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Iceland Circumnavigation

from £4700 excluding flights

  • 7 nights
  • Jul-Aug
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Iceland Circumnavigation

from £4700 excluding flights

  • 7 nights
  • Jul-Aug

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Highlights

In pictures
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Visit UNESCO World-heritage-listed Vatnajokull National Park

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Chance to see orcas, seals and other marine life

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Hike in remote Hornstrandir Nature Reserve, accessible only by boat

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Explore the volcanic Westman Islands

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Witness prolific birdlife, including puffins, Arctic terns and guillemots

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Cruise in comfort on a luxury super-yacht

Why this trip...

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Immersive exploration

Immerse yourself in your surroundings on a true exploration of remote and spectacular areas

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Expertly guided

In-depth knowledge and expertise will enrich your experience on this trip

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Style of vessel

This holiday is based on a ship ideally suited to the areas visited and the conditions

Overview

Explore Iceland from a new perspective on this comprehensive expedition voyage, following the country’s spectacular coastline in search of whales, puffins and other wildlife. Encounter unrivalled natural diversity and geological extremes, from volcanic landscapes to lava fields, vast glaciers, vertiginous fjords and cascading waterfalls.

Here at the edge of the Arctic, Iceland’s wild coast is best explored by small ship. From the colourful capital of Reykjavik you will sail north to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, with its dramatic coast of basalt rocks dominated by the magnificent Snæfel volcano. Continuing to the West Fjords, you’ll have the opportunity to hike through the heart of the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve. Discover a pristine wilderness of golden beaches, towering cliffs and a wealth of bird life.

A highlight of the expedition will be crossing the Arctic Circle as you make your way around Iceland’s north coast and the offshore island of Grimsey. You may spot orcas, seals and puffins as you cruise eastwards and continue past the jagged cliffs and waterfalls of the East Fjords.

Reaching the south, marvel at the calving glaciers of Vatnajakull National Park. Home to Iceland’s largest ice cap, here you can enjoy the striking contrast of glistening blue icebergs washed up on black volcanic beaches.

Exploring by sea incorporates the best of a touring holiday yet without the need to change hotels – at the end of each day’s adventures ashore you will return to a gourmet meal and your own luxurious cabin. Marine wildlife is in abundance around Iceland’s rugged coastlines so keep your eyes peeled at all times as you sail around this fascinating land of fire and ice.

Itinerary

Day 1 Embarkation in Reykjavik

Arrive in the Icelandic capital and make your way to the port for embarkation. Settle into your cabin before meeting your fellow travellers and expedition team as you set sail.

Arrive in the Icelandic capital and make your way to the port for embarkation. Settle into your cabin before meeting your fellow travellers and expedition team as you set sail.

Day 2 Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Travelling north you will reach the volcanic Snaefellsnes Peninsula, where basalt cliffs provide a popular hang-out for Atlantic puffins, thick-billed murres and black-legged kittiwakes. Take to the Zodiacs for a cruise along the Londrangar bird cliffs or head ashore for a guided walk to uncover the remnants of an old whaling station.

Travelling north you will reach the volcanic Snaefellsnes Peninsula, where basalt cliffs provide a popular hang-out for Atlantic puffins, thick-billed murres and black-legged kittiwakes. Take to the Zodiacs for a cruise along the Londrangar bird cliffs or head ashore for a guided walk to uncover the remnants of an old whaling station.

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Day 3 The West Fjords: Hornstrandir Nature Reserve

The dramatic West Fjords boast towering rock walls carved by ancient glaciers. Take in this spectacular coastal scenery from the water, before heading ashore to hike in the pristine Hornstrandir Nature Reserve. Uninhabited and with no road access, here you may encounter the thriving population of Arctic fox, as well as countless bird species. The West Fjords are home to two of the largest bird cliffs in Europe, so keep your binoculars close to hand.

The dramatic West Fjords boast towering rock walls carved by ancient glaciers. Take in this spectacular coastal scenery from the water, before heading ashore to hike in the pristine Hornstrandir Nature Reserve. Uninhabited and with no road access, here you may encounter the thriving population of Arctic fox, as well as countless bird species. The West Fjords are home to two of the largest bird cliffs in Europe, so keep your binoculars close to hand.

