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SH Diana - 192 Guests

Iceland In Depth

9 Day Reykjavik to Reykjavik

Experience the wild and fantastic landscapes of Iceland - the land of fire and ice - on our boutique ship. Circumnavigate the geologically active island, accompanied by breaching whales, to see the puffin capital of the world. Along the way, we will discover the phenomena of fjords, spectacular waterfalls and neverending volcanic scenery. Discover Iceland’s oldest houses and meet locals who are proud of their traditional heritage such as fishing or eiderdown making. Book our Iceland Circumnavigation cruise so you can hike to thundering waterfalls, duck under the spray of spouting hot geysers, spot Atlantic puffins and trek across remote locations where only arctic fox live.


 

 

HIGHLIGHTS


  • Be awestruck by spectacular volcanic landscape from thermal pools and geysers in the west to lava flows and bubbling mud in the east
  • Keep your eye out for breaching orca and humpback whales in far-flung icy waters
  • Listen to the thunderous roar of Dynjandi waterfall and cruise along remote fjords
  • Spot Atlantic puffins on Heimaey Island, the puffin-watching capital of the world
  • Learn about the island’s unique geology and history from our team of on-board experts

DATES / RATES

Rates are listed per person
Start DateEnd DateFrom EURFrom USD
Jun 01, 2024Jun 09, 20242,246 2,392
Rates are listed per person
Start DateEnd DateFrom EURFrom USD
Jun 01, 2024Jun 09, 20242,246 2,392


ITINERARY


DAY 1
REYKJAVIK
Despite its small size, you won’t be short of things to see and do in this diminutive but dramatic city. To get your bearings, take the elevator to the top of Hallgrímskirkja. This church, designed by famed Icelandic architect Gudjón Samuelsson is one of the most distinctive buildings in town. When you return to earth, visit the city’s other renowned building Harpa Concert Hall, located at the heart of Reykjavík's regenerated harbour – also the home of the Maritime Museum. Speaking of cultural spaces, tour the National Museum to learn the story of Iceland from past to present. The Reykjavík Art Museum houses an impressive contemporary collection including eye-catching pieces by Erró. And, of course, just 50 kilometres outside the city lies Thingvellir National Park, the site of Iceland’s original Viking parliament.

DAY 2
DYNJANDI WATERFALL
Considered one of Iceland’s most impressive, this thunderous waterfall in the Westfjords region gives the impression of a bridal veil as it spreads its tumbling waters down a series of ever- growing cascades. Dynjandi is one of the most photographed sights in Iceland. Walking up to it takes 15 minutes passing five smaller waterfalls. Nearby, Hrafnseyri is the birthplace of Jón Sigurdsson, 19th-century leader of the Icelandic Independence movement. The museum includes an Icelandic turf house.

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DAY 3
ISAFJORDUR
Surrounded by fjords in the Westfjords region, Ísafjördur is a bustling fishing town in northwest Iceland with colourful wooden 18th- and 19th-century houses in the old town of Neskaupstadur. Ísafjördur was one of the largest fisheries in Iceland, but tourism has now taken over. Nearby is Sudavik, home to the Arctic Fox Centre. Iceland’s only mammal, the arctic fox lives on the lush tundra of Hornstrandir Nature Reserve - the northernmost peninsula in the Westfjords with two of Europe’s largest bird cliffs.

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DAY 3
VIGUR ISLAND
Island of Vigur is a real pearl of the Western Fjords. The second-largest island in the fjord, measuring two kilometres by 400 metres, it’s a significant seabird colony, which is home to arctic terns, puffins, black guillemots and eider ducks. As one of only two inhabited islands in the fjord, Vigur is also the site of a single farm, which has been in the same family for generations. During your time on the island, you might see Iceland’s only windmill, the country’s smallest post office and oldest boat, which was built more than 200 years ago and in regular use until relatively recently.

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DAY 4
GRIMSEY ISLAND
Grímsey is a remote island located 40km off Iceland’s north coast. Many people travel here for the purpose of setting foot in the Arctic Circle, the only place in Iceland where you can do so. The island is also home to fewer than 100 people, but over one million seabirds. Birdlife thrives here thanks to the lack of egg predation (there are no rats or mice on the island) and the rich, well-stocked surrounding seas. Grímsey has one of Iceland’s largest tern nesting sites and largest puffin colonies.

