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Iceland Circumnavigation

Iceland Cruise Information

Summary : Iceland is the perfect destination for explorers searching for the unexpected. The nation's heritage dates back to the ancient sagas, and Icelandic folk tales are rife with mysticism, elves and trolls. Enjoy hikes through lava fields, see natural hot springs, explore raw wilderness, encounter rare wildlife, and visit fascinating historic settlements.

Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography, Triple/Quad Cabins

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Itinerary
Day 1
Reykjavik

Many visitors find landing at Keflavik airport enchanting. The hub seems carved out of an arctic desert, with lava stones covered in moss, and haunting mountains nearby. But just 45 minutes away, Reykjavik is a charming and vibrant modern city, offering top restaurants, interesting museums and quaint narrow streets.

Day 2
Stykkishólmur

West Iceland is often referred to as ‘The Sagaland’. Experience Stykkishólmur’s diversity, with lava and rock formations, glaciers, volcanic activity, and hot and cold springs. Participate in one of several exciting activities, such as kayaking, hiking, and horseback riding.

Day 3
Flatey, Breiðafjörður

On the charming island of Flatey, time appears to stand still. Take a stroll around the village and travel back in time among the 19th century buildings. Látrabjarg is a promontory and the westernmost point in Iceland – home to millions of birds including puffins, northern gannets, guillemots, and razorbills.

Day 4
Ísafjörður

Ísafjörður is the largest town in the Westfjords and has a long history as a major center of commerce and trade – all based on fish. Experience the town’s architecture or join a wide range of optional excursions.

Day 5
Reykjarfjörður

The Hornbjarg cliff is one of the greatest seabird habitats in Iceland, and we will try to land here. Reykjafjörður can only be reached on foot or by boat, and we plan to take a closer look at this stunning area.

Day 6
Siglufjörður

Siglufjörður offers both recreation and sightseeing. A few hours in the rugged landscape gives you the chance to savor the peace and tranquility found here. Grímsey is where the Arctic Circle meets Iceland, and you will use your expedition landing craft to reach this island.

Day 7
Akureyri

Akureyri is a lively and energetic town. It is the most populated community outside the Reykjavík area and the center of trade and culture for the north of Iceland. Akureyri is close to many of Iceland’s most renowned natural-beauty locations, and the town itself is a popular destination. Enjoy an optional hike or join an excursion to the impressive Goðafoss waterfall.

Day 8
Húsavík

Húsavík is the oldest settlement in Iceland. The town’s most famous landmark is Húsavíkurkirkja, a wooden church built in 1907. Over the years, Húsavík has become increasingly popular in Iceland as a whale-watching area, and is home to the Húsavík Whale Museum. After leaving the town, you will sail past the Langanes Peninsula in the evening.

Day 9
Seyðisfjörður

Bakkagerði is the main settlement in Borgarfjörður. This area is known for its natural beauty and as ‘the land of the elves’. There are many puffin colonies in the fjord, so it is a popular place for birdwatching. Bakkagerði is off the typical tourist track and offers peace, quiet, and impressive views. If you prefer to be more active, you can join a group for an optional tour to the natural forest of Hallormstadur. Seyðisfjörður is distinguished by its Norwegian heritage. The colorful Norwegian-style wooden houses date from the early 20th century and make this village unique. Explore the town, join a hike, or take an optional excursion out to Skálanes.

Day 10
Höfn

Large mountains, wide rivers, and the ever-present Vatnajökull Glacier dominate the area around the charming fishing village of Höfn. From the harbor you can experience a scenic view of the famous glacier, the largest in Europe and a spectacular sight. On the east coast you will find pine forests, lush farmlands, and a variety of colorful fishing villages and vibrant seaside communities.

Day 11
Surtsey

Surtsey is a volcanic island formed by an eruption that started 425 feet below sea level and reached the surface in 1963. Heimaey is the largest of the Westman Islands, located off Iceland’s south coast, and is dominated by magnificent bird cliffs. Most of the islands have steep sea cliffs that form natural habitats for many different birds, including puffins. The islands are also a great place for spotting whales.

Day 12
Reykjavik

Your voyage of discovery and adventure ends in Reykjavik.

Notes

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.

Travel Insurance:

Although travel insurance is not mandatory to participate in this voyage, ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends at least $200,000 Emergency Medical/Evacuation coverage for Antarctic trips which includes coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property. ExpeditionTrips can assist you with this.

Multilingual Departures:
English/Norwegian/German (All Departures)

Deck Camping:

Depending on weather conditions, there may be an opportunity to sign up for deck camping during the voyage. Spend the night on deck and enjoy a magnificent view of the landscape and sky. Included: Sleeping bags, a welcome drink, and a fresh pastry and coffee in the morning. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details.

Fishing:

Depending on weather conditions, there may be an opportunity to sign up for fishing during the voyage. Spend 2.5-3 hours fishing with an officer and members of the crew and preparing your catch. When you return to the ship, you will be invited to meet the chef, prepare your catch, and have it served for dinner. Included: Waterproof clothing and a fishing rod. Maximum participants: 3 passengers. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details.

Hiking:

Depending on weather and land conditions, there may be an opportunity to sign up for hiking during the voyage. Included: Water bottle, snack bar, and lunch pack (if hike is during lunch time). Physical fitness is essential. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details.

Kayaking:

Depending on weather conditions, there may be an opportunity to sign up for kayaking during the voyage. The duration of each excursion is 2-4 hours. Due to popular demand, kayakers are chosen by a lottery system. Kayaking is not pre-bookable or guaranteed. Basic kayak experience required. Includes kayaking gear. Maximum participants: 8 passengers. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details.

Photography School:

Taught by two professional photography instructors, this pre-bookable photography school program covers basic image editing, wildlife and landscape photography, and DSLR video instruction. This program is designed for proficient beginners to experienced photographers. Included: photography booklet, designated work station with software provided, priority access to the Photo Optics test center equipment, and a Zeiss Lens cleaning kit. Min/max participants: 2-10 guests. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details.

Science Center:
Included
'Hands-on' science program where guests can perform their own science experiments with the assistance of professional biologists and geologists. Featuring ten Leica DM500 biological microscopes and ten Leica EZ4 geological microscopes, groups of 2-3 guests per microscope will work with a trained biologist or geologist. Occasionally, scientists invite guests along to sample biomaterial for use in the science center. There is also a large screen connected to the scientist's microscope for viewing during every session.

Included:

Cabin accommodations and meals aboard the ship; landings and activities onboard and ashore; professional English-speaking expedition team that gives lectures and accompanies landings and activities; onboard 'hands-on' science center; complimentary tea and coffee; gear on loan (waterproof rubber boots); and a wind- and water-resistant jacket. Arctic Superior Suites (P, U, QJ, YA) include an Arctic Pure amenity kit (bathroom). Expedition Suites (Q, MG, MX) include a soft drink package, a wine package, an Arctic Pure amenity kit (bathroom), a fleece blanket/throw, a cabin kit (bathrobe and slippers), an espresso maker, sweets/snacks and sparkling wine (on embarkation day), a separate check-in with sparkling wine, and a suite breakfast. Subject to change without notice.

Not Included:
International flights to/from the U.S.; travel insurance; luggage handling; optional excursions and gratuities; fuel surcharge may apply.

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