Kingdoms of the North - Jon Baines Tours

Kingdoms of the North

4 - 20 May 2021
  • Cultural Tours

About the tour

Norway possesses otherworldly beauty, ancient history and a thriving arts and cultural scene. It is a land of Viking heritage, beautiful music, magnificent fjords and rich medical and military history. Travel with Paul Luckin through some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world and experience Norway’s music, folk culture and long history – and the midnight sun - on a journey to the Arctic Circle and back. Continue to the gracious city of Edinburgh with its long history and culture and onto the remote Orkneys with their ancient Neolithic and Viking heritage. There is an optional extension to Iceland after the tour.

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Your tour leader

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​Dr Paul Luckin

Dr Paul Luckin AM MB.BCh.(Rand.), D.A.(S.A.), F.F.A.(S.A.),   M.MED.ANAESTHESIA (Natal), FANZCA is an anaesthetist in Brisbane. He started training in rescue as an ambulance paramedic in Tasmania before studying medicine in South Africa, where he spent 8 years in a Mountain Rescue Team. Paul served on the Tasmanian Ambulance Service Medical Advisory Council, was Director of the Advanced Airway Management Training Program and was President of Royal Life Saving Society Tasmania Branch.

Paul teaches Search and Rescue at the state and national level and is on the directing staff of the National Police Search and Rescue Managers Course. He provides advice on survivability during Search and Rescue operations to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, and Police Search and Rescue teams across the nation, in PNG and the Solomon Islands.

As a Captain in the Royal Australian Naval Reserve, Paul has served in Bougainville, East Timor, the Solomon Islands, in the Resuscitation and Retrieval Team for the victims of the Bali bombs, in the first medical team into Banda Aceh following the tsunami, and in Afghanistan.  He is Medical Director, Medical Services Branch, St John Ambulance Queensland, and has been invested as a Commander of the Order of St John (CStJ).   For his work in SAR, in 2006 Paul received the Australian National Search & Rescue Award, and in 2015 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia, AM, for significant service to the community through emergency medicine, and as an authority on survivability in search and rescue operations.

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Itinerary at a glance

  • 4 May (Tues) Oslo: Arrive in Oslo and check into the hotel before a welcome dinner
  • 5 May (Wed) Oslo / Kirkenes: Visit the Viking Museum in Oslo before flying to Kirkenes late in the afternoon. Enjoy dinner at the hotel
  • 6 May (Thurs) At sea: A relaxing morning before boarding our cruise ship the Ms Nordkapp. MS Nordkapp was refurbished in 2016 and now features a modern, Arctic-inspired interior. On board are three different restaurants, a bakery and ice cream bar, a sauna and fitness room. Out on deck you can enjoy the view from one of two hot tubs
  • 7 May (Fri) At sea: Make a late night stop at Mehamn. Experience snowy plains and valleys, crisp winter air and very possibly the Northern Lights in the starry sky above. Cruise to Tromso, the northernmost town in the world, and attend the spectacular Arctic Cathedral for a midnight concert.
  • 8 May (Sat) At sea: Cruise to the world-famous islands of Vesteralen and Lofoten, renowned for their wild beauty.
  • 9 May (Sun) At sea: Crossing the Arctic Circle is an important ‘rite of passage’. Celebrate the occasion on deck with a taste of Arctic tradition – a spoonful of cod liver oil.
  • 10 May (Mon) At sea: Sail along the coast and see the importance of fishing to Norway’s coastal communities. There is the opportunity to explore the historical wooden city of Trondheim.
  • 11 May (Tues) Bergen: During the night the ship calls at Ålesund, Torvik and Måløy as your voyage draws to a close. Pass through stunning scenery before docking in Bergen, including the picturesque Nordfjord beneath Jostedal Glacier. In the afternoon alight and check into your centrally-located Bergen Hotel.
  • 12 May (Wed) Bergen: A full day exploring Bergen, including the offical royal residence, Gamlehaugen, and the house of famous composer Edvard Grieg for a concert. Explore the old wharf of Bruyggen, Bergen Fortress and the Maritime Museum.
  • 13 May (Thurs) Bergen/Edinburgh: After a relaxing morning fly to Edinburgh. After checking into your hotel enjoy an evening of whisky tasting and dinner at The Scotch Whisky Society.
  • 14 May (Fri) Edinburgh: Start the day with a tour of the castle followed by a panoramic coach tour passing Holyroodhouse, the Scottish parliament and the Georgian new town. Enjoy lunch at the National Museum of Scotland's brasserie before a walking tour of Enlightenment Edinburgh
  • 15 May (Sat) Edinburgh: This morning visit Rosslyn chapel and Holyrood Palace before a free afternoon to enjoy Edinburgh.
  • 16 May (Sun) Orkney: Fly to Orkney, meet your local Orcadian guide and explore the Italian Chapel, the standing stones of Stenness and the Ring of Brodgar before settling down to listen to a talk on Australian Orcadians in the evening.
  • 17 May (Mon) Orkney: A full day exploring Orkney, including visits to Skara Brae, Skaill House and The Brough of Birsay Norse remains. Enjoy a local lunch and visit Kirbuster Farm Museum.
  • 18 May (Tues) Orkney: Walk through Stromness to understand its living history and visit the Maeshowe chambered tomb, home to the largest collection of Runic graffiti in the world.
  • 19 May (Weds) Edinburgh: This morning is free in Orkney before flying back to Edinburgh for your final evening and dinner, including a piper and an Address to the Haggis
  • 20 May ( Thurs) The tour finishes after breakfast for those not taking the extension to Iceland.

Tour cost

From USD $ 6,332 per person sharing, depending on cabin (excluding international flights and transfers)

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