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Reykjavik Round-trip

2022 - Example 11 Day Cruise aboard Silver Whisper
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If your idea of a perfect holiday has more to do with stunning scenery and adventurous escapism than lying on a beach in the sweltering sun, then this is the ideal experience for you. Join us on this circumnavigation of Iceland’s rugged shores, discovering wonderful crowds of birdlife clinging to dramatic cliffs, roaring waterfalls and soaring volcanoes. Sail 60 km from the Arctic circle amid the epic and eccentric scenery that has made the Land of Fire and Ice a number one travel destination.
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Highlights
  • Kayak to amid the scenery, or venture to meet Puffins at Seydisfjordur
  • Visit the sprawling waterfalls in the Vatnajökull National Park
  • View the dramatic and historic island of Heimaey
  • Explore Husavik – Iceland’s self-declared “Whale Capital of Iceland”
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Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Reykjavik, Iceland | Embark

The capital of Iceland’s land of ice, fire and natural wonder, Reykjavik is a city like no other - blossoming among some of the world’s most vibrant and violent scenery. Home to two-thirds of Iceland’s population, Reykjavik is the island’s only real city, and a welcoming and walkable place - full of bicycles gliding along boulevards or battling the wind when it rears up. Fresh licks of paint brighten the streets, and an artistic and creative atmosphere embraces studios and galleries - as well as the kitchens where an exciting culinary scene is burgeoning. Plot your adventures in the city's hip bars and cosy cafes, or waste no time in venturing out to Iceland’s outdoor adventures. Reykjavik’s buildings stand together in a low huddle - below the whip of winter’s winds - but the magnificent Hallgrímskirkja church is a solid exception, with its bell tower rising resolutely over the city. 

Day 2: Patreksfjordur

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sitting in the finger-like scenery of the Westfjords - which flays out from the mainland to form one of Europe’s most westerly points, Patreksfjordur has barely 700 inhabitants and - like so many Icelandic communities - is built on time-tested fishing traditions. Discover wonderful crowds of birdlife clinging to the dramatic cliffs, as you embark on adventures amid the Westfjords, discovering flat-topped mountains, cutting inlets and evocative, windswept beaches. With their bright beaks and amiable features, puffins are some of the most beautiful birds in the world - and they nest in huge quantities on Látrabjarg cliff, close to Patreksfjordur. Vertically steep and imposing, the birds are safe from predators like foxes here, as they live and breed on the dramatically steep drop-offs. Wander to see them thriving in their natural habitat, clinging to cliff ledges.

Day 3: Siglufjordur

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A tiny town in the scenic north of Iceland, cosseted away by a jagged wall of mountain peaks, Siglufjordur is an isolated gem. With just over a thousand residents, Siglufjordur takes its name from the glassy fjord that stretches out nearby. Iceland's northernmost town, only a single-lane road tunnel, bored through the snow-capped mountains, provides a land link with the rest of the country. This evocative remoteness appealed to dark Nordic Noir writers - and the town has found recent fame as the star of the TV show Trapped. A much warmer welcome awaits you in real life than in fiction - fortunately. Siglufjordur is a historic Atlantic capital of herring fishing, and you can learn of the industry that gave the town its raison d'etre, and powered Iceland's economy at the award-winning Herring Era Museum.

Day 4: Akureyi

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Iceland’s Capital of the North is the gateway to a thrilling land of roaring waterfalls, soaring volcanoes and glorious wildlife. It may lie a mere 60 miles from the Arctic Circle, but Akureyi blossoms with a bright, cosmopolitan feel, and explodes into life during the summer months, when its outdoor cafes and open-air bathing spots fill up with visitors ready to immerse themselves in Iceland’s cinematic scenery. Feel the thundering impact of Iceland’s celebrated natural wonders shaking your bones at Godafoss Waterfalls, known as the ‘Waterfalls of the Gods’. Here, the Skjálfandafljót river unleashes a colossal torrent of water over charcoal-black rocks below. Or, find some peace at the Botanical Gardens, which opened in 1957 and offer space for contemplation - amid plants that bloom with unexpected vibrancy, even at this northerly latitude.

Day 5: Husavilk

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
There's simply nowhere better than Husavilk - the European capital of whale watching - for getting up close and personal with the majestic giants of the ocean. Feel the awe as whales breach the waves around you, before gulping in air and plunging away with almighty tale flicks. Pretty Husavik is framed by the majestic Húsavíkurfjall mountain, which swells up behind, creating a stunning backdrop for the town's tiny wooden warehouses, cherry red houses and undulating fishing ships. The little wooden church has been a beacon of light, guiding tired fishermen back to the shores of Iceland's oldest settlement, since 1907. Let the wind rip through your hair and the sea speckle your face, as you ride waves out among the region's almighty marine creatures, who throw their weight around so spectacularly. Sail among gentle giants in Shaky Bay, spotting humpbacks, minke whales and the world's biggest – blue whales. 

