Days
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Map of Cruising Iceland: Westman Islands to Westfjords including Iceland

Discover the dramatic peaks and valleys of Iceland, a place alive with geothermal activity and history, on this cruise.

Iceland is a land of physical extremes, from towering rocky cliffs and glacier-tipped volcanoes to sweeping tundras and Viking haunts. On this cruise you will see it all, from the popular Westman Islands to the remote and relatively untouched Westfjords. Wonder at thundering waterfalls of Reykholt, climb the dizzyingly steep Latrabjarg cliffs and encounter history both ancient and contemporary.


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

Why you'll love this trip

  • 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

  • Learn about the devastating effects of a volcano eruption which rocked the Westman Islands in 1973, leaving large swaths of town buried beneath ash and lava and earning the moniker “Pompeii of the North”

  • Visit the home of influential Icelandic scholar Snorri Sturluson and see the landscapes that inspired his epic poetry

Is this trip right for you?

  • This is a small ship adventure cruise, which means you’ll be sailing on a yacht with up to 45 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. During an Icelandic summer, the nights are bright and short so an eye mask may also assist with sleeping.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Even in summer, Iceland can experience some pretty wild weather. Be prepared for potentially rough seas at times. If you are concerned about sea sickness, please come prepared with appropriate medications. There is no doctor on board this voyage.

Boats

Panorama

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

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Itinerary

Why not spend the morning getting acquainted with Iceland’s capital before boarding the Panorama in the late afternoon. Savour the view of modern skyscrapers against immense mountains as you set sail before enjoying a welcome dinner. Perhaps enjoy a post meal Brennivin (a local savoury schnapps) before bed, and get some rest during the overnight trip to your first destination.
Accommodation
  • M/S Panorama (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Welcome Dinner
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Say good-morning to rocky cliffs and alight for a bus tour of these rugged islands. Visit the Eldheimar Museum, which offers insight into the devastating volcano eruption of 1973, which left huge swaths of town buried beneath layers of lava and ash. Later, watch the locals scale treacherous cliff faces while rope swinging, a traditional method of gathering bird eggs reinvented as an exhilarating sport. If you'd like, grab a “pylsa” (Icelandic hot dog) and eat while you explore before heading back to the ship for an overnight journey.
Accommodation
  • M/S Panorama (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Rope Swinging Demonstration
  • Eldheimar Museum
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
From port it’s a short journey to Reykholt, a town alive with geothermal activity and once home to eminent medieval scholar and politician Snorri Sturluson. Learn about this towering Icelandic figure and more at the Reykholt Museum. Then, visit the thundering waterfalls Hraunfossar and Barnafoss, and see why Sturluson imagined Iceland’s cascades to be the watering holes of the gods “where joyful Odin drinketh every day.” Make sure to pack a towel and bathers so you can take a dip in the Krauma thermal pools. Return to Akranes and spend the evening at sea.
Accommodation
  • M/S Panorama (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Hraunfossar and Barnafoss Waterfalls Visit
  • Reykholt Museum
  • Krauma Thermal Pools
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Special Information
You will have the opportunity to bathe in the thermal pools at the Krauma Pool today. There are changing facilities and lockers there but if you would like to bathe, please pack a bag with your swimming costume. Towels are available for ISK500 at the spa.
Travel from the small fishing town to Raudasandur Beach, where the lurid sand stretches are far as the eye can see. Explore the Latrabjarg cliffs, and perhaps spot the bold and wonderfully tame puffins that live there. Return to port and feel free to grab a kayak from the ship and explore the bay. Perhaps grab a dinner of fresh fish in Patreksfjordur with the locals, or enjoy a late night drink on deck, as the ship will be docked here overnight.
Accommodation
  • M/S Panorama (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Cliffs of Latrabjarg - Walk
  • Raudasandur Beach
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Special Information
Once we leave Patreksfjordur, there will be limited access to food for lunch. So before setting out, time will be given to visit the local Supermarket or bakery to pick up something to have for lunch. Alternatively, we can arrange for a packed lunch to be prepared by the ship to take with you (at an additional charge). Your tour leader will provide more information about the options on board.
Take a trip to nearby Pingeyri, a small town rich in Viking history that lays nestled beneath the tallest of the Westfjord Alps. Here you will find a festival site constructed in the Old Icelandic style, a traditional hearth surrounded by seating made from stones and grass, where you can imagine yourself as a celebratory Viking, before returning to the ship for an overnight journey.
Accommodation
  • M/S Panorama (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Þingeyri Visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Arrive early in Grundafjordur and spend the day wandering glacier topped volcanoes in the awe-inspiring Snaefellsnes Peninsula, where you will surely work up your appetite for an afternoon cooking demonstration aboard the Panorama. Learn how to make staple dishes that have remained relatively unchanged for centuries. Maybe spend the evening reading one of the Icelandic sagas while the ship returns to the capital.
Accommodation
  • M/S Panorama (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Icelandic Cooking Demonstration
  • Snaefellsnes Peninsula Visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Special Information
Once we leave Grundafjordur, there will be limited access to food for lunch. So before setting out, time will be given to visit the local Supermarket or bakery to pick up something to have for lunch. Alternatively, we can arrange for a packed lunch to be prepared by the ship to take with you (at an additional charge). Your tour leader will provide more information about the options on board.
Revisit Reykjavik during a tour from your now-familiar on-board leaders. The city is full of architecture that is almost as striking as the nearby mountains, and you may wish to explore buildings like the towering Hallgrimskirkja, a stark modern cathedral. Enjoy a farewell dinner on deck, and toast your new friends before spending your final evening on board.
Accommodation
  • M/S Panorama (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Reykjavik City Tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Your trip has come to an end. Say farewell to the crew and staff of the Panorama. If you have time, try one of the local eateries before returning home or continuing on your journey.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

7 breakfasts, 7 dinners

Transport

Small Cruise Ship

Accommodation

Small Cruise Ship 7 nights

Included Activities

  • Welcome Dinner
  • Rope Swinging Demonstration
  • Eldheimar Museum
  • Hraunfossar and Barnafoss Waterfalls Visit
  • Reykholt Museum
  • Krauma Thermal Pools
  • Cliffs of Latrabjarg - Walk
  • Raudasandur Beach
  • Þingeyri Visit
  • Icelandic Cooking Demonstration
  • Snaefellsnes Peninsula Visit
  • Reykjavik City Tour

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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.
SINGLE TRAVELLERS
Single travellers will share a twin 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. A single passenger cannot be booked or confirmed in a double cabin unless a single supplement is paid.

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