Join us for a canal cruise through Sweden, as we recreate Augusta Söderholm’s voyage in 1850.
Join us on May 30, 2017, for a 4-day cruise on the legendary Göta Canal!
Augusta, in a diary entry in 1850, describes her journey on the legendary Göta Canal as “one of the most beautiful and pleasant trips one can make.”
Augusta’s diary – which she kept faithfully throughout the voyage – provides us with an eyewitness account of her trip: her fellow passengers, the ship’s charming captain, and the sights, stops and experiences along the voyage … including a night she had to spend on deck with a young man in straw hat!
Augusta chronicled her life in her diary, and we plan to use her entries as a travel guide for a journey in her footsteps through Europe, allowing us to better understand her life and the era in which she lived.
The first leg of our journey will be recreating her canal cruise on the Göta Canal, traveling aboard the world’s oldest registered cruise ship, the M/S Juno, on a route that the cruise line Rederi AB Göta Kanal has maintained since 1869.
Dressed in clothing of the time, we will share with fellow passengers our research about Augusta, her life in the mid-1800s, and her memorable voyage.
We would be delighted to have you join us on our Göta Canal cruise!
Rederi AB Göta Kanal is offering a 20% discount for anyone who would like to join us on our cruise. Simply book by email or phone, mentioning the code “1850.” This offer is valid for new bookings on the 4-day Classic Canal Cruise, Stockholm – Gothenburg, departing May 30, 2017. Please contact the cruise line directly for additional offers on bookings made from the USA.
Read more about the Classic Canal Cruise.
About the Göta Canal
The Göta Canal is a historic waterway through Sweden’s heartland, connecting the Baltic Sea with the Atlantic Ocean. The canal, which has almost 70 locks and passes through Lake Vänern and Lake Vättern, opened in 1832 and remains active today almost 180 years later.
Augusta Söderholm is our great-great-grandmother. Augusta was born in Sweden in 1827 and died from tuberculosis at the age of 28. During the years 1847 – 1855, she kept a diary which chronicles her 1847 trip through what is now Germany and the Czech Republic, daily life at her country estate Loddby, Östergötland, and her frequent visits to Stockholm with its glamorous social life.