Exploration | Arctic, Iceland, Greenland & Norway
Uncover the stunning scenery of Norway’s North Cape plateau on this voyage
to the land of the Midnight Sun. Cruising through the awe-inspiring natural
landscape you’ll experience Torghatten, the ‘mountain with the hole’, the
spectacular Seven Sisters mountain range and the dramatic Lofoten Islands.
Heading above the Arctic Circle, you’ll encounter Tromsø’s unique cathedral
and the mysterious rock carvings of Alta’s indigenous people, the Sami.
Departing Liverpool, you’ll be on your way to
mainland Europe’s northernmost point. First port of
call, Trondheim, was Norway’s original Viking capital.
It has an eclectic choice of highlights, first among
them the impressive Nidaros Cathedral. After this
ancient city, Black Watch sails into a landscape of
riches: the majestic strait of Nærøysundet; Torghatten,
the ‘mountain with the hole’; and the dramatic Seven
Sisters Mountain Range; all are sights to behold.
After crossing the Arctic Circle, you find yourself
beside the bright-white sandy beaches of Leknes,
nestled within the awe-inspiring Lofoten Islands,
ranked third in the list of best islands to visit by
National Geographic. They are rich in Viking history
and Arctic nature, representing a wild, untamed
region that delivers some of the most dramatic
scenery to be found anywhere.
Next destination is Tromsø. A city rich in Neoclassical
architecture, the ‘Gateway to the Arctic’ is one of
northern Norway’s true delights. Here you can
discover the iceberg-shaped Arctic Cathedral, or
perhaps meet curious huskies at the Wilderness
Centre. There are spellbinding coastal views on offer
from Mount Storsteinen, which is accessible via cable
car. The adventure continues with Honningsvåg –
home to the sensational Midnight Sun – before an
unforgettable sailing past the North Cape plateau and
‘The Horn’, mainland Europe’s northernmost point.
During a day in Alta there are attractions all around.
Rebuilt after the Second World War, the town is
fortunate to have great salmon fishing, but is most
famous for its original inhabitants, the Sami. The
indigenous people have a fascinating cultural history;
their rock carvings in nearby Hjemmeluft are believed
to date from around 4,200 to 500 BC. Now a
UNESCO World Heritage Site, these astonishing
carvings reveal evidence of prehistoric human activity
in the far north, and are on display in the Alta
Museum for all to experience.
A relaxing day of sailing brings Black Watch to
Kristiansund – a historic maritime city with a
breathtaking harbour atop four islands. Take the
chance to admire the old town’s remarkable
architecture, before you begin the voyage home.
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