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Tuesday 4 July 2017

Let the train take the strain in Setesdal and make waves in Lysefjord during Saga Sapphire’s new Scandinavian Seascape cruise

  • Take a boat from Lysefjord to sail beneath Pulpit Rock
  • Explore Gothenburg’s canals on ‘Padden’ boat
  • Ride on a tractor-pulled trolley along the beach in Skagen

Saga Sapphire’s new Scandinavian Seascapes cruise to Norway, Sweden and Denmark offers passengers an opportunity to explore fjords, islets and canals on smaller chartered boat excursions.

From Stavanger, in south-west Norway, guests can board a hired boat to sail in the blue waters of Lysefjord and pass below the 1,982ft Pulpit Rock before stepping ashore at Helleren Beach for coffee and waffles.

On arrival in Kristiansand you could choose to step back in time by boarding a vintage train, powered by a steam engine that is over 100 years old and travel along the picturesque Setesdal railway. A scenic journey then unfolds as you travel along the narrow-gauge railway passing over bridges and dams, through tunnels and avalanche shelters, to arrive at Røyknes.

Cosmopolitan Gothenburg is one of Sweden’s trendiest cities and visitors can soak up the Scandi atmosphere by strolling along the waterfront or join an excursion to Kungsportsplatsen to embark one of the flat-bottomed boats known as ‘Paddan’ for a cruise around the city’s canals.

Another adventure begins in the charming Danish fishing town of Skagen, where guests take a short drive to Grenen for a tractor-pulled trolley ride along the beach where the North Sea and the Baltic Sea converge.

For details visit saga.co.uk/cruises or call 0800 50 50 30

Seven nights from £1,569 departing from Dover on September 13, 2018. Price includes UK travel package to and from Southampton, all meals and entertainment, choice of table wines at lunch and dinner, afternoon tea, 24-hour room service, welcome cocktail party, unlimited tea and coffee in selected venues, free Wi-Fi internet, all on-board gratuities, porterage, free shuttle bus to nearest town centre (whenever possible and when the ship is berthed more than 500 yards away), optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights, or a discount if passenger has own insurance.

Price based on two people sharing the lowest available Inside cabin grade and includes any relevant booking discount. Fare was correct at the time of sending and is subject to availability and change. Further terms and conditions apply. Please call for details.

All excursions mentioned are optional, at an additional cost, and are subject to availability and change. Some of the highlights detailed may only be seen on optional excursions or by exploring independently.

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