Dominated by fjords, glaciers and mountains, and steeped in Norse legend, Iceland is a destination like no other.

Every year, the Northern Lights lure adventurous travellers to Iceland’s shores, yet it’s just one of many phenomena to be found in this wild part of the world. Venture to the land of fire and ice to find a landscape of mythic proportions: ice-capped volcanoes, glaciers, erupting geysers, bubbling mud pools, geothermal springs, lava fields and spectacular waterfalls. The scenery only becomes more striking towards the country’s more remote reaches. Cruising the fjords and icy North Atlantic waters around Iceland on a small ship allows unhindered access to some of the country’s most remote and fascinating terrain. Towering bird cliffs, quaint fishing villages and the birthplace of the legendary Sagas of Icelanders await.

 

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Land and sea cruises

One could spend a lifetime cruising the coastlines of Europe and Asia, but there’s plenty more to experience on terra firma. Peregrine’s new Land and Sea Cruises deliver the best of both worlds: small-ship coastal cruising and classic Peregrine adventures on land. 

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Highlights of Iceland

Buildings with street arts in Iceland capital Reykjavik

Experience Reykjavik’s eclectic culture

The world’s most northerly capital is surprisingly cosmopolitan for its size (the city has a population of just 120,000). It’s brimming with quirky architecture, hip bars, cafes and craft breweries, and plenty of museums and galleries showcasing an impressive creative scene. Head to the striking hilltop Hallgrimskirkja church for the best view of the city, take a dip in one of the local pools, and don’t leave without trying a hotdog from Baejarins Beztu Pylsur, a local institution.

Tour the spectacular Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Known for its stunning natural diversity, the Snaefellsnes Peninsula makes a fine introduction to Iceland’s natural splendour, and it’s a relatively short cruise from Reykjavik. Think striking basalt columns, lava fields, waterfalls, and those iconic Icelandic black churches. There’s also the glacier-capped volcano that inspired Jules Verne’s science fiction novel, Journey to the Centre of the Earth.

Raudasandur beach area Iceland

Cruise the remote Westfjords coastline

Significantly less travelled than Iceland’s popular Golden Circle, the secluded and unspoiled Westfjords Peninsula is a dream to explore. Along with sleepy fishing villages, shipwrecks and plenty of Icelandic sagas, the Westfjords are home to Europe’s largest bird cliffs. Meanwhile, Raudasandur Beach vaunts a unique crimson shore, stretching as far as the eye can see, and Dynjandi stands among the country’s greatest cascades.

Excursions and experiences

 

 

Each of our tailored itineraries is sprinkled with what we call 'Peregrine Moments', those special experiences you'll only have while travelling in a small group with one of our local leaders. Here are just a few of the experiences you'll share in Iceland.

  • See some of Iceland’s most recognisable sights including volcanic peaks, moss-covered lava fields, golden beaches, caves and stunning waterfalls during a road trip of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula.

  • Bird-lovers will not be disappointed by the west coast. Travel to one of the biggest bird cliffs in the world, the cliffs of Latrabjarg, to see hordes of puffins and razorbills.

  • Gain insight into the Viking heritage that inspired the Sagas of Icelanders by visiting Pingeyri, one of the oldest settlements in the Westfjords.

  • Enjoy a traditional Icelandic meal following an on-board cooking demonstration from a local farmer and friend of Peregrine. If you’re lucky, she may even sing you an Iceland folk song as you dig into your dinner and drinks!

A world of travel in your hands

Cruising along the famous coastlines and waterways is one of life's real treasures, the kind you circle in the calendar and greedily count down the days towards. You've saved for this, earned this, and we want to help you enjoy every moment right down to the final drop of wine at sunset.

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The Peregrine difference

Panorama

Explore the coast of Iceland in comfort on this state-of-the-art Motor Sailer. At 54 metres (177 ft), the Panorama can reach a cruising speed if 11 knots and accommodate 49 guests. Make the most of the outdoor bar and sun deck during the day. In the evening, toast to your travels with fellow passengers in the indoor lounge, or curl up with a book from the library.

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Onboard inclusions

  • Turndown service twice a day
  • Fully equipped laundry service
  • Towels for swimming
  • Swimming platform (weather permitting)
  • Fully stocked bar with professional bartender (charges apply)
  • Mini library
  • Board games
  • Central music
  • CD and DVD player
  • Audiovisual equipment in lounge

Onshore inclusions

  • Make like a Viking on a visit to Pyngeyri, home to that legend of 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.

  • Touch land in Siglufjordur, Iceland’s northernmost city. Siglufjordur was once known as the capital of herring fishing and the city celebrates its heritage with a glorious, award-winning Herring Era Museum.

  • Learn about historian, politician and poet Snorri Sturluson, one of Iceland’s most renowned public figures, at the Reykholt Museum. Afterwards, visit one the town’s famous geothermal pools.

  • Wander around fields of lava and discover just what happened during the devastating volcanic eruption on the Westman Islands in 1973. Much of the town was buried in lava and ash, and the island increased in size by two kilometres as the molten lava hardened in the sea.

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