In Search of the Northern Lights on the Viking Venus in 2023
Experience a land where dawn and twilight merge on the edges of the long Arctic night. Cruising far north in Norway’s winter, witness what few others see: wondrous snow-dusted landscapes, cities hushed in slumber and the luminous aurora borealis dancing in the sky. Sami legends, a sled dog ride and mysterious rock carvings bring you close to your destination. Join us on this truly illuminating cruise.
The Viking Venus was launched in June 2021 and offers popular itineraries in Scandinavia and Northern Europe, including 6 trips In Search of the Northern Lights in January, February and March. This unique itinerary will allow guests the rare opportunity to explore the far north in Norway’s winter, during a peak period for aurora borealis sightings. Immerse yourself in the rich culture of Northern Europe with overnights in Tromsø, Alta and Bergen, Norway.
In Search of the Northern Lights from Tilbury (for London) to Bergen, Norway on the Viking Venus; 13-days from $4 999.00 per person sharing.
2023 DEPARTURE DATES:
19 January, 31 January*; 12 February, 24 February*; 8 March, 20 March* (* itinerary operates in reverse i.e. Bergen, Norway to Tilbury, UK).
Herewith a link to a 3-minute video giving an overview of the itinerary.
Viking Ocean Cruises has a fleet of all balcony, state-of-the-art ocean ships. With a guest capacity of 930, the Viking Venus offers understated elegance with a modern Scandinavian design. Herewith a link to the deck plan and suite descriptions: Viking Venus.
Please note that no children/minors are allowed onboard; all guests must be 18 years or older.
Enjoy the Viking Resident Historian delivering 6 iconic lectures: The Hanseatic League, The Vikings, Vikings on the move, Oceans in Context – History & Inspiration, History of Navigation and The Bayeux Tapestry. Herewith a link to a 4-minute video by Charles Doherty, Chief Viking Resident Historian.
Experience the Northern Lights in Alta; home to some of northern Europe’s most magnificent natural beauty, Alta’s frequent clear skies make it an ideal place to view the luminous aurora borealis during the height of the viewing season.
Experience Nordic Life with the Sami Community of Máze; while in Alta, visit the nearby native Sami community of Máze for an authentic lunch of local dishes and an exciting ride in a reindeer-drawn sleigh.
Visit the Arctic Cathedral in Tromsø; home to the largest concentration of wooden houses in northern Norway dating back to 1904, marvel at the classic architecture contrasted with modern buildings, including the Arctic Cathedral, a stunning triangular building in white and icy blue often called the “Opera House of Norway” for its resemblance to the Sydney Opera House.
Step into the Viking Age in Stavanger and visit the Archaeological Museum, where a host in traditional Viking dress will demonstrate essential tools and artefacts of the time period, then stop at the Swords in Stone monument commemorating the Battle of Hafrsfjord in 872.
Ascent of Mt. Ulriken in Bergen; a panoramic tour of Bergen takes you to the beautifully preserved wharf of Bryggen, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was central to Bergen’s role in the Hanseatic League. Afterwards, embark on a gondola ride for a scenic ascent to Mt. Ulriken, the highest of Bergen’s famous Seven Mountains.
PRE- AND POST-CRUISE EXTENSIONS
Extend this cruise with a 3-night pre-cruise tour in the South Coast and Reykjavik at $2 299.00 per person sharing and admire the rugged natural beauty of Iceland’s volcanic landscape. Travel through the scenic South Coast, viewing the Gullfoss waterfall and the Haukadalur geothermal area with its geysers and hot springs; visit the black-sand beaches of Vík and gaze at the Reynisdrangar rock formations offshore.
There is also the option of a 2-night post-cruise tour in Bergen or Oslo at $499.00 per person sharing. Uncover the long history and rich culture of Bergen, encircled by majestic mountains, fjords and glaciers, and take in the setting that inspired the Viking sagas.
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