Day 1: Reykjavik / Hafnarfjordur, IcelandEmbark the luxury expedition vessel for introductions to experienced crew and fellow travelers. Settle in to life onboard as your Iceland cruise begins its voyage.
Day 2: Reykjavik / Hafnarfjordur, IcelandReykjavik, "The Bay of Smoke", is nestled in a bay that protects its dreamlike beauty from the wind. Iceland's capital is merely a stone’s throw away from the magnificent Icelandic outback, as evidenced by the large numbers of Arctic terns, wild geese and ducks found in the town center. Established around 874 C.E. by a Viking chief, the world’s northernmost capital is simultaneously fierce and fascinating. Nearby, amongst the rugged lava fields, natural springs throw their turbulent water towards the sky, performing an incredible geyser dance dressed in amber tones.
Day 3: Heimaey IslandFormed from a succession of underwater eruptions, the Westman Islands consist of 15 islands and around 30 islets. Discover Heimaey’s rich history and captivating landscapes. This exceptional site has a very pronounced relief comprised of vertiginous cliffs, reefs, sea caves, and surf. At the crossroads of the four elements, discover a land of fire and ebony, encircled by the sea. Gaze upward to admire a ballet of sea birds, including spectacular diving gannets.
Day 4: Grundarfjordur, IcelandGrundarfjordur is a small town, situated in the north of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Located in Iceland's west, Snæfellsnes Peninsula boasts dramatic and grandiose scenery. Set sail from the natural port of Grundarfjordur at the mouth of a beautiful fjord. Discover ancient volcanoes whose somber colors are starkly contrasted against the cobalt blue of the ocean. After the volcanic activity subsided and glaciers receded, rivers left their powerful mark as they wound their way through this remarkable landscape.
Guided by experienced naturalists, discover majestic Snæfellsjökul volcano on an optional excursion, which appears to guard over the peninsula from its 1,440 meter summit. Its legendary, almost-perfect conical shape is thought to be a gathering point of mysterious magnetic powers. Jules Verne chose here as the doorway to inner space in his fantastical book "Journey to the Center of the Earth".
Day 5: Grimsey Island, IcelandGrimsey is a little island located 40 km north of mainland Iceland and is crossed by the symbolic line of the Arctic Polar Circle. Formed by volcanic rock that has generated majestic basalt pillars, it is a delight for photographers. The island has been inhabited since the Vikings came to Iceland and legend says that it takes its name from the colonial sailor Grìmur who sailed from the region of Sogn in Norway. Home to fabulous wildlife; observe numerous bird colonies having chosen to nest along the jagged cliffs. Keep an eye out for the ‘‘clowns of the sea’’, better known as the Atlantic Puffins. While many travellers come here in order to cross the invisible line into the Arctic Circle, the island is also famed as a place to observe the Midnight Sun.
Day 6: Akureyri, IcelandNestled in a fjord, the charming capital of north Iceland sits along the banks of the Eyjajordur. Delight in colorful houses glowing in the light of the midnight sun. It is from this enchanting city that you will set out for Lake Myvatn, whose savage beauty has been sculpted by a succession of volcanic eruptions. The lake has a unique ecosystem as it lies at the crossroads of the great migratory routes and is a natural sanctuary for many bird species (Greylag geese, swans, ducks and Arctic terns). It’s a veritable paradise for ornithologists, and for those with a contemplative soul in search of secret spaces and mysterious charm. In this wild place, one’s imagination runs away with the landscape’s strange shapes. Legend has it that the trolls, elves and faeries of Iceland call this home.
Day 7: Isafjordur, IcelandExplore a route to the heart of the fjords of northwest Iceland, a wild land of lost valleys and steep cliffs. In this very isolated region, discover the Isafjördur fjord, undoubtedly one of the most beautiful in the country forged by ancient basaltic flows. The village of Isafjördur nestled at the back of the fjord between imposing mountains is a delightful little town that lives exclusively from fishing. The capital of the western fjords, its old wooden houses bear witness to its past as a major fishing port. With its landscape of bold and raw colors, Iceland offers lovers of wide open spaces an endless variety of unlimited pleasures.
Day 8: Reykjavik / Hafnarfjordur IcelandConclude your luxury expedition cruise of enchanting Iceland and disembark.
This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips.com is not responsible for itinerary changes.
All meals from dinner on the day of embarkation to breakfast on the day of disembarkation; port and safety taxes; gratuities; welcome aboard and captain’s cocktail parties, gala dinner; open bar; mineral water, tea, filter coffee, white, red and rosé wines served with meals; 24 hour room service (selected menu); evening entertainments and events, and/or organized shows; porterage from the quayside to the ship and vice versa; English-speaking guest-speaker (when applicable).
Flights; airport taxes; airport porterage; day rooms and other services at arrival and departure, before embarkation and after disembarkation; optional shore excursions (sold on board); other drinks not included in open bar; laundry services; visa expenses; disembarkation and access fees to restricted and protected areas; expedition photo disc and video (approx $85); insurances; personal expenses; fuel surcharge may apply.