Iceland’s Majestic Landscapes, August 13, 2019, Viking Ocean
We chose this ship for chance to see Iceland up close. It made four stops in Iceland with two days in Reykjavik at the beginning. Most cruise lines stop at the capitol for a day as they transit between the US and Europe.
This was our first Viking Ocean cruise. If you are tired of the glitz, the constant sales pitches and wandering to find a quiet spot to read, this cruise line is for you. The ship had no casino and only two shops. Decks 1 and 2 which surround the 3 story atrium are open concept with contemporary Scandinavian décor in neutral tones– sofas, easy chairs & coffee tables with low bookcases to make them feel more intimate. Instead of a single room dedicated as the library, books are shelved at one end of Deck 1 with more books in other areas. Bars/snack areas are also spread throughout the open public areas.
The cabins are spacious with plenty of storage space and electrical/USB outlets. I loved the built-in make-up drawer with lighted mirror in the desk as well as the heated bathroom floor. The glass shower was plenty large and there was space in the bathroom for both of us to use it at once. The water temperature in the shower was erratic and I should have mentioned it to the cabin steward who was very attentive but never got around to it. Although we had a medium level cabin, our balcony was larger than any we’ve experienced before but largely useless other than taking photos in ports because the temperature never exceeded 50 degrees until the end of the cruise and it was cloudy every day. Luckily, we dodged the rain every day. The cabin was well lit and the sofa and coffee table were handy for room service breakfasts on early tour days.
Isafjordur: This was a small group tour to Litlibaer, a tiny home from the early 1900s with stone walls and a turf roof. You will see many turf roofs throughout the country. We were served waffles and jam and our guide made butter in a churn. We were also served homemade chocolates at a photo stop and told about the home-grown enterprises to earn money in this sparsely populated country. The tour guides were one of these enterprising natives. They were a married couple who had purchase their own large touring van and enthusiastically showed us their homeland.