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Iceland Circumnavigation

  • Duration10 Nights
  • StyleSmall Ship Cruise
  • When to GoMay - Jun
  • Price GuideFrom $11,128 Per Person
Embark on a circumnavigation of Iceland, touring its coast from Reykjavik to the edge of the Arctic. You’ll sail a wildly romantic route, taking in vast glaciers, sailing along narrow fjords to active volcanoes, and the stunning shores of North Atlantic Islands. Along the route, you’ll walk along volcanic black sand beaches, hike mountainous trails that lead to picturesque geysers, mud pools, and spectacular waterfalls, and encounter a menagerie of wildlife: from charming puffins and other seabirds at vast bird cliffs such as Látrabjarg, to whales and seals breaching the waters in Húsavík. Aboard the expedition ship Sylvia Earle, you’ll have numerous opportunities for learning in its state-of-the-art science center, as well as immersive views of the phenomenal icy landscapes from its observation decks. Disembark for Zodiac tours to bring you closer to glaciers and stunning Icelandic nature, take an icy Polar plunge, and visit charming Icelandic villages to witness life at the borders of the Arctic Circle.

At a Glance

  • Days 1 - 2
    • Reykjavik Arrival

      • Private arrival transfer to your hotel in Reykjavik
      • Group walking tour of Reykjavik’s most notable sights before boarding the ship
  • Day 3
    • Stykkisholmur / Snaefellsnes Peninsula

      • Discover the impressive geology of the nearby Snæfellsjökull National Park
  • Days 4 - 6
    • Westfjords

      • Sail into the remote Hornstrandir Peninsula
      • Go to shore at Patreksfjordur - Europe’s westernmost point
      • Visit the remote towns of Isafjordur and Djupavik
  • Day 7
    • Hjalteyri

      • Explore peaceful Hjalteyri, a former fishing village close to Akureyri
  • Day 8
    • Grímsey Island

      • Zodiac or kayak tour at Iceland’s northernmost island
  • Day 9
    • Seydisfjördur

      • Visit the charming little town of Seydisfjördur
  • Day 10
    • Westman Islands

      • Sail around the rocks and skerries, home to numerous seabirds, and look out for seals and whales
  • Day 11
    • Reykjavik

      • Disembark and private transfer to Keflavik Airport
  • Meet Our Expert

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    Cruise Specialist

    I have vast experience creating luxury worldwide cruise and adventurous land touring expeditions and my passion for these types of bucket-list trips is infectious. I love the world’s remote northern and southern regions for their incredible nature, extraordinary landscapes, and the pure sense of adventure that they can provide.

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    Our Cruise Ship

    Sylvia Earle

    Custom-built to take on the extreme conditions of Antarctica and beyond with exceptional stability and comfort on ocean crossings, the Sylvia Earle is a splendid expedition ship, perfectly suited to journeys deep into the Polar extremes. Bright, spacious rooms look out onto glorious Polar views through floor-to-ceiling windows, and the ship’s inverted bow gives you every opportunity for observation with expansive observation decks that bring passengers closer to the stunning Polar environments.

    Departure Dates: Expedition cruises through this region run from May to June. Speak to our team to discuss dates and itinerary options.

    What's Included

    • Private airport transfers on arrival and departure
    • 1 night accommodation including breakfast in Reykjavik
    • 9 nights aboard the Sylvia Earle
    • All meals aboard including beer, house wine and soft drinks during dinner
    • Captain’s welcome dinner and reception
    • Onboard wildlife, history and environmental lectures
    • Group walking tour in Reykjavik
    • All tours on the cruise on a group basis
    • Explore Látrabjarg bird cliffs, the largest seabird cliffs in Europe
    • Visit Vatnajökull National Park, featuring Europe’s largest glacier
    • Discover Mjóifjördur

    What's not Included

    • International flights from your country of origin
    • Airport arrival or departure taxes
    • Any meals, tours, or activities other than those specifically mentioned in itinerary
    • Alcoholic beverages or soft drinks outside of dinner service
    • Incidental local expenses - souvenirs, laundry, taxis, etc
    • Visas for Iceland. Your consultant will advise of any required visas and how to obtain themrequired
    • Wifi
    • Optional excursions and optional activity surcharges
    • Travel insurance - we strongly recommend you purchase travel insurance as soon as you have booked your trip
    • Price based on double occupancy in a double or twin room

    Day by Day Itinerary

    • Day 1

      Arrival in Reykjavik

      Landakotskirkja Church ReykjavikD6 Iceland Reykjavik

      Welcome to Iceland! Our driver will be waiting for you at Keflavik Airport to transfer you to your hotel. Upon arrival, you can collect your luggage tags from the expedition desk, before taking an evening to explore glorious Reykjavik (be sure to ask if you’d like any tips on where to eat or what to see). If you have the time, enjoy sights such as the intriguing Sun Voyager, the Hallgrimskirkja, Laugavegur Street, and the Blue Lagoon, trace Viking history in the city’s museums, or sample divine Nordic tasting menus in its restaurants.

      *Please note that accommodation in Reykjavik is confirmed after booking, roughly 2 months before departure.

    • Day 2

      Reykjavik Tour & Embarktion

      D1 Iceland ReykjavikD2 Embarkation on to Sylvia Earle

      Having enjoyed breakfast and fitted your cabin tags to your luggage, you’ll check out and leave your bags at the hotel to be collected and delivered to your cabin aboard the Sylvia Earle ahead of your arrival. Afterward, you’ll have the option to join us in the hotel’s lobby for an informative walking tour of Reykjavik’s most notable sights with a knowledgeable local guide, or you can spend the morning as you wish. You’ll board the Sylvia Earle in the afternoon to embark on your circumnavigation of Iceland, an occasion marked by a convivial Captain’s dinner.

