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Around Iceland by Small Ship

11 days

Aboard the Ice-Class Ocean Atlantic

Our Distinctive A+R Style

  • See Surtsey Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site born of volcanic activity less than 60 years ago, and go ashore on nearby Heimaey Island – site of a 1973 volcanic eruption.
  • Visit Djúpivogur, a remote community of just 500 residents with a remarkably rich arts and cultural scene.
  • Discover some of the richest birdlife in the North Atlantic including Vigur Island with its Arctic puffins, guillemots, and large colonies of terns.
  • Gain insight into the lives of the 100 residents of Grimsey Island along the Arctic Circle.
  • Thrill to the deep inlets and soaring rugged peaks of the majestic Westfjords coastline where pristine waters shelter rich marine life including 20 species of whales
  • A+R guests also enjoy two additional guided excursions with our compliments: To Lake Myvatn + The Waterfall of the Gods and our privately-arranged Golden Circle tour including Thingvellir National Park.
  • With 2 nights hotel + 8 nights cruise; 26 meals with wine at lunch and dinner; in-depth sightseeing and a complete program of shore expeditions; all transfers; port charges; and all gratuities except Trip Leader.
Please note: We carry more than 16 guests on this cruise

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On arrival, you’ll be warmly greeted escorted to the Alda Hotel, where spacious Deluxe Rooms have been reserved for our guests. After breakfast, explore Reykjavik with our fine Icelandic guide. With their keen insights and some fun stories, you’ll get to know their city from the lively harbor district and vibrant university area to the colorful Old Quarter with its traditional wooden homes. From the glass-domed Pearl, an innovative building that showcases sustainable Icelandic architecture and design, you’ll have terrific views of Reykjavik. You’ll also see the Hofdi House, the simple, turn-of-the-century clapboard house where Presidents Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev met in 1986, the historic event that effectively marked the end of the Cold War.  Meals B

Day
2

The Blue Lagoon + Embarkation

Ocean Atlantic

After breakfast and check-out, we’ll take you to one of Iceland’s most famous natural wonders. The geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon originate more than 6,000 feet below ground and reach the Earth’s surface at temperatures that usually range from 98 º to 104º. On its way to the surface, these waters absorb silica and other minerals that give the Lagoon its distinctive and captivating blue color.
 
After this invigorating experience, we’ll take you to the pier to board the Ocean Atlantic. Enjoy a welcome drink as you meet our Expedition Leader for a briefing about the upcoming voyage and our ship’s health, wellness and safety procedures. Then gather with your fellow passengers for your first onboard dinner. Throughout their cruise, A+R guests will enjoy complimentary house wine, beer and soft drinks with all shipboard lunches and dinners. Meals B+D

Day
3

The Westman Islands

Ocean Atlantic

Just 9 miles off the southwest coast of Iceland, you’ll find 15 small, emerald green islands that rise sharply from the sea. It’s no wonder that poets have compared this lovely archipelago to gems in a silver ring. As we pass close to Surtsey Island , born of volcanic activity less than 60 years ago, you’ll want to be on-deck for views and the chance to observe a variety of marine birds including puffins and graceful gannets.
 
Later this morning, we’ll step ashore on Heimaey, the only inhabited island in the archipelago. In 1973, a volcanic eruption buried nearly 400 homes under a deep layer of ash and all 5,000 island residents were forced to evacuate. Most have since returned, and you’ll have a chance to experience the daily life of Heimaey’s 4,000 residents and to see some of the homes that have only recently been excavated. You can learn more about the island’s dramatic history at the Eldheimar Geological Museum. Back onboard, sit down to another congenial dinner as our Captain charts a course for the southeastern corner of the island. Meals B+L+D

Day
4

Art + Culture of East Iceland

Ocean Atlantic

Go ashore in Djúpivogur with its centuries-old trading history to see its fine old homes and to experience its modern cultural scene. Unique outdoor art installations including one by famed Icelandic artist Sigurður Guðmundsson are among the highlights. Known as The Eggs of Merry Bay, Guðmundsson’s 34 giant eggs set along the waterfront are a whimsical tribute to the 34 species that nest in the area; each stone specimen accurately depicts the shape, color and pattern of the egg it represents!  At the Cultural Center, set in an 18th-century house, you’ll find more artwork on display along with exhibits on village history and culture.
 
