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Godafoss, One of the most famous waterfalls in Iceland.

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Roundtrip Reykjavik - Example 10 Day Cruise aboard SH Diana
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Embark on a 10-day cruise through Icelandic landscapes aboard the SH Diana. Discover Reykjavik's iconic sights, Thingvellir National Park, and Dynjandi Waterfall. Visit Isafjordur, Vigur Island, Grimsey Island, and Akureyri. Experience Seydisfjordur's vibrant culture and Djupivogur's unique art installation. Explore Vatnajökull National Park and Heimaey Island's history. Return to Reykjavik, exploring landmarks and immersing in history and art. Depart with unforgettable Icelandic memories.
Cityscape view of the town of Seydisfjordur, Iceland and its reflection on the water of sea fjord.Panorama of Heimaey island and city at Vestmannaeyjar archipelago, IcelandDynjandi WaterfallExplore volcanic Heimaey IslandGodafoss, One of the most famous waterfalls in Iceland.
Highlights
  • Explore the top of Hallgrimskirkja and enjoy panoramic views of Reykjavik
  • Discover the impressive Dynjandi Waterfall and walk through the cascades
  • Experience the bustling fishing town of Isafjordur and visit the Arctic Fox Center
  • Visit Vigur Island, home to seabird colony and historical landmarks
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Day 1: Reykjavik

Arrive at Reykjavik, relax and spend the overnight here preparing for your adventure.

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Day 2: Reykjavik | Embark

Despite its small size, you won’t be short of things to see and do in this diminutive but dramatic city. To get your bearings, take the elevator to the top of Hallgrimskirkja. This church, designed by famed Icelandic architect Gudjón Samuelsson, is one of the most distinctive buildings in town. When you return to earth, visit the city’s other renowned building, Harpa Concert Hall, located at the heart of Reykjavik's regenerated harbor and also the home of the Maritime Museum. Speaking of cultural spaces, tour the National Museum to learn the story of Iceland from past to present. The Reykjavik Art Museum houses an impressive contemporary collection, including eye-catching pieces by Erró. And, of course, just 50 kilometers outside the city lies Thingvellir National Park, the site of Iceland’s original Viking parliament.

Day 3: Dynjandi Waterfall

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Considered one of Iceland’s most impressive, this thunderous waterfall in the Westfjords region gives the impression of a bridal veil as it spreads its tumbling waters down a series of ever-growing cascades. Dynjandi is one of the most photographed sights in Iceland. Walking up to it takes 15 minutes, passing five smaller waterfalls. Nearby, Hrafnseyri is the birthplace of Jón Sigurdsson, the 19th-century leader of the Icelandic Independence movement. The museum includes an Icelandic turf house.

Day 4: Isafjordur | Vigur Island

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Surrounded by fjords in the Westfjords region, Isafjordur is a bustling fishing town in northwest Iceland with colorful wooden 18th- and 19th-century houses in the old town of Neskaupstadur. Isafjordur was one of the largest fisheries in Iceland, but tourism has now taken over. Nearby is Sudavik, home to the Arctic Fox Center. Iceland’s only mammal, the arctic fox, lives on the lush tundra of Hornstrandir Nature Reserve, the northernmost peninsula in the Westfjords with two of Europe’s largest bird cliffs.

The island of Vigur is a real pearl of the Western Fjords. The second-largest island in the fjord, measuring two kilometers by 400 meters, is a significant seabird colony that is home to arctic terns, puffins, black guillemots, and eider ducks. As one of only two inhabited islands in the fjord, Vigur is also the site of a single farm, which has been in the same family for generations. During your time on the island, you might see Iceland’s only windmill, the country’s smallest post office, and its oldest boat, which was built hundreds of years ago and was in regular use until relatively recently.

Day 5-6: Grimsey Island | Akureyri

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  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Grimsey is a remote island located 40 kilometers off Iceland’s north coast. Many people travel here for the purpose of setting foot in the Arctic Circle, the only place in Iceland where you can do so. The island is also home to fewer than 100 people but over one million seabirds. Birdlife thrives here thanks to the lack of egg predation (there are no rats or mice on the island) and the rich, well-stocked surrounding seas. Grimsey has one of Iceland’s largest tern nesting sites and largest puffin colonies.

Home to some 18,000 residents, Akureyri stands proud as the Land of Fire and Ice’s ‘Capital of the North’. It’s the gateway to some natural wonders, including the Myvatn region, Dettifoss waterfall, Godafoss waterfall, and Asbyrgi canyon. But before you rush off, take some time to explore: Iceland’s winsome second city is colorful, cozy, and utterly enchanting—even the red traffic lights are cute. Instagrammers will adore heart-shaped stop signs. Enjoy the quaint harborfront; climb the steps to the towering Akureyri Church; stroll around Lystigardurinn, the city’s Arctic botanical garden; visit the Laufás Turf Houses; get in the festive spirit early at the Christmas House (Jolahusid); admire the exhibits at the Akureyri Art Museum or the Hof cultural center; or take a dip in the outdoor, geothermal swimming pool.

