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Circumnavigation of Iceland

  • Trip Type: Small Ship
  • 11 Days | Roundtrip Reykjavík
  • Group Size: Max 148

Expedition Details

 

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

  • Reach Iceland’s most remote landscapes and venture to the Arctic Circle aboard the National Geographic Explorer.
  • Capture images of gushing geysers, cascading waterfalls, and sea birds in flight with hands-on instruction from a National Geographic photographer.
  • Glide into the spectacular fjords of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula and the hidden coves of the rugged eastern coast, exploring by Zodiac or kayak.
  • Explore geothermally active Mývatn, the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon, and coastal waters populated by whales with our team of naturalists.

Itinerary - 11 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 Explorer.
(Day 2: L, D)

Day 3 — Latrabjarg/Flatey Island

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.
(B,L,D)

Day 4 — Exploring Northwestern Iceland

Get immersed in the stunning scenery of the Westfjords region. Head out on a hike to a remote waterfall, or cruise a Zodiac beneath cliff s teeming with seabirds. Enter Ísafjarðardjúp and anchor at Vigur Island, where we’ll visit an eider farm and view how the down of these ducks is processed.
(B,L,D)

Day 5 — Ísafjördur

The town Ísafjördur is set on a narrow spit, surrounded by water and dramatic slopes. Soak up the tranquil beauty of Hornstrandir, Iceland's northernmost peninsula, exploring by Zodiac. Watch for seabirds such as puffins, guillemots, razorbills, and kittiwakes, and bask in nearly 24 hours of daylight.
(B,L,D)

Day 6 — Siglufjördur and Akureyri

At Siglufjördur, once the center of Iceland’s herring industry, visit the award-winning Herring Museum for a re-enactment and a tasting. In picturesque Akureyri, explore the old town, strolling past its beautifully maintained period houses, or visit the botanical garden.
(B,L,D)

Day 7 — 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.
(B,L,D)

Day 8 — 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.
(B,L,D)

Day 9 — Djúpivogur

Dock in Djúpivogur to explore the vast Vatnajökull ice cap by snowmobile or super jeep. Via small boat, get up close and personal with the deep blue ice bergs of the large ice lagoon of Jökulsárlón.
(B,L,D)

Day 10 — 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.
(B,L,D)

Day 11 — Reykjavík /U.S.

Disembark in Reykjavík and choose to either soak in the geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon or visit the hot springs, geothermal power plant and horse farm, before your flight home.
(B,L)

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Complimentary Bar Tab

Book any 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

Susan Seubert

Susan SeubertAward-winning travel and editorial photographer Susan Seubert has photographed more than 20 feature stories for National Geographic Traveler since joining the magazine as a contributor in 2004. Her subjects range from Canada to the Caribbean and Texas to Thailand. Her work has been recognized by the department of journalism at Columbia University with an Alfred Eisenstadt Award and most recently by the North American Travel Journalists Association for excellence in photography. In addition to being widely published and exhibited, she also lectures regularly about her work at such institutions as Harvard University and the Portland Art Museum. Based in Portland, Oregon and Maui, Hawaii, Susan travels throughout the world shooting a variety of subjects and specializes in capturing a sense of place through her wide-ranging imagery. Susan's in-depth knowledge of digital technologies and her multimedia skills keep her at the cutting edge of visual storytelling. Born and raised in Indiana, she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts from the Pacific Northwest College of Art, and she hasn't set down her camera since. When not on assignment, she divides her time between Portland, Oregon and Maui.

Susan will join the following departures:

Jun 28 - Jul 08, 2018
Jul 07 - 17, 2018

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This trip is offered in association with Lindblad Expeditions.

Dates

2018
  • Jun 28 - Jul 08, 2018
  • Jul 07 - 17, 2018
  • Jul 16 - 26, 2018
  • Jul 25 - Aug 04, 2018

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

Expedition Cost

2018
Explorer
Category 1 $10,270
Category 2 $11,890
Category 3 $12,360
Category 4 $14,130
Category 5 $15,410
Category 6 $18,420
Category 7 $21,350
Category A Solo $14,860
Category B Solo $15,450

Prices are per person, double occupancy, except those marked solo, which are based on single occupancy.

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

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Activity Level

Light/Moderate

Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include city walking tours, visits to sites, game drives, or easy hikes, with options for more physical activities such as hiking, kayaking, snorkeling and biking.

Click here for a description of all activity levels.