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Viking Line is a Finnish shipping company that operates a fleet of ferries and cruiseferries between Finland, the Aland Islands, Sweden and Estonia. Viking Line shares are quoted on the Helsinki Stock Exchange. Viking Line is operated from the Aland Islands.
Viking Line commenced service in 1959, when the S/S Viking began sailing between the Finnish mainland, the Еland Islands and Sweden.
Today's Viking Line Abp was established in 1963 under the name Еlandsfдrjan Ab. It gained a listing on the Helsinki Stock Exchange on July 5, 1995. The company Viking Line has seven vessels, which sail between the Finnish mainland, Еland and Sweden as well as between Finland and the Baltic states. Operations include passenger services, recreation and cargo carrier services.
A new era in passenger travel between the Finnish mainlands, the Еland Islands and Sweden began late in the spring of 1959. That was when the first genuine Baltic Sea car ferry, the S/S Viking, was placed in service for Viking Line by a new company called Vikinglinjen Ab, which had been established at the initiative of a Еland sea captain, Gunnar Eklund.
Three shipping companies - Vikinglinjen Ab, Rederi AB Slite and Еlandsfдrjan Ab (later SF Line Ab) - soon began working together through a joint marketing company called Oy Viking Line Ab. After two of the holding companies ceased trading, the marketing company became a wholly owned subsidiary of SF Line. Today it operates under the trading name Viking Line Abp and is the market-leading cruise and ferry line in the Baltic.
More than fifty vessels have sailed in the fleets of the Viking shipping companies since regular ferry traffic began in 1959. Over the decades, the size, service concepts and range of attractions of these vessels have undergone dramatic changes – from the humble second-hand car ferries of the early years to the impressive fleet of today.
Viking Line vessels combine the luxury and sumptuousness of cruise ships with high-capacity vehicle decks, thereby meeting the needs of cargo traffic and of tourists who wish to continue their journey by car.