Northern European Trek
Friday, February 22, 2013: Oakland, CA
It has been a while since Julia and I have taken a big trip,
but the old travel bug has bitten us once again and we are off on a Northern
European Trek. We leave lovely San Francisco for historic Boston, where we will
embark on the very yar MS
Veendam and cruise the Atlantic's Northern reaches before disembarking at
Amsterdam. The MS Veendam
is a 57,092 ton, 719 ft. (219 m) long, 11 decked cruise ship with a top speed of
22 knots (41 km/h or 25 mph). We hope she is capable of dodging icebergs as
there will most likely be a few about this time of year.
Here is a map of the cruise portion of our trip.
On the map above, of the Arctic, the red broken line is the 10 degree Celsius July isotherm
and the solid red line is the Arctic Circle. Our route has us steaming into the
July isotherm area and touching the Arctic Circle before we head back south to
We will explore many Viking haunts as we steam to Europe:
Boston, Massachusetts, Black Falcon,
Bonne Bay, Newfoundland,
Bay, Labrador, Canada,
Prince Christian Sund,
Once in Amsterdam we will spend a few days touring the capital
of the Netherlands and then begin our tour of Northern Europe.
From Amsterdam we plan to rent a car a drive to:
Bremen, Germany, Map
We then leave our car and take a flight to Russia and its charming
city St Petersburg.
Petersburg, Russia, Map
We take another flight from St Petersburg to Berlin.
We pick up another car and drive from Berlin to:
Prague, Czech Republic,
Frauenau, Germany, Map
Munich, Germany, Map
Augsburg, Germany, Map
Ravensburg, Germany, Map
Lenzkirch, Germany, Map
Baiersbronn, Germany, Map
Baden-Baden, Germany, Map
Metz, France, Map
Laon, France, Map
Paris, France, Map
Ashford, Kent, United
United Kingdom, Map
London, United Kingdom,
Here is a map of our European land trek.
We"ll keep you posted as we make our way through the lands of
the Vikings and beyond.