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Circumnavigating Iceland

Reykjavik - Reykjavik

Our expedition cruise makes a full circumnavigation of Iceland to explore some of the most surprising, enchanting and beautiful terrain on Earth.

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    • Explore mystical Iceland – the land of fire and ice
    • See fascinating nature with waterfalls, volcanoes and glaciers side by side
    • Encounter a paradise for bird and whale watching
    • Completely circumnavigate Iceland
    Smoky Bay
    Your expedition starts in Reykjavík, Iceland’s quirky and laid-back capital. Known as ‘Smoky Bay’ due to the rising steam from the surrounding geothermal features, you’ll be just a few hours away from geysers, glaciers, hot springs, and waterfalls. Then sail on to the colorful and well-preserved houses at Stykkishólmur, your entrance to natural wonders in the Breiðafjörður Bay and the Snæfellsnes Peninsula National Park. Then, discover the peace and silence of the tranquil fishing village of Patreksfjörður.

    Iceland’s northern capital
    Explore a lovingly repurposed Herring factory in Djúpavík, nestled and the stunning beauty of northwest Iceland’s deep-blue water and verdant hills. At the base of Iceland’s longest fjord lies Akureyri. This youthful ‘capital of northern Iceland’ stands out from the more rural destinations on your journey. It has plenty of top-notch eateries and museums for you to enjoy.

    Whale watching and historic volcanoes
    Húsavík, looks out over the Skjálfandi Bay, which enjoys regular whale visits. Keep an eye out for species including humpback, minke, and the elusive blue whale, as well as white-beaked dolphins and harbor porpoises. In Heimaey, discover the fascinating history of a people who fought against a volcano and won before ending your epic expedition back where it started, in Reykjavík.


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    Day 1 - Reykjavik - Embarkation
    Day 2 - Stykkishólmur - Full Day
    Day 3 - Patreksfjördur - Full Day
    Day 4 - Northwest Iceland - Exploration Day
    Day 5 - Djupavik - Full Day
    Day 6 - Akureyri - Full Day
    Day 7 - Grimsey Island & Husavik - Overnight stay - Full Day
    Day 8 - Husavik & Langanes Peninsula
    Day 9 - Bakkagerdi - Full Day
    Day 10 - Heimaey - Full Day
    Day 11 - Reykjavik

    Day 1 Arriving in Iceland
    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 Reykjavik, a charming, vibrant and modern city, offering top restaurants, interesting museums and quaint narrow streets.

    Day 2 Welcome to “Sagaland”
    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 such iconic sites on Snæfellsnes Penninsula as the Lóndrangar basalt cliffs or black sand beaches of Djúpalónssandur.

    Day 3 Patreksfjördur
    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.

    Day 4 Northwest Iceland
    Our 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. We might visit a small settlement, take you on hikes, or launch our kayaks.

    Day 5 Remote Ruins and Natural Beauty
    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. We will explore the landing site, and the beautiful natural scenery surrounding it.

    Day 6 Northern Center
    Akureyri is a lively town, famous for its botanical gardens and pretty traffic lights. It is the most populous community outside Reykjavík, and the center of trade, culture and services in northern Iceland. Akureyri is close to many of Iceland’s renowned natural treasures, like Mývatn lake and Goðafoss waterfall.

    Day 7 Step Across the Arctic Circle
    We will use our tender boats to reach this green and grassy island. Grimsey is probably best known for its proximity to the Arctic Circle, which cuts through the island and you can step across. During the afternoon, we sail towards Husavik, arriving in the evening and staying overnight.

    Day 8 Whales and Birds
    Húsavík is renowned for its whale watching and has several interesting museums, including, of course, a whale museum. In the evening, we will sail past the scenic Laganes Peninsula.

    Day 9 Land of the Elves
    Bakkagerdi is the main settlement in Borgarfjörður, an area known for its natural beauty and 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.

    Day 10 Iceland`s Pompeii
    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.

    Day 11 The End of the Adventure
    Our voyage of discovery and adventure ends in Reykjavik. If you have the time, we recommend staying a few extra days to explore this unique and fascinating Nordic city.

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    Expedition Cruise 
    • Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice
    • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurants Aune
    • À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests
    • Complimentary tea and coffee
    • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
    • Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations on board
    • English-speaking Expedition Team who organize and accompany activities onboard and ashore
    • Range of included excursions
    Onboard Activities
    • Experts on the Expedition Team deliver in-depth lectures on a variety of topics
    • Use of the ship’s Science Center, which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes
    • Citizen Science program allows guests to assist with live scientific research
    • Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos
    • Use of the ship’shot tubs, panoramic sauna,and indoor gyms
    • Informal gatherings with the crew such as daily recaps and preparation for the day to come
    Landing Activities
    • Escorted landings with small expedition boats while in Iceland
    • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment for activities
    • Complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket
    • Expedition Photographers help with your camera settings before landings
    Not Included In Your Expedition
    • International flights 
    • Travel insurance
    • Luggage handling
    • Optional shore excursions with our local partners
    • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team  
    • Optional treatments in the wellness and spa area 
    • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions
    • Excursions and activities are subject to change 
    • Please ensure you meet all visa entry requirements
    • No gratuities expected

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