Viking Cruises has revealed a new ocean cruise itinerary that gives you an opportunity to explore the far north in Norway's winter, during a peak period for aurora borealis sightings. Sailing between London and Bergen starting in January 2019, Viking Sky, a 930-passenger ship will head off "In Search of the Northern Lights." Viking is the first U.S. cruise line to offer a full-length itinerary in the Arctic Circle during winter.
Cruisers on Viking Sky can enjoy Norway's unique wilderness, with a chance spy the northern lights. On the 13-day itinerary, passengers explore the rich culture of northern Europe, visiting seven destinations -- with overnights in Tromso, Alta and Bergen, Norway, getting an included excursion in each port. Highlights include:
The Northern Lights in Alta: Home to some of northern Europe's most magnificent natural beauty, Alta's frequent clear skies make it an ideal place to view the luminous aurora borealis during the height of the viewing season.
Nordic Life with the Sami Community of Maze: While in Alta, visit the nearby native Sami community of for a lunch featuring regional dishes and a ride in a reindeer-drawn sleigh.
Visit the Arctic Cathedral in Tromso: Home to the largest concentration of wooden houses in northern Norway. Dating to 1904, the classic architecture contrasts with modern buildings and includes the Arctic Cathedral, a stunning triangular building in white and icy blue often called the "Opera House of Norway" for its resemblance to the Sydney Opera House.
Step into the Viking Age in Stavanger: Visit the Archaeological Museum, where a host in traditional Viking garments will demonstrate essential tools and artifacts of the time period, then stop at the Swords in Stone monument commemorating the Battle of Hafrsfjord in 872.
Mount Ulriken in Bergen: A panoramic tour of Bergen takes you to the beautifully preserved wharf of Bryggen, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was central to Bergen's role in the Hanseatic League. Afterwards, embark on a gondola ride for a scenic ascent of Mount Ulriken, the highest of Bergen's Seven Mountains.