Circumnavigation cruise + Reykjavik
June 14 – 25, 2018
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$ 4500 twin per person, obstructed view Deck 5-6
$ 7800 twin per person, panorama window Deck 4-5-6
- Overnight in Hotel Thingholt**** bkfst incl
- Transfers: airport/hotel/cruise ship/airport
- Accommodation in chosen cabin category
- All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
- All soft drinks, water and coffee
- Captain´s welcome and farewell cocktail
- Two Zodiac excursions (one in Stykkisholmur, one in the Westman Islands, weather permitting)
- All lectures from cruise staff and guest speakers
- On-board entertainment program
- Usage of gym and sauna facilities
Price does not include:
- Optional Shore Excursions – listed below at each destination in USD (also see link)
- Beverages and meals not mentioned in itinerary
- Airfare to/from Iceland
- Travel Insurance
Iceland Circumnavigation Cruise
Experience an unforgettable sea journey around the island of fire and ice. Iceland is a country of contrasts and the diverse natural landscape provides unique experiences like nowhere else on earth. This cruise displays both natural wonders and the Icelandic way of living. A range of exciting shore excursions brings the unique character of Iceland closer to you.
- Zodiac excursions in Stykkisholmur and the Westman Islands
- Visit the massive cascades of Dynjandi Waterfall
- Explore Vatnajökull glacier on a snowmobile tour
- Spot seals while horseback riding, or paddle kayaks in the idyllic fjords
- Go hiking and look out for wild reindeer, or explore the town of Egilsstadir by bike
June 14 Thursday
USA – Reykjavik
Departure from USA or Canada.
June 15 Friday
Arrival in Iceland. Group transfer to downtown hotel. Afternoon and evening free under own arrangements. A meet and greetwine reception in the hosts room.
June 16 Saturday
Use the day in Reykjavik to explore the highlights of the world’s northernmost capital city on your own, or book a guided city tour for this morning. The Ocean Diamond 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.
June 17 Sunday
Stykkisholmur is the starting point for our exploration of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, which juts out from Iceland’s west coast. Like a long arm with a clenched fist at its tip, the peninsula is in many ways a microcosm of the whole island. Boarding our Zodiacs, passengers will explore Breidafjördur Bay, known for its colourful bird life, unique basalt rock formations and stunning scenery. You also have an opportunity to join an adventurous expedition to the extinct volcano glacier Snaefellsjökull by “Snowcat” with our experienced guides. The glacier is one of the most famous sites in Iceland primarily because it was featured in the novel “Journey to the Centre of the Earth” by Jules Verne, in which the entrance to the mysterious interior of our planet is located on Snaefellsjökull. Other optional tours include a bus tour around the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, or a Viking Sushi boat tour around the bay to sample some of the delicious, fresh out of the sea seafood.
ST1 Boat Tour – Viking Sushi Adventure $70
ST2 Bus Tour around the Snaefellsnes peninsula $100
ST3 “Snow Cat” Tour Snaefellsjokull Glacier $190
June 18 Monday
Today’s destination is the idyllic town of Isafjördur, capital of the Westfjords region. This secluded peninsula, shaped like a hand reaching out into the sea, is connected to the rest of Iceland by only a narrow strip of land. Even by Icelandic standards, the area can be described as unusually isolated. The landscape provides jaw-dropping views of dramatic fjords carved by ancient glaciers, sheer table mountains plunging into the sea and untouched vegetation. Enjoy the pure tranquility of nature while sea fishing or watching thousands of puffins on the tiny island of Vigur. Or visit the massive cascades of Dynjandi Waterfall, the highest in this area. Optional tours here include sea angling from Flateyri/Sudureyri; boat trip to Vigur Island; bus tour to Thingeyri and Dynjandi Waterfalls; kayaking in Flateyri.
T1 Sea Angling Boat Tour from Flatyri/Sudureyri $180
T2 Boat Tour to Vigur $100
T3 Bus tour – Thingeyri and Dynjandi waterfalls $150
T4 Kayak Tour Flateyri $160
June 19 Tuesday
This morning, we reach the city of Siglufjördur, once the centre of the Icelandic herring industry, and today enjoying a rebirth in popularity. Book the optional tour of the award-winning Herring Era Museum, located on the vibrant harbour front to learn all about the golden age of Icelandic herring fishing. In the afternoon, we travel to uninhabited Grimsey Island. Located about 25 miles (40 km) off the mainland on the Arctic Circle, the island hosts a variety of bird species including puffins, guillemots and gulls. Later, we set sail for Akureyri, Iceland’s second largest city, known as the capital of the north. Get a feel for the town’s Arctic charms with a stroll through the city centre.
