Into the Midnight Sun – Viking Oceans Cruise

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Into the Midnight Sun – Viking Oceans Cruise

Gaze upon Nordic splendor

Traverse deep-cut fjords along the fabled Norwegian coast. Sail across the Arctic Circle where the midnight sun shines 24 hours a day. Follow in the footsteps of Vikings between the remote beauty of North Cape and the windswept Shetland and Orkney Islands of Scotland. Enjoy an overnight stay in the former Hanseatic League city of Bergen and visit the Scottish capital of Edinburgh, where medieval glory mingles with classic beauty.

AU$2,000 flight credit per couple on 2025 & 2026 sailings
*Expired 31 May 2024

Expired on Friday May 31st, 2024

Expired on Friday May 31st, 2024

Day 1: Bergen, Norway

Embark your ship and settle into your stateroom. Bergen is home to the Hanseatic League’s only kontor (trading enclave) still in existence. Bryggen wharf, a row of timbered Hanseatic warehouses along a quaint quay, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Narrow wooden walkways are flanked by parallel rows of small, vibrantly painted buildings overlooking the picturesque Vågen Harbor. This is perhaps the most charming district of Bergen and a delight to explore, from its tight-knit community of workshops where artisans sell their wares to its cafés where freshly prepared smørbrød, or open-faced sandwiches, are on the menu.

Bergen, an ancient city with deep Viking roots, is nestled between gargantuan snowcapped mountains, magnificent fjords and one of Europe’s largest glaciers. Founded in 1070 on what was a Viking settlement, Bergen is the second-largest city in Norway. Not to be missed is a stroll through the Fisketorget, where the fresh catch of the sea awaits—from cod and prawns to local caviar and icy oysters.

Shore Excursion

PANORAMIC BERGEN (Included)
DURATION: 2 HOURS

EXPLORE NORWEGIAN CITY BY MOTOR COACH AND ON FOOT
Discover the main sights of Bergen during a panoramic drive and a leisurely walk. Founded in 1070 AD, Bergen features many historic sites, including the medieval King Haakon’s Hall, the Rosenkrantz Tower, the bustling fish market and the Nordnes Peninsula, with its 19th-century white painted wooden houses. During a scenic drive, see these and more, pausing to take a photo stop at Nordnes to admire the views over Bergen Harbor. At the National Stage, disembark your motor coach and walk downhill to Festplassen, passing the statue of Ole Bull before arriving in Bryggen. Hear interesting stories from your guide about Bergen’s colorful past as you admire the picturesque wooden buildings, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Afterward, you may return to your ship via motor coach, or explore the district and return independently on your own.

BERGEN ON FOOT (Included)
DURATION: 1 HOUR 30 MINUTES

DISCOVER A HANSEATIC PORT TOWN
Explore Bergen’s historic sights during an invigorating walking excursion. Meet your guide at the pier and set off on foot to Bergenhus Fortress, one of Norway’s best-preserved fortifications. Pass the Rosenkrantz Tower and arrive at Bryygen to admire its picturesque wooden buildings, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hear interesting stories from your guide about Bergen’s colorful past as you get acquainted with this Hanseatic town. Formerly the capital of Norway, Norwegian kings once resided here. Bergen owed its wealth and prominence to the fish export trade, which has been at the heart of the town since the Middle Ages. Continue your walk to Festplassen to its music pavilion, and head toward the old financial district, pausing to see the old telegraph, the historic post office and to admire the quaint residences. Afterward, walk back to your ship.

Geiranger is the gateway to some of coastal Norway’s most magnificent natural treasures. Nearby, the Seven Sisters Waterfall tumbles 1,000 feet into the fjord’s water, while directly across the fjord, the Suitor Waterfall also plunges down a steep face. The overlook known as Eagle’s Bend towers 2,000 feet above the village, accessed via a winding mountain road with 11 hairpin turns. The Norwegian Fjord Center puts all this natural splendor into perspective with fascinating exhibits.

Shore Excursion

EAGLE’S BEND OVERLOOK & PANORAMIC DRIVE (Included)
DURATION: 3 HOURS

SEE SOME OF THE WORLD’S MOST STUNNING VISTAS
Witness Geiranger's pristine majesty as you ascend to the heights of Geirangerfjord on a magnificent drive. You will meet your guide at the berth and drive up a winding road to Eagle's Bend viewpoint, passing through 11 breathtaking hairpin turns. At the road's pinnacle, you will witness the spectacular scenery that has earned Geirangerfjord status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Later, you will drive to Flydalsjuvet viewpoint for more impressive views. After a photo stop, continue into the green Flydal Valley to the high mountain plateau at Djupvatn Lake. Its gorgeous waters shimmer in the Norwegian sun. Afterward, you will return to your ship.

