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  • Viking-River-Cruises-Longship-Durnstein - Wine enthusiasts will appreciate a visit to the wine region of Dürnstein, Austria, on a Viking River cruise.
  • Viking-River-Cruises-Aquavit-Dining-Terrace-on-deck - Any seat in the Aquavit Terrace offers a front-row seat to spectacular views along Europe's waterways on your Viking River Cruise.
  • Viking-River-Cruises-Longship-Rhine-2 - You'll have an unforgettable vacation discovering Europe's scenic waterways and historic villages during your cruise on a Viking Longship.
  • melk-abbey-on-Danube - Melk Abbey on the Danube in Austria.
  • st-stephen-basilica-budapest-hungary - St. Stephen's Basilica in Budapest, Hungary.
  • path-seine-paris-france - View of the Seine in Paris with Notre Dame in the background.
  • Germany-middle-Rhine-Valley - A view of the scenic Middle Rhine Valley in Germany — prime river cruising country.
  • Germany-Frankfurt-Opera-House - Alte Oper (Old Opera), a concert hall and former opera house in Frankfurt, Germany, was destroyed by bombs in 1944. It was rebuilt and reopened in 1981.
  • Germany-Frankfurt-Zeil - Frankfurt's main shopping street Zeil features unusual architecture.
  • Germany-Frankfurt-St-Catherine - Hauptwache & St. Catherine's church in Frankfurt, Germany.
  • Germany-Hamburg-sunset - Sunset over Hamburg, Germany.
  • Germany-Hamburg-Rathaus - The Rathaus, or city hall, of Hamburg, Germany.
  • Germany-Kiel-City-Hall - City Hall in Kiel, Germany.
  • Viking-Freya-Cologne - Viking Freya cruises the Rhine past Cologne and under the Hohenzollern Bridge.
  • Viking-Freya-Cologne2 - Viking Freya cruises down the Rhine past Cologne Cathedral.
  • Germany-Bamberg-Little-Venice - Klein-Venedig (Little Venice) is a colony of fishermen's houses on the River Regnitz in Bamberg, Germany.
  • Viking-Freya-Bamberg-cobblestones - The historic city center of Bamberg, Germany, is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Viking-Freya-Bamberg-bridge - Old City Hall in Bamberg, Germany, is located on the river Regnitz near its confluence with the River Main.
  • Viking-Frankfurt-night - At night, the skyline of Frankfurt, Germany, is a beautiful blend of old and new.
  • Viking-Freya-Nuremberg-Christmas1 - Take time to browse at the Nuremberg Christmas Market; this stall sells prune men, a traditional Nuremberg gift.
  • Viking-Freya-Nuremberg-Christmas2 - Nuremberg is well known for its Christmas Market, with Christmas decorations and local delicacies.
  • Viking-Freya-Nuremberg - Take a tour of one of the many sights of Hamburg, the Heilig-Geist-Spital on the Pegnitz River.
  • Viking-Freya-Nuremberg2 - The Sinwell Tower in Nuremberg, Germany, was built in the late 13th century to help protect its castle complex.
  • Viking-Freya-Frankfurt-bridge - Stroll across the The Iron Bridge (Eiserner Steg) in Frankfurt, which is over 100 years old.
  • Germany-Bamberg-abbey - Michaelsberg Abbey in Bamberg, Germany.
  • Germany-Bamberg-cathedral - A close-up of the entrance to Bamberg Cathedral in Germany.
  • Germany-Cologne-spires - Cologne's two large churches are visible from the Rhine River.
  • Germany-Cologne-city - The city of Cologne, Germany. See it during a river cruise on the Rhine.
  • Germany-Frankfurt-Main - Frankfurt, Germany, is located on the Main River and served by several cruise lines.

Viking Gefjon: Longship overview & photo tour

Have you sailed on Viking Gefjon? We'd love to hear your take and see your photos. The following information was curated by Cruiseable.

