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SH Diana - 192 Guests

Sailing With The Vikings

13 Day Tromso to Amsterdam


Follow in the wake of the legendary Vikings on this breathtaking cruise. Beginning in the Arctic city of Tromsø, Norway, we'll traverse the mythical Trollfjorden and experience the quaint charm of Leknes in the Lofoten Islands before taking in the coastal beauty of Brønnøysund and Molde. Sail from Geiranger's majestic fjords across the North Sea to the United Kingdom. Explore Kirkwall's ancient heritage, immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of Aberdeen and Edinburgh in Scotland, and discover the historic charm of Newcastle upon Tyne. By the time we arrive in Amsterdam, you'll have sailed the same seas and explored the same lands as generations of Vikings before you.



 

 

DATES / RATES

Rates are listed per person
Start DateEnd DateFrom EURFrom USD
Jul 20, 2024Aug 01, 20245,629 5,988
Rates are listed per person
Start DateEnd DateFrom EURFrom USD
Jul 20, 2024Aug 01, 20245,629 5,988

ITINERARY


DAY 1
TROMSØ
Known as the Arctic gateway, Tromso is a remote Norwegian city at 69° north, 250 miles above the Arctic Circle, where you can take in the soft glow of the midnight sun. Learn more about early polar explorations at the Polar Museum. Famed for the Northern Lights on winter nights, you can find out more about this natural spectacle at the Science Centre.

DAY 2
CRUISING TROLLFJORDEN
Trollfjorden is unbelievable – a 100 m-wide entrance to a narrow fjord with near-vertical mountainous sides up to 1,100 m high. The passage slices through Austvågøya, on the edge of the Lofoten Islands, and there’s no way in, other than by boat or a dizzying hike. Appreciate the silence while you cruise gently onward as white-tailed eagles soar overhead - and marvel as the ship slowly spins around to leave.

DAY 2
LEKNES, LOFOTEN
Explore the Lofoten Islands, an archipelago just above the Arctic Circle. Leknes, the islands’ main town, on Vestvågøya, sits on bay-like Buksnesfjorden. The scenery is otherworldly, little red-painted houses against a backdrop of craggy, mountainous isles. In the height of summer the white sand beaches look almost like the South Seas – and this is the Land of the Midnight Sun for almost two months each year. Tours take in the mountainous interior while there are also whale watching excursions.

Shore Excursion (See Optional Activities)

DAY 3
BRONNOYSUND
A pretty town on a narrow peninsula amid a world of islands halfway up the Norwegian coast. Nearby, Torghatten, a granite dome of a mountain on the isle of Torget, is famed for the hole through the middle, which you can walk right through. Boat trips head to the Vega Archipelago UNESCO site, with shallow waters, fishing docks and nesting spots for down-rich eider ducks. The Norwegian Aquaculture Centre gives guests a taste of salmon farming with aquariums, underwater cameras – and a restaurant.

Shore Excursion (See Optional Activities)

DAY 4
MOLDE
As Romdalsfjord nears the open sea it’s a very different place, bigger and even more placid yet still wild – from the town of Molde it’s reckoned you can see 222 peaks. From here the Atlantic Road darts across bridges and islands on its extraordinary journey, and a replica Viking ship departs for Håholmen island, an 18th-century fishing port. Another boat takes you into the spine-tingling caves of Bergtatt, where marble has been mined for more than 80 years.

Shore Excursion (See Optional Activities)

DAY 5
GEIRANGER
Geirangerfjord is a truly magnificent fjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its staggering mix of snow-capped peaks and clear blue waters, lush greenery and the magnificent Seven Sisters waterfalls. See the falls from a tiny boat, or take a bus along hair-raising roads to the 1,500 m Mount Dalsnibba Skywalk viewpoint and learn about your surroundings at the Norwegian Fjord Centre. The village of Geiranger at the head of the fjord is well over 100 km from the sea.

Shore Excursion (See Optional Activities)

DAY 6-7
LERWICK, SHETLAND ISLANDS, SCOTLAND
Nearer Norway than the Scottish mainland, the solid, stone-built town of Lerwick is the capital and only town of the Shetland Islands, a subarctic Scottish archipelago with Viking roots. The port has a Dutch flair with 17th-century Fort Charlotte. In the island's south, Jarlshof Prehistoric and Norse Settlement reveals an exceptional archaeological site spanning 5,000 years of history. Around 1,500 tiny Shetland ponies roam freely on the islands.

Shore Excursion (See Optional Activities)

DAY 8-9
LEITH, SCOTLAND
No visit to Edinburgh would be complete without strolling along the Royal Mile from the Queen’s official residence in Scotland, Palace of Holyroodhouse, to that lauded landmark, Edinburgh Castle, which sits on Castle Rock, a volcanic hill. Nearby is the contemporary, design-forward Scottish Parliament building and the National Museum of Scotland, which presents a detailed history of the country. Or climb to the top of Calton Hill, it’s steep, but the views are worth it. You’ll sail from Leith, Edinburgh’s port on the Firth of Forth, so make your way down to the waterfront, where you’ll find your chic ship waiting.

