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Iceland Cruises - Journeys in the Land of Ice & Fire

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Embark the elegant M/Y Callisto, the newest addition to Variety Cruises’ fleet of Mega Yachts and Motor Sailers. With the company of up to 34 fellow passengers, you will discover a fascinating country with amazing rugged landscapes, old legacies of the Vikings and the Norse. Visit Iceland in the summer months, the perfect season to sight humpback whales, orcas, dolphins. Discover Heimaey Island, the Pompei of the North. The Myvatn Lake, the Namarskard a striking geothermal field, and the Godafoss Waterfall. The quaint fishing village of Husavik. Siglufjordur a fishing town close to the Arctic circle. Isasfjordur, and nearby Arnardalur Valley.

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About This Cruise

Itinerary Highlights

Akureyri, Iceland; Husavik, Iceland; Siglufjordur, Iceland; Isafjordur, Iceland; Bildudadur, Iceland; Borgarnes, Iceland; Heimaey Island Westmann Islands, Iceland; Reykjavik, Iceland

Included:

  • Seven nights accommodation in double or twin cabins with private bathroom with shower & air conditioning
  • American buffet breakfast and one main meal daily
  • Free coffee, tea, mineral water
  • Tour leader services on board including historical and cultural information
  • Special Untours reduction of $50 per person

Air Options

While we have no specific air deals on this cruise, please call 1-888-868-6871 if you would like us to assist with your airfare.

Not included:

  • Drinks other than coffee, tea, mineral water. (Cash bar on board. All onboard charges are in euros.)
  • Shore Excursions
  • Gratuities
  • Laundry
  • Port charges $295/person
  • Transfers to and from the embarkation/disembarkation port
  • Airfare
  • Travel Insurance


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M/Y Callisto

Itinerary

Day 1 (Saturday): Akureyri, Iceland
EMBARKATION 3-4 PM - Overnight in port and time for an optional late afternoon walking excursion in Akureyri.
Day 2 (Sunday): Akureyri - Husavik, Iceland
This morning our full day optional excursion will take you from Akureyri to Husavik (where you will meet the Callisto in the evening). You will meet the Callisto in the evening). We take the Ring Road to reach Godafoss Waterfall - the Falls of the Gods - and will hear about the Kristni Saga, recounting the arrival of Christianity and the end of Paganism. After lunch we visit Lake Myvatn, Namarksard and Dimmuborgir, all fine examples of the volcanic world with lava fields, boiling and steaming mud pools, steam vents and craters. We rejoin the Callisto in Husavik and will spend some time walking around this colorful port. Overnight in port.
Day 3 (Monday): Husavik -Siglufjordur, Iceland
Morning sailing through the Skjafandi Bay to Siglufjordur. As always our Captain will inform you of whales’ sightings.

Midday arrival in Siglufjordur, Iceland’s northernmost city, very close to the Arctic Circle and possibly the most picturesque port of Iceland. Once known as the capital of Herring fishing. The optional walking tour through the city will take you to the port, the Herring Museum, the Folk Music center housed in Madame House, the oldest house in the city. In the afternoon, we sail for Isafjordur- Overnight at sea.
Day 4 (Tuesday): Isafjordur, Iceland
Morning arrival at Isafjordur is a large fishing port in Wesfjords. Our morning optional excursion will take us to Bolungravik and then Osvor town where we will visit a restored fisherman's hut. Back in town we will visit the Maritime Museum and walk around the town known for its rich cultural heritage and merchant's homes dating from the 18th century. Overnight in port at Isafjordur, Iceland.
Day 5 (Wednesday): Isafjordur - Bildudadur, Iceland
Morning optional excursion from Isafjordur to Bildudalur. The Callisto sails -without passengers who are joining the excursion - to Bildudalur. On the optional excursion, we will stop by the Dynjandi Waterfalls before reaching Bildudalur and visiting the town and the Sea Monsters Museum (We rejoin the Callisto in port). We sail South after lunch and will cruise around the Westford coast line and sail past the Latrarbag cliffs which rise 450 m over the sea .Overnight at sea.
Day 6 (Thursday): Borgarnes, Iceland
This morning we reach Borgarnes and disembark by tenders for our full day Optional excursion to Deildartunguhver, Europe's most powerful thermal spring, to the Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls area. We will stop in Reykholt which was at one time one of the intellectual centers of the island and had for many years one of the most important schools of the country. Here lived in the Middle Ages one of the most important persons in Icelandic history: Snorri Sturluson. He was a famous poet and politician whose records of the Old Norse language and mythology of medieval Iceland are invaluable to modern scholars. He lived and died here. Remains of his farm and a bathroom with hot pot and a tunnel between the bath and the house can still be visited. In the afternoon we rejoin the ship and sail to the Westfjords. Overnight at sea to Heimaey - Westmann Islands.
Day 7 (Friday): Heimaey Island Westmann Islands, Iceland
We reach Heimaey Island in the morning and discover a community which almost disappeared during a 1973 eruption that buried 400 h

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Excursions for the Iceland Cruise

WESTMAN ISLANDS – Heimaey Island Tour
Duration: 2,5hours including private coach and an English speaking guide. Minimum 10 persons: € 61 p.p.

