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Best of Iceland Cruise: Westfjords, Huskavik, the Westman Islands & More

Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,740

FIRST-CLASS | CRUISE: On this 8-day cruise, you’ll discover beautiful fjords, massive glaciers, hot springs, waterfalls, and many volcanoes. Aboard the Ocean Diamond, you’ll circumnavigate the Land of Fire and Ice to visit the Westfjords, the Lake Myvatn area, and the Westman Islands. Price includes all shore excursions.


This 8-day Icelandic vacation takes you on a circumnavigation cruise around the nation to see the Westfjords, Husavik, and the Westman Islands. It features moderate accommodations aboard a cruise vessel and shared tours. 

Your journey begins in the Icelandic capital, Reykjavik, where you’ll have the day to explore the funky corridors and historical landmarks of the world’s most northerly capital. In the evening, board the Ocean Diamond, your floating hotel for the next 7 nights as you explore the country on a circumnavigation cruise. First stop is Snaefellsnes, the northwestern peninsula that offers a taste of “Iceland in miniature” with its diverse landscape of volcanoes, rocky coastline, and windswept plains. You’ll see Snaefellsjokull Glacier, which was the opening to the centre of the earth in Jules Verne’s classic A Journey to the Centre of the Earth, as well as picturesque Kirkjufell Mountain, with its oft-photographed arrowhead top. Continue to the Westfjords, arguably the most secluded part of the country, where you’ll explore a dramatic landscape of glaciers, fjords, and sparse northern vegetation. 

Continue along the north coast and reach Akureyri, the second-largest town in the nation. You’ll explore the Lake Myvatn area to the south, where the geothermal activity has produced a region of drastic contrasts, with boiling waters, icy glaciers, and lush vegetation all sharing a compact area. Continue to Skjalfandi Bay and Husavik, the whale watching capital of the nation, where you’ll have a chance to see one of 15 different species of migrating whales as well as sea birds. Round the northeastern corner of Iceland and head south to the fishing village of Djupivogur, where you’ll disembark for a 4WD tour up Vatnajokull Glacier. Continue along the south coast and reach the Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, where you’ll head on a boat ride along the floating icebergs of this magical lake. On the final day of your cruise, reach the Westman Islands (Vestmannaeyjar), a series of young volcanic islands formed only 10,000 years ago. In fact, the youngest island emerged from the sea in 1963. Explore this dramatic volcanic island chain, where you’ll have a chance to spot migrating whales. 

Return to Reykjavik, where you’ll disembark and connect to the airport to continue to your next destination or return home. 


 

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Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,740

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Day 1

Reykjavik

Board the Ocean Diamond from Old Reykjavik Harbour, located in the heart of the city. The ship will depart at 8:00 pm this evening.

Duration7 Nights
Accommodation

Ocean Diamond Iceland ProCruises

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    Ocean Diamond Iceland ProCruises


    The Ocean Diamond is a modern and stable vessel. It can carry up to 210 passengers and 106 crew members. The Ship has two stabilizers and an ice-strengthened hull, it is ideal to explore Iceland's and Greenland's cold waters. Its compact size facilitates access to …

    The Ocean Diamond is a modern and stable vessel. It can carry up to 210 passengers and 106 crew members. The Ship has two stabilizers and an ice-strengthened hull, it is ideal to explore Iceland's and Greenland's cold waters. Its compact size facilitates access to fjords and bays too shallow for large vessels.
    Onboard the Ocean Diamond, guests will experience the "Land of Fire and Ice" in a special and unique way.

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Day 2

Stykkisholmur

Stykkisholmur is the starting point of our adventures on the Snaefellnes Peninsula. Often called "Iceland in Miniature" because of its diverse landscapes. This area is home to bird-rich Breidafjordur Bay and Snaefellsjokull glacier, which sits atop a 700,000-year-old dormant volcano, featured in the Jules Verne novel - Journey to the Center of the Earth.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Isafjordur

Today's destination is Isafjordur, an idyllic town in the Westfjords region. This secluded peninsula is connected to the Icelandic mainland, by only a narrow strip of land including many roadless areas.
The landscape includes jaw-dropping views of dramatic fjords carved by ancient glaciers, sheer table mountains that plunge into the sea, and pristine North Atlantic vegetation.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Akureyri

Ranging inland from Akureyri, you will visit the alluring Lake Myvatn region. The area has a fascinating landscape that looks as if "heaven and hell" have clashed. One side of the lake features rugged volcanic remnants, while the other side is full of lush vegetation and varied birdlife.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Skjalfandi Bay/Husavik

This morning, you will cruise through Skjalfandi Bay and Husavik, often called the "Whale watching capital" of Iceland. The town's offshore waters are home to 15 different whale species, as well as dolphins and 30 variety of birds.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Djupivogur

You will have the opportunity to explore the southeastern region with an optional activity such as a visit to the fishing village of Djupivogur as a starting point to explore Vatnajokull Glacier,
a four-wheel-drive Jeep tour. Take a boat trip to the Jokulsarlon Glacier lagoon. Icebergs of all shapes and sizes are floating in the water - an unforgettable adventure.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands)

Located off Iceland's South Coast, the Westman Islands were formed by submarine volcanic eruptions around 10,000 years ago. Surtsey Island emerged from the sea in 1963 and is one of the youngest landmasses on earth. Go ashore on Heimaey, the only inhabited island, where half-buried houses remain from a violent 1973 eruption. During the shore landing, there is time for bird watching and you may even spot whales.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 8

Reykjavik

After breakfast, you will bid farewell to the Ocean Diamond as you sail back into Reykjavik.

Meal Plan Breakfast

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DEPARTURES:

Ocean Diamond

2021: September 7, 14, 21

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 7 nights accommodation in the cabin category selected
  • Shared Zodiac shore excursions
  • Icelandic/English speaking guides
  • On-board entertainment programs and lectures
  • Iceland ProCruises jacket
  • Coffee, tea, and water throughout the cruise
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner throughout the cruise

PRICE EXLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Shore excursions
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Visa fees if applicable

OTHER INFORMATION:

Please click here for a complete list of available shore excursions.

All routes and excursions are provisional and subject to change as weather, sea and ice conditions may affect the itinerary. *Triple occupancy/single occupancy upon request. Maximum number of participants per tour: 100

Pricing based on Outside Cabin - Porthole (Cat P).

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in the current low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire. Rates for departures for next season may vary.

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