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Explore the top-rated Iceland small ship cruises below.  Adventure Life works with all the top-rated small ship cruise lines visiting Reykjavik, Akureyri, Isafjordur, Westman Islands (Vestmannaeyjar), and Heimaey Island, and we help match you with the perfect small ship and cruise itinerary for your specific tastes and needs. There are countless advantages to exploring on a small ship cruise versus a large cruise ship including avoiding crowds and being able to visit and explore smaller ports and scenic shorelines that large ships simply cannot access. The cost of Iceland small ship cruises start at $3,600 for a trip of 5 to 27 days in 2023. Tell us about your dream Iceland small ship cruise and our team of travel planners will help you make it a reality.  
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The blue lagoon in Iceland
$12,280
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A Circumnavigation of Iceland

Reykjavik - Reykjavik - 10 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Explorer
  • Meet Iceland’s people & culture
  • Actively explore Iceland's coasts
  • Experience Iceland’s unique geology
  • Travel with an expert team
Starts / Ends:
Reykjavik / Reykjavik
Activities:
Adventure Options, Kayaking, Land & Sea Exploration, Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Iceland’s geology in all its manifestations is world-class: glaciers, thundering waterfalls, immense cliffs, geothermal springs, boiling mud pots, and rock and lava-scapes of unearthly beauty. It alone makes a circumnavigation a very compelling idea. But when you add in components like …
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Traveler photographing the Jokulsarlon Glacier.
$15,540
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A Circumnavigation of Iceland

Reykjavik - Reykjavik - 10 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Resolution
  • Meet Iceland’s people & culture
  • Actively explore Iceland's coasts
  • Experience Iceland’s unique geology
  • Travel with an expert team
Starts / Ends:
Reykjavik / Reykjavik
Activities:
Adventure Options, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Iceland’s geology in all its manifestations is world-class: glaciers, thundering waterfalls, immense cliffs, geothermal springs, boiling mud pots, and rock and lava-scapes of unearthly beauty. It alone makes a circumnavigation a very compelling idea. But when you add in components like …
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Discover ancient cultures of the Orkney islands
$12,740
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Legendary Northern Isles: Scotland, Faroes, & Iceland

Bergen - Reykjavík - 13 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Explorer
  • Go back in time at Skara Brae
  • See the mysterious Ring of Brofgar
  • Walk through Jarlshof
  • Observe incredible birdlife
Starts / Ends:
Bergen / Reykjavik
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Sail beneath the midnight sun, overseas steeped in Norse mythology, and along the route of the boldest Vikings who ventured west. Meet the welcoming islanders who call the scenic Faroes home—Danes by nationality and Viking by blood. See the graves of their Viking ancestors and explore their …
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Crater Lake Viti on Krafla Volcano
$6,294
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Circumnavigating Iceland

Reykjavik to Reykjavik - 9 Day Itinerary aboard MS Fridtjof Nansen
  • Visit Snæfellsnes National Park
  • See fascinating landscapes
  • Experience bird and whale paradise
  • Step across the Arctic Circle
  • Take in the beauty of Bakkagerdi
Starts / Ends:
Reykjavik / Reykjavik
Activities:
Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Embark on a 9-day epic expedition to the majestic volcanoes, cascading waterfalls, and bubbling springs of Iceland, the land of ice and fire aboard MS Fridtjof Nansen. Start your expedition cruise in Reykjavik, then journey north to Stykkishólmur, doorway to the breath-taking …
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Walruses coming ashore in the arctic
$46,280
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The Northwest Passage

Reykjavik-Nome - 25 Day Itinerary aboard Le Commandant Charcot
  • Explore Reykjavik
  • Visit a traditional Inuit village
  • Discover the Aulavik National Park
  • Observe unique Arctic wildlife
Starts / Ends:
Reykjavik / Nome
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Depart from Reykjavik and set sail along the south coast of Greenland, before reaching theHudson Strait, named after the English sailor Henry Hudson, who mapped the region for the first time in the early 17th Century. Then chart a course towards theFury and Hecla Strait, named after the ships of …
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View of Reykjavik from the Church Tower
$13,895
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Four Arctic Islands: Spitsbergen, Jan Mayen, Greenland and Iceland

