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Viking is known for its river cruises, but the company has successfully expanded into different types of cruising over the years. One of the most recent expeditions for Viking is Viking Expeditions, debuting with the Viking Octantis in 2022. Viking Octantis will sail in Antarctica and the Great Lakes; Viking Polaris, arriving later in 2022, will cruise in Antarctica and the Arctic

Through Viking Expeditions, Viking has forged relationships with a number of scientific organizations: the University of Cambridge’s Scott Polar Research Institute, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Cruisers will see representatives onboard, having the opportunity to learn about the science that Viking supports and the research that is being conducted on the ship. 

But there is more than just research on these ships. There’s an auditorium, terrace, infinity pool, spa, fitness center, and regional and international cuisine. Staterooms have a Nordic balcony that features floor-to-ceiling glass. Ranging in size from 222 square feet to 1,223 square feet, staterooms also have a floor-to-ceiling drying closet to dry expedition gear and clothes. 

Speaking of expeditions... there are many ways that a guest can enjoy an expedition, depending on individual interests and activity levels. Expedition equipment includes a Zodiac fleet, Arctic-tested kayaks, convertible Rigid Inflatable Boats, and submarines. Gear, such as boots, waterproof pants, binoculars, snowshoes, and skis, is provided to guests. Viking strives to make expeditions, as well as the entire cruise experience, as seamless as possible. 

As you explore the environments of Antarctica, the Arctic, and the Great Lakes, you may wonder about the sustainability of the cruise ship you’re on. The ships will reduce possible environmental impact and fulfills strict biosecurity and emissions guidelines. The ships are designed, furthermore, to reduce fuel as well as to stay motionless without dropping an anchor. 

Use our Cruise Finder above to begin your cruise. Alternatively, call your TravelStore advisor or local TravelStore branch. (Remember to inquire about any possible amenities on your cruise!) To learn more about Viking’s other offerings, read TravelStore's pages on Viking ocean cruises, the Viking Mississippi, and Viking river cruises.