It almost feels as though you could reach across the waves to touch Denmark, as you walk Helsingborg’s splendid waterfront, and explore a destination blessed with history, blooming gardens and beach-side bliss. Helsingborg's location, on the strategic narrowing of the Øresund, has proved a blessing and a curse over the years, triggering countless skirmishes with the Danes. Yet, while wars and plagues may have wearied and weakened the city in the past, what stands today is an immersive, intoxicating introduction to contemporary Sweden.
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Discover the picturesque coastal beauty, landmarks and legends of Båstad and the Bjäre Peninsula during this scenic, half-day sightseeing excursion.
Helsingborg, Bjäre Peninsula and Märta Mås Textile Workshop
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 30-minute sightseeing drive around Helsingborg, with a short photo stop at the Keep Viewpoint. Afterward, head to beautiful peninsula of Bjäre, which is surrounded by the sea, forest and flowering meadows. Drive through the countryside and Italian Road to the small town of Båstad. A stop is made here for a guided tour of the textile workshop and weaving studio of Märta Måås-Fjetterström, a world-renowned, early-20th-century artist who started her textile studio here in 1919. Her work carries on to this day through the efforts of many other artists since her passing. The studio features 15 specially-built looms, the largest of which can produce rugs up to 13.7 feet (about 4.2 metres) in width.
Båstad Tennis Court and Skansen Beach
Next, proceed on-foot to nearby Skansen for a visit to the Båstad Tennis Court, home of the annual Swedish Open tennis tournament. Here, learn about Sweden's illustrious tennis history, which has produced luminaries that include Björn Borg, ranked #1 in the world in the 1970s, and Mats Vilander, who won the French Open in 1982 when he was just 17 years old. During your visit, you can also see Skansen's lovely beach.
Svenstad and Birgit Nilsson Home Museum and Cafe
Leaving the tennis courts, re-board your coach and drive to Svenstad, a small village in the middle of Bjäre, for a guided visit to the ancestral home of legendary opera star Birgit Nilsson. Beautifully nestled between rolling hills and pastures, the estate is now a museum where memories of Nilsson's childhood and stunning opera career are preserved. At the home's carefully renovated stables is a café. Following a refreshment stop here, re-board your coach and commence the approximately one-hour drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking for approximately 547 yards-875 yards (about 500 metres-800 metres), at times over cobblestone surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach, three steps to enter the Birgit Nilsson Museum, ten steps inside the museum, four steps to enter the Märta Mås Textile Shop, and 15 steps inside the shop. This tour is not suitable for guests prone to motion sickness, guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection and a sweater or light jacket from the ship. Guests must be at least eight years old to participate on this tour. The tour sequence may vary
Enjoy a guided walk out of the ordinary, through the old and beautiful city of Helsingborg, learning more about the history of the town while at the same time tasting various specialties during this tour.
From the pier, join the shuttle coach for the short drive to the city centre to start your walking tour. During the walk visit several local food shops and restaurants for samples. Examples of what you may taste are locally produced coffee with a long family history, Swedish pastry made by both tradition and innovation, locally produced chocolate with the ambition to deliver the world´s best chocolate and a taste of the Scanian tapas - a tribute to the Swedish smorgasbord. You also have the opportunity to buy products in the shops visited. All food samples and drinks are included (please observe that they are samples and not a full meal).
Old Town Walking Tour
Between the visits, learn more about the history of this 900-year-old city. The area around St Mary's Church and Bruksgatan called the "old town". Small cozy streets, numerous boutiques and a myriad of restaurants are located in these quarters. In the northern city are many shops with famous brands. Here is Sweden's first pedestrian street - Kullagatan, which celebrated 50 years in 2011. Even in the neighboring streets are flocking stores. In this part of town is also the Concert Hall, City Theatre and the Dunkers Culture house. Helsingborg is situated right by the sea with a boardwalk and shopping within easy reach.
Over Helsingborg watches the 34 metre-high tower core, which is all that remains of the stately Helsingborg Castle. From the top there is a stunning view of the Sound and Denmark. On clear days one can see all the way to Copenhagen and the Øresund Bridge.
At the conclusion of your walking tour, you may wish to return directly to the ship using the shuttle, or remain in town and return on a later shuttle to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves moderate walking and is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or for those who utilise a wheelchair. Guests should wear seasonal attire, flat, walking shoes and sun protection. The order in which the attractions are visited may vary.
Experience Helsingborg's charm from a bike during this half-dayvtour.
Take in the sights on a narrated biking tour about Helsingborg City and surroundings. Pass the city's highlights including the 'the Keep'; defense tower and landmark of Helsingborg, the Ramlösa Spring, the beautiful gardens and woods in the Pålsjö area as well as natural beaches along the coast.
As a pleasant contrast to the large Scandinavian capitals Helsingborg is a close, confined city. Abounding in parklands, this attractive, historical town lends itself perfectly to be explored from the saddle of your bike.
From the harbour begin your first leg along the coastal road heading south before turning inland passing the Ramlösa Spring, dating from the early 1700's and set in a lovely, natural, landscaped ravine. Next, pass residential areas, green areas and the Catholic Church. Continue past the new arena and the open-air museum of Fredriksdal before you stop for refreshments at a local café in the beautiful area of Pålsjö.
Ride along the coast to reach the city centre, where you see amongst other interesting buildings the most famous landmark "Kärnan", remains of a battlement from the 14th century. For those that are up for a climb, the view from atop offers an extensive panorama of Helsingborg and across the sound to Denmark.
