Viking Homelands & Majestic Iceland – Viking Oceans Cruise

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Viking Homelands & Majestic Iceland – Viking Oceans Cruise

Scenic fjords & stunning vistas

Witness the serene beauty of Scandinavia’s mountains and fjords and sail to the majestic shores of Iceland as you uncover the mysteries of the north. Overnights in Stockholm, Bergen, Oslo and Reykjavík allow ample time to fully explore. While the historic cities of Berlin, Gda?sk and Copenhagen offer a blend of cultures.

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Expired on Friday May 31st, 2024

Day 1: Stockholm, Sweden

Embark your ship and settle into your stateroom. Elegant Stockholm is nestled where Lake Mälaren’s cobalt waters meet the Baltic. This stunning cultural capital extends over 14 islands linked by 57 graceful bridges. Hailed as one of the world’s cleanest cities, it boasts numerous green parks. The well-preserved 13th-century Gamla Stan, or old town, boasts gabled merchant houses and an array of architectural styles, from the enormous baroque Stockholm Palace to the art nouveau Royal Dramatic Theater. Strandvägen is one of Europe’s loveliest waterfront esplanades and the ideal place to sample some traditional smoked salmon.

Stockholm is an open book for those interested in Swedish culture and history; the city has one of the highest concentrations of museums in the world. The most prominent is the maritime Vasa Museum, which houses the restored 17th-century ship Vasa. Other homestead reconstructions are spread across the Skansen open air museum on the isle of Djurgården, providing a glimpse of life before the Industrial Age. Art lovers may also linger among the thousands of paintings and handicraft pieces at the National Museum or admire works by Picasso and Dalí at the Moderna Museet.

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OLD TOWN BY FOOT (Included)
DURATION: 2 HOURS

DISCOVER THE CHARMS OF GAMLA STAN
Explore the history and streets of Gamla Stan, the Old Town of Stockholm, on this engaging walking excursion. Concentrated primarily on the island of Stadsholmen, Gamla Stan was founded in 1252 and is the oldest section of the Swedish capital. Your guided walking tour will take you along the narrow, cobblestone streets to Stortorget, a historic square surrounded by old merchant homes built in the North German style and the Stockholm Stock Exchange Building. Walk down the narrowest alleyway in Stockholm—Mårten Trotzigs Gränd—which decreases to less than three feet wide. See the baroque-style Royal Palace, built in the 18th century and consisting of more than 600 rooms; and neighboring Storkyrkan Church, Gamla Stan’s oldest church and the former coronation site for Swedish kings before returning to your ship.

The capital of Estonia, Tallinn is located along the coast of the Baltic Sea. Its well-preserved old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is surrounded by a ring of 17th-century historic fortifications that were built to protect the city from invaders. Inside its walls are the upper town, where the regal castle and the cathedral are located, and the lower town, a maze of merchants’ houses, guilds, churches and public buildings. Some of the most notable landmarks include the Town Hall Square, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, St. Olaf’s Church and the Kumu Art Museum.

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TALLINN OLD TOWN WALKING TOUR (Included)
DURATION: 3 HOURS

ENJOY A GUIDED WALK THROUGH THIS CHARMING TOWN
Get to know one of the finest medieval Old Towns of Northern Europe on a two-mile walking tour with a local guide. A scenic drive leads past the medieval town wall, the National Opera and Freedom Square. At Toompea, or Dome Hill, enjoy a gentle stroll along cobblestone lanes past the Estonian Parliament, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and St. Mary’s Cathedral. Along the way, pause at lovely vantage points that overlook a magnificent canvas of red rooftops, slender steeples and the sea. Your walk descends into Lower Town, where you will explore a web of narrow 13th-century streets. Pass the Great Guild House, House of the Brotherhood of the Blackheads, Church of the Holy Spirit and two 15th-century gems: the Town Council’s Apothecary and the Town Hall. Along Katariina Passage and Muurivahe Lane, you can browse handicraft workshops and a street market lined with wool and linen products.

LEISURELY TALLINN OLD TOWN WALKING TOUR (included)
DURATION: 3 HOURS

EXPLORE HISTORIC MEDIEVAL TOWN
Get to know one of the finest medieval Old Towns of Northern Europe on a two-mile walking tour with a local guide. A scenic drive leads past the medieval town wall, the National Opera and Freedom Square. At Toompea, or Dome Hill, enjoy a gentle stroll along cobblestone lanes past the Estonian Parliament, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and St. Mary's Cathedral. Along the way, you will pause at lovely vantage points that overlook a magnificent canvas of red rooftops, slender steeples and the sea. Continue by coach to Lower Town, where you will explore a web of narrow, 13th-century streets. Walk to the Town Hall, a 15th-century gem, where you have some free time before returning to your ship.

