Viking to launch expedition ships

Launching in 2022, Viking’s new purpose-built expedition vessels, Viking Octantis and Viking Polaris, will host 378 guests in 189 staterooms and will embark on voyages to Antarctica, the Arctic and North America’s Great Lakes. Designed by the same experienced nautical architects and engineers that designed Viking’s ocean ships, the ships are optimally sized and built for expeditions. For more information, visit

Viking, has announced the expansion of its destination-focused travel experiences with the launch of new expedition voyages.

Viking Expeditions will begin sailing in January 2022 with its first vessel, Viking Octantis, embarking on voyages to Antarctica and North America’s Great Lakes.

A second expedition vessel, Viking Polaris, will debut in August 2022, sailing to Antarctica and the Arctic.

Viking’s arrival to the Great Lakes will bring the newest and most modern vessels ever to explore this region of North Americaand will mark a major commitment to local tourism and economic development for the states of Michigan, Minnesotaand Wisconsin, as well as the Canadian province of Ontario.

Commenting, Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking, said: “We invented the concept of modern river cruising when we launched in 1997; then we reinvented ocean cruises. Now, in creating ‘the thinking person’s expedition,’ we are perfecting polar expedition cruising, and we will usher in a new era of comfortable exploration in the heart of North America.”

“Our guests are curious explorers. They want to continue traveling with us to familiar and iconic destinations, but they would also like to travel further. We began as Viking River Cruises; then we evolved into Viking Cruises with the addition of ocean cruises; today we stand singularly as Viking, offering destination-focused voyages on more than 20 rivers, five oceans and five Great Lakes, visiting 403 ports in 95 countries and on all seven continents.”

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