Iceland: Between Geysers & Glaciers Cruise

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Fishing village in the arctic
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Coastal village in the arctic
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Beautiful arctic landscape
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The blue lagoon in Iceland
Peyton McCollum
Humpback whale dive
Erick Larrieu
Relax on the deck of the L'Austral.
Stunning views from the bar and lounge
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 1

    Reykjavik, Iceland

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

    Day 2

      Reykjavik / Hafnarfjordur

      Reykjavik, 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.

      Day 3

        Heimaey, Vestman Islands

        The 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.

        Day 4

          Grundarfjordur

          Grundarfjördur 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.

          Day 5

            Grimsey Island

            Grimsey 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.

            Day 6

              Akureyri

              Located 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...

              Day 7

                Isafjordur

                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. 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.

                Day 8

                  Reykjavik

                  Disembark 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.
                   Superior StateroomDeluxe StateroomPrestige Stateroom - Deck 4Prestige Stateroom - Deck 5Prestige Stateroom - Deck 6Deluxe SuitePrestige Suite - Deck 5Prestige Suite - Deck 6Owners Suite
                  2014-Jul-27$7,658$5,295$5,796$6,069$6,342$7,616$8,753$9,299$14,668
                  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.
                  Not included in rates:
                  - Air transportation and airport taxes
                  - Port and safety taxes
                  - Gratuities
                  - Optional shore excursions -booked onboard. (Except Antarctic & Arctic voyages)
                  - Personal expenses onboard
                  - Personal insurance

                  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

                  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.
                  Cruise fare is per person and includes the following:
                  • All meals while on board the ship (from dinner on the day of embarkation to breakfast on the day of disembarkation)
                  • Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
                  • Mineral water, tea, filter coffee, a selection of white, red and rosé wines offered during meals; afternoon tea
                  • Evening entertainment and events
                  • Luggage transfer from pier to the ship and vice versa
                  • Room service 24h (special selection)

                  Special inclusion program for US/Canada bookings:
                  The all inclusive package includes the Open Bar (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request), port taxes, fuel surcharge and gratuities

                  Not included in cruise fare:
                  • Airport taxes (subject to modification)
                  • Port and safety taxes
                  • Any ground services before and/or after the cruise
                  • 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
                  • Gratuities
                  • Cancellation/luggage/assistance/repatriation/medical insurance(s)
                  • Visa, disembarkation taxes, environmental taxes and/or national park fees if applicable

                  Deposit & Payment

                  Initial deposit is 30%, and most travelers will call our office and pay the deposit with a credit card. We accept Visa, Mastercard, AmEx, and Discover. Alternatively, you can send a check to our Missoula, Montana, office or register online at: https://www.adventure-life.com/forms/register

                  Final payment is due 100 days prior to departure.

                  Final payment by Visa, Mastercard, Discover or AmEx.

                  Booking last minute? No problem! Please contact one of our trip planners, and we can get you on your way if booking less than 100 days prior to departure.

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                  Cancellation Policy

                  Days Prior to departureFee
                  Antarctic & Arctic Cruises
                  91 days or more$450
                  90-61 days30% cruise cost
                  60-46 days55% cruise cost
                  45-31 days80% cruise cost
                  30-0 days100% cruise cost
                  All other Cruises
                  45 days or more$450
                  44-31 days55% cruise cost
                  30-0 days100% cruise cost