Viking Saga

Viking Saga

Discover Viking history, kayak among exquisite fjords, and cool off in Oslo’s Ice Bar. Relax on deck below snow-covered peaks as you cruise alongside cascading waterfalls.

DAY 1 – AMSTERDAM

Your Dutch adventure begins in Amsterdam, where you will embark in the afternoon. Amsterdam offers the chance to explore the sights of one of Europe’s most colorful, dynamic, and historic cities—one with a well-earned reputation as a laid-back and inviting place for people of all stripes. Visitors are naturally drawn to the historic city center where you’ll find some of the world’s top art museums, including the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum. And at Dam Square, Amsterdam’s largest public square, you can tour the Royal Palace before continuing to the tourist attractions on the Canal Belt. The iconic network of waterways that surrounds the downtown area offers a picturesque backdrop for sightseeing by bike or canal boat. Be sure to visit the floating Bloemenmarkt to peruse famed Dutch tulips, and take time to wander and window-shop among the narrow lanes of de Jordaan. And you won’t have to look far in Amsterdam to find delicious Dutch treats along the way. Just duck into a cozy brown café to sample a plate of bitterballen with mustard and a beer, and grab a gooey sweet stroopwafel from a street vendor as you stroll.

Departure at 5 p.m.

DAY 2 – AT SEA

Today, spend your day at sea enjoying the magnificent Rotterdam and all the activities onboard.

DAY 3 – CRUISING THE OSLO FJORD & STOP IN OSLO

Not a fjord in the geological sense, the Oslo Fjord is actually a vast expanse of water stretching south from the Norwegian capital for nearly 100 kilometers (62 miles). Almost half of Norway’s population lives within an hour’s drive of the fjord, so there’s plenty to see along the shoreline, from islands and skerries to major towns and cities.

The picturesque coastal town Drøbak marks the entrance to the inner Oslo Fjord, where the waterway narrows and the islands are increasingly inhabited. Seagulls, oystercatchers, terns and geese are commonly sighted along these waters, as are countless fishing vessels.

The Oslo Fjord region is the warmest part of Norway, and on summer days locals dash to their boats to make the most of the sunshine. Many Norwegians own distinctive wooden cabins on the coastline or islands. The agreeable climate has attracted settlers since the days of the Stone Age and Bronze Age: Some of the world’s best-preserved Viking ships were discovered on these shores.

The fjord was a strategically important waterway in World War II, and as such, historical monuments and former military installations are commonplace.

STOP IN OSLO

Oslo, Norway’s charming capital city, is a vibrant mix—modern architecture and world-class museums dwell alongside 10th-century Viking history, with indigenous Sami culture woven throughout. This cosmopolitan center, with its coveted quality of life, caters to every interest from history buffs and literary types to students of modern Nordic design and aspiring arctic adventurers.

Choose the Oslo you want to visit. Take in the much-talked-about Opera House, with its otherworldly angles, or trace the steps of Nobel Peace Prize laureates and literary masters like Henrik Ibsen. Journey to the Bygdøy peninsula to absorb Nordic culture at the Viking Ship Museum, the Fram Museum and the Folk Museum. Savor fine restaurants and luxury boutiques along the Aker Brygge waterfront, or dive into the eclectic neighborhood of Grünerløkka for vintage shops, microbreweries and corner cafés.

In Oslo, the peace and repose of the great outdoors can be found just minutes away from the city center. The city is framed by the 100-kilometer-long Oslo fjord and surrounded by rolling hills, vast parks and lush forests, which means that the pure pleasures of nature are easily accessible

With its marvelous vistas, fascinating museums, cozy cafés, bustling waterfront and lively cultural scene, Oslo offers rewards for Nordic explorers of all kinds.

8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

DAY 4 – KRISTIANSAND

The capital of the southern coastal region known as the Norwegian Riviera, Kristiansand has earned the nickname “Summer City.” The Gulf Stream keeps temperatures mild and snow to a minimum, so Kristiansand is Norway’s outdoor playground.

