Reykjavik, IcelandEmbark this evening and settle into your luxurious accommodations in preparation for your upcoming polar cruise.
Reykjavik / HafnarfjordurReykjavik, the "Bay of Smoke," is nestled in a bay that protects its dreamlike beauty from the wind, Reykjavik’s rhythm is determined by the infinite movements of the ocean. The capital of Iceland is also merely a stone’s throw away from the magnificent Icelandic outback, as evidenced by the large numbers of Arctic terns and wild geese and duck that are to be found in the town center! Established in around 874 by a Viking chief, the world’s northernmost capital is simultaneously fierce and fascinating. Nearby, in the rugged lava fields, natural springs throw their turbulent water towards the sky, performing an incredible geyser dance dressed in amber tones. Don’t miss out on this natural resplendence and the reflections of astonishing geological phenomena. Choose from three optional excursions to see more of this city and its incredible surroundings.
Heimaey, Vestman IslandsThe Westman Islands were formed from a succession of underwater eruptions and consist of 15 islands and around 30 islets. Heimaey has a rich history and captivating landscapes. Dominated by the Eldfjall, it’s the only island in the chain that is inhabited. This exceptional site has a very pronounced relief taking in vertiginous cliffs, reefs, sea caves, and surf. Guided by specialists and experienced naturalists, you have the opportunity of reaching the summit of the steep Sprangan cliff, offering a splendid view from where are visible a number of islets formed by the most recent volcanic eruptions. At the crossroads of the four elements, hikers can discover an uninterrupted view of the lands of fire and ebony, encircled by the sea. And lastly, raise your eyes to admire the incessant ballet of the sea birds, including the spectacular dives of the Gannets.
GrundarfjordurGrundarfjördur is a growing fishing community in the center of the northern coast of the Snæfellsnes peninsula, surrounded by exceptionally beautiful mountains. Grundarfjördur offers an easy access to both the Snæfellsnes peninsula and west Iceland, combining the breathtaking natural beauty of the peninsula with the rich cultural heritage of the whole of west Iceland. Join an optional excursion today to the peninsula, home to the famous Snæfellsjökull ice cap.
Grimsey IslandGrimsey is a little island located 40 km north of mainland Iceland and is crossed by the symbolic line of the Arctic Polar Circle. It is formed from volcanic rock that has generated majestic basalt pillars, a delight for photographers. The island has been inhabited since the Vikings came to Iceland and legend says that it takes its name from the colonial sailor Grìmur who sailed from the region of Sogn in Norway. This site is the home to fabulous wildlife, with many bird colonies having chosen to nest along the jagged cliffs. Here you can observe the 'clowns of the sea', better known as the Atlantic Puffins. While many travelers come here in order to cross the invisible line into the Arctic Circle, the island is also famed as a place to observe the Midnight Sun.
AkureyriLocated at the entrance to a fjord, the capital of the north of Iceland sets out its charms along the banks of the Eyjajordur and shows off its multi-colored houses under the light of the midnight sun. It is from this charming city that you set out for Lake Myvatn, whose savage beauty has been sculpted by a succession of volcanic eruptions. The lake has a unique ecosystem and lies at the crossroads of the great migratory routes and is a natural sanctuary for many bird species (Greylag Geese, Swans, Ducks and Arctic Terns...). It’s a veritable paradise for ornithologists, and for those with a contemplative soul in search of secret spaces and mysterious charm. In this wild place one’s imagination runs away with the landscape’s strange shapes: the trolls, elves and faeries ofIcelandic legends also call this his home...
IsafjordurL’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. Choose from two optional excursions to either learn more about the region's Maritime Culture, or to get in the water and kayak through the calm fjords.
ReykjavikDisembark this morning for your continued journey home. If your flight is scheduled for later in the day, you can also choose to join one last excursion on a guided walk around Vigur Island, a green oasis in the blue waters of Isafjardardjup.