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Viking Cruises was founded in 1997 with the purchase of four ships in Russia. In 2000, the company purchased Europe’s KD River Cruises in order to grow its fleet, to leverage 40 years of river cruising experience and to acquire rights to prime docking locations in key European cities.

Under the Viking River Cruises brand, the company expanded into the American market in 2000, establishing US headquarters in Los Angeles, California. Through rapid expansion, the company has grown to be The World’s Leading River Cruise Line, with double-digit growth in recent years. And with the launch of Viking Ocean Cruises in 2015, the company has also become the leader in small ship ocean cruising.

With operational headquarters in Basel, Switzerland, Viking provides destination-focused itineraries designed for experienced travelers who have an interest in geography, culture and history. Each journey includes daily shore excursions, and an exclusive Viking Culture Curriculum program that provides deep immersion in the destination through performances of music and art, cooking demonstrations, informative port talks and carefully selected guest lecturers.

The company currently operates a fleet of more than 60 vessels, state-of-the-art ships that have received numerous accolades since their launch from industry experts and travelers alike. Viking has once again been named the #1 Ocean Cruise Line* and one of the Best River Cruise Lines by Travel + Leisure readers in the 2017 World’s Best Awards.
Viking Aegir

Viking Aegir

In Norse mythology, Aegir is the giant god of the sea, and he personifies the power of the ocean. The Vikings were skilled sailors; they understood the beauty and the danger of the sea, and they both ...

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Viking Akun

Viking Akun

Akun, nephew of Viking ruler Rurik, was among the signatories of the 944 Rus-Byzantine Treaty who were named in the Russian Primary Chronicle.

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Viking Alruna

Viking Alruna

The daughter of Kjárr of Valland, Alruna (Ölrún in Old Norse), was one of three Valkyries spinning linen on the shore of Wolf Lake, when they were spotted by three brothers who lived nearby. Alruna an...

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Viking Alsvin

Viking Alsvin

According to Norse legend, Alsvin is one of the two horses that pulls the sun across the sky in a chariot driven by Sol. The name Alsvin means "very swift." The other horse is called Arvakr, whose nam...

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Viking Astrild

Viking Astrild

Classical mythology has its cupid. In Nordic culture, it’s Astrild who sets hearts afire. The delicate lilt of her name first caressed the ears of literature lovers in the 17th century, when Swedish p...

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Viking Atla

Viking Atla

The beautiful giantess Atla is the Norse goddess of water. She is the daughter of Aegir and Ran, god and goddess of the sea. Atla is one of the nine wave maidens who lives at the bottom of the sea, wa...

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Viking Baldur

Viking Baldur

Baldur was everyone’s favorite, loved by both gods and mortals. Baldur was believed to be indestructible. So impervious to injury was he that, at banquets, guests used to amuse themselves by hurling o...

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Viking Beyla

Viking Beyla

Beyla is a servant to Freyr, Norse god of virility. She looks after his realm with her husband Byggvir. Because of her association with Freyr’s farm, Beyla personifies agriculture and the seeds from w...

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Viking Bragi

Viking Bragi

Bragi is the Norse god of poetry, music and eloquence. Plucking his harp and singing sweetly, he can charm all creatures, even the flowers and the trees. His tongue is carved with runes, ancient Norse...

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Viking Buri

Viking Buri

Buri is the first god in Norse mythology. He was created, not by a mother or father, but by a giant frosty cow named Audumbla. As she licked the salty blocks of ice in Ginnagagap, the shape of a man, ...

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Viking Delling

Viking Delling

His name means “dayspring” or “shining one,” and in Norse mythology, the god Delling is the father of the day. According to legend, Delling is married to Nott, the goddess of the night, and together t...

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Viking Egil

Viking Egil

Egil is one of the most memorable Vikings to appear in the Old Norse sagas. Combining courage and brawn with high intelligence, Egil embodied ethicality and composed intricately beautiful poetry. Toda...

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Viking Eir

Viking Eir

The goddess Eir is by many accounts “the best of all physicians.” But scholars differ on the capacity in which she used her power. Some depict her as a goddess of healing, tending to the sick and the ...

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Viking Embla

Viking Embla

In Norse mythology, Embla was the first woman to be created, the mother of the human race. The god Odin and his brothers made Embla, along with Ask, the first man, from two tree trunks found on the se...

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Viking Fjorgyn

Viking Fjorgyn

Norse mythology’s Mother Earth, Fjorgyn has been associated with the start of the growing season, when Norway’s soils were nurtured for planting seeds.

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Viking Forseti

Viking Forseti

The Norse god of justice, Forseti, radiates the light of truth. He is eloquent, wise and, most of all, a fair and persuasive mediator. Forseti presides over all disputes of gods and men, giving all a ...

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Viking Gefjon

Viking Gefjon

Gefjon is credited with the creation of the Danish island of Zealand. When the ruler of Sweden offers her all the land she and four oxen can plow in a day and a night, she transforms her four sons int...

