14 Night Beyond the Artic Circle Voyage-Azamara Journey
Friday, June 23, 2017
One of the most important harbors in Europe, Hamburg is proud of its mercantile roots.
It was a member of the medieval Hanseatic League, and has been doing business with the world ever since. It is both the wealthiest city in Germany, and its greenest, with many parks and nature reserves, a diverse collection of museums (from the working-class life of the St. Pauli district to the spooky Hamburg dungeon) and galleries (from famous masters to erotic art).
Hamburg is also a gateway to Berlin, capital city of a reunited Germany, and home to major monuments and Cold War relics, including a section of the Berlin Wall and the infamous Checkpoint Charlie.
Saturday, June 24, 2017
Sunday, June 25, 2017
Arrival 8:00am, Departure 11:00pm
Your first glimpse of this quaint town will be of the old Hanseatic Wharf, lined with narrow peak-roofed buildings in various colors.
Many old wooden houses survive here, making an exploration of the narrow lanes a worthwhile pursuit.
A funicular will take you from the city center to the top of Mt. Floyen, for an expansive view of the city below, and the surrounding mountains and fjords. If you are feeling energetic you can walk back down, enjoying the clear air and delights of nature, all the way to the bustle of the fish market, with its large selection of the freshest of seafood.
Monday, June 26, 2017
Arrival 8:00am, Departure 1:00pm
You will find the beautiful small town of Flam nestled deep in a tributary of the world's longest and deepest fjord.
Surrounded by steep mountainsides, roaring waterfalls and deep valleys, you'll experience a one-of-a-kind experience with nature.
Its almost 65-year-old Flam Railway is widely known as one of the world's most fantastic stretches of railroad.
Monday, June 26, 2017
Arrival 4:00pm, Departure 6:00pm
The tiny hamlet of Gudvangen (population 100 people, 1,400 goats, and an undetermined number of trolls) lies at the head of the Nærøyfjord, which has carved its way deep into the mountainous terrain, leaving the precipitous rock walls and overhanging cliffs that are characteristic of the scenic majesty of the fjords.
Here waterfalls line steep mountainsides and farms lie scattered about green valleys. Mining for white anorthositic rock has left a subterranean labyrinth of magical caves – imaginatively recycled for the benefit of visitors.
Natural rock walls are creatively lit in varying hues that throw intriguing shadows to stimulate the imagination, all set to the music of Edvard Grieg.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Arrival 1:00pm, Departure 6:00pm
It is hard to imagine more majestic scenery than this – truly nature at its glorious best.
Sail up the fjord all the way to its head and the tiny village of Geiranger, dwarfed by the towering snow-capped peaks that surround it.
There will be many magical moments along the way, perhaps the most spectacular being views of the Seven Sisters Waterfall, spilling hundreds of thousands of gallons of water into the fjord from an incredible height of 5,000 feet. Directly opposite is the Suitor Waterfall, so far having no luck in seducing any of the sisters.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Thursday, June 29, 2017
Svolvaer, Lofoten Islands, Norway
Arrival 8:00am, Departure 5:00pm
The scenery of the Lofoten archipelago is among the most dramatic in Norway, its spectacular glacial rock formations always visible, looming large behind beaches and green fields.
Here, 200 km (124 miles) north of the Arctic Circle, the landscape is wild and life is simple, the coast ringed with fishing hamlets and picturesque cabins on stilts that have attracted artists for centuries. Birdlife is abundant, with large colonies of co-habiting species nesting on towering cliffs. Six miles offshore the continental shelf drops away to depths of 3,000 feet, and massive sperm whales can be spotted feeding in the deep, nutrient-rich waters.
Thursday, June 29, 2017
Troll Fjord - Norway
Friday, June 30, 2017
Arrival 12:00pm, Departure 8:00pm
Far north of the Arctic Circle, Tromsø is surrounded by a dramatic landscape of snow-capped peaks, scattered islands, and fjords, a scene best observed by taking the cable car up Storsteinen Mountain.
In town the striking Arctic Cathedral mirrors the setting in glass and concrete, its triangular façade representative of an iceberg pointing to the sky.
This part of the country is home to the Sami, Norway’s indigenous people, with their own language, culture, and traditional pursuits of fishing, hunting, and reindeer herding.
Stop in at the Wilderness Center to say hello to Tove and Tore, their children, and more than 100 Alaskan huskies.
Saturday, July 1, 2017
Arrival 10:00am, Departure 10:00pm
Honningsvag, population 4,000, is the last village before the North Cape. The Midnight Sun shines here unceasingly from mid-May to the end of July, during which time the hamlet’s numbers swell, as the Sami people and their reindeer herds settle on the outskirts of town.
No one lives permanently at the North Cape itself, but many come to visit this majestic cliff, rising over 1,000 feet above the sea, providing a lookout over a limitless panorama stretching silently to the North Pole.
Ingeniously concealed inside the cliff is North Cape Hall, where you can ponder the vastness in comfort.
Sunday, July 2, 2017
Monday, July 3, 2017
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Arrival 8:00am, Departure 6:00pm
The village of Olden sits peacefully at the edge of the colossal Jostedal Glacier. This is Europe's largest ice floe, covering 188 square miles, and 2,000 feet at its thickest. But it’s not the only glacier in this park.
If you are feeling energetic, consider a journey to the frozen cascade of the million-year-old Briksdal Glacier, hiking the last portion across a wooden bridge over a waterfall, through a bewitching mountain valley, right up to the glacier’s face.
Alternatively, opt for a relaxing journey by boat on an emerald green lake framed by ancient mountains.
Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Arrival 1:00am, Departure 8:00pm
Stavanger is a fascinating blend of old and new – from the Middle Ages when Vikings ruled the seas to today’s North Sea drilling platforms that have made Norway one of the world’s leading oil producers.
Echoing this duality is the contrast of modern architecture and trendy, stylish cafés with ancient cobblestone walkways, and rows of 18th-century whitewashed wooden houses.
As you wander around town, keep your eyes open for the 23 identical cast iron figures by sculptor Antony Gormley that are scattered about. They are six feet tall and all face 10° west.
Thursday, July 6, 2017
Friday, July 7, 2017