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The Ultimate Circumnavigating of Iceland

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Icelandic nature offers stunning landscapes with waterfalls amongst Europe's most powerful and awe-inspiring. Iceland is located at the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, a position that means that the landscape is highly active geologically, with many erupting volcanoes and geysers. Experience a variety of islands, towns and settlements, spectacular views and interesting sites, accompanied by our knowledgeable Expedition Team. During this 11-day expedition cruise around Iceland, enjoy hikes through lava fields, breathe the pure Icelandic air, swim in natural hot springs, visit one of the many museums or simply explore on your own and chat with friendly locals. Immerse yourself in the Icelandic experience with one of our many fantastic excursions.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Reykjavik
Day 2 : Stykkishólmur
Day 3 : Patreksfjördur
Day 4 : Explorarion Day
Day 5 : Djupavik
Day 6 : Akureyri
Day 7 : Grímsey
Day 8 : Húsavík
Day 9 : Bakkargerdi
Day 10 : Heimaey
Day 11 : Reykjavik | Disembark

Highlights

  • Experience Stykkishólmur’s diversity of lava and rock formations
  • Take a stroll around Flatey and travel back in time along the scenic lanes
  • Discover Ísafjörður a nearly perfect natural harbor with unique architecture
  • Visit the Hornbjarg cliff, one of the greatest sea bird habitats in Iceland

Ship

MS Fram

Places Visited

  • Arctic
  • Europe
  • Iceland
  • Akureyri
  • Djupivogur
  • Flatey Island
  • Grimsey Island
  • Heimaey Island
  • Hornbjarg
  • Húsavík
  • Isafjordur
  • Reykjavik
  • Stykkisholmur

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Strokkur Geyser bubbling up Red house on a fjord in Iceland Beautiful arctic landscape North Icelandic Village West Fjord in Hornstrandir, Iceland
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Day 1 Reykjavik

Many visitors find landing at Keflavik airport enchanting. The hub seems carved out of an arctic desert, with lava stones covered in moss, and haunting mountains nearby. But just 45 minutes away, Reykjavik is a charming and vibrant modern city, offering top restaurants, interesting museums and quaint narrow streets.

Day 2 Stykkishólmur

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore the town of Stykkishólmur on your own or join an optional excursion to explore more of the Snæfellsnes peninsula which is said to be a miniature version of Iceland. In addition to its characteristic Snæfellsjökull glacier, there are black sandy beaches, bird cliffs, spectacular mountains and volcanic craters.
 

Day 3 Patreksfjördur

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Patreksfjördur is a charming settlement on the west coast of Iceland with around 660 inhabitants. The picturesque fjord offers scenic hiking trails if conditions allow. Patreksfjördur is also close to the spectacular waterfall of Dynjandi and to Látrabjarg, a renowned site for birdwatching.

Day 4 Explorarion Day

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The Experienced captain and expedition team will use the day to explore the stunning fjords of northwest Iceland

Day 5 Djupavik

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore this tiny settlement and its beautiful surroundings.

Day 6 Akureyri

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Next stop is Akureyri, a lively and energetic town. In fact, it is the most populous community outside Reykjavík and serves as the center of trade, culture and services for the north of Iceland. Akureyri is close to many of Iceland’s most renowned natural treasures, although the town itself is a popular destination. Enjoy an optional hike or join an excursion to the impressive Goðafoss waterfall.

Day 7 Grímsey

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
At Grímsey use your small boats to reach this green and grassy island. It is probably best known for its proximity to the Arctic Circle, which cuts across the island. You can have the chance to step across that line, North to South.

Day 8 Húsavík

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Húsavík is recognized as one of the best whale watching locations in the world, due to the island's thriving bay ecosystem. Melting snow and rivers bring nutrients from mineral-rich mountainsides which, when combined with the boundless summer sun, leads to teeming masses of plankton, the main source of food for baleen whales. Húsavík is also the oldest settlement in Iceland. The town’s most famous landmark is Húsavíkurkirkja, a wooden church built in 1907. Over the years, Húsavík has become an increasingly popular tourist center and is home to the Húsavík Whale Museum. After leaving the town, we sail past the Langanes peninsula.

Day 9 Bakkargerdi

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Bakkagerdi is the main settlement in Borgarfjörður. This area is known for its natural beauty and is “the land of the elves”. Puffin colonies abound in the fjord, making this a popular place for birdwatching. Bakkagerdi is off the typical tourist track and offers peace, quiet and lovely views. If you prefer more action, join us for an optional tour to the natural forest of Hallormsstaður. The Norwegian heritage of the village of Seyðisfjörður is reflected in colorful Nordic-style wooden houses dating from the early 20th century. The handcrafted architecture creates a truly unique identity in the settlement. Explore the town, join an organized hike or take an optional excursion to Skálanes.

Day 10 Heimaey

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Heimaey is the largest of the Westman Islands, which are located off Iceland's south coast, and is dominated by magnificent cliffs. These form natural habitats for many different seabirds, including puffins and kittiwakes. The islands are also a great place for spotting whales. In 1973, a huge volcanic eruption surprised the residents of Heimaey. It forced the entire population to evacuate and set sail to mainland Iceland. A large number of buildings were buried under lava and ash. Many were completely destroyed, but others were later unearthed and restored. An entire museum, Eldheimar, has been built around the remains of one of the homes.

Day 11 Reykjavik | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Your voyage of discovery and adventure ends in Reykjavik. 
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172-226 square feet. Outside cabin: Double bed, seating area, TV, refrigerator, shower/wc, limited or no view. (FJ 503 with twin beds).
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113-140 square feet. Outside cabin: One bed, one sofa bed, table, TV, refrigerator, shower/wc. (N-352 with upper/lower berths).
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118-252 square feet. Outside cabin: One bed, one sofa bed, table, TV, refrigerator, kettle, shower/wc. (U-526 with upper/lower berths).
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Arctic Superior F
183-248 square feet. Double bed, seating area, TV, refrigerator, kettle, shower/wc.
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Expedition Suite M
172-215 square feet. One room with seating area, TV, mini-bar, kettle, double bed, shower/wc.
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Expedition Suite MG
260-420 square feet. One room with private balcony, seating area, TV, mini-bar, kettle, double bed, shower/wc.

Notes

INCLUDED IN YOUR EXPEDITION:
  • Expedition in the cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis
  • Wind- and water-resistant jacket
  • Landings with small boats and activities on board and ashore
  • Professional English-speaking expedition team that gives lectures as well as accompanies landings and activities
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
NOT INCLUDED IN YOUR EXPEDITION:
  • International flights
  • Travel protection plan
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional excursions and gratuities
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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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