There were plenty of bucket list items to check off on this once-in-a-lifetime cruise: seeing the Northern Lights, going dog sledding and snowmobiling, seeing the ice hotel in Sorrisniva, and going to a Sami camp. This was our first (but not last) ocean cruise on Viking. We chose this cruise for the adventurous excursions and the chance to get off the beaten path in cold and snowy Norway. From the moment we landed in Bergen, Viking took excellent care of us. We sailed with a little over 400 passengers. Viking's Covid 19 protocols included daily testing on the ship, temperature taking, mask wearing, etc. We couldn't explore ashore on our own, but we knew that ahead of time, and Viking did put together a special shopping trip in Tromso. The food aboard the ship was great and so was the spa. Viking is known for its service, and the crew didn't disappoint. The scenery was stunning, particularly north of the Arctic Circle. Temperatures ranged from 4 degrees to the upper 20's. It was colder at night and inland, where you go for Northern Lights viewing. Make sure to take base layers, parkas, wool hats, heavy gloves, winter pants, and crampons. Conditions were very icy at times. Sometimes outdoor gear was provided by the tour companies, but not always. We enjoyed the Polar Museum, seeing the Arctic Cathedral, and many other attractions. Our major disappointment was missing 2 ports due to weather, but that's not unusual in winter in the North Sea. We did the post-cruise extension in London, stayed in the West End theater district and saw a show. A nice way to transition back to the U.S.
We had a PV1 cabin with a private balcony, king size bed, and lots of room. Very well appointed. Heated floors in the bathroom, a desk with a lighted mirror for make-up, sofa/chair and coffee table. Bed is very comfortable. It's worth the extra $ to get a PV class of room--you get an earlier sign-up time for excursions. It's also much more room, and we did spend more time in our room than we thought we would on this trip.
Alta was our northern-most port. The Northern Lights put on quite a show on our mini-bus excursion about an hour out of town. There was a lodge with hot chocolate to warm up. We also did reindeer sledding along a river at a Sami camp, and enjoyed a meal (stew, cake with cloudberries) and talk about the Sami culture in a traditional lavvu.