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Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Iceland Circumnavigation Cruise

Discover the awe-inspiring natural wonders of Iceland, the 'Land of Ice and Fire', on this exciting roundtrip expedition cruise from Reykjavik, accompanied by an experienced team of naturalists and historians

Cruise Only
10 nights from £6316pp

Expedition Holiday
  • Reykjavik
  • Snæfellsjökull volcano
  • Dynjandi waterfall
  • Akureyri
  • Lake Myvatn
  • Husavik
  • Heimaey

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Admire the outstanding natural beauty of Iceland, where snow-capped peaks overlook spectacular glaciers, geysers erupt and waterfalls cascade down sheer cliffs.

Enjoy an overnight hotel stay in the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik, before joining your ship and cruising to Hvalfjordur, a stunning fjord rich in bird life and home to an old whaling station. From picturesque Stykkisholmur, enjoy a full day tour with highlights including Arnarstapi's rugged coastline, a haven for birds, and Bjarnarhofn, where there is the chance to try the famed cured shark.

Spend a couple of days exploring the serene Westfjords region where sights include the famous Dynjandi waterfall, and Hornstrandir peninsula with its towering bird cliffs. Continue to pretty Akureyri, from where you can discover the thundering Godafoss waterfall or the colourful Akureyri Botanic Garden, before spending time at leisure in Husavik, Iceland's 'Whale Watching Capital'.

The verdant island of Grimsey is perfect for Zodiac cruising, kayaking and photography, while Mjoifjordur is a tranquil hidden gem. The lively fishing town of Hofn is the gateway to the spectacular vistas of Vatnajokull National Park which is home to Europe's largest glacier, Vatnajokull, as well as the azure Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon filled with icebergs. The rugged Westman Islands, believed to have the largest Atlantic puffin colony in the world, are a fitting finale to this superb expedition voyage.

AE105 Operated by Aurora Expeditions


Iceland Circumnavigation

Day 1 - Reykjavik (Iceland)

Arrive in the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik and make your own way to the hotel, Fosshotel or similar.

Day 2 - Hvalfjordur

After breakfast at the hotel, a transfer is included to the pier to board Greg Mortimer. Sail into Hvalfjördur, a beautiful fjord just north of Reykjavik with wide areas of flat verdant land along majestic mountains, and beaches cut with creeks. The fjord is approximately 30 km / 19 mi long and 5 km / 3 miles wide. The area is rich in bird life and is home to seals, perfect for zodiac cruising, kayaking and hikes.. It was once one of the main whaling stations in Iceland and today the old whaling station remains along with a war museum. (B,L,D)

Day 3 - Stykkisholmur - Snaefellnes Peninsula - Latrabjarg cliffs

Stykkisholmur is the starting point for adventures on the Snaefellnes Peninsula, the gateway to Snaefellsjokull National Park. Sktykkisholmur is located on the north of the peninsula and has a beautiful old city centre with houses once owned by Danish traders. The region is diverse and characterised by lava fields and magnificent fjords, all overlooked by the Snaefellsjokull volcano. Disembark the ship and enjoy a full day excursion with highlights including Arnarstapi and its arctic tern colony, Bjarnarhofn and the shark museum, and Grundarfjordur. Rejoin the ship and cruise past the Latrabjarg cliff, home to a large population of razorbills and puffins. (B,L,D)

Days 4-5 - Westfjords

Spend the next two days exploring the Westfjords region with its dramatic fjords and sheer mountains. The area has beautiful towns including Isafjordur and is home to iconic sights including the famous Dynjandi waterfall. You may be able to visit the Hornstrandir peninsula with its towering bird cliffs. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Akureyri - Lake Myvatn

Explore Akureyri's beautiful old town with its well-preserved period houses before heading inland to the stunning Myvatn region. Choose from two excursions. The first takes in the incredible Godafoss Waterfall, Namaskaro with its mud springs, and Asbyrgi, a forested canyon. The second is a visit to Akureyri Public Park and Botanic Garden, one of the northern most botanical gardens in the world. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Husavik - Grimsey Island

Grimsey is a verdant island known for its proximity to the Arctic Circle. Many people head to the island to say they have stepped across the imaginary line. Grimsey is perfect for Zodiac cruising, kayaking and photography. Leaving Grimsey, spend time surveying the waters of Skjalfandi Bay around Husavik, known as Iceland's whale watching capital. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - Mjoifjordur