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Day 4 Grimsey: Crossing the Arctic Circle

Cross the Arctic Circle to arrive at Grimsey Island, where abundant birdlife far outnumbers the 100 or so residents that call this northern outpost home.

Cross the Arctic Circle to arrive at Grimsey Island, where abundant birdlife far outnumbers the 100 or so residents that call this northern outpost home.

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Day 5 East Fjords

Take in the isolated fishing villages, traditional farmsteads, sparkling lakes and dense forests of the beautiful East Fjords, the only region of Iceland where you will find reindeer.

Take in the isolated fishing villages, traditional farmsteads, sparkling lakes and dense forests of the beautiful East Fjords, the only region of Iceland where you will find reindeer.

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Day 6 Vatnajokull National Park

Today visit Europe’s largest national park, the beautiful Vatnajokull. Iceland’s largest ice cap tumbles into around a dozen glaciers, providing a spectacular and diverse natural landscape. At over 300m tall, the Breidamerkurjokull glacier calves into Jokulsarlon lagoon, where icebergs wash up on the black sand beach creating countless photo opportunities.

Today visit Europe’s largest national park, the beautiful Vatnajokull. Iceland’s largest ice cap tumbles into around a dozen glaciers, providing a spectacular and diverse natural landscape. At over 300m tall, the Breidamerkurjokull glacier calves into Jokulsarlon lagoon, where icebergs wash up on the black sand beach creating countless photo opportunities.

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Day 7 The Westman Islands

Lying off the southern coast of Iceland, the fascinating Westmann Islands are an example of the constant geological battle being waged underground. The 15 islands and 30 islets were formed by a succession of underwater eruptions, and only Heimaey is inhabited today. Dominated by the Eldfjall (‘hill of fire’), Heimaey offers a rugged landscape of vertiginous cliffs and sea caves reefs, as well as an abundance of sea birds. You’ll have the opportunity to reach the summit of the steep Sprangan cliff for views over the archipelago.

Lying off the southern coast of Iceland, the fascinating Westmann Islands are an example of the constant geological battle being waged underground. The 15 islands and 30 islets were formed by a succession of underwater eruptions, and only Heimaey is inhabited today. Dominated by the Eldfjall (‘hill of fire’), Heimaey offers a rugged landscape of vertiginous cliffs and sea caves reefs, as well as an abundance of sea birds. You’ll have the opportunity to reach the summit of the steep Sprangan cliff for views over the archipelago.

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Day 8 Disembarkation in Reykjavik

Your voyage of discovery concludes today with the return to Iceland’s charming capital city.

Your voyage of discovery concludes today with the return to Iceland’s charming capital city.

Accommodation

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Le Bellot

This luxurious expedition ship offers an extraordinary level of service and comfort whilst exploring some of the more remote corners of the world. Unique to Le Bellot is the innovative Blue Eye lounge, located below the waterline with large porthole windows offering a fresh perspective on passing marine life.

 

 

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Prices and Departures

Price from £4700 excluding flights

Airfares are quoted separately to the holiday price and start from around £250 per person with Icelandair (with higher fares during peak times). When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

What's Included

  • Shipboard accommodation
  • All breakfasts, lunches & dinners on board
  • Tea & coffee available around the clock
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • All Zodiac transfers, cruising & shore landings
  • Presentations by the Expedition Team and guest speakers
  • Expedition jacket - yours to keep
  • Loan of rubber boots during voyage
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

2020 Departures

Prices are per person, based on a twin cabin. This voyage operates on a dynamic pricing system, it is therefore advisable to book early in order to secure the best price

Departure Duration Vessel Prices from (pp)
13 Jul 2020 8 days Le Bellot £4,700
20 Jul 2020 8 days Le Bellot £4,700
05 Aug 2020 8 days Le Bellot £4,700
12 Aug 2020 8 days Le Bellot £4,700
19 Aug 2020 8 days Le Bellot £4,700
26 Aug 2020 8 days Le Bellot £4,700

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