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  • Viking-Longship-Restaurant-3 - Enjoy contemporary cusine in a light-filled setting as you take in Europe's breathtaking views aboard a Viking River cruise ship.
  • Viking-Longship-Exterior-Stateroom - An exterior stateroom aboard your Viking Longship will give you access to riveting views and bracing ocean breezes as you travel Europe's waterways.
  • Viking-Longship-Explorer-Suite - Experience dramatic sunsets in the comfort of your own retreat when staying in an Explorer Suite aboard your Viking Longship.
  • Viking-Longship-Veranda-Suite - Unwind after a day of sightseeing in the upscale Veranda Suite during your Viking River Cruises travels through Europe's waterways.
  • Viking-Longship-Veranda-Suite-02_95 - Never miss a moment of your cruise with uninterrupted views and a private balcony in the Veranda Suite of a Viking Longship.
  • Viking-Longship-Foyer-2 - The spacious, contemporary foyer of Viking's Longships evokes elegance and style.
  • Viking-Longship-Foyer-1 - A view of the foyer on the fleet of Viking Longships that sail Europe's waterways.
  • Viking-Longship-Aquavit-Terrace-at-dusk - At night the Aquavit Terrace aboard your Viking Longship transforms into a festive atmosphere perfect to enjoy a summer evening floating on Europe's waterways.
  • Viking-Longship-Aquavit-Terrace-day - Take in picturesque European landscapes and historic villages from the Aquavit Terrace aboard your Viking Longship.
  • Viking-Longship-Aquavit-Terrace-3 - Head to the contemporary Aquavit Terrace aboard your Viking Longship to relax, meet new friends and take in Europe's scenic waterways.
  • Viking-Longship-Lounge-Bar - Relax, be open to new vistas and meet interesting new people in the cocktail lounge aboard your Viking River cruise ship as you travel Europe's waterways.
  • Viking-Longship-Foyer - During your European cruise on a Viking Longship, you'll rendezvous with fellow guests in Viking Alsvin's spacious foyer before embarking on an excursion ashore.
  • Viking-Longship-Foyer - During your European cruise on a Viking Longship, you'll rendezvous with fellow guests in Viking Alsvin's spacious foyer before embarking on an excursion ashore.
  • Viking-Longship-in-Europe_ - A Viking Longship sails through a charming village. A typical itinerary will allow passengers to spend the better part of a day exploring cities, towns, castles and museums with a guide or on their own.
  • Viking-Longship-Aquavit-Terrace-at-dusk - At night the Aquavit Terrace aboard your Viking Longship transforms into a festive atmosphere perfect to enjoy a summer evening floating on Europe's waterways.
  • Viking-Longship-Lounge-Bar - Relax, be open to new vistas and meet interesting new people in the cocktail lounge aboard your Viking River cruise ship as you travel Europe's waterways.
  • Viking-Longship-Restaurant-3 - Enjoy contemporary cusine in a light-filled setting as you take in Europe's breathtaking views aboard a Viking River cruise ship.
  • Provence-lavendar-fields - A shot of the iconic lavender fields in Provence, in the South of France.
  • Viking-Heimdal-Amsterdam - The cabin passenger ship Viking Heimdal near Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  • Provence-France-Senanque-Abbey-2 - The lavender fields of Sénanque Abbey, in Provence, France.
  • France-Arles-Amphitheater - Arles, France, seen from the top of the Roman Amphitheatre.
  • France-Arles-Alyscamps - The Alyscamps is a large Roman necropolis, which is a short distance outside the walls of the old town of Arles, France.
  • France-Arles-Roman-Arena - The ruins of the Roman Arena in Arles, southern France.
  • France-Avignon-cathedral - The cathedral in Avignon, France, dates from the 12th century.
  • France-Avignon-Palace-of-Popes - The Palace of the Popes in Avignon, France, dates from the Avignon Papacy in 1309–77, when seven Roman Catholic popes resided in Avignon.
  • France-Avignon-Clock-Tower - The Place de l'Horloge (Clock Tower Square) is the main square and heart of Avignon France.
  • France-Giverny-Hotel-Baudy - Hotel Baudy in Giverny, France.
  • France-Lyon-winter - The rooftops of Lyon, France, covered after a light, winter snowfall.
  • France-Giverny-Monet-Garden - Monet's Garden, where Claude Monet painted all those water lilies, is in Giverny, France.

Viking Heimdal: Longship overview & photo tour

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

Snapshot

Launched in 2014, Viking Heimdal (named for the Norse guardian of the gods) 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 Heimdal 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 Heimdal 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 Heimdal

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 Heimdal 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 Heimdal sails

Viking Heimdal sails the following itinerary:

  • Portraits of Southern France is an eight-day cruise that sails along France’s scenic Saône and Rhône Rivers past the beautiful French countryside. During the journey, explore the region of Burgundy and the colorful fields of Provence. Visit Gallo-Roman ruins, walk cobbled streets and visit the historic Papal Palace in Avignon. Learn about the region’s winemaking traditions, sample Burgundy varietals and try the delicious regional cuisine in Lyon.

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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 Heimdal 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 Heimdal sails near Amsterdam, Netherlands.
kees torn / Creative Commons BY-SAViking Heimdal sails near Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Dining

Viking Heimdal 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 Heimdal 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 Heimdal. One of the unique features on Viking Heimdal 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 Heimdal (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.

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: "Heimdal (or Heimdallr) is a god who possesses the resounding horn Gjallarhorn, owns the golden-maned horse Gulltoppr, has gold teeth and is the son of Nine Mothers. Heimdallr is attested as possessing foreknowledge, keen eyesight and hearing."

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Top highlights on this ship

  • What: River cruising
  • Where: Viking Heimdal

  • What: Cocktail lounge
  • Where: Viking Heimdal

  • What: Veranda Suite
  • Where: Viking Heimdal
  • 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

Aquavit Terrace

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

The Restaurant

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

Fast facts

190 Passengers [?]
50 Crew
4 Decks
2014 Maiden voyage
5,000 Tonnage [?]
443 Length in feet
37 Width in feet (max beam)
17 speed (mph) [?]

Overheard

“With its pale wood interior, Viking Heimdal has a spacious airy feel with double-sized suites and spacious cabins. The tastefully decorated restaurant and alternative ‘Aquavit Terrace’ (breakfast and lunch) offer good, unfussy food.”

Berlitz: River Cruising in Europe

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