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The Icelandic Loop

Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Le Boreal (CDP)
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Embark in Reykjavik, the most northerly capital in the world. Houses with colorful roofs line its streets and this, coupled with the many ducks in its lake, produces a picture postcard setting. During the cruise, Le Boréal crosses the Arctic Circle, and sails towards the ice floe. Explore the remote island of Grímsey, the kingdom of birds such as guillemots and puffins. Its volcanic rock forms splendid basaltic columns in certain areas. Visit Seydisfjördur, one of the most picturesque ports in the country and the gateway to a 1250-hectare nature reserve that is home to a multitude of birds. To conclude discover Heimaey. The only inhabited island in the Westmann Islands, fishing is the main source of income at this exceptional site. You can admire its volcanoes and its almost-desert like landscapes.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Reykjavik, Iceland | Embark
Day 2 : Isafjörður | Cross the Arctic Circle
Day 3 : Sailing Around Grímsey Island
Day 4 : Akureyri
Day 5 : Seyðisfjörður
Day 6 : Heimaey
Day 7 : Sailing towards Reykjavik
Day 8 : Reykjavik | Disembark

Highlights

  • Discover Reykjavik, the charming capital of Iceland
  • Sail towards the ice floe & cross the mythical line of the Arctic Circle
  • Admire breathtaking glaciers, fjords, jagged cliffs and geysers
  • Observe unique wildlife: puffins, arctic foxes, whales, arctic terns & more

Ship

Le Boreal (CDP)

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Fishing village in the arctic An Arctic fox gazes across the lanscape Red house on a fjord in Iceland Arctic puffins Street view of old town Reykjavik

Day 1 Reykjavik, Iceland | Embark

Board Le Boreal. Arriving by sea, see fishing boats moored in Hafnarfjörður's bays and volcanic rocks; Hafnarfjörður is built on an ancient field of lava flow. In the town center, basalt rocks point you in the direction of the historic houses of Sivertsen and Siggubær: their interiors and period furniture bring old Iceland back to life before your very eyes. Not far from here is a spectacular coastal walk and warm geothermal pools.

Day 2 Isafjörður | Cross the Arctic Circle

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Your ship takes you to the heart of the fjords of Northwest Iceland, a wild land of lost valleys and steep cliffs, where man struggles to survive. In this very isolated region find the Isafjörður fjord, undoubtedly one of the most beautiful in the country, mainly for its relief, forged by many very ancient basaltic flows. The town of Isafjörður, 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.

Cross the mythical line of the Arctic Circle. This famous parallel runs at around 66° 33’ latitude north. Often considered the gateway to the Arctic, it is simply the latitude from which it is possible to observe the midnight sun at least once in the year. Once over the Circle, during the summer months, you are able to sail in permanent daylight and the low light that is so particular to the polar regions. This is a unique moment, which is doubtless one of the highlights of your cruise.

Day 3 Sailing Around Grímsey Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Grímsey is a small island located 40 km north of mainland Iceland. It was formed by volcanic rock that has generated majestic basalt pillars. The island has been inhabited since the Vikings came to Iceland and legend has it that it is named after the colonial sailor Grìmur, who sailed from the region of Sogn in Norway. This site is home to fabulous wildlife, with many bird colonies having chosen to nest along the jagged cliffs, such as the ‘‘clowns of the sea’’ 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. 

Grimsey is the northernmost island of Iceland surging from the Arctic ocean, with the Arctic circle running through the island. Its contrasted contours are surprising. From Grímseyjarhreppur, the island’s only town located on the west coast, then heading due south, you can take in the beauty of the hillsides, lushly carpeted with moss and grass. On the rest of the coastline, imposing basalt cliffs inhabited by sea birds stand proud.

