Cool Cruises Closer to Home: Viking in Iceland
The new "welcome back" voyages mark Viking's return to Nordic lands
June 28, 2021
Vikingis returning to cruises in country that is welcoming vaccinated visitors with open arms: Iceland. Guests can now board the Viking Sky in Reykjavík, where the ship is homeporting this summer along with sister ship Viking Jupiter and offering intimate experiences of remote villages and rare elements of terra firma in the land of fire and ice. Both ships will sail the new Iceland’s Natural Beauty itinerary through early September 2021.
As noted, this voyage is exclusively available for vaccinated guests. The sailings are currently underway in what will be 19 sailings this summer from Reykjavík. The eight-day circumnavigation of Iceland calls upon coastal towns of Akureyri, Seydisfjördur, Heimaey and more before returning to the capital city.
“This stunning island of fire and ice inspired the original Vikings when they charted new territory, so it especially fitting as a key destination in our ‘Welcome Back’ collection,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking. “We look forward to introducing even more guests to this beautiful Nordic country over the summer.”
Viking restarted operations in May and has been sailing in England with British guests since May 22. On June 15, the company welcomed American guests back on board in Bermuda. Next month, Viking will also launch Welcome Back sailings in the Mediterranean with three ocean ships homeported in Valletta, Malta – and will restart its European river operations with select itineraries in Portugal, France and along the Rhine.
Viking’s View to Health and Safety
Viking’s health and safety program is grounded in scientific research developed in partnership with an international team of medical advisors. Utilizing a full-scale laboratory installed on every Viking ocean ship — and a strong network of dedicated shoreside labs for Viking river ships in Europe — guests and crew receive frequent quick and easy non-invasive saliva PCR tests. New air purification technology have been installed on all Viking ships, where all staterooms continue to be set with independent air handling units. A complete overview of the Viking Health & Safety Program can be found at: www.viking.com/health-safety.