Viking has announced details of its first expedition ships and put the inaugural 2022 itineraries on sale.
The cruise company, which already operates river and ocean cruises, announced the plans for Viking Expeditions at an event in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles.
The first Viking Expeditions ship, Viking Octantis, will be embarking on trips to Antarctica and also North America’s Great Lakes from January 2022, while a second ship, Viking Polaris, will follow in August 2022 offering voyages to Antarctica and the Arctic.
Viking chairman Torstein Hagen, who announced the new brand at the launch event in California, said: “We invented the concept of modern river cruising when we launched in 1997; then we reinvented ocean cruises in our first year of operation, as well as every year since then.
“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 travelling with us to familiar and iconic destinations, but they would also like to travel further.”