Iceland - The Land of Elves, Sagas & Volcanoes

From Reykjavík to Reykjavík
  • All Arctic Cruises
  • Iceland and Greenland
  • Expedition
  • Cruising
  • Wildlife
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Tour Description

This 11-day journey offers the opportunity to explore Iceland’s beautiful and majestic wildlife, culture and scenery in depth. Set sights on waterfalls, volcanoes and glaciers as you circumnavigate the land of fire and ice. Explore the city of Reykjavik before venturing to smaller settlements wrapped in beautiful scenery that have everything from interesting museums, extraordinary waterfalls, magnificent arrays of birds to encapsulating fjords and historic volcanic lands. On this expedition you have the chance to cross the Arctic circle before visiting the ‘Land of Elves’ and Iceland’s Pompeii, ending this amazing journey back in the charming city of Reykjavik.

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Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Arriving in Iceland

Many visitors find landing at Keflavik airport enchanting. The hub seems carved out of an arctic desert, with lava stones covered in moss and haunting mountains nearby. But just 45 minutes away, Reykjavík is a charming and vibrant modern city, offering top restaurants, interesting museums and quaint narrow streets.

Day 2
Welcome to Sagaland

Stykkishólmur has beautiful and well-preserved old houses in the town centre and is surrounded by wonderful scenery. Enjoy exploring the town´s interesting museums or join optional excursions to the iconic sites of Snæfellsnes Penninsula, such as the Lóndrangar basalt cliffs or the black sandy beaches of Djúpalónssandur.

Day 3
Patreksfjördur

Patreksfjördur is a charming settlement on the west coast of Iceland with around 660 inhabitants. The picturesque fjord offers scenic hiking trails if conditions allow. Patreksfjördur is also close to the spectacular waterfall of Dynjandi and to Látrabjarg, a renowned site for birdwatching.

Day 4
Northwest Iceland

Our experienced captain will plan a day exploring the stunning fjords of northwest Iceland.
Conditions will determine the final program and activity for the day. We might visit a small settlement, take you on hikes or launch our kayaks.

Day 5
Remote Ruins and Natural Beauty

In 1917 Elías Stefánsson settled down in Djupavik and built a herring salting factory. Today you can still see the remains of the factory as well as only seven houses and a hotel here. We will explore the landing site, and the beautiful natural scenery surrounding it.

Day 6
Northern Centre

Lively Akureyri is famous for its botanical gardens and pretty traffic lights. This 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, such as Lake Mývatn and Goðafoss waterfall.

Day 7
Step Across the Arctic Circle

We will use our tender boats to reach this green and grassy island. Grimsey 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. During the afternoon we sail towards Husavik, where we will arrive in the evening and stay overnight.

Day 8
Whales & Birds

Húsavík is renowned for its whale watching and has several interesting museums, including of course, a Whale Museum. In the evening we will sail past the scenic Laganes Peninsula.

Day 9
The Land of the Elves

Bakkagerdi is the main settlement in Borgarfjörður. This area is known for its natural beauty and is `the land of the elves´. Puffin colonies abound in the fjord, making this a popular place for birdwatching. Bakkagerdi is off the typical tourist track and offers peace, quiet and lovely views.

Day 10
Iceland's Pompeii

Heimaey, or “Home Island” welcomes us for our visit. The harbour has a very narrow entrance, caused by a volcanic eruption in 1973. Most of the island has steep cliffs, is well-vegetated and provides a habitat for countless birds, including the charming puffin.

Day 11
The End of the Adventure

Our voyage of discovery and adventure ends in Reykjavik. If you have the time, we recommend you stay a few extra days to explore fascinating Reykjavik.

What’s Included

Accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 Cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis
Food
  • Included Copy 20 Free tea and coffee
  • Included Copy 20 All meals aboard
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Professional English-speaking Expedition team that gives lectures as well as accompanying landings
  • Included Copy 20 Rich program of included activities on all voyages
  • Included Copy 20 Boots, trekking poles, and equipment needed for optional and included activities
  • Included Copy 20 Wind- and water-resistant jacket
  • Included Copy 7 International flights
  • Included Copy 7 Travel protection plan  
  • Included Copy 7 Luggage handling
  • Included Copy 7 Optional Excursions & Gratuities
Transportation
MS Fram | Antarctic & Arctic Cruise Ship

max. 318 Passengers

Activities

  • Included Wildlife observation
  • Included Shore excursions
  • Included Kayaking
  • Included Hiking
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Duration

11 days

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$4,682 USD

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