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Iceland Circumnavigation

2020 - Example 10 Day Cruise aboard Ocean Diamond (IPC)
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Experience an unforgettable 10-day journey around Iceland aboard the Ocean Diamond. Discover this mystical land steeped in Viking traditions and volcanic landscapes not seen anywhere else on earth. This cruise reveals a diverse array of natural wonders and the Icelandic way of life. A range of exciting shore excursions offers countless ways to interact with Iceland’s unique character.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Embark in Reykjavik
Day 2 : Stykkisholmur
Day 3 : Isafjördur
Day 4 : Siglufjördur
Day 5 : Akureyri
Day 6 : Skjalfandi Bay
Day 7 : Seydisfjördur
Day 8 : Djupivogur
Day 9 : Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands)
Day 10 : Reykjavik | Disembark

Highlights

  • Explore the islets of UNESCO World Heritage Site Breidafjördur Bay
  • See the lush greenery and immense bird life in Lake Myvatn Nature Reserve
  • Sail to Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands) and play golf in a crater
  • Reach Vatnajökull Glacier, larger than all of Europe’s glaciers combined

Ship

Ocean Diamond (IPC)

Places Visited

  • Arctic
  • Europe
  • Iceland
  • Akureyri
  • Djupivogur
  • Isafjordur
  • Reykjavik
  • Seydisfjordur
  • Siglufjordur
  • Skjálfandi
  • Stykkisholmur
  • Westman Islands (Vestmannaeyjar)

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Wild Icelandic Horse grazing Puffins in Iceland Gullfoss on the Golden Circle Hiking in the stunning Landmannalaugar region

Day 1 Embark in Reykjavik

Use your leisure time in Reykjavík to uncover the unique charm of the world’s northernmost capital. The Ocean Diamond docks in Old Reykjavík Harbor in the heart of the city, a five minute stroll to the main squares, shopping and dining. The ship departs Reykjavík harbor in the evening.

Day 2 Stykkisholmur

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Begin your exploration of Snaefellsnes Peninsula from the cheerful town of Stykkisholmur in West Iceland. The peninsula is dominated by Snaefellsnes National Park, which represents nearly every type of nature seen in Iceland. On board Zodiacs you explore thousands of islets among Breidafjördur Bay (UNESCO) which are teeming with exotic birdlife, unique basalt rock formations, and marine wildlife. Adventurous spirits may opt to join an expedition to Snaefellsjökull glacier which sits atop a 700,000 year old dormant volcano and served as the mystical entrance to earth’s interior in Jules Verne’s novel, ‘Journey to the Center of the Earth’.

Day 3 Isafjördur

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today‘s destination is Isafjördur, an idyllic town in Westfjords region. This secluded peninsula is connected to the mainland by only a narrow strip of land and includes areas where cars have never been. The landscape provides jaw-dropping views of dramatic fjords carved by ancient glaciers, sheer table mountains plunging into the sea, and untouched vegetation. Enjoy the rarity of pure silence and the tranquility of nature while sea-fishing or watching thousands of puffins on the tiny island of Vigur, or visiting the massive cascade of Dynjandi waterfall (please note: these are optional excursions not included in cruise fare).

Day 4 Siglufjördur

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The next morning reach the fjord town of Siglufjördur, which was once the center of the world’s herring industry and is enjoying a rebirth in popularity. Learn about the golden herring age at the award-winning Herring Era Museum located on the vibrant harbor-front. Later set sail for Akureyri, Iceland’s lovable second largest city. If weather conditions allow, you can visit Hrísey, the second largest island of Iceland. With only 153 inhabitants, the island is located in Eyjafjörður, about 35 kilometers north of Akureyri.

Day 5 Akureyri

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
While docked for the second day in the port of Akureyri, explore nearby Lake Myvatn Nature Reserve. Prepare to be mesmerized by the area’s contrasting landscape where it seems as if “heaven and hell” have clashed. One side of the lake features rugged remnants of volcanic activity, while the other side of the lake is fertile with lush greenery and varied bird life. Shore excursion options include a trek to Askja volcano via Super Jeep in summer, or exploring the colorful Myvatn area year-round.

Day 6 Skjalfandi Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the early morning hours, steam into Skjalfandi Bay. The bay is home to 15 different whale species, as well as dolphins and 30 variety of bird. Watching these graceful ocean giants in their Arctic habitat is an unforgettable experience.

Day 7 Seydisfjördur

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
To explore Iceland’s East Fjords, the ship docks in the impossibly picturesque port of Seydisfjördur. This fishing village is nestled between steep mountain slopes and panoramic sea views. Activities to enjoy include seal spotting, horseback riding, kayaking amongst idyllic fjords, and guided hikes of the scenic and historical Vestadalur area.

