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. 


Cruise Facts

Category C:
From $ 2790 To $ 2790
Category B:
From $ 3150 To $ 3150
Category A:
From $ 3850 To $ 3850
Port Charges: $ 330
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 at sea.
Day 3(Monday): Grundafjordur, Iceland
This morning we arrive in Grundafjordur, a quintessential Icelandic town, for our optional excursion of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. This small fishing village lies next to striking Mt. Kirkjufell, or “Church Mountain”, one of the most photographed mountains in Iceland. From there we head to Olafsvik, passing the splendid Baejarfoss waterfall and we continue to the southern side of the peninsula to reach the villages of Arnarstapi and Hellnar before making our way to Snaefellsjokull National Park, one of the county’s three national parks, established in 2001 in an effort to preserve the region’s unique ecosystem and historical artifacts. After our visit to the park, we drive back to the ship for a relaxing afternoon and evening sailing to Patreksfjordur. Overnight at sea.
Day 4(Tuesday): Patreksfjordur, Iceland
Morning arrival at Patreksfjordur. The optional Westfjords adventure excursion starts from our port and reaches the Latrabjarg cliffs, with the largest seabird colony in the northern Atlantic, famous for its puffins colony. Your next stop is at Raudasandur 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. Late afternoon, we ruise around the Harnafjordur and anchor in front of the majestic Dynjandi Waterfall. After drinks to celebrate this wonder of nature, we sail to Isafjordur. Overnight at sea.
Day 5(Wednesday): Isafjordur, Iceland

Morning arrival in Isafjordur. 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 Holmavik. Overnight at sea.

Day 6(Thursday): Holmavik, Iceland
Morning arrival in the small village of Holmavik, one of the least visited parts of Iceland’s Westfjords. After breakfast onboard, disembark for an optional full day excursion: first, we will visit the Museum of Sorcery and Witchcraft to learn about the old Viking traditions and culture, then we will stop for lunch at a local restaurant, built from the town’s oldest house, and finally we will visit a local sheep farm to interact with the farmers daily lives and spend time observing the sheep. Evening return to the ship and sailing to Siglufjordur. Overnight at sea.
Day 7(Friday): Siglufjordur - Akureyri, 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. There are two optional excursions: 1. 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. 2. The Lake Myvatn & Godafoss optional tour: 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 to Akureyri with the Panorama. The Panorama reaches Akureyri in the evening. Farewell dinner. Overnight in port.

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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