Circumnavigating Iceland – The Land Of Elves, Sagas & Volcanoes

  • 12 days / 11 nights
  • 10,080

Explore mythical Iceland

Discover an abundance of natural wonders -- from glaciers, waterfalls, geysers, and hot springs to volcanoes and lava fields. Known as the land of fire and ice, this island nation’s fishing villages and historic settlements offer insights into the country’s epic past. Circumnavigate Iceland to experience it all.

Circumnavigating Iceland – The Land Of Elves, Sagas & Volcanoes

$10,080.00

Explore mythical Iceland

Discover an abundance of natural wonders — from glaciers, waterfalls, geysers, and hot springs to volcanoes and lava fields. Known as the land of fire and ice, this island nation’s fishing villages and historic settlements offer insights into the country’s epic past. Circumnavigate Iceland to experience it all.

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Daily Overview

Day Destination Activities
1 Reykjavik EMBARKATION
2 Stykkishólmur & Flatey Discover volcanoes and glaciers in the Sagaland
Choose from several exciting activities
3 Bjargtangar See the puffins and birds of Látrabjarg
4 Ísafjörður Explore the trade town of Ísafjörður
Choose from a variety of optional excursions
5 Hornbjarg Cliff
Reykjafjörður
Take a Polarcirkel boat to Hornbjarg
Visit the scenic natural area of Reykjafjörður
6 Hrísey
Akureyri
See the most abundant bird species, ptarmigan
See the Goðafoss waterfall or enjoy a hike
7 Grimsey The Arctic Circle cuts across this green and grassy island
8 Húsavík Visit Húsavík, including its famous church
Scenic cruising past the Langanes peninsula
9 Bakkagerði Seyðisfjörður Discover Bakkagerði’s natural beauty and birds
Optional excursion to Hallormsstaður forest
10 Djúpivogur See Vatnajökull, the largest glacier in Europe
11 Vestmannaeyjar, Heimaey Explore the magnificent Westman Islands
Spot seabirds and maybe even whales
12 Reykjavik DISEMBARKATION

Additional Information

Days

12 days / 11 nights

Pace

Casual

DAY 1

REYKJAVIK / EMBARKATION

Forty-five minutes after touching down at Keflavík International Airport, surrounded by lava rocks, moss, and mountains, find yourself in Reykjavik, a charming and vibrant town with plenty of restaurants, museums, and shops along narrow streets.

DAY 2

STYKKISHÓLMUR & FLATEY

West Iceland is often referred to as “The Sagaland.” Experience Stykkishólmur’s natural diversity, including lava and rock formations, glaciers, volcanoes, and hot and cold springs. Explore the town of Stykkishólmur on your own or join an optional excursions to explore more of the Snæfellsnes peninsula which is said to be a miniature version of Iceland. In addition to its characteristic Snæfellsjökull glacier, there are black sandy beaches, bird cliffs, spectacular mountains and volcanic craters.

On the charming island of Flatey, time appears to stand still. Take a stroll around the village and travel back in time along the scenic lanes.

DAY 3

BJARGTANGER

One of Iceland’s best-kept secrets is Westfjords. As we sail around the tip of the Látrabjarg peninsula, you can see the Bjargtangar lighthouse, Europe’s westernmost point, from the deck. Come ashore and walk up the slope to the renowned Látrabjarg cliffs, home to millions of birds, including puffins, northern gannets, guillemots and razorbills.

DAY 4

ÍSAFJÖRDUR

Ísafjörður is the largest town in the Westfjords and has a long history as a major centre of commerce and trade, which was built around a thriving fishing industry. Experience the town’s architecture or join our wide range of optional excursions.

DAY 5

HORNBJARG CLIFF & REYKJAFJÖRDUR

The Hornbjarg cliff is one of the greatest seabird habitats in Iceland. Here, we will try to land in Polarcirkel boats. You’ll explore Reykjafjörður, a stunning natural area which can only be reached on foot or by boat.

