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Karlskrona

Karlskrona is spread over 30 islands in the eastern part of Blekinge archipelago with the city centre itself situated 6 km out from the mainland proper. You will find exciting places to visit, good shopping and excellent restaurants and cafés to relax in. Everywhere you go here you'll feel close to the sea. The Swedish city also boasts nearby beautiful beaches and cliffs, excellent walking trails, nature reserves and of course the ever-present water.

 

Shore excursions in Karlskrona

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

A Walk around Karlskrona

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Duration: 2¼ hours

Karlskrona is the capital of the province of Blekinge and is an important naval port with a strong maritime tradition.

Your guided walk will begin from the pier towards Kungsbron where the Admiralty Church stands. The 17th Century structure is the largest timber-built church in Sweden and is fronted by the appealing wooden figure of Old Rosenbom, a character in Selma Lagerlöf´s book, ‘The Wonderful Adventures of Nils’. A short inside visit will be made before continuing your walk towards Stortorget.

Stortorget is surrounded by the neo-classical Town Hall, the 18th Century baroque Frederiks Church, and the round Trinity Church which was built for the German community in the town. These churches were designed by Nicodemus Tessin the Younger who also designed the Royal Palace in Stockholm.

Take the weight off your feet as you visit one of the charming cafés in the city for refreshments of tea, coffee and Swedish pastries. Your journey back to the pier will pass through the district of Björkholmen, where you will pass the picturesque 17th Century workmen´s houses.

Essential information

This excursion will operate on foot. There is approximately 1½ hours of walking on this excursion, therefore flat comfortable shoes are recommended.

Kungsholm Fortress

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Duration: 4 hours

Sail through the archipelago to the remote Kungsholm Fortress.

Since it was founded in 1680, Kungsholm Fortress has been guarding the entrance to Karlskrona and since 1998 has been a part of the World Heritage Site. The Fortress is still a military zone and so secluded it is only reachable by boat.

After a short walk you will board a ferry with your guide for an exclusive, scenic sail through the archipelago towards Kungsholm Fortress, which is home to many interesting buildings such as the Donjon, the North Redoubt and the Main Powder Magazine. Explore the unique, circular harbour and a diverse park with exotic plants and trees that have all been gathered from the Navy’s many expeditions around the world. You will also have chance to visit the museum and listen as your guide entertains you with the Fortress’ many exciting stories.

On your return to Karlskrona, you will visit the Naval Museum. The museum dates back to 1752 when Adolf Fredrik, the then King of Sweden, decreed that a ships model room be established in Karlskrona. Ever since, the museum has been home to artefacts which document the history and development of the Swedish Navy. You will have some time inside the museum and as you walk back to the ship you will have the opportunity to photograph the Admirality Church and Stortorget.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 2 hours of walking on this excursion. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. The ferry is exclusive to P&O Cruises; however there is limited seating onboard and it may be necessary to stand during the journey.

Naval Heritage

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Duration: 3½ hours

Dive into the naval history of this UNESCO World Heritage city.

Karlskrona is a living history book and has been on UNESCO’s World Heritage list since 1998. The well-preserved sites will remind visitors of a naval heritage that spans 300 years.

Your journey begins from Kungsbron, where you will have an abundance of photo opportunities, including the island of Stumholmen, the Bastion Aurora and the Governor's Residence. Continue on to Stortorget main square where you will be surrounded by the neoclassical Town Hall, the baroque Frederiks Church, and the round Trinity Church which was built for the area’s German community. Take the opportunity to photograph the exterior of these contrasting buildings before you visit the nearby Admiralty Church. Continue your drive through Björkholmen, where you can view the picturesque 17th Century workmen’s houses.

Sweden’s proudest sailing fleet was built and maintained at the Old Naval Shipyard and more than 400 ships were launched from here. As you walk around the yard, admire the interesting 17th Century buildings as well as the Polhem Dock – one of the world’s oldest dry docks. During the era of the navy, rope-making was an essential part of ship construction, witness a demonstration and maybe even have a chance to make your own rope. Finally, you will visit the Naval Museum, which houses a variety of interesting exhibits including a unique collection of late 18th Century figureheads.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 1 hour of walking on this excursion. Flat comfortable shoes are recommended. Please note that inside visits of the Admiralty Church may not be permitted if there is a service in progress.

Town and Country

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Duration: 4½ hours

Visit the naval town of Karlskrona and 17th Century village of Kristianopel.

Sit back and relax on a scenic drive around Karlskrona, showcasing this 17th Century fortified naval town and base. Karlskrona attracted widespread attention from all over the continent for its developments in fields that included shipbuilding, town planning, military construction and engineering.

Pause to photograph the Admiralty Church, which built in 1685, is the largest timber church in Sweden. In front stands the legendary figure of Old Rosenbom, his outstretched arm begging for alms. Continue on to idyllic Brändaholm, situated on the secluded island of Dragsö which is a popular recreation area for the residents of Karlskrona. Enjoy a guided walk around the pretty gardens and 1920s era cottages. Afterwards, venture out into the countryside to Kristianopel. Kristianopel was founded in the 1600s and is surrounded by the glittering sea. Weave your way through the narrow streets to the picturesque harbour where you will have some free time to explore.

Finally, visit the Naval Museum which was founded in 1752 when Adolf Fredrik, the then King of Sweden, decreed that a ships model room be established in Karlskrona. Follow your guide as they bring to life the artefacts which document the history and development of the Swedish Navy, including a collection of famous figureheads of the 18th Century.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 1 hour of walking on this excursion.

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