Day 6: Seydisfjordur

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A world of tumbling waterfalls and colorful creativity, Seydisfjordur is Iceland at its most epic and eccentric. A spectacular fjord lends the town its name, and the structures are dwarfed by this majestic setting, as they huddle around its glassy waters. Sail around the fjord, head out on a kayak amid the scenery, or venture to meet Puffins and other nesting birds settled on sharp cliffs. Encounter sea lions, or try some fishing as you immerse yourself in this highlight of the wild and wonderful Eastfjords. Herring fishing sustained this settlement founded by Norwegians in 1848, leading to a town of colorful wooden buildings, which gleam white against the moody scenery's palette, providing a spirit-lifting splash of color during the harsh winter months. A rainbow pathway leads to a pretty, pastel-blue church and there's more local art and culture to unravel at Skaftfell, which displays bright and bold contemporary art.

Day 7: Djupivogur

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Slow the pace, and discover the refreshing approach to life that Djupivogur has made its trademark. You can leave your phone behind as you step out into this Icelandic town, which has won awards celebrating its leisurely outlook and stubborn rebellion against the frenetic pace of modern life. After all, who needs emails and notifications when you have some of the most humbling monochrome scenery and gashed fjords, waiting on your doorstep? Sitting on a peninsula to the south-east of Iceland, the glacial approach to life here wins many hearts. A place where hammers knock on metal in workshops, artists ladle paint onto canvases, and wild ponies roam across mountains, Djupivogur is an uninhibited artistic hub - full of makers and creatives. The most expansive project is the 34 egg sculptures that dot the coastline, created by the Icelandic artist, Sigurður Guðmundsson. Each egg represents a different native bird species.

Day 8: Runavík

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The unexplored, unspoilt and frankly unbelievable Faroe Islands are the enigma of the travel industry. Sandwiched in between two rather more seductive countries – Norway and Iceland, this little cluster of 18 islands is overlooked by many. More fool them we say, as the Faroe Islands are as fascinating as they come. Runavik, on the southern tip of, the Faroe’s second-largest isle, Eysturoy is the epitome of off the beaten track travel. One step off the ship and you will be engulfed by some quite staggering, magnificent and untouched nature. Unsurprisingly, outdoor pursuits are a big thing here: hiking of all levels is recommended in order to experience the very grandeur of the landscape (the beautiful lake Toftavatn offers spectacular views), but if that is too strenuous, boat trips in traditional Faroese wooden boats are not only a chance to see the scenery from the water, but a thrilling adventure too.

If the weather isn’t being too friendly – an occupational hazard in the Faroe Islands – then head to one the local museums to learn all about the history of this island. Often housed in restored farmhouses or parsonages, visitors get a chance to see how the Faroese used to live. While you are there, ask one of the locals to tell you one of the region’s fascinating legends; like many Nordic countries, the inherent belief in elves, undersea creatures and “rocking stones” (yes, really) is taken as gospel truth. The coasts of Eysturoy could be considered an Important Bird Area. Binoculars at the ready!

Day 9: At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is going to the gym, visiting the spa, whale watching, catching up on your reading or simply topping up your tan, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.

Day 10: Heimaey, Westman Islands

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Rising like craggy icebergs from the waves, Heimaey and the Westman Islands are a perfect example of nature’s extraordinary power to both create and destroy. Haunted by the same volcanic forces that once forged the islands, it was only the brave actions of the island’s villagers - who stopped the flow of lava from the Eldfell volcano with a wall of seawater - that saved this charming whitewash wooden town from destruction. The volcano that exploded in 1973 made headline news around the globe and saw the islanders evacuated during an elaborate rescue mission. Learn more of the most fateful day in the islands’ history at the museum, and see houses - charred black by lava - which have been salvaged and exhibited, frozen in time. The volcanic forces created a beautiful mosaic of craggy islands, just off-shore from the mainland.

Day 11: Reykjavik | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast aboard the ship, disembark Reykjavik.

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The night lights of Akureyri Flock of gulls A polar bear rests on an iceberg Grass-roofed houses of the Faroe Islands Stunning Icelandic Countryside Historic town of Husavik on the North Coast

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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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