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This expedition offers the rare chance to circumnavigate Iceland, discovering the secrets of ‘The Land of Fire and Ice’ in luxury. Experience warm Icelandic culture in charming fishing villages, spot whales and seals in the surrounding mineral-rich waters and immerse yourself in a captivating world of cascading waterfalls, snowy mountain peaks, ethereal blue glaciers, thermal lagoons & active volcanic landscapes.
Day 1: Reykjavik
Day 2: Vestmannaeyjar / Surtsey
Day 3: Djúpivogur
Day 4: Langanes Peninsula
Day 5: Husavik
Day 6: Akureyri
Day 7: Hornbjard Cliffs / Vigur Island
Day 8: Dynjandi Waterfalls / Latrabjarg Cliffs
Day 9: Klakkeyjar Islands / Stykkisholmur
Day 10: Reykjavik
Just a short flight from the UK, you step into another world, arriving into the capital of the ‘Land of Fire and Ice.’ Reykjavik is a unique and exciting destination, a buzzing small city with a fantastic array of cafes, bars & restaurants, a wonderful art and cultural scene with world-class museums and galleries and is the gateway to some of the most diverse natural beauty to be found anywhere on earth. The skyline is dominated by Mount Esja – an iconic reminder of the great wilderness that years to be discovered.
Following the eruption of the Eldfell Volcano in the 1970’s, the town of Vestmannaeyjar became known across the world. It erupted for around six months, burying hundreds of homes in ash. In the morning you will explore this fascinating town and archipelago, located off the southern coast of Iceland.
In 1963, a cook aboard a trawler had noticed volcanic explosions venting from the ocean. Huge plumes of ash were launched 10,000metres into the sky, and continued for over three years. In the blink of an eye, the island of Surtsey was born. Eventually growing to be over 150 metres in height and 5 square kilometres in size, it is one of only a few islands on earth to have emerged from the sea in living memory. After lunch, your expedition crew will cruise around this new island to show you it’s unique geological landscape.
The picturesque village of Djúpivogur has historical routes linked to trading, dating to the 16th century. It is surrounded by spectacular scenery, dominated by the perfectly formed pyramidal peak of Búlandstindur. Visit the highly regarded Búlandsnes bird sanctuary where you may spot thousands of birds, and explore Papey Island, keeping watch for seals and puffins. The spectacular Vatnajökull National Park is also nearby, featuring Europe’s largest glacier outside of the Arctic, active volcanoes, shimmering waterfalls and black lava sand beaches.
Discover the stunning remote coastal peninsula of Langanes. In true Icelandic style, the terrain is wild and rugged, with towering sea-cliffs giving way to beautifully lush mossy meadows. it is known for excellent birdwatching possibilities, with the sea cliffs providing an idyllic habitat for gannets, puffins, kittiwakes and guillemots.
Today you will explore the colourful fishing town of Husavik, known as the ‘whale-watching capital of Iceland,’ and the nearby serene lake of Botnsvatn. Enjoy a whale-watching excursion to spot humpback and minke whales, against a stunning backdrop of snow-capped mountains.
Today you will spend the day exploring the beautiful harbour city of Akureyri, which is located at the foot of the Eyjafjörður, Iceland’s longest fjord. The charming city is known for its brightly coloured wooden houses, quaint bars, old historical buildings, museums and churches set amidst a backdrop of snowy mountain peaks. Discover the amazing geothermal springs of Namafjall, and see the unusual volcanic formations of Dimmuborgir.
In the morning you will scenic cruise along the Hornbjard cliffs, located just 7 miles south of the Arctic Circle. The mystical seabird cliffs are some of the largest in Europe, and one the most remote and beautiful destinations in Iceland. After lunch, you will feel like you have stepped back in time, as you explore stunning Vigur Island – home to many thousands of Black Guillemot, Arctic terns, eider ducks and puffins. The island is just over a mile in size, and resident to a single farmer and his family. It also features Iceland’s only windmill and Europe’s smallest post office.
In the morning, you will enjoy a visit to one of Iceland’s most beautiful waterfalls – the Dynjandi Waterfall. It is known as the ‘Jewel of the Westfjords’, cascading 100 meters into a shape reminiscent of a bridal veil. The majestic sight and roar of the waterfalls is an impressive sight and is sure to delight The ship will then head to the Latrabjarg Cliffs – home to the largest bird cliffs in Europe. Reaching dizzying heights of over 400 meters along a vast 14km stretch of coastline, it is a mecca for birdwatching. Thousands of seabirds nest along the steep ledges – keep watch for Atlantic Puffins, Guillemots, Razorbills and Northern Gannets.
Early in the morning, you will discover the wild and remote islands of Klakkeyjar, nestled in the Breidha Fjord. The expedition will then head onwards to the town of Stykkishólmur, located on the northern tip of the Snæfellsnes peninsula. Featuring traditional wooden houses, quaint gift shops, charming cafes and friendly locals, it provides the perfect opportunity to pick up some last-minute souvenirs and to soak up the warm Icelandic ambience.
In the morning you will disembark, leaving the expedition with fond lifelong memories. Time allowing we can also extend your stay to allow for further adventures in this incredible island.
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