Admire Iceland's natural wonders and majestic landscapes! This classic circle tour provides the perfect mix of culture, histo...
Duration: 9 days/8 nights
Witness dramatic fjords and volcanic landscapes on this extraordinary 10 day circumnavigation of Iceland!
Embark on an adventurous circumnavigation of Iceland.
Witness the dramatic fjords and volcanic landscapes in this extraordinary 10-day circumnavigation of the Land of Ice and Fire. Explore charming fishing villages and colourful geothermal areas, discover the icy beauty of glaciers and the friendliness of the locals. An endless array of cultural treasures and spectacular sights await your discovery. Experience an unforgettable journey around this island of ice and fire. Iceland is truly a country of striking contrasts and the diverse natural landscape provides the possibility for experiences like nowhere else on earth. This cruise reveals the country´s natural beauty and introduces you to the hardy folk living there.
A range of exciting shore excursions brings the unique character of Iceland closer to you.
|A||Balcony Suite||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, hair dryer, full-size window with a sliding glass door, balcony||Ca. 30 m²||Deck 7|
|B||Family Cabin||double bed or 2 twin beds, private bathroom with bathtub, sitting area, TV with DVD-player, wardrobe, refrigerator, individual temperature controls, satellite telephone access, hair dryer, picture window||Ca. 37m²||Deck 4|
|D||Outside Cabin - Picture Window||double bed or 2 twin beds, private bathroom with bathtub, TV with DVD-player, wardrobe,refrigerator, individual temperature controls, satellite telephone access, hair dryer, picture window||Ca. 17-19 m²||Deck 4 + 5 + 6|
|O||Outside Cabin - Obstructed View||double bed or 2 twin beds, private bathroom with bathtub, TV with DVD-player, wardrobe, refrigerator, individual temperature controls, satellite telephone access, hair dryer, picture window (view is obstructed)||Ca. 17-19 m²||Deck 5 + 6|
|P||Outside Cabin - Porthole||double bed, private bathroom with shower, TV with DVD-player, wardrobe, refrigerator, individual temperature controls, satellite telephone access, hair dryer, 2 portholes||Ca. 19 m²||Deck 3|
|T||Triple Cabin - Porthole||2 twin beds and 1 upper bed, private bathroom with shower, TV with DVD-player, wardrobe, refrigerator, individual temperature controls, satellite telephone access, hair dryer, 2 portholes||Ca. 19 m²||Deck 3|
Minimum age is 8 years old.
Day 1: Reykjavik City - The world´s northernmost capital
Use your leisure time in Reykjavík to discover the quirky charm of the world’s northernmost capital, or book one of our pre-programs for a unique Iceland experience. The Ocean Diamond docks in the Old Reykjavík Harbour, right in the heart of the city, a mere five-minute stroll to the main squares, shopping and dining.
The ship departs Reykjavík harbour at 8pm.
Day 2: Stykkisholmur - A veritable feast of natural wonders
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. On board zodiacs you explore some of the thousands of islets dotting Breidafjördur Bay (UNESCO). The island and skerries are teeming with birdlife and have amazing basalt rock formations. Adventurous spirits may opt to join an 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.
Day 3: Isafjordur – Landscape to take your breath away
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. Drink in the delightful tranquility of the nature while sea-fishing, or observing thousands of puffins on the tiny island of Vigur, or marvelling at the cascading wonder that´s Dynjandi waterfall.
Day 4: Siglufjordur - Once called the Klondyke of the north
This morning we reach the fjord town of Siglufjordur or Siglo, which was once the hub of the world’s herring industry. Today the town is enjoying a rebirth in popularity through tourism and other innovations. Learn about the golden days of the herring industry at the award-winning Herring Era Museum on the lovely harbour front. The now uninhabited Hedinsfjordur inlet provides a breathtaking backdrop surrounded by the imposing mountains of the Tröllaskagi peninsula. Early evening we arrive in Akureyri, Iceland’s beautiful second city. 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 hosts every flower native to Iceland.
Day 5: Akureyri - Steaming vents and bubbling mud pools
While docked for the second day in Akureyri we explore the nearby Lake Myvatn Nature Reserve. Visitors are left spellbound by the area’s 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. Shore excursion options include a trek to Askja volcano via Super Jeep in summer, or exploring the colourful Myvatn area year-round.
Day 6: Husavik – Meeting the Gentle Giants of the sea
Early 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.
Day 7: Seydisfjordur – Scenery straight out of a fairytale
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. Activities to enjoy include seal spotting, horseback riding, kayaking in idyllic fjords and guided hikes of the scenic and historical Vestadalur area.
Day 8: Djupivogur –The majestic and surreal world of ice
The fishing village of Djupivogur in southeast Iceland is where we head off on our adventure of exploring the Vatnajökull glacier, Europe’s largest. We get taken right to the foot of the glacier on a 4WD Jeep tour, or enjoy a boat tour of Jökulsarlon glacial lagoon in summer. This stunning lagoon features drifting icebergs of all shapes and sizes floating and tumbling in a surreal glacial setting.
Day 9: Westman Islands – Pompey of the North
Located off the southwest coast of Iceland, the Westman Islands archipelago was formed by powerful submarine volcanic eruptions 10,000 years ago. The island of Surtsey dramatically emerged from the sea in 1963 and so geologically is one the youngest places on earth. We go ashore on Heimaey, the only inhabited island of the archipelago. Here the evidence of Iceland’s volcanic fury is starkly visible with houses still half-buried in ash from a violent eruption in 1973 when the entire island had to be swiftly evacuated. Aboard zodiacs we circumnavigate the island to take in the magical scenery and stop at places of interest to see the local bird life, visit caves and possibly spot whales. A memorable experience for golf enthusiasts is to play a round of golf on the local course set in a sunken volcanic crater midst scenery that will take your breath away.
Day 10: Reykjavik
In the morning we return to the port of Reykjavik. After breakfast it's time to bid farewell to the Ocean Diamond. If you would like to explore more of Reykjavik and the surrounding area on your own, please contact us to extend your stay in Iceland.
(3 berth) *Porthole Lower Deck
Porthole Lower Deck
Obstructed View Upper Deck
Picture Window Main Deck
Window Main Deck
Sliding Door Observation Deck
A: 24 May 2016
B: 11 & 20 June, 24 August 2016
C: 29 June, 8 & 17 July 2016
** Price per person based on triple occupancy/one upper berth
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