Summary : Discover Iceland’s ruggedly wild and singular beauty, and encounter its diverse wildlife, rich culture and welcoming people. Experience the culture of small towns and settlements set against picturesque fjords; visit Bakkagerði, considered "the land of the elves"; learn about Viking history; scout for numerous bird species, including puffins; and encounter the lively cultural scene, waterfalls, and botanical gardens of Akureyri.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking
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Many visitors find landing at Keflavik airport enchanting. The hub seems carved out of an arctic desert, with moss-covered lava rock and haunting mountains nearby. But just 45 minutes away is Reykjavík, a charming, vibrant and modern city, offering top restaurants, interesting museums and quaint narrow streets.
The friendly town of Stykkishólmur features beautiful, well-preserved old houses and is surrounded by wonderful scenery. Enjoy exploring the town´s interesting museums or join optional excursions to see iconic sites on Snæfellsnes Peninsula such as the Lóndrangar basalt cliffs or black sand beaches of Djúpalónssandur.
Patreksfjördur is a charming settlement on the west coast of Iceland with about 660 inhabitants. The picturesque fjord offers scenic hiking trails if conditions allow. Patreksfjördur is also close to the spectacular waterfall of Dynjandi and to Látrabjarg, a renowned site for birdwatching.
Your experienced captain will plan a day exploring the stunningly beautiful fjords of northwest Iceland. Conditions will determine the final program and activity for the day. You might visit a small settlement, take a hike, or choose an optional kayaking excursion.
In 1917, Elías Stefánsson settled down in Djupavik and built a herring salting factory. Today, you can still see the remains of the factory as well as seven houses and a hotel here. Explore the landing site and the beautiful natural scenery surrounding it.
Akureyri is a lively town, famous for its botanical gardens and pretty traffic lights. It is the most populous community outside of Reykjavík, and the center of trade, culture, and services in northern Iceland. Akureyri is close to many of Iceland’s renowned natural treasures, such as Mývatn lake and Goðafoss waterfall.
Embark a tender boat to reach this green and grassy island. It is probably best known for its proximity to the Arctic Circle, which cuts across the island. If conditions allow, you'll get the chance to step across the boundary between the far north and south. In the afternoon, sail towards Husavik, arriving in the evening and staying overnight.
Húsavík is renowned for its whale watching and has several interesting museums, including, of course, a whale museum. In the evening, sail past the scenic Laganes Peninsula.
Bakkagerði is the main settlement in Borgarfjörður, an area known for its natural beauty. It's also known as “the land of the elves.” Puffin colonies abound in the fjord, making this a popular place for birdwatching. Bakkagerdi is off the typical tourist track and offers peace, quiet, and lovely views.
The harbor at Heimaey—or “Home Island”—has a narrow entrance, formed by a volcanic eruption in 1973. As the lava flow threatened, the ingenious islanders pumped sea water onto the molten rocks to cool and slow its progress. Nearby cliffs provide a habitat for countless birds, including the charming puffin.
Your voyage of discovery and adventure ends with disembarkation in Reykjavik.
Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program—including a full circumnavigation of Iceland—varies according to ice and weather conditions and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.
This shipping company recommends that all passengers purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your trip investment from unexpected events such as cancellations, delays, and medical emergencies. ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends at least $200,000 Emergency Medical/Evacuation coverage for polar trips which includes coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage, and personal property. Other conditions may apply based on pre-existing conditions. ExpeditionTrips can assist U.S. residents with travel protection options.
Multilingual Departures: English/German (All Departures)
Explorer Science Program: Included
Participate in lectures, activities, and current research to cultivate greater knowledge about the regions explored.
From kayaking to glacier traversing, there are several supplemented activities to choose from. Some are pre-bookable. Most are booked once on board. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details and rates.
Shipboard accommodations; landings and activities onboard and ashore; professional English-speaking expedition team that gives lectures and accompanies landings and activities; introductory photography lecture; Explorer Science program; expedition logbook; Wi-Fi (limited access; streaming not supported); complimentary wind- and water-resistant parka; gear on loan (waterproof rubber boots, trekking poles, and equipment needed for optional and included activities); meals onboard the ship; house beer and wine during lunch and dinner; sodas, coffee, tea, and mineral water. Inclusions subject to change without notice.
Expedition Suites include a separate check-in; welcome package on embarkation day; room service from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.; minibar replenishment; fleece blanket/throw; espresso maker; turn-down service; and laundry service. Subject to change without notice.
International flights; transfers to/from the ship; travel protection plan (highly recommended); luggage handling; optional excursions with local partners and small-group adventures (such as kayaking) with expedition team; gratuities; fuel surcharge may apply.
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