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North Cape and the Arctic Circle

Our ship reached its furthest north point, North Cape, Norway two days after Trondheim.  We crossed into the Arctic Circle the next morning and are now experiencing continual daylight.  The sun doesn’t set in this area of the world from May 12 until July 31.  I got up several times during the first night just …

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Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen, Denmark, was the last Scandinavian country capital that we visited.  That is, if you count Norway, Denmark, Sweden, and Finland as the Scandinavian countries.  There is some confusion about how many Scandinavian countries there are, you may recall. Copenhagen is the capital and most populous city of Denmark, with 1.4 million people in the urban area.  …

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Lübeck, Capital of the Hanseatic League

We visited Lübeck, Germany, the day after visiting Ronne, which was quite a contrast.  Lübeck had all the historical bona fides that Ronne lacked.  Not only that, but Lübeck was the capital of the Hanseatic League and its most important city.  In fact, the official name of the city is “Hanseatic City of Lübeck.” I …

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Rønne, Denmark on Bornholm Island

One of our cruise stops was Rønne, Denmark.  We had planned to ride bikes around Bornholm, but changed that shore excursion to a walk around Rønne.  The Scandinavian capitals are huge on biking and there are plenty of bike trails in the countryside, but riding in the smaller towns with their cobblestone streets can be …

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Visby, Sweden: A Medieval City

After the overwhelming size of Stockholm, it was nice to visit Visby, Sweden the next day.  Visby is the best-preserved medieval city in Scandinavia.  It was a Hanseatic town in the middle ages, and was very wealthy with access to trade goods from all over Europe.  Because of this wealth, the people of the town …

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Tallinn, Estonia: Medieval Old Town

When Tom and I saw Tallinn, Estonia on our itinerary for this cruise our main feeling was disappoint that it wasn’t St. Petersburg.  We understand why the cruise ships aren’t going to Russia right now, but Estonia wasn’t on my radar.  I couldn’t have found it on a map, even if all the countries were …

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