NORTH CAPE HARBORS: CRYSTAL GETAWAYS
Tromso to Copenhagen on Crystal Symphony
DATES : July 21 - 28, 2014 (7 Days) CRUISE-ONLY FARES FROM : $3,355 Per Person
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|Jul 21, Monday||Tromsø, Norway »||5 pm|
||Tromso, the capital of Troms province is known as "the capital of the Arctic." It lies on a forest-covered island in a narrow waterway, hemmed in by steep mountains and connected to the mainland by a bridge. This city has long been renowned as an important center of science and exploration. The imaginative Arctic Cathedral, the Polaria Centre and a scenic cable car ride are among the varied attractions Tromso offers to its visitors.|
|Jul 22, Tuesday||Leknes/Lofoten, Norway »||8 am||1 pm|
||Because Leknes is not a fishing outpost like its neighboring towns, the city might, at first, seem to lack the same old-fashioned charm. But what it does possess is some of the most spectacular scenery in Norway, and perhaps the world. The surrounding mountains and cliffs are awe-inspiring and the perfect setting for hiking, climbing or cycling. A popular attraction is the old schoolhouse in the Fygle neighborhood, which gives visitors a taste of the area’s history and culture. Local shops offer an array of unique goods and souvenirs that capture the spirit of this beautiful port.|
|Jul 23, Wednesday||Ålesund, Norway »||1 pm||8 pm|
Charmingly eccentric-that is how the Norwegian town of Alesund is often described. What makes Alesund so unusual is its architecture. The town center boasts a somewhat outrageous collection of pastel-colored buildings, many with towers and turrets. Not so unusual, perhaps, except for the fanciful flourishes of human faces, pharaohs and dragons that peer down upon fascinated passersby.
The story of how these strange and altogether delightful buildings came to be is as remarkable as the structures themselves. In 1904, a fire consumed the town center and left 10,000 people without homes. Undaunted, the citizens saw an opportunity to re-imagine their city. Local architects, trained in Germany, helped rebuild the town in a surge of reconstruction lasting three years. The influence is certainly that of the Jugendstil movement. The style most closely resembles Art Nouveau. The result: uncommonly wonderful.
|Jul 24, Thursday||Bergen, Norway »||8 am||5 pm|
||Bergen, "Capital of the Fjordland" and Norway's second-largest city, was founded in 1070 AD. In its heyday, Norwegian Kings resided here. It was the largest city in Norway and there were no less than 27 churches and abbeys.
Bergen is an immaculate city, set between the mountains and the sea, where traditional values hold firm over transitory ways. The local people take great pride in the rich heritage of this, one of Norway's premier cities.
|Jul 25, Friday||Kristiansand, Norway »||9 am||6 pm|
||Set on the scenic southern tip of Norway, at a magical spot with more sunshine than anywhere else in Scandanavia, little Kristiansand is Nature’s playground. Its spacius, ice-free harbor is ringed with thousands of tiny islands, a haven for swimmers, boaters and sport fishermen. Along the waterfront, in the silent Christiansholm fortress, and the charming houses of the historic center, you’ll find a peaceful serenity.|
|Jul 26, Saturday||Oslo, Norway »||7 am||6 pm|
||At the head of the Oslofjord, which boasts many densely wooded islands, lies the impressive Norwegian capital of Oslo. This inspiring city is the site of many of Norway's finest historic and cultural achievements. Towering above our dock near the city center is the imposing Akershus Fortress and Castle. Graceful Viking ships, the Munch Art Museum and Gustav Vigeland's awesome sculpture collection are among the rich treasury of attractions this city has to offer.|
|Jul 27, Sunday||Skagen, Denmark »||8 am||5 pm|
Skagen (pronounced Skain), has a long list of distinct characteristics. First and foremost is its location. Positioned on the Grenen headlands at the very tippy top of the Jutland peninsula, Skagen is the northernmost point of Denmark. Off these shores the turbulent waters of the North and Baltic seas meet, making for treacherous shipping navigation. To help solve the issue, one of Denmark’s earliest lighthouses was built here. For land-based visitors, watching the two oceans’ waves crash together is not only quite safe but fascinating. Other unique Skagen characteristics include yellow houses with white trim and red-tiled roofs; ever-shifting sand dunes that give the coast a wild and rugged appearance; and the legacy of the Skagen Painters, a group of 19th-century Scandinavian artists who came to this spot to paint, write, philosophize and, like you, simply enjoy the scenery.
|Jul 28, Monday||Copenhagen, Denmark »||8 am|
||Denmark, the world's oldest kingdom, awaits your discovery on this visit to its lively capital, Copenhagen. Immerse yourself in the vitality of this delightful city as you explore its expansive parks and plazas, as well as its treasure trove of historic galleries and buildings. Discover its exquisite combination of Scandinavian elegance and European joie de vivre. Visitors traveling outside the city enter an altogether different world; one where stately castles are found nestled in the gentle, emerald-green Danish countryside.|