DAY 6

HRÍSEY & AKUREYRI

Hrísey is a peaceful island in the middle of Eyjafjörður, a well-known paradise for birdwatchers. The most abundant species at this spot is the ptarmigan, but in all about 40 species of bird nest here. The 200 Islanders live in a trim fishing village with paved streets, tidy gardens and everyone has a view of the spectacular surrounding mountains.

Next stop is Akureyri, a lively and energetic town. In fact, it is the most populous community outside Reykjavík, and serves as the centre of trade, culture and services for the north of Iceland. Akureyri is close to many of Iceland’s most renowned natural treasures, although the town itself is a popular destination. Enjoy an optional hike or join an excursion to the impressive Goðafoss waterfall.

DAY 7

GRÍMSEY

At Grímsey we will use our small boats to reach this green and grassy island. It is probably best known for its proximity to the Arctic Circle, which cuts across the island. You can have the chance to step across that line, North to South.

DAY 8

HÚSAVÍK

Húsavík is the oldest settlement in all of Iceland. The town’s most famous landmark is Húsavíkurkirkja, a wooden church built in 1907. Over the years, Húsavík has become increasingly popular as a whale watching centre and is home to the Húsavík Whale Museum. After leaving the town, sail past the Langanes peninsula in the evening.

DAY 9

BAKKAGERDI & SEYDISFJÖRDUR

Bakkagerði is the main settlement in Borgarfjörður. This area is known for its natural beauty and has been called the “land of the elves.” There are many puffin colonies in the fjord, and as a result, it’s a popular place for bird watching. Bakkagerði is off the typical tourist track, and offers peace, quiet, and impressive views. If you prefer something more active, join us for an optional tour to the natural forest of Hallormsstaður.

Seyðisfjörður is distinguished by its Norwegian heritage. The colourful Norwegian-style wooden houses, which are unique in Iceland, date from the early 20th century. Explore the town, join a hike, or set off on an optional excursion out to Skálanes.

DAY 10

DJÚPIVOGUR

The natural world around Djupivogur is highly varied. The Búlandsnes bird sanctuary is renowned among bird lovers throughout the world, because this is a place where you can observe most Icelandic birds nesting in their natural habitat close by. The Vatnajökull glacier is the largest in Europe, and a spectacular sight. Join our optional excursion to Vatnajökull lagoon, or stay and hike in the beautiful surroundings of the town. Langabúð is the oldest house in Djúpivogur, originally built in 1790, and has now been renovated to serve as a cultural center. It houses some of the works of sculptor Ríkarður Jónsson, a heritage museum and a coffee shop with delicious homemade cakes and a display of local handicrafts. Don't miss the outdoor sculpture, Eggin í Gleðivík, by the world famous Icelandic artist Sigurður Guðmundsson, consisting of 34 eggs.

DAY 11

HEIMAEY

Heimaey is the largest of the Westman Islands, which are located off Iceland's south coast, and is dominated by magnificent cliffs. These form natural habitats for many different seabirds, including puffins and kittiwakes. The islands are also a great place for spotting whales. In 1973, a huge volcanic eruption surprised the residents of Heimaey. It forced the entire population to evacuate and set sail to mainland Iceland. A large number of buildings were buried under lava and ash. Many were completely destroyed, but others were later unearthed and restored. An entire museum, Eldheimar, has been built around the remains of one of the homes.

DAY 12

REYKJAVIK / DISEMBARKATION

Our voyage of discovery and adventure ends in Reykjavik. If you have the time, join an exciting post-programme Golden Circle and Blue Lagoon excursions.

Start / End Nights Sailing Schedule Starting From*
Reykjavík / Reykjavík 11 May & June 2019 $10,080

* Price per person based on double occupancy. Due to the dynamic nature of availability and pricing, please contact us at 1.866.760.1987 | expedition@glpworldwide.com directly for sailing schedule and full pricing

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  1. Passport

    Canadian citizens must have a valid passport which is valid for 3 months after the last date of your trip in Iceland.

    Citizens of other countries should consult with their travel agent or our office.

  2. Visas

    No visa is required for citizens of Canada to enter Iceland.