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Viking Gersemi

Viking Gersemi

Daughter of Freya, the goddess of love, and the god Od, Gersemi is associated with great riches and beauty. Her name, along with the name of her sister Hnoss, translates into “treasure.” Gods and mort...

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Viking Gullveig

Viking Gullveig

Her name means “gold branch.” This beautiful, beguiling Norse sorceress loves and desires nothing more than gold. When she leaves the realm of the Vanir gods and travels to Asgard, home of the Aesir g...

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Viking Heimdal

Viking Heimdal

Tall and handsome and known for his purity of heart and mind, Heimdal is the ever-vigilant guardian of the gods. Heimdal is blessed with extraordinary sight and hearing. He can see for 100 leagues and...

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Viking Helgi

Viking Helgi

A prince and a prophet immortalized in Russian literature, Helgi was a Viking of adventure and of legend. In the early 10th century, Helgi inherited the ancient Russian empire Rus founded by Rurik, be...

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Viking Hemming

Viking Hemming

Hemming was a Danish king for only two years, but his reign helped shape the future of Franco-Danish relations immeasurably. He was best known for signing the Treaty of Heiligen with the Frankish empe...

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Viking Hermod

Viking Hermod

Son of Odin, father of the Norse gods, and Frigg, goddess of motherhood and marriage, Hermod is the swift and nimble messenger of the gods who is famous for his bravery.

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Viking Hervor

Viking Hervor

Valkyrie Hervor’s dedication to Odin during wartime is illustrated by her well-known story. During a time of peace, she was spinning flax by a lake when the blacksmith Volund came along and took the f...

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Viking Hild

Viking Hild

Also known as Hildr, the great and powerful Norse goddess Hild was one of the legendary Valkyries.

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Viking Hlin

Viking Hlin

The task of the Norse goddess Hlin is to protect and shelter humankind. She is also the goddess of consolation and brings comfort and solace to those who grieve, kissing away their tears. Hlin is deep...

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Viking Idi

Viking Idi

Idi, the frost giant, is the brother of Thjazzi and Gangr, and the son of Olvadi who was extremely rich in gold. When Olvadi died, he left such a vast amount of gold that no scale could measure it. To...

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Viking Idun

Viking Idun

Idun is the Norse goddess of spring, rejuvenation and eternal youth. She is the custodian of the golden apples of immortality which the gods must eat to preserve their youth.

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Viking Ingvar

Viking Ingvar

Son of Rurik, Ingvar was born around 875 AD and succeeded Helgi as Grand Prince of Kiev and took control of the ever-expanding empire. He also ruled for around 30 years and carried the conquests of Ki...

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Viking Ingvi

Viking Ingvi

In Norse mythology, Ingvi is the son of Odin, father of the gods. Ingvi (sometimes spelt Yngve) is a divine ancestor of the legendary Scandinavian dynasty, from whom the earliest historical Norwegian ...

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Viking Jarl

Viking Jarl

Jarl is a noble Norse warrior renowned for his strength and intelligence. According to Norse legend, Heimdal disguised himself as a human named Rig, and leaves his post at the gateway to Asgard, where...

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Viking Kadlin

Viking Kadlin

Kadlin was the daughter of Rolf, a Norse nobleman who conquered and ruled over the Viking principality that became known as Normandy. Kadlin married King Bjolan of Scotland. Kadlin and Bjolan had a da...

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Viking Kara

Viking Kara

In Norse mythology Kara is one of the Valkyries who are also known as swan maidens or wish maidens. Legend says that if you can capture and hold a swan maiden or her feathered cloak, you can extract a...

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Viking Kari

Viking Kari

Eldest son of the ancient giant Fornjot, Kari was the god of the north wind, capable of carrying great Viking longships across vast waters. He is associated with the very breath of life, providing air...

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Viking Kvasir

Viking Kvasir

The Norse god Kvasir is born out of peace. When the two warring factions of the Aesir and the Vanir agree to form a truce, they do so with each god spitting into a bowl and stirring the saliva. From t...

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Viking Lif

Viking Lif

Her name means simply "Life." In Norse mythology, Lif and the male Lifthrasir are two mortals who are foretold that they will survive Ragnarok, the end of the world as it is known, by hiding in the fo...

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Viking Lofn

Viking Lofn

The Norse goddess Lofn is so gracious that the mightiest of gods melts to her will. Even Odin himself, the chief god of Norse mythology, gives Lofn permission to arrange marriages. Whether the love th...

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Viking Magni

Viking Magni

Son of the mighty Norse god Thor, Magni is believed to be the one god stronger than his father. He is so strong that he is the only one besides Thor to be able to lift Mjollnir, Thor’s mighty hammer.

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Viking Mani

Viking Mani

In Norse mythology the gods banish Mani and his sister Sol to the heavens because their father was so arrogant as to name them “moon” and “sun.” There, they guide their namesake orbs across the sky, c...

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Viking Mimir

Viking Mimir

Mimir is said to have gained wisdom and knowledge by drinking from the Well of Wisdom. He is so wise that when the great tribes of Venir and Aesir gods are at war, the Venir tribe calls on him for cou...

