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Northern European Trek

Trip Plan

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 warmer climes.

We will explore many Viking haunts as we steam to Europe:

Boston, Massachusetts, Black Falcon, Map

Bonne Bay, Newfoundland, Map

Red Bay, Labrador, Canada, Map

Qaqortoq, Greenland, Map

Cruising Prince Christian Sund, Map

Scenic Cruising Isafjardurdjur, Map

Isafjordur, Iceland, Map

Akureyri, Iceland, Map

Scenic cruising Eyjafjordur, Map

Seydisfjordur, Iceland, Map

Scenic cruising Seydisfjordur, Map

Torshavn, Faroe Islands, Map

Bergen, Norway, Map

Stavanger, Norway, Map

Scenic cruising Lysefjord, Map

Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Map

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

Ribe, Denmark, Map

Copenhagen, Denmark, Map

Värnamo, Sweden, Map

Stockholm, Sweden, Map

Uppsala, Sweden, Map

We then leave our car and take a flight to Russia and its charming city St Petersburg.

St Petersburg, Russia, Map

We take another flight from St Petersburg to Berlin.

Berlin, Germany, Map

We pick up another car and drive from Berlin to:

Pirna, Germany, Map

Prague, Czech Republic, Map

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 Kingdom, Map

Canterbury, Kent, United Kingdom, Map

London, United Kingdom, Map


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.


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