Expedition voyage following in the wake of the Vikings from Denmark to Scotland.
Join us on this expedition cruise across the North Sea, embarking from a pier in central Copenhagen. We will visit the small scenic town of Skagen, at the pointed ‘top’ of Denmark where many famous Danish artists once resided together in an artists’ colony. Continuing into open sea, we make a call to the west coast of Norway, a stronghold for fierce Viking warlords over a thousand years ago. The Viking Sagas tell us that Haugesund was the burial place of Harald, the first Viking king. We will make a visit to his monument in this quaint seaside town. We continue in the historical Viking slipstream across the sea towards the British Isles, whilst imagining how these brilliant skippers braved and navigated the same waters towards the unknown.
The Shetland Islands, like neighbouring Orkney, was once ruled by Vikings. They came across the North Sea with a reputation as fearsome warriors, but surprisingly they settled down and became farmers for the next 500-600 years, leaving a lasting imprint of Norse placenames, daily expressions, and traditions.
Our new expedition vessel Ocean Albatros will be our home for this unique cruise. She is a revolutionary and stylish small ship that combines exquisite comfort with modern technology as well as unique stability in rough seas. Ocean Albatros can accommodate 188 guests in 93 cabins/staterooms. The elaborate design, together with fantastic service from the staff, provides an intimate atmosphere on board.