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Step aboard Blue Clipper for this Scandinavian adventure. Beginning this adventure in Aarhaus, the second largest city in Denmark and explore some of the best coastal gems Denmark, Sweden and Norway have to offer. Sail the Kattergat and explore the coastal towns and national parks as we make our way to Fredrikstad.
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Kosterhavet and Ytre Hvaler National Park
On a sailing voyage we never use the word itinerary, as skippers will always be aiming for the best sailing and shore landings for the forecast and most idyllic or sheltered anchors and ports. They are as keen as you to include some of the highlights describe, but you have to go with Mother Nature, not fight her. The description below is based on what we think might be possible, based on past trips, or experience, but nothing is guaranteed on a sailing voyage.
Aarhus, was named by Lonely Planet as one of 10 European destinations you should see. Diverse, modern and fun, Aarhus is one of the happiest cities on Earth. It also was European Capital of Culture 2017. A visit to Aarhus’ art galleries, cosy Latin Quarter or the Old Town will show you just why Aarhus’ residents, and visitors, are so happy…After exploring Aarhus we make the short 20NM passage across to Samso Island.
Samsø is a Danish island in the Kattegat 15 kilometers off the Jutland Peninsula. Samsø is located in Samsø municipality. The community has 3,724 inhabitants called Samsings and is 114 km² in area. Samsø has been energy-positive for the past decade, producing more energy from wind and biomass than it consumes. Samsø residents can now boast a carbon footprint of negative 12 tonnes per person per year. The island’s vision now is to be fossil fuel-free by 2030. Two years ago the municipality replaced its diesel-powered ferry with one that runs on gas, and the long-term plan is to convert the ferry to run off island-generated biofuel and wind-charged batteries. Other petrol-powered vehicles will also be phased out in favour of electric or biofuel alternatives.
Why not spend the day exploring Samsø by hiring a bike. With its varied scenery, many villages and short distances, the island is perfect for short and long trips on the bike for the whole family. Quiet motor traffic and good, wide bike paths all the way from Tranebjerg on the middle of the island to Nordby in north makes the island a safe place to bicycle. Will the little leg weary, there is always short distance to a comfortable rest in one of Samsøs 22 villages, winding through the landscape, and in many of them you can refresh yourself with a drink in the summer heat.
From Samsø we make the 100nm passage to Halmstad, Sweden. Halmstad is a port, university, industrial and recreational city at the mouth of Nissan in the province of Halland on the Swedish west coast. The municipality of Halmstad is home to many cultural gems. This includes Sweden’s largest gallery and the Mjellby art museum, where the famed Halmstadgruppen’s work is on permanent display. The city also houses works by Milles and Picasso. The Halmstad library has won prestigious architecture awards – it’s considered a great fount of knowledge, as well as a marvellous building. The city also enjoys a thriving music and theatre scene, and people travel from far afield to see shows and concerts.
Halmstad is known as one of Sweden’s most popular tourist destinations. It offers a fine mix of big city pulse and small-town charm, salty shorelines and calm rivers. There’s plenty to entertain outdoor activity seekers, with 11 golf courses and 200 km of cycle paths. It features long stretches of beach, lining the 40 km of coastline, with peaceful inland waterways bordered by the Småland forest. These great natural features make Halmstad an idyllic location for tourists who want the best of two worlds – lush countryside and great beaches.
Gothenburg (also known as Göteborg) is a chilled, cosmopolitan port on the west coast of Sweden. It’s the country’s second-largest city, and it’s garnered a well-earned reputation for its highly proactive environmental work. Gothenburg can boast a long relationship with the Tall Ships Races – in 2016 it welcomed the fleet for the fifth time since 1968.
The port is nestled within the unique Kattegat – a beautiful body of water that’s shaped by the Jutlandic Peninsula and the Straits of Denmark. You can expect to come across several stunning, 17th-century canals in the city, along with boutique shops, neoclassical and modern art and architecture, and trendy cafes and bars.
The beautiful area of Stångehuvud is located in the western part of Lysekil in the county of Bohuslän on the Swedish west coast. At Stångehuvud – which has been a nature reserve since 1982 – the Bohus granite has its southernmost offshoot. The granite, formed some 920 million years ago, was greatly desired among stone quarrying companies in the second half of the 1800s. For almost 50 years granite was broken in parts of Stångehuvud. Calla Curman (1850-1935), wife of professor Carl Curman (1833-1913), had watched with anxiety as the quarrying at Stångehuvud had spread into the surounding areas. Between 1916-1920 Calla Curman bought large parts of the beautiful landscape and in this way saved it for posterity, preserving it from the increasingly widespread stone quarrying. Thanks to Calla Curman we can even today wonder in areas of pristine granite rock, which have been shaped only by the forces of nature.
These national parks are a unique natural marine environment shared by Sweden and Norway. Sailing in the national parks provides wonderful opportunities to experience the magnificent archipelago and sea.
Ytre Hvaler National Park is one of the most important areas for outdoor activities in the Oslo Fjord. Large areas were secured early as open-air areas of the Oslo Fjords open air council. The area is attractive for boat and hiking, sunbathing and swimming. The National Park is also an attractive hiking destination for the many cottage owners in Hvaler and Fredrikstad municipalities. From easy hiking to extreme windsurfing – there is something for everyone in the outer whale national park.
Fredrikstad is a cosy city with deep historical roots. It is home to one of the best preserved fortress towns in Scandinavia. Warmth is often used as a keyword when Norwegians are asked to describe Fredrikstad. The old town in Fredrikstad is a much-visited sight, as it is one of the best preserved fortified towns in the Nordic region.