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Baltic Gems & Norway - 5133A Seabourn Sojourn departing 10 Jul 2021

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A grand tour of Scandinavia by sea, with Baltic highights including three days in St. Petersburg, Helsinki, the Norwegian fjords and North Cape ending in Copenhagen.

Seabourn Sojourn
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Embark
10 Jul 2021
Duration
21 Nights
From / To
Stockholm, Sweden / Copenhagen, Denmark
Ports of call
Stockholm, Sweden - Tallinn, Estonia - St Petersburg, Russia - St Petersburg, Russia - St Petersburg, Russia
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Date Date
Location Location
 
In In
Out Out
Date 10/07/2021
Location Stockholm, Sweden
In
Out 17:00

Sweden’s capital has been called the most beautiful city in the world. This “city that floats on water” sprawls over 14 islands that are linked by over 50 bridges, which cross winding waterways in all directions. To the east is an archipelago of thousands of islands in different shapes, sizes and contours. Venice, for all its gondolas, does not approach the water traffic of Stockholm. The hundreds of small boats that line the inlets and canals testify to the passion of every family to own and sail a boat.

Date 11/07/2021
Location Tallinn, Estonia
In 10:00
Out 17:00

The capital of Estonia, Tallinn was called Reval until the 20th century. The port’s ideal maritime position has always been a temptation to other nations and won it a position in the Hanseatic League. This cross-cultural history gives Tallinn a special ambience that visitors appreciate. The main attraction is the Old Town. Perched on a low hill by the shore, its fortification walls, worn cobbled streets and 13th-century buildings make it one of the purest medieval towns in all of northern Europe. With about a half-million inhabitants, Tallinn comprises almost a third of Estonia’s population. Outside of town there is rich dairy land and along the coast stretch expansive sand beaches.

Date 12/07/2021
Location St Petersburg, Russia
In 08:00
Out

Founded in 1703 by Peter the Great, Russia’s second largest city and principal Baltic port contains a tsar’s ransom in architecture, palaces and art treasures. Once the capital of Imperial Russia and playground of Russia’s elite, the city’s name was changed following the 1917 revolution to Petrograd, then Leningrad, before resuming its original name in 1991. St. Petersburg is patterned after Western capitals with canals reminiscent of Venice, a grand boulevard that evokes Paris and a spirit that is uniquely Russian.

Date 13/07/2021
Location St Petersburg, Russia
In
Out

Founded in 1703 by Peter the Great, Russia’s second largest city and principal Baltic port contains a tsar’s ransom in architecture, palaces and art treasures. Once the capital of Imperial Russia and playground of Russia’s elite, the city’s name was changed following the 1917 revolution to Petrograd, then Leningrad, before resuming its original name in 1991. St. Petersburg is patterned after Western capitals with canals reminiscent of Venice, a grand boulevard that evokes Paris and a spirit that is uniquely Russian.

Date 14/07/2021
Location St Petersburg, Russia
In
Out 18:00

Founded in 1703 by Peter the Great, Russia’s second largest city and principal Baltic port contains a tsar’s ransom in architecture, palaces and art treasures. Once the capital of Imperial Russia and playground of Russia’s elite, the city’s name was changed following the 1917 revolution to Petrograd, then Leningrad, before resuming its original name in 1991. St. Petersburg is patterned after Western capitals with canals reminiscent of Venice, a grand boulevard that evokes Paris and a spirit that is uniquely Russian.

Date 15/07/2021
Location Helsinki, Finland
In 08:00
Out 17:00

Helsinki, capital of Finland and “Daughter of the Baltic,” was founded in 1550 and became the capital in 1812. The city is beautifully set on a peninsula surrounded by islands and is protected by fortifications at Suomenlinna. A modern, lively city of approximately a half million inhabitants, Helsinki’s attractions include the harbor, market square and many spacious parks. The Empire Center is one of Europe’s finest examples of neoclassical architecture.

Date 16/07/2021
Location At Sea
In
Out

A grand tour of Scandinavia by sea, with Baltic highights including three days in St. Petersburg, Helsinki, the Norwegian fjords and North Cape ending in Copenhagen.

Date 17/07/2021
Location Copenhagen, Denmark
In 07:00
Out

Denmark’s capital is arguably one of the world’s best-loved cities, and certainly the liveliest of all the Scandinavian capitals. It is a gracious and comfortable place, with a decidedly friendly, hospitable and fun-loving atmosphere. If there is such a thing as a cozy city, Copenhagen is it. From the lingering memory of the tales of Hans Christian Andersen to the colored lights of Tivoli Gardens, there is a delightful ambience that surrounds the visitor everywhere. Tidy, narrow streets are lined with tempting restaurants and cafes, and the pedestrian-only Stroget abounds with stylish shops. The spirited Copenhageners are imaginative and unconventional and exude a “do-what-you-want” philosophy that embraces and respects almost all aspects of life. Every friendly Dane you meet further illustrates the city’s motto “Wonderful, wonderful, Copenhagen.”

