Summary : Discover the beauty of Iceland’s pristine nature, majestic mountains and mighty glaciers. Volcanos and ice fields co-exist among a landscape of high geologic activity producing incredible geysers. Experience the land of the Midnight Sun and learn of ancient Icelandic traditions and sagas ripe with mysticism, elves and trolls as you circumnavigate this alluring island.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking
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Reykjavik is the world’s northernmost capital. Home to 171,000 people, it is surrounded by glaciers, waterfalls, geysers and mountains. With its vast selection of restaurants, museums and shops tucked into narrow quaint streets, enjoy some time on your own to get acquainted with this charming town before you embark the vessel in the evening.
Set course north for a clock-wise trip around Iceland. Enjoy a wide range of optional excursions to enhance your experience. Below are the planned locations to visit:
The West region is often named “The Sagaland” and offers spectacular views. Grundarfjörður offers diverse landscapes of lava formations, glaciers, volcanoes, and hot springs. Dark dramatic cliffs of columnar basalt protect the tiny fishing harbors, and all the colors of the northern summer seem to be caught between the ocean and the pristine glacier slopes of Snæfellsjökull.
With a population of about 4,100, Ísafjörður is the largest town in the Westfjords area of Iceland. Take a stroll around this cozy town and enjoy its diverse architecture discovering the country's oldest dwelling along with timber homes built by wealthy foreign traders in the 18th century.
Hornbjarg Cliff :
Reaching 534m (1,750ft), the Hornbjarg cliff is one of the largest seabird habitats in Iceland. Watch nesting birds take flight and soar gracefully around the mighty cliff face.
A small village of 1,300 set among rugged landscape, take the opportunity to savor its peace and tranquility emanating from the natural surroundings.
Akureyri is a lively and energetic town and the most populated community outside of Reykjavík. Close to many of Iceland’s most renowned places of natural beauty, the town itself is a popular destination. If you wish, enjoy an optional hike or join a bus excursion to the impressive Goðafoss waterfall.
Use PolarCirkel boats to reach this lush green island, enjoy setting foot on the Arctic Circle which cuts through Grímsey.
This area is known for its natural beauty. The mountains are spectacular and high with rhyolite in the south and basalt in the north. There are a lot of puffin colonies in the fjord, so it is a popular place for bird watching.
With colorful Norwegian-style wooden houses dating back to the early 20th century, Seyðisfjörður is like no other in Iceland. Enjoy walking trails around town, along the coast, and by the Fjarðará River for a relaxing stroll.
Here you will find pine forests, lush farmlands and a variety of colorful fishing villages and vibrant seaside communities. The east is also known for its rich artistic history where many people go to find inspiration and peace. The southernmost part of this region is most known for the Vatnajökull glacier. It is the largest glacier of Europe and is an imposing, spectacular sight from both land and sea. From Djúpivogur you can join an optional excursion to Vatnajökull lagoon, or you can stay and hike in the beautiful surroundings of town.
The Vestmannaeyjar Islands:
Also know as the Westman Islands, encounter a group of 15 spectacular islands and about 30 rock pillars, located off Iceland’s south coast. The islands were formed by underwater volcanic eruptions creating steep sea cliffs which provide habitat for countless birds, including the charming puffin. This is also a great place for spotting whales. Surtsey is a volcanic island, formed by an eruption starting 130 meters below sea level and reaching the surface in 1963. Heimaey is the largest of the Westman Islands and is dominated by magnificent bird cliffs.
Disembark the vessel saying farewell to fellow passengers and crew with fond memories and photographs to share of your journey.
The above itinerary is a guide only, as the exact program depends on weather and ice conditions and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Although travel insurance is not mandatory to participate in this voyage, ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends at least $100,000 Emergency Medical/Evacuation coverage for trips which includes coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property. ExpeditionTrips can assist you with this.
Depending on weather conditions, there may be an opportunity to sign up for kayaking during the voyage. Duration is 2-4 hours. Basic kayak experience required. Includes kayaking gear.
Onboard cabin accommodations; lectures, shore landings and guides; coffee and tea; Suite-M and Grand Suite-MG include select complimentary beverages for lunch and dinner: beer and a selection of wines by the glass - no spirits; wind/water-resistant jacket. Subject to change without notice.
Airfare; travel insurance; luggage handling; passport and visa expenses; optional excursions and gratuities; alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks except as mentioned; items of a personal nature such as laundry; fuel surcharge may apply.
Photos © Dominic Barrington