Sailing around the North Sea in the wake of the Vikings to places of worship, castles and stylish cities.
Welcome to Aberdeen City and Shire where you’ll find the very best Scotland has to offer. From vibrant modern city life and romantic hideaways, to tranquil country breaks and a host of adrenaline packed outdoor opportunities.
Home to the country’s largest national park, a dramatically imposing coastline and of course the city itself, there is so much to explore in Aberdeen City and Shire. Fusing striking granite architecture, a rich and inspiring history, a dynamic modern arts scene and perhaps Scotland's strongest industrial heritage; the country's third largest city offers a host of treasures, just waiting to be explored again & again.
Kirkwall, Orkney Islands, Scotland
The Royal Burgh of Kirkwall is the capital of the amazing Orkney archipelago, standing at the dividing point between East and West Mainland.
Just north of Scotland lay the Orkney Islands. Washed by the furthest reach of the Gulf Stream, this chain of over 70 islands offers dramatic landscapes that range from sea cliffs rearing 1,000 feet above the waves to sweeping white sand beaches. Bird watchers flock to the Orkney Islands, drawn by the multitudes of sea birds. Divers explore the wrecks lying in the clear waters of Scapa Flow, the Royal Navy's fleet anchorage in two world wars. And most fascinating of all, the Orkney Islands boast the greatest concentration of prehistoric sites in all Europe, including the mysterious Ring of Brodgar and 5,000-year-old Skara Brae.
The town of Kirkwall was founded around 1035 by Earl Rognvald Brusason and quickly became the administrative center of Orkney. With its harbor and airport, it is the arrival point for ferries from Shetland and Aberdeen, cruise ships, and flights from the UK, and departure point for ferries to the other islands in Orkney. It is the best place to stock up on supplies for heading on.
Kirkwall's best feature is perhaps its sandstone St Magnus Cathedral, widely considered the finest medieval building in the north of Scotland. The original town is one of the best preserved examples of an ancient Norse town. Other sites of historical interest in the town include including the Bishop’s Palace and Earl’s Palace.
Lerwick, Shetland Islands, UK
Lerwick (pop. 7,500)is the main port of the Shetland Islands, Scotland located more than 100 miles off the north coast of mainland Scotland on the east coast of the Shetland Mainland.
Founded as an unofficial marketplace to service 17 century Dutch herring fleets, Lerwick took a long time to grow. Because of its illegal status and presumed immorality the hamlet was was demolished in 1615-1625. The Dutch burnt the fort in 1673 and the French set fire to Lerwick in 1702.
The Lodberries- are where 18 century warehouses still stand with their foundations in the sea. Most of the sandstone buildings on the waterfront date from the 18th century still stand and the narrow main street still follows the old shoreline. The town's lanes retain their charm. No one designed the old town. It just evolved.
Bergen (Norwegian is the second largest city in Norway with a population of 265,100 as of April 15, 2012. Bergen is the administrative center of Hordaland county. Greater Bergen or Bergen Metropolitan Area as defined by Statistics Norway, has a population of 390,000 as of April 15, 2012.
Bergen is located in the county of Hordaland on the south-western coast of Norway. It is an important cultural hub in its region, recognized as the unofficial capital of Western Norway and sometimes also referred to as the Atlantic coast capital of Norway.
Bergen's inter-municipal harbor, Port of Bergen, is by far Norway's largest and one of Europe's largest ports.
The city was one of nine European cities honored with the title of European Capital of Culture in the Millennium year.
Stavanger is a city and municipality in Norway. The city is the third-largest urban zone and metropolitan area in Norway and the administrative center of Rogaland county.
The municipality is the fourth most populous in Norway. Located on the Stavanger Peninsula in Southwest Norway, Stavanger counts its official founding year as 1125, the year Stavanger cathedral was completed. Stavanger's core is to a large degree 18th and 19th century wooden houses that are protected and considered part of the city's cultural heritage. This has caused the town center and inner city to retain a small-town character with an unusually high ratio of detached houses, and has contributed significantly to spreading the city's population growth to outlying parts of Greater Stavanger.
The city's rapid population growth in the late 1900s was primarily a result of Norway's booming offshore oil industry. Today the oil industry is a key industry in the Stavanger region and the city is widely referred to as the Oil Capital of Norway.
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.
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.
Travemunde is a borough of Lubeck, Germany, located at the mouth of the river Trave in Lubeck Bay. Settled in 1317 it has been a seaside resort since 1802 and is Germany's largest ferry port on the Baltic Sea. The lighthouse is the oldest on the German Baltic coast, dating from 1539.
The annual Travemunder Woche is a traditional sailing race week in Northern Europe.