Icelandic Odyssey Cruise - Reykjavik to Akureyri

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Where: Capital Region
Season: June to September (Saturday Departures)
Departures: 8th, 15th June  and 6th July
Best for: Natural World and scenery lovers, walkers/hikers, birdwatchers, seafarers 
Staying At: Option of boutique hotels in Reykjavik and M/S Panorama 
Boat: M/S Panorama

Cruise to Iceland, the 'Land of Fire and Ice' and experience the beauty of its stunning northern landscapes by sailing along the dramatic coast of the island.

Iceland is the perfect cruise destination for discovering the unexpected, where the nature is stunning and the culture is both rich and appealing. On our Iceland cruise, step ashore to discover Iceland's ruggedly beautiful and tectonically active landscape known as the "Golden Circle" with main attractions, including the Gullfoss waterfall, Strokkur Geysir and Thingvellir National Park, and this is only the begging of the adventurous trip where plenty more culture and scenery awaits.

Iceland’s diverse history is as iconic as its natural beauty. You will be surprised to find the culture is as individual as Iceland itself. An optional tour to Thingeyri village gives you a historic viking experience in the interactive Viking Museum and visiting the Maritime and Heritage Museum, highlighting the rich history and culture of this traditional fishing community.

Furthermore, you will be taken to the Iceland's northernmost city of Siglufjordur with the most picturesque port of Iceland and explore some of the cultural gems such as the Herring Museum and the Folk Music center housed in the oldest house in the city.

Feeling more knowledgeable about the nature and culture of this dramatic island you will be much more enthusiastic to end the journey in the town of Husavik - Europe's capital of whale watching, enjoing the magnificent wildlife in the scenic area accompanied by surrounding natural beauty to behold.

Departure dates:
8th, 15th June and 6th July

Day 1:
Arrive at Keflavík International Airport and meet your transfer to M/S Panorama in the Reykjavik port
Embarkation of vessel 3-4pm

Overnight in Port 

Day 2: Our Golden Circle optional excursion will start at the Thingvellir National Park, a place of tremendous interest as a primary site of both Iceland’s geological and historical heritage. The tour continues to Gulfoss, Iceland's most beautiful waterfall and then to the Geysir geothermal area with its multitude of hot springs, where the most active one, Strokkur, spouts every few minutes. We stop at the Hveragerdi village, where geothermal water has been used to build up an extensive greenhouse industry and then at the Hellisheiði Geothermal Power Plant showcasing Iceland's ability to supply green power. Our tour ends as we pass through Reykjavik’s city center before arriving at the pier.

Overnight in port

Day 3: Morning sailing to Akranes and disembark by tenders for our 2 Optional excursions: 1. The Vikings saga optional excursion: You will reach Deildartunguhver, Europe's most powerful thermal spring, to the Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls area. We will stop in Reykholt which was the intellectual centers of the island. 2. The Langjokull Glacier optional excursion: We drive to Iceland’s majestic hinterland, the Langjökull glacier, Iceland’s second largest glacier. At the Langjökull, (“The Long Glacier”, 360 m. 4,460 ft.) you will visit the Ice Cave, a man-made cave that consists of a series of tunnels and caves carved through solid glacier ice. There is also an ice chapel and an ice bar. Our guide will tell you about glaciology and how climate change is affecting the glaciers. After lunch you will drive to Hraunfoss and Barnafoss - two of Iceland's most picturesque waterfalls, located close to Húsafell. Your return to Akranes will take you along the coastline, back to the pier for embarkation and a late afternoon sailing to Patreksfjordur.

Overnight at sea

Day 4: Morning arrival at Patreksfjordur. Today we can chose from 2 optional excursions : 1. The optional Westfjord adventure excursion starts from our port and reaches the Látrabjarg cliffs, with the largest seabird colony in the northern Atlantic famous for its puffins colony. Your next stop is at Rauðasandur or “Red Sand” beach, distinct itself from most of Iceland’s beaches, as it is golden and pink in color. We will ride on a tractor carriage with our expert guide and local farmer along the beach to the seal colony, where you can see the seals up close. 2. The optional excursion to the Dynjandi waterfall, one of the most beautiful in Iceland and Bildudalur for a visit to the sea monsters museum. Late afternoon, we cruise around the Harnafjordur fjord to and anchor in front of the majestic Dynzandi Waterfall. After drinks to celebrate this wonder of nature, we sail to Isafjordur. Late night arrival in Isafjordur.

Overnight in port.

Day 5: After breakfast onboard, disembark for an optional tour to Thingeyri village and the interactive Viking Museum. After the “Viking experience” we return to Isafjordur and visit the Maritime and Heritage Museum, highlighting the rich history and culture of this fishing community. In the afternoon we sail to Siglufjordur.

Overnight at sea.

Day 6: This morning we reach Siglufjordur, Iceland’s northernmost city, very close to the Arctic Circle and possibly the most picturesque port of Iceland. Once known as the capital of Herring fishing. The optional walking excursion through the city will take you to the port, the Herring Museum, the Folk Music center housed in Madame House, the oldest house in the city. After lunch we sail to the port of Husavik. Late in the afternoon we sail in the Skjafandi Bay and reach Husavik, Europe’s capital of whale watching. We will have time to stroll around this charming fishing village and visit the wooden church, the best preserved church in Iceland.

Overnight in port.

Day 7: Today, Husavik is your starting point for 2 optional excursions: 1. Optional Whale watching morning excursion Whale watching near the Arctic Circle: Husavik is also called Europe's whale watching capital. Enjoy the magnificent wildlife and stunning scenery aboard a renovated traditional oak fishing boat and see from close minke whales white beaked dolphins, and harbor porpoises. 2. Lake Myvatn & Godafoss optional tour: Depart Husavik around noon and head to the thermal field of Namaskard. Then continue to Dimmuborgir lava labyrinth, a paradise of towering lava castles, natural arches and grottos. Lunch included Driving along the shores of Lake Myvatn we reach Skutustadir and its amazing craters. We then continue to the Godafoss, one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland.
Our tour will end at Akureyri, where we rejoin the Panorama late evening. Passengers not taking the excursion will be sailing from Husavik to Akureyri with the Panorama.

Overnight in Akureyri.

Day 8: Disembarkation 6 am-10 am.

Transfer to Akureyri Airport for internal flight back to Keflavík International Airport

Return flight from Keflavík International Airport back to the UK

Itinerary includes as standard:
  • International Flights from UK to Reykjavik and Internal one way flight from Akureyri to Raykjavik.
  • Transfers
  • Overnight hotel in Reykjavik.
  • Full-board: Buffet breakfast and two meals daily, including a Welcome Cocktail, a local Theme Evening , fun BBQ (weather permitting) and Captain’s Dinner. 
  • Regular (filter) coffee, tea and drinking water free all day.
  • Use of fishing and snorkelling equipment (subject to availability). 
  • English-Speaking Cruise Escort. 

Addition optional experiences which can be added to the itinerary:
  •  Golden Circle
  •  Viking Saga 
  • Langjokiull Glacier 
  • Westford Adventure
  • Dynjandi Waterfall
  • Thingeyri Village and Viking Museum 
  •  Whale watching
  •  Lake Myvatn and Godafoss

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