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Voyage to the Nordic midnight sun
Midsummer is the best time to experience the beauty of the Nordic countries. The 'Midnight Sun' is mesmerising and the long, light days are when flowers bloom, rivers fill with fish and giant waterfalls cascade towards the ocean, creating a picture-perfect setting. Even as far south as Bergen, you can experience 19 hours of daylight and North of the Arctic Circle you'll experience 24.
This unique cruise from specialist operator Voyages to Antiquity, is a new voyage for the excellent small ship MV Aegean Odyssey. With an average of just 350 passengers, she is small enough to sail into rivers, fjords and more authentic ports that the larger cruise ships simply cannot access. Service is more personal, but the ship is large enough to offer excellent amenities, including a choice of fine dining, lounges and bars, as well as a relaxing spa centre and well-stocked library.
You'll travel from Tilbury, through British waters into the Arctic Circle at the height of summer with a stop at Lerwick in the Shetland Islands. You'll then spend solstice in the world heritage port of Bergen and explore the peerlessly beautiful Norwegian coast. You will then sail into the remote waters of the North Cape, enjoying the gleam of the midnight sun on Honningsvåg and the striking landscapes at the very top of Europe. Your return journey south is via the traditional wooden houses of Tromsø, the historic capital of Trondheim, and the visual drama of Gerainger, one of the country's most spectacular fjords. Your journey ends in Copenhagen, the Danish capital and one of Europe's great city breaks, where you will finish your trip with an exclusive event at the UNESCO World Heritage site of Kronborg Castle, the dramatic setting for Hamlet.
Reasons to book
Expert talks on board
The Summer Solstice
Private tour of Hamlet's Castle
Your stunning ship
Voyage past Britain
- 16-day full-board cruise on board the MV Aegean Odyssey
- All entrance fees as mentioned in the itinerary
- All on-board lectures and events
- Return flight into London from Copenhagen
- Private tour of Kronborg Castle in Denmark
Day1London (Tilbury Docks), UKTilbury, United Kingdom
Embark your home for the next 16 days, the beautiful small ship MV Aegean Odyssey, on the Thames just outside of London.
Day2At seaNorth Sea, United Kingdom
Enjoy a day at sea on-board your boutique ship MV Aegean Odyssey, with its two dining venues, several comfortable lounges and bars, a relaxing spa centre and well-stocked library.
Day3Lerwick, Shetland IslandsLerwick, Shetland Islands, United Kingdom
Today, in the Shetland Islands, you will have a choice of tours: a Lewick walking tour, a visit to the archaeological site of Jarlshof or a visit to Lewick Castle.
Day4Bergen, NorwayBergen, Norway
Take a panoramic tour of Bergen, (historically named Bjørgvin), in West Norway, set between the Seven Mountians and facing the fjord of Byfjorden.
Day5At seaNorwegian Sea, Norway
Enjoy another full day at sea as you sail the Norwegian Sea towards Harstad. Take this time to relax in the spa, read a book on one of the fantastic decks, or eat in one of the delicious restaurants.
Day6Harstad, NorwayHarstad, Norway
Explore the northern Norwegian city of Harstad, with a subarctic climate but sheltered from Atlantic gales by mountains in the west. Harstad is known as the gournet city of the north.
Day7Honningsvåg, NorwayHonningsvåg, Norway
Welcome to Honningsvåg, Norway's northernmost city, known for its rich fisheries.
Day8Tromsø, NorwayTromsø, Norway
Warmed by the gulf stream, Tromsø boasts a milder climate. Its city centre contains the highest number of wooden houses in Northern Norway, and its oldest house dates back to 1789. The city is a cultural hub of the region, with several festivals taking place in the summer and with many coming to visit its beautiful Arctic Cathedral.
Day9Trondheim, NorwayTrondheim, Norway
Trondheim, a university city, is another cultural centre of the north. Here you can visit the Archbishop's Palace, Nidarosdomen Cathedral, the Trondheim Art Museum or Rockheim, Norway's national museum of popular music.
Day10Hellesylt, NorwayHellesylt, Norway
Today you'll visit Hellesylt. This UNESCO World Heritage site is set amid impressive mountains and a beautiful fjord.
Day11Geiranger, NorwayGeiranger, Norway
Today you'll visit the scenic village of Geiranger, the perfect place for spotting the most spectacular views of the surrounding fjord landscape with its majestic, snow-topped mountain peaks, stunning, wild waterfalls, lush, verdant vegetation and deep, blue fjords.
Day12Ålesund, NorwayÅlesund, Norway
Most of the buildings in this Art Nouveau-style town described as "little England" were built between 1904 and 1907, giving it an antiquated feel. Try tasty fish fresh out of the fjords in one of Ålesund's restaurants.
Day13Stavanger, NorwayStavanger, Norway
Stop to take in the breathtaking mountain, fjord and white beach surroundings of Stavanger.
Day14At seaNorth Sea, Denmark
Spend another day at sea at you travel towards your final destination, Copenhagen.
Arrive today in Copenhagen, Denmark's exciting captial and one of the most popular cities to visit in Europe. This colourful town on the canal boasts boutiques designed in cool Scandinavian styles, a happening harbour and a plethora of award-winning, innovative restaurants.
Day16Depart from CopenhagenCopenhagen, Denmark
Disembark the Aegean Odyssey and transfer to Copenhagen Airport for your flight home.
MV Aegean Odyssey
A small yet perfectly formed Mediterranean cruise ship
The boutique ship MV Aegean Odyssey carries just 350 passengers and its smaller size is ideally suited for coastal cruising to the Mediterranean inlets, Nordic fjords and authentic smaller ports that larger ships can't reach. All meals are included on board as is wine with dinner.
There are two wonderful restaurants to choose from - the more casual Terrace Cafe or the elegant Marco Polo restaurant. Plus there are regular on board talks and lectures on the days sightseeing, a traditional serving of afternoon tea and live music and entertainment in the stylish Charleston Lounge.