Cruise Around Iceland

Circumnavigation of Iceland
12 days
May - Aug
Itinerary
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Witness dramatic fjords, black sandy beaches and geothermal landscapes as you travel all around Iceland in this magnificent vessel. During this circumnavigation of Iceland you'll visit a total of 9 ports around the country, discover natural wonders and gain an insight into the Icelandic way of living. The variety of optional shore excursions available at each port of call allows you to truly experience  the unique character of Iceland and it's diverse natural landscapes. Your modern, stable vessel carries a maximum of 189 passengers in 101 elegantly designed cabins and suites, all with exterior views.

Day 1: Arrival Reykjavik
On  arrival at Reykjavik's Keflavik Airport, transfer by airport express bus to your hotel.The city centre is a small area characterised by eclectic and colourful houses, good shopping, dining and drinking. Reykjavík has recently established itself as a haven for food lovers, with numerous restaurants taking advantage of the abundance of local seafood, meat and game. Reykjavik has many wonderful museums including the National Museum displaying artefacts from the first settlement to the modern age, giving an excellent overview of Iceland’s history and culture, the Reykjavik 871+2 Settlement Museum, an archaeological museum based around a 10th-century Viking longhouse unearthed in 2001, the Reykjavik Art Museum and the National Gallery. Overnight in your hotel in Reykajvik.

Day 2: Reykjavik Embarkation
Day at leisure. This afternoon, make your own way to the wharf. Your ship docks in the old harbour located in the heart of town, which is a 5 minute walk to the inner city. The ship will depart Reykjavik harbour at 8 p.m. Overnight onboard.

Day 3: Stykkisholmur
We begin our exploration of the magical Snaefellsnes peninsula from the picturesque town of Stykkisholmur in West Iceland. The peninsula is dominated by the Snaefellsnes National Park, which has within it nearly every type of nature found in Iceland. In zodiacs, you explore some of the thousands of islets dotting Breidafjördur Bay. The island and skerries are teeming with birdlife and have amazing basalt rock formations. Adventurous spirits may opt to join an optional expedition to Snaefellsjokull glacier, which sits atop a 700,000 year old dormant volcano and served as the mystical entrance to the earth’s interior in Jules Verne’s novel, Journey to the Centre of the Earth. Overnight onboard

Day 4: Isafjordur
Today´s destination is Isafjördur, honorary capital of the Westfjords. This secluded peninsula is connected to the mainland by only a narrow strip of land and includes areas where cars have never been. The landscape provides jaw-dropping vistas of dramatic fjords carved out by ancient glaciers, sheer-sided mountains plunging into the sea and pristine vegetation. Optional shore excursions include sea fishing, enjoying the delightful tranquility of nature while observing thousands of puffins on the tiny island of Vigur, or visiting the marvellous, cascading Dynjandi waterfall. Overnight onboard.

Day 5: Siglufjordur
This morning we reach the fjord town of Siglufjordur or Siglo, which was once the hub of the world’s herring industry.  Take an optional shore excursion to visit the award-winning Herring Era Museum on the lovely harbour front, where you can learn about the golden days of the herring industry . The now uninhabited Hedinsfjordur inlet provides a breathtaking backdrop surrounded by the imposing mountains of the Tröllaskagi peninsula. Early in the evening we arrive in Akureyri, Iceland’s beautiful northern capital. Get a feel for the town’s Arctic charms with a leisurely stroll through the compact city centre and the world’s northernmost botanical gardens, which host every flower native to Iceland. Overnight onboard.

Day 6: Akureyri
The ship remains in port today. Explore the capital of the north, a  town located less than 50 kilometres from the Arctic Circle, and a colourful city, easy to walk around, with a wide range of shops, restaurants, galleries and museums.  Or take one of the optional shore excursions - a trek to Askja volcano via Super Jeep, or exploring the nearby Lake Myvatn Nature Reserve, an area of almost unreal landscape, where it seems as if “heaven and hell” have joined forces. One side of the lake features rugged remnants of volcanic activity, while the other is fertile with lush greenery and varied bird life. Overnight onboard.

Day 7: Husavik
Early in the morning we reach Husavik, also known as “The Whale Capital of Iceland.” In Skjalfandi Bay you can spot 15 different whale species, as well as dolphins and 30 varieties of bird. Catching a glimpse of the graceful ocean giants feeding and frolicking in their Arctic habitat is an unforgettable experience. Overnight onboard.

Day 8: Seydisfjordur
To explore Iceland’s East Fjords we dock in the strikingly picturesque port of Seydisfjördur. This fishing village, with its beautifully preserved houses, is nestled between steep mountain slopes and panoramic sea views. Optional shore activities include seal spotting, horseback riding, kayaking in idyllic fjords and guided hikes of the scenic and historical Vestadalur area. Overnight onboard.

Day 9: Djupivogur 
The fishing village of Djupivogur in southeast Iceland is the base from which we can explore Vatnajökull glacier, Europe’s largest. Optional shore excursions include a 4WD Jeep tour to the foot of the glacier or a boat trip on Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, where icebergs in all shapes and sizes are floating in the water. Overnight onboard.

