Iceland – Reykjavik Round-Trip

Iceland Cruise

  • L'Austral
  • Luxury Expedition Ship
  • 264 Capacity
  • 8 Days
  • 2014 View Departure>
    • 2014
    • Jul 27 Sun
  • Price from
  • $4,660

Summary : Embark on an 8-day luxury expedition of Iceland. Discover Reykjavik with its vast glaciers, National Park, geysers, and waterfalls. Take a relaxing dip in the warm waters of a blue lagoon. Be enchanted by Heimaey, an island of colorful houses, lava fields, marine caves and sheer cliffs that are home to many varieties of birdlife, including the famous Atlantic Puffin. You may also be lucky enough to see seals and killer whales. Grundarfjordur and Isafjordur fjords will reveal abyssal walls, craggy mountains and black sandy beaches. Learn about the culture and traditions of Iceland in the company of its inhabitants. Excellent guides and remarkable scenery ensures this will be a trip of a lifetime.

Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking

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Itinerary
Day 1
Reykjavik / Hafnarfjordur, Iceland

Embark the luxury expedition vessel for introductions to experienced crew and fellow travelers. Settle in to life onboard as your cruise begins its voyage.

Day 2
Reykjavik / Hafnarfjordur, Iceland

Reykjavik, "The Bay of Smoke", is nestled in a bay that protects its dreamlike beauty from the wind. Iceland's capital is merely a stone’s throw away from the magnificent Icelandic outback, as evidenced by the large numbers of Arctic terns, wild geese and ducks found in the town center. Established around 874 C.E. by a Viking chief, the world’s northernmost capital is simultaneously fierce and fascinating. Nearby, amongst the rugged lava fields, natural springs throw their turbulent water towards the sky, performing an incredible geyser dance dressed in amber tones.

Day 3
Heimaey Island

Formed from a succession of underwater eruptions, the Westman Islands consist of 15 islands and around 30 islets. Discover Heimaey’s rich history and captivating landscapes. This exceptional site has a very pronounced relief comprised of vertiginous cliffs, reefs, sea caves, and surf. Guided by experienced naturalists hike to the of the steep Sprangan cliff which offers a splendid view of islets formed by the most recent volcanic eruptions. At the crossroads of the four elements, discover a land of fire and ebony, encircled by the sea. Gaze upward to admire a ballet of sea birds, including spectacular diving gannets.

Day 4
Grundarfjordur, Iceland

Grundarfjordur is a small town, situated in the north of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Located in Iceland's west, Snæfellsnes Peninsula boasts dramatic and grandiose scenery. Set sail from the natural port of Grundarfjordur at the mouth of a beautiful fjord. Discover ancient volcanoes whose somber colors are starkly contrasted against the cobalt blue of the ocean. After the volcanic activity subsided and glaciers receded, rivers left their powerful mark as they wound their way through this remarkable landscape.

Guided by experienced naturalists, discover majestic Snæfellsjökul volcano on an optional excursion, which appears to guard over the peninsula from its 1,440 meter summit. Its legendary, almost-perfect conical shape is thought to be a gathering point of mysterious magnetic powers. Jules Verne chose here as the doorway to inner space in his fantastical book "Journey to the Center of the Earth".

Day 5
Grimsey Island, Iceland

Grimsey is a little island located 40 km north of mainland Iceland and is crossed by the symbolic line of the Arctic Polar Circle. Formed by volcanic rock that has generated majestic basalt pillars, it is a delight for photographers. The island has been inhabited since the Vikings came to Iceland and legend says that it takes its name from the colonial sailor Grìmur who sailed from the region of Sogn in Norway. Home to fabulous wildlife; observe numerous bird colonies having chosen to nest along the jagged cliffs. Keep an eye out for the ‘‘clowns of the sea’’, better known as the Atlantic Puffins. While many travellers come here in order to cross the invisible line into the Arctic Circle, the island is also famed as a place to observe the Midnight Sun.

Day 6
Akureyri, Iceland

Nestled in a fjord, the charming capital of north Iceland sits along the banks of the Eyjajordur. Delight in colorful houses glowing in the light of the midnight sun. It is from this enchanting city that you will set out for Lake Myvatn, whose savage beauty has been sculpted by a succession of volcanic eruptions. The lake has a unique ecosystem as it lies at the crossroads of the great migratory routes and is a natural sanctuary for many bird species (Greylag geese, swans, ducks and Arctic terns). It’s a veritable paradise for ornithologists, and for those with a contemplative soul in search of secret spaces and mysterious charm. In this wild place, one’s imagination runs away with the landscape’s strange shapes. Legend has it that the trolls, elves and faeries of Iceland call this home.

Day 7
Isafjordur, Iceland

Explore a route to the heart of the fjords of northwest Iceland, a wild land of lost valleys and steep cliffs. In this very isolated region, discover the Isafjördur fjord, undoubtedly one of the most beautiful in the country forged by ancient basaltic flows. The village of Isafjördur nestled at the back of the fjord between imposing mountains is a delightful little town that lives exclusively from fishing. The capital of the western fjords, its old wooden houses bear witness to its past as a major fishing port. With its landscape of bold and raw colors, Iceland offers lovers of wide open spaces an endless variety of unlimited pleasures.

Day 8
Reykjavik / Hafnarfjordur Iceland

Conclude your luxury expedition cruise of enchanting Iceland and disembark.

Notes

Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice and weather conditions - and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition. ExpeditionTrips.com is not responsible for itinerary changes.

Travel Insurance:
Passengers shall be responsible for subscribing to cancellation/luggage/assistance/repatriation/medical insurance(s). ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends Emergency Medical/Evacuation coverage which includes coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property. ExpeditionTrips can assist you with this.

Included:
All meals on board the ship from dinner on the day of embarkation to breakfast on the day of disembarkation; Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner; evening gatherings, organized entertainment and events; mineral water, tea, filter coffee, a selection of white, red and rosé wines offered during meals; afternoon tea; open bar (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request), port and safety taxes, fuel surcharge and gratuities; luggage transfer from pier to the ship and vice versa; 24 hour room service (special selection); English speaking lecturer on selected sailings identified by “lecturer on board” logo; highly experienced bilingual (French-English) Expedition team for all programs identified with “Expedition” logo.

Not Included:
Flights; airport taxes; any ground services/transfers before and/or after the cruise; day rooms and other services at arrival and departure, before embarkation and after disembarkation; visa, disembarkation taxes, environmental taxes and/or national park fees; optional shore excursions (sold on board); insurances; personal expenses such as onboard medical consultations and drug prescriptions, use of spa, laundry and hair salon; expedition photo disc and video (approx $85); other drinks not included in open bar; fuel surcharge may apply.