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Westfjords of Iceland - Ski & Sail

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Join this 7-day expedition voyage to the practically uninhabited Westfjords of Iceland. This remote corner of the Iceland is one of the best-kept secrets among travelers. The slopes of the mountains surrounding Lonafjörður & Hrafnsfjörður are attractive for skiers and snowshoe walkers.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Transfer from Reykjavik to Isafjordur, Iceland / Embark
Day 2 : Uninhabited Westfjords
Days 3-4 : Hesteyrarfjörður or Veiðileysufjörður
Day 5 : Hornbjarg
Day 6 : Adalvik
Day 7 : Disembark in Isafjordur / Transfer to Reykjavik, Iceland


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Day 1 Transfer from Reykjavik to Isafjordur, Iceland / Embark

Arrive in Reykjavik and transfer by chartered bus to Isafjordur. The shuttle is approximately 7 hours. Embark your ship this afternoon and prepare to set sail.

Day 2 Uninhabited Westfjords

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
As your ship cruises along Iceland's Westfjords, snow conditions govern the best options for the day. Spend the day and the night at this beautiful location, giving skiers the rare possibility of skiing from the top of a mountain down to the coast.

Day 3-4 Hesteyrarfjörður or Veiðileysufjörður

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy a great scenic cruise as your ship crew aims to anchor in the sheltered fjords of Hesteyrarfjörður or Veiðileysufjörður looking for a great place to snowshoe or ski. The mountains are not that high here but alpine slopes offer promising ski outings. The snowshoe walkers can opt for an easy route whilst the ski mountaineers scale higher peaks and pick a downhill run. At night, the Westfjords are a great place to watch the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) during the winter months. On these late March and early April sailings, you may still witness them.

Day 5 Hornbjarg

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Look for a calm area in the bay of Hornvik at the northern tip of Iceland. Here, surrounded by rugged mountains, hope to snowshoe or ski up to the Hornbjarg view point, an impressive rock face towering over the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve. In summer the cliffs and valleys are inhabited with birds, and in the fall the fjords offer moments of silence and tranquility. Keep an eye out for the Arctic fox that proudly roam the mountains and inlets.

Day 6 Adalvik

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
On your final day out in the wilderness of the Westfjords, find ski and snowshoe tours near Adalvik. The rugged mountains rise dramatically from the sea and the views from this height are spectacular. Ski mountaineers explore the higher peaks whilst non-skiers can enjoy a walk with snowshoes.

Day 7 Disembark in Isafjordur / Transfer to Reykjavik, Iceland

  • 1 Breakfast
Arrive in Ísafjörður in the morning and transfer by chartered highland bus to centrally located hotels in Reykjavik (approx. 7 hours). Flight departures to European destinations leave in the morning and to US destinations in the afternoon of the following day (flights not included in the price).

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Main deck, upper and lower berths, private bath facilities and porthole.
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Lower deck, upper and lower berths, inside cabins with private bath facilities.
Rembrandt van Rijn's Twin Private Porthole.
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Twin Private Porthole
Lower deck, upper and lower berths or two lower berths, private bath facilities and porthole.


- Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double occupancy.
- Cabins are available for single occupancy at 1.7 times the double occupancy rate.
- Due to the extreme nature of itinerary destinations, travel insurance is mandatory for all cruises aboard the Rembrandt Van Rijn - including medical, accident and repatriation/evacuation insurance.

Please Note: All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on local ice and weather conditions and in order to take advantage of opportunities to see wildlife. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises.

This is a voyage for experienced ski mountaineers who climb snow covered alpine mountains and ski downhill. A typical ski day will involve climbs of 600 m (on occasion even more). Non-skiers explore the valleys and lower peaks on snowshoes.


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