Day 10: Westman Islands
Located about five miles off the coast of southern Iceland, the island group of Vestmannaeyjar was formed by submarine volcanic eruptions around 10,000 years ago. The youngest of the islands only emerged from the sea in 1963. In zodiacs, we go ashore in the harbour of Heimaey, the only inhabited island of the group. Residents here live with the constant threat of another violent eruption. In 1973, the entire population had to be evacuated after Helgafell volcano suddenly exploded. In many places in Heimaey one still sees the houses half buried by lava and ash. We circumnavigate the island in our Zodiacs and stop at places of interest where there are optional tours available; get to know the local bird life, visit caves and, if lucky, spot whales. There is also the optional opportunity to play an extraordinary round of golf in a sunken volcanic crater. Overnight onboard

Day 11: Reykjavik
In the morning we return to the port of Reykjavik. After breakfast it's time to disembark, then make your own way to your hotel. Time at leisure and overnight in Reykjavik at your hotel.

Day 12: Departure
Transfer to the airport by coach and end of arrangements.

Extra nights in Reykjavik can be added - please enquire. 

2017 Departures  May 15 and 24; June 11, 20 and 29; July 08 and 17 July; September 12*

Includes: 2 nights hotel accommodation in Reykjavik incl. breakfast, return airport coach transfers, 9 nights accommodation onboard in booked cabin category; all meals on board (breakfast, lunch, dinner, midnight snack); all soft drinks, water and coffee on board; Captain´s welcome and farewell cocktails; all Zodiac excursions; all lectures from cruise staff and guest speakers; onboard entertainment programme; use of gym and sauna facilities.

Excludes: optional shore excursions - these can only booked and paid for once onboard; alcoholic drinks, transfers to/from the vessel.

The  September 12 * departure has a slightly amended itinerary as follows:
Day 1 Reykjavik (night in hotel), Day 2 Reykjavik (board vessel), Day 3 Stykkisholmur, Day 4 Isafjordur, Day 5 Akureyri, Day 6 Husavik, Day 7 Seydisfjordur, Day 8 Djupivogur, Day 9 Vestmannaeyjar, Day 10 Reykjavik port arrival (night onboard), Day 11 Reykjavik (disembark vessel and overnight hotel), Day 12 Departure.  

The Ocean Diamond is a modern, stable super-yacht, carrying a maximum of 189 passengers. There are 101 elegantly designed cabins and suites, all with exterior views and expansive common spaces, a club lounge and a spacious restaurant. The ship offers numerous adventure options, plus onboard features such as interactions with photography instructors. After a full day of exploration, passengers can relax, browse books or DVDs in the well stocked polar library, or enjoy stunning polar scenery from the sunlit, panoramic observation lounge.

Cabins/Suites:

Balcony Suite - These 30m2 suites are on deck 7 and feature a double bed or 2 twin beds, private bathroom with shower and bathtub, sitting area, TV with DVD-player, wardrobe, safe, refrigerator, individual temperature controls, satellite telephone access, hairdryer, full-size window with a sliding glass door, balcony.

Panorama Window Suite - The suites are 37m2 large and features double bed or 2 twin beds plus two more beds, 2 private bathrooms with shower or bathtub, sitting area, TV with DVD-player, wardrobe, safe, refrigerator, individual temperature controls, satellite telephone access, hairdryer and picture window. They are located on deck 4.

Panorama Window Cabin / Category D  Cabin- Size 17-19m2. Cabin features double bed or 2 twin beds, private bathroom with shower and bathtub, TV with DVD-player, wardrobe, safe, refrigerator, individual temperature controls, satellite telephone access, hair dryer, picture window. Located on decks 5, 6 and 7.

Category O Cabin - Size 19m2. Cabin features double bed, private bathroom with shower and bathtub, TV with DVD-player, wardrobe, safe, refrigerator, individual temperature controls, satellite telephone access, hairdryer, picture window (the view is obstructed). Deck 6 and 7.

Category P Cabin- Size 19m2. Cabin features double bed, private bathroom with shower, TV with DVD-player, wardrobe, safe, refrigerator, individual temperature controls, satellite telephone access, hairdryer and 2 portholes. Deck 3.

Category T Cabin- Size 19m2. Cabin features 2 twin beds and 1 upper bed, private bathroom with shower and bathtub, TV with DVD-player, wardrobe, safe, refrigerator, individual temperature controls, satellite telephone access, hairdryer and 2 portholes. Deck 3.

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 6777.00
Single AUD$ 11884.00

Price shown is for cabin category T & P (season A). Please enquire for prices in alternative cabin categories.

Includes: 2 nights hotel accommodation in Reykjavik incl. breakfast, return airport coach transfers, 9 nights accommodation onboard in booked cabin category; all meals on board (breakfast, lunch, dinner, midnight snack); all soft drinks, water and coffee on board; Captain´s welcome and farewell cocktails; all Zodiac excursions; all lectures from cruise staff and guest speakers; onboard entertainment programme; use of gym and sauna facilities.