S1 Herring Museum with Performance in Akureyri $40
A1 Bus Tour – Myvatn Major $95
A2 Wonders of national park Myvatn $130
June 20 Wednesday
Today the Ocean Diamond remains in the port of Akureyri. Among the optional tours is a trip to the nearby Lake Myvatn region, a schizophrenic landscape where it’s said that “heaven and hell” clash. One side of the lake features the rugged remnants of volcanic activity, while on the other you find fertile plains with lush greenery and a varied bird life. Other optional tours offered are Wonders of National Park Myvatn, including Asbyrgi Canyon, Dettifoss and Jokulsargljufur Canyon National Park.
June 21 Thursday
In the early morning hours you enter Skjalfandi Bay and arrive at the town of Husavik. Often called the “Whale Watching Capital of Iceland,” this town’s offshore waters are home to 15 different whale species, dolphins and 30 varieties of birds. Take an optional RIB boat excursion to watch these graceful ocean giants in their natural, Arctic habitat – sure to be an unforgettable experience! Other optional tours include a trip to Asbyrgi Canyon for some easy hiking, or a Super Jeep tour off the beaten track to some interesting areas around Husavik.
HU1 Whalewatching by “RIB” Boat $190
HU2 Asbyrgi/Tjornes $80
HU3 Super Jeep – Tour off the Beaten Track $360
June 22 Friday
For our exploration of the Eastfjords, the ship docks in the port of Seydisfjördur, nestled between the sea and steep slopes, characteristic of the region’s picturesque fishing villages. A variety of tours are offered such as HuseySealwatching on horseback; Skalanes Nature Reserve, including Viking ruins and towering bird cliffs; East Fjords, including Petra’s Stone and Mineral Collection and the Wartime Museum, or just take time to explore the town or nearby Egillstadir.
SF1 Husey – Horsebackriding $170
SF2 Bus tour – Skalanes- Nature Reserve $150
SF3 Bus Tour – East Fjord, Mineral Collection
Wartime Museum $100
June 23 Saturday
Today’s port of call is Djupivogur, a fishing village in southeast Iceland, and starting point for optional excursions to Vatnajökull glacier. Take a bus tour past the Vatnajökull glacial tongues and go on a boat trip to the Jökulsarlon glacier lagoon. Here icebergs of all shapes and sizes float in the water – an unforgettable adventure on a body of water that didn’t exist at the beginning of the last century, as the lagoon was recently formed by the retreat of the Breidarmerkurjökull glacier tongue. Go on a 4X4 vehicle up onto the glacier, Europe’s largest, for an exhilarating snowmobile tour. Or take an adventurous Super Jeep tour, crossing glacial rivers through spectacular mountain scenery to the foot of the glacier and go for a hike (approximately 2 hours walking). All of these enticing options are available as add-on shore excursions. The hardest part will be deciding what to do!
D1 Bus tour – Glacier Lagoon Jokulsarlon $190
D2 Super Jeep and Snowmobile – Tour Vatnajokull $400
D3 Adventurous Super Jeep Tour $300
June 24 Sunday
Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands)
Located about five miles off the coast of southern Iceland, the island group Vestmannaeyjar was formed by submarine volcanic eruptions around 10,000 years ago. The youngest of the islands only emerged from the sea in 1963. 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 houses half buried by lava and ash. A zodiac tour will circumnavigate the island and stop at places of interest where you will get to know the local bird life, visit caves and, if lucky, spot whales (weather permitting). There is an optional bus tour of the island, known as the “Pompeii of the North” or golf in the volcano, giving you a rare opportunity to play a memorable round of golf in a sunken volcanic crater.
V1 Bus tour – Pompeii of the North $90
V2 Golf inside the volcano $200
June 25 Monday
In the morning, we return to the port of Reykjavik. Following breakfast, it’s time to bid farewell to the Ocean Diamond. Extend your stay in Iceland and book one of our post-cruise programs, such as the Golden Circle and South Shore tour. Or explore Reykjavik and the surrounding area on your own. Reykjavik, which is both the economical and cultural center of Iceland, boasts a variety of museums and shops. Scattered around the city are fascinating natural wonders like glaciers, waterfalls and geysers. If you are departing Iceland this afternoon, we can add airport transfers for you, either directly to Keflavik or with an en-route stop at the Blue Lagoon, if you haven’t already paid a visit.
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