Iceland

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Circumnavigating Iceland - 12 Day Cruise

From $6271 Per Person (price based on non-seaview double occupancy cabin, other cabins available - please inquire)

PROMOTION:  Book before November 30, 2018 and receive FREE round trip airfare from certain departure cities in the US. 

Cruise, 12 Days/11 nights
Dates: May 18, 29, June 9 & 20, 2019

Cruising around Iceland is the perfect way to explore and search for the unexpected. Its heritage dates back to the ancient sagas, and Icelandic folk tales are rife with mysticism, elves and trolls. Icelandic nature offers stunning landscapes with waterfalls among Europe's most powerful and awe-inspiring. Iceland is located at the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, a position that means that the landscape is highly active geologically, with many erupting volcanoes and geysers. Experience a variety of islands, towns and settlements, spectacular views and interesting sites, accompanied by a knowledgeable Expedition Team.

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Dates: May 18 & 29, June 9 & 20, 2019

Day 1: Welcome to Iceland 

Individual transfer by Flybus shuttle bus from Keflavik Airport to Reykjavik.  Many visitors find landing at Keflavik airport enchanting. The hub seems carved out of an arctic desert, with lava stones covered in moss, and haunting mountains nearby. But just 45 minutes away, Reykjavik is a charming and vibrant modern city, offering top restaurants, interesting museums and quaint narrow streets.

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Day 2: Welcome to "Sagaland"

West Iceland is often referred to as “The Sagaland”. Experience Stykkisholmur’s diversity of lava and rock formations, glaciers, volcanic activity and hot and cold springs.

Explore the town of Stykkisholmur on your own or join an optional excursions to explore more of the Snaefellsnes peninsula which is said to be a miniature version of Iceland. In addition to its characteristic Snaefellsjokull glacier, there are black sandy beaches, bird cliffs, spectacular mountains and volcanic craters.

On the charming island of Flatey, time appears to stand still. Take a stroll around the village and travel back in time along the scenic lanes.


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Day 3: Europe's Westernmost Point

One of Iceland’s best-kept secrets is Westfjords. As we sail around the tip of the Latrabjarg peninsula, you can see the Bjargtangar lighthouse, Europe’s westernmost point, from the deck. Come ashore and walk up the slope to the renowned Latrabjarg cliffs, home to millions of birds, including puffins, northern gannets, guillemots and razorbills.

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Day 4: Wonderful Westfjords

Flanked by towering mountains on all sides, Isafjordur is a nearly perfect natural harbor. Stroll around to see the architecture, the variety of local handicrafts and the oldest houses in Iceland, including the structure that houses the Maritime Museum. With our wide range of optional excursions, you can choose to follow in the footsteps of trolls or enjoy the beautiful scenery from horseback.

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Day 5: Birdwatchers Paradise

The Hornbjarg cliff is one of the greatest sea bird habitats in Iceland. From the ship deck, you will be able to enjoy the spectacular views of the wildlife. Reykjafjordur can only be reached on foot or by boat, and we plan to take a closer look at this stunning area as well.

 

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Day 6: Fjords, Birds, and City Life

Hrisey is a peaceful island in the middle of Eyjafjordur, a well-known paradise for birdwatchers. The most abundant species at this spot is the ptarmigan, but in all about 40 species of bird nest here. The 200 Islanders live in a trim fishing village with paved streets, tidy gardens and everyone has a view of the spectacular surrounding mountains.

Next stop is Akureyri, a lively and energetic town. In fact, it is the most populous community outside Reykjavik, and serves as the center of trade, culture and services for the north of Iceland. Akureyri is close to many of Iceland’s most renowned natural treasures, although the town itself is a popular destination. Enjoy an optional hike or join an excursion to the impressive Godafoss waterfall.

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Day 7: Step Across the Arctic Circle

At Grímsey we will use our small boats to reach this green and grassy island. It is probably best known for its proximity to the Arctic Circle, which cuts across the island. You can have the chance to step across that line, North to South.

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Day 8: The Whale Capital of Iceland

Husavík is recognized as one of the best whale watching locations in the world, due to the island's thriving bay ecosystem. Melting snow and rivers bring nutrients from mineral-rich mountainsides which, when combined with the boundless summer sun, leads to teeming masses of plankton, the main source of food for baleen whales. Husavík is also the oldest settlement in Iceland. The town’s most famous landmark is Husavíkurkirkja, a wooden church built in 1907. Over the years, Husavík has become an increasingly popular tourist center and is home to the Husavík Whale Museum. After leaving the town, we sail past the Langanes peninsula.

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Day 9: Land of the Elves

Bakkagerdi is the main settlement in Borgarfjordur. This area is known for its natural beauty and is “the land of the elves”. Puffin colonies abound in the fjord, making this a popular place for bird watching. Bakkagerdi is off the typical tourist track, and offers peace, quiet and lovely views. If you prefer more action, join us for an optional tour to the natural forest of Hallormsstadur. The Norwegian heritage of the village of Seydisfjordur is reflected in colorful Nordic-style wooden houses dating from the early 20th century. The handcrafted architecture creates a truly unique identity in the settlement. Explore the town, join an organised hike or take an optional excursion to Skalanes.

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Day 10: Glaciers and Art

The natural world around Djupivogur is highly varied. The Bulandsnes bird sanctuary is renowned among bird lovers throughout the world, because this is a place where you can observe most Icelandic birds nesting in their natural habitat close by. The Vatnajokull glacier is the largest in Europe, and a spectacular sight. Join our optional excursion to Vatnajökull lagoon, or stay and hike in the beautiful surroundings of the town. Langabud is the oldest house in Djupivogur, originally built in 1790, and has now been renovated to serve as a cultural center. It houses some of the works of sculptor Ríkardur Jonsson, a heritage museum and a coffee shop with delicious homemade cakes and a display of local handicrafts. Don't miss the outdoor sculpture, Eggin i Gledivik, by the world famous Icelandic artist Sigurdur Gudmundsson, consisting of 34 eggs.

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Day 11: Iceland's Pompeii

Heimaey is the largest of the Westman Islands, which are located off Iceland's south coast, and is dominated by magnificent cliffs. These form natural habitats for many different seabirds, including puffins and kittiwakes. The islands are also a great place for spotting whales. In 1973, a huge volcanic eruption surprised the residents of Heimaey. It forced the entire population to evacuate and set sail to mainland Iceland. A large number of buildings were buried under lava and ash. Many were completely destroyed, but others were later unearthed and restored. An entire museum, Eldheimar, has been built around the remains of one of the homes.

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Day 12: Farewell to Iceland 

Your voyage ends in Reykjavik. Disembark and independent transfer to Keflavik airport. 
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