DAY 10
ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND
Aberdeen’s ubiquitous grey buildings have given the city its epithet, the Granite City. Located a stone’s throw from the North Sea oil reserves, Aberdeen is also known as the UK’s petroleum capital. Thanks to this twist of geology, the city benefits from oil-infused affluence as well as multicultural influences. Disembark to explore; the Aberdeen Arts Centre, the Maritime Museum, the Gordon Highlanders Museum and Marischal College are just some of your options. One of the city’s biggest draws, however, is its proximity to Scotland’s famed castle and whisky trails. Aberdeenshire, that great shoulder of land which pushes into the North Sea, has more castles per hectare (260) than anywhere else in the United Kingdom. There are plenty near Aberdeen itself; you could visit the impressive cliff-top ruins of Dunnottar Castle, the fairytale Crathes Castle or Drum Castle, an elegant Jacobean mansion house. Whisky lovers might be interested to note that also close by are the distilleries of Glenfiddich, Strathisla and Glen Grant.

DAY 11
NEWCASTLE UPON THE TYNE, ENGLAND
Newcastle upon Tyne is a vibrant and eclectic city in northeast England. Its attractions include the Tyne Bridge, St James’ Park, Eldon Square, Laing art gallery, and the great north run. You can also visit Quayside, Victoria Tunnel, The Discovery Museum, and more.

DAY 12
SCHEVENINGEN, THE HAGUE
Scheveningen is a district in The Hague, Netherlands. It is known for its beautiful beaches and many attractions such as De Pier, Westduinpark, Oostduinpark, and more.

DAY 13
AMSTERDAM
Our port is the gorgeous Dutch city where a boat cruise along the canals gets to the very heart of things, but where walking the narrow streets and over the hundreds of bridges is magical too. Discover a treasure trove of fabulous museums such as the Rijksmuseum, filled with Dutch Masters – and just around the corner from the Van Gogh Museum. While, south of the city, explore windmill-filled stretches of countryside canal.

SH Diana (Luxury Expedition, 192-guests)

The 2023-built SH Diana will be providing elegant and spacious 5-star accommodation for 192 guests in 96 spacious staterooms and suites, the vast majority with large balconies.

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WHAT'S INCLUDED


  • Group return transfers from the airport to the cruise port (via our included accommodation where applicable)
  • One night pre-cruise accommodation with breakfast in a 4/5-star hotel or onboard
  • All meals onboard
  • Onboard accommodation in a stateroom selected category
  • 24-hour room service
  • Coffee, tea, soft drinks and selected alcoholic beverages available 24-hours per day
  • Lecture programmes by our experienced expedition team and guest speakers
  • One selected shore excursion/expedition activities per port of call (Kayak not included, bookable for a fee on board)
  • Branded Swan Hellenic expedition parka and use of rubber boots in Polar Regions
  • Standard WiFi
  • Onboard gratuities & port taxes


DAY 2
LEKNES, LOFOTEN

PANORAMIC LOFOTEN
Included
02 h 30 m

HORSEBACK RIDING
Optional
03 h 30 m

LOFOTEN VIKING EXPERIENCE
Included
03 h 30 m

DAY 3
BRONNOYSUND

SHUTTLE BUS TO THE NORWEGIAN AQUACULTURE CENTRE
Included
02 h 00 m

DISCOVER THE HERB FARM
Optional
02 h 00 m

WALK TO TORGHATTEN
Optional
02 h 00 m

DAY 4
MOLDE

BERGTATT MARBLE CAVE
Optional
03 h 00 m

MOLDE CITY WALK
Optional
02 h 00 m

MOUNT VARDEN HIKE AND OPEN AIR MUSEUM
Optional
03 h 00 m

ATLANTIC OCEAN ROAD AND VARDEN VIEWPOINT
Included
04 h 00 m

DAY 5
GEIRANGER

MOUNT DALSNIBBA & NORWEGIAN FJORD CENTRE
Included
03 h 15 m

HIKING WESTERAS
Optional
03 h 30 m

KAYAKING THE GEIRANGERFJORD
Optional
03 h 00 m

GEIRANGER RIB ADVENTURE
Optional
01 h 15 m

STAIRWAY TO THE WATERFALL
Optional
02 h 00 m

DAY 6-7
LERWICK, SHETLAND ISLANDS, SCOTLAND

JARLSHOF AND SUMBURGH HEAD BIRD CLIFFS
Included
04 h 30 m

MOUSA ISLAND HIKE
Optional
04 h 00 m

MEET THE LOCALS IN WESTERN SHETLAND
Optional
04 h 00 m

DAY 8-9
LEITH, SCOTLAND

ULTIMATE ROYAL EDINBURGH: THE ROYAL YACHT BRITANNIA & EDINBURGH CASTLE
Optional
05 h 00 m

BAGPIPE WORKSHOP & WHISKY TASTING
Optional
03 h 45 m

SCONE PALACE: MACBETH AND ROBERT THE BRUCE CROWNING PLACE
Optional
04 h 30 m

PANORAMIC EDINBURGH & CALTON HILL
Included
02 h 30 m

BRAVEHEART COUNTRY: STIRLING CASTLE & BANNOCKBURN HERITAGE CENTRE
Optional
05 h 15 m

DAY 10
ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND

ABERDEEN HIGHLIGHTS
Included
03 h 15 m

BALMORAL CASTLE, A ROYAL RESIDENCE
Optional
05 h 00 m

THE GRANITE CITY WALKING TOUR
Optional
03 h 30 m

STONEHAVEN & DUNNOTTAR CASTLE
Optional
04 h 00 m

DAY 11
NEWCASTLE UPON THE TYNE, ENGLAND

HADRIAN'S WALL
Optional
04 h 30 m

ICONIC NEWCASTLE & THE ANGEL OF THE NORTH
Included
04 h 00 m

 

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