Circumnavigation of Iceland
Wildlife, Active Geological Features, A Rich History, Rugged
Landscapes with Glaciers
11 Days | Departures:
6/28/18, 7/7/18, 7/16/18, 7/25/18 | From: $10,270
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: $10,270 - $21,350
$14,860 or $15,450, or can match with other solo passengers
to share a cabin
Child Rates: $500 off the double occupancy
rate (under 18 yrs)
Rate Includes: Transfer
to/from ship if booked on group flights; most beverages; certified
photo instructor; use of kayaks; video chronicle of your trip;
parka; 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.
Land Based - 11 days in Iceland - 5
departures May to Sept. 2017 - from $7,898
that start or end in Iceland - options: Newfoundland,
Greenland, Svalbard, Norway, Scotland - 8-19 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: 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 4: 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 5: 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 6: 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 7: 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 8: 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 9: 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 10: 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. ExpeditionTrips.com
is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Special Photo Expedition: 7/4/2017, 7/12/2017
Join National Geographic photographer Jason Edwards
on board for this special photo expedition. Australian photographer
Jason Edwards is the face of National Geographic Channel's
Pure Photography. Jason began his career as a wildlife
and natural history photographer at the Melbourne Zoo, where
he spent 11 years working as a carnivore and primate husbandry
specialist for the Zoological Board of Victoria. He has photographed
in dozens of countries, his commissioned assignments having
taken him to every continent in the world.
Special Photo Expedition: 7/20/2017, 7/28/2017
Join National Geographic photographer Karen Kasmauski
on board for this special photo expedition. Karen has produced
25 stories for National Geographic magazine on topics
ranging from earthquakes in Japan to oil exploration in Alaska.
She finds the personal stories behind the headlines, blending
a warm human sensitivity with a photographer's eye for detail
to distill global issues into resonant images.
Special Photo Expedition: 8/5/2017
National Geographic photographer Todd Gipstein on board
for this special photo expedition. Todd has been a photographer,
writer, producer, and lecturer for more than 40 years. He has
worked with National Geographic since 1987. For many years,
he was the Geographic's Director of Multi-Image and an Executive
Producer of Media. His photographs have been published in
National Geographic and Traveler magazines
and in many books.
Certified Photo Instructor:
On all 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
meals onboard and most alcoholic beverages; services of expedition
staff and expert guides; use of kayaks; port charges and service
taxes; bar tab and gratuities to ship's crew. Subject to change
transportation; visa/immigration fees; personal items such as
premium alcoholic beverages, emails, laundry, etc.; fuel surcharge
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