Day 1: ReykjavikReykjavik is the world’s northernmost capital. Home to 171,000 people, it is surrounded by glaciers, waterfalls, geysers and mountains. With its vast selection of restaurants, museums and shops tucked into narrow quaint streets, enjoy some time on your own to get acquainted with this charming town before your evening departure.
Day 2: GrundarfjörðurSometimes called “Iceland in a nutshell”, discover its diverse landscape including lava rock formations, glaciers, volcanoes, and springs as well as the richn bird life and picturesque landscape. Snæfellsnes shelters tiny fishing harbors protected by dark cliffs of columnar basalt. Enjoy the colors of the northern summer caught between the ever undulating ocean and the pristine slopes of Snæfellsjökull glacier.
In the afternoon, visit Stykkishólmur’s beautiful and well-preserved historic houses in the town center. Find various interesting museums, as well as Iceland’s oldest meteorological station dating back to 1845. Capture stunning photos of Stykkishólmur’s church which makes a beautiful landmark both from land and sea. Don’t miss its spectacular view over Breidarfjordur.
Day 3: Flateyri / Vigur IslandSpend the morning in Flateyri, a trading post and fishing village since 1792 with a lovely beach on the other side of the fjord. Enjoy your surroundings: mountains, water and sand.
Arrive at Vigur in the evening where puffins, eiders, guillemots and Arctic terns are abundant. Home to Iceland’s smallest post office in Iceland and only windmill, experience its charm and beautifully renewed houses.
Day 4: ÍsafjörðurWith a population of about 4,100, Ísafjörður is the largest town in the Westfjords area of Iceland. Take a stroll around this cozy town and enjoy its diverse architecture discovering the country's oldest dwelling along with fine timber homes built by wealthy foreign traders in the 18th century.
Day 5: Hornbjarg Cliff / SiglufjörðurReaching 534m (1,750ft), the Hornbjarg cliff is one of the largest seabird habitats in Iceland. Watch nesting birds take flight and soar gracefully around the mighty cliff face. After lunch explore Siglufjörður, a small village of 1,300 set among rugged landscape. Take the opportunity to savor the peace and tranquility emanating from Iceland’s natural surroundings.
Day 6: Akureyri / GrímseyAkureyri is a lively and energetic town and the most populated community outside of Reykjavík. Close to many of Iceland’s most renowned places of natural beauty, the town itself is a popular destination. Spend the day experiencing its culture before sailing towards Grímsey. Using PolarCirkel boats to reach the lush green island, enjoy setting foot on the Arctic Circle which cuts through Grímsey.
Day 7: Húsavík / LanganesHúsavík is the oldest settlement in Iceland. The Museum House at Húsavík houses a maritime, natural history and folk museum, as well as district and photo archives, and an art gallery. Also home to the Whale Museum, cultural life is flourishing here with its active and enthusiastic drama society being among the best amateur theatre groups in Iceland.
After a morning visit, continue to Langanes’ ruggedly wild coastal peninsula. Observe its steep cliffs while watching for gannet and Brünnichs guillermot from land.
Day 8: Seyðisfjörður / EskifjörðurWith colorful Norwegian-style wooden houses dating back to the early 20th century, Seyðisfjörður is like no other in Iceland. Enjoy walking trails around town, along the coast, and by the Fjarðará River for a relaxing tour. In the afternoon, visit Eskifjörður, a charming seaside village with historic buildings and piers. The attractive seafarers´ lodge remains unchanged since 1890, showing the ways of yesteryear´s fisheries trade – you can even sample the fish.
Day 9: Djúpivogur / HöfnCruise to Djúpivogur, a charming village located in a place of natural beauty. Langabúð, the oldest house in Djúpivogur, was originally built in 1790 and now serves as a cultural center housing sculptures by Ríkarður Jónsson, a heritage museum and a coffee-shop with delicious homemade cakes. Don’t miss the outdoor sculpture, Eggin í Gleðivík, comprised of 34 gigantic stone eggs displayed along the water. Land in Höfn in the afternoon located close to the biggest glacier in Europe, Vatnajökull.
Day 10: Vestmannaeyjar IslandsThe Vestmannaeyjar - or Westman Islands - are a group of 15 spectacular islands and about 30 rock pillars, located off Iceland’s south coast. The islands were formed by underwater volcanic eruptions creating steep sea cliffs which provide habitat for countless birds, including the charming puffin. If weather and sea conditions allow, visit Surtsey in the morning and Heimaey in the afternoon. Surtsey is a volcanic island, and the southernmost of Iceland. It was formed by an eruption below sea level and reached the surface in 1963. Heimaey is the largest of the Westman Islands and was one of Iceland’s most important fishing ports. Magnificent bird cliffs dominate this stunning volcanic island.
Day 11: ReykjavikDisembark the vessel saying farewell to fellow passengers and crew with fond memories and photographs to share of your journey.
The above itinerary is a guide only, as the exact program depends on weather and ice conditions and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Although travel insurance is not mandatory to participate in this voyage, ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends Emergency Medical/Evacuation coverage which includes coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property. ExpeditionTrips can assist you with this.
Onboard cabin accommodations; lectures, shore landings and guides; coffee and tea; suites include a range of additional complimentary amenities such as drinks with meals; wind and water-resistant jacket; passengers in Suites may be upgraded to business class on the flight from Kangerlussuaq to Copenhagen depending on availability.
International and local flights; travel insurance; luggage handling; passport and visa expenses; optional excursions and gratuities; fuel surcharge may apply.
Puffin photos by Judy Wilson