Viking Sky Begins Sailings Around Iceland

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Another Viking ocean cruise ship has welcomed passengers back onboard.

Over the weekend, excited travelers boarded Viking Sky in Reykjavík, Iceland, where the ship will homeport this summer along with sister ship Viking Jupiter. Both vessels will operate Viking’s new Iceland’s Natural Beauty itinerary through early September 2021.

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The infinity pool on Viking Sky

The itinerary is part of Viking’s Welcome Back collection, which is available for vaccinated guests. The voyage currently underway is the first of 19 sailings roundtrip from Iceland’s capital city.

The eight-night circumnavigation of the country calls on the coastal towns of Akureyri, Seydisfjördur, Heimaey, and more before returning to Reykjavík.

“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,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking.

“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.”

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Other Viking Sailings

Viking resumed operations in spring 2021, and its newest ship, Viking Venus, has been sailing around England with British passengers since May 22.

On June 15, the line began sailing in Bermuda, welcoming American passengers back onboard for the first time since early 2020.

In July, Viking will launch more Welcome Back sailings in the Mediterranean with three of its ocean ships homeporting in Valletta, Malta. The line also plans to resume its river cruise operations in July, with select itineraries in Portugal, France, and along the Rhine River.

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Viking Venus in Portsmouth (Photo courtesy of Viking)

Health & Safety

Viking’s health and safety program utilizes full-scale laboratories installed on every Viking ocean ship, as well as a strong network of shoreside labs for the company’s river ships in Europe.

Throughout each voyage, all guests and crew will receive frequent, non-invasive saliva PCR tests.

New air purification technology has also been installed on all of Viking’s ships.

Additional health checks, sanitization, and physical distancing measures will provide further protection for Viking passengers and crew at all points along the voyage.

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