Sail one of the world's most historic waterways, where maritme battles unfolded in a bid to control Northern Europe. As you sail today, savor a range of international cuisine on board. Choose from a variety of international flavors at the World Café, enjoy al fresco dining on the Aquavit Terrace, or regional specialties in The Restaurant.

Gda?sk is widely known as the city of glowing amber and Gothic cathedrals. Its luster harkens back to medieval times when it was one of the most prosperous cities in the Hanseatic League, the mercantile powerhouse of the Baltic. The city’s rich history is on display in the remarkably restored old town, a splendid mix of Gothic, Renaissance and baroque styles—from the royal residence of Green Gate to the 15th-century Artus Court, a merchant’s palace. Traditional Polish pierogies or a glass of Goldwasser, a liqueur created here during the 16th century, round out any visit.

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CITY OF GDA?SK ON FOOT (Included)
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES

ENJOY A TOUR OF THE SITES AND SQUARES OF GDA?SK
Explore this remarkably restored Polish city and learn about its rich history on this enlightening excursion. One of the wealthiest cities in the Hanseatic League, Gda?sk was extensively damaged during World War II, but its restoration has been phoenix-like. You will visit Long Market, one of the city’s most attractive streets, and pass beneath Green Gate, a former royal residence. View the 15th-century Artus Court, a merchant’s palace, and the fascinating Gda?sk treadwheel crane, a 14th-century human-powered device that helped the medieval port load and unload cargo. En route back to your ship, pass Solidarity Square and see the famous Gate No. 2 of the Gda?sk Lenin Shipyard, where protesting shipyard workers were shot by the Communist regime in 1970. A monument here commemorates their sacrifice.

Founded as a fishing community on the Danish island of Bornholm around the year 1000, the picturesque village of Rønne has played an important role in the maritime trade of the Baltics. Germans, Swedes and Soviets variously overtook the island throughout its history. Today, Rønne is famed for its half-timbered houses and renowned for its celebrated and talented artisans who uphold a long tradition of glassblowing. Along Laksegade and Storegade streets, historic cobblestone lanes and the low-timbered, red-roofed houses of merchants exude the Rønne of yesterday.

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SCENIC BORNHOLM (Included)
DURATION: 2 HOURS

VISIT PICTURESQUE ISLAND’S CHARMING FISHING VILLAGES
Discover the natural beauty and charming villages of the idyllic island of Bornholm. This picturesque Danish island is nicknamed solskinsøen (Sunshine Island) and klippeøen (Rock Island) for its weather and geology, respectively. Embark on a scenic drive by motor coach through the lush green fields of the island’s western coast en route to a photo stop at the largest castle ruins in Northern Europe, Hammershus. Continue along the island’s rugged northern side and glimpse Gudhjem, a small village situated on the steep cliffs. Leave the coastal road and visit one of the four round churches that can be found on Bornholm; these peculiar buildings were not just churches but served as fortresses during times of conflict. From the small village of Østerlars, travel through the island’s interior and return to your ship.

After a long postwar rift both between Berlin and the world and within the city itself, Germany’s capital has been reunified and undergone a remarkable rebirth as a center of art, culture and architecture. Still riding a wave of newfound energy, exploring its streets feels akin to browsing a newly opened museum. Risen from the ashes of war, many of its buildings that once stood for division now embrace unity. Among them, the Reichstag parliament building embodies a new transparency with its glass dome, and the city’s Museum Island celebrates self-expression and creativity.

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BERLIN YOUR WAY
DURATION: 12 HOURS
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A SELF-GUIDED TOUR OF BERLIN
Follow your own interests in Berlin, from its historic sites to its lesser-known gems. Transfer to the city by train early in the morning along with your escort, who will provide you with a map and some tips during an orientation tour. Set off on your own in the city center, with 3½ to 4 hours to explore. Call on Checkpoint Charlie and see remnants of the Berlin Wall or explore Alexanderplatz. Admire the remarkable glass cupola of the Reichstag or visit a museum on the renowned Museum Island. For lunch, perhaps stop at a sidewalk café and enjoy a fine German wine while you observe modern Berliners strolling by. At the allotted time, meet your escort at a prearranged location and return to your ship via train in time for dinner.