Day 8 Djupivogur

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The fishing village of Djupivogur in southeast Iceland starts today’s point to explore Vatnajökull Glacier, larger than all of Europe’s glaciers combined. Get directly to the foot of the glacier on a 4WD Jeep tour or enjoy a boat tour of Jökulsarlon glacial lagoon in summer. This awe-inspiring lagoon features icebergs of all shapes and sizes tumbling and floating about in a spectacular show.

Day 9 Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands)

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Located off the coast of South Iceland, the island group Vestmannaeyjar was formed by submarine volcanic eruptions 10,000 years ago. Surtsey Island emerged from the sea in 1963 and is one the youngest places on earth! You have the chance to go ashore on Heimaey, the only inhabited island of the archipelago. Here evidence of Iceland’s volcanic fury is on full display with half-buried houses in ash from a violent eruption in 1973 when the entire island had to be evacuated. Aboard Zodiacs you get to circumnavigate the island to take in the magical scenery and stop at places of interest to see the local bird life, visit caves and possibly spot whales. Here you have the once-in-a-lifetime chance to play a round of golf in a sunken volcano crater!

Day 10 Reykjavik | Disembark

This morning, bid farewell to the Ocean Diamond and after breakfast greet your final destination of Reykjavík. This chic capital of friendly citizens is the perfect city for those who want to refresh the spirit and combine invigorating activity, good food, nature appreciation, and world-class cultural entertainment.

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Deals

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2020 Early Bird Discount - Book before December 30, 2019 and receive approximately 20% off per person. Contact us for details and exact discount amount.
Valid for all 2020 departures.

Per person starting at
$2,855
Ocean Diamond's Triple Cabin.
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T - Triple Cabin
204-sq. ft., Deck 3, 2 twin beds and 1 upper bed, private bathroom with shower and bathtub, TV with DVD-player, wardrobe, safe, refrigerator, individual temperature controls, satellite telephone access, hair dryer, 2 portholes
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P - Outside Cabin with Porthole
204-sq. ft., Deck 3, double bed or 2 twin beds, private bathroom with shower, TV with DVD-player, wardrobe, safe, refrigerator, individual temperature controls, satellite telephone access, hair dryer, 2 portholes
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O - Outside Cabin - Obstructed View
204-sq. ft., Deck 5 & 6, double bed or 2 twin beds, private bathroom with shower and bathtub, TV with DVD-player, wardrobe, safe, refrigerator, individual temperature controls, satellite telephone access, hair dryer, picture window (the view is obstructe
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D - Outside Cabin
183 - 204-sq. ft., Deck 4, 5, & 6, double bed or 2 twin beds, private bathroom with shower and bathtub, TV with DVD-player, wardrobe, safe, refrigerator, individual temperature controls, satellite telephone access, hair dryer, picture window
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B - Suite
398-sq. ft., Deck 4, double bed or 2 twin beds plus two more beds, 2 private bathrooms with shower or bathtub, sitting area, TV with DVD-player, wardrobe, safe, refrigerator, individual temperature controls, satellite telephone access, hair dryer, picture
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A - Balcony Suite
323-sq. ft., Deck 7, double bed or 2 twin beds, private bathroom with shower and bathtub, sitting area, TV with DVD-player, wardrobe, safe, refrigerator, individual temperature controls, satellite telephone access, hair dryer, full-size window with a slid

Notes

The minimum age requirement is 8 years on the Iceland Circumnavigation cruise and 10 years of age for cruises that combine Greenland and Iceland. The age restrictions are in place to ensure the safety and well being of the child.

Single supplement is 75% of published double-occupancy rate

The new Family-Special is valid for 2 adults and maximum 2 children until the age of 12. All Suite Category Cabins have two rooms each with 2 beds and a bathroom with toilet/shower. This is perfect for families.
Prices:
USD 3,490 per person/occupancy with 4 people
USD 4,630 per person/occupancy with 3 people
This offer is valid for all departures. Season and duration doesn´t matter, child discount 25 % until the age of 12.

Please note: only one shore excursion per port of call is bookable in advance. If conditions allow for excursions to be combined, staff will announce this on board. Shore excursions are not included in cruise fare. Please contact us for details.

Included in your cruise fare:
  • Accommodation in booked cabin category
  • All meals 
  • Coffee, tea and water
  • All Zodiac excursions
  • Icelandic/English-speaking guide
  • All lectures on board
  • On-board entertainment program
  • Windjacket
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