Discover the stunning beauty and distinct culture of Iceland during a unique cruise that circumnavigates the “land of fire and ice.” 

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 Breaching whale in Icelandic waters  The colorful capital of Reykjavik, Iceland  Landscape of Isafjordur in the West Fjords  Siglufjordur, Iceland's northernmost town  Iceland's Namaskard geothermal area near Lake Mývatn  Volcanic steam vent  Landscape of Skutustadir, near Lake Myvatn  Godafoss Waterfall  Puffins along the cliffs of Iceland  Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon in Vatnajokull National Park  Heimaey Island

Iceland Voyage

A Circumnavigation Cruise Aboard the 220-guest Le Soléal

9 days from $5,995

Discover the stunning beauty and distinct culture of Iceland during a unique cruise that circumnavigates the “land of fire and ice.” 

or Call 855-330-1542

SPECIAL OFFER

Save $1,000 per person when you book by January 9, 2017!

Included air from Boston, JFK, Newark, Philadelphia, Toronto and Washington-Dulles. Air from Chicago and Minneapolis is an additional $200 per person. Air from Portland, Denver, Seattle and Edmonton (Canada) is an additional $300 per person. If you wish to purchase air on your own, a $600 credit is available. Please call for more information. 

Overview

Discover the stunning beauty and distinct culture of Iceland during our unique cruise that circumnavigates the “land of fire and ice.” Learn about the island’s geologic wonders, see migrating birds and whales, and come to understand the unique Icelandic culture.

Highlights Include:

  • Reykjavik: Learn about Icelandic history and culture at the National Museum.
  • Ísafjördur: Discover this charming fishing town and bastion of traditional Icelandic culture and tour the Maritime Museum.
  • Northern Wonders: Witness legendary Godafoss waterfall, Lake Myvatn, amazing lava towers, unique craters, and a geothermal field, plus cruise to Grimsey Island, located on the Arctic Circle.
  • Stunning East Coast: Enjoy a full-day excursion to the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and view the spectacular Vatnajokull Glacier, Iceland’s largest ice cap. 
  • Southern Coast: Tour the fascinating “Fire Mountain” of Eldfell to see ancient Viking ruins and still-warm lava fields on Heimaey Island and cruise past Surtsey Island, a World Heritage site. 

To see itinerary, please click on an option below.

Itinerary

Day 1 — Depart the U.S.

Day 2 — Reykjavik, Iceland

This morning, arrive in Reykjavik, the world’s northernmost capital, inhabited by one‑half of the country’s total population of 300,000. After breakfast, begin the city tour at the recreational sports area of Laugardalur, where geothermal water keeps an Olympic-sized swimming pool open year round. Continue to the Pearl, Reykjavik’s landmark glass dome built atop six 10-story hot water tanks, an architectural wonder as well as an amazing feat of engineering. Tour the National Museum for a comprehensive overview of Iceland’s history, culture and heritage. The museum holds nearly 3,000 objects and artifacts dating back from the A.D. 874 settlement to present day. Drive past the colorful houses of central Reykjavik while transferring to the Le Soléal. (B,D)

Day 3 — Isafjördur

Enjoy the morning cruise to the awe-inspiring West Fjords, docking in Isafjördur, a vibrant center of art and culture. See the ruggedly stunning mountains of the Djup, the dominant fjord of this extreme region. Stop at the open-air museum of Osvor to see a restored 19th-century “fishing outfit”—traditional fisherman’s huts and fishing equipment that depict a vivid picture of the lives of generations of coastal Icelanders. Then, tour Isafjördur’s West Fjords Maritime Museum for insight into the climatic and geographical challenges faced by residents of this remote outpost.

Enjoy a specially arranged, private tasting of traditional Icelandic refreshments including dried fish, shark, and schnapps. Attend the captain’s welcome reception this evening. (B,L,R,D)

Day 4 — Siglufjördur / Akureyri

Iceland’s northernmost town, picturesque Siglufjördur is a small, historic fishing town built from the herring industry boom. Here, visit the award-winning Herring Era Museum and enjoy watching a lively, music-filled performance of historical herring salting methods. Afterward, sample traditional rye bread, local herring and Icelandic schnapps. Tour the Folk Music Center to learn more about Iceland’s musical heritage and hear Icelandic musical instruments from centuries past, followed by lunch in a local restaurant in Siglufjördur. Spend the afternoon at leisure in Akureyri, a charming fishing port nestled beneath the mountains of Eyjafjördur, one of Iceland’s longest fjords. Explore the extensive collection of Icelandic flora in the Botanical Gardens. (B,L,D)

Day 5 — Húsavík for Lake M´yvatn / Arctic Circle / Grimsey Island

Enjoy an excursion through northern Iceland’s unique landscapes, stopping at Namaskard, a steaming field of boiling, sulfurous mud pots, and the distinctive pseudo craters at Skútustadir, formed when hot lava flowed over the wetlands 2,300 years ago. Walk among the surreal lava formations of Dimmuborgir, the rocky basin of a former lava lake, and drive along the shores of cerulean Lake Myvatn, a haven for Iceland’s bountiful wild ducks. Look for the sleek harlequin duck and the black-and-white Barrow’s goldeneye, a species that nests nowhere else. Continue to Godafoss, “Waterfall of the Gods.” According to legend, this spectacular waterfall earned its name when an Icelandic chieftain threw wooden statues of his Norse gods into its crashing waters, signifying his conversion to Christianity.

This afternoon, cruise to Grimsey Island, bisected by the Arctic Circle and the northernmost inhabited territory in Iceland. Visit quaint Grimsey Church, built out of driftwood in 1867. Then, officially cross into the Arctic Circle, the top of the world, where the island is treeless but lush with grasses and mosses. Despite its remote Arctic latitude, its weather is mild year round. You will see thriving populations of seabirds, especially auks. Their black and white coloring is similar to a penguin’s, but auks have the distinct ability to fly above and dive into the Arctic waters. (B,L,D)

Day 6 — At Sea

Today, delight in the passing scenery as you cruise along the east coast of Iceland and attend educational lectures on board. (B,L,D)

Day 7 — Djúpivogur for Jökulsárlón

Enjoy a full-day scenic excursion along Iceland’s stunning east coast from Djúpivogur to the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. Board a small boat for a private, specially arranged cruise amongst the breathtaking icebergs of this spectacular lagoon. An unforgettable experience, cruise in view of Europe’s largest glacier, Vatnajökull, and actually touch the ice that has calved into the lagoon off the outlet glacier, Breidamerkurjökull.

Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant near the lagoon before continuing on for a panoramic tour of scenic Hofn, a small fishing village known for its stunning mountain views. (B,L,D)

Day 8 — Vestmannaeyjar (Heimaey Island) / Cruise Surtsey Island

Arrive at fascinating Heimaey Island, also known as Vestmannaeyjar, where the tall cliffs are inhabited by puffin, fulmar and guillemot bird species. The island experienced a volcanic eruption in 1973, causing the formation of Mount Eldfell (“Fire Mountain”). See the lava fields which are still warm to the touch almost 40 years later. Stop at the precipitous headland of Storhofdi to observe Heimaey’s largest puffin colony and to take in magnificent views of the glaciers on the mainland.

This evening, cruise around Surtsey Island, a World Heritage site. Created during volcanic eruptions between 1963 and 1968, it is the youngest island in the world and one of the most fragile; scientists are carefully monitoring the evolution of its flora and fauna.

This evening, join your traveling companions for the captain’s farewell reception. (B,L,R,D)

Day 9 — Depart for the U.S.

Disembark and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the U.S. (B)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)