Djúpivogur is a delight to explore on your own! But if you prefer an organized tour, you can join an available 7-hour excursion that will get you close to Vatnajökull Glacier. Covering more than 8% of Iceland’s land mass, this veritable ice cap is the largest glacier in Europe. Venturing out in a 4WD Super Jeep, the best type of vehicle for exploring Iceland’s remote and rugged terrain, this excursion takes you to Hoffellsjökull, one of the outlet glaciers that winds its way down from the vast expanse of Vatnajökull to flow into a pristine lagoon.
 
Back onboard, the Ocean Atlantic navigates along Iceland’s eastern coast, a ruggedly beautiful land of deep fjords. This isolated region has the lowest population density in Iceland and its few hardy residents earn their living mainly through fishing. Conditions permitting, you’ll want to be on deck as our ship navigates past the spectacular Mjóifjörður – flanked by high mountains with steep cliff sides and numerous waterfalls. Meals B+L+D

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5

Ashore in Seydisfjordur

Ocean Atlantic

This day dawns to find our Captain skillfully navigating the pristine waters of Seydisfjordur. Situated along the island’s eastern coast, this winding 10-mile long fjord is hailed for its wild beauty – with it steep rugged terrain and numerous small rivers and creeks tumbling down the mountainsides and into the sea. Reaching the end of the fjord later this morning, you’ll step ashore to explore the eponymous town of Seydisfjordur. Founded by Norwegian settlers as a fishing outpost in 1870, this friendly community of about 700 residents is quite isolated - but remains connected to Denmark and the Faroe Islands by weekly ferry service. With its colorfully painted homes and a pretty blue church clustered along the waterfront, you may recognize Seydisfjordur from several scenes in the 2013 Ben Stiller film, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.
 
With ample time here in this beguiling town, you may wish to join an available hiking excursion to Skálanes. Set at the eastern end of the fjord, this 3,000-acre nature reserve promises abundant natural beauty and a chance to see some of the wildlife inhabitants of Iceland’s East Fjords region like reindeer, Arctic fox and mink. Birding enthusiasts will be excited to learn that the reserve is also home to nearly 50 avian species including red-necked phalarope, golden plover, black-tailed godwit and impressive birds of prey like the Merlin and gyrfalcon – Europe’s largest falcon.  Meals B+L+D

Day
6

Grimsey Island on the Arctic Circle

Ocean Atlantic

Having rounded Iceland’s northeast corner, the Ocean Atlantic arrives this morning on the island of Grimsey. Situated about 25 miles north of Iceland, this is the only part of the country crossed by the Arctic Circle. The waters surrounding Grimsey have been known since Viking times for abundant marine life and ancient sagas cite the island as a land rich in fish and birds. Although there are only 100 residents, the bountiful offshore fishing banks have resulted in a flourishing local economy and there are daily flights between Grimsey and Iceland.
 
Going ashore today in our ship’s Zodiacs, you’ll have a chance to experience life on this speck of land and to observe its magnificent birdlife. During the summer nesting season, the avian population far outnumbers the human residents – with thousands of birds representing nearly all the seabird species that visit Iceland each year. Black guillemot, common murre, northern fulmar, black-legged kittiwake and snow bunting are just some of the species that you are likely to encounter. In addition, Grimsey is famed for having one of Iceland’s largest tern nesting sites and one of its largest Atlantic puffin colonies! The cries of these birds can be heard 24 hours a day over the bright Arctic summer when the sun barely sets. Back onboard, sit down to another congenial dinner accompanied by complimentary house wine and beer.  Meals B+L+D
 

Day
7

After a leisurely morning of cruising and lunch onboard, you’ll step ashore in the friendly town of Akureyri. Second in population after Reykjavik, Akureyri is the cultural and economic hub of northern Iceland. Your time here is unplanned so you can explore its welcoming streets and businesses at your own pace. Over the last several decades, Akureyri has drawn a large number of artists, microbrewers and chefs, so you’ll find plenty of galleries, cafes and pubs waiting to welcome you. Close to the waterfront, the Akureyri Botanical Garden is a kaleidoscopic oasis of color with 400 native plants and thousands of imported species. From Akureyrarkirkja (the Lutheran Church), you’ll have splendid views of the town and its delightful coastal setting.
 
