Viking Cruises adds Iceland to restart schedule

Viking Cruises is to enable UK passengers to sail on new cruises from Iceland from July 24.

The line accepted US passengers as it returned to service with Viking Sky from its summer home port of Reykjavik alongside sister ship Viking Jupiter.

Both will sail a new eight-day Iceland’s Natural Beauty itinerary until early September.

A total of 19 circumnavigations of the country on the UK’s green list are planned with calls in Akureyri, Seydisfjordur and Heimaey.

More: Q&A: Viking Cruises’ managing director

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Viking restarted operations in May and has been sailing around the UK with British passengers since May 22. Nearly 100 percent of guests on these sailings provided exceptionally high ratings.

The line started sailing from Bermida on June 15 with American passengers.

Viking will return to the Mediterranean in July with three ocean ships homeported in Valletta, Malta and will restart its European river operations with select itineraries in Portugal, France and along the Rhine.

Company chairman Torstein Hagen said: “On behalf of the entire Viking family of guests and crew, we are delighted to be back in Iceland—and we thank the government for its support as we continue restarting operations.

“This stunning island of fire and ice inspired the original Vikings when they charted new territory, so it especially fitting as a key destination in our ‘Welcome Back’ collection. We look forward to introducing even more guests to this beautiful Nordic country over the summer.”

More: Q&A: Viking Cruises’ managing director

‘Freedom day’ delay hits UK cruise capacity

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