12 days

Iceland Circumnavigation 2015

Iceland Circumnavigation 2015

Splash out in Reykjavik’s pools

Walk Reykjavik’s Laugavegur day or night

Iceland’s only native land mammal, the Arctic Fox

Musk Ox

Fjords, icebergs and Inuit, East Coast of Greenland

Greenland Sea

Arctic Exploration

Trip rating
  • Our expedition around Iceland offers an in-depth exploration of this small island of geological extremes. Encounter unrivaled natural diversity, from volcanic landscapes to lava fields, ice sheets, gushing hot springs and cascading waterfalls. Our Expedition team will make every effort to maximize your experiences with all the extremes of this land, its incredible bird life, colorful hamlets, friendly and hearty people and serene bays perfect for kayaking.

     

    Sea Kayaking

    Imagine gliding along the surface of a bay in the presence of icebergs and glaciers! Our sea-kayaking adventures are the best way to feel at one with the sea.

    Taken in small groups of 10-16 people, multiple times per voyage, sea-kayaking adventures are only done during calm weather conditions. We require you to have some prior sea-kayaking experience, including the capability to do a wet exit.

    More information about your Kayaking, including physical requirements and cost of each option is available by contacting Peregrine.

     

    Possible Landings and Wildlife Sightings

     

    THINGVELLIR NATIONAL PARK
    Thingvellir is the National Park where the Althing, an open-air assembly representing the whole of Iceland, was established in 930 and continued to meet until 1798. The Park is also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    HAUKADALUR, THE GOLDEN CIRCLE
    Haukadalur is a name shared by three valleys that make up the Golden Circle. Here you can see much of Iceland’s beauty, including geysers and over 40 hot springs.

    BLUE LAGOON
    The Blue Lagoon is one of the most popular attractions visited in Iceland. The geothermal spa is located in a lava field in Grindavík and a must see for anyone visiting the island.

     

    HEIMAY ISLAND
    Heimay Island, also known as Vestmannaeyjar, is home to 4,500 people. Every summer eight million puffins also call Heimay Island home. Many millions of other birds migrate there for breeding and feeding.

    SURTSEY ISLAND
    Surtsey is a volcanic island off the southern coast of Iceland. The island is very new; having formed in the 1960’s and was named after Surtr, a fire jötunn or giant from Norse mythology.

     

    ESKIFJÖRÐUR
    The area around Eskifjörður is known for its geology, sitting in the shadow of what is considered one of the most beautiful mountains in the area.

    SEYDISFJORDUR
    Seydisfjordur, is a small, friendly town with a thriving art scene. The area also boasts over 90 archaeological sites, some dating back 1,000 years.

    HÚSAVÍK ISLAND
    Húsavík is an excellent example of the geological processes that have made Iceland famous. This area is the center of the whale-watching industry in Iceland, so we’ll be on the looking for whales as we pull away from this pretty town.

    GRIMSEY ISLAND
    The abundant bird life of Grimsey Island far outnumbers the less than one hundred residents of this small village.

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Reykjavik

    Arrive in the Icelandic capital this morning and transfer to your included Reykjavik hotel. You will have the day on your own to explore the city. Join us at the hotel in the evening for a welcome reception and orientation.Ísafjörður

    Day 2 - Golden Circle and Embarkation

    After breakfast, we will venture south from Reykjavik along Iceland’s famous Golden Circle route, starting with Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO
    World Heritage Site. Here we’ll enter a dramatic landscape of wild contrasts, with lava plains, clear lakes and wildflowers in the shadow of soaring
    mountains. This was also the site of Iceland’s parliament from 930 until 1798. We will also visit Iceland’s most famous waterfall, Gullfoss, at the height
    of its flow. We complete the Golden Circle with Haukadalur, where we’ll see the Strokkur geyser erupt every 5-10 minutes as well as plenty of other
    evidence of the intense geological processes beneath our feet. 

     

    After lunch, we’ll make our way to the Ocean Nova and set sail.

    Breakfast | Dinner

    Day 3 - Grundarfjörður

    Today we will reach the photogenic Snaefellsnes peninsula and visit our first small Icelandic town. We will sail into the small harbor and have a chance to
    walk around this picturesque fishing village. In the afternoon, we will sail to the westernmost point of Iceland. If we can stop at the seabird colony, we
    will spot Atlantic puffins, thick-billed murres and black-legged kittiwakes.

    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 4 - Ísafjörður

    We awake to the sight of the Westfjords area, with its high rock walls carved by intense glacier action. Here we’ll find the colorful town of Ísafjörður, home to a charming museum dedicated to Iceland’s rich maritime history. We may also have a chance to sample some local Icelandic delicacies and take in some local entertainment. In the afternoon we will explore the dramatic fjords that make this area famous.

    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 5 - Grindavík and the Blue Lagoon

    Today we’ll visit one of Iceland’s most popular attractions, the Blue Lagoon. You’ll be able to soak in the geothermally-heated seawater, rumoured to be good for both the body and soul. For those who don’t crave the comforts of the spa, an optional round of golf is also available at the Continental Drift Club, where the American and Eurasian plates meet.

