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Spirit of Discovery departing Southampton

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From architecture to sculpture, stylish Scandinavia has it all

Expect lots of stunning arrivals, worth getting up for...

advises Marine Operations Manager, Sam Kelly

Discover what makes Scandinavia special as you cruise to three countries, visiting six different cities. In Denmark experience the magic of Copenhagen and its famous Tivoli Gardens, the Rainbow Panorama of Aarhus’ ARoS Museum and the four monolithic sculptures of ‘Man Meets the Sea’ at Esbjerg. In Sweden, treat yourself to a little ‘fika’ time as you visit Gothenburg, Sweden’s second city with its canals and tramways, while in Norway, Oslo beckons with its host of museums, stylish architecture, shops and more. From furniture to fabrics, glass and lighting, Scandinavian design came to prominence during the early 20th century and continues to enjoy great popularity today. Distinguished by its simple, clean lines erring towards functionality, distinctive prints and natural materials, Scandinavian designers included Alvar Alto – designer of the Kunsten in Aarhaus, and Arne Jacobsen whose designs for domestic furniture are still being used today. On your cruise look forward to talks from guest speakers on Scandinavian architecture, jewellery and the art scene, to enhance your visits to these Scandinavian cities, their buildings and art works.

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Southampton, England

Southampton, England

Embark Spirit of Discovery.

Depart 1700.

Spend the day at sea.

Spend the day at sea.

Aalborg, Denmark

Aalborg, Denmark

Arrive 0800. Depart 1700.

The city of Aalborg lies in the north Jutland region of Denmark. Declared Europe’s happiest city in 2016, Aalborg has something for everyone. Modern architecture enthusiasts will appreciate the city’s Museum of Modern Art – known as the Kunsten. Described as an ‘architectural gem’ it was designed by the iconic Finnish architect Alvar Aalto and recently underwent a major renovation. The result is a ‘living’ state-of-the-art building housing permanent collections of contemporary art as well as temporary exhibitions. If you prefer something a little more traditional, the Historical Museum charts Aalborg’s 1200 year old history. Alternatively, delve underground and go back to the 13th century at the Franciscan Monastery Museum, the remains of which lie beneath one of the city’s busy shopping streets. For a feel of the great outdoors perhaps relax in the Central park or Kildepark, or take a stroll along the newly renovated waterfront where you’ll find inspiring architecture, restaurants and cafes, and the cultural venue of Nordcraft. Not far from the city lies the Viking burial site of Lindholm Hoje, one of the country’s best preserved Viking finds from the time when the Aalborg area was a major Viking trading centre.

Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen, Denmark

Arrive 0800 on April 2. Depart 1700 on April 3.

Immortalised in song, look forward to discovering this ‘wonderful wonderful’ city. No visit to Copenhagen is complete without seeing the famous sculpture of “The Little Mermaid’ who sits atop a rock at Langelinje Pier. Gifted to the city in 1913 the statue was inspired by a fairytale written by Hans Christian Andersen – one the country’s most famous sons. Stroll in the renowned Tivoli Gardens with its amusements and magical night-time illuminations, take in some of the city’s museums which range from the Arken Museum of Modern Art to the National Museum. Perhaps explore the alternative culture of the ‘hippy’ freetown of Christiania, or visit one of the palaces. Alternatively, venture further afield to Frederiksborg Castle in Hillerød, famed for its architecture, collections and interior decoration. With so much to explore, a tempting wealth of shops and cafes and an overnight mooring, you can look forward to two days in this famous city.

Aarhus, Denmark

Aarhus, Denmark

Arrive 0800. Depart 1700.

Aarhus is Denmark’s second city and was a European City of Culture in 2017. If you want to get a bird’s eye view of the city head for the Rainbow Panorama artwork which encircles the roof of the ARoS Aarhus Museum. At 52 metres in diameter and 150 metres long, it offers a rainbow perspective as you enjoy 360 degree views of the city through the multicoloured walkway. Below lies the ARoS Art Museum, the city’s principal art gallery. Alternatively, visit the Old Town Museum and step back in time as you explore the history of the city from the 19th century to the 1970s where re-created period areas and re-enactors bring the past to life. Lovers of 20th century architecture might like to seek out Aarhus City Hall designed by Arne Jacobsen with its distinctly Danish style, or view the building known as the Iceberg (Isbjerget) from the harbour with its cutting edge architecture. There’s a choice of museums, as well as the botanical gardens, parks and a wide variety of shops to enjoy during your visit.

Gothenburg, Sweden

Gothenburg, Sweden

Arrive 0800. Depart 1700.

