Iceland Circumnavigation

Viking stronghold. Land of fire and ice. Culture, wildlife, and wonders. A modern nation on an ancient island. Iceland by ocean awaits.


Iceland
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Duration: 10 days
Starts: Reykjavik, Iceland
Ends: Reykjavik, Iceland
Language: English Speaking Voyage


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Circling the island, witness Earth in action: active volcanoes, emerging islands, lava fields, geysers, and glaciers.

The landscape is otherworldly. Superb photography, birding, and hiking are a quick Zodiac ride away. Whales ply the North Atlantic waters. Join us as we sail those same waters—around Iceland, by ship!

Itinerary

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DAY 1 | REYKJAVÍK, ICELAND
Begin Your Adventure
Board the Ocean Endeavour for an evening departure after enjoying a day of self-guided exploration in Reykjavík.
Iceland’s cosmopolitan capital, Reykjavík was established in the year 874 CE.
Powered by geothermal energy, Reykjavík is widely considered one of the cleanest, greenest cities on Earth.

DAY 2 | SNÆFELLSNES PENINSULA
Meander Dramatic Landscapes
Explore one of Iceland’s most amazing coastlines, the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, a region known for its dramatic beauty and fascinating geological history.
Delight in the many opportunities to observe seabirds and marine life as you stroll, hike, or take a Zodiac cruise.

DAY 3 | THE WESTFJORDS
Explore Remote Coastlines
Be among the lucky few to explore the Westfjords, a region known for its jagged bird cliffs and multihued beaches—only about ten percent of the rest of Iceland’s visitors ever make it here!
Soak up the coastal fjords, immense mountains, and tiny villages that embrace a traditional Icelandic lifestyle.

DAY 4 | SIGLUFJÖRÐUR AND GRÍMSEY
Cross the Arctic Circle & Learn about Icelandic History
Travel to far-flung Grímsey, which lies upon the Arctic Circle (66° 33’ North) and earns Iceland its title as one of the world’s eight Arctic nations—just barely!
Take a Zodiac cruise around the island, brimming with a million seabirds, including puffins, guillemots, and gulls, that far outnumber its small human population.
Visit the resurgent Siglufjörður that, in its heyday, bustled with activity as the centre of the herring fishing industry.
Enjoy a wonderful re-enactment at the Herring Era Museum and make some time to pop into the bakery, chocolate factory, brewery, and Icelandic folk music centre, too.

DAY 5 | AKUREYRI
Visit Museums & Botanical Gardens
Walk up to the steps of Akyureyri’s monumental Lutheran church to catch the full view of Iceland’s second-largest urban area—it will be well worth it!
Poke around and explore the city’s shops, cafés, and restaurants and take your pick from a selection of ten museums to discover.
Stroll through Akuyeri’s botanical gardens that are among the northernmost in the world and miraculously grow several thousand plant species.

DAY 6 | HÚSAVÍK
Go Whale Watching
Tour Húsavík’s Skjálfandi Bay, known as the whale capital of Iceland.
Be sure to bring your binoculars to spot the fifteen different whale species frequent the area, as well as dolphins and dozens of varieties of birds.
Take advantage of Húsavík’s diverse museums offerings, including the Whale Museum, the Húsavík Museum, and the Exploration Museum, which houses artefacts from Apollo astronaut training in the area.

DAY 7 | SEYÐISFJÖRÐUR
Wander a Picturesque Community & Visit the Skálanes Nature Reserve
Enjoy the chance to explore Seyðisfjörður, nestled at the tip of its namesake fjord.
Stroll the picturesque town of 700, known for its flourishing art scene, cobbled rainbow road, and excellent handicrafts, or take one of the numerous opportunities for hiking, including a walk up to Tvísöngur sound sculpture on a nearby hill.
Visit nearby Skálanes Nature Reserve, which is family-owned and operated. Learn about the centre’s research and interpretation of Iceland’s environment and cultural history that’s a model for sustainable tourism.

DAY 8 | SOUTHEAST ICELAND
Witness Beautiful Glaciers & Lagoons
Soak in the sights of south Iceland, home to some of the country’s most beautiful natural attractions.
Explore a unique mix of volcanoes, lagoons, and glaciers—as well as hot springs, geysers, and spectacular waterfalls—either ashore on foot or by Zodiac cruise.

DAY 9 | HEIMAEY, VESTMANNAEYJAR (WESTMAN ISLANDS)
Marvel at Volcanic Landscapes
Learn about the compelling history of this volcanically active area that has experienced two major eruptions in recent times.
1963 saw the formation of the island of Surtsey and the Eldfell eruption ten years later destroyed much of Heimaey, the largest of the Vestmannaeyjars and the only island here that is inhabited.
Enjoy a beautiful Zodiac cruise searching for the numerous species of seabirds, including the famous puffin, that nest in the steep rock faces along the ocean cliffs here.

DAY 10 | REYKJAVÍK, ICELAND
Wave a Fond Farewell
Complete your journey back in Reykjavík and disembark the Ocean Endeavour in the morning.
Take one last chance to explore this special city where food, culture, and nightlife abound.
If you have the time, be sure to visit the National Culture House, which preserves treasures like the Poetic Edda and the Norse Sagas in their original manuscripts.

Itinerary

DAY 1 | REYKJAVÍK, ICELAND
Begin Your Adventure
Board the Ocean Endeavour for an evening departure after enjoying a day of self-guided exploration in Reykjavík.
Iceland’s cosmopolitan capital, Reykjavík was established in the year 874 CE.
Powered by geothermal energy, Reykjavík is widely considered one of the cleanest, greenest cities on Earth.

