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Circumnavigating Iceland – The Land of Elves, Sagas and Volcanoes (9 days)

Resort:Circumnavigating Iceland - The Land of Elves, Sagas and Volcanoes (9 days)
Operator: Hurtigruten
Destination: Iceland
Price From: £2455.00

Overview

Welcome to the wild, rugged and unique beauty of Iceland. In the land of fire and ice, wildlife is teeming, the culture is rich, and the people are welcoming. Our expedition cruise makes a full circumnavigation of Iceland, so you get a complete experience of some of the most unique terrain on Earth.

Itinerary

Day 1: Reykjavik

Arriving in IcelandEmbarkationMany 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, Reykjav­k is a charming and vibrant modern city, offering top restaurants, interesting museums and quaint narrow streets.

Day 2: Stykkish³lmur

Welcome to SagalandFull dayThe friendly town of Stykkish³lmur 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 see the iconic sites of Sn¦fellsnes Penninsula such as the L³ndrangar basalt cliffs or the black sandy beaches of Djºpal³nssandur.

Day 3: Patreksfj¶rdur

Patreksfj¶rdurFull dayPatreksfj¶rdur is a charming settlement on the west coast of Iceland with around 660 inhabitants. The picturesque fjord offers scenic hiking trails if conditions allow. Patreksfj¶rdur is also close to the spectacular waterfall of Dynjandi and to L¡trabjarg, a renowned site for birdwatching.

Day 4: Northwest Iceland

Northwest IcelandExploration DayOur 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: Akureyri

Northern CentreFull dayAkureyri is a lively town, famous for its botanical gardens and pretty traffic lights. it is the most populous community outside Reykjav­k, 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 M½vatn and Go°afoss waterfall.

Day 6: Grimsey Island

Step Across the Arctic CircleFull dayWe will use our tender boats to reach this green and grassy island. It 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.

Day 7: Bakkagerdi

The Land of the ElvesFull dayBakkagerdi is the main settlement in Borgarfj¶r°ur. 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 8: Heimaey

Iceland`s PompeiiFull dayHeimaey, or œHome 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 9: Reykjavik

The End of the AdventureFull dayOur 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.