Journey to what was once believed to be the “end of the world,” where sea monsters lurked and ships were lost on treacherous waters. Enjoy the amenities of your ship as you sail. Perhaps take a breath of fresh air on a brisk walk around the Promenade or begin your day with a workout in the well-equipped Fitness Center.

The Lofoten Islands stretch 118 miles into the Norwegian Sea from Norway’s coast. Ships in the archipelago’s cozy fishing harbors are dwarfed by the hulking massifs rising from the waters. The setting was ideal for Norse settlements in the early Viking Age. Cod has long been harvested from these waters as they come here to spawn. More recently, the fish have been caught from traditional rorbus, charming cottages that hover above the waters on stilts. The Lofoten Islands are beautiful any time of year, but the summertime midnight sun illuminates their magnificent glory.

Shore Excursion

PANORAMIC LOFOTEN (Included)
DURATION: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES

MAJESTIC MOUNTAINS AND FISHING VILLAGES OF THE LOFOTEN ISLANDS
Travel among the majestic mountains and fishing villages of the beautiful Lofoten Islands on this excursion. Enjoy the vistas on the island of Vestvågøy, dominated by tall, steep mountains with wide, green valleys and fishing villages in between, as well as white-sand beaches. From Leknes, your motor coach will transport you to Einangen, where you will stop to admire views of Leknes, your ship and the rugged mountains in the distance. Take a coastal route along the Storfjorden, passing isolated homes and sheltered inlets. Continue your scenic drive, passing through the heart of the island en route to Unstad. Stop at a viewpoint, marveling at the beautiful stretch of white sand surrounded by lush green hills and mountains. Admire your surroundings as waves from the Norwegian Sea lap against the shore. Board your coach and relax as you return to Leknes and your ship.

Tromsø is Norway’s most northerly city and has long been considered the gateway to the Arctic. During the summer months, pretty wooden houses exude an air of sophistication as they bask beneath the glow of the Midnight Sun. Winter brings pristine landscapes surrounded by snowcapped peaks and the aurora borealis, whose magical lights dance across the nighttime skies. World-renowned explorers have set sail from Tromsø’s shores; Roald Amundsen, Norway’s first son and the first explorer to reach both poles, is commemorated with a bronze statue in the city.

Shore Excursion

PANORAMIC TROMSØ (Included)
DURATION: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES

TROMSØ’S MOST BELOVED SITES
Witness the unique structures and natural beauty of Tromsø amid its stunning island setting and winter landscapes. Meet your local guide and drive through the city known as the “Gateway to the Arctic”—a starting point for many Arctic expeditions. Tromsø boasts the largest concentration of wooden houses in northern Norway, built here until 1904 at which point wood construction was banned for fear of fire. Throughout the city, you will see classic architecture mingling with modern buildings, including the stunning Arctic Cathedral. With its soaring white roofline, it has been compared to the Sydney Opera House. Admire its triangular interior, a stunning vision in white and icy blue, then continue to the Science Centre of Northern Norway. Here, in the darkened planetarium, marvel at the northern lights during a breathtaking documentary. Afterward, return to your ship via the Tromsø Bridge.

TROMSØ ON FOOT (Included)
DURATION: 1 HOUR 30 MINUTES

EXPLORE CITY DELIGHTS DURING A WALKING TOUR
Take a walk around Tromsø and enjoy the sights of the “Gateway to the Arctic.” Set off on foot from the harbor and take in the picturesque sites at the water’s edge. Admire the mix of architectural styles, blending old with new, and glimpse the modern facade of the Arctic Cathedral, nicknamed the “Opera House of Norway” due to its resemblance to the Sydney Opera House. Continue to Skansen and view Tromsø’s oldest house, then stroll down Storgata, the city’s pedestrian street, where you can browse the windows of the boutique stores. Pass the iconic Raketten, a quaint establishment that is one of Norway’s smallest bars, and stop to see the statue of the polar explorer Roald Amundsen. Stop to visit Tromsø Cathedral, Norway’s only wooden cathedral. Admire its stained-glass windows, designed by famed sculptor Gustav Vigeland, before returning to your ship.

