Viking Cruises announced a ground-breaking ocean cruise itinerary that is the first of its kind from a U.S. cruise line. Debuting in January 2019, “In Search of the Northern Lights” is the first winter Arctic Circle route from an American cruise line, and will allow guests the exceptionally rare opportunity to explore the far north during Norway’s winter, a peak period for aurora borealis sightings. “In Search of the Northern Lights” will sail between London and Bergen.
“Our Nordic heritage is evident in all that we do, from our spirit of exploration to the serene, understated elegance of our ships,” stated the Chairman of Viking Cruises, Torstein Hagen. “Scandinavia is Viking territory, and no other cruise line can show guests this part of the world like we can,” continued the Chairman. “I am pleased to offer this exclusive opportunity for our guests to explore my homeland.”
Viking Ocean Cruises was rated the #1 ocean cruise line in Travel + Leisure’s 2016 “World’s Best” Awards, and passengers who book the 13-day, “In Search of the Northern Lights” tour will enjoy the utmost in luxury accommodations on Viking’s third 930-guest ocean ship, Viking Sky®.
Each day on board the magnificent Viking Sky® will bring the opportunity for guests to stargaze toward the heavens in search of nature’s dramatic northern lights, and passengers will experience firsthand Norway’s pure and unspoiled natural beauty.
Viking’s pioneering cruise will offer seven destinations in which guests can immerse themselves in the rich culture of northern Europe, and includes overnight stops in Tromsø, Alta, and Bergen. In addition, all passengers are treated to a complimentary excursion in each port.
Itinerary highlights include an authentic luncheon at the native Sami community of Maze as well as a visit to the beautifully preserved wharf of Bryggen, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Passengers will also witness first-hand the Arctic Cathedral in Tromsø, a magnificent triangular building referred to as the, “Opera House of Norway” due to its resemblance to the award-winning Sydney Opera House.
In addition guests can take a scenic gondola ride to Mt. Ulriken, the highest of Bergen’s world-famous Seven Mountains.
Chairman Hagen describes Viking cruises as, “the thinking person’s cruise,” and are designed for discerning travelers with interests in art, history, music and cuisine. The small ships, an alternative to mainstream cruises, allow guests to get closer to their destinations, with more time in port and more overnights. The all-veranda ships offer stunning vistas, and guests are treated to the most al fresco dining at sea, featuring regional cuisines.