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On a cruise to Iceland you'll experience a land steeped in Nordic tradition, sweeping landscapes of glaciers, fjords, & volcanoes that highlight this magnificent country. In the capital of Reykjavik, you’ll see whalebone artifacts from the medieval Norse period & the impressive Hallgrimskirkja Cathedral in the Old Town. Explore the rugged coastlines, carved over millennia by glaciers and now home to stunning geysers and fjords that can be explored by Zodiac. A cruise through the Western Fjords will introduce you to one of the most isolated and pristine wildernesses in the northern hemisphere. Here, you'll find Ísafjörður, considered one of the most beautiful inlets in the country. Iceland also serves as a great departure point for Arctic expeditions, including trips to Norway & Greenland. Contact us to get started!

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Three Arctic Islands$2500-$3500$729513RelaxedOn this 13-day award-winning expedition aboard the Ocean Adventurer hike the Arctic tundra, cruise in a zodiac through icebergs and glaciers, and join optional kayaking excursions as you travel from the Arctic Circle in Spitsbergen, to the northeast coast of Greenland, and fascinating Iceland.
Greenland Explorer: Valleys and Fjords$2500-$3500$699515RelaxedDiscover Greenland on this 15-day cruise aboard the Ocean Adventurer. Sailing along the coast is the best way to sample the rich history and diversity of this beautiful country. Kayaking around fjords, cruising Cape Farewell, and soaking in hot springs offers an exclusive Arctic immersion experience.
West Greenland: Disko Bay$1500-$2500$439510RelaxedThis 10-day voyage on the Ocean Adventurer focuses on Disko Bay, a legendary area famous for its icebergs & whales. Explore the natural wonders of northwest Greenland, including visits to Itilleq Fjord, Ilulissat Icefjord (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Baffin Bay, Equip Sermia, Uummannaq, Disko Island, and Sisimut.
Arctic Express: Greenland's Northern Lights Fly North Fly South$1500$599510RelaxedFor those short on time, the benefits of this 10-day expedition are many. Witness the delights of the world’s largest fjord system of Scoresbysund, discover the fascinating Inuit settlements and people of Ittoqqortoormiit, and have the possibility of viewing some of the world’s most vivid displays of Northern Lights.
East Greenland: Northern Lights$1500$839514RelaxedExplore Scoresbysund, the world’s largest fjord system, on this 14-day Greenland voyage. Enticing you with some of the best displays of the northern lights, visit the Inuit settlement of Ittoqqortoormiit and learn about their traditions. Experience Greenland’s vast landscapes, spot Arctic wildlife, and hike the tundra on this active adventure.
Iceland, Greenland, and Baffin Island: Arctic Circle Traverse$1500$899518RelaxedOn this 18-day Arctic Circle Traverse cruise venture to remote and untamed lands of breathtaking vistas, massive icebergs and majestic mountains, fjords and glaciers. Join the Ocean Adventurer (Sea Adventurer) on an unforgettable Arctic small ship cruise to Iceland, Greenland, and Baffin Island, where rare wildlife-viewing opportunities abound.
Nordic Passages: Shetlands, Orkney, Faroes, and Iceland5%$1369013RelaxedExplore Stone Age sites, rugged & tranquil islands, geothermal wonders & charming villages on this 13-day cruise on the National Geographic Orion. Sail beneath the midnight sun, over seas steeped in Norse mythology, and along the route of the boldest Vikings who ventured west. Meet the welcoming islanders who call these scenic islands home.
A Circumnavigation of Iceland5%$91309RelaxedEmbark on a 9-day adventure cruise circumnavigating Iceland aboard the luxurious National Geographic Orion. Starting in Reykjavik, you'll witness all kinds of geological formations unique to this volcanic island on nature hikes; learn about the Viking culture and kayak through icy fjords on this small ship adventure cruise of Iceland.

