This was our second Viking Ocean Cruise so we knew exactly what to expect and Viking met our expectations & more. We chose this itinerary (Iceland/Faroe Islands/Norway) to celebrate my husband's 60th birthday. Viking provides the best value all-inclusive, "quiet luxury" cruising we've experienced with spacious balcony rooms throughout the ship, top-notch service, delicious & varied dining, specialty restaurants, inclusive wine/beer, inclusive tours in each port of call and the best on-board entertainment we've experienced to date on this ship. After our many cruising experiences, this particular crew appeared to truly enjoy working for Viking and took pride in performing their jobs. We booked another cruise with special on-board discounts and have also gone on several Viking River Cruises (a different but equally rewarding experience).
This Itinerary cruised around Iceland -- starting in Capital Reykjavik & stopping at 3 other ports: 2nd largest (& most scenic) city Akureyri just south of the Arctic Circle (our favorite port) and two very small villages (Isafjordur & Seydisfjordur), which provided an up-close cultural look at life in Iceland. The included tour in Isafjordur traveled to a nearby fishing village with a few hundred inhabitants. We visited their community center where natives sang Icelandic folk songs. We left Iceland feeling like we had a good sense of it's people & proud culture.
As there was a storm brewing in the North Atlantic, Viking sailed to the Faroe Islands and docked in Capital Torshavn a day early. This allowed us to walk around Torshavn on our own an afternoon before our scheduled arrival. The next day we went on an Optional Tour to Eysturoy. We look forward to going back to the Faroe Islands someday because the lush landscape was like Polynesian Islands but due to rain & mist covering everything in sight, visibility was poor.
Despite the title of this Cruise Itinerary and its in-depth look at Iceland, we experienced even more stunning scenery in Norway. In fact, the "Majestic" Fjords of Norway ended up being the highlight of this vacation for us! Geiranger was our favorite port of call for the entire Cruise -- cannot say enough about the scenery and included tour to Eagle's Bend Overlook. We also enjoyed Alesund, Flam & Bergen immensely and went on Optional Tours -- traveling down the Troll Road, riding up the Flam Railway and touring a Stave Church & Ole Bull's Villa. We have traveled throughout Europe and have to say that Norway & it's Fjords are among the most beautiful, pristine scenery we've experienced. And we look forward to our next Viking Adventure!
Spacious Room & Bathroom with Balcony. Comfortable bed with limited drawer space but plenty of hanging closet space and room under bed to store luggage. Large Flat Screen TV mounted on wall across from bed allows for comfy viewing with an expansive list of movies. We often watched port & history/culture presentations from our cabin. Heated floors in bathroom a cozy feature. Small Fridge allows for storage of extra drinks & leftovers. First round of mini bar snacks included. Steward always helpful & friendly. Viking provides complimentary Birthday Cake & Champagne in cabin.
Full Day Tour to Thingvellir National Park where Iceland's Gov't was first established, Strokkur Geysir & Lunch, Gullfoss Waterfall & Geothermal Power Plant.View All 122 Golden Circle Reviews
Viking Included Tour of Town/Waterfall & nearby Fishing Village of Bolungarvik where we learned about old Viking Fishing life and also heard native Icelanders sing folk songs
Drove through the most beautiful mountain & countryside scenery we saw in Iceland to stunning "Godafoss" waterfalls. Also toured lovely Botantical Gardens with an amazing amount of flowers blooming so close to the Arctic Circle.View All undefined undefined Reviews
Awesome Panoramic Tour via Motor Coach climbing hairpin turns to Eagle's Bend Overlook where we saw Fjord Horseshoe Bend View of Geiranger & Seven Sisters Waterfall. Then drove through & climbed far above Geiranger, via scenic valleys & mountains to Lake Djupvatnet.View All undefined undefined Reviews
Viking's "Magnificent Mountains & Fjords" was Sold Out so we booked this same tour independently & at great cost savings. Full Day Tour from Alesund's Art Noveau architecture through countryside with stops at Old Stordal Church, Gudbrandsjuvet Gorge, Trollstigen National Park & Troll Wall, with the hair-pin curve drive down the Troll Road being the highlight of the tour.View All undefined undefined Reviews
Full Day "Noway in a Nutshell" Tour beginning with scenic ascent up Flam Railway to Kjosfossen Waterfall then an additional train ride to Voss, where we toured an outdoor Folk Museum, then Tvindefossen Waterfall before lunch at historic Stalheim Hotel.View All undefined undefined Reviews
Drive through Bergen with Ferry Ride to Lysoen Island to tour Ole Bull's Villa, then visit Fantoft Stave Church with additional stops at Abbey Ruins & Bergen Waterfront.View All undefined undefined Reviews