Iceland Cruises - Journeys in the Land of Ice & Fire: Reykjavik to Akureyri

Iceland Cruises - Journeys in the Land of Ice & Fire: Reykjavik to Akureyri

With the company of up to 49 fellow passengers, you will discover a fascinating country with amazing rugged landscapes, old legacies of the Vikings and the Norse. Visit Iceland in the summer months, the perfect season to sight humpback whales, orcas, dolphins. Discover the Myvatn Lake, the Namarskard a striking geothermal field, and the Godafoss Waterfall. The quaint fishing village of Husavik. Siglufjordur a fishing town close to the Arctic cirle. Isasfjordur, and nearby Arnardalur Valley. 


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Category C:
From $ 2790 To $ 2790
Category B:
From $ 3150 To $ 3150
Category A:
From $ 3850 To $ 3850
Single Supplement in Cat C & Cat B: 50%
Single Supplement in Cat A: 75%
3rd Person Reduction in Cat B: 30%

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Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1(Saturday): Reykjavik, Iceland

Embarkation at 3-4 pm. Overnight in port. 

Day 2(Sunday): Reykjavik, Iceland ☽
Our Golden Circle optional excursion will start at the Thingvellir National Park, a place of tremendous interest as a primary site of both Iceland’s geological and historical heritage. The tour continues to Gulfoss, Iceland's most beautiful waterfall and then to the Geysir geothermal area with its multitude of hot springs, where the most active one, Strokkur, spouts every few minutes. We stop at the Hveragerdi village, where geothermal water has been used to build up an extensive greenhouse industry and then at the Hellisheiði Geothermal Power Plant showcasing Iceland's ability to supply green power. Our tour ends as we pass through Reykjavik’s city center before arriving at the pier. Overnight in port.
Day 3(Monday): Reykjavik- Akranes, Iceland
Morning sailing to Akranes and disembark by tenders for our 2 Optional excursions: 1. The Vikings saga optional excursion: You will reach Deildartunguhver, Europe's most powerful thermal spring, to the Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls area. We will stop in Reykholt which was the intellectual centers of the island.                                                                                                                                                                                          2. The Langjokull Glacier optional excursion: We drive to Iceland’s majestic hinterland, the Langjökull glacier, Iceland’s second largest glacier. At the Langjökull, (“The Long Glacier”, 360 m. 4,460 ft.) you will visit the Ice Cave, a man-made cave that consists of a series of tunnels and caves carved through solid glacier ice. There is also an ice chapel and an ice bar. Our guide will tell you about glaciology and how climate change is affecting the glaciers. After lunch you will drive to Hraunfoss and Barnafoss - two of Iceland's most picturesque waterfalls, located close to Húsafell. Your return to Akranes will take you along the coastline, back to the pier for embarkation and a late afternoon sailing to Patreksfjordur. Overnight at sea
Day 4(Tuesday): Patreksfjordur- Dynjandi - Isafjordur, Iceland ☽
Morning arrival at Patreksfjordur. Today we can chose from 2 optional excursions: 1. The optional  Westfjord adventure  excursion starts from our port  and reaches  the  Látrabjarg cliffs, with the largest seabird colony in the northern Atlantic famous for its puffins colony.  Your next stop is at Rauðasandur or “Red Sand” beach, distinct itself from most of Iceland’s beaches, as it is golden and pink in color. We will ride on a tractor carriage with our expert guide and local farmer along the beach to the seal colony, where you can see the seals up close. 2. The optional excursion to the Dynjandi waterfall, one of the most beautiful in Iceland and Bildudalur for a visit to the sea monsters museum. Late afternoon, we cruise around the Harnafjordur fjord to and anchor in front of the majestic Dynzandi Waterfall. After drinks to celebrate this wonder of nature, we sail to Isafjordur. Late night arrival in Isafjordur. Overnight in port.
Day 5(Wednesday): Isafjordur, Iceland

After breakfast onboard, disembark for an optional tour to Thingeyri village and the interactive Viking Museum. After the “Viking experience” we return to Isafjordur and visit the Maritime and Heritage Museum, highlighting the rich history and culture of this fishing community. In the afternoon we sail to Siglufjordur. Overnight at sea.

Day 6(Thursday): Siglufjordur - Husavik, Iceland ☽
This morning we reach Siglufjordur, Iceland’s northernmost city, very close to the Arctic Circle and possibly the most picturesque port of Iceland. Once known as the capital of Herring fishing. The optional walking excursion through the city will take you to the port, the Herring Museum, the Folk Music center housed in Madame House, the oldest house in the city. After lunch we sail to the port of Husavik. Late in the afternoon we sail in the Skjafandi Bay and reach Husavik, Europe’s capital of whale watching. We will have time to stroll around this charming fishing village and visit the wooden church, the best preserved church in Iceland.

Overnight in port.

Day 7(Friday): Husavik - Akureyri, Iceland ☽
Today, Husavik is your starting point for 2 optional excursions: 1. Optional Whale watching morning excursion Whale watching near the Arctic Circle:  Husavik is also called Europe's whale watching capital. Enjoy the magnificent wildlife and stunning scenery aboard a renovated traditional oak fishing boat and see from close minke whales white beaked dolphins, and harbor porpoises. 2. Lake Myvatn & Godafoss optional tour: Depart Husavik around noon and head to the thermal field of Namaskard. Then continue to Dimmuborgir lava labyrinth, a paradise of towering lava castles, natural arches and grottos. Lunch included Driving along the shores of Lake Myvatn we reach Skutustadir and its amazing craters. We then continue to the Godafoss, one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland. Our tour will end at Akureyri, where we rejoin the Panorama late evening. Passengers not taking the excursion will be sailing from Husavik to Akureyri with the Panorama.

Overnight in Akureyri. 

Day 8(Saturday): Akureyri, Iceland

Disembarkation 6 AM -10 AM after breakfast.

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Discover a 3 masted Motorsailer which can accommodate up to 49 passengers in 24 cabins. The "Panorama" was launched in 1993 and has been rebuilt in 2001, followed by a latest renovation in 2014. In 2014, the Upper Deck cabins and Lounge, as well as the Main Deck cabin en suite bathrooms and Lounge have been refitted. This state of the art Motorsailer has performed several Atlantic Ocean crossings and has sailed from the Seychelles to Monte Carlo and from the Black Sea to Tunis and offers the highest standard of accommodation and comfort safety.

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