On this voyage you can find out more about these fascinating people, their empire and their legacy. During your 12-day Classic Round Voyage, a Viking expert will be giving lectures on board as well as leading tours and excursions on land.
As you sail from Bergen to Kirkenes and back, your on board lecture programme will include themes such as:
- Who were the Vikings?
- The Vikings and their gods
- Viking ships and navigation
- The Viking Warrior
- The Vikings at home
- The Viking North Atlantic Saga
We'll follow the regular Hurtigruten route, calling at the old Viking capital, Trondheim. Here, you will join our Trondheim with Nidaros Cathedral excursion (included in your voyage) taking you under the skin of this charming city and its magnificant Gothic house of worship. Founded around 997AD by the Viking King Olav Tryggvason, Trondheim has grown to be Norway's second largest city but has retained the charm and warmth of a provincial town with its handsome civic architecture, colourful wooden wharfs and the wooden royal palace of Stiftsgården. Nidaros Cathedral is the final resting place of King Olav who was later canonised and is now Norway's patron saint.
We'll also sail through the Lofoten and Vesterålen Islands, an area rich with sagas of the Norsemen. It is here that you can enjoy our Viking Feast excursion (this is not included in the price of this voyage, be sure to add this excursion during the online booking process for the complete Viking experience). Join the chieftain and his wife in a reconstruction of the largest Viking longhouse ever discovered. Here you will be regaled with stories and given traditional Viking food & drink.
From here, we sail the coastline north to Kirkenes on the Russian border. En route we'll be stopping at the friendly university town of Tromsø, the world's northernmost town, Hammerfest and the gateway to the North Cape, Honningsvåg.
As we make our way south, a midnight call in Tromsø allows you the chance to go ashore and enjoy the spectacle of the midnight concert at the Arctic Cathedral.
Further down the coast we enjoy a daylight sailing through the spectacular narrow channel, the Raftsund, a possible diversion into the even narrower Trollfjord and impressive vistas of the Helgeland coast with the Seven Sisters mountain range.
When we get to Harstad on day 9, our classic Taste of Vesterålen excursion is also included.
The historian on your voyage: Dr John Haywood
Born and brought up in the north of England, Dr John Haywood studied medieval history at the universities of Lancaster and Cambridge, and Copenhagen. A full-time historical writer, Dr Haywood has written over 20 books, with his main interests the Vikings and maritime history. John has worked as a tour leader and ship’s lecturer since 2012, mainly in the Baltic, Norway, Svalbard, Iceland and Greenland.
Please note: The optional excursions Meet the Vikings and A taste of Vesteralen will be accompanied by the Lecturer and Tour Escort and form part of the tour programme. However, it is necessary to manually add to the booking process at the standard price.