Iceland Explorer – Fire and Ice

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Iceland Explorer – Fire and Ice
Reykjavík to Reykjavík
Duration: 10 days
Tour code: EUTCIE10

10 days, 26 meals. Prepare to explore the Icelandic coastline and venture into the interior of this epic land of fire and ice to discover amazing landscapes and friendly locals

What's included?

 

  • Nine-night cruise aboard the Ocean Diamond
  • Services of a Travelmarvel Cruise Director, local guides and Expedition crew
  • Daily bottled water, tea and coffee, as well as soft drink, beer and local wine during lunch and dinner on your cruise
  • 26 meals - 9 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches and 9 Dinners
  • Explore 13 glaciers, towns, villages and cities
  • Tipping for land staff and airport transfers

 

Accommodation

Boutique Cruise Ship

Room types available
  • Twin - 2 Adults, 2 Beds
  • Single - 1 Adult, 1 Bed
  • Double - 2 Adults, 1 Beds

 

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive Reykjavík, Embark Ship
Be met on arrival and transfer to your ship, the Ocean Diamond, your home for the next nine nights. As your ship sets sail, enjoy dinner.

Stay: Nine Nights, Ocean Diamond

Meals: dinner

Day 2
Stykkishólmur, Snæfellsjökull National Park
Enjoy an Insider Experience or spend the morning exploring the town. Tonight, cruise past the Látrabjarg cliffs, the westernmost point of Europe and a haven for native birds like the Atlantic puffins.

Meals: breakfastlunchdinner

Day 3
Ísafjörður, Hornbjarg Cliffs
This morning you’ll be greeted by the sheer beauty of the Western fjords. Here, enjoy an Insider Experience, choose to enjoy time at leisure and explore the old buildings of Ísafjörður, or visit the maritime museum or cultural centre.

Meals: breakfastlunchdinner

Day 4
Siglufjörður, Grímsey Island
Arrive at Siglufjörður, a picturesque town built into a small fjord with the rugged mountains as its backdrop. In the early 1900s, a booming economy due to the herring industry resulted in a prosperous town with some marvellous Icelandic architecture. Take some time to explore the town and visit the Herring Era Museum. Be on the lookout for whales as you cruise to Eyjafjörður following dinner.

Meals: breakfastlunchdinner

Day 5
Akureyri
Afterwards an Insider Experience, explore the town of Akureyri and visit Arts’ Alley, the cultural centre of the city, or the local church with its beautiful views over the fjord. Return to the ship for lunch before an afternoon at leisure. Perhaps explore the city further, or enjoy a hike in nearby Kjarnaskógur. An optional tour will take you to a world of lava fields, boiling mud pools and sulphuric steam vents of Lake Mývatn-Krafla. Here you will have time to unwind in the natural hot springs or embark on a bird watching walk before returning to the ship via the almighty Goðafoss waterfall.

Meals: breakfastlunchdinner

Day 6
Húsavík
Your morning gets off to a truly delightful start with a whale watching tour. Head back to your ship for lunch before an afternoon at leisure in town. Explore the streets, take in the Whale Museum, wander the Exploration Museum or visit the quaint local church.

Meals: breakfastlunchdinner

Day 7
Seyðisfjörður
This morning after breakfast, your ship will arrive at the picturesque 19th-century harbour town of Seyðisfjörður. On disembarking here, a walking tour will take you past the bright colours of the Norwegian-style buildings and shops that are famous for their Icelandic patterned knitwear. Later, the keen walkers might choose to embark on an energetic optional hike up the Fjarðará river trail through a verdant landscape carpeted with wildflowers, or perhaps embark on a hike to the magnificent Hengifoss waterfall.

Meals: breakfastlunchdinner

Day 8
Djúpivogur, Vatnajökull Glacier
Perhaps take an exhilarating 4WD or snowmobile ride to traverse the Vatnajökull Glacier. Alternatively, join an excursion and watch as the glacier calves into the Jökulsárlón lagoon. Keen hikers may like to venture to the Waterfall Valley and see the river Fossá weave through the lowland towards the sea.

Meals: breakfastlunchdinner

Day 9
Westman Islands
This morning, circumnavigate Surtsey Island, born from a volcanic eruption in 1963. This afternoon, visit the island’s only community, Heimaey, where half-buried houses are spotted peeking out from under the volcanic debris. Later, if time permits, board a Zodiac to explore the surrounding cliffs and coves. Tonight, enjoy your final dinner on board.

Meals: breakfastlunchdinner

Day 10
Disembark Ship, Depart Reykjavík
Your journey ends in Reykjavík. After breakfast, disembark your ship and transfer to the airport.

Meals: breakfast

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