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Iceland A Land of Fire and Ice

FROM $12,295

Take an expedition cruise circumnavigating Iceland along the way discovering an age old battle between fire and ice, volcanoes and glaciers, humanity and the elements.

  • OPERATES 18 JUL 2018
  • DEPARTS Reykjavik


DAY 1 Arrive Reykjavik, Embark Ship

On arrival transfer to your small ship. Get to know your fellow passengers during a Welcome Dinner tonight.(D)
Stay: MS Hebridean Sky

DAY 2 Grundarfjordur

Today explore the western frontier of Iceland with a choice of tours. Delve into the rich history of Icelandic literature as you explore lava trails and learn of the sagas set in this epic landscape. From the lava field continue to Helgafell Mountain, ‘The Holy Mountain’ and onwards to Stykkishólmur to see the region’s foremost folk museum. Alternatively a tour of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula unveils many highlights such as Snæfellsjökull, the glacier made famous by Jules Verne’s novel ‘Journey to the Centre of the Earth’.(BLD)
Stay: MS Hebridean Sky

DAY 3 Westfjords

Explore the Westfjords of Isafjordur and Jokulfjordur by Zodiac and make landfall on Vigur, an island home to just five residents who share this paradise with thousands of puffins, eider ducks and Arctic terns. Visit Iceland’s only surviving windmill dating from the 19th century. Explore the oldest villages in Westfjords, Thingeyri and Hrafnseyri. See the thunderous Dynjandi, the highest waterfall in the Westfjords and one of the most spectacular sights in Iceland. Back aboard sail past the enormous Hornbjarg Cliffs. Rising over 500 metres from the ocean the cliffs are home to thousands of puffins.(BLD)
Stay: MS Hebridean Sky

DAY 4 Siglufjordur, Akureyri

Stroll through the picturesque town of Siglufjordur and visit the Herring Era Museum and learn of the booming economy of the 1900s centred around the fishing industry. Sail to Akureyri where your ship will dock for the evening giving you a chance to have some free time ashore.(BLD)
Stay: MS Hebridean Sky

DAY 5 Akureyri, Námaskard, Godafoss

Start today with a private visit to the Mývatn Nature Baths, this popular hot spring will be opened exclusively for APT guests. Lake Mývatn, speckled with impressive natural rock formations and hot springs, is also a significant ecosystem and is the largest migratory bird sanctuary in Europe. Later explore the lava fields and boiling mud pools at Námaskard and steam vents of Lake Mývatn’s craters. Next visit the thunderous ‘Waterfall of the Gods’, Godafoss, one of Iceland’s most spectacular waterfalls.(BLD)
Stay: MS Hebridean Sky

DAY 6 Grimsey Island

Today visit Grimsey Island, bisected by the Arctic Circle. Here enjoy free time to take a nature walk exploring the island’s basalt cliffs, home to countless nesting birds.(BLD)
Stay: MS Hebridean Sky

DAY 7 Mjoifjordur, Neskaupstadur

This morning explore the lesser known fjords in the north east of Iceland, only accessible by small ship. Make landfall at the small town of Neskaupstadur and visit a local art gallery, the Museum of Natural History and Maritime Museum. Alternatively you can hike to a vantage point offering great views of the surrounding area.(BLD)
Stay: MS Hebridean Sky

DAY 8 Hofn

Today we see Europe’s largest glacier, the enormous Vatnajokull Glacier, so large it is often called an icecap. The 600 metre thick sheet of ice sits atop active volcanoes, one of which erupted in 1996, gouging out an unusual crater in the ice. Enjoy a guided tour to view the spectacular crater. On return watch icebergs fall into Jokulsarlon Lagoon as you enjoy a seafood lunch.(BLD)
Stay: MS Hebridean Sky

DAY 9 Westman Islands

Experience the powerful forces of nature at the Westman Islands. Visit the archipelago’s only community, Heimaey, whose residents witnessed the birth of a mountain in 1973 when Eldfell, known as Mount Fire, sprang up overnight burying over 400 homes in volcanic ash and lava. Later circumnavigate Surtsey Island which rose from the sea in 1963. Enjoy a Farewell Dinner tonight.(BLD)
Stay: MS Hebridean Sky

DAY 10 Disembark Ship, Depart Reykjavik

Disembark your ship in Reykjavik. Transfer to the airport for your onward flight or extend your stay in Reykjavik, enquire for details.(B)

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