Mjoifjordur is a hidden gem on Iceland's east coast. It is ideal for kayaking and Zodiac cruising. It has spectacular waterfalls, verdant hills and colourful flora lining its shores. At Asknes are the remains of an old whaling station, while on the way to Brekkuporp is a shipwreck, a haunting reminder of the town's whaling past. (B,L,D)

Day 9 - Hofn - Vatnajokull National Park

The lively fishing town of Hofn is the gateway to Vatnajokull National Park which is home to Europe's largest glacier, Vatnajokull. You'll also hike in Skaftafell National Park, keeping an eye out for birds, reindeers and seals. Inside the national park is the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, filled with floating icebergs which wash up on the shore. Enjoy an amphibian boat excursion on the lagoon. (B,L,D)

Day 10 - Westman Islands

The Westman Islands are located off Iceland's south coast. Cruise past UNESCO-listed Surtsey Island, one of the youngest land masses on earth. The Westman Islands are considered to have the largest Atlantic puffin colony in the world. Heimaey is the archipelago's main island and a visit to the weather station offers bird-watching opportunities. You'll also learn about the Eldfell eruption of 1973 at the Eldheimar museum. (B,L,D)

Day 11 - Reykjavik

After breakfast, disembark and transfer to downtown Reykjavik or Keflavik airport.(B) Please note: At the conclusion of the voyage, we do not recommend booking flights departing prior to 12.00 pm on the day of disembarkation in case there are delays.

In true expedition style we encourage exploration and adventure, offering flexibility in challenging environments in a way that puts you among the action to see and do as much as possible. This itinerary is only a guide and subject to change due to ice and weather conditions. Important Note: In order to experience some of Iceland’s incredible scenery, a number of the shore excursions on this itinerary require overland coach travel away from the coast.

Price Includes

  • 9-night full board cruise
  • 1-night pre-cruise hotel stay in Reykjavik
  • Overseas transfers as mentioned in itinerary
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell reception including four-course dinner, house cocktails, house beer and wine, non-alcoholic beverages
  • Beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner on board
  • Unlimited tea and coffee on board
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises
  • Educational lectures from Expedition Team
  • Complimentary 3-in-1 waterproof polar expedition jacket
  • Port surcharges, permits and landing fees

Price Does Not Include

  • International flights – we can arrange these for you
  • Overseas transfers not mentioned in itinerary
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks (outside of dinner service)
  • Optional excursions not included in the itinerary
  • Optional activity surcharges
  • Wi-Fi
  • Laundry services
  • Gratuities - $15 per person per day gratuity is automatically added to your onboard account. The amount can be increased or decreased when settling your bill
  • Passport, visa, reciprocity and vaccination charges
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes

Cruise Extensions

  • Tromso 2-night stay at the Clarion Collection Hotel, walking tour of the city with a local English speaking guide, entrance into the Polaria Museum, husky puppy training visit with return transfers & lunch
  • Across Iceland’s Wilderness 10-night tour of Iceland with basic accommodation in Reykjavik; Hvolsvollur; Kirkjubaejarklaustur; Tjorsardalur area; Lake Myvatn area; Laugarbakki area and Snaefellsnes area including a guide, 8 dinners and entrance fee to the Erik the Red Museum
  • Fjords & Glaciers of Norway 6-nights accommodation in Bergen, Norheimsund, Balestrand and Oslo including breakfast, 3 dinners and 1 lunch, English-speaking guide and entrance fees
  • Kirkenes City Stay Overnight at the Thon Hotel Kirkenes including breakfast and departure transfer. From AUD248pp
  • Norway in a Nutshell 5-night accommodation in Oslo, Voss and Bergen including ‘Norway in a Nutshell’ rail, bus and ferry pass, 2nd class seat reservations (where possible), Full day ‘Norway in a Nutshell’ sightseeing tour and selected meals.
  • Reykjavik City Stay 2-night stay at the Foss Hotel Reykjavik including modern transportation with the service of a local English-speaking driver/guide, entrance fees to sites, one-Way FlyBus + transfer (airport – hotel and vice versa), Reykjavik City Tour and Blue Lagoon (8 hours), comfort entrance at Blue Lagoon (stop for 1.5-2 hours) according to availability* – Visit includes mud mask, towel hire, one drink of your choice., Golden Circle Day Tour with guide (8 hours),
  • Taste of Copenhagen 2-night stay at the Hotel Fredeik in Copenhagen on B&B Basis including some sightseeing with local English-speaking guide, entrance fees, and transport. From AUD1749pp
  • Taste of Oslo 2-night stay at the Thon Hotel Opera including some sightseeing with local English-speaking guide, entrance fees, and transport. From AUD1407pp

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