ROSTOCK HIGHLIGHTS (Included)
DURATION: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES

EXPLORE THE MEDIEVAL ARCHITECTURE OF A HANSEATIC CITY
Meet your local guide at the pier and board a motor coach for a scenic ride to the Hanseatic city of Rostock. Upon arrival, begin your walking tour, passing the iconic sights of the city. See the 13th-century Town Hall, which was originally built in the Gothic style but transformed during the 18th century with the addition of a baroque facade and banquet hall. View the Gothic St. Mary’s Church and its cross-shaped basilica and learn about its astronomical clock, built in 1472 by Hans Düringer. Visit University Square and see the handsome terra-cotta Hauptgebäude, the university’s main building. Admire its centerpiece, the Brunnen der Lebensfreude, also known as the Fountain of Happiness. Enjoy free time to explore the pedestrian district of Kröpeliner Strasse, which runs east from the Neuer Markt to the 14th-century Kröpeliner Tor, a former town gate, before returning to your ship.

BERLIN & LUNCH AT THE REICHSTAG (Privileged Access)
DURATION: 12 HOURS

A HISTORIC AND CULINARY JOURNEY THROUGH THE HEART OF BERLIN
Enjoy a panoramic tour of Berlin, lunch atop the Reichstag and a private organ concert in a cathedral. After an escorted scenic train ride, meet your guide in the heart of Berlin. A city drive takes you to remnants of the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie and the Brandenburg Gate. At the impressive Berlin Cathedral, delight in an inspiring organ concert. Continue to the Reichstag building, Germany’s first National House of Parliament. Here, take an elevator to the rooftop terrace and the elegant Käfer restaurant, admiring the stunning glass-dome cupola designed by Sir Norman Foster. Few buildings in the city have witnessed so much history. After an unforgettable meal, your city tour commences past the Victory Column, Bellevue Palace and Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. Later, browse Berlin’s most famous shopping district, Kurfürstendamm, before returning to your ship by train. Note that the Reichstag is closed on July 9.

Copenhagen charms visitors like a Danish fairy tale. Among the Baltic’s most beautiful cities, it began as a fishing village and boasts more than 850 years of history. It has been an important Scandinavian port since the Viking Age and remains one of Europe’s most enchanting places, thanks to Tivoli Gardens, the world’s second-oldest amusement park, and The Little Mermaid statue sitting in the harbor at Langelinie. Grand palaces also grace the cityscape, including Amalienborg Palace, the royal winter residence, and Rosenborg Castle, home to the Danish Crown Jewels.

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COPENHAGEN BY FOOT (Included)
DURATION: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES

LANDMARKS AND HISTORY OF DENMARK’S CAPITAL CITY
Explore the landmarks of Copenhagen and learn about the city’s history during a walking excursion. With a local guide, you will stop to see the Little Mermaid statue sitting serenely in the harbor at Langelinie and visit the courtyard at the 18th-century Amalienborg Palace. Continue to Copenhagen’s largest monument, the Gefion Fountain, followed by Amalienborg Palace, the winter residence of the Queen of Denmark, the sovereign of one of the world’s oldest monarchies. Here, admire the royal rococo buildings and square, plus the stunning Marble Church, New Opera House and flourishing Amaliehaven (Amalie Garden) with its geometrical layout, colorful plants and centerpiece fountain. En route back to your ship, walk through the 17th-century Citadel—one of Europe’s best-preserved fortresses surrounded by eight moats, tall ramparts and cannon bastions.

KRONBORG CASTLE AFTER HOURS (Privileged Access)
DURATION: 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES

FORMIDABLE FORTRESS OF SHAKESPEAREAN RENOWN
Explore mighty Kronborg Castle during a Privileged Access® visit. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kronborg is one of Northern Europe’s most important Renaissance-era castles; ornately decorated, it earned its wealth from levies charged to passing ships and was immortalized in Shakespeare’s famous play Hamlet. Embark on a scenic coastal drive along the Øresund Sound en route to the town of Helsingør, from which you will see the fortress guarding the strait from atop the headland. Upon arrival, enjoy a welcome drink, then set out with your knowledgeable guide. Learn the castle’s storied history as you roam through its chapel, courtyard and imposing banquet hall. Admire sweeping views across the Sound from the ramparts and learn about the castle’s link to Shakespeare’s melancholy Danish prince. After your visit, you will return to your ship.

Historic Ålborg enjoys a picturesque setting. The best-preserved Renaissance architecture in all of Denmark is here, most famously at the Jens Bang’s House, built in 1624. Its clean symmetry helped lay the foundation for today’s Scandinavian design. Ålborg, the nation’s fourth-largest city, was founded as a trading post by the Vikings during the late 900s. The wealth that poured into merchants’ accounts helped build many half-timbered mansions that still stand today. Ålborghus Castle, the seat of the modern-day governors of Northern Jutland, is perhaps the finest example.

