Southern Scandinavia – Archipelagos, Fjords and Fishing Towns
|Destination:||Denmark, Germany, Norway, Sweden|
Archipelagos, dramatic fjords and bustling seaside towns await you on this unique expedition cruise to a less-visited region of southern Scandinavia. On this voyage we showcase natures scenic masterpieces against modern-day engineering triumphs, where sand dunes, rocky shorelines, fjords, waterfalls and majestic cliffs overshadow mans architectural and navigational feats.
Day 1 – Your Voyage Begins
This expedition begins as we set sail from Dover and make our way to the European coast.
As we pass the white cliffs of Dover and head across the North Sea, stretch your sea legs and get to know MS Maud. Find the amenities you like best the Science Center, the hot tubs, the Explorer lounge, or maybe a favourite spot out on deck.
Day 2 – Relax and Learn
Enjoy a day at sea as we head towards the European coast.
Meet our Expedition Team, who prepare you for exciting adventures ahead. Listen to talks by these experienced explorers who share their extensive knowledge, or maybe you just want to kick back and relax in a comfy lounge.
Admire the views, try some of the ships cuisine that caught your eye on the menu, or settle into a good book while enjoying this day at sea.
Day 3 – Sandy beaches and Grass covered sand dunes
Experience nature in a landscape of vast sand dunes, wide sandy beaches, majestic cliffs and flowering heathlands.
List sits at the northernmost tip of Sylt, famous as the northernmost point of Germany. With its charming harbour and old mariners’ houses, List has a romantic beauty and natural charm, ideal for a day exploring on foot. Stroll around the town or enjoy a walk over the grass-covered sand dunes heading to one of the lighthouses in the area. Or enjoy the islands culinary specialty, oysters farmed here since the 16th century.
Mud flats lie out to the Wadden Sea, which can be viewed at low tide, along with the only shifting sand dune in Germany.
Day 4 – Scenic Navigation
Built in 1895 and widened in 1907, the Kiel Canal connects the North Sea and the Baltic Sea.
Here in one of the worlds most important and busiest shipping routes, you will see many ships and vessels transiting the canal whilst enjoying the picturesque scenery. Enjoy a scenic passage during our 61-mile transit, overlooking lush countryside; there are bridges to admire, quaint villages and magnificent landscapes en-route.
We will have a short technical stop in Kiel allowing you enough time to stretch your legs and visit the maritime city.
Day 5 – The sunniest place in Denmark
Skagen (pronounced skain) is located at the top of Denmark northernmost tip, where the Baltic and the North Sea meets. The regions beauty and light has long-attracted artists and painters, destinated to capture its characteristic natural essence and wide, white, sandy beaches. Discover the lively town centre with a bustling marina, museums, galleries and shops, or venture outside of town to explore endless beaches.
Designated as a rare, authentic natural beauty spot by the World Wide Fund for Nature, Skagens many attractions are sure to delight those with a particular talent for photography.
Day 6 – Marine Biosphere
Today we spend time exploring the scenic archipelago of Bohusln.
One of the worlds finest coastlines to explore by boat, the archipelago covers almost 280 kilometres of Swedens western coast and is an area of outstanding natural beauty. We sail through the inside passage before arriving at the Kosterhavet National Park. Sailing so close to so many islands, we will see small piers, towns and picturesque summer houses, before we cruise north to arrive at the Koster islands.
As part of a marine biosphere, Koster consists of two relatively large main islands, North Koster and South Koster, both prime for exploration by foot or on bike. The two islands are filled with meadows, forests, sandy beaches and rugged cliffs. Multiple walking trails, as well as beaches good for swimming can be found here.
Day 7 – Expedition day
Made up of hundreds of islands and islets, the aptly named Weather Islands has one of Swedens windiest and warmest climates.
With lush green scenery as well as barren rocks, you will find one of Bohusln’s largest seal colonies in the area, together with numerous sea birds. Join the Expedition team as we spend the day exploring this nature lover’s paradise on foot, by kayak or by small boat cruising.