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Viking Modi

Viking Modi

Modi is the son of Thor, the most powerful of the Norse gods. Though he inherits his father’s brute strength; he is also known for his fearlessness. Boundless courage emboldens his physical strength a...

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Viking Octantis

Viking Octantis

Viking Octantis cruise ship is a newbuild vessel part of Viking Ocean's fleet. Octantis is scheduled for inauguration in 2021-Q2. The new ship will be grouped in a separate fleet under the new luxury ...

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Viking Orion

Viking Orion

Our intimate, all-veranda ships offer a wide variety of staterooms for your selection. From Veranda Staterooms to the abundance of extra perks and amenities in our spacious Explorer Suites, there’s no...

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Viking Osfrid

Viking Osfrid

Viking Osfrid - Emissary of the King of Norway. Osfrid co-led the first recorded mission from Norway to England at the command of Harald I, King of Norway. Harald corresponded with Athelstan, King of ...

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Viking Osiris

Viking Osiris

Owned and operated by Viking, Viking Osiris is a brand new vessel, the most upscale ship in Egypt. Specifically built to navigate the Nile, she is a state-of-the-art vessel—designed in the clean, eleg...

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Viking Polaris

Viking Polaris

Viking Polaris cruise ship is a newbuild vessel part of Viking Ocean's fleet. Octantis and the sistership Viking Octantis are scheduled for inauguration in 2021-Q2 (Octantis) and 2022-Q2 (Polaris).

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Viking Ra

Viking Ra

Expand your horizons on this comfortable, award-winning ship, intimate and thoughtfully created by experienced nautical architects and designers to enrich your interaction with your destination in eve...

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Viking Radgrid

Viking Radgrid

Radgrid was one of the legendary horse-riding Valkyries, the handmaidens of Odin, the father of the gods. These long-haired, beautiful women descended from the skies into battles to decide which soldi...

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Viking Rinda

Viking Rinda

Beautiful and headstrong, Rinda personifies the hard, frozen earth. She is the daughter of Billing, King of the Ruthenians, and wife of Odin, father of the gods.

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Viking Rolf

Viking Rolf

One of the oldest of all Nordic-Viking names, “Rolf” came from “Hrodwulf,”

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Viking Rurik

Viking Rurik

Viking Rurik offers private verandas on every stateroom on the upper and middle decks!

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Viking Sea

Viking Sea

Expand your horizons on this comfortable, award-winning ship, intimate and thoughtfully created by experienced nautical architects and designers to enrich your interaction with your destination in eve...

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Viking Sineus

Viking Sineus

Expand your horizons on this comfortable, award-winning ship Viking Sineus, intimate and thoughtfully created by experienced nautical architects and designers.

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Viking Skadi

Viking Skadi

The giantess Skadi is the Norse goddess of winter.

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Viking Skaga

Viking Skaga

Astride her horse, the Valkyrie Skaga flew into battle to determine which soldiers would live and which would die, escorting the dead to Valhalla, the kingdom of the gods.

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Viking Skirnir

Viking Skirnir

Skirnir - Servant of Norse Gods

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Viking Sky

Viking Sky

Expand your horizons on this comfortable, award-winning ship, intimate and thoughtfully created by experienced nautical architects and designers to enrich your interaction with your destination in eve...

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Viking Spirit

Viking Spirit

Our intimate, all-veranda ships offer a wide variety of staterooms for your selection. From Veranda Staterooms to the abundance of extra perks and amenities in our spacious Explorer Suites, there’s no...

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Viking Star

Viking Star

Expand your horizons on this comfortable, award-winning ship, intimate and thoughtfully created by experienced nautical architects and designers to enrich your interaction with your destination in eve...

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Viking Sun

Viking Sun

Expand your horizons on this comfortable, award-winning ship, intimate and thoughtfully created by experienced nautical architects and designers to enrich your interaction with your destination in eve...

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Viking Tialfi

Viking Tialfi

In Norse mythology, Tialfi was the son of Egil and a champion runner.

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Viking Tor

Viking Tor

Tor, a version of the name Thor, is a son of Odin and god of the sky and thunder

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Viking Torgil

Viking Torgil

Torgil - Danish Explorer

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Viking Truvor

Viking Truvor

Truvor, whose name means "our faithful," took charge of Izborsk, an area near what is now Russia’s border with Estonia, controlling these lands for Kievan Rus

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Viking Var

Viking Var

The Norse goddess of oaths

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Viking Ve

Viking Ve

Ve - Norse God of Countenance

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Viking Venus

Viking Venus

Expand your horizons on this comfortable, award-winning ship, intimate and thoughtfully created by experienced nautical architects and designers to enrich your interaction with your destination in eve...

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Viking Vidar

Viking Vidar

Vidar - Norse God of Loyalty

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Viking Vilhjalm

Viking Vilhjalm

Vilhjalm - Name of Norman Rulers

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Viking Vili

Viking Vili

Vili - Norse God of Will

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