ICELAND CIRCUMNAVIGATION CRUISE
HOST: LISE COGHLAN
Iceland’s landscape is unique with active volcanoes, lava fields, glaciers and waterfalls! Circumnavigate this incredible island with an expedition team. Broaden your knowledge of Iceland’s natural wonders and incredible history.
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Reykjavík – Snæfellsnes Peninsula – The Westfjords – Northern Iceland And Grimsey – Akureyri – Húsavík Seydisfjördur – Southeast Iceland – Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands)
* Roundtrip airfare
• Plaza Premium airport lounge pass
• Reykjavík: one night accommodation
• Adventure Canada cruise: 10 nights sailing onboard the Ocean Endeavour with meals (onboard the cruise only)
• Team of expedition staff
• Guided activities, sightseeing and community visits, incl. the Blue Lagoon
• Interactive workshops
• Evening entertainment
• Zodiac excursions
• Special access permits, entry and park fees
• Complimentary expedition jacket
• Merit Travel tour host**
• All transfers, taxes and gratuities***
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DAY 1 | Jul. 3, 2019 | Toronto/Kingston - Reykjavík
Board your overnight flight to Reykjavík , Iceland.
DAY 2 | Jul. 4, 2019 | Reykjavík
Arrive at Reykjavík and check in to your hotel.
Iceland’s cosmopolitan capital, Reykjavík (“steamy bay”) was established in 874 AD. Powered by geothermal energy, Reykjavík is widely considered one of the cleanest, greenest cities on Earth. Despite centuries of relative isolation, today Reykjavík is a contemporary city with plenty to see and do. The National Culture House preserves treasures like the Poetic Edda, and the Norse Sagas in their original manuscripts.
Visit to the Blue Lagoon and return to your hotel.
Accommodation in Reykjavík (1 night)
DAY 3 | Jul. 5, 2019 | Reykjavík - Snæfellsnes Peninsula (D)
In the evening embark on your cruise ship.
The hundred-kilometre-long landscape of Snæfellsnes Peninsula is characterized by sparkling fjords, golden beaches, and undulating lava flows. The area is crowned by the glistening ice-capped stratovolcano Snæfellsjökull, 700,000 years old and immortalized in Jules Verne’s Journey to the Centre of the Earth. On clear days, the mountain can be seen from Reykjavík, 120 kilometres away. A few small settlements are located on the south side of the peninsula, and fishing villages can be found on the north.
Accommodation onboard Ocean Endeavour (10 nights)
DAY 4 | Jul. 6, 2019 | The Westfjords (B, L, D)
Only about ten percent of Iceland’s visitors ever see this region, known for its jagged bird cliffs and multihued beaches. Coastal fjords, immense mountains, and tiny villages can be found here, and a traditional lifestyle is embraced by the region’s inhabitants.
DAY 5 | Jul. 7, 2019 | Northern Iceland and Grimsey (B, L, D)
Iceland’s north is a geologist’s dream. Lava fields, almost lunar in their composition, epic waterfalls, snow-capped peaks, and bays teeming with marine wildlife are characteristic of the region. Grimsey Island lies on the Arctic Circle. Its human population of about a hundred shares the island with nearly a million seabirds! These include puffins, guillemots, and gulls.
DAY 6 | Jul. 8, 2019 | Akureyri (B, L, D)
Iceland’s second-largest urban area, Akureyri enjoys a relatively mild climate and ice-free harbour. In addition, Akureyri is surrounded by mountains, which shield it from strong winds. First settled in the ninth century, Akureyri provided a base for Allied units during the Second World War. Nearby Lake Myvatn offers stunning contrasts; one side of the lake features rugged volcanic remnants, while the other side is blessed with lush vegetation and varied bird life.
DAY 7 | Jul. 9, 2019 | Húsavík (B, L, D)
Húsavík, on Skjalfandi Bay, is known as the “Whale Capital” of Iceland.
Fifteen different whale species frequent the area. We also hope to see dolphins, and potentially thirty varieties of birds. The Húsavík Museum is located by the harbour, as well as a whale museum, a turf house museum and the Exploration Museum, which houses artifacts from the Apollo astronaut training in the area.
DAY 8 | Jul. 10, 2019 | Seydisfjördur (B, L, D)
Seydisfjördur is nestled at the tip of its namesake fjord. The town of seven hundred is known for its flourishing art scene, colourful roads, and shopping. We will also have the opportunity to visit the Skalanes Nature Reserve. Family owned and operated, this is a centre for research and interpretation of Iceland’s environment and cultural history, and a model for sustainable tourism. The 3,000-acre area is a habitat for approximately fifty different bird species during the summer time, and, in particular, the eider duck.
DAY 9 | Jul. 11, 2019 | Southeast Iceland (B, L, D)
The south of Iceland is home to some of the country’s most beautiful natural attractions. It boasts a unique mix of volcanoes, lagoons, glaciers—as well as hot springs, geysers, and spectacular waterfalls.
DAY 10 | Jul. 12, 2019 | Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands) (B, L, D)
Vestmannaeyjar lies off the south coast of Iceland and comprises fourteen islands, numerous rocks and skerries. Only the largest island, Heimaey, is inhabited. Numerous species of sea birds nest in the steep rock faces along the ocean cliffs. The volcanically active area has seen two major eruptions in recent times which resulted in the formation of the island of Surtsey in 1963. The Eldfell eruption ten years later, destroyed much of Heimaey and nearly blocked its harbour.
DAY 11 | Jul. 13, 2019 | Reykjavík (B)
Here we will disembark the Ocean Endeavour and transfer to the airport for our return charter flight
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