Day 8 – Swedish islands and coastline
A full day of exploration begins with a quick stop in Kringn, where, should conditions allow, guests will be able to join the optional excursion of small boat cruising to Grundsund.
Grundsund is a charming fishing village located on the island of Skaft, with traditional boathouses and small cottages dotting the rocky shoreline. With fewer than 700 inhabitants, the well-conserved fishing village boasts a beautiful harbour canal dividing the village and is a delight to stroll through. Or, walk along the newly-constructed wooden promenade, stretching along the waterfront to a footpath enabling you to explore the rugged coastline at leisure. Grundsund is also ideal for kayaking and small boat cruising.
Day 9 – Cultural highlights and spectacular scenery
As well as being the capital of Norway, Oslo is known for its museums as well as its green spaces and was recently awarded the European Green Capital award. Sitting amidst forested hills on the Oslofjord, Oslo has a small city centre, ideal to explore on foot. Close to the centre, you can enjoy trekking through the forest with its picturesque scenery and calming location.
Explore a fortress, a sculpture park or the botanical garden; or perhaps visit one of the many excellent local museums such as the Fram Museum, the Viking Ship Museum or the Kon-Tiki Museum. Oslo has no shortage of cultural experiences and we look forward to sharing them with you.
Day 10 – Islands, Artists and Telemark Canal
Krager boasts a long history of art and culture, and attracts and inspires famous artists, drawn to the fine Norwegian light unique to this area. Amble through the towns charming narrow streets and alleyways to discover the assortment of art galleries and charming cafes, or venture further afield for a longer walk or more adventurous hike.
The area is ideal for kayaking, as there are over 490 islands to explore in this large archipelago.
On completion in 1892 it was called the eighth wonder and is a living heritage site. With old walls and locks well preserved along the waterway, spot old lock-keepers houses, sawmills and watchmens cottages. There is a distinct contrast between the agricultural districts, wilderness and the old industrial sites which make this a fascinating destination. Spend the day exploring the area or join us on one of our exciting excursions with the Expedition team.
Day 11 – Pirates and lighthouses
Farsund has a fascinating history, which includes hosting pirates in the early 1800s. The area has some of the best beaches in Southern Norway, making it ideal for shoreside walks or even bird watching. Every summer, Farsund celebrates its heritage during the Kaperdagene festival translated as Pirate Days. The origins of this carnival are rooted in the Napoleonic War of 1804, when the area was ravaged by conflict, causing years of hardship for the locals, who turned to plundering passing ships for their survival.
Take a walk along the old railway line for spectacular views of the fjord, crossing a 100-year old swing bridge and passing a protected oak forest.
Day 12 – Mouth of the Fjord
Rosendal sits snugly between high mountains and beautiful valleys and is located on the Hardangerfjord, the second largest fjord in Norway. Rosendal is known for its baronial manor, the smallest palace in Scandinavia, and now one of the most significant museums in Western Norway. Located at the mouth of the fjord, this castle is the only manor of its kind in Norway and is surrounded by a beautifully landscaped park.
The surrounding areas have magnificent waterfalls, lakes and glaciers, such as the Bondhus Lake and Folgefonna Glacier, along with historic villages all set in a spectacular landscape.
Day 13 – Norways Imposing and Distinctive Fjord
Lysefjord is 40 kilometres long and 422 metres deep at its deepest. Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock), the most famous tourist attraction in Ryfylke, towers an impressive 604 metres over the fjord. This is a flat mountain plateau of approx. 600 square metres. We hope to have a fine view of Preikestolen before heading back out of the fjord.
As we sail quietly down the fjord, impressive mountains tower above us. Spend time lost in thought, out on deck drinking in the scenery, or take a comfy seat in the Observation Lounge with its enormous windows designed for this very moment.
Day 14 – Relax and Unwind
Its our final day at sea for you to enjoy at your leisure.
You may want to take one last soak in the hot tub, relax in the ships lounge, edit your photographs, or join the Expedition team as they review the highlights of your memorable trip.
Day 15 – Return to England
We pass the white cliffs of Dover during the early morning hours and dock at the citys harbour. After breakfast, its time to leave your home for the past fortnight.