Iceland Luxury Cruises

Trip NameFromDaysLevelSummary
Iceland: Between Geysers & Glaciers$43008RelaxedJoin the crew of the luxurious Le Soleal on an 8-day expedition to the fringes of the Arctic Circle, where the first Vikings went ashore in the 9th century. Embark in Reykjavik and cruise to Grundarfjördur, Grimsey Island, Akureyri, Isafjordur, and Heimaey exploring volcanoes, geysers and fjords before returning to Reykjavik.
Svalbard, Iceland & Greenland's East Coast$1495016RelaxedFlying from Oslo, Norway to Longyearbyen, Svalbard we board the luxurious National Geographic Explorer to cruise the archipelago's glaciers, where polar bears and caribou roam freely. Then sail on to Iceland and Greenland's fascinating Viking sites & encounter extraordinary wildlife as you hike across the glaciers. 
Unexplored Greenland$760011RelaxedDiscover an ancestral people surviving in the solitude of the polar regions, and a land forgotten by time where the primeval beauty of the environment conjures feelings of a rare intensity on this incredible 11-day cruise aboard the comfortable Le Boreal.
The Saga of Erik The Red$861513RelaxedStep aboard Le Soléal in Reykjavik for a 13-day expedition cruise to the remote and beautiful southern Greenland. Cruise across the Arctic and discover Viking ruins on this incredible voyage following in the footsteps of Norwegian explorer Erik the Red.
Epic 80°N: Exploring Greenland, Baffin & Ellesmere Islands$2599023RelaxedThis 23-day Arctic cruise aboard the National Geographic Explorer features Zodiac tours, kayaking, and hiking the tundra. Follow in the wake of legendary explorers and hear their dramatic stories, spot Arctic wildlife, and meet local Inuit communities who inhabit the region.
Greenland's West Coast$754511RelaxedExplore the edge of the Polar Circle on this luxury 11-day Arctic cruise of Iceland and Greenland from Reykjavik to Kangerlussuaq. Luxurious Le Boreal offers wildlife viewing and briefings, tundra hikes, and excellent photography opportunities as you cruise past icebergs and through towering fjords.

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Home to the northernmost capital city in the world (Reykjavik), Iceland is the home of legends & landscapes. On an Iceland cruise, you will follow in the ancient footsteps of explorer Leif Erikson, as you discover some of the most isolated and unspoiled natural sites in the world.

Highlights of any Iceland excursion include:
  • Navigating these fascinating sites aboard luxurious and intimate ships & boats.
  • Learning about the rich human history from expert guides. 
  • Witnessing the geysers that burst from the ground.
  • Trekking across the glaciers that shaped Iceland.
  • Exploring the distinct fjords that can only be found in this part of the world.
  • Visiting the isolated fishing villages & learning about the villagers' lifestyle.
Getting to Iceland

Since Iceland is isolated from the rest of Europe in the north Atlantic Ocean, there are only two ways to get there:

By air: Direct flights to Iceland from Europe are about 4-5 hours. From North America, they are 5-6 hours. From other countries, you will have to transfer in Europe. Most flights arrive to the Keflavik International Airport.

By sea: Many of our Scandinavian cruises include stops in Iceland as well.
Popular Iceland Cruise Destinations

Some of the most popular destinations frequently visited on an Icelandic cruise include:
  • Reykjavik & Reykjanes Peninsula
  • West Coast & Ísafjördur
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site Breidafjördur Bay
  • Vatnajökull Glacier (the biggest glacier in all of Europe)
  • Norway & Greenland

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Iceland Travel FAQs

Do I need a visa to travel to Iceland?
A visa is not required for traveling to Iceland from Europe, North America, Australia or New Zealand. If you are traveling from South Africa, you will need a visa in advance. It's always safe to check with your state department about travel requirements several months before departure.

Is tipping customary in Iceland?
No, tipping is not expected or necessary, and service charges are usually included in the bills already.

What is the internet access like in Iceland?
While major cities and towns do have WiFi hotspots and cyber cafes, most of our itineraries that visit Iceland are cruises, which do not usually have (consistern) internet access. Remote destinations away from the cities tend not to have internet.

Can I use my cell phone while in Iceland?
If you enable mobile roaming before leaving home, you should have coverage in most of the big cities and towns of Iceland. On open water during cruises or in the more rural destinations you will not likely have coverage.

Do I need a power adapter/ converter?
Iceland has 220-240 volt electricity and uses Europlug/ Schuko outlets. You will need a plug adapter for Type C & Type E/F sockets and a step-down transformer for 110-120V electronics. 

What are the toilets like in Iceland?
Throughout Iceland and on cruise ships you will have modern flushable toilets. You may have to pay a small fee when using public bathrooms.
 
Approximately what will it cost for:
Beer - $6.00
Snack - $2.00
Simple lunch - $9.00
Dinner - $27.00

Can I drink the water in Iceland?
It is safe to drink the tap water in Iceland unless you are specifically told otherwise.

What is the most common way of paying for things in Iceland?
Iceland's currency is the Krona (ISK). 1USD=113ISK. You will be able to pay for nearly everything, from restaurant bills to taxi fares, with your credit card. It's also easy to find ATMs.

Should I purchase travel insurance for my trip?
We always encourage travelers to purchase insurance. For more information and deals, check out the Once I've Booked page.

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