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.

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 Godafoss Waterfall  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  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

9 days from $6,595

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.

or Call 855-330-1542

Overview

Activity Level 3:  Moderate / Active


Expectations: Unique cruise that circumnavigates Iceland. Ocean-going ship requires using smaller boat conveyances to get to shore for excursions, although the ship may also pull into a pier for embarkation and disembarkation. Excursions will be at an active pace and you could spend full days off the ship; some days require early morning departures (8:00 or 8:30 am.). Fully scheduled days are balanced by time at leisure in some ports. Some standing and walking for long periods of time (up to two hours) during outdoor activities and tours, city tours, and museum visits. Our guides will find you a place to sit if necessary (although this may not always be feasible). Walking two to three miles will be over sometimes uneven terrain, such as walking trails at geological sites, muddy trails, and cobblestones in towns.   

Appropriate for: Travelers who are physically fit, lead active lives, are comfortable participating in long days of activities, and expect some physical exertion. 

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. 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)