Elves, Sagas, Glaciers and Volcanoes of Iceland

Elves, Sagas, Glaciers and Volcanoes of Iceland

from $6,167 per person

Swim in natural hot springs and hike through lava fields on the perfect explorer vacation.

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  • Explore the fascinating and diverse nature of Iceland
  • Visit Reykjavik, Reykjafjörður, Siglufjörður, Seyðisfjörður, and the Vestmannaeyjar (the Westman Islands)
  • See glaciers, volcanoes, and waterfalls
  • Spot native birds and maybe even whales

Mythical Iceland is the land of ice and fire, with glaciers and volcanoes side by side. The unspoiled nature offers stunning landscapes, geysers, and impressive waterfalls. Experience a variety of islands, towns and settlements, spectacular views, and interesting sites, always accompanied by our knowledgeable Expedition Team.

Discovering the Wilderness, Wildlife, History, and Settlements

During this 12-day expedition cruise around Iceland, you will enjoy hikes through lava fields, breathe the fresh Icelandic air, swim in natural hot springs, visit one of the many museums, or simply explore on your own and chat with the locals. Immerse yourself in the experience with one of our many fantastic excursions.

Iceland Is Truly the ‘Saga Land’

Iceland’s heritage dates back to the ancient sagas, and their folktales are ripe with mysticism, elves, and trolls, inspired by the island’s diverse nature. In the midst of this vast and inspiring nature you will find colorful fishing villages, seaside communities, and vibrant urban spaces. Icelanders keep their heritage alive even today – if they want to build a new a road, house, or dam, there’s one influential group they have to confer with first: The elves.

Voyage Itinerary

 

Day 1:Reykjavik

45 minutes after touching down at Keflavík International Airport, located among lava rocks, moss, and mountains, you find yourself in Reykjavik, a charming and vibrant town with lots of restaurants, museums, and shops on narrow streets.

Day 2:Stykkishólmur

West Iceland is often referred to as ‘The Sagaland’. Experience Stykkishólmur’s diversity, with lava and rock formations, glaciers, volcanic activity, and hot and cold springs. Participate in one of our exciting activities, such as kayaking, hiking, and horseback riding.

Day 3:Flatey and Bjargtanger / Latrabjarg Promontory

On the charming island of Flatey, time appears to stand still. Take a stroll around the village and travel back in time among the 19th century buildings. Látrabjarg is a promontory and the westernmost point in Iceland – home to millions of birds including puffins, northern gannets, guillemots, and razorbills. 

Day 4:Ísafjörður

Ísafjörður is the largest town in the Westfjords and has a long history as a major center of commerce and trade, all based on fish. Experience the town’s architecture or join our wide range of optional excursions.

Day 5:Hornbjerg Cliff and Reykjafjörður

The Hornbjarg cliff is one of the greatest seabird habitats in Iceland, and we will try to land here. Reykjafjörður can only be reached on foot or by boat, and we plan to take a closer look at this stunning area.

Day 6:Siglufjörður and Grímsey

Siglufjörður offers both recreation and sightseeing. A few hours in the rugged landscape gives you the chance to savor the peace and tranquility found here. Grímsey is where the Arctic Circle meets Iceland, and we will use our Polarcirkel boats to reach this island.

Day 7:Akureyri

Akureyri is a lively and energetic town. It is the most populated community outside the Reykjavík area and the center of trade and culture for the north of Iceland. Akureyri is close to many of Iceland’s most renowned natural beauty locations, and the town itself is a popular destination. Enjoy an optional hike or join an excursion to the impressive Goðafoss waterfall.

Day 8:Húsavík

Húsavík is the oldest settlement in Iceland. The town’s most famous landmark is Húsavíkurkirkja, a wooden church built in 1907. Over the years, Húsavík has become increasingly popular in Iceland as a whale watching center and is home to the Húsavík Whale Museum. After leaving the town, we will sail past the Langanes Peninsula in the evening.   

Day 9:Bakkargerdi and Seyðisfjörður

Bakkagerði is the main settlement in Borgarfjörður. This area is known for its natural beauty and as ‘the land of the elves’. There are many puffin colonies in the fjord, so it is a popular place for birdwatching. Bakkagerði is off the typical tourist track and offers peace, quiet, and impressive views. If you prefer to be more active, you can join us for an optional tour to the natural forest of Hallormstadur. Seyðisfjörður is distinguished by its Norwegian heritage. The colorful Norwegian-style wooden houses date from the early 20th century and make this village unique. Explore the town, join a hike, or take an optional excursion out to Skálanes.

Day 10:Höfn

Large mountains, wide rivers, and the ever-present Vatnajökull Glacier dominate the area around the charming fishing village of Höfn. From the harbor you can experience a scenic view of the famous glacier, the largest in Europe and a spectacular sight. On the east coast you will find pine forests, lush farmlands, and a variety of colorful fishing villages and vibrant seaside communities.

Day 11:Surtey and Heimaey (Westman Islands)

Surtsey is a volcanic island formed by an eruption that started 425 feet below sea level and reached the surface in 1963. Heimaey is the largest of the Westman Islands, located off Iceland’s south coast, and is dominated by magnificent bird cliffs. Most of the islands have steep sea cliffs that form natural habitats for many different birds, including puffins. The islands are also a great place for spotting whales.

Day 12:Reykjavik

Our voyage of discovery and adventure ends in Reykjavik. If you have the time, join our exciting Golden Circle and Blue Lagoon post-program.