Date 18/07/2021
Location At Sea
In
Out

A grand tour of Scandinavia by sea, with Baltic highights including three days in St. Petersburg, Helsinki, the Norwegian fjords and North Cape ending in Copenhagen.

Date 19/07/2021
Location Alesund, Norway
In 10:00
Out 23:00

Stretching into the Borgundfjord and backed by the Sunnmoere Alps, Aalesund abounds with natural beauty. The town itself dates from the 9th century, when it was a Viking base for establishing settlements in France. Following a great fire in 1904, Aalesund was rebuilt in the popular Art Nouveau style of the time. Today, the towers, turrets and romantic facades make this one of the loveliest towns in all of Norway. The city is also the world’s largest supplier of “klippfisk,” or dried cod, but the main attraction by far is the scenic beauty of Aalesund’s fjords and surrounding peaks, including 550-foot Mt. Aksla.

Date 20/07/2021
Location At Sea
In
Out

A grand tour of Scandinavia by sea, with Baltic highights including three days in St. Petersburg, Helsinki, the Norwegian fjords and North Cape ending in Copenhagen.

Date 21/07/2021
Location Svolvaer, Lofoten Islands, Norway
In 08:00
Out 17:00

Huddled together in what appears to be a wall of solid rock, the Lofotens are actually several islands. Their scenery, revealed when the ice disappeared from the last Ice Age, is held to be among the most dramatic in Norway. Svolvaer, located on the island of Austvaagoey, received town status in 1996, and is the Lofotens’ most important city with about 4,500 residents. Dominating the town is the mountain peak called Svolvaergeita, a beacon for climbers. Fishermen flock here when the Norwegian Arctic cod enters the Vestfjord to spawn. Artists prize the picturesque setting and extraordinary light conditions.

Date 21/07/2021
Location Scenic Cruising Trollfjord
In
Out

A grand tour of Scandinavia by sea, with Baltic highights including three days in St. Petersburg, Helsinki, the Norwegian fjords and North Cape ending in Copenhagen.

Date 22/07/2021
Location Tromso, Norway
In 09:00
Out 17:00

Many a polar expedition has begun from Tromso. The town was founded in 1794, but its roots go back to Hanseatic and, even earlier to Viking times. Situated inside the Arctic Circle on the forest-clad island of Troms, this spirited city is linked to the mainland by the spectacular Tromsobrua Bridge, built in 1960. During WWII, Tromso was one of the few places in northern Norway to escape bombing, and a number of old wood buildings still remain. At the Tromso Museum, the exhibits include an extensive display on the people of Lapland. The town also boasts both the world’s northernmost university and brewery.

Date 23/07/2021
Location Storstappen Island
In 05:30
Out 07:30

Honningsvåg is Norway’s northernmost town, and one of the smallest, with its population of 2,000 jammed into a mere one square kilometer. Devoid of permafrost, this subarctic region displays scores of colorful mountain landscapes carpeted during the summer in a lush tapestry of grasses and mountain wildflowers. In this truly unique environment, many private village gardens grow trees, despite the shortness of the Arctic summer. Honningsvåg is also the gateway to the northernmost point of continental Europe, the North Cape, or Nordkapp, often referred to as the ‘end of the world.’

Storstappen Island, rising from the sea to a height of 928’ (283 m), is a valuable nature reserve supporting colonies of some 140 great cormorants, 100 European shags, 20,000 black-legged kittiwakes, 5,000 razorbills and an impressive 100,000 puffins. To be here is a truly awe-inspiring sensory experience, viewing thousands of birds flying to and fro overhead at the same time, creating an almost deafening cacophony of sound with their cries and wingbeats.

Date 23/07/2021
Location Honningsvag, Norway
In 11:30
Out 21:00

The perpendicular cliffs of Nordkapp, or the North Cape, mark the very top of the European continent. This ultimate destination has long drawn adventurous royalty including Oscar II, King of Norway and Sweden, who visited in 1873, and followed by the King of Siam in 1907. The North Cape is located on the island of Mageroey, a name derived from a word that means “meager.” While the landscape may have a lunar appearance, it is not really so isolated. Just 21 miles away, the main town, Honningsvåg, has some 4,000 inhabitants. In summer that number swells when the Sami people and their reindeer settle on the outskirts of town.

Date 23/07/2021
Location Scenic Cruising North Cape
In
Out

A grand tour of Scandinavia by sea, with Baltic highights including three days in St. Petersburg, Helsinki, the Norwegian fjords and North Cape ending in Copenhagen.

Date 24/07/2021
Location At Sea
In
Out

A grand tour of Scandinavia by sea, with Baltic highights including three days in St. Petersburg, Helsinki, the Norwegian fjords and North Cape ending in Copenhagen.

