Discover Iceland’s volcanic landscapes and distinctive culture onboard the Ocean Diamond with Iceland Pro Cruises. This roundtrip cruise from Reykjavik brings you to pristine fjords, tremendous glaciers, hot springs and waterfalls. A range of exciting shore excursions offers countless ways to interact with Iceland’s culture, nature, history and people, and on certain departure, you may get the chance the see the stunning natural phenomenon of the northern lights!
Day 1: Reykjavik
Day 2: Isafjordur
Day 3: Akureyri
Day 4: Sjkalfandi Bay/Husavik
Day 5: Djupivogur
Day 6: Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands)
Day 7: Disembark in Reykjavik
Arrive in Reykjavik and use your free time to discover the unique charm of the world’s northernmost capital and book a pre-program or explore the sights of south and west Iceland on a self-drive road trip. The Ocean Diamond docks in Old Reykjavik Harbour in the heart of the city, a five-minute stroll from the main squares, shopping and dining. The ship departs in the evening.
Today‘s destination is Isafjordur, an idyllic town in the Westfjords region. This secluded peninsula is connected to the Icelandic mainland by only a narrow strip of land and includes many roadless areas where cars have never been. The landscape includes jaw-dropping views of dramatic fjords carved by ancient glaciers, sheer table mountains that plunge into the sea and pristine North Atlantic vegetation.
Ranging inland from Akureyri, we visit the fascinating Lake Myvatn region, where the bizarre landscape looks as if “heaven and hell” have clashed. One side of the lake features rugged volcanic remnants, while the other side is blessed with lush vegetation and varied birdlife.
Early this morning you’ll arrive at Skjalfandi Bay and Husavik. Often called the “Whale watching capital” of Iceland, the town’s offshore waters are home to 15 different whale species, as well as dolphins and 30 varieties of birds.
The fishing village of Djupivogur is today’s starting point to explore Vatnajokull Glacier (optional). Go on a four-wheel-drive Jeep tour (optional) or you might choose to take a boat trip in the Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon (optional). Icebergs of all shapes and sizes are floating in the water - an unforgettable adventure.
Located off Iceland’s South Coast, the Westman Islands were formed by submarine volcanic eruptions around 10,000 years ago. Surtsey Island emerged from the sea in 1963 and is one of the youngest landmasses on earth. You will go ashore on Heimaey, the only inhabited island, where half-buried houses remain from a violent 1973 eruption. During the shore landing, there is time for bird watching and you might even spot whales.
After breakfast, you will bid farewell to the Ocean Diamond and sail back into Reykjavik. Explore inland areas like the Golden Circle and its famous Gullfoss waterfall via our Air & Ground package or explore the sights of south and west Iceland on a self-drive road trip (prices upon request). You can also simply hang out in Reykjavik, a perfect city for those who want to refresh their spirit in a place that combines invigorating outdoor activities, great food and world-class entertainment.
Please note: If you book return flights on your own please choose a connection that does not depart before noon from Keflavik airport on the same day the Ocean Diamond arrives in Reykjavik.
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Thanks to two stabilizers that significantly reduce roll and an ice-strengthened hull, the Ocean Diamond is the ideal ship for exploring the waters around Iceland and Greenland.
Due to its compact size, the Ocean Diamond can enter fjords and bays too shallow for larger vessels. The ship features a range of modern onboard amenities and is staffed with outstanding officers and crew, as well as bilingual expedition leaders and guides.
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