Voyage of the Vikings

Denise and I visited Iceland in December 2014 and had always intended to return because we were so taken with the land and the people. The 35-day Voyage to the Vikings Holland America cruise in July and August 2016 provided the perfect opportunity. The ports looked interesting to us, and we loved the idea of going to Europe without having to fly. The cruise sailed from Boston, through a number of ports in the North Atlantic, turned around in Rotterdam, and returned to Boston via all different ports.     

Our Ship for the Voyage of the Vikings

Our Ship for the Voyage of the Vikings












  • Boston
  • Bar Harbor, Maine
  • Sydney, Nova Scotia
  • Corner Brook, Newfoundland
  • Red Bay, Labrador
  • Qaqortoq, Greenland
  • Cruising Prince Christian Sound
  • Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Alesund, Norway
  • Eidfjord, Norway
  • Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Isle of Man, U.K.
  • Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Akureyri, Iceland
  • Isafjordur, Iceland
  • Cruising Prince Christian Sound
  • Nanortalik, Greenland
  • St. John’s, Newfoundland
  • Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Boston
Map of the Itinerary for the Voyage of the Vikings, 2016

Map of the Itinerary for the Voyage of the Vikings, 2016











Shipboard Life

We have sailed with Holland America many times and knew what to expect of our life on the ship. The food was consistently good. The service and staff were exceptional. We enjoyed the entertainment, especially the production shows performed by the ship’s resident singers and dancers. We had stimulating conversations with many of our fellow guests. The guest lecturers gave us lots to think about with respect to the history and natural phenomena of the North Atlantic. We took a shore excursion in most ports and found the guides to be generally informative and itineraries well worth our time (and money). In addition, Mother Nature helped as well, because for most days the weather was perfect, especially in places where it mattered most, that is, in Greenland and Iceland.

In the following posts, we will focus on the places and experiences which an armchair traveler might find of interest. Since there was so much to see, you’ll find a lot of text. When it becomes too much, you can always just look at Denise’s pictures, which are wonderful.

Our first port was Bar Harbor, Maine. I have not included it in a separate post, even though it’s a lovely area, because we didn’t take a special excursion there. We just walked around the tourist area, found a great fabric store, and had lunch.