Days
8
Price from
€3,635EUR

Journey to the Westfjords and discover a different side of Iceland.

Set sail from Reykjavik into the majestic, unspoiled Westfjords. Cruise past craggy inlets shadowed by volcanic peaks, visit the waterfalls of Snaefellsnes Peninsula, walk the red sand of Raudasundar Beach, hear tales of Viking warriors in Pingeyri and be humbled by the grandeur of Siglufjordur.


Start
Reykjavik, Iceland
Finish
Akureyri, Iceland
Country
Iceland
Style
Peregrine
Theme
Adventure Cruising
Code
PECI
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 46

Why we love this trip

  • Cruise the rugged coast of the Westfjords looking out for puffins, nesting birds and whales along the way

  • Only a fraction of visitors to Iceland make it across to the far-flung west, and the lack of tourists make its landscapes and villages a dream to explore

  • Make like a Viking at Pyngeyri, home of that legendary Icelandic literature The Sagas

  • Tour the spectacular Snaefellsnes Peninsula by road. Known as Iceland in Miniature, this destination has a great amount of the spectacular scenery Iceland is famous for – all in one place

Is this trip right for you?

  • This is a small ship adventure cruise, which means you’ll be sailing on a yacht with 30–50 other people. The boat is spacious and comfortable, but it focuses more on the destination than on-board activities. Instead of a pool, we have the sea itself. Instead of a casino, we’ve got board games and a good book. There’s also no formal dress code to worry about. Wi-Fi is available for a small charge.

  • Our ship moves under engine power, rather than sailing, so all cabins will experience light engine noise when the ship is moving (and occasionally when we drop anchor). It’s probably worth packing earplugs if you’re a light sleeper.

  • Onshore activities and excursions will involve a bit of walking. You’ll be visiting places with mixed conditions underfoot and uneven ground. If you have any concerns, please speak to your group leader before taking part.

  • If you’re concerned about seasickness, there are seasickness tablets on-board. The ship will experience some roll and pitch in choppy conditions, however all of our ships come equipped with stabilisers to minimise movement. Most of our departures run in peak season, when the seas are calmer. Your crew will do all they can to minimise any discomfort.

  • There are no lifts (elevators) on-board our ships, so you’ll have to navigate a few steep flights of stairs. Handrails are always available.

Boats

Panorama

On this itinerary, you'll be travelling aboard the Panorama.

