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Depart Aberdeen for Kirkwall, a former Viking trading post with a magnificent cathedral. Next, step ashore in Lerwick, and visit the remarkable archaeological site of Jarlshof. Located in the southern part of Mainland Island, this site holds the remains of 4,000 years of human occupation. Stop in Stavanger, a cosmopolitan and prosperous small town with a perfectly balanced blend of old and new. During your stopover, walk the paved streets and admire the wonderfully preserved fishermen's houses that date from the 18th century. Charming Arendal, the former "Venice of the north," is home to magnificent buildings reflecting the prosperity of this former trading port. Finally, set sail for Aarhus and Gothenburg before ending your adventure in colorful Copenhagen.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Aberdeen, Scotland | Embark
Day 2 : Kirkwall, Scotland
Day 3 : Lerwick, Shetland Islands
Day 4 : Bergen
Day 5 : Stavanger | Sailing in Lysefjorden 
Day 6 : Arendal
Day 7 : Göteborg
Day 8 : Aarhus
Day 9 : Copenhagen | Disembark

Highlights

  • Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Bergen and the Hanseatic port of Bryggen
  • Sail in the Lysefjord, meaning the “fjord of light”
  • Explore Kirkwall and observe many seabirds such as gannets and grey petrels
  • Discover Copenhagen, the colorful capital of Denmark

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Le Dumont-d'Urville

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Colorful port of Bergen Explore charming Scandinavian fishing villages Famed Pulpit Rock in Norway Explore vibrant Copenhagen Soft light glows over the canals of Copenhagen Lerwick, Shetlands An aerial view of Bergen A market in Bryggen, Bergen, Norway

Day 1 Aberdeen, Scotland | Embark

Explore Aberdeen before embarking on your adventure. 

In the Aberdeenshire region, Aberdeen is Scotland’s third most populous city and Britain’s third-largest fishing port. It is known as the Granite City due to its grey-colored granite buildings. It becomes the Silver City when the sun shines upon the building façades. You will love the charm of its many flowers, the source of yet another moniker, the Flower of Scotland. The city once prospered thanks to whale hunting, herring fishing and shipbuilding. The Tolbooth, on the corner of Union Street and King Street, is a magnificent 17th-century building that is worth the detour. Today, it is a museum dedicated to the city’s history.

Day 2 Kirkwall, Scotland

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Capital of the Orkney archipelago, Kirkwall, which means “church bay”, is an ideal stopover before continuing on to the Northern Isles. Sheltered in a wide bay, the lively town welcomes the visitor with its charming paved alleyways edged by old houses and craft shops. Tankerness House, the oldest homestead in the town, is a must-see landmark. But the true architectural treasure of the aptly named Kirkwall is none other than its remarkable red and gold stone cathedral. And because whisky is inseparable from Scotland’s identity, stop at the Highland Park Distillery for a highly instructive visit.

Please note the following optional excursions will be available for an additional charge: kirkwall on Foot, Orkney's Archaeological Wonders, Heritage & War Relics From the Orkneys.

Day 3 Lerwick, Shetland Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The small and charming capital of the Shetland Islands, with its sea front of old houses and narrow streets, offering travelers its old districts and a warm port atmosphere. Geopark Shetland, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is located to the north. Incredibly well-preserved archaeological sites and ruins prove that the islands’ occupation dates back to the first Neolithic colonies. The Shetland Museum and Archives recounts the Shetlands’ history of heritage and culture: Lerwick’s abundant waters were even fished by the Dutch in the past.

Please note the following optional excursions will be available for an additional charge: Eshaness & Northern Shetland, Scenic Shetland, Jarlshof & Bird Cliffs

Day 4 Bergen

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Located at the end of Byfjord, Bergen was the capital of Norway in the 12th and 13th Centuries and has preserved some very beautiful monuments from the time when it was home to royalty. Wandering through Bergen’s streets means going back in time, in search of the hidden treasures that have been listed as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. A veritable open air museum, Bergen is home to a thriving artistic community of painters, potters, jewelers. The Bergen cable car offers a splendid panorama over the port and the surrounding fjords. Do not miss a visit to the old quarter with its narrow streets, a testimony of the power of the Hanseatic League that controlled trade in Northern Europe at the end of the Middle Ages.

Please note the following optional excursions will be available for an additional charge: Mount Floien Hike, Bryggen Walking Tour, Troldhaugen And Fantoft Stave Church.

