Viking Venus Review

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We Went In Search Of The Northern Lights...And Found Two Hurricanes

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10+ Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Jan 2024

This was a cruise in search of the northern lights (more later on whether we found them)- a bucket list trip which we had been looking forward to doing as our other experience on Viking Ocean had been positive despite a rather last minute revising of our itinerary. This cruise was scheduled to start in Bergen, Norway and end in Tilbury, England- ah, the best laid plans and all that. Our cruise was once again different from what had been planned but nevertheless, ended up being a very enjoyable experience and a wonderful cruise.


We landed in Bergen after arranging our own airfare. We had prepaid for the airport shuttle to the ship and it was a quick, easy journey from the airport to the cruise port. Viking Venus is a beautiful ship, with all Viking Ocean ships identical to one another. We were tired from our red eye flight, so we had dinner and retired early. We were overnight in Bergen with our excursion occurring the next day. Our excursion in Bergen was at 7am the next morning. Our tour guide quipped that she “tried to get the excursion to start at 6 am” but had to settle for 7. She was funny and very informative. Of course, our entire excursion took place in the dark, but we got to see an overview of Bergen and stopped at the wooden buildings which comprise the UNESCO World Heritage Site. We went back to the ship for breakfast and then walked back to see the shops and admire the beautiful buildings in daylight. We also visited the fortress and one of the museums there. Breathtaking and worth the stop.

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Visited the new cathedral which is very lovely and hosts interdenominational services. The "old church" - the only surviving building in Alta which was not burned down by the Nazis- is also worth a visit. It is not used for services anymore, but still hosts special events such as weddings. The World Heritage Rock Art Centre is a very nice museum to visit, and during the summer, you will able to go outside and view the outdoor rock art area.


Bergen is a beautiful city which is home to the lovely wooden buildings comprising the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The fortress and its museums are also well worth the visit.


Tromso is known as probably one of the best places in the world in which to view the northern lights. It is also home to a very nice planetarium, the interesting Polaria Museum with their adorable seals, and the fun Troll Museum where you will learn all you want to know about trolls. The city also has many shops and restaurants to enjoy and very friendly residents who literally sing and dance with you in the street (in penguin costumes)- so much fun!

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