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Experience an enchanting land of geological extremes on a circumnavigation of Iceland. Encounter vast volcanic landscapes and the world’s youngest island, walk on lava fields and ice sheets, and feel the spray of gushing hot springs and cascading waterfalls. Go birding on the Arctic Circle, kayak into fjords and serene bays, and hike along magnificent and remote stretches of the coast. Cap off the adventure with a soak in the famous Blue Lagoon.

Trip Highlights

    • Explore one of Europe’s largest ice caps and explore the lava-sculpted landscapes of the Westman Islands.
    • Soak in hot springs, and see boiling mud pots and the thundering Godafoss Waterfall.
    • Get up close to spectacular sculptures in ice on a cruise among the scattered icebergs of Jökulsárlón.
    • Hike through the wilds of Iceland and spot birdlife on its shores and surrounding isles.

Itinerary - 10 Days

Days 1 & 2 — U.S./Reykjavík, Iceland

Fly overnight to Reykjavík and take a guided tour of the old town, including the imposing and modern Hallgrímskirkja church. Learn about Norse culture at the National Museum, which features Viking treasures. Embark National Geographic Orion or National Geographic Explorer.
(Day 2: L, D)

Day 3 — Exploring the West Coast of Iceland

Navigate Iceland’s wild western frontier, sailing past the soaring Látrabjarg cliffs, home to a huge population of razorbills. Continue to Flatey Island, a trading post for many centuries, and take walks or explore by Zodiac.

Day 4 — Ísafjördur

Spend the day in the town of Ísafjördur set on a tiny spit jutting out into the water in the Westfjords region. Renowned for its traditional eiderdown production, Ísafjördur is a picture postcard of Icelandic life and a great place for hiking and spotting eider ducks.

Day 5 — Siglufjördur and Akureyri

At Siglufjördur, once the center of Iceland’s herring industry, visit the Herring Museum for a talk and a tasting. In picturesque Akureyri, explore the old town, strolling past its beautifully maintained period houses, or visit the botanical garden.

Day 6 — Lake Mývatn and Húsavík

Drive to Mývatn, the most geologically active area in Iceland. See the boiling mud pools at Hverarönd; and at the Krafla geothermal area, visit the explosion crater at Viti. Continue to an unforgettable sight: Goðafoss, the waterfall of the gods. Meet the ship in Húsavík, and watch for whales as we sail north to the land of the midnight sun. Take Zodiacs ashore to the tiny island of Grímsey on the Arctic Circle, and celebrate being officially in the Arctic.

Day 7 — Exploring Northeast Iceland

Iceland’s rugged east coast is an unspoiled stretch of rocky outcrops, hidden coves, and hills that beckon hikers. Today is left open to explore this beautiful landscape with our naturalists by Zodiac and on foot.

Day 8 — Djúpivogur

Dock in Djúpivogur to explore the vast Vatnajökull ice cap. For a closer look at the ice cap, take a boat ride through Jökulsárlón, a lagoon strewn with spectacular icebergs sculpted into all shapes and sizes.

Day 9 — Westman Islands

Cruise by the Westman Islands, which are among the youngest of the world’s archipelagos. In 1973, Heimaey was threatened by lava flows that nearly closed off its harbor. Visit the island’s crater, where the earth is still hot.

Day 10 — Reykjavík /U.S.

Disembark in Reykjavík and soak in the geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon before your flight home. (B,L)

Please note: Voyages on National Geographic Explorer are 11 days, and spend one extra day exploring northwest Iceland.

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Special Offer

Complimentary Bar Tab

Book any 2017 departure and we will cover your bar tab on board and all tips for the crew. Offers are for new bookings only, may not be combined with other offers, and are subject to availability. Please call for details.

National Geographic Expert

Karen Kasmauski

Karen KasmauskiPhotographer Karen Kasmauski has produced 25 stories for National Geographic magazine on topics ranging from earthquakes in Japan to oil exploration in Alaska. She finds the personal stories behind the headlines, blending a warm human sensitivity with a photographer’s eye for detail to distill global issues into resonant images. Karen's book Impact: From the Front Lines of Global Health, published by National Geographic, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Her book Nurse: A World of Care tells stories of dedicated medical professionals—“frontline soldiers” in the war against suffering and disease—from the frozen rivers of Alaska to the slums of Nairobi. The book earned awards from Communication Arts, Pictures of the Year, and the American Academy of Nursing. Her photographic work has appeared in numerous publications including Smithsonian and the New York Times. Karen was awarded the inaugural Getty Images Grant for Good, and she recently received a Knight Foundation Fellowship with which she earned a Masters in Visual Communication at Ohio University.

Karen will join the following departures:

Jul 20 - 29, 2017
Jul 28 - Aug 06, 2017


Lindblad/National Geographic Logo

This trip is offered in association with Lindblad Expeditions.


  • Jul 04 - 13, 2017 [ORION]
  • Jul 11 - 21, 2017 [EXP]
  • Jul 12 - 21, 2017 [ORION]
  • Jul 20 - 29, 2017 [ORION]
  • Jul 28 - Aug 06, 2017 [ORION]
  • Aug 05 - 14, 2017 [ORION]
  • Jun 28 - Jul 08, 2018 [EXP]
  • Jul 07 - 17, 2018 [EXP]
  • Jul 16 - 26, 2018 [EXP]

[EXP] National Geographic Explorer
[ORION] National Geographic Orion

Departures aboard National Geographic Explorer are 11 days, and spend one extra day in northwest Iceland.

If departing from outside the U.S., plan to arrive anytime on Day 2.

Expedition Cost

Orion Explorer
Category 1 $9,130 $10,270
Category 2 $10,580 $11,890
Category 3 $12,560 $12,360
Category 4 $13,700 $14,130
Category 5 $16,370 $15,410
Category 6 $18,980 $18,420
Category 7 N/A $21,350
Solo Suite A $13,700 $14,860
Solo Suite B $18,850 $15,450

Prices are per person, double occupancy, in Categories 1 though 7.

International airfare to/from Reykjavík is not included in the expedition cost.

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