      Excursions Included:
      Group sightseeing tour in Reykjavik

      Meals Included:
      Breakfast & Welcome Dinner

    • Day 3

      Stykkisholmur / Snaefellsnes Peninsula

      D3 View of Mount KirkjufellStykkisholmur Iceland

      We’ll begin our Iceland Circumnavigation by sailing into the Snæfellsnes peninsula – often referred to as Iceland in miniature due to the wealth and diversity of its landscapes. Here, you’ll see the traditional houses in Stykkishólmur’s picturesque center, and journey through Snaefellsnes’s cinematic landscapes of lava fields, crystal clear waters, breathtaking fjords, and the 7000-year old, subglacial Snæfellsjökull volcano towering over verdant fields full of sheep. But nature abounds here with seabirds and glistening waterfalls, as well as the phenomenal peak of Mount Kirkjufell.

      Excursions Included:
      Discover the impressive geology of the nearby Snæfellsjökull National Park

      Meals Included:
      Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    • Days 4-6

      Exploring the Westfjords

      D4 6 Cruising the West FjordsWestfjords Iceland

      The next three days are perhaps the most exciting of the cruise, spent sailing the astounding Westfjords, where mountains make sheer plunges into crystal clear waters and dramatic fjords sculpted by long dead glaciers form narrow passages to some of the North Atlantic’s sublimest scenery. You’ll sail into the remote beauty of the Hornstrandir peninsula, viewing the vertical cliffs animated by birdlife, but otherwise silent and still. You’ll go to shore at Patreksfjordur – Europe’s westernmost point, to see puffins, razorbills, and guillemots. The remote towns of Isafjordur and Djupavik, surrounded by an immeasurable expanse of mountains are ideal for kayaking and hiking, while small cultural attractions and restaurants fill out the day with opportunities to see local art and sample the raw flavors of provincial Icelandic cuisine.

      Excursions Included:
      Sail into the remote Hornstrandir Peninsula
      Go to shore at Patreksfjordur – Europe’s westernmost point
      Visit the remote towns of Isafjordur and Djupavik

      Meals Included:
      Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    • Day 7

      Journeying to Hjalteyri on the mainland

      D7 Cliffside Puffin in IcelandHjalteyri Iceland

      Reaching the mainland the Sylvia Earle will drop anchor at peaceful Hjalteyri, a former fishing village close to Akureyri, Iceland’s second-largest town. Once renowned as a center for the Herring trade, the village now boasts a slightly different personality. Modernized and with a focus on the arts, the former Herring factory acts as a cultural center for the small local population and hosts art exhibitions in the summer. In the north of Iceland, it’s second only to Husavík as a base for whale watching, but it’s an attractive destination for sea angling and diving too.

      Excursions Included:
      Explore peaceful Hjalteyri, a former fishing village close to Akureyri

      Meals Included:
      Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    • Day 8

      The Arctic Circle at Grímsey Island

      D8 Whale Watching in HjalteyriGrimsey Island Iceland

      Located 40km from the mainland, Iceland’s northernmost island, Grímsey is a verdant slice of land partially within the Arctic Circle. Its mossy southern side topples as a hilly landslide into the water, while elsewhere, imposing basalt cliffs are brought to life by cheery puffins and gulls. Its small size makes it an ideal spot for a Zodiac or kayak tour, though it’s as equally beautiful when viewed from the Sylvia Earle. After Grímsey, we’ll sail back to the mainland, keeping watch for Orcas, pilot whales, and if we’re lucky, Blue Whales in Skjálfandi Bay.

      Excursions Included:
      Zodiac or kayak tour at Iceland’s northernmost island

      Meals Included:
      Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    • Day 9

      Cultural moments in Seydisfjördur

      Seydisfjordur IcelandD9 Seydisfjordur in the East Fjords

      This charming little town in the Eastfjords is home to attractive multicolored wooden houses built around a beautiful lagoon. It’s flanked by snow-capped mountains and has cascading waterfalls along the idyllic river Fjardara. The area is stunning, ideal for hikers with trails leading off into the hills and along the river, and it’s ideal for sailing in the summer and skiing in the winter. But it’s just as good for anyone hoping to snag a piece of local art from its community of artists and craftspeople, or for music lovers hoping to experience live music in the unique Blue Church during its summer concert series.

      Excursions Included:
      Visit the charming little town of Seydisfjördur

      Meals Included:
      Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    • Day 10

      Cruising the Westman Islands

      D10 Westman IslandsHeimaey Iceland

      Formed of underwater volcanoes that erupted 10,000 years ago, the Westman Islands are a beguiling chain of 15 islands off the southern shore of Iceland. Here, we’ll sail rugged rocks and skerries, home to numerous seabirds, and look out for seals and whales as the water breaks. The main island is Heimaey, with a population of a little over 4000, and it has an intriguing collection of half-buried houses, the remnants of an eruption of the Eldfell Volcano – a popular peak to hike. The archipelago is home to the UNESCO-listed Surtsey Island, one of the world’s youngest islands – formed in 1963 and best viewed from the Sylvia Earle’s observation decks.

      Excursions Included:
      Sail around the rocks and skerries, home to numerous seabirds, and look out for seals and whales

      Meals Included:
      Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    • Day 11

      Disembark in Reykjavik

      D11 Departure from ReykjavikNorthern Lights near Reykjavik Iceland

      The Sylvia Earle will cruise slowly back into port at Reykjavik as you sleep, allowing you time, after breakfast, to say a final farewell to the ship’s brilliant crew and your fellow travelers. After you leave your cabin and disembark for the final time, we will transfer you to the Keflavik airport for your onward journey or if you intend to stay in Iceland, to a hotel in gorgeous Reykjavik.

      Meals Included:

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