About This Cruise
Itinerary Highlights-This itinerary also runs in reverse on alternate weeks
Reykjavik, Akranes, Patreksfjordur, Isafjordur, Siglufjordur, Husavik, Akureyri
- Seven nights accommodation in double or twin cabins with private bathroom with shower & air conditioning
- American buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
- Free coffee, tea, mineral water
- All Excursions
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.
- All transfers
- Drinks other than coffee, tea, mineral water. (Cash bar on board. All onboard charges are in euros.)
- Port charges $330/person
- Airfare (International and Interior Domestic)
- Travel Insurance
Day 1 (Saturday): Reykjavik, Iceland
Arrive at Keflavik International Airport or Reykjavik Domestic Airport. Transfer to the pier in Reykjavik to board the vessel. After a welcome cocktail and safety drill, enjoy an evening at leisure.
Day 2 (Sunday): Reykjavik, Iceland
Today, we will explore three of the country's most famous landmarks – Þingvellir National Park, Gullfoss Waterfall, and Geysir Hot Spring Area– together known as the Golden Circle. We make our way across the Mosfellsheidi Heath to Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that ranks at the top of Iceland's attractions. The area is surrounded by mountains and encompasses a vast lava plane of green moss and wild flowers. Walk through the geological fault known as Almannagja, part of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, which separates the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates. Not only is Þingvellir of tremendous geological interest, it is also held sacred by Icelanders as the site where the legislative parliament, the Althing, was founded in the year 930 AD. Symbolically, it is considered the place where the settlers of Iceland became a unified nation and where some of the nation's most important historical events unfolded. After Þingvellir, the tour continues over fertile farmlands to the Gullfoss Waterfall, or the “Golden Waterfall,” the most famous and beautiful in the country. The last of the “big three” is Geysir Hot Spring Area, from where the word “geyser” originates. The most active geyser in the area, Strokkur, erupts in a towering fountain every few minutes. As we return through the Grimsnes region, we will pass Hveragerdi village, where geothermal water has been used to build up an extensive greenhouse industry. Our last stop is at Hellisheiði Geothermal Power Plant, which combines a high-tech exhibition, experienced guides, and a look into the extraordinary aspect of daily life in Iceland. The use of green geothermal energy in Iceland has long since surpassed that of any nation in the world, with more than 90% of all households in Iceland being heated by geothermal energy. Return to the pier for embarkation and an overnight sailing to Grundarfjörður.
Day 3 (Monday): Grundarfjörður, Iceland
This morning we arrive in Grundarfjörður, a quintessential Icelandic town, for our excursion across the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Our first stop is at Djúpalónssandur, where we will explore the beach and see the large boulders that were formerly used to test the strength of fishermen. Malarrif is our next stop, an old farm and an old lighthouse. The lighthouse, which once served as a beacon for Icelandic fishermen, now serves as the main center for the Snæfellsnes National Park. This morning we arrive in Grundarfjörður, a quintessential Icelandic town, for our excursion across the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Our first stop is at Djúpalónssandur, where we will explore the beach and see the large boulders that were formerly used to test the strength of fishermen. Malarrif is our next stop, an old farm and an old lighthouse. The lighthouse, which once served as a beacon for Icelandic fishermen, now serves as the main center for the Snæfellsnes National Park.
Day 4 (Tuesday): Patreksfjordur, Iceland
Disembark in the quaint village of Patreksfjörður and head to the pristine Látrabjarg Cliff, one of the most visited attractions in the Westfjords. Over 8 miles in length and peaking at over 1,000 feet high, Látrabjarg Cliff is home to an untold number of seabirds. Some of the species include razorbills, white-tailed eagles, red-throated loons, arctic terns, redshanks, snipes, and Iceland's iconic puffins. Safe from natural predators, the birds residing on the cliff are fearless, which provides ample photo opportunities. As we descend from the cliff, we will take a quick photo stop with Iceland's oldest steel ship, Garðar BA. Built in Norway in 1912, it was originally used as a whaling ship and then later for herring. It was deemed ruined and inoperable in 1981 and was stranded on land in Skapadalur valley. Continue to the Rauðisandur Beach, or “Red Sand” Beach. Unlike most other beaches in Iceland, which have black sand from the volcanic rock, the sand on this beach is unique in its golden pink hue. Ride on a tractor carriage with our expert guide and local farmer along the sandy beach to a seal colony, where we can see the seals up close. Return to Patreksfjörður for embarkation and a late afternoon sailing to Ísafjörður, with a stop at the Arnarfjörður Fjord to view the Dynjandi Waterfall, sometimes referred to as the jewel of the Westfjords. Arrive in Ísafjörður that night.