Day 7: Seydisfjordur

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Regarded as the east Island’s cultural hub, brightly painted wooden houses line Seydisfjordur’s port. With a lively arts scene disproportionate to its small size, Seydisfjordur has attracted many writers and artists over the years and also hosts an annual summer arts festival. Surrounded by incredible nature, the Skálanes nature reserve is a short distance from the town. The area covered by the reserve is known for its diverse wildlife, with over 47 species of birds and over 150 plant species. Reindeer are also seen here, with seals and porpoises frequently spotted along the shores.

Day 8: Djupivogur

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Home to fewer than 500 residents, the quiet fishing village of Djupivogur dates back to the Viking era. Despite its formidable origins, the village is better known these days for its unhurried pace of life. Djupivogur’s most famous artistic offering may be the first thing you notice as you disembark. The 34 large granite eggs that line the road along the bay are not easy to miss. The art installation, named ‘The Eggs at Merry Bay’ (Eggin í Gleðivík in Icelandic), represents the 34 species of birds that nest locally. Immerse yourself further into the wild on a trip to nearby Vatnajökull National Park. Covering 14% of Iceland’s land mass, this vast area is home to giant ice caps, thundering glacial rivers, grumbling active volcanoes, and a host of other geological wonders. Take a guided tour out onto Vatnajökull Glacier, Europe’s largest ice cap, and experience the glory of true Icelandic wilderness for yourself.

Day 9: Heimaey

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A small 13-kilometre square island off the south coast of Iceland, Heimaey’s history has been surprisingly eventful. From the escape of 16th-century Irish slaves to the reaches of the Ottoman Empire and subsequent pirate invasions, the island was a place of danger and terror until the mid-18th century. Once these events subsided, for hundreds of years, the people of Heimaey assumed that their days of action were a thing of the past. That was until 1973, when residents awoke to a devastating volcanic eruption. Fissures over a kilometer wide snaked through the town, with the lava engulfing over 400 homes. Remarkably, only one person is thought to have died as a result of the eruption, with a quick rescue response ensuring that the 5,300 residents were swiftly evacuated to the safety of the mainland. Evidence of this recent geological activity can be seen just about everywhere on Heimaey and is the focus of the fascinating Eldheimar museum.

Day 10: Reykjavik | Disembark

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Your cruise ends in Reykjavik. Make sure there is sufficient time before you begin your journey home to explore this diminutive but dramatic capital city. Despite its small size, you won’t be short of things to see and do. To get your bearings, take the elevator to the top of Hallgrimskirkja. This church, designed by famed Icelandic architect Gudjón Samuelsson, is one of the most distinctive buildings in town. When you return to earth, visit the city’s other renowned building, Harpa Concert Hall, located at the heart of Reykjavik's regenerated harbor and also the home of the Maritime Museum. Speaking of cultural spaces, tour the National Museum to learn the story of Iceland from past to present. The Reykjavik Art Museum houses an impressive contemporary collection, including eye-catching pieces by Erró. And, of course, just 50 kilometers outside the city lies Thingvellir National Park, the site of Iceland’s original Viking parliament.

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New bookings made between April 15, 2024 to May 3, 2024, can take advantage of discounted rates on selected voyages for 2024. The promotion is only applicable to Ocean View and Balcony category staterooms, and the price indicated is per person based on double occupancy. Single supplements may be charged. Additional restrictions may apply. Contact a Trip Planner for more details.
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Included
  • 8 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 8 Dinners
  • 9 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Room Service 
  • Wifi
  • Coffee, tea, soft drinks and selected alcoholic beverages available 24-hours per day
  • Lecture programs by our experienced expedition team and guest speakers
  • Onboard gratuities & port taxes
  • Branded Swan Hellenic expedition parka and use of rubber boots in Polar Regions.
  • Group return transfers from the airport to the cruise port (via our included accommodation where applicable)
  • One night pre-cruise accommodation with breakfast in a 4/5-star hotel or onboard
  • One selected shore excursion/expedition activities per port of call (Kayak not included, bookable for a fee on board)
  • Regional flights start or end at the ports of embarkation/disembarkation in Longyearbyen and Kangerlussuaq.
Excluded
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Passport and Applicable Visa Expenses
  • We recommend every traveler to take out a travel cancellation insurance, travel interruption insurance and a travel health insurance policy with an assumption of the return transport costs of repatriation

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