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ÅLBORG WALKING TOUR (Included)
DURATION: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES

UTZON CENTER, OLD TOWN AND ÅLBORGHUS CASTLE
Enjoy a taste of beautiful Ålborg, strolling its old town, savoring local delicacies and seeing Ålborghus Castle. Leaving your ship’s berth in the city center, walk along the renovated waterfront district, home to the Utzon Center. Pass through Utzon Park and visit Vor Frue Kirke (Church of Our Lady), which to this day still houses one of the original church bells dating back to the 12th century. Visit the charming old town, see the Gothic 14th-century Budolfi Church and the lovely baroque-style City Hall. Take a stroll by one of Ålborg’s real treasures, Jens Bang’s stone house. Bang was famously snubbed by the town’s government, and his statuesque renaissance home was never approved by the local gentry. The highlight of the tour is the chance to experience our very own Viking market, where you can sample some of the local delicacies while exploring the grounds of Ålborghus Castle.

PANORAMIC ÅLBORG (Included)
DURATION: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES

FROM THE VIKINGS TO THE PRESENT DAY
Discover the culture and history in and around Ålborg during an informative panoramic excursion. Embark on a scenic drive by motor coach to Lindholm Høje, where you will stop for photos and learn about the importance of this ancient Viking burial site featuring more than 700 gravesites and 150 stone ships. Continue through historic neighborhoods to the harbor for a short visit at the Utzon Center, Ålborg’s famous opera house, then enjoy sweeping views of the city and the fjord from one of the heights of Mølle park. Your journey will also take you to Ålborg’s popular allotment gardens, before you disembark your coach for a short stroll by one of Ålborg’s real treasures, Jens Bang’s stone house. Bang was famously snubbed by the town’s government, and his statuesque renaissance home was never approved by the local gentry. Afterward, you will walk back to your ship.

BUNKER AT REGAN VEST (Privileged Access)
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES

WELL-KEPT DANISH SECRET OPENS ITS DOORS
Descend below the surface to discover a piece of Cold War history at the REGAN Vest bunker. One of two bunkers built in secrecy during the 1960s to house the Danish government and monarch in case of World War III, REGAN Vest resides approximately 180 feet below ground in a chalk hill. Your drive deep into the woods of the Rold Forest will go to the museum’s striking above-ground reception and exhibition building. Browse the intriguing collection of artifacts that tell the story of the Cold War in Denmark, then head underground for a riveting tour of the bunker itself. The facility consists of four concrete rings that lie on top of each other, two- by-two, with everything that would have been needed to sustain life, including a kitchen, storage room, medical clinic, engine room and more. Return to the surface, then board your motor coach and return to your ship.

Oslo is one of Scandinavia’s most vibrant cities, set on a splendid bay amid stunning fjords and hills. It was founded by a Norseman, King Harald III, and has grown over the centuries around the cherished Akershus Fortress. The city not only has a rich Viking past with its close ties to the sea, it also boasts an impressive artistic heritage. Perhaps its most famous painter is Edvard Munch, whose work The Scream is known the world over. But Gustav Vigeland’s 200 or so sculptures are the most prominent works in the city, on full display throughout Vigeland Park.

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OSLO HIGHLIGHTS & VIGELAND PARK (Include)
DURATION: 3 HOURS

A FASCINATING GLIMPSE OF NORWAY’S CULTURED CAPITAL
Take in Oslo’s eclectic blend of contemporary flair, rich history and spectacular natural views. With your local guide, you will drive past the medieval Akershus Fortress, built during the 1290s by Norse king Håkon V. Pass Oslo City Hall, the Royal Palace, Parliament and the National Theater. Travel to the district of Holmenkollen, home to the world-famous ski jump set atop the most prominent hill in the city. This impressive structure dates back to 1892. Back in the city, you will tour Vigeland Park, named after the sculptor whose work adorns this expansive green space. Your local guide will accompany you on a stroll along its pathways to view some of the 200-plus fascinating stone and bronze sculptures depicting the human life cycle. Afterward, return to your ship via the affluent suburb of Frogner.

BEHIND CLOSED DOORS AT THE MUNCH MUSEUM (Privileged Access)
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES

WORKS AND RESTORATION OF NORWAY’S MASTERPIECES
Enjoy Privileged Access to Oslo’s Munch Museum on an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour. Connect with the brilliance of Edvard Munch, Norway’s beloved expressionist artist, and get a sneak peek at the inner workings of the museum. Meet your expert art historian and enjoy a guided tour of the exhibition, stopping to marvel at Munch’s work. Discover more about this captivating artist and his long and successful career, which began at the age of 17. Step behind the scenes and see the museum’s private collection of printing plates that showcase Munch’s innovative and surprising techniques. Next, gain exclusive insight into the work of the conservation department and meet the museum’s team of skilled craftsmen, who painstakingly restore precious works and prepare masterpieces for viewing. After your tour, enjoy coffee and cake before returning to your awaiting ship.