Honningsvåg overlooks a pristine bay of the Barents Sea on Magerøya Island. This unassuming enclave grew mainly on the fishing industry, like so many in this remote region. Honningsvåg has ample charms, including a rich Sami culture and a deep love of the birdlife that lives here. But it is the surrounding beauty that draws visitors: starkly beautiful tundra dotted with mountain birch trees, distant rocky islands and rolling slopes that ascend into mountains. One of Europe’s most stunning natural sights, Nordkapp, or North Cape, rises on the island’s rugged northern coast.

Shore Excursion

DRIVE TO NORTH CAPE (Included)
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES

A BREATHTAKING DRIVE TO SCENIC NORDKAPP
Take in glorious vistas along Europe’s far northern shores and enjoy an independent visit at Nordkapp (North Cape). You will meet your coach at our berth and transfer approximately one hour to one of Europe’s most stunning natural sights. Located on the reaches of Magerøya Island where the Norwegian and Barents Seas meet, the cliffs of Nordkapp rise more than 1,000 feet from the sea waters and are topped by a large, flat plateau. Upon arrival, you will have time to take in its spectacular vista of barren tundra. You will have a chance to visit the North Cape Hall, which chronicles the history of the region. Spend time on your own, perhaps visiting the small ecumenical St. John’s Chapel. An excellent film at the visitors’ center depicts the region through the seasons. If you prefer, simply find yourself the perfect overlook and ponder your journey.

The Norwegian Sea is known for the bounty of seafood it has provided since medieval times. Norwegians still catch cod here and serve it fresh and flaky—far more delicious than the dried and preserved fish made by their ancestors. Enjoy the amenities of your ship as you sail. Perhaps take a breath of fresh air on a brisk walk around the Promenade or begin your day with a workout in the well-equipped Fitness Center.

The Shetland Islands may be remote, but history did not overlook them. At the excavation site of Jarlshof, tall, stone roundhouses date to the Iron Age and an ancient Norse longhouse tells of a Viking community. More recent history echoes through the streets of Lerwick, the islands’ sleepy capital founded by Dutch fishermen. The main island, Mainland, gets much of its beauty from its diversity. Farmlands and dreamy meadows unfold toward seal-dotted beaches, rocky cliffs take a beating from the surf, and medieval castles overlook valleys and lakes.

Shore Excursion

SHETLAND PANORAMA & PONIES (Included)
DURATION: 1 HOUR 45 MINUTES

DREAMY SEASCAPES AND A RICH ISLAND CULTURE
Gain insight into the Shetland Islands while learning about Shetland ponies and admiring striking landscapes. Enjoy a photo stop from above Scalloway Castle, overlooking the harbor below, before visiting a Shetland pony breeder and enthusiast. Small ponies have existed in the Shetland Islands for more than 2,000 years; the ponies are thought to have been in domestic use since the Bronze Age. Learn more about how these miniature ponies are bred and used today. Travel north through the Tingwall Valley, with its Norse heritage, before heading through the peat- and heather-covered landscape to Girlsta, with its beautiful freshwater lochs and hillside scenery. Drive through Whiteness on the Atlantic coast to Wormadale for the chance to photograph many of the islands of the Shetland archipelago. Hear more about Shetland culture and heritage on the way back to your ship.

The history of the Scottish Orkney Islands dates back millennia. Neolithic remains, including the ancient site of Brodgar, predate Stonehenge and the Pyramids. The 13th-century Norse Orkneyinga Saga told of Vikings who ruled here. Later, the earls took over, and the French Renaissance palace that remains is a legacy to their grandeur. Another castle, Balfour, stands regally in a stark landscape. While the northern Europeans greatly influenced this hauntingly beautiful archipelago, consider the Italian Chapel, built by the hands of Italian prisoners during wartime.

Shore Excursion

HIGHLIGHTS OF HISTORIC ORKNEY (Included)
DURATION: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES

AN ENLIGHTENING PANORAMIC OVERVIEW OF THE CITY
Pass through gentle rolling landscapes into the Heart of Neolithic Orkney and visit a charming seaside village. Meet your local guide and embark on a scenic drive to the Ring of Brodgar, the finest known circular stone ring from the early Bronze Age. This ceremonial circle of 27 remaining standing stones is almost 5,000 years old and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After time to ponder, continue your journey to the quaint village of Stromness; after a brief orientation, spend free time exploring the picturesque harbor and pretty flag-stoned street of this seafaring town. Visit the beautifully refurbished Pier Arts Center, with exhibitions by both local and international artists, or explore the craft shops selling local knitwear, pottery and artwork. Return to your motor coach and continue on this circular route, following the coastline of Scapa Flow.