    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 6 - Heimay and Surtsey Islands

    Lying off the southern coast of Iceland, these islands are an example of the constant geological battle being waged underground. In 1973 a volcanic eruption destroyed many buildings on the islands and today a project dubbed the ‘Pompeii of the North’ aims to excavate those ruins. Not to be out-named, the entire archipelago has been called the ‘Capri of the North’ because of all the sea caves created by frequent volcanic activity. Sea birds, including puffins, call this place home.

    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 7 - Jökulsárlón and Höfn

    This morning we visit one of the most impressive wonders of Iceland: Vatnajökull Glacier. At over 300m (1,000 ft) tall, we can’t appreciate the full scale of the ice until we get out on Jökulsárlón Lake and sail among the icebergs that frequently calve from the ice face. In the afternoon we arrive at Höfn, a small and traditional fishing community.

    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 8 - Seydisfjordur

    We’ll call into Seydisfjordur, a small, friendly town with a thriving art scene. We can visit the power plant museum, shop for locally-produced handicrafts in the town, and join a tour conducted by the locals. The area also boasts over 90 archaeological sites, some dating back 1,000 years.

    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 9-10 - Húsavík and Grimsey Island

    Húsavík is an excellent example of the geological processes that have made Iceland famous. We will spend the day crossing through the highland lava desert, past lava formations, mud pools and sulfur pits en route to the impressive canyons and waterfalls that lie beyond. Returning back to town, we’ll have a chance to wander around and visit the Whale and Exploration Museums before boarding the Ocean Nova. This area is the center of the whale-watching industry in Iceland, so we’ll be on the lookout for whales as the ship pulls away from this pretty town. In the late afternoon, we should cross the Arctic Circle and reach Grimsey Island. The abundant bird life far outnumbers the fewer than one hundred residents of this small village.

    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 11 - Westfjords: Hornvik and Area

    Today we reach the very top of Iceland, as we venture north into the peaceful bay of Hornvik. Grand landscapes and exploration will be the order of the day, with a chance to stretch our legs and marvel at the geology and bird life that dominate the area.

    Day 12 - Disembarkation in Akureyri

    On our last day, we arrive in Akureyri, where we board our charter flight back to Reykjavik.

    Breakfast
  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
    • • All breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks on board throughout your voyage
    • • All shore landings per the daily program
    • • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader
    • • A daily program of lectures by noted naturalists, historians and scientists
    • • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program
    • • Formal and informal presentations by our Expedition Team and Special Guests as scheduled
    • • Photographic Journal on DVD, documenting the voyage
    • • A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings
    • • A waterproof expedition parka to keep
    • • Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock
    • • Hair dryer and bathrobe in every cabin
    • • Comprehensive pre-departure materials, including a map and an informative Arctic Reader
    • • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
    • • All luggage handling aboard ship
    • • On embarkation day, transfer from your hotel or airport to the ship
    • • On disembarkation day, group transfer from the ship to downtown and the airport
    • • Emergency Evacuation Insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of US$100,000 per person
    • • Pre- and/or post-night accommodations as indicated in the itinerary
    • • Iceland Cruise Passenger Tax
    • • Charter flight from Akureyri to Reykjavik

    Not Included

    • • Passport and any applicable visa expenses
    • • Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned above
    • • Any meals ashore with the exception of breakfast at the host hotel
    • • Baggage, cancellation, interruption, and medical travel insurance
    • • Excess baggage charges
    • • Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks
    • • Laundry and other personal charges
    • • Telecommunications charges
    • • The voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew
    • • Any overnight accommodation required due to flight connections
    • • Optional kayaking activities

    Safety Information

    Safety is paramount on a Peregrine voyage
    Due to new International Security Regulations, you will not be able to approach the ship on your own. You will have to arrive with the rest of the group, accompanied by a Peregrine representative. Full details of embarkation/disembarkation procedures will be supplied with your final documentation. On board you will be asked to participate in the obligatory lifeboat drill. We will also conduct important briefings on landing procedures and Zodiac operations.

  • Map Itinerary

  • Our Ships

    Ocean Nova

    Ocean Nova

    Built in Denmark in 1992, the Ocean Nova delivers clean, crisp Scandinavian styling and has a reputation as an excellent ship for expeditions to Antarctica. Originally built to sail the ice-choked waters of Greenland, Ocean Nova’s ice-strengthened hull has enabled the ship to park in the ice of the Weddell Sea! With a glass-enclosed observation lounge, a presentation room on the top deck, and all ensuite cabins, this expedition vessel is a comfortable option for discovering the polar regions. With a maximum of just 83 guests, the Ocean Nova offers a more intimate, small group, expedition experience with all the benefits that affords.

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Start City: Reykjavik
End City: Reykjavik
Style: Polar

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