Summary : Achieve a full circumnavigation of Iceland guided by expert naturalists. No country on earth of equal size contains so varied and wonderful phenomena: glaciers, fjords, volcanoes, geysers and Godafoss, the waterfall of the gods, all are here. View Europe’s largest icecap and discover the volcanic Westman Islands. Explore hot springs, boiling mud pots and thundering Godafoss Waterfall. Take a glacier walk, kayak and zodiac cruise the serene bays. All departures are photo expeditions, see end of page for details.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography, Dedicated Solo Cabins
New starting 2017: Most beverages and crew tips included
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Depart home today for flights to Reykjavik, Iceland.
Arrive in Reykjavik, the world’s northernmost capital, which lies only a fraction below the Arctic Circle and receives just four hours of sunlight in winter and 22 in summer. Have a guided overview of the Old Town, including Hallgrimskirkja Cathedral with its 210-foot tower, and perhaps shed some light on Nordic culture at the National Museum, with its Viking treasures and artifacts, and unusual whalebone carvings on display. Embark National Geographic Orion
National Geographic Orion navigates Iceland’s wild western frontier, sailing past the immense Latrabjarg cliffs, the westernmost point of Iceland and home to a huge population of razorbills. The cliffs are an area once famous for egg collecting; the men were tied to ropes and lowered like spiders down onto the ledges. Continue to Flatey Island, a trading post for many centuries, for walks around the charming little hamlet that grew here, and take a Zodiac cruise along the coast.
Located in the Western Fjords, Ísafjördur is surrounded by water on three sides, sculpted by glaciers. Renowned for its traditional eider down production, it is a picture postcard of traditional Icelandic life and a great place for hiking, kayaking and for spotting eider ducks.
Siglufjordur was the center of Iceland’s once-thriving herring industry. Stop by the Herring Museum for a talk and a tasting. Continue to picturesque Akureyri, backed by snow-capped mountains. Explore the old town, with its beautifully maintained period houses, or visit the botanical garden.
Drive to Mývatn, the most geologically active area in Iceland. This is world-class field geology! See the bizarre mud pools at Hverarönd — so hot they actually bubble. At the Krafla geothermal area see the explosion crater at Viti and continue to an unforgettable sight: Godafoss, the waterfall of the gods. Meet the ship in Húsavík, and watch for whales as you sail north to the land of the midnight sun. Take Zodiacs ashore to the tiny island of Grimsey, which lies exactly on the Arctic Circle. Celebrate being officially in the Arctic, in the company of nesting arctic terns, fulmars, and puffins in burrows, all bathing, courting and fishing — another wonderful photo op.
With plenty of rarely-visited coastline, this day is left open to explore Iceland’s rugged east coast. Join naturalists for a hike or a Zodiac cruise to get a better view of the beautiful stacks at the end of the peninsula. Or, conditions permitting, you may have the first chance to kayak today under the steep cliffs.
Explore the vast Vatnajökull icecap and take the opportunity for either a snowmobile or super jeep adventure. Via small boat, get up-close and personal with the deep blue icebergs of the large ice lagoon of Jökulsárlón. (B,L,D)
The Westman Islands were formed by undersea volcanoes between 5,000 and 10,000 years ago and are among the youngest of the world’s archipelagos. In 1963, the world witnessed on film the birth of its newest island, Surtsey — a UNESCO World Heritage Site — which you see on the cruise past the coast. In 1973, Heimaey was threatened by lava flows that nearly closed off its harbor. Visit the crater, where the earth is still hot, and have amazing views of areas that had been engulfed by lava.
Complete the circumnavigation of Iceland, disembarking in Reykjavík. Stop by the famous Blue Lagoon thermal baths, prior to your flight home. Whether you choose to enjoy the surreal bath and spa facilities or just stroll around the fascinating environs, the Blue Lagoon is unforgettable!
This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips.com is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Special Photo Expedition:
7/4/2017, 7/12/2017 – Join National Geographic photographer Jason Edwards on board for this special photo expedition. Australian photographer Jason Edwards is the face of National Geographic Channel’s Pure Photography. Jason began his career as a wildlife and natural history photographer at the Melbourne Zoo, where he spent 11 years working as a carnivore and primate husbandry specialist for the Zoological Board of Victoria. He has photographed in dozens of countries, his commissioned assignments having taken him to every continent in the world.
7/20/2017, 7/28/2017 – Join National Geographic photographer Karen Kasmauski on board for this special photo expedition. Karen has produced 25 stories for National Geographic magazine on topics ranging from earthquakes in Japan to oil exploration in Alaska. She finds the personal stories behind the headlines, blending a warm human sensitivity with a photographer’s eye for detail to distill global issues into resonant images.
8/5/2017 – Join National Geographic photographer Todd Gipstein on board for this special photo expedition. Todd has been a photographer, writer, producer, and lecturer for more than 40 years. He has worked with National Geographic since 1987. For many years, he was the Geographic’s Director of Multi-Image and an Executive Producer of Media. His photographs have been published in National Geographic and Traveler magazines and in many books.
Lindblad-National Geographic Certified Photo Instructor:
On all departures, a certified photo instructor will be at your side and at your service to inspire and assist you. Take advantage of talks, presentations, slideshows and “laptop gallery” sharing events. All skill and interest levels are welcome; the instructors can meet you wherever you are on your journey. All you need to participate is a camera— point-and-shoot, smartphone, DSLR, whatever—and a sense of adventure. And you’re sure to return home with amazing photos.
Ship accommodations; meals onboard and most alcoholic beverages; services of expedition staff and expert guides; use of kayaks; port charges and service taxes; bar tab and gratuities to ship's crew. Subject to change without notice.
Air transportation; visa/immigration fees; personal items such as premium alcoholic beverages, emails, laundry, etc.; fuel surcharge may apply.
Photo Credit: © Ralph Lee Hopkins