Edinburgh has been Scotland’s capital since the 15th century, despite the fact that the Union of the Crowns moved it to London in 1603. There is no capital quite like Edinburgh, with its gorgeous setting on green rocky hillocks and splendid views of the sea. Edinburgh Castle, home of the Scottish Crown Jewels and countless medieval treasures, overlooks the city from Castle Rock. The Royal Mile unfurls Edinburgh’s architectural gems in all their finery, from the Canongate to St. Giles’s Cathedral to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Scottish residence of British royalty.

Shore Excursion

EDINBURGH HIGHLIGHTS (Included)
DURATION: 3 HOURS

PANORAMIC TOUR THROUGH THE HEART OF SCOTLAND'S CAPITAL
See highlights of Scotland’s capital city on this included tour, from gracious architecture to a storied castle. Your journey begins in the historic district of Newhaven, once a thriving fishing village and center for shipbuilding, as you drive toward the heart of the historic city of Edinburgh. On your panoramic tour, you will see the 18th-century New Town with its delightful neoclassical and Georgian period architecture. From a high point, view the dramatic skyline punctuated with church spires and dominated by medieval Edinburgh Castle set on its craggy volcanic rock. Drive through the center of the city and walk down the famous bustling Royal Mile to view the 17th-century Palace of Holyroodhouse. Following your tour, enjoy some free time for shopping and independent exploration in central Edinburgh before returning to your ship.

Cross the North Sea, where Vikings sailed as they established colonies on Scottish islands, coastal France and beyond. As you sail, take advantage of the array of delicious cuisine offered on board. You may visit Mamsen’s, our casual gourmet deli, any time from early morning to late at night for a taste of traditional Norwegian fare. Or, dine at Manfredi’s and savor an authentic Italian meal, with options ranging from Milanese risotto to Tuscan inspired classics.

Greenwich, a borough of London, is home to the Royal Observatory. From here, the world’s longitude is measured from the prime meridian, and Greenwich Mean Time sets the global time standard. At the port, the clipper ship Cutty Sark, one of Greenwich’s renowned historic landmarks, is preserved as a fascinating museum. Upriver, London is home to Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey. In addition, this major economic and cultural hub boasts a long tradition of arts and architectural innovation—from Shakespeare’s Globe Theater to West End musicals.

Shore Excursion

ROYAL GREENWICH BY FOOT (Included)
DURATION: 1 HOUR 30 MINUTES

TIME & TIDE: GREENWICH’S MARITIME PAST
Discover Greenwich’s maritime and royal history by foot. You will join your guide for a walk that will take you past the famous Cutty Sark, the world’s only surviving tea clipper and the fastest sailing ship in the world when it was built in 1869, and the Greenwich Market, an eclectic mix of arts and crafts, and street food. Continue on to St. Alfege Church, dedicated to the archbishop of Canterbury who was killed on this spot in 1012 and where Henry VIII was baptized. Then, stop for photos at the Queen’s House, the first classical building built in England. See the National Maritime Museum, housed in a former royal palace and the world’s largest seafaring museum, and the iconic Old Royal Naval College, the architectural centerpiece of Maritime Greenwich, before returning to your ship.

CEREMONY OF THE KEYS AT THE LONDON TOWER (Privilege Access)
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES

AN EVENING TOUR WITH EXCLUSIVE ACCESS TO A PIECE OF ROYAL HISTORY
Enjoy a very special after-hours visit of the Tower of London and experience a unique, centuries-old tradition. The Tower of London has been the setting for many great events during its 1000-year history as a royal palace, fortress, prison, place of execution and jewel house. Nobody knows more about the history of the Tower than the Yeoman Warders, more commonly known as the Beefeaters. You will be captivated by the amazing stories of those who have guarded this fortress for centuries, passed on from generation to generation, during your private guided tour of the tower grounds including the White Tower, built by William the Conqueror in 1078. Following your tour, witness the age-old tradition of the Ceremony of the Keys, which has been enacted every night without fail for almost 700 years by the Chief Yeoman Warder of the Tower. This is your chance to witness a piece of royal history that still exists today.

