In the Wake of the Vikings

Bergen - Reykjavik

Embark on a 10-day adventure in the North Sea as we follow the trail of real explorers - the Vikings. Sail from the coast of Norway before we set 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 exploring remote destinations
  • Engage in exciting excursions, several with a focus on Viking heritage


More than 1,000 years ago, the Vikings crossed the North Sea and landed on the British Isles. It was the attack of the monastery on Lindisfarne in 793 A.D. that received the dubious honour of initiating 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 brothers 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 colonising new land. Even though colonisation may have been the main aim, the Vikings still raided and pillaged settlements along the coasts of the British Isles for centuries.

The Viking Heritage

The Vikings colonised a lot of land and their heritage is still evident 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 further north to the “Kingdom of the Vikings" – Iceland!

Your holiday price includes

  • Hurtigruten Expedition Voyage in cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis
  • Wind- and water-resistant jacket
  • Landings and activities on board and ashore
  • Professional English-speaking Expedition Team that gives lectures as
  • well as accompany landings and activities
  • Free tea and coffee

Not included

  • International Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional Excursions and Gratuities


  • Prices are in GBP per person
  • All planned landings are subject to weather conditions

The 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. Hence, this itinerary is just an indication of what you can experience and why every expedition with Hurtigruten is unique.

12 May 2017

Departure port Bergen, Norway
Day 1
Photo: Hurtigruten Photo

The journey begins

Location: Bergen

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

Day 2
Photo: Hilde Foss Photo

Island mentality

Location: Værlandet/Bulandet

We find ourselves in the westernmost archipelago of Norway. Here, at the mouth of the Sognefjord, under the majestic mountain Alden, the islands appear like a string of pearls. We will attempt to make landings both in the morning and in the afternoon, taking you to some of the most interesting sites of the area. Our Expedition Leader Karin is planning to open her private boat house for us, so that you can get 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

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 dwelling dating from this period.

Day 4
Photo: Leslie A. Kelly Photo

Settlement saga

Location: Kirkwall

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 is in a saga from 1046 and the name Kirkwall derives from Norse Kirkjuvagr (Church Bay).

Day 5
Photo: Leslie A. Kelly Photo

The oldest capital

Location: Tórshavn

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
Photo: Chelsea Claus Photo

Viking stories and history

Location: Eiði

During the 9th century A.D., 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. 

Day 7
Photo: Chelsea Claus Photo

Island of puffins

Location: Mykines

A thousand years ago, the Vikings who lived in Mykines would climb over the ridge to visit their neighbouring 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 enjoy hiking and take the opportunity to see the island's puffin colonies.

Day 8
Photo: Ørjan Bertelsen Photo

Heading north

Location: Norwegian Sea

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

Day 9
Photo: Shutterstock Photo

Off the southern coast of Iceland

Location: Surtsey/Heimaey

The Vestmannaeyjarm 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.

Day 10

The capital of Iceland

Location: Reykjavik

Reykjavik was the first Viking settlement in 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.

21 May 2017

Location Reykjavik, Iceland
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