If you prefer organized sightseeing, we have arranged for A+R guests to enjoy a complimentary guided excursion including a light lunch. Leaving the harbor to travel eastward into the rugged interior of northern Iceland, you’ll visit the spectacular Godafoss Waterfall; behold these thundering cascades as our guide shares the 1,000-year-old legend of how they came to be known as the Waterfall of the Gods. Before returning to ship, you’ll also experience the island’s powerful geothermal forces as you discover steaming fumaroles, bubbling mud pools, and the fascinating lava landscapes that surround Lake Mývatn.  Meals B+L+D

Day
8

The Magnificent Westfjords

Ocean Atlantic

An unforgettable day unfolds as we explore the Westfjords, a pristine peninsula on the island’s northwest coast. Starting off this morning as we cruise off the ruggedly beautiful coast of the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve along the northwest tip of Iceland, we’ll be less than 200 miles from Greenland. Protected since 1975, these pristine waters shelter dolphins, seals and 20 species of whales including humpback and beaked whales. On land, the uninhabited mountains and shores are rich with birdlife. Venturing into Hornvik Bay, hailed as one of Iceland’s most scenic spots, we’ll see soaring cliffs where millions of seabirds nest.
 
In the afternoon, the Ocean Atlantic will venture into Isafjardardjúp, a remarkable system of eight fjords – each one more scenic than the one before. At the mouth of Hestfjördurm, one of the eight spectacular fjords, we’ll step ashore to explore Vigur Island. Thrill to breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains, sea and sky - and a chance to marvel at the aerial acrobatics of soaring Arctic terns. Home to fewer than a dozen people – including one family that has farmed the land for six generations - Vigur Island shelters thousands of birds including Arctic puffins, black guillemots, eider ducks, oystercatchers and purple sandpipers. After stopping for a cup of coffee and a chance to mail a postcard from the world’s smallest post office, we’ll return to ship to continue our voyage.  Meals B+L+D

Day
9

The Pristine Western Coast

Alda Hotel - Reykjavik, Iceland

Even if you’re not an early riser by habit, we encourage you to be up and out on deck early this morning, as our ship navigates past Látrabjarg Cliff. Rising 1,400 feet from the Atlantic, these spectacular rocky faces stretch for more than 8 miles along the westernmost point Iceland. Notably for birding enthusiasts, these are among Europe’s biggest and most well-known bird cliffs - home to millions of seabirds including puffins, northern gannets, guillemots and razorbills. Safe from foxes and any other predators, the birds are fearless and provide stunning opportunities for observation and photography.
 
Also highlighting this final day of cruising are the dramatic cliffs, lava fields and rocky beaches of the Snaefellsne Peninsula. Here the magnificent glacier-topped peak of the Snæfellsjökull Volcano soars to 5,000 feet. As conditions permit, we’ll make a landing here to spend a bit of time exploring the breathtaking landscapes and rugged seacoast of Snæfellsjökull National Park.  Meals B+L+D

Day
10

Disembark in Reykjavik + Golden Circle Tour

Alda Hotel - Reykjavik, Iceland

After a final onboard breakfast and disembarkation, A+R guests will be met dockside for our private Golden Circle excursion. With our engaging Icelandic guide, you’ll explore Thingvellir National Park, a unique geological site where the North American and Eurasian Continents meet! Reaching the shores of Lake Thingvallavatn, you’ll see the world’s oldest democratic Parliament, founded more than 1,000 years ago. This pastoral region is also home to family farms where you’ll have a chance to see diminutive Icelandic horses.
 
Then experience the geothermal powers of our planet as you visit an area known for its geysers and hot springs. Behold the thundering cascades of Gullfoss Waterfall, one of Iceland’s most iconic sites, and gaze down upon Kerið Lake, deep inside a 3,000-year-old volcanic crater. Return to Reykjavik for an overnight at the Alda Hotel where spacious Deluxe Rooms have been reserved for our guests.  Meals B

Day
11

Farewell, Iceland

We’ll take you to the airport today for your homeward flight. Meals B

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Please note, we carry more than 16 guests on this program. Additionally, most cabins aboard the Ocean Atlantic vessel have two separate beds. We cannot guarantee matrimonial bedding configuration

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