The Westman Islands are situated just off the south coast of Iceland. We make our first stop at “Sprangan”, a cliff where young islanders are taught the local sport of rope swinging. On we go to the Herjólfsdalur valley, where ruins of old farmhouses dating back to the year 650 AD are pointed out. The tour continues along the western part of the island, providing an opportunity to view the outer islands. Our drive back to the harbor takes us between two volcanoes, the 5,000 year old “Helgafell” and the considerably younger Eldfell whose history is somewhat more recent. At 2am on the night of January 23rd 1973, a massive eruption began in the eastern part of Heimaey. Almost all of the 5,000 inhabitants were safely evacuated to the mainland. Next stop is the viewpoint located at the base of this volcano. Our tour then continues over the new lava fields into the very centre of the volcano’s crater. From the crater we drive directly into town passing the ruins of a house buried in the lava, continuing through the main streets of town. On our way back to the harbor we make a stop at the “Skansinn” wooden church, donated to the people of the Westman Islands by the state of Norway by way of commemorating the millennium of Christianity in Iceland.
AKRANES – Icelandic Viking Trails
Duration 7-8 hours – Included: Private coach, English speaking guide, Lunch, entrance to settlement center & Reykholt

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Retrace Icelandic Viking footsteps by visiting the ancient Saga trails. During this full day excursion we retrace Viking footsteps along the ancient Saga trails of the Borgarfjordur district. It is in this area that many of the famous Viking acts from the 13th Century Icelandic saga “Egils Saga” took place. We leave Akranes and follow the coastline north to the township of Borgarnes where we make our first stop at the award winning Settlement Centre - here we learn about the settlement of Iceland by way of a multimedia show case. Refreshment stop at Hraunfossar & Barnafoss waterfalls. Onwards to Reykholt where Snorri Sturluson, Iceland’s most celebrated writer, law speaker and historian of all time lived right up until his controversial death in 1241. Here we enjoy lunch followed by a guided visit to this profoundly interesting historical site. Following our visit to Reykholt, we continue to Europe’s largest hot spring, Deildatunguhver, where you will witness 200 liters per second of 100°C water stream gush forth. Return to Akranes.
BÍLDUDALUR - Dynjandi Waterfall and Sea Monsters Museum
Duration Approx.: 4 hrs. - Included: Private Coach, local guide & entrance to the museum. Minimum 10 persons: € 164 p.p.

The wonders of the West fjords! Breathtaking scenery, harsh landscape, sharp mountain ridges, deep and beautiful fjords where the farmers and the villages cuddle together on a narrow strip of land. The West fjords are a favorite among many and for those who experience those fjords for the first time, are completely amazed of this mesmerizing and mystical scenery. Drive to Dynjandi waterfall, one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland. There is a bit of a walk up to the waterfall, but for those who want to see it up close are in for a treat, as they will also see smaller waterfalls surrounding Dynjandi. The bus takes us back to Bildudalur, where the elusive sea creatures have been given a worthy home at the Icelandic Sea Monster Museum. With a lively mix of words, images and videos, an action-packed multimedia display that culminates in a spectacular interactive plinth, the first of its kind in Iceland First-hand accounts from eye-witnesses, are joined on-screen by academic theories on the nature of sea monsters, while a variety of relics and artifacts relating to this mysterious branch of zoology appear throughout the museum as tangible evidence for their existence. From the museum a short walk will take us back to the ship through the little town of Bíldudalur.
ÍSAFJÖRÐUR - Life and Culture
Duration 4 hrs.- Included: Private coach, local guide, music program, entrance fee and taste at maritime museum. Minimum 10 persons: € 105 p.p.

Starting at Isafjordur harbor we drive through the center of Isafjordur and the first stop is made at the outdoor exhibit of Osvor just outside Bolungarvik. Osvor is an old fisherman’s hut that was restored in 1988. Osvor is a perfect example of how life was for Icelandic fishermen until the beginning of the 20th century. From Osvor we drive to Bolungarvik for sightseeing in the village and visit the small church, were you’ll enjoy a music program. From Bolungarvik we drive back to Isafjordur, on the way you will be able to see Buna River and a waterfall in Tunguskogur and sip fresh mountain water that flows down the stream clear and refreshing. We drive around the old streets of Isafjordur and end in the maritime and folk museum. The museum is situated in one of the oldest houses in Isafjordur, beside it are 3 other houses, all from the same area, around 1780, and all well preserved. Icelandic refreshments including a snaps, dried fish and shark (preserved Iceland style) are served on request. This tour gives a good view of the West fjords. It emphasizes on the human side of the struggle to survive in times gone by, the beautiful but sometimes harsh landscape of the West fjords and the life of the inhabitants in recent times.
SIGLUFJÖRÐUR - Herring Heyday & Siglufjörður
Duration Approx.: 4 hrs. - Included: Guided walk, smaller salt show, entrance fee & taste at Herring Museum & Folk Music Center. Minimum 10 persons: € 90 p.p.

Welcome to Siglufjörður, the historic gold-rush-like atmosphere of the bustling herring town. Guests are invited to visit the award-winning Herring Era Museum, with a fun and energetic performance of the herring salting show. You step back in time as herring girls salt and pack herring into barrels under the watchful eye of the manager. Get caught up in the lively accordion music and ring dancing before sampling traditional rye b
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