Day 4 Akureyri

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The elegant city of Akureyri is located very close to the Arctic Circle, tucked away in the Eyjafjörður fjord. It displays a stunning palette of colors: blue waters in the harbor, bronze mountain ash on the squares, and brightly-colured houses in the historical center. As you walk along the cobbled streets, come across rows of terraces with wooden furniture. A vast stairway cut into the hillside leads you up to the emblematic feature of the town, namely the Akureyrarkirkja church. Be amazed by the very beautiful botanical garden made possible by a microclimate.

Day 5 Seyðisfjörður

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
At the end of your journey through the heart of a very beautiful 17-km-long fjord, discover Seyðisfjörður, on the northeast coast of Iceland. Its typical Scandinavian, colorful houses, and small blue church stand in the middle of an enchanting setting, between rivers and waterfalls. The village, surrounded on all sides by mountains with snow-topped peaks, has around 700 inhabitants. This small fishing port with a very picturesque charm is not far from Skálanes, a nature reserve of more than 1,000 hectares that is home to about fifty bird species. This port of call combines nature and culture, with wonderment guaranteed.

Day 6 Heimaey

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This land seated off the southern coast of Iceland is the largest of the Vestmann Islands, and is the only inhabited island in the archipelago. The steep Edfell Volcanoes and the green prairies of Herjólfsdalur offer rich contrast of nature. On the Stórhöfði road, look out over gray-sand beaches and cliffs carved out by the Arctic Ocean. From here, you can also see the bronze landscapes of the mountaintops. Visit Eldheimar, an ultra-modern and interactive museum which traces the volcanic eruption experienced in Heimaey in 1973.

Day 7 Sailing towards Reykjavik

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 8 Reykjavik | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Say farewell to your fellow passengers and Le Boreal crew and start your journey back home. 

Le Boreal (CDP)

Per person starting at
$5,780
Superior Stateroom
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Superior Stateroom
8 cabins, 226 sq ft, located on Le Champollion Deck. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area and private bath.
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Deluxe Stateroom
28 cabins, 200 sq ft with private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, private bath.
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Prestige Stateroom - Deck 4
Deck 4, 200 sq ft with 43 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, private bath.
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Prestige Stateroom - Deck 5
Deck 5, 200 sq ft with 43 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, private bath.
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Prestige Stateroom - Deck 6
Deck 6, 200 sq ft with 43 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, private bath.
Deluxe Suite
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Deluxe Suites
3 suites, 290 sq ft with 54 sq ft private balcony, located on the Le France Deck. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, desk, minibar, private bath.
Prestige Suite
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Prestige Suite - Deck 5
398 sq ft with 86 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, communicating cabins available. Separate living area, private bath.
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Prestige Suite - Deck 6
398 sq ft with 86 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, communicating cabins available. Separate living area, private bath.
Owner's Suite
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Owners Suite
1 suite, 484 sq ft with 97 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, communicating cabins available. Separate living, dining areas, private bath with large tub and shower, minibar, 2 flat screen TVs, DVD, CD, and IPOD, Video on demand, Satellite phone.

Notes

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.

*Rates are capacity controlled and are subject to change without notice.

Cruise fares are per person and include the following:
  • All meals while on board the ship 
  • Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
  • “Open Bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)
  • Evening entertainment and events
  • 24h room service (special selection)
  • English-speaking lecturer 
  • Water sports activities (except scuba diving) using the ship’s equipment, when permitted by local authorities and confirmed by ship Master according to safety and sea conditions onsite
  • Highly experienced bilingual (French-English) Expedition team 
  • Park entry fees into protected areas
  • Complimentary boot rental on select cruises
Cruise fares do not include:
  • Any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned 
  • Pre or post cruise programs, overland programs or shore excursions mentioned
  • Visa expenses and/or immigration reciprocity taxes if applicable
  • Luggage handling
  • Gratuities to onboard crew, local guides and drivers
  • Optional Spa package to be booked prior to your departure
  • 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
  • Cancellation/luggage/assistance/repatriation/medical insurance(s)
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