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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.