In our fifth episode of Our Viking Story on the Viking Sea. We return to the ship to enjoy Afternoon Tea in the Wintergarden. That evening we dine at the Chefs Table, the second alternative dining venue.
The next day we arrive scenic and breathtaking Geiranger and Geirangerfjord.
After breakfast in The Restaurant, the main dining onboard, we relax around the pool. Later in the afternoon go as-shore for our included tour around Geiranger.
Afternoon Tea on Viking Cruises is served most afternoons in the Wintergarden from 4pm. The event is a relaxing and quaint experience with musicians playing classical music.
There is a wide selection of loose-leaf tea available. This is also accompanied by a selection of sandwiches, scones, cakes, and pastries including macarons, opera cake and berry tarts.
The chef’s table is one of two ‘alternative’ dining venues onboard. The other is Manfredi’s Italian.
Viking’s alternative dining venues are similar to speciality dining. However, there is no additional charge and guests simply need to make a reservation.
The Chefs Table has a welcoming ambience and continues the scandi-chic design from the rest of the ship. Tables are available for groups for 4, 6, 8 and there is a private room, which we enjoyed, for groups up to 10 guests.
The chef’s table menu features a five-course tasting menu. All the courses are created around a theme which changes every evening. Our sailing we had Asian, Norwegian and Italian.
The menu also features a different wine paired with each course. There is also a Premium Wine pairing for an additional $25 per person. This is included if you have purchased the Viking Silver Spirits package.
Geiranger and Geirangerfjord
Geiranger is a village in western Norway located at the end of Geirangerfjord. It’s a beautiful and whimsical location that looks like something out of a fairytale. The Geirangerfjord is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
It is is a hugely popular destination for cruise ships and sees over 700,000 visitors each year. The town itself only has 240 inhabitants and during the winter is completely cut off due to snow.
Popular activities in the port include Fjord cruises, Kayaking, bike rental or hiking. The town is also walkable and features many shops and a popular bakery.
Our Viking included tour took us up 11 hairpin turns to 3 stunning viewpoints. The tours scenery was breathtaking and give you impressive views.
Another highlight of the port is the sail-in and sail-out. Its a must do and includes stunning views of mountains and waterfalls.
What to pack for Geiranger
The weather in Geiranger can be unpredictable. We encountered 4 seasons in four minutes.
We suggest you take layers and include a jumper, winter hat and scarves and a raincoat. You should also wear some good walking shoes or trainers as the paths and roads can be very uneven.
If you have binoculars it’s a fantastic opportunity to use them. Plus, don’t forget your camera.
Special thanks to Viking Cruises for inviting us to be guests of Viking.