Day 5 (Wednesday): Isafjordur, Iceland
After breakfast onboard, disembark in Ísafjörður, the largest town on the Westfjords peninsula and one of the first areas of the country to be settled by Vikings. We will drive to the old Viking village of Thingeyri to learn about the Viking ways and how they lived off the land. We will walk through a recreated Viking settlement, take a short hike to the ruins of Thing, or “parliament,” and visit the interactive Viking museum. Here, we will be able to dress in Viking clothing, take photographs, drink Icelandic Viking beer, bake our own Viking bread, and explore the museum. After our Viking experience, we return to Ísafjörður to visit the Heritage Museum, located inside one of the oldest houses in the town. Return to the ship for embarkation in the late afternoon. Overnight sailing to Siglufjörður.
Day 6 (Thursday): Hólmavík, Iceland
This morning, we arrive in the small village of Hólmavík. Located on the east coast of the Westfjords, Hólmavík is one of the least visited parts of Iceland. Despite having only around 400 inhabitants, Hólmavík is the largest town in the Strandir region. The small town's main attraction, The Museum of Sorcery and Witchcraft, reveals its enticing and tragic past. We will learn about old Viking traditions, local superstitions, occult practices, and the history of the witch hunts. A particularly gruesome exhibit is nábrók, also known as “necropants.” After the museum, we will stop for lunch at a local restaurant, built from the town's oldest house. Images of the former structure are on display inside. Following lunch, we travel to Húsavíkurkleif, located just outside of Hólmavík and known for its plant fossils. Then we will drive to bird viewing area for some birdwatching, followed by a visit to a local church and the rock pillars rumored to be trolls. Finally, we will visit Sheep Farming Museum to learn more about Icelandic sheep and sheep farming. One of the main attractions of the museum is the opportunity to bottle feed lambs. We will return to the ship this evening for embarkation and departure for Siglufjörður.
Day 7 (Friday): Siglufjörður, Iceland
This morning we disembark in the small, once bustling herring town of Siglufjörður. Visit the award-winning Herring Era Museum, the largest marine and industrial museum in Europe, and attend a presentation that discusses the invaluable role that herring fishing played in Iceland's history. We will also attend an outdoor salting show in a salting station dating back to 1907, where guests can watch how “herring girls” used to work. Get caught up in lively accordion music and ring dancing and sample a traditional rye bread with local herring and Icelandic schnapps. Depart Siglufjörður and head towards Godafoss Waterfall - Waterfall of the Gods - one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland. Legend has it that in the year 1000, at the Thingvellir legislative assembly, Thorgeir of Ljósavatn, a pagan priest and chieftain, was given the authority to decide which religion was to be practiced by Icelanders. After profound thought, he decided that pagans could still practice their religion in private, but Christianity would be the official religion of Iceland. Upon his return home, and after converting to Christianity, he took the statues of the pagan gods he used to worship and threw them into the waterfall as a symbolic gesture of abandoning his pagan religion. Continue to Skútustaðir to see a remarkable assortment of volcanic craters, before exploring the Dimmuborgir area, a labyrinth of towering lava castles, natural arches and countless unexplored grottos. Our last stop will be at the Namaskard Geothermal Field, where the gurgling purple and yellow sulphur cauldrons are so hot that they actually boil. Our tour will end in Akureyri with a scenic drive through town before re-joining the vessel. Enjoy lunch in the area. Overnight in Akureyri.
Day 8 (Saturday):Akureyri, Iceland
Disembark this morning for your transfer to the Akureyri Domestic Airport.
All Excursions are Included