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Iceland Circumnavigation

2017 Departures
May 16, 25
June 12, 21, 30
July 09, 18
Prices From$2825 per Person Double
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Experience an unforgettable journey around the island of fire and ice. Iceland is a country of contrasts and the diverse natural landscape provides the possibility for unique experiences like nowhere else on earth. This cruise reveals both natural wonders and the Icelandic way of living. A range of exciting shore excursions brings the unique character of Iceland closer to you.

Itinerary

 
Day 1     Reykjavik
On Board the Ocean Diamond
Meals: Dinner

Individual arrival. Use the day in Reykjavik to explore the highlights of the world’s northernmost national capital city on your own, or book one of our exciting pre-cruise programs and discover Reykjavik and its surroundings by land or air. The Ocean Diamond docks in the old harbor located in the heart of town which is a 5 minute walk to the inner city. The ship will depart Reykjavik harbor at 8 p.m.

 
Day 2     Stykkisholmur
On Board the Ocean Diamond
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

We begin our exploration of Snaefellsnes Peninsula from the cheerful town of Stykkisholmur in West Iceland. The peninsula is dominated by Snaefellsnes National Park which represents nearly every type of nature seen in Iceland. On board Zodiacs you explore thousands of islets among Breidafjördur Bay (UNESCO) which are teeming with exotic birdlife, unique basalt rock formations and marine wildlife. Adventurous spirits may opt to join an expedition to Snaefellsjökull glacier which sits atop a 700,000 year old dormant volcano and served as the mystical entrance to earth’s interior in Jules Verne’s novel, ‘Journey to the Centre of the Earth’.

Optional tours in Stykkisholmur:

* SNAEFELLSNES PENINSULA

* SNAEFELLSJÖKULL GLACIER

* VISIT THE „SHARK-FARMER“

 
Day 3     Isafjordur
On Board the Ocean Diamond
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Today's destination is the idyllic town of Isafjördur, capital of the Westfjords region. This secluded peninsula is connected to the rest of Iceland by only a narrow strip of land. Even by Icelandic standards, the area can be described as unusually isolated. The landscape is characterized by mesas and dramatic fjords that cut deep into the landscape. Enjoy silence and nature while sea fishing or bird watching on the small island of Vigur, or by visiting the Dynjandi Waterfall, the highest cascade in this area.

Optional tours while in Isafjordur:

* SEA ANGLING FROM FLATEYRI/SUDUREYRI -

* BOAT TRIP TO VIGUR ISLAND

* HIKING TO DYNJANDI WATERFALL

 
Day 4     Siglufjordur
On Board the Ocean Diamond
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

The next morning we reach the fjord town of Siglufjördur which was once the centre of the world’s herring industry and is enjoying a rebirth in popularity. Learn about the golden herring age at the award-winning Herring Era Museum located on the vibrant harbor-front. The uninhabited Hedinsfjördur inlet provides a breathtaking backdrop surrounded by majestic mountains of the Tröllaskagi Peninsula. Early evening we arrive in Akureyri, Iceland’s lovable second city. Get a feel for the town’s Arctic charms with a stroll through the compact city centre and world’s northernmost botanical gardens which host every flower native to Iceland.

Optonal tours while in Sigulfjordur:

* HERRING MUSEUM

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Day 5     Akureyri
On Board the Ocean Diamond
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

While docked for the second day in the port of Akureyri we explore nearby Lake Myvatn Nature Reserve. Visitors are mesmerized by the area’s schizophrenic landscape where it seems as if “heaven and hell” have clashed. One side of the lake features rugged remnants of volcanic activity, while the other side of the lake is fertile with lush greenery and varied bird life. Shore excursion options include a trek to Askja volcano via Super Jeep in summer, or exploring the colourful Myvatn area year-round.

Optional excursions while in Akureyri:

* ASKJA – SUPERJEEP

* LAKE MYVATN CLASSIC

 
Day 6     Husavik
On Board the Ocean Diamond
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Early morning we reach Husavik, also known as “The Whale Capital of Iceland.” In Skjalfandi Bay you can spot 15 different whale species, as well as dolphins and 30 varieties of bird. Catching a glimpse of these graceful ocean giants in their Arctic habitat is an unforgettable experience.

Optional shore excursions while in Husavik:

* WHALE WATCHING

* DETTIFOSS

 
Day 7     Seydisfjordur
On Board the Ocean Diamond
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

To explore Iceland’s East Fjords we dock in the impossibly picturesque port of Seydisfjördur. This fishing village is nestled between steep mountain slopes and panoramic sea views. Activities to enjoy include seal spotting, horseback riding, kayaking amongst idyllic fjords and guided hikes of the scenic and historical Vestadalur area.

* HUSEY – SEAL WATCHING ON HORSEBACK

* HIKING IN THE FJORDS

 
Day 8     Hofn
On Board the Ocean Diamond
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

The fishing village of Djupivogur in southeast Iceland starts today’s point to explore Vatnajökull Glacier, larger than all of Europe’s glaciers combined. Get directly to the foot of the glacier on a 4WD Jeep tour or enjoy a boat tour of Jökulsarlon glacial lagoon in summer. This awe-inspiring lagoon features icebergs of all shapes and sizes tumbling and floating about in a spectacular show.

Optional tours while in Hofn:

* GLACIER LAGOON JÖKULSÁRLON AND VATNAJÖKULL GLACIER

* LOBSTER-LUNCH

 
Day 9     Westman Islands
On Board the Ocean Diamond
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Located off the coast of South Iceland, the island group Vestmannaeyjar was formed by submarine volcanic eruptions 10,000 years ago. Surtsey Island emerged from the sea in 1963 and is one the youngest place on earth. We go ashore on Heimaey, the only inhabited island of the archipelago. Here the evidence of Iceland’s volcanic fury is on full display with half-buried houses in ash from a violent eruption in 1973 when the entire island had to be evacuated. Aboard Zodiacs we circumnavigate the island to take in the magical scenery and stop at places of interest to see the local bird life, visit caves and possibly spot whales. An epic experience here is to play a round of golf in a sunken volcanic crater.

Optional excursions while on Westman Islands:

* LAVA TOUR POMPEY OF THE NORTH

* GOLF IN THE VOLCANO

 
Day 10     Reykjavik
Meals: Breakfast

In the morning we return to the port of Reykjavik. After breakfast it’s time to bid farewell to the Ocean Diamond. Extend your stay in Iceland and book one of our post-cruise programs or explore Reykjavik and the surrounding area on your own. Reykjavik, which is both the economical and cultural hub of Iceland, boasts a variety of museums and shops. Scattered around the city are fascinating natural wonders like glaciers, waterfalls and geysers. Individual departure or book our comfortable.

 

Notes

Please note that shore excursions as described above belong to a first selection of possible excursions, which can be subject to change. We are happy to provide you with further details. We recommend to book the shore excursions beforehand as some excursions have maximum availability

Price Includes
Usage of Gym and Sauna-Facilities
On-Board Entertainment Program
All Lectures from Cruise Staff and Guest Speakers
All Zodiac Excursions
All Soft Drinks, Water and Coffee
Full Board Onboard Ship
Accomodation in Booked Cabin Category
Price Does Not Include
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