The ninth and tenth centuries saw the spread of the Vikings, also known as Norsemen, across Europe, with their impact on European history being significant. The attacks by Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish heathen warriors were influenced by overcrowding in their home countries and the relative powerlessness of their victims overseas.


My Viking Journey offers river cruises, ocean cruises, and expeditions, with 76 river cruises and six sea trips scheduled by February 2020 across North and South America, the Caribbean, Europe, Russia, Egypt, China, and Southeast Asia. The Viking Group has also provided support to cultural institutions like the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera, and the Munch Museum in Oslo, Norway.

In 1997, Torstein Hagen founded Viking River Cruises in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Hagen had previously worked as a consultant for McKinsey & Co. during the 1973 oil crisis, where he helped Holland America Line navigate through the crisis. Later, as the CEO of Royal Viking Line in 1980, he profited from Russian private equity and bought a controlling interest. During the mid-1990s, he also had a stake in a Dutch shipping company that almost collapsed. Hagen and Russian oligarchs acquired a boat company during the 1990s, which they later renamed Viking River Cruises.

To revolutionize travel, Viking began its operations in 1997. By taking advantage of the extensive river cruise experience of KD River Cruises, which had been operating for 40 years, the company gained access to important docks in major European towns. Viking entered the US market in 2000, and a sales and marketing office was established in Los Angeles, California. In recent years, Viking has expanded its offerings to include river, sea, and excursion voyages across all seven continents.