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Helsingborg, Sweden-port

Discover charming Helsingborg with its gorgeous gardens, and miles of waterfront promenades on the dazzling Oresund Strait. Visit the 700 year-old medieval Kårnan Tower and admire the views of the harbor and Denmark from the highest point in Helsingborg. Then explore Sofiero Castle at the top of a rhododendron ravine. The beautiful Dunker Culture Center features an international art museum, town museum and concert halls. Stroll over to Kullagaten for exceptional shopping. Peruse the boutiques for fine Danish porcelain, silver and amber jewelry and leather goods. Relax while enjoying a “fika” (coffee and cake) in a vibrant, friendly setting.

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Below is a list of those shore excursions previously offered in this port. For information on which shore excursions will be offered on a particular cruise, please reference the specific itinerary of that cruise.

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Gourmet Explorer Gourmet Explorer
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • Best of Helsingborg & Sofiero
    Light Activity /WalkingMinimal Activity Required
  • Denmark & Hamlets Castle
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Helsingborg & Coastal Drive
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Walking Tour of Helsingborg
    Light Activity /Walking

Best of Helsingborg & Sofiero

Light Activity /Walking Minimal Activity Required

Duration: 3 hours

Tour Code: HLB-002

Admire the architectural beauty of Helsingborg’s historical downtown, followed by a tour of nearby Sofiero gardens, the ultimate expression of Sweden’s natural beauty.

Depart from the pier and enjoy a brief but scenic drive through Helsingborg, where highlights include the neo-Gothic Town Hall, the main square of Stortorget, and a beautiful half-timbered house built in 1641. In the center of town, you will visit Helsingborg’s iconic Kärnan, a medieval keep that sits atop a rocky ridge. It’s all that remains of the once-impenetrable, 14th-century Helsingborg Castle. Restored in the 1890s, the keep served as a navigation landmark for years and has since become a symbol for the city. From the terraced steps, you will have an excellent view of Denmark across narrow Oresund strait, the arm of the Baltic Sea that separates Sweden from Denmark.

Continuing on to the north, you will soon arrive at Sofiero Castle, once the summer residence of Sweden’s royal family. As impressive as the building is, the estate’s lush gardens are the real attraction. In fact, the gardens and surrounding grounds have been awarded a citation for being the most beautiful park in Europe. Of particular note are the more than 10,000 rhododendron bushes, which bloom each summer. The gardens also contain several sculptures that enhance the setting.

After visiting, you will drive back to the pier, taking time for a photo stop in the picturesque former fishing village of Raa.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 1-hour of easy to moderate walking. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned only to participate to the extent of their personal stamina and ability and may make arrangements with the guide to not participate in some of the walking portions of the tour. Weather appropriate clothing to include a light sweater or jacket; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The tour sequence may vary.