In preparation for the launch of Viking Expeditions, I joined my father and a few Viking colleagues on a 48-hour journey on top of the world. Deep within the Arctic Circle in the Svalbard archipelago, we had two of the most memorable days of our lives. I can confidently say from firsthand experience that our recently launched Arctic and Antarctic itineraries are sure to leave you in awe of our natural world. Somewhat to the south of Svalbard on our 13-day In Search of the Northern Lights itinerary, we travel from Bergen to London, hoping for a glimpse of the ethereal aurora borealis lighting up the skies overhead and enjoying a husky ride and breathtaking scenery along the way.
In this issue, we also explore Asia with an ocean cruise on the high seas from Bangkok to Hong Kong via Ho Chi Minh City, as well as a river cruisetour through China. Read about how we can help extend your Viking journey in some fascinating cities, including Bergen, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Cairo and Porto. I also share some of our favorite recipes for delicious regional dishes served on board our ocean and river ships, including Scandinavian and Portuguese specialties.