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As you land into Iceland, you arrive in a completely different world. Keflavik airport is the first site you will see, and it is already impressive. You can observe lava stones covered in moss at the airport and statues at the front. The “Jet Nest” is probably the most outstanding one. Reykjavik is a modern city where you can find fine dining restaurants serving a wide variety of both foreign and Icelandic dishes inspired by ingredients found in nature. The city also has interesting museums and quirky little streets that should be unmissed.
Stykkishólmu is the next town of your trip. Most of the people living there make their living from fishing and tourism. You can explore the diversity of the region - stunning landscapes and remarkable wildlife surrounding the area.
The remote Flatey Island is an adorable little place with its 2 km long and about 1 km wide. It has only a single road and you could spot puffin around the area.
Continue sailing along the North-West coast of Iceland up to Bildudalur where you can see the Bjargtangar lighthouse, Europe’s westernmost point. The place is one of Iceland’s best-kept secrets. In fact, the scenic beauty of the Westfjords area will suit your interest in this incredible journey with dramatic cliffs, abundant birdlife, and deserted beaches.
Ísafjörður is a town in the Westfjords region of northwest Iceland and is known for its dramatic landscapes. The location has a long history and Westfjord Heritage Museum is one of the places you must stop. It is amongst the town’s biggest tourist attractions and is one of four 18th century houses that have been renovated. The museum focuses mainly on maritime history and you can find all kind of fishing equipment there. The town is in the mouth of Ísafjarðardjúp, a large fjord which has fjords extended well into the land such as Skutulsfjörður, Álftafjörður or Seyðisfjörður.
Hornbjarg is a majestic cliff also part of the Westfjords region and is at the top of Hornstrandir nature reserve. The cliff has green lush and seems that it has been suddenly cut off, with a height of 500 metres. From here, you can admire the untouched wilderness and beautiful wildlife such as Puffins, Whooper Swans, Red-Throated Diver.
The next destination is the incredible Jan Mayen island. On the way, the expedition team will offer fascinating presentations, sharing their expert knowledge and experience to give you an insight into the days to come.
Jan Mayen is a Norwegian island and one of the most isolated one in the world. Visits to the island are extremely rare, even for tourists. Beerenberg, the northmost active volcano on earth is dominating the area, towering 7,500 feet high. The island was named after a Dutch whaling captain who supposedly discovered it in 1614.
The next destination is Svalbard. Get the day to relax and enjoy the spectacular views from the deck as we cross the sea.
You are travelling to the North West Corner of Svalbard. The Captain will evaluate local weather and ice conditions and will decide where to explore - our itineraries are unique and full of surprises! The priority is for everyone to be safe in this majestic environment. Amazing fjords such as Kingsford reveal dramatic calving glaciers and beautiful mountainous scenery. We keep watching for Svalbard’s infamous predator, the polar bear.
On the island, the tundra shows its beauty and you can see Svalbard poppy growing and blooming. It is the symbolic flower of Svalbard. All of this will be organised with our experienced crew. Some of you will also take part in kayaking trips and get you close to the natural environment.
The transfer vehicle takes you to the airport for your flight back to Oslo and is set to be early in the morning.
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