Circumnavigation of Iceland Cruise

Peter Zika
View of the steaming hot springs in Iceland.
Lars Reimers
Silhouette of an arctic fox.
Zodiac trip through arctic waters to view beautiful icebergs.
Lars Reimers
Arctic sea lion relaxing on a rock.
Visit beautiful Gullfoss waterfall in Iceland.
Relax in the library aboard the Island Sky.
Island Sky's Category 2 Columbus Deck.
Join the Island Sky for a 13-day Iceland cruise! This Arctic tour circumnavigates Iceland and takes you to the remote ports of Vigur, Adalvik, Siglufjordur, and more. View whales and birdlife along the cliffs, learn about the unique history and traditions of these ports and explore Iceland's capital city, Reykjavik.

Day 1


    Arrive in Reykjavik and transfer to the Grand Hotel Reykjavik. Take the remainder of the day to explore Iceland's capital city at your leisure. In the evening, gather for a welcome reception and dinner before overnighting at the hotel.

    Day 2

      Reykjavik / Embark

      After breakfast, begin your circumnavigation of Iceland! Arrive at Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is surrounded by mountains and encompasses a vast lava plain of green moss and wildflowers. Transfer to Gullfoss Waterfall and the Geysir Center, a large geothermal field of boiling and tranquil multi-hued hot springs, as well as bubbling mud pools. After lunch, proceed to the pier and board the Island Sky. Overnight at sea.

      Day 3

        Flatey Island / Latrabjarg

        Take a zodiac and trace the coastline of Flatey Island before going ashore for a walking tour of the village. View the uniquely painted church and the restored houses of the islanders who fish for cod and lumpfish for a living. In the evening, sail past Iceland’s westernmost cape, the Latrabjarg cliff.

        Day 4

          Vigur Island / Isafjordur

          After breakfast, take a walking tour of Vigur, the summer home to vast numbers of puffins, black guillemots, Arctic terns, and eiders. The community of Vigur dates back to the late 1800s and features Iceland’s only windmill. Cruise northward towards Isafjordur, the trading and cultural center of the West Fjords. Take a cultural tour and learn about the history and daily life of one of Iceland’s oldest fishing settlements. In the afternoon, browse the local shops and walk around Vigur's quaint streets.

          Day 5

            Adalvik / Hornvik

            Arrive at Adalvik Bay, a five-mile-wide cove which is flanked by mountains. Board a zodiac and set off for Hornstrandir Nature Reserve for hiking along the sandy beaches and flower-bedecked tundra. Along the way, view the houses of Hesteyri, a fishing village which was abandoned in 1952 due to its remote location. After lunch aboard the Island Sky, take a zodiac tour for an afternoon cruise through Hornvik Cove. The stunning cliffs that flank the cove are home to thousands of nesting birds.

            Day 6

              Grimsey Island

              Though Grímsey Island sits astride the Arctic Circle, it enjoys a mild climate and is covered with rich vegetation. Depending on the weather, go ashore to visit the Viking hamlet of Sandvik. This small community is the home to 100 permanent residents who earn their livings from fishing and fish processing. Board a zodiac and cruise along Grímsey’s basaltic cliffs.

              Day 7

                Siglufjordur / Akureyri

                In the morning, arrive at Siglufjordur, which was once the undisputed herring fishing capital of the Atlantic. Visit the Herring Era Museum to view its vividly depicted culture and traditional dances. Cruise into the Eyjafjordur Fjord and arrive in Akureyri, Iceland’s second-largest city.

                Day 8

                  Akureyri / Husavik

                  Depart on a full-day inland tour of the Mývatn region. Thousands of years ago, the regions dramatic landscape was created by volcanic eruptions and formed labyrinthine lava formations, seething sulfur pits, and boiling mud pools. Lake Mývatn sits on the edge of a vast highland lava desert and is one of Europe’s richest waterfowl breeding areas. Continue to Húsavík and stay on deck watch for humpback, minke, fin, orca, and sei whales.

                  Day 9

                    Thistilfjord Bay

                    Arrive at Thistilfjord Bay and spend the day enjoying nature walks and zodiac cruising. Explore the chiseled headlands and dramatic sea stacks which rise from the bay.

                    Day 10


                      Cruise along the 11-mile coastline of Seydisfjördur to view a showcase of scenic wonderland: stunning geology, cascading waterfalls, and soaring mountains. A natural harbor shelters the Seydisfjordur fishing town, renowned for its brightly painted 19th-century wooden buildings.

                      Day 11


                        Arrive at the fishing community of Höfn, the gateway to Europe’s largest glacier. The southeastern corner of Iceland is covered by the shimmering white Vatnajökull Glacier, a 1,000-foot-thick ice field. Take a drive to a waiting fleet of snowmobiles and take a guided excursion across the vast expanses of ice. After lunch, set out on an unforgettable boat ride on Jokulsarlon Lake and sail among its aquamarine icebergs.

                        Day 12

                          Heimaey Island / Surtsey Island

                          Stop on Heimaey Island and visit the Herjolfsdalur Valley to view the ruins of farmhouses dating back to 650 A.D. Pass between two volcanoes, one 5,000 years old, the other born only in 1973, and drive across the newer volcano’s crater and into the town known as the 'Pompeii of the North.' In the afternoon, circumnavigate Surtsey Island, a fire-and-brimstone result of a 1963 undersea eruption.

                          Day 13

                            Reykjavik / Disembark

                            After breakfast, disembark the Island Sky and join a tour of Krysuvik and its surrounding geothermal wonderland. Continue to Iceland's famous Blue Lagoon for lunch and transfer to the airport for your flight home.

                            - Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double occupancy. Request the Twin Share Program where you are matched with a cabin mate of the same gender. Even if a cabin mate is not found for you, no single supplement will be charged.
                            - Cabins may be available for single occupancy at 1.6 times the double occupancy rate. The supplement for a suite is 2 times the shared rate.