Spirit, ex Copenhagen to Stockholm
- Monday, 10th August 2020
- Silver Spirit
17 Night Cruise sailing from Copenhagen to Stockholm aboard Silver Spirit.
People who travel to Scandinavia fall hopelessly in love with it. Could it be the harmonious fusion of urban and rural places? Could it be the cutting-edge design? The breathtaking natural beauty? The warmhearted locals? The plethora of wildlife? Or could it that Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland are just fantastic countries from A-Z. Add three days in St. Petersburg and you have one of our most rewarding voyages yet.
Highlights of this cruise:
The Kingdom of Denmark is the geographical link between Scandinavia and Europe. Half-timber villages and tidy farms rub shoulders with towns and a few cities, where pedestrians set the pace, not traffic. In the capital, Copenhagen—København in Danish—mothers safely park baby carriages outside bakeries while outdoor cafés fill with cappuccino-sippers, and lanky Danes pedal to work in lanes thick with bicycle traffic. The town was a fishing colony until 1157, when Valdemar the Great gave it to Bishop Absalon, who built a castle on the site of what is now the parliament, Christiansborg.
Stavanger has always prospered from the riches of the sea. During the 19th century, huge harvests of brisling (also called sprat) and herring helped put it on the map as the sardine capital of the world. Some people claim the locals are called Siddis, from S(tavanger) plus iddis, which means "sardine label," although some linguists argue it's actually a mispronunciation of the English word "citizen."During the past three decades a different product from the sea has been Stavanger's lifeblood—oil.
One of Scandinavia's oldest cities, Trondheim was the first capital of Norway, from AD 997 to 1380. Founded in 997 by Viking king Olav Tryggvason, it was first named Nidaros (still the name of the cathedral), a composite word referring to the city's location at the mouth of the Nidelva River. Today, it's Central Norway's largest (and Norway's third largest) city, with a population of 150,000. The wide streets of the historic city center remain lined with brightly painted wood houses and striking warehouses.
One of the most scenic train routes in Europe zooms high into the mountains between the towns of Myrdal and Flåm. After the day-trippers have departed, it's a wonderful place to extend your tour and spend the night.
Nicknamed "Sommerbyen" ("Summer City"), Norway's fifth-largest city has 78,000 inhabitants. Norwegians come here for its sun-soaked beaches and beautiful harbor. Kristiansand has also become known internationally for the outdoor Quart Festival, which hosts local and international rock bands every July. According to legend, in 1641 King Christian IV marked the four corners of Kristiansand with his walking stick, and within that framework the grid of wide streets was laid down. The center of town, called the Kvadraturen, still retains the grid, even after numerous fires.
Estonia's history is sprinkled liberally with long stretches of foreign domination, beginning in 1219 with the Danes, followed without interruption by the Germans, Swedes, and Russians. Only after World War I, with Russia in revolutionary wreckage, was Estonia able to declare its independence. Shortly before World War II, in 1940, that independence was usurped by the Soviets, who—save for a brief three-year occupation by Hitler's Nazis—proceeded to suppress all forms of national Estonian pride for the next 50 years. Estonia finally regained independence in 1991.
If you like majestic open spaces, fine architecture, and courteous locals, Finland is for you. Mother Nature dictates life in this Nordic land, where winter brings perpetual darkness, and summer, perpetual light. Crystal clear streams run through vast forests lighted by the midnight sun, and reindeer roam free.
Stockholm is a city in the flush of its second youth. In the last 15 years Sweden's capital has emerged from its cold, Nordic shadow to take the stage as a truly international city. What started with entry into the European Union in 1995, gained pace with the extraordinary IT boom of the late 1990s (strengthened with the Skype-led IT second-wave of 2003), and solidified with the hedge fund invasion of the mid-nineties continues today. And despite more recent global economic turmoil, which Sweden was able to coast through relatively unscatched, most of Greater Stockholm's 1.
|10/08/20||Copenhagen, Denmark||07:00 PM|
|12/08/20||Stavanger, Norway||08:00 AM||03:00 PM|
|13/08/20||Alesund, Norway||09:00 AM||06:00 PM|
|14/08/20||Trondheim, Norway||08:00 AM||04:00 PM|
|15/08/20||Geiranger, Norway||08:00 AM||12:00 PM|
|15/08/20||Hellesylt, Norway||02:30 PM||03:30 PM|
|16/08/20||Flam, Norway||09:00 AM||06:00 PM|
|17/08/20||Bergen, Norway||08:00 AM||05:00 PM|
|18/08/20||Kristiansund, Norway||09:00 AM||06:00 PM|
|19/08/20||Copenhagen, Denmark||01:00 PM||overnight|
|22/08/20||Tallinn, Estonia||08:00 AM||05:00 PM|
|23/08/20||St Petersburg, Russia||07:00 AM||overnight|
|24/08/20||St Petersburg, Russia||overnight|
|25/08/20||St Petersburg, Russia||06:00 PM|
|26/08/20||Helsinki, Finland||08:00 AM||04:00 PM|
|27/08/20||Stockholm Sweden||08:45 AM|