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The Icelandic Saga: Land of Fire and Ice

Akureyri to Reykjavik - Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Panorama
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Join the elegant Panorama for an 8-day journey from Akureyri to Reykjavik discovering Iceland's west and north coasts, amazing rugged landscapes, and wildlife, such as humpback whales, orcas, and dolphins. Learn about Vikings and Norse legacies, and visit a variety of locations such as Grundafjordur, Látrabjarg cliffs, Isafjordur, and the village of Holmavik.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Akureyri | Embark
Day 2 : Akureyri | Siglufjordur
Day 3 : Holmavik
Day 4 : Isafjordur
Day 5 : Patrekksfjordur
Day 6 : Grundafjordur
Day 7 : Reykjavik
Day 8 : Reykjavik | Disembark

Highlights

  • Visit Thingeyri village and the interactive Viking Museum
  • Discover the quintessential town of Grundafjordur
  • Explore Huasavik's quaint fishing village and its preserved wooden church
  • Reach Godafoss, "Waterfalls of the Gods", and learn about the Kristni saga

Ship

Panorama

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

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Day 1 Akureyri | Embark

Embark the Panorama in the afternoon between 3-4 pm. Overnight in port with time for an optional late afternoon walking excursion in Akureyri.

Day 2 Akureyri | Siglufjordur

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning your optional full day excursion will take you from Akureyri to Siglufjordur (where you will meet the Panorama in the evening). The Captain will inform you of whale sightings. Mid-day, reach Siglufjordur, Iceland's  northernmost city, very close to the Arctic Circle and possibly the most picturesque port of Iceland. Once known as the capital of Herring fishing. The optional walking excursion through the city will take you to the port, the Herring Museum, the Folk Music center housed in Madame House, the oldest house in the city. Take the Ring Road to reach Godafoss Waterfall - the Falls of the Gods - and will hear about the Kristni Saga, recounting the arrival of Christianity and the end of Paganism. After lunch, visit Lake Myvatn, Namarksard and Dimmuborgir, all fine examples of the volcanic world with lava fields, boiling and steaming mud pools, steam vents and craters. You'll rejoin the Panorama in Siglufjordur in the afternoon. This evening you'll  have time to walk around this colorful port or have the option to take a late afternoon whale watching excursion.

**Passengers not partaking in the excursion will be sailing from Akureyri to Siglufjordur with the Panorama. Overnight at sea to Holmavik.

Day 3 Holmavik

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, arrive in the small village of Holmavik, one of the least visited parts of Iceland’s Westfjords. After breakfast onboard, disembark for an optional full day excursion: first, visit the Museum of Sorcery and Witchcraft to learn about the old Viking traditions and culture, then stop for lunch at a local restaurant, built from the town’s oldest house, and finally visit a local sheep farm to interact with the farmers daily lives and spend time observing the sheep. This evening, return to the ship and set sail to Isafjordur. Overnight at sea.

Day 4 Isafjordur

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning arrive in Isafjordur. After breakfast onboard, disembark for an optional tour to Thingeyri village and the interactive Viking Museum. After the “Viking experience” return to Isafjordur and visit the Maritime and Heritage Museum, highlighting the rich history and culture of this fishing community. Return to Panorama. Late this afternoon cruise around the Westfjords on your way to the picturesque Patreksfjordur. Overnight at sea.

Day 5 Patrekksfjordur

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today you can choose from 2 optional excursions:
1. The optional Westfjord adventure excursion starts from port and reaches the Látrabjarg cliffs, with the largest seabird colony in the northern Atlantic famous for its puffins colony. Your next stop is at Rauðasandur or “Red Sand” beach, distinct itself from most of Iceland’s beaches, as it is golden and pink in color. Ride on a tractor carriage with the expert guide and local farmer along the beach to the seal colony, where you can see the seals up close.
2. The optional excursion to the Dynjandi waterfall, one of the most beautiful in Iceland and Bildudalur for a visit to the sea monsters museum.

This evening sail to Grundafjordur and overnight at sea

Day 6 Grundafjordur

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning you arrive in Grundafjordur, a quintessential Icelandic town, for your optional excursion of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. This small fishing village lies next to striking Mt. Kirkjufell, or “Church Mountain”, one of the most photographed mountains in Iceland. From there, head to Olafsvik, passing the splendid Baejarfoss waterfall and continue to the southern side of the peninsula to reach the villages of Arnarstapi and Hellnar before making your way to Snaefellsjokull National Park, one of the county’s three national parks, established in 2001 in an effort to preserve the region’s unique ecosystem and historical artifacts. After your visit to the park, drive back to the ship for a relaxing afternoon and evening sailing to Reykjavik. Overnight at sea.

Day 7 Reykjavik

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive this morning arrival in Reykjavik. The Golden Circle Optional excursion will start at the Thingvellir National Park, a place of tremendous interest as a primary site of both Iceland’s geological and historical heritage. The tour continues to Gulfoss, Iceland's most  beautiful waterfall  and then to the Geysir geothermal area with its multitude of hot springs, where the most active one, Strokkur, spouts every few minutes. Stop at the Hveragerdi village, where geothermal water has been used to build up an extensive greenhouse industry and then at the Hellisheiði Geothermal Power Plant showcasing Iceland's ability to supply green power. The tour end as you pass through Reykjavik’s city center before arriving at the pier. Overnight in port.

Day 8 Reykjavik | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark after breakfast this morning between 9 am -10 am and return home via your independent flight.

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$2,790
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Lower deck, 1 double bed or 2 twin beds. Portholes, A/C, TV, telephone, mini-fridge, safe deposit box, marble en suite bathroom.
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Lower deck, 2 lower beds or 1 double bed. Portholes, A/C, TV, telephone, mini-fridge, safe deposit box, marble or corian en suite bathroom.
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Upper deck or Main deck, 2 lower beds or 1 double bed. Large windows, A/C, TV, telephone, mini-fridge, safe deposit box, marble or corian en suite bathroom.

Notes

- Please note that fares do not include port charges and possible fuel surcharges. Contact us for details.

Single supplement - Single occupancy of a Cat. C or Cat. B Cabin is available at 1.6 times the twin occupancy rate. Single occupancy of a Cat. A Cabins is available at 1.75 times the twin occupancy rate.

Child Discount (in Cat. A only): 
Children between the ages of 7-10 sharing a cabin with two paying adults receive a 50% discount. Children between the ages of 11-16 sharing a cabin with two paying adults receive a 35% discount. Port taxes are not discounted.

3rd Person Reduction (in Cat. A only): 30%

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 automatically entitle 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 snorkeling 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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