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Wild Iceland Escape

Reykjavik - Reykjavik - Example 5 Day Cruise aboard National Geographic Resolution
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Discover why Iceland is known as the “land of fire and ice” on a voyage to the remote fjords and volcanic isles along the country's western coast. Venture across the stark landscape of an island formed by volcanic eruptions, where the ground is still warmed by geothermal activity. Set out by Zodiac to view towering cliffs teeming with nesting seabirds and snow-capped plateaus rising into the clouds. Explore the legacy of Viking explorers and intrepid fishermen as you visit historic villages and navigate dramatic shorelines from the wild Westfjords region to the volcanic Westman Islands. 
Red house on a fjord in IcelandStrokkur Geyser bubbling upIcelandic RamsArctic puffinsView of Reykjavik from the Church TowerStreet view of old town Reykjavik
Highlights
  • Explore Iceland's pristine fjords and dramatic waterfalls
  • Soak in geothermal hot springs, hike over cooled lava fields at Surtsey
  • Discover the rich biodiversity of the remote Westfjords
  • Watch for humpback and minke whales
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Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.
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Day 1: Arrive Reykjavík, Iceland | Embark

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  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive in Reykjavík, the world’s northernmost capital, which lies only a fraction below the Arctic Circle and receives just four hours of sunlight in winter and 22 in summer. Have a guided overview of the Old Town, including Hallgrímskirkja Cathedral with its 210-foot tower, and perhaps shed some light on the Nordic culture at the National Museum, with its Viking treasures and artifacts, and unusual whalebone carvings on display. Embark National Geographic Resolution.

Day 2: Djúpavík

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy a leisurely morning at sea, learning about Iceland and its incredible diversity.  We will spend the afternoon on the remote eastern side of the Westfjords to experience rural Iceland.  This corner of Iceland is difficult to access and is seldom visited by many people but boasts spectacular beauty and rich history.  We will take advantage of the dramatic landscape of the fjord to offer hiking, leisurely explorations of the tundra, and perhaps photography of wildflowers.  The tiny town of Djúpavík held its place on the map because of the golden age of herring.  During its heyday in the 1930s, its herring plant was the largest concrete structure in Iceland.  The plant closed in 1954 but remains as a small museum and a memory of the rich productivity of the herring industry in Iceland.  We’ll visit the museum and learn about the significance of this resource to all of Iceland in the 20th century.

Day 3: Arnafjörður

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the early morning, the ship will glide into beautiful Arnafjörður, along the northwest coast of Iceland.  For a more active experience, disembark early and hike several miles along the base of the fjord to visit spectacular Dynjandi Waterfall.  Alternatively, join the expedition staff on the bow of the ship as you venture ever deeper into the fjord and then go ashore by Zodiac to walk up to the base of the waterfall, passing nesting arctic terns along the way.  

Day 4: Islands of Surtsey | Heimaey, Westman Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The Westman Islands were formed by undersea volcanoes between 5,000 and 10,000 years ago and are among the youngest of the world’s archipelagos. In 1973, Heimaey was threatened by lava flows that nearly closed off its harbor. Drive between the two volcanoes of the island then visit the ruins of old Viking houses dating back to the year 900 AD. Opt to hike up Eldfell volcano, formed during the 1973 eruption, and have amazing views of areas that were engulfed by lava. In some places, the ground is still warm with thermal vents.  Watch for nesting Atlantic puffins and gannets along the shores of the island. In 1963, the world witnessed on film the birth of its newest island, Surtsey—a newly designated UNESCO World Heritage Site—which you see as you cruise past the coast.

Day 5: Reykjavík, Iceland | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Today, complete the circumnavigation of Iceland, disembarking in Reykjavík. Choose to visit the famous Blue Lagoon thermal baths or enjoy a visit to a hot spring, a geothermal power plant, and an Icelandic horse farm, prior to flights home. Alternatively, join them for one of the optional post-voyage land extensions and continue your explorations of this amazing country!

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Fore Deck with two large windows, Alcove seating, Relax chair 183 square ft. #406, 408, 411, 413, 415. Standard Cabin Amenities
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Fore Deck with two large windows, Alcove seating, Relax chair 205 square ft. #410, 412, 414, 416-419, 421-427
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Main Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa 205 square ft. #512-524
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Bridge Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa 205 square ft. #708, 709, 711, 713
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Bridge Deck—Junior Balcony Suite with large balcony, sofa bed 344 square ft. #710
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Bridge Deck—Large Balcony Suite with large balcony, sofa bed, bathtub, walk-in closet 430 square ft. #700-707, 712, 714-717
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Main Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa 140 square ft. #504-510, 513
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Lounge Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa 140 square ft. #604, 606, 609, 611

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Rates are capacity-controlled and are subject to change without notice.
Included
  • 4 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners
  • 4 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Complimentary Parka - available only for the duration of the voyage.
  • Non-Alcoholic Beverages
  • All airport transfers mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Use of snorkeling equipment, wet suits, and kayaks (where available)
  • Services of the expert expedition team and guest speakers
  • Shore excursions, sightseeing, entrance fees, and special access permits
  • Taxes, service charges, and tips (except for ship’s crew, at guests’ discretion)
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Additional Hotel Nights 
  • Private Transfers
  • Expedition Extensions 
  • Laundry 
  • Air transportation (except when indicated in the itinerary, as included)
  • Passport, visa, and immigration fees
  • Special and unique excursions such as scuba diving, flightseeing, etc. (where offered)
  • Alcoholic beverages (alcohol is included on select ships)
  • Items of personal nature
  • Phone and Internet Service
  • Gratuity for ship’s crew, at guests’ discretion (crew tips are included on select ships
  • We strongly recommend our guests to take Travel Protection Plan. A Plan with comprehensive coverage to protect you from cancellation fees, costs incurred due to trip delays/interruption, damaged or lost baggage, medical assistance, and evacuation during your travels

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