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Scotland to Norway (Ocean Nova) 2015 Overview
- 2015-05-27 - 2015-06-10
Discover the culture, history, landscapes and wildlife of breathtaking northern Norway
Cross the Arctic Circle on this cruise across the North Atlantic. Admire medieval art and archaeology on Orkney and Shetland Island, visit small towns once the dominion of Vikings, get your ornithology on at Vega Island and discover rugged landscapes too beautiful for words. This journey is a wonderful mix of land-based activities and time at sea, and gives a wonderful insight into the culture and history of Norway and the northern Scottish Isles.
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Leave the mainland behind this afternoon and get used to life on board while heading towards the Scottish Isles.
The intriguing islands of Orkney are today’s treat. With a history spanning over 8,000 years, these islands have some incredible sights to discover.
Ornithology alert! The windswept Fair Isle is a haven for rare birds. It’s also a haven for artists and a great place to buy beautiful knitwear. Learn how life is lived on such a remote island and visit towers dating back to the Iron Age.
Spend time in the island’s capital, Lerwick, then be transported back in time at archaeological sites dating back to prehistoric Norse times. Then farewell Scotland and head across the North Sea towards Norway.
Disembark in Bergen and take a tour of this colourful waterfront city. The surrounding fjords and mountains make this a beautiful city to explore, and there is a lot to discover both culturally and geographically.
Another delightful town greets us today. Take a wander around the city centre and head up Mt Aksla for an unparalleled view of the town.
Be awed by this World Heritage-listed fjord and the cascading Seven Sisters waterfall. Visit Geiranger town, taking the opportunity to go hiking for more gorgeous views.
Those who are history buffs will love exploring Trondheim, with its cute shops, wooden buildings and twelfth-century cathedral. Then sail for the old Viking stronghold of Munkholem Island, which has a gruesome but enthralling past.
It’s time for bird lovers to get the binoculars ready – Vega Island is the ultimate haven for birdlife. For the not so bird-inclined, explore the striking landscapes and quaint fishing villages, which have eked a living raising eider ducks for eiderdown.
Cruise alongside the Seven Sisters mountain range on the way to charming Alstahaug.
Get up close to the impressive Svartisen glacier. Then celebrate the crossing of the Arctic Circle, something few people do.
Hike in some of the world’s most pristine landscapes. Hopefully we’ll see whales on the approach to Lofoten. If weather and time permits, visit the 3000-year-old cave paintings in Refsvikhula Cave and the beautiful village of Reine.
Take Zodiacs to visit the abundant bird population of Bleiksoya. Then visit the artists’ colony of Nyksund later in the day.
Unfortunately it’s time to say goodbye to life on the water and head for home. Or perhaps stick around for a few extra days to get to know Norway’s lively northern city.
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