Circumnavigation of Iceland
Wildlife, Active Geological Features, A Rich History, Rugged
Landscapes with Glaciers
11 Days | Departures:
6/20/20, 7/3/20, 7/16/18, 7/25/18 | From: $11,320
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Trip Highlights: A land of fire and ice,
hot springs, boiling mud, hot water geysers, glaciers, an ice
cap and Viking history in a modern European country.
Rates: $11,320 - $16,550
Shared cabins may be available in select cabin categories on
certain departures. Please enquire.
Child Rates: $500 off the double occupancy
rate (under 18 yrs)
Transfers between airport and ship if booked on group
flights; shipboard accommodations; kayaking; certified photo
instructor; video chronicle of your trip; all meals onboard
ship; most beverages onboard ship; crew gratuities. Subject
to change without notice.
Ship - National Geographic Explorer
- Luxury Expedition Ship
Achieve a full circumnavigation of Iceland guided
by expert naturalists. No country on earth of equal size contains
so varied and wonderful phenomena: glaciers, fjords, volcanoes,
geysers and Godafoss, the waterfall of the gods, all are here.
View Europe's largest icecap and discover the volcanic Westman
Islands. Explore hot springs, boiling mud pots and thundering
Godafoss Waterfall. Take a glacier walk, kayak and zodiac cruise
the serene bays.
Iceland only cruises: 6 - 13 days in Iceland -
departures June to Aug. - from $5,030
that include Iceland: options: Canada, Newfoundland,
Greenland, Svalbard, Norway, Scotland: 11 - 21 days, from
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Day 1: U.S. / Fly to Reykjavik, Iceland
Depart on an overnight flight to Reykjavik.
Day 2: Reykjavik / Embark
Arrive in Reykjavik,
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 Hallgrimskirkja Cathedral with its 210-foot
tower, and perhaps shed some light on Nordic culture at the
National Museum, with its Viking treasures and artifacts, and
unusual whalebone carvings on display. Embark National Geographic
Day 3 and 4: Explore the West Coast of Iceland
The ship navigates Iceland's wild western frontier,
sailing past the immense Latrabjarg cliffs, the westernmost
point of Iceland and home to a huge population of razorbills.
The cliffs are an area once famous for egg collecting; the men
were tied to ropes and lowered like spiders down onto the ledges.
Continue to Flatey Island, a trading post for many centuries,
for walks around the charming little hamlet that grew here,
and take a Zodiac cruise along the coast.
Day 5: Isafordur
Located in the
Western Fjords, Isafordur is surrounded by water on three sides,
sculpted by glaciers. Renowned for its traditional eider down
production, it is a picture postcard of traditional Icelandic
life and a great place for hiking, kayaking and for spotting
Day 6: Siglufjordur / Akureyri
was the center of Iceland's once-thriving herring industry.
Stop by the Herring Museum for a talk and a tasting. Continue
to picturesque Akureyri, backed by snow-capped mountains. Explore
the old town, with its beautifully maintained period houses,
or visit the botanical garden.
Day 7: Lake Myvatn / Husavik
Myvatn, the most geologically active area in Iceland. This is
world-class field geology! See the bizarre mud pools at Hverarond
- so hot they actually bubble. At the Krafla geothermal area
see the explosion crater at Viti and continue to an unforgettable
sight: Godafoss, the waterfall of the gods. Meet the ship in
Husavik, and watch for whales as you sail north to the land
of the midnight sun. Take Zodiacs ashore to the tiny island
of Grimsey, which lies exactly on the Arctic Circle. Celebrate
being officially in the Arctic, in the company of nesting arctic
terns, fulmars, and puffins in burrows, all bathing, courting
and fishing - another wonderful photo op.
Day 8: Exploring Northeast Iceland
plenty of rarely-visited coastline, this day is left open to
explore Iceland's rugged east coast. Join naturalists for a
hike or a Zodiac cruise to get a better view of the beautiful
stacks at the end of the peninsula. Or, conditions permitting,
you may have the first chance to kayak today under the steep
Day 9: Djupivogur, Iceland
vast Vatnaokull icecap and take the opportunity for either a
snowmobile or super jeep adventure. Via small boat, get up-close
and personal with the deep blue icebergs of the large ice lagoon
Day 10: Islands of Heimaey / Surtsey, Westman Islands
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 1963, the world witnessed on
film the birth of its newest island, Surtsey - a UNESCO World
Heritage Site - which you see on the cruise past the coast.
In 1973, Heimaey was threatened by lava flows that nearly closed
off its harbor. Visit the crater, where the earth is still hot,
and have amazing views of areas that had been engulfed by lava.
Day 11: Reykjavik / Home
circumnavigation of Iceland, disembarking in Reykjavik. Stop
by the famous Blue Lagoon thermal baths, prior to your flight
home. Whether you choose to enjoy the surreal bath and spa facilities
or just stroll around the fascinating environs, the Blue Lagoon
This itinerary is subject to change. We are not responsible for itinerary changes.
Certified Photo Instructor:
departures, a certified photo instructor will be at your
side and at your service to inspire and assist you. Take
advantage of talks, presentations, slideshows and “laptop
gallery” sharing events. All skill and interest levels are
welcome; the instructors can meet you wherever you are on
your journey. All you need to participate is a camera -
point-and-shoot, smartphone, DSLR, whatever - and a sense of
adventure. And you’re sure to return home with amazing
Optional Pre-Trip Extension:
Extend your stay in
Reykjavik, the world’s northernmost capital. Enjoy the
surreal Blue Lagoon, and have a guided in-depth experience
along the famed Golden Circle. From $1,290 per person. (1
Optional Post-Trip Extension:
Experience Iceland’s magnificent landscapes from a unique
viewpoint. Take a scenic helicopter tour to two different
glaciers where you’ll have the rare opportunity to go on a
glacier hike. From $7,990 per person. (3 Days) Optional
Post-Trip Extension: Venture to the very edge of the
Greenland ice sheet near the mighty Sermilik Fjord to
experience one of the most isolated places on Earth in
supreme comfort. This 6-day adventure includes an
exhilarating helicopter ride over Greenland’s epic
landscapes with icebergs drifting below and maybe even a
chance to spot a whale from the air. From $7,795 per person.
Transfers between airport and ship if
booked on group flights; shipboard accommodations; kayaking;
certified photo instructor; video chronicle of your trip;
all meals onboard ship; most beverages onboard ship; crew
gratuities. Subject to change without notice.
Airfare; visa/immigration fees; personal items such as
premium alcoholic beverages, Internet, laundry, etc.; fuel
surcharge may apply.
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