Oslo is Norway’s largest and most populous city. The city is nestled between the waters of Oslofjord and the sloping forestlands that stretch into the hinterlands, so a nature walk is never far away. Even in the heart, vast open spaces invite residents to commune with the great outdoors. Norway’s most famous is Frogner Park. While a short ferry ride leads to Bygdøy, the green “Museum Peninsula” jutting into the fjord. The grassy expanse of Tøyen Park is home to an inviting Botanical Garden, while St. Hanshaugen Park affords sweeping city views.

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OSLO HIGHLIGHTS & VIGELAND PARK (Included)
DURATION: 3 HOURS

A FASCINATING GLIMPSE OF NORWAY’S CULTURED CAPITAL
Take in Oslo’s eclectic blend of contemporary flair, rich history and spectacular natural views. With your local guide, you will drive past the medieval Akershus Fortress, built during the 1290s by Norse king Håkon V. Pass Oslo City Hall, the Royal Palace, Parliament and the National Theater. Travel to the district of Holmenkollen, home to the world-famous ski jump set atop the most prominent hill in the city. This impressive structure dates back to 1892. Back in the city, you will tour Vigeland Park, named after the sculptor whose work adorns this expansive green space. Your local guide will accompany you on a stroll along its pathways to view some of the 200-plus fascinating stone and bronze sculptures depicting the human life cycle. Afterward, return to your ship via the affluent suburb of Frogner.

Stavanger, set on Norway’s southwest coast, boasts a rich history dating to the end of the last ice age. Known as one of Europe’s most interesting old towns, Gamle Stavanger’s cobblestone streets are adorned with a collection of wooden buildings from the 17th and 18th centuries. Norway’s fourth largest city, it flourished early on, thanks to its strategic location and bountiful fjords. More recently, it has experienced an economic boom from offshore drilling, transforming from a tranquil town into a vibrant city, culminating in the European Capital of Culture honor in 2008.

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STAVANGER WALKING TOUR & OIL MUSEUM (Included)
DURATION: 2 HOURS

ENJOY A TOUR OF OLD TOWN STAVANGER
Get well acquainted with Stavanger and its beautifully preserved old town on this included tour. From our berth right in the heart of town, you can walk with ease to Gamle Stavanger, or Old Stavanger. In this attractive pedestrian district, stroll cobblestone streets among close to 250 buildings protected by a conservancy. They range in date from the 18th to the early 20th centuries and are considered the best kept wooden houses in Northern Europe. Destined for demolition during the 1950s, they were saved largely by the city’s architect, Einar Hedén. You will also visit the Norwegian Petroleum Museum. Browse its fascinating exhibits about geology, technology and harnessing the power of oil. You will learn about life on board oilrigs and the drama of everyday life at sea. After, linger in Stavanger at your leisure and return the short distance to your ship on your own.

PANORAMIC STAVANGER (Included)
DURATION: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES

PICTURESQUE DRIVE, LANDMARKS AND OIL MUSEUM
Discover historic landmarks around Stavanger during a scenic drive, then learn about Norway’s petroleum industry. Your panoramic journey will take you past Ledaal Manor, the king’s residence when he visits the city, and into Hafrsfjord. Here, King Harald Fairhair defeated the regional princes to found the Kingdom of Norway in 872 AD; view the Swords in Rock monument, which commemorates this battle. See the 12th-century Sola Church and the famous Jåttåvågen Leaning Tower before stopping to admire Stavanger Cathedral’s impressive mix of Romanesque and Gothic flourishes. Cap your tour with a visit to the Norwegian Petroleum Museum. Browse its exhibits on geology, technology and harnessing the power of oil. Learn what it is like to live on an oil rig and the drama of everyday life at sea. Afterward, pass the charming Old Town and glimpse its picturesque wooden houses enroute to your ship.

The quaint village of Eidfjord is nestled in the heart of one of Norway’s most scenic regions. From the Norwegian Sea, the waters of the expansive Hardangerfjord lead to the smaller Eidfjorden and to this charming mountain hamlet. Eidfjord embodies the Norway of every traveler’s dream, the gateway to Hardangervidda, Europe’s largest mountain plateau of soaring beauty. Wild reindeer roam here, among stunning, treeless moorlands dotted with pools, rivers, streams and the Vøringfossen Waterfall, a 550-foot cascade that plummets into the cavernous Måbødalen Canyon.