Greenwich is home to several iconic maritime institutions. Royal Naval College is a major symbol of Britain’s seafaring heritage and the architectural centerpiece of Greenwich. It opened as a hospital for sailors in 1712 and served as the Royal Navy’s educational institution from 1873 to 1998. Today, its hallowed halls whisper of the days when Britannia ruled the waves. The National Maritime Museum is the world’s largest, chronicling England’s seafaring endeavors in its compelling collection of art, maps and countless memorabilia, including the first marine chronometer. After breakfast, disembark your ship and journey home.

*Shore excursions vary by each itinerary and are subject to change.

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2025 DIRECTION FARE
PER PERSON

Jun-09

London (Greenwich) to Bergen FROM
AU$11,995
Jun-16 London (Greenwich) to Bergen FROM
AU$12,095
Jun-23 Bergen to London (Greenwich) FROM
AU$12,095
Jul-28 Bergen to London (Greenwich) FROM
AU$12,095
2026 DIRECTION FARE
PER PERSON

Jun-03

Bergen to London (Greenwich) FROM
AU$10,995
Jun-17 London (Greenwich) to Bergen FROM
AU$10,995

 

*All prices are in Australian dollars, per-person, based on double occupancy and reflect our current offers. Strikeout prices reflect brochure pricing.

AU$2,000 flight credit per couple on 2025 & 2026 sailings

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BOOKING DISCOUNT
*All fares and offers are for new bookings made between 29 March – 31 May 2024. Deposit is due within 3 days to confirm a booking. Must pay in full 120 days prior to departure. Prices include port charges and shipboard gratuities. Viking Cruises reserves the right to correct or revise pricing or dates throughout the season. Conditions apply. Price listed above are subject to seasonality and availability, and may change without prior notice.

AIR
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GENERAL RESTRICTIONS
Cruise fares listed are cruise only in Australian dollars, per person, based on double occupancy. Cruise fares listed are valid for Australian and New Zealand residents only. Cruise ship fuel surcharge may apply. All fares and offers are for new bookings only as of 25 December 2023, are subject to availability, may not be combinable with other offers except Past Guest Travel Credit and Referral Rewards Credit, are capacity-controlled and may be withdrawn at any time without prior notice. Early Booking Discount fares are based upon published full brochure fares; cruise fares do not include pre-paid charges, optional facilities and service fees, and personal charges, as defined in the terms and conditions of the Passenger Ticket Contract which may be viewed elsewhere on this website. Full brochure fares may not have resulted in actual sales in all stateroom categories and may not have been in effect during the last 90 days. Promotional fares may remain in effect after the expiration date. Viking reserves the right to correct errors or omissions and to change any and all fares, fees and surcharges at any time. For up-to-date prices, please call Viking or your travel agent. The cruise ship fuel surcharge is additional revenue to Viking Cruises, as are any additional charges relating to currency fluctuation other than for deposited cruise fares and full fares, which fluctuations are beyond our control. Additional terms and conditions may apply. Complete terms and conditions may be found in the Passenger Ticket Contract.

Expired on Friday May 31st, 2024

 

MORE FEATURES, SERVICES AND EXCURSIONS INCLUDED

  • One complimentary shore excursion in every port of call
  • Free Wi-Fi (connection speed may vary)
  • Beer, wine & soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner
  • 24-hour specialty coffees, teas  & bottled water
  • Port taxes & fees
  • Ground transfers with Viking Air purchase
  • Visits to UNESCO Sites
  • Enrichment lectures & Destination Performances
  • Complimentary access to The Nordic Spa & Fitness Center.
  • Self-service launderettes
  • Alternative restaurant dining at no extra charge
  • 24-hour room service
  • Onboard gratuities

 

YOUR STATEROOM INCLUDES:

  • King-size Viking Explorer Bed with luxury linen
  • 42″ flat-screen LCD TV with intuitive remote & complimentary Movies On Demand
  • Large private bathroom with spacious glass-enclosed shower, heated floor, anti-fog mirror & hair dryer
  • Premium Freyja® toiletries
  • Direct-dial satellite phone & cell service
  • Security safe
  • 110/220 volt outlets
  • Ample USB ports

Expired on Friday May 31st, 2024

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