CIRCUMNAVIGATION OF ICELAND CRUISE 

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10 DAYS

ITINERARY SUMMARY
DayPlaceHighlights
Day 1Reykjavik, IcelandExplore Reykjavik, embark
Day 2Látrabjarg / Flatey IslandLátrabjarg cliffs, Razorbill birds, Zodiac cruising
Day 3Northern IcelandVisit the Westfjords area and Ísafjarðardjúp and land at Vigur Island
Day 4ÍsafjördurExplore Hornstrandir, see puffins, guillemots, razorbills and kittiwakes
Day 5Siglufjördur and AkureyriHerring muesum, snow capped mountains, period homes and botanical garden
Day 6Lake Mývatn and HúsavíkBubbling mud pools, explosion crater, Godafoss waterfall, whale watching, Island of Grimsey
Day 7Northeast IcelandRarely visited coastline, hiking and kayaking.
Day 8 Djúpivogur, IcelandExplore the icecap, ice lagoon of Jökulsárlón
Day 9Heimaey & Surtsey, Westman IslandsA crater where the earth is still hot, views of areas previously engulfed in lava
Day 10Reykjavik, IcelandThermal baths, hot springs, horse show
Icelandic-horses

SHIP OFFERING THIS ITINERARY

National Geographic Explorer

National Geographic Explorer was completely redesigned and rebuilt prior to being relaunched in 2008. The ship is equipped with an ice-strengthened hull and advanced navigation equipment making it ideal for Antarctic expeditions, and offers a well-appointed interior with vast expanses of glass for an unprecedented connection to the regions explored. The Explorer accommodates guests in 81 spacious outside cabins, most with feature windows and some with balconies. Public areas include a lounge and bar, a spa, fitness centre and sauna, and a choice of dining options that offer regionally inspired cuisine.

Day 1 Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik Iceland reflection

Arrive in Reykjavík, Iceland, the world’s northernmost capital city, which lies only slightly below the Arctic Circle and receives just four hours of sunlight in winter and 22 in summer. Enjoy a guided overview of the Old Town, including Hallgrímskirkja 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 Explorer.

Day 2 Látrabjarg / Flatey Island

National Geographic Explorer Iceland

Explore Iceland’s western frontier, cruising past the towering Látrabjarg 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 on to Flatey Island, a trading post for many centuries, and enjoy a walk around the charming little hamlet. Take a Zodiac cruise along the coast.

Day 3 Exploring Northwestern Iceland

National-Geographic-Iceland Bridled Guillemot

Explore the beautiful Westfjords region of Iceland. Here you can take a hike to a remote waterfall or cruise in a Zodiac alongside bird-covered cliffs. Enter Ísafjarðardjúp and land at Vigur Island to visit the Eider Farm and view the down cleaning process.

Day 4 Ísafjördur

National Geographic Explorer Puffin Iceland

Located in the Westfjords, Ísafjördur is surrounded by water on three sides, sculpted by glaciers. Explore Iceland’s northernmost peninsula Hornstrandir,  by Zodiac and watch for seabirds such as puffins, guillemots, razorbills, and kittiwakes, and bask in nearly 24 hours of daylight.

Day 5 Siglufjördur and Akureyri

National Geographic Explorer Icelandic Women

Siglufjördur was the center of Iceland’s once-thriving herring industry. Here you can visit the Herring Museum for a re-enactment and a tasting. Continue to picturesque Akureyri, with a backdrop of snow-capped mountains. Explore the old town which features beautifully maintained period houses, or visit the botanical garden.

Day 6 Lake Mývatn and Húsavík

National Geographic Explorer waterfall Iceland

Drive to Mývatn, the most geologically active area in Iceland. See the bizarre mud pools at Hverarönd which are 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 Húsavík, and keep your eyes on the water watching for whales as we sail north to the land of the midnight sun. Board the Zodiacs for a visit ashore to the tiny island of Grimsey, which lies exactly on the Arctic Circle. Here you can celebrate being officially in the Arctic. Here you will be in the company of nesting arctic terns, fulmars, and puffins in burrows, all bathing, courting and fishing.

Day 7 Exploring Northeast Iceland

National Geographic Explorer Photography

Spend today exploring Iceland’s rarely visited east coast. Take a Zodiac cruise along the rugged shoreline or perhaps join the onboard naturalists for a hike. If weather permits you can also take this opportunity to kayak along the bottom of the steep cliffs.

Day 8 Djúpivogur

National Geographic Iceland volcanic landscape

Today you will explore the vast Vatnajökull icecap. You can also add to the adventure a ride on a snowmobile or super jeep adventure. Take a small boat up close to the deep blue icebergs of the large ice lagoon of Jökulsárlón.

Day 9 Islands of Heimaey & Surtsey, Westman Islands

National Geographic Explorer Iceland

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 will see as you cruise past the coast. In 1973, Heimaey was threatened by lava flows that nearly closed off its harbor. Now you can visit the crater, where the earth is still hot, and have amazing views of areas that had been engulfed by lava.

Day 10 Reykjavik

Gullfoss Waterfall Iceland

Today you will arrive back in Reykjavik after completing the circumnavigation of Iceland. Spend the day enjoying the Blue Lagoon thermal baths or visit some local hot springs. You also have the option to visit the geothermal power plant and a horse farm before heading to the airport for your flight home.

To book this cruise contact us on 1300 323 194 or email: contact@arctictravelcentre.com.au

We will tailor the perfect holiday to suit your needs.