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SCENIC NORWEGIAN NATURE CENTER (Included)
DURATION: 2 HOURS 15 MINUTES

JOURNEY TO A VAST AND PRISTINE MOUNTAIN PLATEAU
Enjoy a sweeping view of one of Norway’s most beautiful regions and explore nature. Embark on a scenic drive by motor coach up the valley to Øvre Eidfjord and the Norwegian Nature Center. Here, learn about the nature and wildlife on Hardangervidda, Europe’s largest mountain plateau. In this lively center of exhibitions, aquariums and an inspiring “Super Videography,” you will gain insight into the staggering beauty of this pristine slice of Norway. You will enjoy more than an hour to explore the exhibits independently. Don’t miss the center’s highlight: a five-screen panoramic movie where you can immerse yourself on a journey past fjords, mountains and waterfalls, with drops over steep gorges and gentle sequences over mountain lakes and glaciers. After your visit, your bus will drive you back to Eidfjord.

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.

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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.

Bergen, an ancient city with deep Viking roots, is located in the heart of western Norway, nestled between seven gargantuan mountain peaks. It is also the gateway to the country’s magnificent fjords, including the Hardangerfjord and Sognefjord. Founded in 1070 on what was a Viking settlement, Bergen was Norway’s capital during the 13th century; today, it is the second-largest city in Norway. Not to be missed is a stroll through the picturesque outdoor fish market, Fisketorget, where the fresh catch of the sea awaits—from cod and prawns to local caviar and icy oysters.

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PANORAMIC BERGEN (Included)
DURATION: 2 HOURS

A PANORAMIC TOUR OF BERGEN
Enjoy a relaxing tour by deluxe motor coach as you tour the main sites in Bergen. Founded in 1070 AD, Bergen features many historic sites including the medieval King Haakon’s Hall, the Rosenkrantz Tower, the picturesque wooden buildings at Bryggen, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the bustling fish market and the Nordnes Peninsula, with its 19th-century white painted wooden houses. Take a photo stop at Nordnes and admire the views over Bergen Harbor. Once the capital city of Norway, Norwegian kings resided here, and many historic events took place in the port. Bergen owed its wealth and prominence to the fish export trade, which has been at the heart of the town since the Middle Ages. Hear interesting stories from your guide about Bergen’s colorful past as you tour through the streets of Norway’s second-largest city.

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.

Bergen’s Bryggen has come to serve as an important window into both Norway’s maritime legacy and architectural traditions. Totaling more than 60 buildings, with the earliest dating to the 18th century, these distinct structures are all that remain after the numerous fires that have ravaged Bergen. They were largely reconstructed within their original property lines, with their restoration and continual preservation staying true to medieval Norwegian building techniques, materials and tools. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is a delight to explore.

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PANORAMIC BERGEN (Included)
DURATION: 2 HOURS

A PANORAMIC TOUR OF BERGEN
Enjoy a relaxing tour by deluxe motor coach as you tour the main sites in Bergen. Founded in 1070 AD, Bergen features many historic sites including the medieval King Haakon’s Hall, the Rosenkrantz Tower, the picturesque wooden buildings at Bryggen, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the bustling fish market and the Nordnes Peninsula, with its 19th-century white painted wooden houses. Take a photo stop at Nordnes and admire the views over Bergen Harbor. Once the capital city of Norway, Norwegian kings resided here, and many historic events took place in the port. Bergen owed its wealth and prominence to the fish export trade, which has been at the heart of the town since the Middle Ages. Hear interesting stories from your guide about Bergen’s colorful past as you tour through the streets of Norway’s second-largest city.

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.

The charming village of Flåm sits eight hours inland through the breathtaking Aurlandsfjord. It is world-renowned as one of the world’s most spectacularly scenic places and the gateway to sprawling green valleys dwarfed by towering peaks. These primeval mountains, glacial lakes and glorious waterfalls were sculpted during the Ice Age. The landscape around Flåm is dramatically steep and the town is the starting point of the world-renowned Flåm Railway, which chugs through the magnificent scenery of Norway, past roaring waterfalls and breathtaking vistas.

Shore Excursion

THE SURROUNDINGS OF FLÅM (Included)
DURATION: 2 HOURS

BIRD’S-EYE VIEW OF BEAUTIFUL AURLANDSFJORD
Marvel at the stunning landscape of a Norwegian fjord from a viewpoint high above the Aurlandsfjord. Take a drive along the waterway, enjoying views of this narrow fjord’s steep mountains—some reaching nearly 6,000 feet—and deep waters. Stop at a church in the original village of Flåm and learn about the local history. After taking a switchback, you will reach Stegastein Viewpoint. Set between Aurland and Laerdal, the viewpoint is a 100-foot-long laminated wood ramp that sits more than 2,000 feet above the fjord. Its design expresses a desire to lift visitors out into open space and enhance their experience. Breathe in the fresh air and admire the panoramic views of the fjord and the village of Aurland beneath you. After time for photos, descend to Aurland, a charming village nestled between the shores of the fjord and towering mountains, before returning to your ship.

