$ 4,320.00 (double occupancy)
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 land. Even though colonization may have been the main idea, the Vikings raided and pillaged settlements along the coast of the British Isles for centuries. 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!
Our journey starts in Bergen, a town founded in 1070 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 or plunder.
Located to the northwest of Bergen, Værlandet/Bulandet and Atløy/Nærvik form the westernmost archipelago of Norway. Enjoy visits to the most interesting sites in this area.
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 this period.
The capital of the Orkneys, Kirkwall, is the largest town in 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).
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.
In the 9th century, the Vikings settled in Eiði. A visit here will provide a chance 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.
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.
Enjoy a relaxing day at sea. Take in the views from on deck or participate in our lectures as we cruise towards 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 further west than Iceland, the name has stuck. We will visit Surtsey, one of volcanic islands here, and the fishing port of Heimaey.
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.