In the Wake of the Vikings

Bergen - Reykjavik

Embark on a 10-day adventure in the North Sea as we follow in the wake of real explorers – the Vikings. Sail from the coast of Norway before setting sail for the Shetland, Orkney, and Faroe Islands.

  • Explore several of the isles and islands in the North Atlantic Ocean
  • Sail in the wake of the Vikings and learn more about their history and heritage
  • Spend Norway's national day on board MS Spitsbergen and explore remote destinations
  • Engage in exciting excursions, several with a focus on Viking heritage

Overview

More than 1,000 years ago, the Vikings crossed the North Sea and landed on the British Isles. The attack of the monastery on Lindisfarne in 793 A.D. initiated the so-called Viking Age.

The Fared and Fabled Norsemen

Although the Vikings are often thought of as barbaric raiders, they were also accomplished explorers and settlers. According to Viking tradition, only the eldest son in the family was entitled to inherit his father’s land, so any younger sons had to find their own land to farm. On the west coast of Norway, where the Vikings originally lived, the population was becoming too dense, so expeditions were sent out with the aim of colonizing new lands. Even though colonization may have been the original plan, the Vikings raided and pillaged settlements along the coast of the British Isles for centuries. 

The Viking Heritage

The Vikings did colonize a lot of land and their heritage is still visible today. We have handpicked some of the most interesting sites to visit as we journey through the history of the Vikings. We will follow the Vikings’ route, from Bergen in Norway to the beautiful Shetland and Orkney Islands, both of which are rich in Viking history. We then sail on to Tórshavn, Eiði, and Mykines in the Faroe Islands before continuing farther north to the ‘kingdom’ of the Vikings – Iceland!

Voyage Price Inclues:

  • Hurtigruten expedition voyage in cabin category of your choice on a full board basis (daily buffet breakfast, buffet lunch, and set or buffet dinner)
  • Wind- and water-resistant jacket
  • Landings and activities on board and ashore
  • Professional English-speaking Expedition Team that gives lectures and accompanies landings and activities
  • Complimentary tea and coffee

Not Included:

  • Flights from US
  • Travel Protection Plan
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional excursions and gratuities

Please Note:

  • Prices are in USD per person
  • All planned landings are subject to weather conditions
  • All itineraries are subject to change
  • Single cabins on request
Itinerary

Cruise Itinerary

This is an expedition where the elements rule, and the weather, wind, and ice conditions will determine our schedule. Safety is paramount and the captain will decide the final sailing itinerary during the voyage. Therefore, this itinerary is only an indication of what you can experience and why every expedition with Hurtigruten is unique.

May 12, 2017

Departure port Bergen, Norway
Day 1
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Photo: Hurtigruten Photo

The Journey Begins


Location : Bergen, Norway

Our journey starts in Bergen, a town founded in 1070 A.D. by Viking King Olav Kyrre. He called the city ‘Bjørgvin’, meaning ‘the green meadow between the mountains’. Departing from Bergen, we will follow the same route that the Vikings once sailed when they went out to explore and plunder.

Day 2
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Photo: Hilde Foss Photo

Island Mentality


Location : Værlandet/Bulandet, Norway

On this day we find ourselves in the westernmost archipelago of Norway. Here, at the mouth of the Sognefjord, under the majestic mountain of Alden, the islands appear like a string of pearls. We will attempt to make landings in the morning and in the afternoon, taking you to some of the most interesting sites of the area. Karin, our expedition leader, is planning to open her private boat house for us so that you can gain a deeper understanding of how her ancestors made a life for themselves and their families.

Day 3
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Photo: Barbara Schoog Photo

Back to the Iron Age


Location : Lerwick, Scotland

Lerwick is the main port in the Shetland Islands. In and around the town, you will find some of Shetland’s most attractive scenery and an extraordinary concentration of archaeological sites, including two remarkable Iron Age villages and Europe’s best-preserved broch, a drystone structure dating from the Iron Age.

Day 4
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Photo: Leslie A. Kelly Photo

Settlement Saga


Location : Kirkwall, Scotland

The capital of the Orkney Islands, Kirkwall is the largest town of the islands and is dominated by the famous St. Magnus Cathedral. The first mention of a settlement here is in a saga from 1046 A.D. and the name Kirkwall derives from the Norse word ‘Kirkjuvagr’(Church Bay).

Day 5
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Photo: Leslie A. Kelly Photo

The Oldest Capital


Location : Tórshavn, Faroe Islands

The Faroe Islands are a group of islands in the middle of the North Atlantic. The capital city, Tórshavn, is one of the smallest in the world, with only 15,000 inhabitants. The city was founded in the 10th century and might very well be the oldest capital in northern Europe. The Vikings established their parliament here on the Tinganes Peninsula in 850 A.D., and< Tórshavn has remained the capital of the Faroe Islands ever since.

Day 6
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Photo: Chelsea Claus Photo

Viking Stories and History


Location : Eiði, Faroe Islands

In the 9th century, the Vikings settled in Eiði. A visit here will provide an opportunity to hear exciting Viking stories and discover more about Viking history. It is also a great place to enjoy a hike led by our expedition team.

Day 7
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Photo: Chelsea Claus Photo

Islands of Puffins


Location : Mykines, Faroe Islands

A thousand years ago, the Vikings who lived in Mykines would climb over the ridge to visit their neighboring community for occasions such as christenings, weddings, and funerals. This was hiking the way it used to be – no trampled path, no paving stones, and no handrail! Join us for a landing here if you like hiking and have an opportunity to see the island’s puffins.

Day 8
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Photo: Ørjan Bertelsen Photo

Heading North


Location : The Norwegian Sea

Enjoy a relaxing day at sea. Take in the views from on deck or participate in our lectures as we cruise toward Iceland.

Day 9
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Photo: Shutterstock Photo

Off the Southern Coast of Iceland


Location : Surtsey, Iceland

The Vestmannaeyjar, or Westman Islands, are a group of 15 spectacular islands and about 30 rock pillars located off Iceland’s south coast. The islands are named after the Gaelic slaves who were captured by Norsemen. The Old Norse word ‘vestmenn’ literally means ‘men from the west’. Even though we now know that there are countries farther west than Iceland, the name has stuck. We will visit Surtsey, one of volcanic islands here, and the fishing port of Heimaey.

Day 10
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The Capital of Iceland


Location : Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik was the first Viking settlement on Iceland. Today, Iceland’s capital offers a lot to tempt the curiosity of its visitors. Relatively close to Reykjavik you’ll find glaciers, waterfalls, geysers, and mountains. Within the city itself, you’ll find a vast selection of restaurants, museums, and shops. We will arrive in the city early in the morning, and it is here that our voyage comes to an end.

May 21, 2017

Location Reykjavik, Iceland
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