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Around Iceland Cruise by Small Ship (2020 Itinerary)

10 days

Aboard the Ice-Class Ocean Atlantic

Our Distinctive A+R Style

+ See Surtsey Island, a World Heritage Site born of volcanic activity just 50 years ago.
+ 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 Grimsey Island with its puffins, guillemots, and large colonies of terns.
+ Sail into Skjálfandi Bay, home to humpback, minke, and blue whales.
+ Thrill to the deep inlets and soaring rugged peaks of the majestic Westfjords coastline.
+ A+R guests also enjoy a guided shore excursion to Lake Mývatn and the Waterfall of the Gods: Hear the ancient Norse legend that gave these thundering cascades their name.
+ Please note: we carry more than 16 guests on this cruise

Visit 1 UNESCO World Heritage site

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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 to the colorful Old Quarter with its traditional wooden homes. You’ll also see the turn-of-the-century clapboard house where Presidents Reagan and Gorbachev met in 1986 – the historic event that effectively ended 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 delightful experience, we’ll take you to the pier to board the Ocean Atlantic. 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

As we near this archipelago just off Iceland’s southern coast, keep your eyes sharp for marine birds like the puffin and graceful gannet. We’ll pass close to Surtsey Island c, born of volcanic activity just 50 years ago, to go ashore on Heimaey where a 1973 eruption buried 400 homes under a deep layer of ash. Experience life on the island and see some of the homes that have only recently been excavated. You can learn more of the island’s dramatic history at the Eldheimar Geological Museum. Meals B+L+D

Day
4

Unique Art + Amazing Birds

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 Guðmundssonand are among the highlights. 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.
 
After the Cultural Center visit, you can join an available excursion to get close to the Vatnajökull Glacier. Covering more than 8% of Iceland’s land mass, this veritable ice cap is the largest glacier in Europe. Venturing in a 4WD Super Jeep, 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. Price $325 per person.
 
Back onboard, the Ocean Atlantic navigates along Iceland’s eastern coast where deep fjords, steep mountains and pristine waterfalls will enthrall you. Later this day, a guided hike on Hafnarhólmi offers a chance to observe the puffins, eiders, kittiwakes and fulmars that nest here. Meals B+L+D

Day
5

Skjálfandi Bay + Grimsey

Ocean Atlantic

Having rounded Iceland’s northeast corner, we navigate this morning into Skjálfandi Bay where humpback and minke whales are often spotted. Huge blue and sperm whales also feed in the Bay. This afternoon finds us on Grimsey Island, home to 100 people and thousands of birds including Atlantic puffin, back guillemot, common murre, wheatear, snow bunting and large tern colonies. Meals B+L+D

Day
6

Hrísey + Akureyri

Ocean Atlantic

This morning finds us deep in the majestic Eyjafjörður, where you’ll enjoy a Zodiac landing on Hrisey, an island in the middle of the fjord. Visit the settlement of 200 residents and explore the surrounding grasslands, home to ptarmigans and eiders.
 
From the lively port of Akureyri, A+R guests will enjoy a guided excursion to visit Godafoss; 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
7

The Magnificent Westfjords

Ocean Atlantic

An unforgettable day unfolds as we explore the Westfjords, a pristine peninsula on the island’s northwest coast. Sailing off the ruggedly beautiful coast of the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve, we’ll have a chance to spot whales and seals. Venturing into Hornvik Bay, we’ll see soaring cliffs where millions of seabirds nest. A guided walk on Vigur Island offers breathtaking views of mountains, sea and sky and a chance to marvel at the aerial acrobatics of soaring Arctic terns. Meals B+L+D

Day
8

The Pristine Western Coast

Ocean Atlantic

Early this morning, our ship navigates past Látrabjarg Cliff. Rising 1,400 feet from the Atlantic, these rocky faces are home to millions of seabirds including puffins, northern gannets and razorbills. After breakfast, go ashore on Flatey Island, where no cars are allowed, to immerse in its tranquil ambience of farms and colorful summer homes. In the afternoon, discover the dramatic cliffs, lava fields and rocky beaches of the Snaefellsne Peninsula. At its western tip, the glacier-topped peak of the Snæfellsjökull Volcano soars to 5,000 feet. Meals B+L+D

Day
9

Disembark in Reykjavik

Alda Hotel - Reykjavik, Iceland

After stepping off the ship, we’ll take you back to the Alda Hotel where you can settle in to your spacious Deluxe Room. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy in this friendly city. Meals B
 

Day
10

Farewell, Iceland

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

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Category C$7,099Guaranteed
Category B$8,799Guaranteed
Category A$9,299Guaranteed
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  • Save $50 more per person when 3 guests go
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Ask about international air service, including business class. See your travel agent or call us for current international airfare associated with this program. We offer both economy and business class fares. Prices are in U.S. currency and are per person based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted. Availability is limited.