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Be among the first to sail aboard Le Bellot, one of the latest additions to the Ponant fleet, and discover Iceland's secret and authentic landscapes during a brand-new 8-day expedition cruise. On the edge of the Arctic, between vast glaciers, vertiginous fjords, volcanoes and boiling geysers, Iceland offers a kaleidoscope of wild and romantic landscapes. Sail close to the rugged coastline of basaltic rocks, overlooked by the magnificent Snæfel volcano. Hike through the heart of the Hornstrandir Nature reserve, a completely isolated region. Cross the Arctic Circle and observe whales, orcas, seals and Atlantic puffins that live in this remote area. Explore the East Fjords, one of the wildest regions of Iceland. Discover the heart of Iceland's largest ice cap, and marvel at its magnificent glaciers in the Vatnajökull National Park. Iceland's rugged beauty will leave you breathless.
Day 1: Reykjavik
Day 2: Snaefellsjokull National Park
Day 3: Hornstrandir Nature Reserve
Day 4: Grimsey
Day 5: Eastfjords
Day 6: Vatnajokull National Park
Day 7: Vestmannaeyjar
Day 8: Reykjavik
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Your voyage begins in Reykjavik, Iceland's capital. Enjoy the day exploring, Le Bellot will depart in the early evening.
On the peninsula of the Snæfellsjökull National Park, you will sail close to the rugged coastline of basaltic rocks, overlooked by the magnificent Snæfel volcano.
Today, Le Bellot will sail the fjords of the north-west, where you will be able to hike through the heart of the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve. This completely isolated region will unveil its sublime landscapes to you, from sandy beaches and turquoise waters to vertiginous cliffs and natural warm water pools.
Grimsey is the northernmost island of Iceland surging from the Arctic ocean, with the Arctic circle running through the island. Its contrasted contours are surprising. From Grímseyjarhreppur, the island’s only town located on the west coast, then heading due south, you can take in the beauty of the hillsides, lushly carpeted with moss and grass. On the rest of the coastline, imposing basalt cliffs inhabited by sea birds stand proud.
Today you will explore the area known as Eastfjords. A place filled with stunning views, sharp mountain peaks, incredible waterfalls, lively reindeer herds, a rich history and the largest forest in Iceland.
Today you will visit another of the three National Parks in Iceland. Vatnajokull is a protected wilderness area centered around the Vatnajokull Glacier. It's home to ice caves, huge snowy mountain peaks and active geothermal areas. It makes a great hiking destination.
The Westman Islands were formed from a succession of underwater eruptions and consist of 15 islands and around 30 islets. As you will discover, Heimaey has a rich history and captivating landscapes. Dominated by the Eldfjall, it’s the only island in the chain that is inhabited. This exceptional site has a very pronounced relief taking in vertiginous cliffs, reefs, sea caves, and surf. Guided by our specialists and experienced naturalists, you will have the opportunity of reaching the summit of the steep Sprangan cliff, offering a splendid view from where are visible a number of islets formed by the most recent volcanic eruptions. Raise your eyes and you will be able to admire the spectacular dives of the Gannets.
Today you will arrive back into Reykjavik for a morning disembarkation.
Like all of Ponant's ships, Le Bellot, has been designed to provide absolute comfort for its passengers, even at the heart of some of the most remote and isolated regions on earth. A refined design, a softly muted and at the same time convivial ambience together with a deliberately restricted number of cabins all contribute to the modernity of Le Bellot, a unique ship in the world of cruising.
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