Day 5 Stavanger | Sailing in Lysefjorden 

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
At the far end of the country, stands the harbor town of Stavanger, with its warm, friendly atmosphere. A friendliness you’ll notice in the little old town's cobbled streets, which has some 170 old wooden houses, as well as in its modern city centre, always bustling.

Please note the following optional excursions will be available for an additional charge: In The Footsteps Of Stavanger's Past, Utstein Monastery And Music Recital.

Sail into the heart of one of Norway’s most breathtaking fjords, its marvelous décor dominated by pristine nature, between vertiginous granite cliffs, crystal-clear waters and luxuriant vegetation. Very close to Stavanger, the quiet waters of Lysefjorden stretch out over around forty kilometers, beneath impressive rocks. Admire the world-famous site of Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock), a majestic cliff in the shape of a pulpit that rises to more than 600 meters above the waters. A bit further on, Flørli, from the top of its 4,444 steps, is the world’s longest wooden stairway, whereas the Kjerag, with its mythical boulder wedged between two rock faces, provides an unusual and unforgettable spectacle. 

Day 6 Arendal

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This port town located on the south coast of Norway is considered to be the locality with the best climate in the entire country. Arendal was long reputed for its iron mines from which, in the 19th century, it was able to produce a particularly strong earthy iron ore. Once known as the "Venice of the North" because of its canals, today it is an utterly charming port of call. The city, which has now been rebuilt, is home to magnificent buildings reflecting the prosperity of this former trading port.

Please note the following optional excursions will be available for an additional charge: Tvedestrand & Naes Iron Work Museum, Coastal Hike At Hove.

Day 7 Göteborg

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A lively harbor town, Göteborg is located on the west coast of Sweden, at the crossing of the Göta älv river and the bay of Cattégat. In the old Haga district, you can peruse hippy-chic fashion boutiques and bohemian cafés in the ground floors of traditional wood houses. On the majestic Gustave-Adolphe square, you’ll see elegant neoclassical buildings. Not far from here is the municipal museum dedicated to the town’s history. In addition, you will be able to sail along Göteborg’s numerous canals. As for eating, it’s the fish and shellfish which make the gastronomic reputation of this beautiful stopover.

Please note the following optional excursions will be available for an additional charge: Panoramic Gothenburg & Canal Cruise, West Coast Panorama, Gothenburg City Tour.

Day 8 Aarhus

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Dynamic, open and forward-looking, Aarhus is also one of the oldest cities in Denmark. Nestling on the Jutland peninsula, the “city of smiles”, as its inhabitants have nicknamed it, has a gentle lifestyle and is an invitation to discovery. Voted the European Capital of Culture 2017, it is home to multiple styles of architecture, from traditional Danish houses to the wildest futuristic constructions. During your port of call, make sure you visit the ARoS Museum: one of the largest art museums in Northern Europe, it exhibits many avant-garde works, such as “Your Rainbow Panorama”, a spectacular installation that seems to be floating in the air and offers breathtaking views over the city.

Please note the following optional excursions will be available for an additional charge: Aros Museum & Canal Walk, Aarhus City Tour.

Day 9 Copenhagen | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Connected to the far eastern side of Sealand island, a few kilometers away from the Swedish coasts, Copenhagen offers you the high color of Scandinavian capitals. You can discover the city's riches that weaves through the canal networks through the historical districts of Christiansborg and Nyhavn. Many palaces provide an apercu of Danish history. For eating, you can try out the smorebrod, a traditional dish composed of several kinds of smoked fish.

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Cruise fares are per person and include the following:
  • All meals while on board the ship 
  • Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
  • “Open Bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)
  • Evening entertainment and events
  • 24h Room service (special selection)
  • English speaking lecturer 
  • Water sports activities (except scuba diving) using the ship’s equipment, when permitted by local authorities and confirmed by ship Master according to safety and sea conditions onsite
  • Highly experienced bilingual (French-English) Expedition team 
  • Park entry fees into protected areas
  • Complimentary boot rental on select cruises
  • Free and unlimited Wi-Fi (Internet access may be slower or in some situations interrupted, depending on certain geographic locations or other circumstances beyond our control).​​​
  • Gratuities to onboard crew, local guides and drivers
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  • Pre or post cruise programs, overland programs or shore excursions mentioned
  • Visa expenses and/or immigration reciprocity taxes if applicable
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional Spa package to be booked prior to your departure
  • Beverages other than the ones mentioned
  • Laundry services, hair salon and à la carte Spa treatments
  • Personal expenses, on board medical consultations and drug prescriptions
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