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DAY 4
HRISEY ISLAND
Hrisey Island is a small island in the Eyjafjordur fjord in northern Iceland. It is home to various wildlife, including puffins, seals, and whales. Hriseyjarfjall Mountain is the highest point and offers views of the surrounding landscape and the vast expanse of Eyjafjörður fjord. Despite its size, Hrisey Island possesses a rich cultural heritage. Traditional Icelandic crafts, such as hand-knitting and woodworking, preserve the island's identity.

DAY 4-5
AKUREYRI
Home to some 18,000 residents, Akureyri stands proud as the Land of Fire and Ice’s ‘Capital of the North’. It’s the gateway to some natural wonders including the Myvatn region, Dettifoss waterfall, Godafoss waterfall and Asbyrgi canyon. But before you rush off, take some time to explore: Iceland’s winsome second city is colourful, cosy and utterly enchanting – even the red traffic lights are cute. Instagrammers will adore heart-shaped stop signs. Enjoy the quaint harbourfront; climb the steps to the towering Akureyri Church; stroll around Lystigardurinn, the city’s Arctic botanical garden; visit the Laufás Turf Houses; get in the festive spirit early at the Christmas House (Jolahusid); admire the exhibits at the Akureyri Art Museum or the Hof cultural centre; or take a dip in the outdoor, geothermal swimming pool.

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DAY 6
SEYDISFJORDUR
Regarded as east Island’s cultural hub, brightly painted wooden houses line Seyðisfjörður’s port. With a lively arts scene disproportionate to its small size, Seyðisfjörður has attracted many writers and artists over the years and also hosts an annual summer arts festival. Surrounded by incredible nature, the Skálanes nature reserve is a short distance from the town. The area covered by the reserve is known for its diverse wildlife with over 47 species of bird and over 150 plant species. Reindeer are also seen here, with seals and porpoises frequently spotted along the shores.

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DAY 7
DJUPIVOGUR
Home to fewer than 500 residents, the quiet fishing village of Djupivogur dates back to the Viking era. Despite its formidable origins, the village is better known these days for its unhurried pace of life. Djupivogur’s most famous artistic offering may be the first thing you notice as you disembark. The 34 large granite eggs that line the road along the bay are not easy to miss. The art installation, named ‘The Eggs at Merry Bay’ (Eggin í Gleðivík in Icelandic) represents the 34 species of birds that nest locally. Immerse yourself further into the wild on a trip to nearby Vatnajökull National Park. Covering 14% of Iceland’s land mass, this vast area is home to giant ice caps, thundering glacial rivers, grumbling active volcanoes and a host of other geological wonders. Take a guided tour out onto Vatnajökull Glacier, Europe’s largest ice cap, and experience the glory of true Icelandic wilderness for yourself.

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DAY 8
HEIMAEY
A small 13-kilometre square island off the south coast of Iceland, Heimaey’s history has been surprisingly eventful. From the escapee 16th century Irish slaves to the reaches of the Ottoman Empire and subsequent pirate invasion, the island was a place of danger and terror until the mid 18th century. Once these events subsided, for 300 years the people of Heimaey assumed that their days of action were a thing of the past. That was until 1973 when residents awoke to a devastating volcanic eruption. Fissures over a kilometre wide snaked through the town, the lava engulfing over 400 homes. Remarkably, only one person is thought to have died as a result of the eruption, with a quick rescue response ensuring that the 5,300 residents were swiftly evacuated to the safety of the mainland. Evidence of this recent geological activity can be seen just about everywhere on Heimaey and is the focus of the fascinating Eldheimar museum.

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DAY 9
REYKJAVIK
Your cruise ends in Reykjavík. Make sure there is sufficient time before you begin your journey home to explore this diminutive but dramatic capital city. Despite its small size, you won’t be short of things to see and do. To get your bearings, take the elevator to the top of Hallgrímskirkja. This church, designed by famed Icelandic architect Gudjón Samuelsson is one of the most distinctive buildings in town. When you return to earth, visit the city’s other renowned building Harpa Concert Hall, located at the heart of Reykjavík's regenerated harbour – also the home of the Maritime Museum. Speaking of cultural spaces, tour the National Museum to learn the story of Iceland from past to present. The Reykjavík Art Museum houses an impressive contemporary collection including eye-catching pieces by Erró. And, of course, just 50 kilometres outside the city lies Thingvellir National Park, the site of Iceland’s original Viking parliament.