Bike through the green and lush areas surrounding the city and get some exercise while enjoying the city sights. The beautiful Pålsjö forest is a pearl as is the road winding along the sound. A refreshment stop will be made at a nice local café. Your tour concludes at the ship's pier.
Please note: This tour involves extensive activity and is recommended for guests in good physical condition and capable of riding a bike while maintaining a certain tempo. Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress according to the day's conditions. Bring a hat and a light sweater or jacket. The bicycles have baskets. Helmets are provided and must be worn at all times while riding. A signed waiver is required to participate in this programme.
Journey to Denmark by ferry for a visit to Hamlet's Castle & the city of Elsinore, during this half-day tour.
Depart the pier for the short transfer to the ferry pier. Boarding the ferry, make the crossing of the Öresund to Denmark. Explore Elsinore (Helsingör), the old city that commands the Öresund Narrows. Tour mighty Kronborg Castle, the setting for Shakespeare's Hamlet. Visit the castle's banquet hall, and courtyard. Viewed from the outside, the mixture of elegant royal castle and brutal military fortress is quite imposing. Inside it is a testimony to the art, design, and royal way of life prevalent during the Renaissance and Baroque periods. If possible you also will visit the chapel, the sole remnant of the original 16th-century castle, which gives an impression of the original splendour of the rest of the interior, and the Knights' Hall.
Elsinore Walking Tour
After the visit to the Castle enjoy a walking tour through the city of Elsinore where you may notice that much has been done to preserve the old character, and that the city has kept its charm and vitality, even without Sound Dues. Enjoy time to browse the streets before returning to Sweden and Helsingborg by ferry.
Upon returning to Helsingborg, enjoy a short panoramic tour. In the town centre, see the famous landmark 'the Keep' the remains of a 14th-century fortress, and the main square (Stortorget) with its prominent neo-Gothic Town Hall before returning to the pier.
Please note: Tour involves moderate walking and is not recommended for guests who utilise a wheelchair. We suggest guests wear seasonal clothing and flat, walking shoes. The order in which the attractions are visited may vary. Since this excursion enters Denmark, participants of all nationalities must carry their passport.
Enjoy the sites of Helsinborg City during this half-day outing.
In pleasant contrast to the large Scandinavian capitals, Helsingborg is a close, confined city. Abounding in parklands, this attractive, historical town with its Civic Theatre, Concert Hall and variety of museums has a very continental air.
Leaving the harbour by motor coach, turn towards the north and the town centre to discover a striking landmark, 'the Keep'. The remains of a 14th-century castle; the old fortified tower has stood guard over the city for more than 600 years. From here, you are offered an extensive panorama of Helsingborg and across the sound to Denmark.
From the main square (Stortorget) and its prominent neo-Gothic Town Hall, pass the half-timbered Jacob Hansen's House (1641) and take the coastal route to Sofiero. Formerly the summer residence of the late King, this stately Manor House is known for its parklands and the magnificent rhododendron garden founded by King Gustaf VI. Enjoy a guided walk through the gardens.
Råå Fishing Village
Returning to the city centre, pass through the nature reserve of Pålsjö Forest. Drive past Ramlösa Spring, and visit the village of Råå - once an important fishing community, but now also a colourful marina. You tour will conclude back at the ship's pier.
Please note: Tour involves moderate walking and is not recommended for guests who utilise a wheelchair. We suggest guests dress in seasonal attire and wear flat, walking shoes. The order in which the attractions are visited may vary.
Take in the city sights during this half-day narrated drive about Helsingborg.
Departing the pier in an air-conditioned coach, travel north to the Kullaberg Peninsula on a visit to the nature reserve of Kullaberg - the lighthouse marks the entrance to the Oresund separating Denmark and Sweden. Tour Brunnby Church, renowned for its fine 15th-century frescoes. Enjoy coffee and pastry at the well-known Flickorna Lundgren på Skäret.
Helsingborg Panoramic Drive
Departing the pier in an air-conditioned coach, drive through the center of Helsingborg passing the main square. View the City Hall with its richly decorated façade, the Concert Hall and the Civic Theatre.
Just north of Helsingborg, pass the Royal Manor of Sofiero, renowned for its parklands enhanced by the intense interest in gardening of Gustav VI Adolf and Crown Princess Margareta. Along the coast, you'll pass the fishing village of Old Viken, with its half-timbered houses and colourful changing huts lining the beach. Continue on passing Höganäs which is the centre of Sweden's pottery industry due to the high quality of clay found in the area. Heading north drive through the small coastal settlements of Strandbaden and Nyhamnsläge to Mölle situated at the entrance to Kullaberg, a beautiful nature reserve of ravines, steep cliffs and a wide variety of vegetation.
Lighthouse and Brunnby Church
At Kullen, the tip of the peninsula, visit the renowned lighthouse signaling the entrance to Öresund. It is perched on a cliff rising steeply out of the sea. Continue to a local Café for refreshments. Nearby, visit the lovely medieval Brunnby Church containing wall paintings from the 12th century. Turn south passing Krapperup Manor on the return route to Helsingborg.
Please note: Tour involves minimal walking; however some paths are on inclines and there are some stairs to negotiate. This programme is not recommended for guests who utilise a wheelchair. We recommend guests wear seasonal clothing and flat, walking shoes. The visit to Brunnby Church is subject to availability, as an inside visit will not be possible if a service or function is underway. Tour may be operated in a reversed order. A minimum number of guests per guide is required to operate this programme.