Ålesund is a fascinating blend of coastal splendor, alpine magnificence and unique architecture. Its art nouveau architecture appeared after a fire destroyed much of the city in 1904. More than 50 architects and builders designed the new city, which spreads across several islands, in the art nouveau style that still graces Ålesund today. For nature lovers, the city is a convenient base from which to explore a magnificent canvas of alpine splendor. Nearby mountains, fjords and waterfalls offer a haven for countless seabirds that jockey for position on rocky islets.

Shore Excursion

ART NOUVEAU WALKING TOUR (Included)
DURATION: 2 HOURS

HISTORIC ÅLESUND: A WALKING TOUR FOR VIKING GUESTS
Explore the rich art nouveau architecture of Ålesund, amid the city’s beautiful island setting. A large part of Ålesund was destroyed by fire in 1904. When German Kaiser Wilhelm heard of the tragedy, he sent four ships to support the people of Ålesund while they rebuilt their beloved city in the Jugend (art nouveau) style, typical for the period. Today, it is a bustling town where the fish industry provides the main source of revenue. With a local guide, you will pass many of the buildings artfully designed by Norwegian architects who took their inspiration from all over Europe. Our route includes the inviting streets of the Jugend quarter in the town center, the inner harbor and the attractive park at the foot of Mt. Aksla. After free time to browse this charming city on your own, return 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.

Cross the North Sea, where Vikings sailed as they established colonies on Scottish islands, coastal France and beyond. As you sail, explore our well-curated Library, tucked in a private alcove of the Living Room, and select from a broad range of titles. Read a book by the Main Pool, a calming oasis in any weather with its retractable roof, allowing for year-round swimming.

Tórshavn is the capital of the Faroe Islands, an archipelago that rises above the North Atlantic waters halfway between Norway and Iceland. The Faroese people still speak their unique Old Norse language and Viking settlements here reach back to the 9th century. The Viking Parliament stood upon a rocky peninsula in Tórshavn, the capital. Still today, the Faroe Islands’ government conducts its business on the very same promontory. The archipelago’s remote locale and plentiful birdlife make it one of the most exciting and humbling places to visit.

Shore Excursion

FAROE ISLAND VISTAS (Included)
DURATION: 2 HOURS

MAGNIFICENT VIEWS OF OLD VIKING LANDS
Get to know the Faroe Islands through the stunning landscapes of Streymoy, rich in Viking lore and fishing culture. Begin with a drive to the rocky Tinganes peninsula in Tórshavn harbor, home of the Viking Parliament and still host to the islands’ government buildings. Then, trace the scenic ridgetop road along the southern stretch of Streymoy Island, pausing above Tórshavn for photos. You will continue to Nororadalur (the North Valley), where on clear days you will have views of the island of Koltur. Farther north, marvel at the Kaldbak and Kollafjørdur fjords. Later, twisting roads lead into a picturesque valley, where you will stop to admire the hand-hewn stone salmon ladders leading into Lake Leynar. En route back to your ship, our road takes us through a two-mile tunnel and along a fjord’s shore, where you may see salmon jumping in sea farms.

Journey to what was once believed to be the “end of the world,” where sea monsters lurked and ships were lost on treacherous waters. As you sail today, attend an informative lecture or watch a film in our state-of-the-art theater. A range of insightful TED Talks and desination-inspired seminars are offered daily.

Seydisfjördur enjoys a mountainous setting at the end of a fjord. It traces its origins to the early days of Viking settlements. Though the town is tiny, it boasts an impressive history. It hosted the world’s first modern whaling station and pioneered international communications when it welcomed the first telegraph cable, linking Iceland to Europe. Colorful wooden homes line the streets, overseen by starkly picturesque slopes and the soaring summits of Mounts Bjólfur and Strandartindur.

Shore Excursion

SEYDISFJÖRDUR ON FOOT & VIKING FESTIVAL (Included)
DURATION: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES

NORWEGIAN HERITAGE AT EAST ICELAND’S HARBOR TOWN
Venture out on foot during a stroll around picturesque Seydisfjördur and enjoy the Viking Festival. Meet your knowledgeable guide at the pier where you will set out for a leisurely walk. Stroll amid colorful streets and view the striking Blue Church as your guide explains more about the town’s culture. Brimming with creativity and rich in history, the town boasts a flourishing arts scene. Gain insight during a visit to the Herðubreið Community Center, where you will enjoy a musical performance of traditional Icelandic songs. You will also admire art exhibits showcasing works by local artists; various display pieces are available to for you to purchase, should you wish. Cap your tour with a tasting of typical Icelandic cuisine, before returning to your awaiting ship.

