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Iceland: Between Geysers & Glaciers

8 Day Sample Cruise aboard L'Austral
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Join L’Austral on a voyage to the fringes of the Arctic Circle, where the first Vikings went ashore in the 9th Century. There are many stories and legends of their passage, describing the country’s wide open spaces, the last frontier of Europe, forged by fire and ice. On this 8-day journey, experience wild and fascinating Iceland’s natural heritage, which has retained all of its mystery. On the edge of the Arctic, between vast glaciers, vertiginous fjords, volcanoes and boiling geysers, Iceland offers a kaleidoscope of wild and romantic landscapes - a rare and tormented beauty redolent of the dawn of time.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Embark in Reykjavik, Iceland
Day 2 : Grundarfjordur
Day 3 : Grimsey Island
Day 4 : Akureyri
Day 5 : Isafjordur
Day 6 : Heimaey
Day 7 : Reykjavik - Hafnarfjordur
Day 8 : Disembark in Reykjavik

Ship

L'Austral

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Fishing village in the arctic Coastal village in the arctic Beautiful arctic landscape The blue lagoon in Iceland Humpback whale dive

Day 1 Embark in Reykjavik, Iceland

Embark this evening and settle into your luxurious accommodations in preparation for your upcoming polar cruise.

Day 2 Grundarfjordur

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The natural port of Grundarfjordur at the end of a beautiful fjord is your stepping off point to explore the region’s extinct volcanoes. As their role in the landscape has long since been completed and the glaciers have disappeared, it is the rivers which have fashioned the countryside on more gentle lines. The village is known for the Snaefellsjokull volcano that seems to watch over the peninsula from a lofty 1440 m and was made famous by Jules Verne in his novel “Voyage to the Center of the Earth”.

Day 3 Grimsey Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A small island 40 km north of Iceland and symbolically located directly on the Arctic Circle, Grimsey is a haven for numerous colonies of birds all along its untamed jagged cliffs. Be on the look out for the kittiwake, the Alca torda (small penguin), glaucus gull and the Arctic fulmar. However the main resident, and also a symbol of Iceland, is the clown of the sea better known as the puffin.

Day 4 Akureyri

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
At the end of a magnificent fjord more than 40 km long, the administrative capital of North Iceland deploys its charms on the banks of the Eyjajordur with its multi-colored houses under the midnight sun. From the town leave to explore Lake Myvatn, shaped by volcanic eruptions and host to the famous “Waterfall of the Gods” at Godafoss. L'Austral’s route takes you into the very heart of north-west Iceland’s fjords, a wild unspoilt land of lost valleys and vertical cliffs where man can barely survive. In this isolated region, the Isafjordur fjord is arguably the most beautiful one in the country, notably for the stacks of ancient basalt rock slides. The delightful little town of Ísafjordur is dwarfed by mountains at the end of the fjord and is totally dependent on fishing.

Day 5 Isafjordur

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
L’Austral’s route takes you to the heart of the fjords of North-West Iceland, a wild land of lost valleys and steep cliffs, where man struggles to survive. In this very isolated region find the Isafjördur fjord, undoubtedly one of the most beautiful in the country, mainly for its relief, forged by many very ancient basaltic flows. The town of Isafjördur, which nestles at the back of its fjord, between imposing mountains, is a delightful little town that lives exclusively from fishing. The capital of the Western fjords, its old wooden houses bear witness to its past as a major fishing port. With its relief and its bold and raw colors, Iceland offers lovers of wide open spaces an endless variety of unlimited pleasures.

Day 6 Heimaey

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Dominated by the Eldfjall, Heimaey is the only inhabited island in the Vestman archipelago. A stunning landscape of vertical cliffs, reefs, marine caves and the ever-changing ocean is home to seals and cetaceans such as the killer whale. Watch the comings and goings of the inimitable puffins as they plunge into the sea.

Day 7 Reykjavik - Hafnarfjordur

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Welcome to Reykjavik or the “bay of steam”. Coiled within a large bay sheltered from the wind, the world’s most northern capital is blessed with an almost surreal beauty. Founded by a Viking chief in 874, this fascinating yet vibrant city is minutes away from fields of lava and the silvery reflections of the famous Blue Lagoon, a vast natural swimming pool.

Day 8 Disembark in Reykjavik

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark this morning for your continued journey home.

L'Austral

Per person starting at
$4,820
Superior Stateroom
Superior Stateroom
$4,820
8 cabins, 226 sq ft, located on Le Champollion Deck. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area and private bath.
Deluxe Stateroom
Deluxe Stateroom
$5,160
28 cabins, 200 sq ft with private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, private bath.
Prestige Stateroom
Prestige Stateroom - Deck 4
$5,490
200 sq ft with 43 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, private bath.
Prestige Stateroom
Prestige Stateroom - Deck 5
$5,670
200 sq ft with 43 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, private bath.
Prestige Stateroom
Prestige Stateroom - Deck 6
$5,870
200 sq ft with 43 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, private bath.
Deluxe Suite
Deluxe Suite
$7,460
3 suites, 290 sq ft with 54 sq ft private balcony, located on the Le France Deck. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, desk, minibar, private bath.
Prestige Suite
Prestige Suite - Deck 5
$8,210
398 sq ft with 86 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, communicating cabins available. Separate living area, private bath.
Prestige Suite
Prestige Suite - Deck 6
$8,890
398 sq ft with 86 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, communicating cabins available. Separate living area, private bath.
Owner's Suite
Owners Suite
$9,460
484 sq ft with 97 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, communicating cabins available. Separate living, dining areas, private bath with large tub and shower, minibar, 2 flat screen TVs, DVD, CD, and IPOD, Video on demand, Satellite phone

Notes

Please note:
Fares are based on double occupancy and are capacity controlled. Rates may increase at any time as the ship sells out and subject to change without notice.

Children welcome:
- Flexible, or connecting staterooms
- Baby-sitting service on request
- Children's menus, fun tea parties, games, piano lessons and a host of other activities
- Special kids' rates

Cruise fares are per person and include the following:
• All meals while on board the ship
• Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
• Tea, filter coffee, water, a selection of cruise wines white, red and rosé offered during meals; afternoon tea
• “Open Bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)
• Evening entertainment and events
• Luggage transfer from pier to the ship and vice versa
• Room service 24h (special selection)
• Water sports activities using the ship’s equipment, when permitted by local authorities and confirmed by ship Master according to safety and sea conditions onsite
• Park entry fees into protected area

Cruise fares do not include:
• Airport taxes (subject to modification)
• Any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned
• Optional Spa package to be booked prior your departure; please ask for more information
• Optional shore excursions
• Beverages other than the ones mentioned
• Laundry services, hair salon and à la carte Spa treatments
• Personal expenses, on board medical consultations and drug prescriptions
• Cancellation/luggage/assistance/repatriation/medical insurance(s)
• Visa, disembarkation taxes, environmental taxes and/or national park fees if applicable

Included

  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
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