Snapshot

Launched in 2015, Viking Gefjon (named for the Norse goddess of the plow) was designed for river cruising. Since entering the river cruise market, Viking River Cruises has received numerous awards for its itineraries and innovative ship designs and onboard programming.

Some of the innovative spaces on Viking Gefjon include the indoor-outdoor Aquavit Terrace at the bow of the ship, an expansive Sun Deck and interiors that represent spacious public spaces, lots of natural light and light-blonde wood accents. Viking Gefjon is a "green" ship because of energy-efficient hybrid engines, solar panels and an organic herb garden.

Longships can transport 190 guests in comfortable, understated elegance, with hotel-style beds and amenities like 26-inch flat-panel TVs and in-room refrigerators.

Who will like sailing on Viking Gefjon

Viking River Cruises attracts an older demographic that is continuously getting younger. If you have an interest in exploring art, culture or history, then sailing on Viking Gefjon will make an ideal vacation, especially with the onboard educational activities available.

Other options: Viking river ships ply the rivers of Europe, Russia, Egypt and Asia, and Viking is introducing an ocean-going fleet starting later in 2015. See other Viking sailings.

For guests who want a river cruise experience that's more upscale — less crowded, more amenities, often bigger cabins — you may want to check out itineraries from AmaWaterways, Uniworld or Scenic Cruises. But remember, Viking is one of the most popular river cruise lines in the world and remains a good choice if you're just beginning to try river cruising. 

Where Viking Gefjon sails

Viking Gefjon sails the following itineraries:

  • Grand European Tour is a 15-day cruise along the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers. Cruise passengers will visit everything from the windmill-studded tulip fields in Holland to Germany's fairytale castles, as well as the Main-Danube Canal and Austria's Wachau Valley vineyards.
  • Heart of Germany is a seven-day journey along the banks of the Main, one of Europe’s most intimate waterways. In this land of Franconian wine and Bavarian beer, the famed “Romantic Road” leads to fairy-tale Old Towns. Explore the cobbled streets of Rothenburg and the palace of Würzburg. See the dramatic ruins of Heidelberg Castle, and discover Nuremberg’s rich past.
  • Danube Waltz takes cruise passengers on an eight-day voyage, where they will visit countries — Austria, Germany, Hungary and Slovakia — along the storied Danube River. See the range of architectural wonders in Budapest and Bratislava, sail through the Wachau Valley and take a tour of the 900-year-old baroque Benedictine abbey at Melk.
  • Rhine Getaway is an eight-day cruise that sails the Rhine River. You will see the many charming castles that command the riverbanks as you sail through Germany. Experience the lush landscape of the Black Forest region, explore Holland’s famous windmills and waterworks and take part in the inviting nightlife in Rüdesheim’s Drosselgasse.
  • Rhine Rhapsody spends 10 days amidst the timeless elegance of Paris and the breathtaking scenery along the Rhine, Main and Moselle Rivers. Stay in Paris, then enjoy scenic cruising through the Rhine Valley, famous for its many castles and charming towns. Discover multicultural Strasbourg and explore Basel’s Old Town.

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River cruising: It's about destination immersion

River cruising is about the destination probably more so than the ship. The ports of call shadow the onboard amenities; however, Viking helps guests learn about the local culture, history and highlights of the places that they visit. Don't be surprised to see local dishes on the menu or local entertainers sharing their music, dancing and stories.

Viking Gefjon includes daily tours with the cruise fare, which makes the hassle of figuring out logistics less challenging. Most tours are done around lunch and then you are free to do what you choose until the ship leaves port. You'll be given a nightly briefing in the evening before dinner to get updates on the next day’s call to discuss the upcoming day’s activities, tours and logistics. Plan to attend the session to discover highlights of the upcoming town's history, art, food, music and architecture.

Viking Gefjon sails in Budapest, Hungary.
Viking Gefjon sails in Budapest, Hungary.

