Iceland is a European country and yet so far from its neighbours.  Reykjavík, capital of the country, and its surroundings are home to over 2/3 of the population. Different tales have been written over there about elves, gigantic trolls, water monsters, ghosts and others. Surely, we can all understand the reason why when you see the majestic waterfalls, picturesque landscapes, dramatic volcanoes (for some still active) and geysers rising from the ground. All this untouched wilderness and rarity of its fauna participate in nurturing ideas of a magical and unreal environment. 

Highlights

- Hiking through lava fields and end enjoying natural hot springs
- Renowned birdwatching places and dramatic landscapes along the way
- Quirky places and wonderful culture and history from the Islanders

Quick Itinerary

Day 1: Keflavik airport & Reykjavik – Quirky and modern
Day 2: Stykkishólmur and Flatey – The “Sagaland” experience
Day 3-5:  Látrabjarg peninsula - A Scenic beauty of the Westfjords area & remarkable wildlife
Day 6: Hrísey and Akureyri – Fishing village & centre of trade
Day 7: Grímsey – The closest island to the Arctic Circle
Day 8: Húsavík – Popular tourist centre and the best whale watching location
Day 9-10: Eastern region – The land of elves & dramatic glacier
Day 11: Heimaey – The volcanic eruption
Day 12:  Reykjavik – End of the adventure and back to town

Day 1: Keflavik airport & Reykjavik – Quirky and modern
The Keflavik airport is the first site you will see, and it is already impressive. With the number of passengers booming since last year, the airport is expanding its routes and is looking for renovation. 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.

Day 2: Stykkishólmur and Flatey – The “Sagaland” experience
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.

Day 3-5: Látrabjarg peninsula - A Scenic beauty of the Westfjords area & remarkable wildlife
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 bird life, and deserted beaches.
The Hornbjarg cliff is one of Europe’s greatest seabird habitats. The cliffs are in fact home to millions of birds, including puffins, northern gannets, guillemots and razorbills. 

Day 6: Hrísey and Akureyri – Fishing village & centre of trade
You will now head to Hrísey – a small fishing village where 200 Islanders live in this picturesque place. From home, they have a view of the majestic mountains surrounding the area. The island is a paradise for birdwatchers and the most abundant species in the area is the ptarmigan. Further South, Akureyri is the largest town in Iceland outside the Southwest region and serves as the centre of trade, culture and services for the North of Iceland. The town is a popular destination for tourists, but you can also go hiking and contemplate the majestic Goðafoss waterfall. 

Day 7: Grímsey – The closest island to the Arctic Circle
You will then embark for Grímsey, a small island which is known to be the closest to the Arctic Circle. In fact, the Arctic Circle line cuts through the island, so you can have the chance to step across, North to South.

Day 8: Húsavík – Popular tourist centre and the best whale watching location
Back to the mainland, Húsavík will be the next destination. It is known to be the oldest settlement in Iceland and one the best whale watching locations in the world. Indeed, the plankton, which is the main source of food for baleen whales abounds in the area when the summer comes.

Day 9-10: Eastern region – The land of elves & dramatic glacier
The voyage pursues to the Eastern region of Iceland in Bakkargerdi, also called “the land of elves”. It is a popular place to spot puffin colonies in the fjord. As most of Iceland, the region gives you peace and quiet.  A perfect place to admire the stunning views in calm and a peaceful mind.  Not far from there is Djúpivogur - a charming village located in a place of beautiful scenery. You can observe most Icelandic birds and the region is home to Sigurður Guðmundsson’s sculpture, the world-famous Icelandic artist, consisting of 34 eggs placed along the shore. 

Day 11: Heimaey –The volcanic eruption
Heading South of the main island, the expedition will continue in Heimaey – the largest island of the Vestmannaeyjar archipelago and the most populated of the Icelandic coast. A huge volcanic eruption destroyed half the town in 1973 and the entire population was forced to evacuate and set sail to the mainland. Eldheimar museum was built after the catastrophe and it is a must visit for everyone coming to the archipelago. The highlight of the exhibition is the houses that have been dug up from the ashes. The island is dominated by majestic cliffs, which form natural habitats for birdlife such as puffin or kittiwakes.

Day 12: Reykjavik – End of the adventure and back to town
The ship will arrive into Reykjavik and it will be the end your trip. Fortunately, you will bring unforgettable memories and a wonderful experience. Iceland is such a magical and wonderful land for the eyes but also for the mind, with its mystical creatures and fairy tales.

MS Spitsbergen

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MS Spitsbergen is named after the Arctic crown of Norway, after a complete reconstruction in 2016, the ship spends part of the year sailing the Norwegian Coast and part of the year as part of the expedition programme, to destinations further afield. 

MS Spitsbergen from 18th May 2019 to 29th May 2019

Polar Inside: £3,789.00
Polar Outside: £4,829.00
Arctic Superior: £4,899.00
Expedition Suite: £6,199.00

MS Spitsbergen from 29th May 2019 to 9th May 2019

Polar Inside: £3,789.00
Polar Outside: £4,219.00
Arctic Superior: £4,899.00
Expedition Suite: £6,199.00

MS Spitsbergen from 9th June 2019 to 20th June 2019

Polar Inside: £4,089.00
Polar Outside: £4,559.00
Arctic Superior: £4,899.00
Expedition Suite: £6,699.00

MS Spitsbergen from 20th June 2019 to 1st July 2019

Polar Inside: £4,089.00
Polar Outside: £4,669.00
Arctic Superior: £4,899.00
Expedition Suite: £6,869.00

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