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

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

Embark the elegant M/Y Callisto, the newest addition to Variety Cruises’ fleet of Mega Yachts and Motor Sailers. With the company of up to 34 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 Heimaey Island, the Pompei of the North. 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 $ 2650 To $ 2690
Category B:
From $ 2990 To $ 3050
Category A:
From $ 3590 To $ 3650
Category P:
From $ 3890 To $ 3950
Port Charges: $ 295
Single Supplement in Cat C & Cat B: 50%
Single Supplement in Cat A & Cat P: 75%
3rd Person Reduction in Cat C & Cat B: 30%
Single Supplement in 2018: 60%

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Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1(Saturday): Reykjavik, Iceland

EMBARKATION 3-4PM -  Sailing at 5pm -  Overnight at sea to  Haimaey / Westmann Islands, Iceland.

Day 2(Sunday): Heimaey Island Westmann Islands, Iceland

We reach Heimaey Island in the morning and discover a community which almost disappeared during a 1973  eruption that buried 400 homes and create  a mountain. Heimaey is also know as the Pompeii of the North and our Optional  excursions will take us to   2 volcanoes and the Eldheimar Geological Museum to understand  what happened in 1973 and to other sites around the island. We leave Heimaey in the afternoon and cruise west to Akranes. Overnight at sea.

Day 3(Monday): Akranes, Iceland

In the morning we reach Akranes and disembark by tenders for our optional full day excursion to Deildartunguhver, Europe’s most powerful thermal spring, to the Haunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls area. We will stop in Reykholt which was at one time one of the intellectual centers of the island and had for many years one of the most important schools of the country. Here lived and died in the middle ages one of the most important persons in Icelandic history: Snorri Sturluson, a famous poet and politician whose records of the old Norse language and mythology of medieval Iceland are invaluable to modern scholars. Remains of his farm and a bathroom with hot pot and a tunnel between the bath and the house can still be visited. In the afternoon we rejoin the ship and sail to the west fjords. Overnight at sea

Day 4(Tuesday): Bildudalur- Isafjordur, Iceland

We sail past the Latrarbag cliffs which rise 450 m over the sea and reach Bildudalur.  Our afternoon optional excursion will take us   to the Dynjandi Waterfall and we will walk around Bildudalur and visit the Sea Monsters Museum. In the afternoon , we cruise around the Westfjords to Isafjordur.Evening arrival in Isafjorfur. Overnight in port

Day 5(Wednesday): Isafjordur, Iceland

Isafjordur is a large fishing port in Wesfjords. Our afternoon optional excursion will take us to Bolungravik  and then  Osvor town  where we will visit a restored fisherman's hut. Back in town we will visit the  Maritime Museum and walk around the town known for its  rich cultural heritage and merchant's homes dating from the 18th century. 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 tour 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 leave for nearby Husavik port. 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

This morning our full day optional  excursion will take you from Husavik to Akureyri ( where you will meet the Callisto in the evening). You will visit  the  Lake Myvatn,  Namarksard and Dimmuborgir, all  fine examples of the volcanic world  with lava fields, boiling and steaming mud pools, steam vents and craters.  After lunch we continue on the Ring Road to reach  Godafoss Waterfall - the Falls of the Gods - and will hear about the Kristni Saga, recounting the  arrival of Christianity and the end of Paganism. We rejoin the Callisto in Akureyri the capital of Northern Iceland and we will spend some time walking around this colorful city visiting in particular the Art Alley. Overnight in port.

Day 8(Saturday): Akureyri, Iceland

Disembarkation 6 AM -10 AM after breakfast.

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The elegant Motor Yacht Callisto recently joined the VARIETY CRUISES fleet and is true to her name: Elegant, classic. She was fully refit / rebuilt in 2000 and was thoroughly renovated in in 2015-16. This classy Motor Yacht has performed several Atlantic Ocean crossings, and has also sailed along the most interesting coastal sites of Europe, North and West Africa. The M/Y Callisto is of the “boutique” category of cruiser, and offers the highest standard of accommodation, comfort and safety. The yacht’s public areas are cozy and generous, decorated with rich fabrics, handsome woodwork, gleaming brass, antiques and fine works of art. During the day, life on board centres around the indoor and outdoor areas including the Upper deck Indoor and Outdoor lounge/bar and dining areas as well as the cosy Library located on the Sun Deck. The lounge/bar and dining room on the Upper deck are connected by the gallery, displaying exquisite art and adding to the overall feeling of elegance and style. In the evening you can relax in the ship’s lounge, enjoy a drink overlooking the stars or relax with a book in the library with its wraparound windows. The spacious lounge and bar area on the Upper Deck is surrounded by large picture windows and opens onto the Outdoor Dining area. The yacht features a broad Sun Deck for sunbathing and the swimming platform on Callisto’s stern enables you to swim off the ship when in sheltered bays. Service on board is provided by your Captain, the Cruise Coordinator and your experienced Marine and Hotel crew members. 

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