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North Atlantic Odyssey

Reykjavik to Tromso - Example 13 Day Cruise aboard SH Diana
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Embark on a 13-day cruise from Reykjavik to Tromso, exploring Iceland and Norway. Begin in Reykjavik, dominated by the Hallgrimskirkja church. Visit bars and cafes warmed by geothermal waters, and the regenerated harbor with a modern concert hall. Discover Latrabjarg Cliffs, a seabird haven, and Dynjandi Waterfall in the Westfjords. Isafjordur offers houses and access to the Arctic Fox Centre, while Grimsey Island lets you enter the Arctic Circle. Hrisey Island boasts wildlife and a cultural heritage. In Husavik, experience whale watching, and Bakkagerdi offers puffin encounters and trails. Enjoy a day at sea with ocean views. Bodo showcases Sami heritage and modernist architecture, Svartisen Glacier reveals Norway's grandeur, and Svolvaer's fishing port captivates. Explore Trollfjorden's fjord passage. Conclude in Tromso, known for the midnight sun and Northern Lights. Explore the Arctic Cathedral, savor views from Mount Storstei­nen, and delve into polar exploration history at the Polar Museum. This cruise blends nature, culture, and adventure for an Arctic experience.
Atlantic PuffinsLargest waterfall in the Westfjords region of Iceland
Highlights
  • Explore Isafjordur's fishing town, with colorful 18th and 19th-century houses
  • Marvel at Svartisen Glacier, cascading to Svartisvatnet lake
  • Sail through Trollfjorden's narrow fjord and breathtaking mountainous sides
  • Explore Grimsey's Arctic Circle, Hrisey's wildlife and cultural richness
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Activity options vary depending on destination and operator. Activity level is determined by the range and intensity of activities you choose to participate in. Discuss with your Trip Planner which options are best for you.
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Day 1: Reykjavik

Arrive at the airport and head to the hotel via the group transfer to your hotel. Relax, and spend the overnight here preparing for your adventure.

*Pre/Post hotels and flights are always subject to change until the Travel Documents are provided.

Day 2: Reykjavik | Embark

In the morning, join the group and transfer to the port. Afterward, embark on SH Diana for your adventure.

In the center of Iceland’s sprawling capital city, the modern organ-pipe-shaped Hallgrimskirkja church dominates the top of town. Cozy bars, cafes, and shops line the surrounding streets heated by Iceland's geothermal waters. The regenerated harbor is home to a striking modern concert hall. Popular trips include to the Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa near the village of Grindavik, and the Golden Circle tour taking in Gullfoss Waterfall and the mighty Strokkur geyser in Thingvellir National Park.
 

Day 3: Cruising Latrabjarg Cliffs | Dynjandi Waterfall

The dramatic 400-meter-high Latrabjarg cliffs stretch 14 km along Iceland's and Europe's westernmost edge. As the largest seabird cliff in Europe, Latrabjarg is home to thousands of breeding birds: Atlantic puffins, gannets, guillemots, fulmar, and kittiwakes as well as 40 percent of the world's population of razorbills belonging to the auk family.

Considered one of Iceland’s most impressive falls, the thunderous Dynjandi waterfall in the Westfjords region gives the impression of a bridal veil as it spreads down ever-growing cascades. The walk takes 15 minutes passing five smaller waterfalls. Nearby, Hrafnseyri is the birthplace of Jon Sigurdsson, the 19th-century leader of the Icelandic Independence movement. The museum includes an Icelandic turf house.

Activities Included:
Walk to Dynjandi waterfall with Swan Hellenic Expedition team: Join Icelandic experts on an expedition to Dynjandi to witness nature's raw power and discover its geological and cultural significance. 

Day 4: Isafjordur | Vigur Island

Surrounded by fjords in the Westfjords region, Isafjordur is a bustling fishing town in northwest Iceland with colorful wooden 18th- and 19th-century houses in its old town, Neskaupstadur. Nearby, Sudavik is home to the Arctic Fox Centre. Iceland’s only mammal, the arctic fox, lives on the lush tundra of Hornstrandir Nature Reserve, the northernmost peninsula in the Westfjords with two of Europe’s largest bird cliffs.

Included Excursion
Westfjords life and culture: Discover local methods of salting fishing. Step back in time entering turf-and-stone fishing shacks, greeted by a traditional sheepskin fisherman. Explore the Maritime Museum, housed in Iceland's oldest buildings, to delve into centuries of fishing industry history. 

Day 5: Grimsey Island | ​Hrisey Island

Grimsey is a remote island located 40 km off Iceland’s north coast. Many people travel here to set foot in the Arctic Circle, the only place in Iceland where you can. The island is also home to fewer than 100 people, but over one million seabirds. Birdlife thrives here thanks to the lack of egg predation and the well-stocked surrounding seas. Grimsey has one of Iceland’s largest tern nesting sites and largest puffin colonies.

Hrisey Island is a small island in the Eyjafjordur fjord in northern Iceland. It is home to various wildlife, including puffins, seals, and whales. Hriseyjarfjall Mountain is the highest point and offers views of the surrounding landscape and the vast expanse of Eyjafjordur fjord. Despite its size, Hrisey Island possesses a rich cultural heritage. Traditional Icelandic crafts preserve the island's identity, such as hand-knitting and woodworking.

Day 6: Husavik

Husavík, overlooking Skjalfandi Bay, is famed for whale watching, especially the endangered blue whale. The town's Whale and Exploration Museums focus on Viking history and Apollo astronaut training, taking place nearby. The town also marks Iceland's first house from 860 AD. Husavík is on the Arctic Coast Way and the start of the Diamond Circle route. Nearby, Kaldbakur Pond is a popular geothermal swimming spot oddly populated with goldfish.

