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Northern Lights and Whales Express Tour

Example 5 Day Cruise aboard Ocean Diamond (IPC)
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Most people have heard about the “Aurora Borealis”, but not many have seen it with their own eyes. The time between September and March offers the best chance to witness this phenomenon. Another focus of this unique tour is the maritime life. Lots of different whale species spend September along the shores of Northern Iceland. Once the Ocean Diamond has reached the harbor of Akureyri you can look forward to an exciting bus tour through the highlands of Iceland back to Reykjavik.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Reykjavik | Embark
Day 2 : Stykkisholmur
Day 3 : Isafjördur
Day 4 : Husavik | Disembark | Reykjavik
Day 5 : Reykjavik

Highlights

  • Encounter a wide variety of whale species, especially in North Iceland
  • Hunt for the magical Northern Lights from the vantage point of the open sea
  • Visit Snaefellsnes peninsula also known as “Iceland in miniature"
  • Tour the idyllic town of Isafjordur, capital of the Westfjords region

Ship

Ocean Diamond (IPC)

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Wild Icelandic Horse grazing North Icelandic Village Whale sighting Northern lights - Aurora borealis The breathtaking scenery of Iceland

Day 1 Reykjavik | Embark

After arriving at Keflavik Airport, transfer to the harbor where the Ocean Diamond is docked. Old Reykjavik Harbor in the heart of the city, a five-minute stroll from the main squares, shopping and dining. The ship departs in the evening. Tonight you may have your first opportunity to see the Northern Lights!

Day 2 Stykkisholmur

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning the ship reaches the small village of Stykkisholmur, the starting point for your explorations of the Snaefellsnes peninsula. Snaefellsnes is also known as “Iceland in miniature” since this region contains nearly all different kind of Icelandic scenery. In the evening, leave Stykkisholmur and head toward the Westfjords. A dark clear sky this evening might offer another great opportunity for viewing the Northern Lights.

Day 3 Isafjördur

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today‘s destination is the idyllic town of Isafjordur, capital of the Westfjords region. This secluded peninsula is connected to the rest of Iceland by only a narrow strip of land. Even by Icelandic standards, the area can be described as unusually isolated. The landscape is characterized by mesas and dramatic fjords that cut deep into the landscape

Day 4 Husavik | Disembark | Reykjavik

In the early morning hours, steam into Skjalfandi Bay and Husavik Husavik often called the “Whale watching capital” of Iceland, the town’s offshore waters are home to 15 different whale species, as well as dolphins Watching these graceful ocean giants in their Arctic habitat is an unforgettable experience. An exciting trip with RIB boats (Rigid Inflatable Boat) to search for the gentle giants awaits you. Enjoy lunch onboard the Ocean Diamond before disembarking. In the afternoon you will fly back to Reykjavik followed by a transfer to your hotel in Reykjavik for your overnight.

Day 5 Reykjavik

  • 1 Breakfast
Transfer to Keflavik Airport for your departure flight.

Ocean Diamond (IPC)

Reykjavik - Hotels

Per person starting at
$2,038
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

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.

*All excursions are subject to local weather/ice conditions as well as minimum/maximum numbers of participants. If an excursion is canceled due to weather conditions or an insufficient number of participants, we reserve the right to provide notification of this at any point prior to the time of departure of the tour in question.

Cruise Rates Include:
  • Transfer from Keflavik airport to harbor
  • Three nights in booked cabin category including full board
  • Water, coffee and tea
  • Zodiac excursions (weather-dependent)
  • Icelandic/English speaking guide
  • All presentations from cruise staff and guest speakers
  • Onboard entertainment program
  •  Windjacket
  • Whale watching on RIB Boat
  • Transfer from harbor to Husavik airport
  • Flight Husavik - Reykjavik
  • Transfer from airport to booked hotel in Reykjavik
  • Overnight including breakfast in Reykjavik (3-star hotel)
  • Transfer from hotel to Keflavik airport
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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