On Wednesday the Viking ship set sail from Denmark for a three-year voyage, carrying 12 scientists and their equipment to explore the North Sea. It made its way through Germany, Poland, Estonia and Latvia on Monday before arriving in Sweden’s capital Stockholm. The vessel will stop at ports throughout Europe along with Greenland during its journey as part of research by researchers into climate change adaptation strategies

Viking Reveals Images of First Expedition Ship [PHOTOS]

Last week, Viking celebrated a significant milestone when the line’s first expedition ship, the Viking Octantis, began her inaugural Antarctic season. When the Octantis reached the Antarctic Circle, it was the company’s southernmost excursion in its 25-year existence, Viking passengers got a taste of both ends of the planet. A few hours later, beneath the northern lights, one of the line’s ocean ships, Viking Venus, passed the Arctic Circle.

New photographs of Octantis have been published by Viking, highlighting the vessel’s interior architectural elements. Many of the areas are identical to those found on the line’s typical ocean ships, although others are exclusive to the expedition ships.

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In Antarctica, a Viking Octantis with zodiacs, kayaks, and a Special Ops fleet (Photo courtesy of Viking)

The expedition ships, Viking Octantis and Viking Polaris, were designed by the same team that created Viking’s Longships and ocean ships, including Richard Riviere, the Founding Principal of the Los Angeles-based interior design company Rottet Studio.

SMC Design, based in London, donated their marine experience. For their work on Viking’s expedition ships, the two businesses were named “Design Studio Team of the Year” at the 2021 Cruise Ship Interior Awards.

“We hope our guests will feel at ease on board these elegant vessels, which feature familiar spaces from our ocean ships, such as the Explorers’ Lounge and Mamsen’s, as well as innovative new spaces like The Aula and The Hangar is a place where people come to hang out, which are the first of their kind in the travel industry,” said Karine Hagen, Viking’s Executive Vice President. “Our Norwegian roots and meticulous attention to detail are evident throughout,” says the designer.

Some of the new photographs include places like:

The Aula

The Aula is a spectacular auditorium modeled after the University of Oslo’s renowned ceremonial hall, which served as the site of the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in the past. It has a retractable 4k laser-projected screen that exposes floor-to-ceiling windows and 270-degree vistas, and is used for lectures, daily briefings, documentaries, and films.

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Viking Octantis’ Aula Theater (Photo courtesy of Viking)

Finse Terrace is a place where you may relax and unwind

Finse Terrace is a place where you may relax and unwind is an outdoor lounge area just above sea level, featuring recessed, heated seating and lava rock “fire pits.”

It was named after the Finse Plateau in Norway, where some of the world’s finest polar explorers, including Nansen and Amundsen, trained for their North and South Pole expeditions.

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Finse Terrace is a place where you may relax and unwind (Photo courtesy of Viking)

The Science Laboratory

Developed in partnership with the University of Cambridge and Akvaplan-Niva, The Science Laboratory was designed to support a broad range of research activities and is equipped with wet and dry laboratory facilities.

Guests have supervised access to The Science Laboratory to learn from and participate with scientists in undertaking meaningful research.

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The Science Laboratory (Photo courtesy of Viking)

The Hangar is a place where people come to hang out

This cutting-edge, industry-first marina makes it simple to board and disembark Special Operations Boats and other equipment while keeping everyone safe from the weather.

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The Hangar is a place where people come to hang out (Photo courtesy of Viking)

In the Galápagos Islands, a new Silversea ship was christened.

Central Station of the Expedition

Central Station of the Expedition is the hub for the expedition team to consult with passengers on their expedition activities and share knowledge about the destinations on a one-on-one basis, with the aid of 3D printed maps, digital screens and a spatial data visualization chart table.

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Central Station of the Expedition on Viking Octantis (Photo courtesy of Viking)


The World Café is the ship’s buffet-style location, Mamsen’s delivers Scandinavian-inspired meals, and Manfredi’s serves the finest of Italian cuisine.

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Restaurant Manfredi (Photo courtesy of Viking)

The Nordic Spa is a spa in Sweden.

The Nordic Spa is a spa in Sweden. features an indoor heated pool set against expansive windows, as well as a badestamp (wood-sided hot tub) that is open to the outdoors.

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Spa in the Nordic Countries (Photo courtesy of Viking)

Lounge of the Explorers

Located high on the ship with floor-to-ceiling windows, the Lounge of the Explorers provides guests an ideal space to take in the scenery, chat with fellow travelers, and enjoy a drink.

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Lounge of the Explorers (Photo courtesy of Viking)

The Library is a place that you may go to

The Library is a place that you may go to is curated by acclaimed London bookshop Heywood Hill, as on all Viking vessels, as well as Cambridge University’s Scott Polar Research Institute.

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The Library is a place that you may go to (Photo courtesy of Viking)

Cabins with Balconies in the Nordics

All staterooms on Viking’s expedition ships have a Nordic Balcony, a solarium that turns into an al fresco viewing platform with an observation bench at elbow level to steady binoculars or a camera, a first for polar expedition boats.

Passengers may pick from six stateroom types, ranging in size from 222 to 1,223 square feet, all of which have a Nordic balcony, a king-size bed, and a huge bathroom with a wide glass-enclosed shower, heated bathroom floor, and an anti-fog mirror.

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Viking Octantis’ Nordic Junior Suite (Photo courtesy of Viking)

A drying closet is also included in each cabin, which circulates warm air to dry and store clothes and adventure gear.

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