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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 Landscape of Isafjordur in the West Fjords  Breaching whale in Icelandic waters  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  The colorful capital of Reykjavik, Iceland

Iceland Voyage

A Circumnavigation Cruise Aboard the 220-guest Le Soléal

9 days from $7,395

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

Overview

Remote and once difficult to visit, Iceland has emerged as a top travel destination due to its breathtaking landscapes and geologic formations, myriad bird life, and friendly hospitality. This unique cruise, which circumnavigates the island, offers an exceptional opportunity to experience Iceland, unlike most visitors. You’ll go off the beaten path to places of immense beauty and interest by boat, as the Vikings did when they first arrived. 

Highlights Include

  • Reykjavik: Learn about Iceland’s heritage at the National Museum, where nearly 3,000 objects trace its history from an early Viking settlement. Plus, a city tour showcases the capital’s lively, cosmopolitan ambiance.
  • Westfjords: This peninsula is one of Iceland’s most dramatically beautiful areas, yet one of its least visited due to its remote location. Take in breathtaking landscapes, including the mountainous fjord of Djup; stop at the open-air museum of Osvor with its restored19th-century fishing village; and tour Ísafjördur’s Maritime Museum, which illustrates the climatic and geographic challenges faced by residents.
  • Northern Wonders: Spend a day near cerulean Lake Myvatn, where volcanic activity—both past and current—is seen in a steaming geothermal field, unique craters, and surreal lava formations, while another highlight is legendary Godafoss, “waterfall of the gods.” You’ll also cross the Arctic Circle on an afternoon cruise to Grimsey Island, a birdwatcher’s paradise.
  • Stunning East Coast Glacier: Enjoy a full-day excursion to the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, where a small private boat offers an up-close view of dramatic icebergs as well as the scenic backdrop of Vatnajokull, Europe’s largest glacier. Please note, August 15, 2018, departure will not visit Jokulsarlon but will see Snæfellsjökull glacier. 
  • Southern Islands: At Heimaey Island witness one of Iceland’s largest puffin colonies nesting amid tall cliffs and see “Fire Mountain” or Mount Eldfell with its still-warm lava fields. Cruise past Surtsey Island to view this fragile, young island, designated a World Heritage site. 

Activity Level 3: Advanced

*During this voyage, we will share the ship with other leading cultural and educational institutions, which will add to the excitement and energy of the experience.

Itinerary

Day 1 — Depart

Depart from the U.S. or Canada.

Day 2 — Reykjavik, Iceland

This morning, arrive in Reykjavík, the world’s northernmost capital, inhabited by one‑half of the country’s total population of 300,000. See the idyllic recreational sports area of Laugardalur, or Hot Spring Valley, where geothermal water keeps an Olympic-sized swimming pool open year round. Continue to the Pearl, Reykjavík’s landmark glass dome built atop six 10-story hot water tanks—an architectural wonder as well as an amazing feat of engineering—and admire a captivating view from across the dome’s observation deck. Tour the National Museum for a comprehensive overview of Iceland’s history, culture, and heritage. It exhibits nearly 3000 objects and artifacts dating from the A.D. 874 settlement to present day. Visit the iconic Hallgrímskirkja, a towering Lutheran church and the tallest building in Iceland. Pass by the colorful, picturesque houses of central Reykjavík before boarding. (B,D)

Day 3 — Vigur Island / Ísafjörður

Enjoy the morning cruise to the awe-inspiring Westfjords. On charming Vigur Island—home to one single farming family and thousands of puffins, Arctic terns, black guillemots and eider ducks—where time seems to stand still, see the birds in their natural habitat and Iceland’s only windmill, built in 1840. Visit the country’s smallest post office and enjoy coffee and cake served by our island hosts in their well-preserved, 19th-century home.

This afternoon, cruise up the dominant fjord of this distinct and remote 14-million-year-old region, Ísafjörður Djup (“deep”), defined by ruggedly stunning mountains. Tour Ísafjörður’s Westfjords Heritage Museum to learn more about the vibrant coastal art and culture and fascinating maritime history of this remote outpost. Attend the Captain’s welcome reception this evening. (B,L,R,D)

Day 4 — Siglufjördur / Grimsey Island / Arctic Circle

Iceland’s northernmost town, picturesque Siglufjörður is a small, historic fishing hub built from the herring industry. Here, visit the award-winning Herring Era Museum and enjoy watching a lively, music-filled performance of historical herring salting methods. Afterward, sample traditional local herring and Icelandic schnapps.