Even with just a few hours, Kristiansand’s grid layout makes it simple to get around on foot to explore historic sites such as Posebyen (the old town), which dates back to 1631, and former military fortresses and installations. Within the city limits are a number of forested recreational areas, a fish market with harbor views and even a sandy beach. The coastline is dotted with islands, skerries and picturesque fishing villages and farther afield, highlights of the region include Kristiansand Zoo & Amusement Park, the quaint town of Lillesand and Setesdal Mineral Park, with glittering displays of crystals and gems.

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

DAY 5 – STAVANGER

Before this port city on Norway’s western coast earned its status as the epicenter of “black gold” and the extraction of North Sea oil, it was a shipbuilding and fish-canning town. Fuelled by its wealth as one of the world’s top energy capitals, it’s now home to top-notch fusion restaurants and a bustling nightlife that caters to a never-ending influx of expatriates.

Amidst this financial boom, though, Stavanger has managed to hold on to its heritage and soul: Archaeological museums and reconstructed settlements pay due reverence to the city’s Viking past. The cobblestoned Old Town is a well-preserved core of white wooden cottages near an Anglo-Norman cathedral, the oldest in Norway. Natural beauty abounds, too, with the nearby Lysefjord and its impressive Preikestolen (“The Pulpit Rock”) drawing a steady stream of visitors during the summer.

8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

DAY 6 – SCENIC CRUISING SOGNEFJORD AND VISIT TO FLAM

Norway’s Sognefjord is the longest and deepest fjord in the world. Imagine 205 majestic winding kilometers (127 miles) of beautiful villages, centuries-old architecture including wooden stave churches, towering mountains with snow-covered peaks, cascading waterfalls and panoramic views. It is also a region known for its traditional food, folklore, music and rich culture. Set in the southern part of the country, centrally located at the heart of Fjord Norway (as the region is known), the fjord reaches depths of more than 1,308 meters (4,291 feet). It also soars to the sky, with rugged cliffs rising to more than 1,700 meters (5,577 feet). This is nature at its most dramatic. In fact, one of the Sognefjord’s arms, the Nærøyfjord, is on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The Urnes Stave Church, which was built around 1130 is also included on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. As the poet John Keats once wrote, “The poetry of earth is never dead,” and within the Sognefjord lie many sonnets of life. Be inspired by its treasures. All you have to do is sit back and watch the spectacular wonder of this destination.

VISIT TO FLAM

Off the Aurlandsfjord, a branch of the larger Sognefjorden in southern Norway, Flåm—and its surrounding area—is a place to stop, gaze and linger. There are no traffic lights; instead the village has an easy pastoral rhythm. Cruise to Norway and explore the steep-sided fjords and hike through sweeping valleys and meadows, home to grazing sheep. See the frozen-in-time churches and architecture and visit traditional farms where geitost or brown goat’s-milk cheese is made. In Flåm there are many ways to take in the majestically beautiful landscapes, some designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and many are easily accessible. There are so many shore excursions to pick and choose: Embark on a wildlife-spotting cruise through the fjords’ narrow passageways or go on a kayaking or cycling excursion that passes by gushing waterfalls. The Flåm Railway runs on a winding route on sheer slopes that reach up to 863 meters above sea level. Or see the area at true Flåm pace, with a simple picnic on the shore, on a Norway cruise.

7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

DAY 7 – AT SEA

Today, spend your day at sea enjoying the magnificent Rotterdam and all the activities onboard.

DAY 8 – ARRIVE IN AMSTERDAM

Enjoy one more leisurely breakfast on board before disembarking. The Rotterdam team wishes you a safe journey home and looks forward to seeing you again in the future.

Au Revoir. We hope to see you soon.

2022 Voyages & Pricing

Additional Information

  • $25 Shipboard Credit Per Person
  • $350 Stateroom deposit
  • Air available
  • Platinum Travel Insurance $149 per person
  • Standard Travel Insurance $119 per person
DEPARTURE DATECATEGORYPER PERSON FROM
June 12, 2022Inside$709
Oceanview$1099
Verandah$1449
Vista Suite$2249
Signature Suite$3349
Neptune Suite$3849
July 10, 2022Inside$1049
Oceanview$1299
Verandah$1599
Vista Suite$2499
Signature Suite$3549
Neptune Suite$4149
July 24, 2022Inside$999
Oceanview$1249
Verandah$1449
Vista Suite$2249
Signature Suite$3349
Neptune Suite$3849

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