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An explorer's route in the kingdom of fire and ice: Iceland reveals itself to be an untamed world of active volcanoes, mighty glaciers and thundering waterfalls on this 10-day itinerary by Hapag Llloyd. Set sail onboard the stunning Hanseatic Inspiration, home to just 230 guests, on a Reykjavik roundtrip taking in the Westman Islands, Iceland's north coast and much, much more.
Day 1: Reykjavik, Iceland
Day 2: Heimaey, Westman Islands
Day 3: At sea
Days 4 & 5: Iceland's east coast
Days 6 & 7: Iceland's north coast
Days 8 & 9: Iceland's west coast
Day 10: Reykjavik, Iceland
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Your voyage begins in Reykjavik, Iceland's capital. Enjoy the day exploring, embarkation will be around 7pm.
At the northern edge of Europe, nature makes its mark with contrasts of heat and ice and geological extremes. Very few places give such a direct glimpse intro primeval forces. Be enchanted by beautiful, mystical landscapes, deep fjords and fascinating wildlife. In the Nordic summer, you have a good chance of seeing humpback whales and fin whales that have returned after the winter. Your exciting cirumnavigation begins with the Westman Islands. In 1973, the Edlfell volcano erupted on Heimaey, the largest island, covering it in lava streams. Take an optional scenic flight above volcanoes and waterfalls and see the black fields stretching out below you, combining with the icy blue and the white of the glaciers to form a sea of colour. The contrasts of the main island will never cease to amaze as you start to explore.
Spend a day relaxing at sea as you circumnavigate Iceland.
Marvel at the fishing town of Seydisfjordur, located at the end of a fjord surrounded by snow-capped peaks. The historic wooden buildings will provide great photo opportunities as you take a walk. The flourishing plant variety in the Vestdalur Valley is an enchanting sight. Iceland's magical side as the "island of mythical creatures and trolls" is revealed in Bakkagerdi. Legend has it that the queen of the elves reigns over Borgarfjordhur and the bird-inhabited cliffs where countless puffins learn to fly.
The feeling of a true expedition will develop on Iceland's north coast. Together, the fjords and the sea create a natural canvas that is at once remote and soul-stirring. Husavik is the European capital of whale watching. Which gentler giants will you spot? Heading ashore, the waterfalls of the north are a wonder to behold - for example Dettifoss, Europe's most powerful waterfall cascading around 45m. A hike in Asbyrgi Canyon will take you down into a plunge pool. The expedition route takes you on to a magical destination: the northern Arctic Circle on Grimsey. Discover the striking basalt columns as our experts provide insights into the geology and wildlife on this volcanic island. A true gem of the north, Akureyri sits on a long fjord. You will have plenty of time to explore the old town, the lively cultural scene and botanical gardens at your own pace. Conclude your adventures today by seeing out the day in one of the towns restaurants or cafes and enjoy the ambience of an evening by the fjord.
Iceland's astounding biodiversity continues on a cruise in the western fjords. The sheer cliffs of Latrabjarg, are a sight to behold. Europe's most westerly point is a nesting ground for millions of puffins, guillemots and auks. The western peninsula of Snaefellsness brings together all of Iceland's characteristic natural elements: cooled lava flows, steep fjords and snow-covered volcanoes.
Arrive back in Reykjavik in the early hours for disembarkation and your return flight home.
The HANSEATIC Inspiration is a formidable vessel which was designed and purpose-built by Hapag-Lloyd to offer the very best in expedition exploration. Although they are keen not to be labelled as "luxury" Hapag-Lloyd have designed everything to the highest specification, from the expedition equipment, restaurants and public spaces, to the cabins and suites where everything has its perfectly designed place!
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