Have questions? We're here.
A natural arch of basalt in Iceland.

A Circumnavigation of Iceland

Example 9 Day Cruise aboard National Geographic Orion
Talk with an expert
Customize any aspect of your Iceland trip. 1.800.344.6118
Help Me Plan My Trip
Ask a Question
Iceland’s geology in all its manifestations is world-class. It is highly geologically active with many volcanoes––hundreds of them, in fact. Most famously, the volcano in Eyjafjallajökull erupted in 2010. Geology alone makes a circumnavigation a very compelling idea. When you add in the other itinerary components––Iceland’s people, their unique cultural heritage and contemporary character, the island’s geography and birdlife––seeing it all in one 360º expedition is irresistible.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Reykjavik | Embark
Day 2 : Explore the West Coast of Iceland
Day 3 : Ísafjördur
Day 4 : Siglufjordur | Akureyri
Day 5 : Lake Mývatn | Húsavík
Day 6 : Exploring Northeast Iceland
Day 7 : Djúpivogur, Iceland
Day 8 : Islands of Heimaey & Surtsey, Westman Islands
Day 9 : Reykjavik | Disembark | Home

Highlights

  • Experience all of Iceland’s unique geological manifestations
  • Meet Iceland’s people and learn about their cultural heritage
  • Actively explore Iceland's rugged coasts in one 360º expedition
  • Travel with an expert team on a holistic, narrative voyage

Ship

National Geographic Orion

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

A natural arch of basalt in Iceland. The blue lagoon in Iceland Coastal village in the arctic The breathtaking scenery of Iceland Looking out over an iceberg-filled lagoon in Jokulsarlon, Iceland

Day 1 Reykjavik | Embark

Arrive in Reykjavik, the world’s northernmost capital, which lies only a fraction below the Arctic Circle and receives just four hours of sunlight in winter and 22 in summer. Have a guided overview of the Old Town, including Hallgrimskirkja Cathedral with its 210-foot tower, and perhaps shed some light on Nordic culture at the National Museum, with its Viking treasures and artifacts, and unusual whalebone carvings on display. Embark National Geographic Orion

Day 2 Explore the West Coast of Iceland

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
National Geographic Orion navigates Iceland’s wild western frontier, sailing past the immense Latrabjarg cliffs, the westernmost point of Iceland and home to a huge population of razorbills. The cliffs are an area once famous for egg collecting; the men were tied to ropes and lowered like spiders down onto the ledges. Continue to Flatey Island, a trading post for many centuries, for walks around the charming little hamlet that grew here, and take a Zodiac cruise along the coast.

Day 3 Ísafjördur

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Located in the Western Fjords, Ísafjördur is surrounded by water on three sides, sculpted by glaciers. Renowned for its traditional eider down production, it is a picture postcard of traditional Icelandic life and a great place for hiking, kayaking and for spotting eider ducks. 

Day 4 Siglufjordur | Akureyri

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Siglufjordur was the center of Iceland’s once-thriving herring industry. Stop by the Herring Museum for a talk and a tasting. Continue to picturesque Akureyri, backed by snow-capped mountains. Explore the old town, with its beautifully maintained period houses, or visit the botanical garden.

Day 5 Lake Mývatn | Húsavík

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Drive to Mývatn, the most geologically active area in Iceland. This is world-class field geology! See the bizarre mud pools at Hverarönd — so hot they actually bubble. At the Krafla geothermal area see the explosion crater at Viti and continue to an unforgettable sight: Godafoss, the waterfall of the gods. Meet the ship in Húsavík, and watch for whales as you sail north to the land of the midnight sun. Take Zodiacs ashore to the tiny island of Grimsey, which lies exactly on the Arctic Circle. Here celebrate being officially in the Arctic, in the company of nesting arctic terns, fulmars, and puffins in burrows, all bathing, courting and fishing — another wonderful photo op.

Day 6 Exploring Northeast Iceland

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
With plenty of rarely-visited coastline, this day is left open to explore Iceland's rugged east coast. Join naturalists for a hike or a Zodiac cruise to get a better view of the beautiful stacks at the end of the peninsula. Or, conditions permitting, you may have your first chance to kayak today under the steep cliffs. 

 

Day 7 Djúpivogur, Iceland

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore the vast Vatnajökull icecap and take the opportunity for either a snowmobile or super jeep adventure. Via small boat, get up-close and personal with the deep blue icebergs of the large ice lagoon of Jökulsárlón.

Day 8 Islands of Heimaey & Surtsey, Westman Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The Westman Islands were formed by undersea volcanoes between 5,000 and 10,000 years ago and are among the youngest of the world’s archipelagos. In 1963, the world witnessed on film the birth of its newest island, Surtsey — a UNESCO World Heritage Site — which you can see as the ship cruises past the coast. In 1973, Heimaey was threatened by lava flows that nearly closed off its harbor. Visit the crater, where the earth is still hot, and have amazing views of areas that had been engulfed by lava. 

Day 9 Reykjavik | Disembark | Home

  • 1 Breakfast
Today complete your circumnavigation of Iceland, disembarking in Reykjavík. Stop by the famous Blue Lagoon thermal baths, prior to your flight home. Whether you choose to enjoy the surreal bath and spa facilities or just stroll around the fascinating environs, the Blue Lagoon is unforgettable! 

National Geographic Orion

Per person starting at
$9,130
National Geographic Orion's Category 1 Cabin.
Select a Date
Category 1
Main deck with 1 or 2 portholes
National Geographic Orion's Category 1 Cabin.
Select a Date
Category 1 Single
Main deck with 1 or 2 portholes
National Geographic Orion's Category 2 Cabin.
Select a Date
Category 2
Main deck with window
National Geographic Orion's Category 3 Cabin.
Select a Date
Category 3
Main deck with window
National Geographic Orion's Category 3 Cabin.
Select a Date
Category 3 Single
Main deck with window
National Geographic Orion's Category 4 Cabin.
Select a Date
Category 4
Upper and veranda decks with window
National Geographic Orion's Category 5 Cabin.
Select a Date
Category 5
Upper deck with balcony
National Geographic Orion's Category 6 Cabin.
Select a Date
Category 6
Veranda deck - suite

Notes

Single supplement varies by itinerary. A solo traveler matching program may be available, but is subject to availability.

Costs Include:
  • All accommodations
  • Meals indicated
  • Excursions
  • Services of Lindblad Expeditions’ Leader, Naturalist staff and expert guides
  • Use of kayaks
  • All port charges and service taxes

Not Included:
  •  Air transportation
  • Personal items such as emails, laundry, voyage DVD etc.
  • Gratuities to ship’s crew

Included

  • 8 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 8 Dinners
Payment & Cancellation Policies
Change & customize to make it yours.
Erin Correia
Erin C

We Love to Talk Travel

Call 1.800.344.6118
or
Chat Now
The trip was terrific with great planning on your part. Most of the adventures were not mainstream and somewhat off the beaten path which made it especially enjoyable!! We felt taken care of and you all were readily available to respond to questions and issues. I would highly recommend your company and friends have already expressed interest based on our pictures and excitement.
Gale Cantor

Why Travel With Adventure Life

More Reasons

Awards and Accolades

All News