Viking Homelands – Viking Cruise

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Viking Homelands – Viking Cruise

Tour scenic fjords, towns & cities

Sail historic waters and discover more of Scandinavia with overnights in Stockholm, Oslo and scenic Bergen. See charming Ålborg and Gda?sk, and visit the grand cities of Berlin and Copenhagen. Witness breathtaking scenery from your ship as she glides through majestic Norwegian fjords in the legendary homelands of the Vikings.
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*Expires 31st July 2024

Expired on Wednesday July 31st, 2024

Expired on Wednesday July 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 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.

Shore excursions

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 Swedish-speaking city of Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. The archipelago spans approximately 6,700 islands and lies halfway between Finland and Sweden. The compact city center sits between two harbors, and offers a number of restaurants, cafes and shops. A haven for outdoor activities, it is an ideal location to explore the region by land or by sea. The city’s Viking heritage is a celebrated treasure; each year, Mariehamn hosts the annual Viking Market, one of the largest of its kind in Scandinavia.

Shore excursions

PANORAMIC MARIEHAMN (Included)
DURATION: 2 HOURS

ENJOY SCENIC VIEWS OVER THE ÅLAND ARCHIPELAGO
Explore charming Mariehamn, a coastal town and port founded in 1861. Meet your guide and board your motor coach for a panoramic drive along Mariehamn’s streets. The first settlers in the town used their wealth to build grand houses; today, these residences have been converted into homes on a more modest scale. Marvel at the views over Åland’s archipelago from Badhusberget, a picturesque hillside more than 130 feet above sea level and home to the Mariehamn water tower. Drive along Järsö Road as your guide explains the island’s maritime history and how the town is known as the “port of the last windjammers.” Enjoy a photo stop to admire the medieval stone facade of St. Olaf’s Church in Jomala, then return to Mariehamn. You may choose to return to your ship, or take advantage of free entrance to the Åland Maritime Museum to explore its exhibits.

Traverse the historic waters that line the coast of Sweden, where maritime 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 in the 16th century, round out any visit.

Shore excursions

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.

Shore Excursion

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 decades-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 great architecture. It is still riding the wave of its newfound energy, and 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.

Shore Excursion

BERLIN YOUR WAY (Included)
DURATION: 12 HOURS

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.

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.

Shore Excursion

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.

Founded by Vikings in the late 900s, 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. 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.

Shore Excursion

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.

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.

Shore Excursion

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 in 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.

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. Enjoy scenic sailing as we head toward our next destination.

Shore Excursion

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 in 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 is home to one of Europe’s most interesting Old Towns. The cobblestone streets of Old Stavanger, or Gamle Stavanger, are lined with the continent’s highest concentration of wooden buildings that date to the 17th and 18th centuries; approximately 250 are protected by a conservancy formed in the 1950s after developers threatened to destroy these cultural riches. Stavanger profited from an offshore oil drilling boom in recent decades; buoyed by its energy sector, the once-placid city gained a cosmopolitan flair and was honored in 2008 as European Capital of Culture.

Shore Excursion

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, you will 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 in 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, you can 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 wide-ranging exhibits on geology, technology and harnessing the power of oil. Learn what it is like to live on board an oil rig and the drama of everyday life at sea. Afterward, you will pass the charming Old Town and catch a glimpse of its picturesque wooden houses en route back 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.

Shore Excursion

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.

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, 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. After breakfast, disembark your ship and journey home.

Day by Day
To learn more about each port of call and our included as well as optional excursions please contact us for more information

More days means more to discover, with extension packages you can add before or after your Viking cruise or cruise tour.
Enjoy additional days to explore your embarkation or disembarkation city, or see a new destination altogether with a choice of exciting cities. Please contact us for more information.

Pre & Post Cruise Extensions vary by itinerary and are subject to change.

2025 DIRECTION FARE OFFER FARE
PER PERSON PER PERSON

Apr-28

Bergen to Stockholm FROM FROM
AU$12,795 AU$13,795
May-04 Bergen to Stockholm FROM FROM
AU$12,795 AU$13,795
May-12 Stockholm to Bergen FROM FROM
AU$12,995 AU$13,995
May-18 Stockholm to Bergen FROM FROM
AU$13,295 AU$14,295
Jun-30 Bergen to Stockholm FROM FROM
AU$13,295 AU$14,295
Jul-14 Stockholm to Bergen FROM FROM
AU$12,995 AU$13,995
Jul-23 Bergen to Stockholm FROM FROM
AU$12,995 AU$13,995
Aug-06 Stockholm to Bergen FROM FROM
AU$12,995 AU$13,995
Aug-12 Bergen to Stockholm FROM FROM
AU$12,995 AU$13,995
Aug-26 Stockholm to Bergen FROM FROM
AU$12,995 AU$13,995
Sep-07 Bergen to Stockholm FROM FROM
AU$12,995 AU$13,995
Sep-21 Stockholm to Bergen FROM FROM
AU$12,995 AU$13,995
2026 DIRECTION FARE OFFER FARE
PER PERSON PER PERSON

Apr-25

Bergen to Stockholm FROM FROM
AU$10,995 AU$11,995
Apr-27 Bergen to Stockholm FROM FROM
AU$10,995 AU$11,995
May-09 Stockholm to Bergen FROM FROM
AU$11,995 AU$12,995
May-11 Stockholm to Bergen FROM FROM
AU$11,995 AU$12,995
Jun-17 Bergen to Stockholm FROM FROM
AU$12,495 AU$13,495
Jun-27 Bergen to Stockholm FROM FROM
AU$12,495 AU$13,495
Jul-01 Stockholm to Bergen FROM FROM
AU$12,495 AU$13,495
Jul-11 Stockholm to Bergen FROM FROM
AU$12,495 AU$13,495
Jul-29 Bergen to Stockholm FROM FROM
AU$12,495 AU$13,495
Aug-12 Stockholm to Bergen FROM FROM
AU$12,495 AU$13,495
Aug-15 Bergen to Stockholm FROM FROM
AU$12,495 AU$13,495
Aug-29 Stockholm to Bergen FROM FROM
AU$12,495 AU$13,495
*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 serviceBergen to Stockholm
  • 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 Wednesday July 31st, 2024

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