Dining

Viking Gefjon has one restaurant called, fittingly, The Restaurant. The atmosphere is casual yet elegant. Dinner is at a set time, and you are welcome to sit with whomever you wish. When Eistla is not scheduled to leave port until later in the evening, treat yourself to a night on the town and sample cuisine at a nearby restaurant (at your own expense, but a nice way to experience the local culture).

This from the cruise line’s website about their dining options on board: “For breakfast, choose from a selection of pastries, cereals, breakfast meats, egg dishes, fresh fruit and selected cheeses. At lunch, select from the soup and sandwich bar, or from a choice of entrées and dessert. And for dinner, expect a five-course menu with regional specialties. Wherever you sail, you will find enhancements reflecting the itinerary — it is all part of experiencing the local culture."

Don’t miss: Al fresco dining aboard Viking Gefjon. One of the unique features on Viking Gefjon is the Aquavit Terrace, which is an outdoor space for you to watch the river while enjoying a coffee, cocktail, pint or al fresco dining. The Aquavit Terrace is equipped with grills for outdoor cooking.

Staterooms

There are 95 outside staterooms on Viking Gefjon (two Explorer Suites, seven Veranda Suites, 39 Veranda Staterooms, 22 French Balcony Staterooms and 25 Standard Staterooms). The top category on a Viking Longship is an Explorer Suite. These spacious cabins measure 445 square feet and offer 270-degree views from a wraparound veranda.

Overall cabins are average size for a river boat, but there is plenty of closet space and extra storage available under the bed. The bathroom has a pocket door, which is a nice feature because that design saves space.

Here's a video, 102 seconds long, by Viking Cruises about their Longship Staterooms.

Entertainment & activities

River cruising is very mellow. You won't find any large production shows or comedy clubs. What you will enjoy is some light piano music played by the house musician and local entertainers who are brought onto the ship to sing, dance or tell stories from the local perspective. After dinner, cruise passengers can hang out in the lounge and have an after-dinner drink, or they can walk back into town if the ship is not leaving port until later in the evening.

To complement your onshore excursions, take part in immersive learning and enhancement activities both on board and ashore. Classes in cooking specialties such as apple strudel and Alsatian flammkuchen; traditional performances of folk music and dance or waltzes by Strauss; and tastings of local cheeses, coffees, liqueurs and other delicacies are some examples of in-depth experiences that are included as an essential part of discovering more about the places through which you cruise.

Fun facts

  • Viking Longships are 443 feet long and 38 feet wide because those are the maximum dimensions possible for river ships navigating the locks on some of Europe's waterways. If they were even two inches longer or wider, they wouldn't fit in some locks. 
  • Viking names its ships after Norse mythology. As Wikipedia tells us: "Gefjon is a goddess associated with ploughing, the Danish island of Zealand, the legendary Swedish king Gylfi, the legendary Danish king Skjoldr, foreknowledge and virginity."

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Top highlights on this ship

  • What: Putting green
  • Where: Viking Gefjon

  • What: Atrium
  • Where: Viking Gefjon

  • What: Veranda Suite
  • Where: Viking Gefjon
  • Sun deck with 360-degree views and shaded sitting area; organic herb garden and solar panels; putting green, chess and walking track
  • Free shipwide wireless Internet service
  • Balcony cabins have floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors
  • Aquavit Terrace at the bow of the ship is great place to watch the river roll by
  • Ecologically friendly hybrid engines producing less vibrations for a smoother ride
  • Restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows for panoramic views
  • Observation lounge and bar with floor-to-ceiling glass doors
  • Library corner and onboard boutique

Top dining options on board

The Restaurant

  • Style: Varied
  • No additional cost
  • Open: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Aquavit Terrace

  • Style: Varied
  • No additional cost
  • Open: Al fresco dining

Fast facts

190 Passengers [?]
50 Crew
4 Decks
2015 Maiden voyage
5,000 Tonnage [?]
443 Length in feet
37 Width in feet (max beam)
17 speed (mph) [?]

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