DAY 2 | SNÆFELLSNES PENINSULA
Meander Dramatic Landscapes
Explore one of Iceland’s most amazing coastlines, the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, a region known for its dramatic beauty and fascinating geological history.
Delight in the many opportunities to observe seabirds and marine life as you stroll, hike, or take a Zodiac cruise.

DAY 3 | THE WESTFJORDS
Explore Remote Coastlines
Be among the lucky few to explore the Westfjords, a region known for its jagged bird cliffs and multihued beaches—only about ten percent of the rest of Iceland’s visitors ever make it here!
Soak up the coastal fjords, immense mountains, and tiny villages that embrace a traditional Icelandic lifestyle.

DAY 4 | SIGLUFJÖRÐUR AND GRÍMSEY
Cross the Arctic Circle & Learn about Icelandic History
Travel to far-flung Grímsey, which lies upon the Arctic Circle (66° 33’ North) and earns Iceland its title as one of the world’s eight Arctic nations—just barely!
Take a Zodiac cruise around the island, brimming with a million seabirds, including puffins, guillemots, and gulls, that far outnumber its small human population.
Visit the resurgent Siglufjörður that, in its heyday, bustled with activity as the centre of the herring fishing industry.
Enjoy a wonderful re-enactment at the Herring Era Museum and make some time to pop into the bakery, chocolate factory, brewery, and Icelandic folk music centre, too.

DAY 5 | AKUREYRI
Visit Museums & Botanical Gardens
Walk up to the steps of Akyureyri’s monumental Lutheran church to catch the full view of Iceland’s second-largest urban area—it will be well worth it!
Poke around and explore the city’s shops, cafés, and restaurants and take your pick from a selection of ten museums to discover.
Stroll through Akuyeri’s botanical gardens that are among the northernmost in the world and miraculously grow several thousand plant species.

DAY 6 | HÚSAVÍK
Go Whale Watching
Tour Húsavík’s Skjálfandi Bay, known as the whale capital of Iceland.
Be sure to bring your binoculars to spot the fifteen different whale species frequent the area, as well as dolphins and dozens of varieties of birds.
Take advantage of Húsavík’s diverse museums offerings, including the Whale Museum, the Húsavík Museum, and the Exploration Museum, which houses artefacts from Apollo astronaut training in the area.

DAY 7 | SEYÐISFJÖRÐUR
Wander a Picturesque Community & Visit the Skálanes Nature Reserve
Enjoy the chance to explore Seyðisfjörður, nestled at the tip of its namesake fjord.
Stroll the picturesque town of 700, known for its flourishing art scene, cobbled rainbow road, and excellent handicrafts, or take one of the numerous opportunities for hiking, including a walk up to Tvísöngur sound sculpture on a nearby hill.
Visit nearby Skálanes Nature Reserve, which is family-owned and operated. Learn about the centre’s research and interpretation of Iceland’s environment and cultural history that’s a model for sustainable tourism.

DAY 8 | SOUTHEAST ICELAND
Witness Beautiful Glaciers & Lagoons
Soak in the sights of south Iceland, home to some of the country’s most beautiful natural attractions.
Explore a unique mix of volcanoes, lagoons, and glaciers—as well as hot springs, geysers, and spectacular waterfalls—either ashore on foot or by Zodiac cruise.

DAY 9 | HEIMAEY, VESTMANNAEYJAR (WESTMAN ISLANDS)
Marvel at Volcanic Landscapes
Learn about the compelling history of this volcanically active area that has experienced two major eruptions in recent times.
1963 saw the formation of the island of Surtsey and the Eldfell eruption ten years later destroyed much of Heimaey, the largest of the Vestmannaeyjars and the only island here that is inhabited.
Enjoy a beautiful Zodiac cruise searching for the numerous species of seabirds, including the famous puffin, that nest in the steep rock faces along the ocean cliffs here.

DAY 10 | REYKJAVÍK, ICELAND
Wave a Fond Farewell
Complete your journey back in Reykjavík and disembark the Ocean Endeavour in the morning.
Take one last chance to explore this special city where food, culture, and nightlife abound.
If you have the time, be sure to visit the National Culture House, which preserves treasures like the Poetic Edda and the Norse Sagas in their original manuscripts.


ADC ©AdvCan
ADC ©Michelle Valberg
ADC ©Dennis Minty


INCLUSIONS

*Passage aboard the Ocean Endeavour
*Applicable taxes and credit card fees
*Complimentary expedition jacket
*Contribution to Adventure Canada's Discovery Fund
*Special access permits, entry, and park fees
*Team of expedition staff
*Guided activities
*Sightseeing and community visits
*All Zodiac excursions
*Port fees
*Pre-departure materials
*Educational program
*Nikon Camera Trial Program
*Interactive workshops
*Evening entertainment
*All shipboard meals

EXCLUSIONS

*Commercial & charter flights
*Program enhancements/optional excursions
*Gratuities *Personal expenses
*Mandatory medical evacuation insurance
*Additional expenses in the event of delays or itinerary changes
*Possible fuel surcharges and administrative fees
*Pre- and post-trip hotel accommodation


* The prices are per person expressed in US Dollars.
** All prices will be re-confirmed by email at the time of booking.
NOTE: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy—and excitement—of expedition travel. When traveling in extremely remote regions, your expedition staff must allow the sea, the ice and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. This itinerary is a tentative outline of what you’ll experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed.

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