Included Excursion:
Whale Watching & Whale Museum

Day 7: Bakkagerdi

Known for puffin encounters, hiking trails, and scenic beauty. Bakkagerdi is the largest settlement in the Borgarfjordur Eystri fjord and a base for exploring the rugged wilderness. A popular trail leads to the Giant Boulders at Storurd. The local church features a 1914 altarpiece depicting Christ on Alfaborg rock, the City of Elves, with the Dyrfjoll Mountains behind. Nearby Hafnarholmi Rock is a sanctuary for kittiwakes and other seabirds.

Included Activities
Zodiac cruise and landing with the Swan Hellenic Expedition Team: Explore a small Icelandic port with your Swan Hellenic Expedition Team, a heaven for bird watching, especially Atlantic puffins nesting in burrows. Enjoy a medium hike to a beautiful viewpoint.

Day 8: At Sea

Sea days are rarely dull. Take the time to sit back and let the world go by. The ship’s observation decks provide stunning views of the passing ocean. A day at sea allows you to mingle with other passengers and share your experiences of this incredible trip, or head to our library full of reference books. Get an expert’s view in one of our onboard lectures or perfect your photography skills with invaluable advice from our professional photographers.

Day 9: Bodo

Bodo highlights its Sami heritage and connects the arts to its Arctic setting. Rebuilt after the 1940 bombing in a modernist "reconstruction" style, Bodø's architectural commitment endures with the 2014-built Stormen concert hall and Molobyen, a new waterfront cultural hub. Surrounded by natural landscapes, Bodø lies near the world-famous maelstrom of Saltstraumen, a powerful whirlpool on the Saltsfjorden strongest when the tides change daily.

Included Excursion
Saltstraumen & City Sightseeing: Relax on your coach for a panoramic drive through Bodo, learning about its herring industry. Stop at Saltstraumen, Norway's awe-inspiring natural spectacle, witnessing the world’s strongest tidal current.

Day 10: Svartisen, Svartisen Glacier

The mighty Svartisen glacier, Norway’s second biggest, pours down the mountain almost to Svartisvatnet Lake. A glacier visitor center is a fascinating place with access to hikes along the edge of the ice flow, up to 200 m thick. Glorious Holandsfjord is just the other end of a short channel from the lake and the ship has stirring views. The little village of Holandsvika sits across the fjord, with an 18-km lakeside path and boat trips.

Included Activities
Hike towards Svartisen Glacier with your Swan Hellenic Team: Experience Norway’s second-largest glacier up close. Hike to a glacial melt lake. Marvel at this massive ancient ice tongue in a pristine national park.

Day 11: Reine | Leknes Lofoten

Svolvær is a classic Norwegian fishing port on Austvagoya in the Lofoten Islands. Surrounded by peaks and beaches, bays, and craggy inlets, it's an age-old picture, a jumble of white and red clapboard houses, the clear water filled with little bobbing boats. Popular with mountain climbers, the town's mountain Fløya commands a spectacular viewpoint across the harbor and Vestfjord.

Trollfjorden is unbelievable. A 100 m-wide entrance to a narrow fjord with near-vertical mountainous sides up to 1,100 m high, the passage slices through Austvågøya, on the edge of the Lofoten Islands. As the ship enters the fjord, the silence is only broken by the gentle sound of the ship's engines and the occasional cry of a white-tailed eagle soaring overhead. The ship slowly spins at the fjord's end, offering a final captivating view.

Day 12: Svolvaer | Cruising Trollfjorden

Svolvaer is a classic Norwegian fishing port, tucked away on Austvagoya in the Lofoten Islands. Surrounded by peaks and beaches, bays, and craggy inlets, it’s an age-old picture, a jumble of white and red clapboard houses, the clear water filled with little, bobbing boats. Popular with mountain climbers, the town’s mountain, Floya, commands a spectacular viewpoint across the harbor and Vestfjord.

Trollfjorden is unbelievable. A 100 m-wide entrance to a narrow fjord with near-vertical mountainous sides up to 1,100 m high, the passage slices through Austvagoya, on the edge of the Lofoten Islands. As the ship enters the fjord, the silence is only broken by the gentle sound of the ship's engines and the occasional cry of a white-tailed eagle soaring overhead. The ship slowly spins at the fjord's end, offering a final captivating view.

Included Excursion
Svolvaer Panoramic: Drive along Storfjorden for stunning views of Leknes, your ship, and distant mountains from Einangen. Enjoy the waves from the Norwegian Sea and pass isolated homes and sheltered inlets.

 

Day 13: Tromso | Disembark

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After breakfast, say goodbye to your fellow travelers and disembark in Tromso. Tromso is located in the Arctic Gateway, at 69 degrees north. It's famous for the midnight sun during summers and Northern Lights during winters. The Arctic Cathedral hosts midnight concerts and has stained-glass windows. You can take the Fjellheisen cable car for panoramic views from Mount Storstei­nen.

On this day, make your farewell to your fellow travelers and crew. Head to the airport via the group transfer provided and catch your flight home.

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Included
  • 12 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 11 Dinners
  • 12 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Room Service 
  • Wifi
  • Coffee, tea, soft drinks and selected alcoholic beverages available 24-hours per day
  • Lecture programs by our experienced expedition team and guest speakers
  • Onboard gratuities & port taxes
  • Branded Swan Hellenic expedition parka and use of rubber boots in Polar Regions.
  • Group return transfers from the airport to the cruise port (via our included accommodation where applicable)
  • One night pre-cruise accommodation with breakfast in a 4/5-star hotel or onboard
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  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Passport and Applicable Visa Expenses
  • We recommend every traveler to take out a travel cancellation insurance, travel interruption insurance and a travel health insurance policy with an assumption of the return transport costs of repatriation

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