Nicknamed the “Capital of the North,” Akureyri is set at the end of the Eyjafjördur and enjoys a mild climate, unusual for a northern city just 62 miles from the Arctic Circle. Folk culture is robust in Akureyri; the Vefarinn dance was invented here to celebrate the harvest. Other points of pride include the Public Park and Botanic Garden, where some 2,000 plant species grow, and the hilltop Akureyrarkirkja, the local church that is home to a stained glass window that originated in a church in London, England, prior to World War II.

Shore Excursion

PANORAMIC AKUREYRI (Included)
DURATION: 2 HOURS

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE “CAPITAL OF THE NORTH”
Enjoy the fjord setting and alpine backdrop of Akureyri, one of the most attractive Icelandic towns. You will be welcomed at the dock by your knowledgeable local guide to Iceland’s undisputed “Capital of the North.” Influences of its Danish trading past prevail, evident in the many contrasts in the town’s varied architecture. Pass by Akureyri Church; one of the town’s proud symbols, which houses many interesting artifacts including a stained glass window above the altar that was part of a set originating in England before being brought to Akureyri for safekeeping during World War II. Explore the historic midtown area and continue to Akureyri’s Public Park and Botanic Garden; the excellent botanical garden was opened within the park’s grounds in 1957. Two thousand species of local and foreign flowers grow here thanks to Akureyri’s warm microclimate.

?safjördur was founded in the 9th century by the Viking Helgi Magri Hrólfsson. Foreign merchants arrived in the 16th century and set up trading posts here. Today, ?safjördur is home to one of the largest fisheries in Iceland and, despite its remote locale, boasts a cultural scene rich in music and drama. The oldest house in Iceland is here, built in 1734, as is the country’s largest concentration of old timber-frame homes. Many visitors explore farther afield, delving into the surrounding wilderness of Hornstrandir or discover the fishing heritage of charming coastal towns.

Shore Excursion

ÍSAFJÖRDUR & BOLUNGARVÍK VILLAGE (Included)
DURATION: 2 HOURS

HISTORY AND CULTURE OF THE WESTFJORDS PENINSULA
Discover the wild beauty of Iceland’s northwest corner, and the culture and history of the region’s small towns. Embark on a scenic drive around Ísafjördur, the principal town of the Westfjords peninsula. Surrounded by mountains that offer endless opportunities to enjoy nature and wilderness during all seasons of the year, the town is also known throughout the country for its rich cultural life. The fishing industry, however, has traditionally been the mainstay of the town and surrounding municipality, known as Ísafjardarbaer. Visit the Ósvör Maritime Museum, a fascinating replica of an old fishing outpost that offers a glimpse of how life treated the Icelandic fishermen until the beginning of the 20th century. Continue to Bolungarvík and enjoy a guided tour of the village before returning to Ísafjördur.

Reykjavík is the world’s northernmost capital city yet captures the distinctive feel of a fishing village. The Kentucky-sized island is Europe’s westernmost nation and one of the wildest places on earth. It is also lauded as one of the cleanest and most civilized countries, committed to finding the perfect balance between day-to-day living and harnessing its natural resources with eco-friendly practices. Vikings landed on this pristine land during the 9th century; their arrival is well chronicled in the medieval Sagas preserved at the Culture House.

Shore Excursion

ÁRBÆR OPEN AIR MUSEUM & SNAPSHOTS OF REYKJAVÍK (Included)
DURATION: 2 HOURS 45 MINUTES

HISTORIC VILLAGE SETTING AND CITY LANDMARKS
Get acquainted with Iceland’s picturesque capital and visit the Árbær Open Air Museum. Begin with a panoramic drive to the museum, a unique collection of historical buildings that showcase Iceland’s cultural heritage. Listen to insights from knowledgeable guides as you stroll through this charming village setting, where traditional houses and turf-roofed buildings offer a glimpse into the past. After, drive up Öskjuhlío Hill to the Perlan vantage point, also known as “The Pearl.” This glass-domed building was built upon old hot-water storage tanks and offers sweeping city views. Descend into the city and pass several landmarks, including the Höfði House, where Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev met and marked the beginning of the end of the Cold War. At the Harpa Concert Hall, you can choose to continue exploring Reykjavík on your own or return to your ship.

Reykjavík is home to endless charms, watched over by the majestic Esja mountain range. The striking Hallgrímskirkja church stands in the city center as a towering vision in white, while the glass Harpa concert hall is a wonder of modern architecture. Höfði House is one of Reykjavík’s highlights and is the site of the meeting between Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, which marked the beginning of the end of the Cold War. Farther afield, breathtaking natural sites are in abundance, from towering waterfalls and soaring mountains, to blue thermal springs. 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

May-18

Stockholm to Reykjavik FROM
AU$23,295
2026 DIRECTION FARE
PER PERSON

Jul-11

Stockholm to Reykjavik FROM
AU$22,795

 

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

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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

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