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  1. There are a lot of tables for two in the main dining room.
  2. Just want to chime in that we are also pleased with Viking's responsiveness in providing a refund of our November cruise payment, especially after reading about difficulties others have had with different cruise lines. We look forward to future cruises with Viking.
  3. Hi - I occasionally peruse a consumer advocate website by Christopher Elliot, who has a weekly Chicago Tribune travel issues column. The website includes contacts for many tour companies, including Vantage. Good luck.
  4. I also enjoyed the Chef's Table. I like the interesting flavors, smaller portions, quiet ambiance and wine pairings (with the Silver Spirits package).
  5. I am impressed with the temporary exception, especially as compared with what other tour operators are doing (or their silence). It is decisive and allows passengers to make decisions about imminent travel.
  6. You can also walk up the bell tower (there is an admission charge). It is quite interesting.
  7. We did both the express Golden Circle and the Blue Lagoon, but on different days on our pre-cruise extension before boarding. Once on the ship, Viking had a shuttle from the ship to downtown, which was quick. We did the South Coast tour the day after boarding the ship. I thought we had plenty of time at the Blue Lagoon, even time for a cup of coffee after enjoying the facilities. We did not need to bring a towel, as they were provided at the Lagoon. Check the BL website to ensure that is still the program.
  8. We have been there twice and done both of those hikes, and really enjoyed them. We had good weather both times, but there were still some muddy areas. I strongly recommend sturdy shoes.
  9. We went to the Blue Lagoon last June while on a pre-cruise extension in Reykjavik. I loved it. After reading up on what to expect, which I encourage you to do, I was worried about my hair and contact lenses. I just put my hair up and did not get it wet and wore the contact lenses and did not put the silica on my face. No problems! You will definitely want to shower afterwards. You did not indicate what month you are traveling. In June, it was light very late. I believe the hours of the Blue Lagoon are extended during certain months, if you want to go later. I do not know if you c
  10. Olden was an unexpected port for us last June when we missed a different port because of weather. Because we had visited Briksdal glacier quite a few years ago, we chose a ship excursion which visited a National Park visitor center, traveled by bus along a beautiful lake, waterfalls and mountains to Kjenndalen glacier and then went up the Loen sky lift. It was a gorgeous day - we skipped the coffee and sweet that was included and walked around to enjoy the views and the para-gliders jumping off. This excursion was quite pricey, but we were happy with it. It was not crowded. We could have
  11. Hi, bobcatcruiser - thought I would take a shot at responding to your questions, as we took the Iceland/Norway cruise last year in June, and it was our first Viking Ocean cruise. Some background - we are in our early 60s and very active. We have cruised a lot, mostly some years ago, as we have been focusing on active land journeys. Also, as the cruise ships got bigger and the nickeling and diming commenced, we did not enjoy cruising as much as we once did. We chose this Viking cruise because we really wanted to go to Iceland and a return to Norway was a bonus, and because the size of
  12. You can purchase tickets for the Mt Floyen funicular in advance online. We did that last year. You can then bypass the ticket purchase line. We went up in the afternoon and spent quite some time hiking and then hiked down. (When purchasing, you can choose to purchase round trip or one way). Obviously, you do need to make your way to the funicular area. We were fortunate in that we had beautiful weather, which is not always the case in Bergen.
  13. And a nice write-up in this morning's Chicago Tribune summarizing those plans, with particular focus on the Great Lakes cruises.
  14. The Golden Circle tours include three main sights: a spectacular waterfall, a National Park and a geyser. Just Google a few of the tours, and you will get a good idea of what to expect.
  15. We took this trip last June, and chose the direction, Reykjavik to Bergen, based upon where we wanted to spend extra time. Both ports present flight limitations. We had previously been to both Oslo and Bergen, so spent a couple of extra days in Reykjavik before the cruise. We took the Icelandair direct flight from Chicago. The flight itself was fine. We ate a nice dinner at the airport before boarding. The seating in economy is probably the most uncomfortable I have ever experienced, but it was tolerable, as the flight was about 6 1/2 hours. The seats have zero padding, so I sat on the
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