SH Diana (Luxury Expedition, 192-guests)

The 2023-built SH Diana will be providing elegant and spacious 5-star accommodation for 192 guests in 96 spacious staterooms and suites, the vast majority with large balconies.

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WHAT'S INCLUDED


  • Group return transfers from the airport to the cruise port (via our included accommodation where applicable)
  • One night pre-cruise accommodation with breakfast in a 4/5-star hotel or onboard
  • All meals onboard
  • Onboard accommodation in a stateroom selected category
  • 24-hour room service
  • Coffee, tea, soft drinks and selected alcoholic beverages available 24-hours per day
  • Lecture programmes by our experienced expedition team and guest speakers
  • One selected shore excursion/expedition activities per port of call (Kayak not included, bookable for a fee on board)
  • Branded Swan Hellenic expedition parka and use of rubber boots in Polar Regions
  • Standard WiFi
  • Onboard gratuities & port taxes


DAY 2  DYNJANDI WATERFALL

WALK TO DYNJANDI WATERFALL WITH SWAN HELLENIC EXPEDITION TEAM
Included
01 h 30 m

DAY 3  ISAFJORDUR

ARCTIC FOXES & AVALANCHES
Included
03 h 00 m

WESTFJORDS LIFE AND CULTURE
Included
03 h 00 m

WHALE WATCHING FROM ISAFJORDUR
Optional
02 h 30 m

HOLT INN FARMERS & FLAVOURS
Optional
03 h 30 m

ATV TOUR (2 PERSONS/ATV)
Optional
02 h 00 m

CALM FJORD KAYAKING
Optional
02 h 00 m

DAY 3  VIGUR ISLAND

VIGUR ISLAND WALKING TOUR
Included
01 h 30 m

VIGUR ISLAND VISIT BY SHIP ZODIACS
Included
01 h 30 m

DAY 4  GRIMSEY ISLAND

LIFE IN ARCTIC CIRCLE
Included
02 h 30 m

DAY 4-5  AKUREYRI

MYVATN HIKE
Optional
07 h 00 m

FOREST LAGOON & PANORAMIC AKUREYRI
Optional
03 h 00 m

LEISURELY AKUREYRI & GOÐAFOSS WATERFALL
Included
03 h 30 m

JEWELS OF THE NORTH
Optional
08 h 00 m

OFF THE BEATEN TRACK (OFF-ROADING IN NORTHERN ICELAND)
Optional
07 h 30 m

WHALE WATCHING
Optional
04 h 00 m

DAY 6  SEYDISFJORDUR

SKÁLANES NATURE RESERVE - INCL
Included
03 h 15 m

VÖK NATURE BATHS
Optional
03 h 00 m

HORSEBACK RIDING IN THE EASTERN FJORDS
Optional
04 h 30 m

ARCHAEOLOGY, HISTORY AND HERITAGE WALK
Included
02 h 00 m

CHASING WATERFALLS – HIKE
Optional
02 h 30 m

DAY 7  
DJUPIVOGUR

CULTURAL WALK IN DJÚPIVOGUR
Included
02 h 00 m

4X4 WATERFALLS & BRAGÐAVELLIR
Optional
03 h 30 m

HOFFELSJÖKULL GLACIER & LAGOON
Optional
05 h 00 m

JÖKULSÁRLÓN CRUISE & SCENIC DRIVE
Optional
08 h 30 m

VATNAJÖKULL ADVENTURE & SIGHTSEEING
Optional
09 h 00 m

4X4 THE VALLEY OF WATERFALLS
Optional
04 h 30 m

DAY 8  
HEIMAEY, WESTMAN ISLAND

POMPEII OF THE NORTH
Included
03 h 00 m

CAVES & ISLANDS RIB SAFARI
Optional
02 h 00 m

VOLCANO ATV TOUR (2 PERSONS/ATV)
Optional
02 h 00 m

 

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