This afternoon, cruise to Grímsey Island, bisected by the Arctic Circle and the northernmost inhabited territory in Iceland. Visit quaint Grímsey Church, built out of driftwood in 1867. Officially cross 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 5 — Húsavík for Lake Mývatn

Explore northern Iceland’s unique and extraordinary landscapes, stopping at Námaskarð, an unearthly, steaming field of boiling, sulfurous mud pots, and the distinctive pseudo craters at Skútustaðir, formed when hot lava flowed over the wetlands 2,300 years ago. Walk among the surreal, almost eerie lava formations of Dimmuborgir, the mythic source of Icelandic folklore, and drive along the shores of cerulean Lake Mývatn, a birdwatcher’s paradise and a haven for many rare migratory birds and 14 species of Iceland’s bountiful wild ducks. Look for the sleek harlequin duck and the black-and-white Barrow’s goldeneye, a remarkable bird species that nests nowhere else. Continue to Goðafoss, “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. (B,L,D)

Day 6 — Seydisfjordur

In Seydisfjordur, tour the local church where you will hear about traditional Icelandic dress, the history of the church, and also listen to old Icelandic songs, all from sad songs to fun songs about love. Then, walk to the Technical Museum for refreshments and local specialties during a performance of live music. At the museum, the staff will walk around to educate guests about the museum as well as refill drinks and food and chat with guests. (B,L,D)

Day 7 — Djúpivogur for Jökulsárlón

Enjoy a full-day scenic excursion along Iceland’s stunning east coast from Djúpivogur to Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. Board a small boat for a private cruise amongst the breathtaking icebergs of this spectacular lagoon and actually touch the ice that has calved off the outlet glacier, Breidamerkurjökull. On clear days, look for the awe-inspiring Vatnajökull Ice Cap, Europe’s largest glacier. (B,L,D)

Day 8 — Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands) for Heimaey Island / Cruise along Surtsey Island

Arrive at fascinating Heimaey Island, part of the Vestmannaeyjar archipelago, where the tall cliffs are inhabited by puffin, fulmar, and guillemot bird species. Tour the fascinating Eldheimar Museum, which chronicles the fateful volcanic activity of 1973 that created Mount Eldfell. Then, see the incredible formation, also known as “Fire Mountain, and its lava fields which are still warm to the touch even 40 years after its last eruption. Stop at the precipitous headland of Stórhöfði to observe Heimaey’s largest puffin colony and see ruins of ancient Viking farmhouses dating from A.D. 650.

This evening, cruise along the coast of Surtsey Island, a World Heritage site. Created during volcanic activity between 1963 and 1967, it is the youngest island on Earth and one of the most fragile; scientists are carefully monitoring the evolution of its flora and fauna.

Later, join your traveling companions for the Captain’s farewell reception. (B,L,R,D)

Day 9 — Reykjavik / Depart for the U.S.

Disembark the ship in Reykjavik and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the U.S. or Canada. (B)

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

Itinerary - August 15-23, 2018

*Please note: The August 15 departure will sail on the Star Pride and will operate in reverse. Some ports of call may differ. 

Day 1 — Depart the U.S. or Canada

Day 2 — Reykjavík, Iceland

This morning, arrive in Reykjavík, the world’s northernmost capital, inhabited by one‑half of Iceland’s total population of 300,000. Visit the Pearl, Reykjavík’s landmark glass dome built atop six 10-story hot water tanks—an architectural wonder as well as an amazing feat of engineering—and admire a captivating view from across the dome’s observation deck.

Tour the National Museum for a comprehensive overview of Icelandic history, culture, and heritage. It exhibits nearly 3,000 objects and artifacts dating from the island’s settlement in 874 to the present day. Pass by the colorful, picturesque houses of central Reykjavík before boarding the Star Pride. (D)

Day 3 — Cruise along Surtsey Island / Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands) for Heimaey Island

Early this morning, cruise along the coast of Surtsey Island, a World Heritage site. Created during volcanic activity between 1963 and 1967, it is the youngest island on Earth and one of the most fragile; scientists are carefully monitoring the evolution of its flora and fauna.

Arrive at fascinating Heimaey Island, part of the Vestmannaeyjar archipelago, where the tall cliffs are inhabited by puffin, fulmar, and guillemot bird species. Tour the fascinating Eldheimar Museum, which chronicles the fateful volcanic activity of 1973 that created Mount Eldfell.