Helsinki to Reykjavik - 18 Day Itinerary aboard Ocean Adventurer
  • Explore the four Arctic Islands
  • Immerse in icy realm of the Arctic
  • Search for iconic arctic wildlife
  • Visit a remote Inuit community
Starts / Ends:
Helsinki / Reykjavik
Activities:
Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
This 18-day itinerary gives a generous sampling of the four unique Arctic regions. This voyage is ideal for first-time visitors who want a taste of everything the Arctic has to offer. Beginning in Iceland, your adventure takes you to the Denmark Strait, renowned for its stunning scenery and …
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The awesome landscapes of Iceland
$10,195
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Iceland Circumnavigation

Reykjavik - Reykjavik - 11 Day Itinerary aboard Sylvia Earle
  • Explore Látrabjarg bird cliffs
  • Explore glaciers, lakes, & beaches
  • Enjoy whale-watching in Húsavik
  • Tour Hornstrandir peninsula
Starts / Ends:
Reykjavik / Reykjavik
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Explore the "Land of Ice and Fire," where snow-capped mountains tower over glaciers and active volcanoes roar. In one of the most geologically active regions, you can stroll along a black sand beach littered with sparkling bergy bits, uncover geysers, fumaroles, and bubbling mud pools, or …
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The amazing Godafoss Waterfall
$7,265
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Circumnavigating Iceland: The Land of Elves, Sagas, and Volcanoes

Reykjavik - Reykjavik - 11 Day Itinerary aboard MS Fram
  • See Snæfellsnes National Park
  • Enjoy hikes to waterfalls
  • Go whale-watching near Husavik
  • Step across the Arctic Circle
Starts / Ends:
Reykjavik / Heimaey Island
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Discover remote fishing villages, spectacular bird colonies and the picturesque fjords, lakes and mountain peaks of Iceland, the land of ice and fire on this 11-day circumnavigation cruise aboard MS Fram. Depart from the vibrant city of Reykjavik, a modern city with fascinating natural and cultural …
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Wild Icelandic Horse grazing
$5,350
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Iceland Circumnavigation

Reykjavik - Reykjavik - 10 Day Itinerary aboard MS Seaventure
  • Explore Breidafjördur Bay
  • See Lake Myvatn Nature Reserve
  • Play golf in a volcano crater
  • Reach Vatnajökull Glacier
Starts / Ends:
Reykjavik / Reykjavik
Activities:
Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Embark the MS Seaventure on an exciting 10-day cruise across Iceland. Discover this magical land steeped in Viking tradition and unique volcanic landscapes. This cruise showcases Iceland's vast array of natural beauties and way of life. A number of thrilling shore excursions provide several …
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Gullfoss on the Golden Circle
$12,130
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Hot Springs and Eternal Ice

Reykjavik - Kangerlussuaq - 21 Day Itinerary aboard MS Seaventure
  • Explore Breidafjördur Bay
  • See Lake Myvatn Nature Reserve
  • Play golf in a volcano crater
  • Reach Vatnajökull Glacier
Starts / Ends:
Reykjavik / Kangerlussuaq
Activities:
Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Embark the MS Seaventure on an exciting 21-day cruise across Iceland and Greenland through the Denmark Strait. Discover this magical land steeped in Viking tradition and unique volcanic landscapes. This cruise showcases Iceland's vast array of natural beauties and way of life. A number of …
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Street view of old town Reykjavik
$6,780
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Wild Iceland Escape

Reykjavik - Reykjavik - 5 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Resolution
  • Explore Iceland's pristine fjords
  • Soak in geothermal hot springs,
  • Discover Westfjords' biodiversity
  • Watch out for humpback whales
Starts / Ends:
Reykjavik / Reykjavik
Activities:
Hiking, Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
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 …
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Enjoy northern lights on an Arctic cruise
$11,495
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Under the Northern Lights: Exploring Iceland & East Greenland

