Viking Makes Its Historic Crossing From Norway to Canada

Viking Star’s first transatlantic crossing will take us from Europe to North America. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

“Adventure is just bad planning.” That’s how Norwegian polar explorer Roald Amundsen – the man who singlehandedly conquered the Northwest Passage, found the magnetic North Pole, and beat Robert Falcon Scott to the South Pole in Antarctica – saw it.
I think Amundsen would have gotten along nicely with Viking Cruises founder Torstein Hagen. Hagen – who is also Norwegian – embodies many of the same qualities that made Amundsen such a powerful and persuasive polar explorer. Both men are intelligent. Both men carefully assess the situation and make decisions based on fact as much as instinct. And both men have dared to do what others said couldn’t be done.
Next Saturday, I’m flying to Bergen, Norway for a once-in-a-lifetime experience: the chance to be one of the 930 fortunate guests aboard Viking Star as she makes her first transatlantic crossing to North America.

Our journey begins in the historic city of Bergen, Norway, on September 18, 2016. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Our journey begins in the historic city of Bergen, Norway, on September 18, 2016. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Sailing from Bergen, Viking Star is going to cross the Atlantic on a northerly route that will take her through ports of call in Scotland, the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Greenland, and two Provinces in Canada: Newfoundland and Quebec. Our journey will conclude on October 2, 2016 in the port of Montreal – Canada’s historic port of disembarkation for many immigrant families that arrived during the first half of the last century.
Plenty of ships make transatlantic crossings at the end of their European cruise season. Viking Star, however, is different. Just two years ago, Viking had no oceangoing ships – though you may be familiar with their impressive Viking Longship river cruise vessels.

The amazing - and complimentary - thermal suite at the LivNordic Spa aboard Viking Star. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

The amazing – and complimentary – thermal suite at the LivNordic Spa aboard Viking Star. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Today, Viking has two oceangoing ships, with two slated to enter service in 2017. Viking Star’s first transatlantic crossing will bring her to North America for the very first time this year, where she will operate a series of cruises to the Caribbean that run roundtrip from San Juan, Puerto Rico. That, in turn, is great news for folks who’ve always wanted to try Viking, but who don’t want to make the long-haul flights to Europe.
Our Viking Journey:

Viking Star : In the Wake of the Vikings

DAY PORT ARRIVE DEPART
September 18, 2016 Bergen, Norway Embark Overnight
September 19 Bergen, Norway Overnight 6:30 PM
September 20 Lerwick, Shetland Islands, Scotland 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
September 21 Torshavn, Faroe Islands 9:00 AM 6:00 PM
September 22 At Sea
September 23 Reykjavik, Iceland 8:00 AM 5:30 PM
September 24 At Sea
September 25 Nanortalik, Greenland 2:00 PM 8:00 PM
September 26 Qaqortoq, Greenland 7:00 AM 2:00 PM
September 27 At Sea
September 28 L’Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland 7:00 AM 2:00 PM
September 29 At Sea
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