here of nearly 9,800 feet (3,000 m). People have been in this area for literally thousands of years. In August 2006 a discovery was made that would date early Neolithic migrants in the Skjolden area to some 4,000 years ago. Known as the Jotunheimem shoe, it the oldest article of clothing ever discovered in Scandinavia.
Bordering the fjord is nearby Jotunheimen National Park. Established in 1980, it is situated in the heart of the Scandinavian Mountains and is regarded as one of Norway's main wilderness areas. This is true mountain wilderness in the purest sense, 29 of Norway's highest peaks are in Jotunheimen, including the highest, Galdhøpiggen, at 8,100 feet (2,469 m). One of Norway's tallest waterfalls, Vassbakken, which plunges nearly 750 feet (230 m), can been seen here.
Day 8 – At Sea
Day 9 Isle of Noss, Shetland Islands
The Isle of Noss, a small gem of an island, offers one of the most spectacular wildlife sights in the world. It is the truly striking landscape here that provides for the perfect environment to support the colossal number of birds. Grass-topped vertical cliffs, some 500 feet (152 m) high plunge straight into the sea.
Established as a National Nature Reserve in 1955, Noss is home to over 300,000 breeding seabirds. The first sight of Noss always imprints strongly on a visitor's memories. Even with no previous interest in birds, one cannot help but be impressed by the stupendous chorus of around 150,000 adult birds and chicks at the peak of the breeding season. This wildlife reserve is an important outpost for nesting gannets, shags, kittiwakes, razorbills, guillemots, Herring gulls, fulmars and skuas. Without a doubt, this is one of the most awe-inspiring wildlife experiences on Earth. For that reason, Noss is often referred to as 'Seabird City' or the 'Garden of the Cliffs'.
Day 9 Lerwick, Shetland Islands
Lerwick, Britain's most northerly town, has a population of over 7,000 people and is a small bustling, cosmopolitan seaport with fine architecture. Shetland Museum located on Hay's Dock, is an award-winning attraction. Discover the island's many secrets through the exhibits, and take a look in the boat shed where you can see demonstrations of traditional boat building. Also of interest is the stone-walled town hall, built in 1884, displaying an impressive array of beautifully intricate stained glass. Towering St. Magnus Cathedral constructed in 1863, is likewise well worth a visit.
People have lived and prospered here since Neolithic times. The site of Clickimin Broch, a hollow-stone-walled structure, was a Late Bronze Age farmstead of the 7th century BCE. Historic Fort Charlotte, built in 1653, is a five-sided fortress, with cannon batteries pointing out to sea. The Shetland Textile Museum, with its fine weaving and the quaint Crofters Museum will detail life in a much more gentle time. The name Lerwick is derived from Norse and means 'bay of clay'.
Day 10 Scrabster, Scotland
Scrabster is a wee settlement situated on Thurso Bay located only a stone's throw away from the much larger town of Thruso. It's here where one can find a wide variety of traditional shops, lovely cafés, spirited bars and restaurants. An important harbor for the fishing industry, the town of Scabster is set at the base of a small hill and holds a colorful array of fishing boats.
This region of Caithness is an area of open, windswept landscapes, rolling farmland, moorlands and small scattered settlements. Inland is a vast area of bog known as the 'Flow Country'. The area is bordered to the north and east by dramatic coastal scenery and is home to large, globally important colonies of migratory seabirds. The surrounding waters of Pentland Firth and the North Sea hold a rich diversity of marine life.
Day 11 Invergordon (Inverness), Scotland
A turbulent past of epic battles, clan rivalries and legendary monsters combined with the many natural wonders of the Scottish Highlands make this part of Scotland truly fascinating. Invergordon is an ideal jumping-off point to explore the northern highlands. A trip to the region wouldn't be complete without a visit to legendary Loch Ness, reputed to be the home of 'Nessie', the Loch Ness Monster. It contains the largest amount of freshwater in the British Isles, and actually holds more than all of the lakes in England and Wales combined. Discover the quaint Victorian seaside resort of Nairn, and the secrets of the whisky-making process in the area's many distilleries.
The area surrounding Invergordon is remarkable for its historical significance. From the very early days of the Bronze Age, migrating Neolithic hunter-gatherers settled here leaving their legacies at places like the Clava Cairns. Likewise, the battlefield of Culloden is nearby. It was here in 1745 that the final, fateful clash of the Jacobite uprisings occurred.
Day 12 – At Sea
Day 13 Newcastle Upon Tyne, England
Newcastle upon Tyne, clinging to the north bank of the River Tyne, grew around the Roman settlement Pons Aelius and was named after the castle built here in 1080 by William the Conqueror's eldest son, Robert Curthose. The port developed in the 16th century, quickly becoming one of the world's largest shipbuilding centers. Newcastle harbors a spirited mix of heritage and urban sophistication.
Among its ultra-modern structures, is the beautiful refined curve of the Gateshead Millennium suspension bridge, one of seven major bridges that cross The Tyne. The modern reflective, spherical profile of the Sage Gateshead Concert Hall contrasts greatly with the distinguished vertical columns of the traditional-style Theatre Royal, located in Grainger Town, the historic center of Newcastle.
Other city highlights include: The Great Northern Museum, The Castle Keep tower-fortification built in 1172, and stunning St. Nicholas and St. Mary's Cathedrals, built in 1091 and 1844. For nature lovers there is the serene landscape of Jesmond Dene Park with its verdant woodland, rock crags, tranquil pools and plunging waterfalls.
Day 14 Great Yarmouth, England
The seaside resort town of Great Yarmouth, situated in the Norfolk region of England, was originally the site of the Roman fort of Gariannonum. Located at the mouth of the River Yare, it became a wealthy trading center of considerable importance. It rose to prominence as a major center for tourism when the railway was built here in 1844. Big skies, sweeping beaches, windswept marshes, meandering inland waterways and quaint flint houses combine to great effect in the Great Yarmouth area.
The market place, operating since the 13th century, is one of the largest in England. Museums, theaters, the Sea Life Centre, and the Norman-era Minster Church of St. Nicholas, built in 1101, are amongst the many attractions. An historical highlight is the Lord Nelson monument, commemorating the achievements of Admiral Horatio Nelson. High atop the 144 feet (44 m) column stands the statue of Britannia proudly standing on a globe inscribed with the motto from Nelson's coat of arms and holding a trident and olive branch.
Day 15 Dover (London), England
When crossing the English Channel, sailing from continental Europe to Great Britain, the first view of England is the milky-white strip of land called the White Cliffs of Dover. As you get closer, the coastline unfolds before you in all its striking beauty, white chalk cliffs with streaks of black flint rise straight from the sea to a height of 350 feet (110 m).
Numerous archaeological finds reveal that people were present in the area as early as the Stone Age. Yet the first record of Dover comes from the Romans who utilized its close proximity to the mainland, a mere 21 miles (33 km), the closest point in France. A lighthouse built by the Romans in the area is the tallest Roman structure still standing in Britain. The port's vital strategic position so close to mainland Europe gave rise to a sprawling hilltop fortification, Dover Castle, which has some 2,000 years of history to its credit.
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