Iceland By Luxury Cruise
This 11-day cruise is an ideal trip to fully explore the land of ice and fire. The cracking of snow caped glaciers and rumbling of nearby active volcanoes are all part of this epic adventure. You can also explore the iconic black sand beaches and see everything from bubbling hot pools to geysers and some of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world. Onboard specialist and naturalists will be on hand to reveal all there is to know about this extraordinary place which is so rich in wildlife and culture.
Day 1 – Spend the night Iceland’s capital city of Reykjavik which is a wonderfully vibrant and beautiful city.
Day 2 – Embark on your ship for your cruise and travel to Hvalfjordur which is not only renowned for being one of the most beautiful fjords but is also home to the spectacular Glymer which is the second largest and arguable most breathtaking waterfall in Iceland.
Day 3 – Is spent exploring Breiðafjörður which is stunning bay renowned for its incredible birdlife. Puffins, shags and kittiwakes love these delightful bays which are nestled amongst incredible dramatic geology. Day trips to the national park of Snaefellssjokull National park is also perfect of those wanting to experience lava fields, carters and basalt columns which are so prominent in Iceland’s past. In fact, the entire area is crowned by the Snæfellsjökull volcano which is estimated to be 700,000 years old and now dormant.
Day 4-5 – Are all about the west fjords which have some of the largest seabird cliffs in Europe and are famed for being the best place to photograph puffins. On boat or by foot excurtions to the nearby Hornstrandir Nature Reserve are also very popular for watching seals, birds and the elusive arctic fox.
Day 6 – Spend day six of the cruise exploring Iceland’s second largest city of Akureyi. This stunning city is a collection of historic houses and streets which sit dramatically at the foot of stunning snow-capped mountains. After looking around the city head inland towards the nearby Lake Myvatn which is often referred to as being the most geologically active area of Iceland. It combines both rugged volcanic lava flows to one side and lush vegetation full of wildlife to the other.
Day 7 – Is the perfect day for Zodiac cruising around the beautiful Grimsey island. The island itself is ideal for bird watching and is home to Puffins, Guillemots and Gulls. The ocean surrounding the island is also one of the best places to see whales with 24 different species and dolphins making this the whale watching capitol of Iceland.
Day 8 -Explore Iceland’s East coast in further detail, taking in the majestic Mjoifjordur fjord which sits hidden between both the Nordfjordur and Seydisfjordur mountains. This fjord also has spectacular waterfalls and is the ideal place for those wishing to explore this hidden fjord by kayak.
Day 9 – Explore the lovely historic fishing town of Hofn. This lovely town gives a wonderful insight into life high up in the Arctic and also offers access to the Vatnajokull National Park which is home to the mighty Vatnajokull which is not only incredibly dramatic but also Europe’s largest glacier. Expeditions here include climbing the highest peak in Iceland and exploring Jokulsarlon which is the deepest glacier lagoon in the country.
Day 10 – On your penultimate day you can take a closer look at the Westman islands which sit just off the south coast and were formed by volcanic eruptions some 10,000 years ago. These islands are also often considered to be one Iceland’s best kept secrets.
Day 11 – Disembark in Reykjavik where your magical voyage ends.