Date 25/07/2021
Location At Sea
In
Out

A grand tour of Scandinavia by sea, with Baltic highights including three days in St. Petersburg, Helsinki, the Norwegian fjords and North Cape ending in Copenhagen.

Date 26/07/2021
Location Loen (Olden), Norway
In 08:00
Out 17:00

Olden is a village and urban area in the municipality of Stryn in Vestland county, Norway. Olden is located at the mouth of the Oldeelva river at the northern end of the Oldedalen valley on the southern shore of the Nordfjorden.

Date 26/07/2021
Location Scenic Cruising Nordfjord
In
Out

A grand tour of Scandinavia by sea, with Baltic highights including three days in St. Petersburg, Helsinki, the Norwegian fjords and North Cape ending in Copenhagen.

Date 27/07/2021
Location Flam, Norway
In
Out

Situated in the innermost part of the Aurlandsfjord and surrounded by steep soaring mountains, deep valleys and majestic waterfalls, Flam occupies the sort of dramatic setting one envisions when imagining the natural beauty of Norway’s fjords. In fact, the word Flam means “little place between steep mountains.” It’s a short walk from the port to a trip on the Flam Railway, widely known as one of the world’s most incredible stretches of railroad. Take a hike through the woods, go fishing in the mountains, enjoy a leisurely bike ride, or just enjoy the local shops and culture, including Otternes Bygdetun, with 27 different buildings dating back to the 1600’s.

Date 27/07/2021
Location Scenic cruising Sognefjord
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Out

A grand tour of Scandinavia by sea, with Baltic highights including three days in St. Petersburg, Helsinki, the Norwegian fjords and North Cape ending in Copenhagen.

Date 28/07/2021
Location Stavanger, Norway
In 10:00
Out 23:00

A Romanesque cathedral and old medieval lanes blend beautifully with Stavanger’s modern city and spectacular countryside. In 872, when Harald Fairhair won the Battle of Hafrsfjord near Stavanger, he united Norway for the first time. Huge harvests of brisling, herring and sardines have made the key of a sardine can the city symbol. Today, the town is the center of Norway’s oil industry, and has become one of the country’s most cosmopolitan cities.

Date 29/07/2021
Location Farsund, Norway
In 08:00
Out 18:00

Farsund is located on the Lista Peninsula in southern Norway, which is filigreed with fjords and waterways such as the Lygdalsfjorden. It is a popular attraction for vacationers for its beaches and prolific birdlife, as well as hiking trails and historic events such as the pirate festival. The Vanse Church is one of Norway’s earliest, dating from 1037. The town was also an important part of the Atlantic Wall in WWII, with bunkers and fortifications such as the Nordberg Fortress, and nearby islands used as prisons for captured Axis soldiers. The Lista Lighthouse is a popular place to watch birds and get views over the beaches.

Date 30/07/2021
Location Skagen, Denmark
In 08:00
Out 18:00

At the tip of the flat, sandy Jutland peninsula, Skagen is Denmark’s northernmost town and a popular holiday destination for Danes. It was long Denmark’s most important fishing port, but its popularity as a recreation area began at the end of the 19th Century when Queen Alexandrine, the wife of King Christian X, fell in love with the rustic character of the place and built the summer residence Klitgaarden. The royal couple invited other Scandinavian and European royalty to share holidays with them and Skagen’s reputation grew. At the same time, the Skagensbanen railway made travel to Jutland easier. Impressionist artists were attracted by the exotic sand- and seascapes and the vivid light reflected from the sea, and a school of Skagen Painters thrived in the first quarter of the 20th century. Arts and crafts still remain an important local tradition, and the town has many shops and galleries offering handmade goods to visitors. There is a venerable lighthouse near the peninsula’s tip, where the North Sea and the Baltic Sea meet, but due to their differing densities, their margins can clearly be seen. A St. Lawrence’s Church was built in Skagen in the 14th century, but it was eventually inundated by drifting sand dunes. The Skagen Church of today was built in 1841.

Date 31/07/2021
Location Copenhagen, Denmark
In 07:00
Out

Denmark’s capital is arguably one of the world’s best-loved cities, and certainly the liveliest of all the Scandinavian capitals. It is a gracious and comfortable place, with a decidedly friendly, hospitable and fun-loving atmosphere. If there is such a thing as a cozy city, Copenhagen is it. From the lingering memory of the tales of Hans Christian Andersen to the colored lights of Tivoli Gardens, there is a delightful ambience that surrounds the visitor everywhere. Tidy, narrow streets are lined with tempting restaurants and cafes, and the pedestrian-only Stroget abounds with stylish shops. The spirited Copenhageners are imaginative and unconventional and exude a “do-what-you-want” philosophy that embraces and respects almost all aspects of life. Every friendly Dane you meet further illustrates the city’s motto “Wonderful, wonderful, Copenhagen.”

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