One of the best things about a small cruise ship such as the Silver Cloud is that it can visit small cities like Aalborg. This northern itinerary was a perfect mix of all the standard Scandinavian and Baltic capitals, along with some interesting small ports such as Aalborg that gave passengers a better sense of the culture and people of Scandinavia.
Silversea offered two shore excursions in Aalborg--a walking tour of the city and a bus tour to the coastal city of Skagen. We heard good things about both of these, although the walking tour group experienced a downpour of rain in mid-tour.
Since we were still a little jet lagged, we decided to do our own exploring of this picturesque Danish town. Mother and I waited out the short rain shower over a leisurely breakfast and walked over to the Aalborg Tourist Bureau, which was located across the street from Aalborg's most famous house, Jen Bangs Stenhus. The tourist bureau had a brochure with two self-guided walking tours, each of which would take about an hour. These two tours ended up being a good selection. The tours gave us an opportunity to see much of Aalborg and to gain a better understanding of life in a major merchant city in the 17th century.