Then, see this incredible formation, also known as “Fire Mountain,” and its lava fields, which are still warm to the touch even 40 years after its last eruption. Stop at the precipitous headland of Stórhöfði to observe Heimaey’s largest puffin colony and see ruins of ancient Viking farmhouses dating from A.D. 650. Attend the Captain’s welcome reception this evening. (B,L,R,D)

Day 4 — Day at Sea / Seyðisfjörður

Today, delight in a cruise along the east coast of Iceland, characterized by beautiful fjords, and attend educational lectures on board. (B,L,D)

Day 5 – Seydisfjordur

Seyðisfjörður is rich in history, culture, and evidence of Iceland’s amazing technological achievements, including the country’s longest serving power station. Visit the picturesque farmstead of Skriðuklaustur, the former home of Gunnar Gunnarsson—one of Iceland’s most celebrated authors. Donated to the Icelandic state in 1948, the house now hosts cultural, artistic and educational programs in Gunnarsson’s honor.

Nearby, the austere church at Valthjófsstaður houses historical treasures, including an 18th-century chalice and baptismal font and an exquisite replica of its hand-carved medieval door; the 14th-century original is on display at the National Museum in Reykjavík. This evening, cross into the Arctic Circle, the top of the world. (B,L,D)

Day 6 — Akureyri for Lake Mývatn

Be on deck this morning for the unforgettable approach to lively Akureyri, nestled beneath the mountains of Eyjafjörður, Iceland’s longest fjord. Visit the monumental hilltop Akureyrarkirkja, or Church of Akureyri, which showcases an intricate stained-glass central window that once graced England’s Coventry Cathedral, and walk amid the extensive collection of flora blooming in the open-air Botanical Gardens. Explore northern Iceland’s unique and extraordinary natural landscapes, including Námaskarð, an unearthly, steaming field of boiling, sulfurous mud pots, and the distinctive pseudo craters at Skútustaðir, formed when hot lava flowed over the wetlands 2300 years ago.

Walk among the surreal, almost eerie lava formations of Dimmuborgir, the mythic source of Icelandic folklore, and drive along the shores of cerulean Lake Mývatn, a birdwatcher’s paradise and a haven for many rare and migratory birds and 14 species of Iceland’s bountiful wild ducks. Look for broods of the sleek harlequin duck and the black-and-white Barrow’s goldeneye, a remarkable bird species that nests nowhere else. Marvel at spectacular Goðafoss, “Waterfall of the Gods.” According to legend, this dramatic waterfall earned its name when an Icelandic chieftain threw wooden statues of his Norse gods into its crashing waters, signifying his conversion to Christianity. (B,L,D)

Day 7 — Ísafjörður / Vigur Island

Spend the morning cruising to the awe-inspiring Westfjords. Cruise up the dominant fjord of Iceland’s distinct and remote 14-million-year-old region, Ísafjörður’s Djúp (“deep”), defined by ruggedly stunning mountains. Near the town of Ísafjörður, a vibrant center of art and culture, visit the open-air museum of Ósvör to see restored traditional 19th-century fisherman’s huts and fishing equipment that vividly depict the harsh reality of the lives of generations of Iceland’s fishermen. Tour Ísafjörður’s Westfjords Heritage Museum to learn more about the vibrant coastal art and culture and fascinating maritime history of this remote outpost. Charming Vigur Island is home to one single farming family and thousands of puffins, Arctic terns, black guillemots and eider ducks—where time seems to stand still, see the birds in their natural habitat and Iceland’s only windmill, built in 1840. Visit the country’s smallest post office and enjoy coffee and cake served by our island hosts in their well-preserved, 19th-century home. (B,L,D)

Day 8 — Grundarfjörður

Cruise into the majestic fjord that borders Snæfellsnes Peninsula—a captivating landscape of lava caves, waterfalls, mineral hot springs, lush foliage and glacier-tipped mountains. The peninsula’s unique natural formations were sculpted throughout the island’s active geological history.

See Snæfellsjökull, a glistening glacier formed on top of a dormant volcano, showcasing the island’s magnificent extremes of fire and ice. Experience for yourself the views that inspired centuries of poets and writers, including Jules Verne, who chose this glacier as his “doorway to inner space” in his novel Journey to the Center of the Earth.

Enjoy time at leisure in the picturesque town of Grundarfjörður this afternoon and join your traveling companions for the Captain’s farewell reception in the evening. (B,L,R,D)

Day 9 — Reykjavík/ U.S. or Canada

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

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