Viking Cruises plans to offer its first-ever winter Arctic Circle cruise in January 2019, giving passengers an opportunity to view the Northern Lights. The 12-night ‘In Search of the Northern Lights’ voyage aboard Viking Sky will set sail from Tilbury, England (London). The new itinerary makes Viking one of only a few cruise lines to offer a winter season Arctic Circle cruise.
Viking Cruises Chairman Torstein Hagen stated, “Our Nordic heritage is evident in all that we do, from our spirit of exploration to the serene, understated elegance of our ships. Scandinavia is Viking territory, and no other cruise line can show guests this part of the world like we can Norway’s landscapes in the winter are truly magnificent, something few people get to witness. I am pleased to offer this exclusive opportunity for our guests to explore my homeland.”
The 930-passenger Viking Sky will visit seven destinations in Norway, including overnights in Bergen, Tromsø, and Alta. At each port, guests can participate in one complimentary excursion. Highlights of the planned excursion include visiting the Swords in Stone monument in Stavanger and the Arctic Cathedral in Tromsø. Guests can also take a gondola ride up to Mt. Ulriken, the highest of Bergen’s famous Seven Mountains. In Alta, guests can view the Northern Lights as well as visit the native Sami community of Máze for a traditional meal and a ride in a reindeer-drawn sleigh. Passengers can also opt to add a pre-cruise 2-night London stay, or a post-voyage 2-night stay in Oslo.
Our Take: Viewing the Northern Lights is an experience that should be on every traveler’s bucket list. The opportunity to see the Aurora Borealis while sailing aboard one of Viking’s vessels (whose luxurious accommodations have earned rave reviews from gay travel writers) sounds like a wonderful opportunity.
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