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Itinerary

Welcome to Iceland. Embarkation will take place between 3 and 4pm. Enjoy a welcome dinner on board. The Panorama will be in port overnight so you can take advantage of Reykjavik's nightlife.
Accommodation
  • M/S Panorama (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Reykjavik - Welcome Dinner
Meals Included
  • Dinner
After breakfast you'll take a walking tour of Reykjavik with a local guide. Iceland's capital is packed with historic buildings, a small but beautiful lake (Tjörnin), cool cafes and a slew of intriguing restaurants and bars. After the tour the city is yours to explore. You may choose to delve into Viking history at the enormous National Museum, which depicts the history of Iceland from the 9th century (when the first Vikings from mainland Scandinavia arrived and settled), or join locals who gossip and chatter in the Laugardalslaug Geothermal Pool. Plenty of tours and services offer afternoon trips to nearby waterfalls and geysers. An overnight stay in port means you'll again have a chance to partake in Reykjavik's vibrant nightlife 
Accommodation
  • M/S Panorama (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Reykjavik City Tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
You will depart early before stopping at Akranes, a coastal town roughly 50 kilometres (31 miles) north of Reykjavik, where you'll visit the photogenic Akranes Lighthouse. Next is a wondrous road trip to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, often called 'Iceland in Miniature' as it's home to a diverse range of Iceland's most recognisable sights. Snaefellsjokull volcano, the highest mountain on the peninsula at 1446 metres (4744 feet), has a glacier at its peak (jokull means 'glacier' in Icelandic) that contributes to many a magical myth. Jules Verne was so intrigued he used the mountain as the setting of his 1864 novel Journey to the Center of the Earth. The area surrounding Snæfellsjökull has been designated one of Iceland's four National Parks and as you pass lovely villages, amazing gorges, snow-capped mountains and stretches of lava fields, you'll understand why. The combination of Mt Kirkjufell and nearby waterfall Kirkjufellsfoss is a photographer's dream. Completing this picturesque day is a trip to Djupalonssandur, where spectacular rock formations seemingly spout from a black sand pebble beach. 
Accommodation
  • M/S Panorama (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Snaefellsnes Peninsula Visit
  • Hraunfossar and Barnafoss Waterfalls Visit
  • Akranes Lighthouse visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
A late morning arrival in Bildudalur means you'll encounter spectacular views of Westfjords coastline. This is a place of breathtaking scenery, harsh landscape, sharp mountain ridges, and deep and beautiful fjords where farmers and villages cuddle together on a narrow strip of land. The Westfjords are a favorite among many for their mesmerising and mystical scenery. You will travel from Bildudalur to one of Iceland´s most spectacular sites and most famous beaches, the red-coloured Raudasandur Beach. From there it's off to the westernmost point in Iceland and home to millions of birds, the cliffs of Latrabjarg. At 14 kilometres (8.7 miles) long and up to 440 metres (1444 feet) high it's Europe's largest bird cliff. Here you'll see puffins, northern gannets, guillemots and razorbills. You will return to Bildudalur and overnight at sea.
Accommodation
  • M/S Panorama (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Rauðasandur Beach Visit
  • Cliffs of Latrabjarg - Walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
You will arrive early morning at Isafjordur, a large fishing port in Wesfjords. You will then make an excursion to Pingeyri, one of the oldest settlements in the Westfjords and site of the region's first trading post. It's also a place long-associated with the Sagas of Icelanders, prose narratives based mostly on historical events from the Viking era of the 9th-11th centuries. These sagas reflect the conflicts that arose within early generations of Icelandic settlers. The Saga of Gisli, one of the most famous warriors of the sagas, takes place mostly in the Westfjords in the late 10th century. It tells the story of Gísli Súrsson, a tragic hero who must kill kill one of his brothers-in-law to avenge another. Gísli lived at Holl in Haukadalur, a short distance from Pingeyri in Dyrafjorour. Pingeyri is home to a festival site built in the Old Icelandic style that seats over 300 people with a hearth at its centre. You will return to Isafjordur In the afternoon and sail to Siglufjordur overnight.
Accommodation
  • M/S Panorama (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Þingeyri Visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
You will arrive early at Siglufjordur, Iceland’s northernmost city, very close to the Arctic Circle and possibly the most picturesque port of Iceland. Siglufjordur was once known as the capital of herring fishing and the city celebrates its heritage with a glorious, award-winning Herring Era Museum. Among its three main buildings is a 1907 salting station where herring girls salt and pack herring into barrels under the watchful eye of the manager. Don’t be surprised if you get caught up in the lively accordion music and ring dancing before sampling traditional rye bread, local herring and Icelandic schnapps. You will also be invited to visit the museum's recreations of a 1930s herring factory and Siglufjordur’s bustling harbour as well as a folk music centre that offers a wide range of musical events and lectures. Sail to Akureyri later in the day, where you will have a free evening in Iceland's second largest city.
Accommodation
  • M/S Panorama (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Siglufjordu - Herring & Maritime Museum Visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Situated at the head of Iceland's longest fjord, Akureyri is the nation's second largest city. Embark on a leader-led walking tour of the town before enjoying some free time to explore. Wander the streets of arts and crafts galleries and shops, passing wooden houses in pastel colours, and perhaps dropping into the Folk Museum. There are several whale-watching tours to choose from -- if you're lucky you may spot the bottlenose whales, humpbacks and mink whales that are sometimes seen in the waters off Akureyri. At night you'll sit down to a captain's dinner with your shipmates and overnight in port. 
Accommodation
  • M/S Panorama (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Akureyri - Walking Tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Your Westfjords adventure ends after breakfast.
Included Activities
  • Captain's Dinner
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 6 dinners

Transport

Small Cruise Ship

Accommodation

Small Cruise Ship 7 nights

Included Activities

  • Reykjavik - Welcome Dinner
  • Reykjavik City Tour
  • Snaefellsnes Peninsula Visit
  • Hraunfossar and Barnafoss Waterfalls Visit
  • Akranes Lighthouse visit
  • Rauðasandur Beach Visit
  • Cliffs of Latrabjarg - Walk
  • Þingeyri Visit
  • Siglufjordu - Herring & Maritime Museum Visit
  • Akureyri - Walking Tour
  • Captain's Dinner

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Important notes

BOOKING CONDITIONS
Adventure Cruising trips have a deposit of A$600 per person (different amounts apply in other currencies) and the balance is due 90 days before departure.
If a booking is cancelled 90 days or more before departure - the cancellation fee is the full loss of the deposit paid.
If a booking is cancelled between 89 and 31 days before departure - the cancellation fee is 50% of the total booking cost, or the deposit, whichever is greater.
if a booking is cancelled 30 days or less prior to departure - the cancellation fee is 100% of the total price of the voyage.
Other fees may apply for air tickets and other arrangements booked in conjunction with a voyage.

SINGLE TRAVELLERS
Rooming on this trip is twin-share. Single travellers will share a room with another traveller of the same gender. If you’d prefer not to share, a single cabin supplement is available at an additional charge.

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