Viking welcomes guests back on board in Iceland, continuing their successful restarts.

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New โ€œWelcome Backโ€ Voyages mark Vikingโ€™s Return to Nordic Countries

Vikingยฎ (www.viking.com) celebrated today the latest milestone in its return to service as guests from the US were welcomed on board in Iceland. Over the weekend, guests boarded the award-winning Viking Skyยฎ in Reykjavรญk, where the ship will homeport this summer along with sister shipViking Jupiterยฎ. Both ships will sail the new Icelandโ€™s Natural Beauty itinerary through to early September 2021 and will welcome UK guests from 24 July. Offered as part of Vikingโ€™s Welcome Back collection, exclusively available for vaccinated guests, the voyage currently underway is the first of 19 sailings roundtrip from Reykjavรญk. The eight-day circumnavigation of Iceland calls upon coastal towns of Akureyri, Seydisfjรถrdur, Heimaey and more before returning to the capital city.

Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking said :

โ€œOn behalf of the entire Viking family of guests and crew, we are delighted to be back in Icelandโ€”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 โ€˜Welcome Backโ€™ collection. We look forward to introducing even more guests to this beautiful Nordic country over the summer.โ€

Viking restarted operations in May and has been sailing around Englandโ€™s scenic shores with British guests since 22 May. Nearly 100 percent of guests on these sailings provided exceptionally high ratings. On 15 June, the company welcomed American guests back on board in BermudaIn July 2021, Viking will also launch Welcome Back sailings in the Mediterranean with three ocean ships homeported in Valletta, Malta โ€“ and will restart its European river operations with select itineraries in Portugal, France and along the Rhine.

Viking Health & Safety Programme

Those who sail Welcome Back voyages will also experience Vikingโ€™s industry-leading health and safety programme. Grounded in scientific research, the Viking Health & Safety Program was developed in partnership with an international team of medical advisors, including Raquel C. Bono, M.D., Vikingโ€™s Chief Health Officer. Dr. Bono is a board-certified trauma surgeon and retired Vice Admiral of the United States Navy Medical Corpsโ€”and most recently led Washington Stateโ€™s medical and healthcare systems response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Utilising a full-scale laboratory installed on every Viking ocean shipโ€”and a strong network of dedicated shoreside labs for Viking river ships in Europeโ€”all guests and crew will receive frequent quick and easy non-invasive saliva PCR tests. New air purification technology has also been installed on all Viking ships, which have always featured independent air handling units for all guest staterooms. And additional health checks, sanitisation and physical distancing measures will provide further protection for Viking guests and crew at all points of the journey. A complete overview of the Viking Health & Safety Programme can be found at:www.viking.com/health-safety.

Booking Details

Limited space is still available on 2021 summer sailings with prices starting from ยฃ2,390 per person. To make a booking please call 0800 298 9700 or visitwww.viking.com for more information.

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