The many facets of the North
Rock faces that plunge into the sea, picturesque coastal villages, fairytale castles – on the journey from southern Norway to Scotland, every day features a new landscape to discover. The North is surprisingly diverse and you will be just as enchanted by the raw charm of the Shetland and Orkney Islands as the modern thrills of two cultural hubs, Bergen and Edinburgh.
A delightful capital with cosmopolitan charm: Copenhagen The Danes are famed for their timeless designs, their liberal attitudes and their penchant for creating a cosy (“hyggelige”) atmosphere. All these Danish hallmarks can be found in Copenhagen. In this charming harbour city, famous landmarks such as the Amaliaborg Castle or the statue of the Little Mermaid are situated just alongside stylish little cafés and museums.
An atmospheric birthday celebration in Bergen Troldhaugen (Troll Hill) is the name of the house in Bergen where Edvard Grieg lived right up until his death in 1907. Today this distinctive wooden house is a museum, and on this trip it will play host to an exclusive festive birthday concert in honour of the Sea Cloud II, of course featuring famous works by the great Norwegian composer.
Mysterious ancient sites: Skara Brae and Brodgar Scotland’s wild North is home to the mysterious ruins of Neolithic settlements. Skara Brae comprises eight round houses dating back 4,500 years, and the Ring of Brodgar is even larger than Stonehenge. Between the weathered stones and grassy mounds, you are sure to feel a touch of mythical magic.
Crathes Castle: a fairytale castle and its beautiful gardens With its small bay windows and turrets, its winding spiral staircases and enchanting vaulted ceilings, Crathes Castle looks like it has been lifted from a fairytale and planted in the Scottish countryside. This 16th century stately home is surrounded by an ornate, walled garden – heaven for all kinds of gardening enthusiasts.
Austere and upbeat, historical and cool: Edinburgh You could say that the Scottish capital is a visitors’ attraction in its own right. From its stunning castle, which majestically towers over the Old Town, guests can enjoy outstanding views of the Royal Mile and the Georgian New Town. The old streets are filled with many enticing pubs that offer not just exquisite spirits but world class cultural events as well: After all, the Edinburghers are known for their love of festivals.
A lecturer accompanies the trip Knowledge, entertainment and facts – our expert is on hand to give talks on a wide variety of specialist subjects. He will also be on board to answer any questions that you may have.