Roundtrip Reykjavik - 14 Day Itinerary aboard Ocean Adventurer
  • Search for iconic arctic wildlife
  • Wonder at the mountains and cliffs
  • View the amazing Aurora Borealis
  • Zodiac cruise to explore landscapes
  • Optional kayaking adventure
Activities:
Hiking, Kayaking, Photography Seminars, Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Experience two of the last unspoiled wilderness areas on the planet with a 14-day expedition aboard the Ocean Adventurer. Cruise along Iceland’s mountainous Vestfjords and Greenland’s remote northeast coast, home to the largest fjord system in the world, discover diverse and …
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Zodiac boats bring you closer to the majestic Arctic landscape
$7,595
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South & West Greenland and Disko Bay

Reykjavik - Kangerlussuaq - 14 Day Itinerary aboard Sea Spirit
  • Sail along picturesque fjords
  • Hear presentations by experts
  • Learn about Vikings and Inuit
  • Spot Arctic wildlife
Starts / Ends:
Reykjavik / Kangerlussuaq
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Find yourself among some of the most magnificent sceneries in the world on this inspiring 14-day cruise through South and West Greenland! While sailing aboard Sea Spirit, admire icebergs the size of city blocks and soaring mountains. The juxtaposition of glittering icebergs and verdant hillsides in …
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Late summer in West Greenland
$4,695
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In the Wake of the Vikings: A Voyage from Iceland to Greenland

Reykjavik - Kangerlussuatsiaq - 13 Day Itinerary aboard Ocean Endeavour
  • Search for whales
  • Discover Greenland’s beauty
  • Get close to glaciers
  • Wander the streets of Nuuk
  • Experience the village life
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Greenland’s east coast is just a short voyage from Reykjavík. Breathtaking fjords define this seldom-seen region. Whales and seabirds are abundant here. Photographers, birders, and hikers will be in awe. Villages around Greenland’s southern tip offer glimpses of the island's …
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Narwhal sighting in the Arctic
$4,600
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East Greenland Scoresby Sund - Basecamp

Reykjavik - Akureyri - 9 Day Itinerary aboard Ortelius
  • Spot whales during your cruise
  • Discover Scoresbysund
  • Explore Ittoqqortoormiit
  • Enjoy a unique iceberg attraction
Starts / Ends:
Reykjavik / Akureyri
Activities:
Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
This 9-day Arctic expedition cruise travels from east Greenland to Scoresby Sund across the Arctic Circle, the home waters of multiple species of whales. The expedition passes huge icebergs as it journeys into the largest and deepest fjord system in the world. The Northern Lights illuminate the …
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Exploring Greenland
$12,443
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The Heart of Greenland with Disko Bay

16 Day Itinerary aboard MS Fridtjof Nansen
  • Discover Disko Bay
  • Admire the stunning Arctic scenery
  • Learn more about local culture
  • Visit Ilulissat Icefjord
Starts / Ends:
Reykjavik / Reykjavik
Activities:
Hiking, Small Ship Cruises, Urban Exploration, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
This 16-day voyage begins and ends in Iceland, taking you to the western Greenlandic coastline with its charming scenery and many colorful settlements. You will meet the warm people who live here, and learn more about their traditions and modern culture. Disko Bay is also renowned for its Arctic …
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Itilleq community visit
$12,295
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Essential Greenland: Southern Coasts and Disko Bay

Reykjavik - Reykjavik - 15 Day Itinerary aboard Ultramarine
  • Search for iconic arctic wildlife
  • Explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Meet locals
  • Visit Norse historical sites
Starts / Ends:
Reykjavik / Reykjavik
Activities:
Kayaking, Land & Sea Exploration, Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Enjoy an ultra-immersive exploration of Greenland’s most remote regions, sailing the icy waters of the rarely traveled southeast coast, traveling down to the lush southern tip, and stopping to visit local communities and observe imposing glaciers of the west coast. Visits to picturesque …
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Northern lights dance across the Arctic landscape
$15,140
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Iceland's Wild West Coast to East Greenland

Reykjavik - Reykjavik - 12 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Endurance
  • Explore Northeast Greenland N. Park
  • Look out for unique widllife
  • Visit Scoresbysund
  • Observe Northern Lights displays
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Sail the route of early Viking explorers and discover a region of epic ice home to the Arctic’s iconic creatures: polar bears, whales, and vast seabird colonies. We will also be on the lookout for the Northern Lights along Greenland and Iceland at this time of year. Actively explore …
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