A handy checklist of what to bring on your trip can be downloaded here.

We highly recommend the purchase of appropriate travel insurance for any trip outside Canada. Details about the policy available through GLP Worldwide can be found here.

Not permitted anywhere indoors. There are designated areas on the outside decks.

The weather will differ from the south side of the island to the north so expect that temperatures at Akureyri may be 3-5C cooler than these which are based on Reykjavik:

May:Usually very dry with temperatures in the high 0s during the day, approaching the freezing point at night.

June-August:Temperatures during the day in the low to mid 10s. At night the temperature could easily drop to the high 0s.

September:Weather starts to get a bit wetter. Average daytime temperatures around the high 0s. Winds get strong and nighttime temperatures are typically in the low 0s.

Upon booking, we will provide detail instructions on where in Reykjavik to check-in for your Iceland expedition.

Although it’s a small city, it offers a lot to see and do and we highly recommend a stay here before or after your voyage.

The currency of Iceland is the Icelandic Krona (ISK).

Onboard, you will be issued a cruise card which you can use to charge all purchases during your voyage. You must provide a Visa, American Express, Diners or MasterCard that is valid for at least 3 months after your trip date.

The final bill will be charged to your credit card account in Norwegian Kronor (NOK).

ATM’s accepting most international debit and credit cards can be found in abundance in Reykjavik and the other larger towns. However, given your itinerary, it may not be convenient to find one. We regret, there is no currency exchange facility onboard the ship.

For small purchases in Iceland, you should have some of the local currency as USD may not be accepted.

The gratuity suggested by the cruise line is USD 12 per guest per day

Of course, gratuities are always at your discretion and the above recommendations are assuming you are completely satisfied. All gratuities will be divided amongst the entire crew.

Laundry service is available for a small fee. Regrettably, dry cleaning is not available.

All regular shore landings as noted in the itinerary are included in your voyage. Some additional excursions may be available on board at an extra cost. Please check with us or consult the purser onboard for additional information.

Many shore landings will start a zodiac boat ride to shore where you will land and be assisted onto shore via some portable steps. The ground is sometimes covered with small rocks / gravel.

Light to Moderate – Participation in the shore landings requires the ability to board (with assistance) a zodiac boat from the main ship and on to shore. There are generally no long distances to walk on our Icelandic programs.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all included in your cruise fare.

When in Iceland, you’ll find that the food is somewhat more “Europeanized”. However, local dishes such as “Hangikjöt” (smoked lamb) or “Skyr” (kind of like yoghurt but not), are well worth trying. If you are really brave, look for “Svið” which is boiled sheep’s head. They say it’s delicious.

You may also wish to take a sip of the schnapps called “Brennivín” which is sometimes referred to by the Icelanders as “Black Death”…. We will let you be the judge.

In all the stops along the way, you will find that the local people speak at least some, if not fluent, English.

There is an English-speaking physician and nurse on board at all times. The ship has a small medical facility with the necessary equipment and drugs to handle small emergencies. In the event of a serious emergency, the nearest hospital will be contacted. Medical consultations as well as medicines will be charged to the passenger affected. If you depend on medication, remember to bring sufficient supplies to last through any unforeseen delays. We also recommend that you keep your medication in your hand luggage properly labelled and with clear instructions for its use. If you depend on vital drugs, please inform the ship’s doctor upon arrival. Illness on board can lead to quarantine and orders from the ship’s physician and captain, must be followed.

There is a phone in each cabin. Outgoing call rates are very high as a satellite connection is the only one possible.

Wi-Fi is available in certain areas of the ship at a modest charge. As it is a satellite connection, internet speed will be very slow and we suggest it be used for urgent matters only.

There are no vaccinations required to travel to Iceland. However, we suggest you consult your physician with any specific personal requirements for this program.

Our ships are equipped with the latest in emergency communication, life boats and other equipment to deal with any kind of problematic event. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our office for more details.

Iceland does not currently have any security threats.

More details about travelling to Iceland can be found here:

https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/iceland

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