Journey into Sweden and visit Gothenburg, the country’s second city. Canals and trams distinguish this university city, along with its parks and gardens. These include the ‘Garden Society of Gothenburg’ – a 19th century park awash with roses and colourful planting, the city’s botanical Garden with some 16,000 different species of plant, and the Liseberg Gardens with their vistas and amusements. The city of course has a choice of museums and galleries to visit, from the Gothenburg Museum of Art with its fine collections and the cutting edge Roda Sten Art Centre, to the niche Radiomuseet (Radio Museum) – dedicated to all things radio! If you prefer to wander and explore, perhaps stroll out to the Haga area of the city with its period houses and independent shops where you can relax in one of the many cafes as you enjoy a little ‘fika’ – coffee, cake and a little ‘downtime’ before you say ‘adjö’ to Sweden and set sail for Norway this evening.

Oslo, Norway

Oslo, Norway

Arrive 0800. Depart 1700.

Oslo was established in the 11th century and with its location at the head of the Oslofjord quickly became a major trading port. Today, the city has been named as the European Green Capital for 2019. Oslo is home to a host of attractions, including a staggering 50 museums, two of which are dedicated to two of the city’s most famous inhabitants – the artist Edvard Munch and the playwright Henrik Ibsen. Treat yourself to a fun ride at the TusenFryd Amusement Park, stroll along Aker Brygge wharf with its shops, restaurants and waterfront, or seek out some of Oslo’s state-of-the-art architecture. Close to the Opera House you will find the the geometric ‘Barcode’ project buildings – 12 buildings by different designers with their focus around light and fjord views, or head for the west of the city where you’ll find the modern art museum with its renowned collections of contemporary and modern art housed in the Astrup Fearnley Museet. Designed by Renzo Piano and combining three buildings under one glass roof, the building echoes the maritime heritage of Oslo, reflected also in its cable rigging. Whether you want culture, shopping, or just new horizons to explore, Oslo has plenty of interest to offer.

Spend the day at sea.

Esbjerg, Denmark

Esbjerg, Denmark

Arrive 0800. Depart 1700.

In comparison to other Scandinavian cities Esbjerg is a relatively new arrival, having been established in 1868 to act as a harbour. From there it developed into a flourishing North Sea city with a strong fishing industry. Perhaps its most striking highlight is the Mennesket ved Havet (Man meets the Sea) series of sculptures designed by sculptor Svend Wiig Hanson – four monolithic white seated figures each nine metres high, looking out to sea. The city’s art museum houses contemporary and modern art – look out for the museum’s ‘Open Stores’ made up of pull-out walls of paintings. For a taste of Esbjerg’s comparatively short history, visit the city’s museum which chronicles its past during the occupation, resistance during World War II, and its development post war. Alternatively, take a stroll in one of the pleasant parks or indulge in some shopping in the city where you’ll find Denmark’s longest shopping street!

Spend the day at sea.

Southampton, England

Southampton, England

Arrive 0800.

Disembark Spirit of Discovery after breakfast.

Explore Ashore

The enchanting Tivoli Gardens by night

Visit Copenhagen’s famous Tivoli Gardens after dark during your overnight stay in Copenhagen. The gardens opened in 1843, with Hans Christian Andersen amongst one of its first visitors. Within these magical gardens covering nearly 20 acres, you will find pretty gardens, green spaces and walkways, amusements, an aquarium, and rides ranging from a 1914 wooden rollercoaster to a ride that reaches 100 kph! With its open-air pantomime theatre, landmark pagoda and entrance arch, boats, music and more, you can experience the enchantment of Tivoli at night, lit by countless fairy lights.

Head for the roof of the ARoS Aarhus Museum

Perched on the roof of the ARoS Aarhus Museum in Aarhus is the Rainbow Panorama artwork, created by the Danish-Icelandic artist, Olafur Eliasson. The artist’s philosophy behind the panorama was to enable the viewer to engage with visible architecture and to create an uncertainty as to whether the Rainbow Panorama is a part of the building, or a work or art. Opened in 2011 the Rainbow Panorama consists of a 150-metre circular walkway divided up into the colours of the spectrum from which visitors can look across the city as they circumnavigate the building. Experience this colourful and thought-provoking work during your visit to Aarhus.

Romantic Frederiksborg Castle

This 17th century Renaissance castle was built by King Christian IV and was intermittently used as a royal residence until the mid 19th century. In 1859 the castle suffered a catastrophic fire, but its importance as a national monument resulted in its restoration and use thereafter as a Museum of National History. Today the castle is a thriving museum whose highlights include period rooms with a 17th century chapel and restored great hall, plus landscaped gardens incorporating a baroque-style garden, and an impressive collection of works of art including paintings, furniture, decorative arts and the country’s most important collection of portraits.

Please note

All excursions mentioned are optional, at an additional cost, and are subject to availability and change. Some of the highlights detailed may only be seen on optional excursions or by exploring independently.


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Spirit of Discovery departing Southampton

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