Sailing from the North Sea to the Baltic Sea with many port visits along the way.
Once the area of social meltdown in Irvine Welsh's Trainspotting, today upcoming Leith is a vivid hub of creativity and cultural diversity. Young couples, artists, musicians move here due to reasonable real estate prices, and stylish cafes, chic bars and first-class restaurants open their doors to meet the new demand.
Leith has been a port of Edinburgh since the 14th century and today it still keeps its special maritime and industrial character. A visit to Leith you will experience something different from the mainstream tourist attractions, dine in great restaurants and explore it's nightlife.
The shore forms the heart of historic Leith, set on the banks of the Water of Leith. A walk by the Shore feels like being in a fishing village with historic buildings, cobbled quays and fishing boats.
Kristiansand is a city, municipality and the county capital of Vest-Agder county in Southern Norway. Kristiansand municipality is the 6th largest in Norway with a population of 80,109 as of 1 January 2009. The Kristiansand urban area, entirely located in the municipality, had a population of 64,930 on 1 January 2006, and is thus the 8th largest urban area in Norway.
Kristiansand is located on the southern coast of Norway and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Norway during the summer months.
Kristiansand has one of the biggest music festivals - Quart Festival - as well as great Salmon fishing, hunting, sailing, boat tours, helicopter tours and many other attractions.
Kristiansand is also home to a great picturesque fish market called 'Fiskebrygga'. Here you can enjoy some fresh seafood at 5 different restaurants or directly from the market. It is built next to the water and we are able to drive our small boat into this area. This is a very popular spot in the summer with boats docked everywhere.
For those who enjoy a locally brewed beer, Kristiansand just this which is called CB. it has a distinctive taste and is very popular with the locals.
Oslo is a county and municipality, as well as the capital and largest city in Norway. Oslo was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 The city was largely destroyed by fire in 1624. The Danish–Norwegian king Christian IV moved the city, rebuilding it closer to Akershus fortress, as Christiania. In 1925, the city reclaimed its original Norwegian name, Oslo. The diocese of Oslo is one of the five original dioceses in Norway, which originated around the year 1070.
Oslo is the cultural, scientific, economic and governmental center of Norway. The city is also a hub of Norwegian trade, banking, industry and shipping. It is an important center for maritime industries and maritime trade in Europe. The city is home to many companies within the maritime sector, some of which are amongst the world's largest shipping companies, ship brokers and maritime insurance brokers.
Skagen is located on the east coast of the Skagen Odde peninsula in the far north of Jutland. With its well developed harbor Skagen is Denmark's main fishing port and also a thriving tourist industry attracting approximately 2 million people annually.
Settlement began in the Middle Ages as a fishing village. Towards the end of the 19th century Skagen became a popular place for impressionist artists. While the population expanded then declined, thanks to the artistic community, local arts and crafts trade remain important to the local economy.
Copenhagen, Denmark (overnight)
Copenhagen is a major regional center of culture, business, media, and science, as indicated by several international surveys and rankings. Life science, information technology and shipping are important sectors and research & development plays a major role in the city's economy. Its strategic location and excellent infrastructure with the largest airport in Scandinavia located 14 minutes by train from the city center, has made it a regional hub and a popular location for regional headquarters as well as conventions.
Copenhagen has repeatedly been recognized as one of the cities with the best quality of life. It is also considered one of the world's most environmentally friendly cities. The water in the inner harbor is so clean that it can be swum in, and 36% of all citizens commute to work by bicycle. Every day they cycle a combined 1.2 million km.
Since the turn of the millennium, Copenhagen has seen a strong urban and cultural development and has been described as a boom town. This is partly due to massive investments in cultural facilities as well as infrastructure and a new wave of successful designers, chefs and architects. As of 2010, Copenhagen is ranked as the 10th most expensive city in the world according to Forbes.
Warnemünde for centuries has been a mere fishing village with minor importance for the economic and cultural development of the region, but has now become a sea resort.
Being a center of maritime traffic, the district of Warnemünde comprises numerous navigational aids, the oldest of which is the lighthouse located near the beach promenade. The lighthouse, which is currently still in use, was built in 1897.
The nearby Teepott (Teapot) with its slightly curved roof, the resort’s second famous landmark, is an interesting example of East German (DDR)architecture. Built in the 1960’s and renovated in 2002, it today houses different restaurants and a sea voyage exhibition.
In the vicinity of the canal called der Alte Strom (Old Channel), with its various restaurants, pubs and traditional fishing boats, regional specialties are offered on a fish market.
It is arguably the best-preserved medieval city in Scandinavia and has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visby is a popular vacation destination for Scandinavians during the summer.
In the first week of July, Visby is the scene of the Almedalen Week, an important meeting place for everyone involved in Swedish politics. During the week, representatives from the major political parties in Sweden take turns giving speeches in the Almedalen park.
In August the tourist season is at its peak. In week 32 from Sunday to Sunday the annual Medieval Week is held. During this time regularly dressed tourists are outnumbered by people dressed in Medieval costumes. There are a variety of events: music, jesters, theater, a medieval market, jousting tournaments and much more.
Stockholm has been the cultural, media, political, and economic center of Sweden since the 13th century.
Stockholm's core, the present Old Town was built on the central island next to Helgeandsholmen between 1300 and 1500. The strategic and economic importance of the city made Stockholm an important factor in relations between the Danish Kings of the Kalmar Union and the national independence movement in the 15th century. During the latter half of the 20th century, Stockholm became a modern, technologically-advanced, and ethnically diverse city.
Stockholm is Sweden's financial centre.
Stockholm offers plenty of museums, amusement parks, theaters and festivals for tourists to enjoy.