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Example 8 Day Cruise aboard M/Y Callisto
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Embark the elegant M/Y Callisto for an 8-day journey discovering Iceland's west and north coast's amazing rugged landscapes and wildlife, such as humpback whales, orcas, and dolphins. Learn about Vikings and Norse legacies, and visit a variety of locations like Heimaey Island, Myvatn Lake, Namarskard, and the Godafoss Waterfall.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Embark in Reykjavik
Day 2 : Heimaey, Westmann Islands
Day 3 : Borgarnes
Day 4 : Bildudalur | Isafjordur
Day 5 : Isafjordur
Day 6 : Siglufjordur | Husavik
Day 7 : Husavik | Akureyri
Day 8 : Disembark in Akureyri

Highlights

  • Visit Heimaey Island's community, the Pompeii of the North
  • Discover Deiladartunguhver, Europe's most powerful thermal spring
  • Explore Huasavik's quaint fishing village and its preserved wooden church
  • Reach Godafoss "Waterfalls of the Gods" and learn about the Kristni saga

Ship

M/Y Callisto

Places Visited

Activities

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Coastal village in the arctic Callisto The breathtaking scenery of Iceland Red house on a fjord in Iceland Vatnajokull glacier. Largest Icelandic glacier.

Day 1 Embark in Reykjavik

Embark the M/Y Callisto at 3-4 pm and begin your north and west Iceland expeition sailing to Heimaey, Westmann Islands.

Day 2 Heimaey, Westmann Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Reach Heimaey Island in the morning and discover a community which almost disappeared during a 1973 eruption that buried 400 homes and created a mountain. Heimaey is also known as the Pompeii of the North. You can choose the optional half-day excursions and visit 2 volcanoes and the Eldheimar Geological Museum to understand what happened in 1973. In the afternoon, leave Heimaey and cruise west to Borgarnes.

Day 3 Borgarnes

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, reach Borgarnes and disembark by tenders for a full-day optional excursion to Deildartunguhver, Europe’s most powerful thermal spring, and to the Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls area. Stop in Reykholt, which was at one time one of the intellectual centers of the island and had for many years one of the most important schools of the country. Here lived and died in the Middle Ages one of the most important persons in Icelandic history: Snorri Sturluson, a famous poet and politician whose records of the old Norse language and mythology of medieval Iceland are invaluable to modern scholars. Remains of his farm and a bathroom with a hot pot and a tunnel between the bath and the house can still be visited. In the afternoon, rejoin the ship and sail to the west fjords.

Day 4 Bildudalur | Isafjordur

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, sail past the Latrarbag Cliffs which rise 450 m over the sea and reach Bildudalur. In the afternoon, take an optional excursion and visit the Dynjandi Waterfall, walk around Bildudalur, and visit the sea monster museum. In the afternoon, cruise around the Westfjords and arrive in the evening in Isafjorfur.

Day 5 Isafjordur

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend your morining in Isafjordur, a large fishing port in Westfjords. Your afternoon optional excursion takes you to Bolungravik and then to Osvor town where you can visit a restored fisherman's hut. Back in town, visit the maritime museum and walk around the town known for its rich cultural heritage and merchant's homes dating from the 18th century. In the late afternoon, sail to Siglufjordur.

Day 6 Siglufjordur | Husavik

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning reach Siglufjordur, Iceland's northernmost city, very close to the Arctic Circle and possibly the most picturesque port of Iceland. It was once known as the capital of herring fishing. Enjoy an optional walking tour through the city, the port, the herring museum, and the folk music center housed in Madame House, the oldest house in the city. After lunch leave for nearby Husavik port and in the late afternoon sail in the Skjafandi Bay and reach Husavik, Europe's capital of whale watching. There is plenty of time for you to stroll around this charming fishing village and visit the wooden church, the best preserved church in Iceland

Day 7 Husavik | Akureyri

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning enjoy a full-day optional excursion from Husavik to Akureyri. Visit the Lake Myvatn, Namarksard and Dimmuborgir, all fine examples of the volcanic world with lava fields, boiling and steaming mud pools, steam vents, and craters. After lunch, continue on the ring road to reach Godafoss Waterfall - the Falls of the Gods - and learn about the Kristni saga, recounting the arrival of Christianity and the end of paganism. Rejoin the Callisto in Akureyri, the capital of Northern Iceland, and spend some time walking around this colorful city, visiting in particular the art alley. 

Day 8 Disembark in Akureyri

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark the M/Y Callisto in the early morning and return home via your independent flight.

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Child Discount:
Children between the ages of 7-10 sharing a cabin with two paying adults receive a 50% discount on the cruise fare per person in twin cabin. Children between the ages of 10-16 sharing a cabin with two paying adults receive a 35% discount. 

Please note: Itineraries can be changed at the discretion of  the company and of the Vessel's Captain in case of adverse weather conditions - winds of 6/7 beaufort or more depending on the vessel- on port authorities not allowing a vessel to leave port or in case of other extraordinary conditions. Such itinerary changes do not entitle automatically passengers to any refunds.

Included in Your Fare:
- Accommodation in double or twin cabins with private SH/WC & air conditioning
- Full-board: Buffet breakfast and two meals daily, including a Welcome Cocktail, a local Theme Evening , fun BBQ (weather permitting) and Captain’s Dinner
- Regular (filter) coffee, tea and drinking water free all day
- Use of fishing and snorkelling equipment (subject to availability)
- English-Speaking Cruise Escort

Not Included in your Fare:
- Beverages (except those mentioned above)
- Shore excursions on the islands or other land arrangements (shore excursions are proposed and arranged on board by the tour leaders)
- Crew tips
- Passenger personal expenses
- Wi-Fi (available at charge)
- Laundry
- Spa (where applicable)
- Boutique items
- Medical expenses
- Port taxes
- Expenditures incurred ashore

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  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
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