Trip Type : Small Ship Cruise
A Circumnavigation of Iceland tour

A Circumnavigation of Iceland

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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
11 days
From: $ 9,820 $ 893 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Explore Iceland’s wild western coast
  • Siglutjörout in the north
  • The rarely- visited rugged east coast
  • And the Westman islands, one of the planet’s youngest archipelagos
  • Europe's largest icecap

Short Description

A Circumnavigation of Iceland, an 11-day expedition aboard the National Geographic Explorer, explores Iceland’s geology in all its world-class manifestations: glaciers, thundering waterfalls, immense cliffs, geothermal springs, boiling mud pots and rock and lava-scapes of unearthly beauty. These features alone make a circumnavigation a very compelling idea. And when you add in the other itinerary components of Iceland’s people, their unique cultural heritage and contemporary character, the island’s geography and birdlife seeing it all in one expedition is irresistible.

Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Trip Type Small Ship Cruise
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Reykjavik
End City Reykjavik

Trip Includes

  • Ship accommodations
  • Meals indicated
  • Excursions
  • Services of Lindblad Expeditions’ leader, naturalist staff and expert guides
  • Use of kayaks
  • All port charges and service taxes

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Itinerary

Day 1: U.S./Fly to Reykjavik, Iceland

Fly to Reykjavik, Iceland. Recommended group flights may be available.

Day 2: Embark Reykjavik

Meals: Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: National Geographic Explorer

Arrive in Reykjavik, the world’s northernmost capital, which lies only a fraction below the Arctic Circle and receives just 4 hours of sunlight in winter and 22 in summer. Have a guided overview of the Old Town, including Hallgrimskirkja Cathedral with its 210-foot tower, and perhaps shed some light on Nordic culture at the National Museum, with its Viking treasures and artifacts, and unusual whalebone carvings on display. Embark National Geographic Explorer.

Day 3: Explore the West Coast of Iceland

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: National Geographic Explorer

National Geographic Explorer navigates Iceland’s wild western frontier, sailing past the immense Latrabjarg cliffs, the westernmost point of Iceland and home to a huge population of razorbills. The cliffs are an area once famous for egg collecting; the men were tied to ropes and lowered like spiders down onto the ledges. Continue to Flatey Island, a trading post for many centuries, for walks around the charming little hamlet that grew here, and take a Zodiac cruise along the coast.

Day 4: Ísafjördur

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation:  National Geographic Explorer

Located in the Western Fjords, Ísafjördur is surrounded by water on three sides, sculpted by glaciers. Renowned for its traditional eider down production, it is a picture postcard of traditional Icelandic life and a great place for hiking, kayaking and for spotting eider ducks.

Day 5: Exploring Northwestern Iceland

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: National Geographic Explorer

Hornstandir is Iceland’s northernmost peninsula, situated in the Westfjords region. Stunningly beautiful and peaceful, this remote corner of Iceland is uninhabited and can only be accessed on foot or by boat. Summertime is magical with 24 hours of daylight and many species of seabirds, including puffins, guillemots, razorbills, and kittiwakes.

Day 6:  Siglufjordur and Akureyri

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: National Geographic Explorer

Siglufjordur was the center of Iceland’s once-thriving herring industry. Visit the Herring Museum for a talk and a tasting. Continue to picturesque Akureyri, backed by snow-capped mountains. Explore the old town, with its beautifully maintained period houses, or visit the botanical garden

Day 7: Lake Mývatn and Húsavík

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: National Geographic Explorer

Drive to Mývatn, the most geologically active area in Iceland. This is world-class field geology! See the bizarre mud pools at Hverarönd that are so hot they actually bubble. At the Krafla geothermal area explore the explosion crater at Viti and continue to an unforgettable sight: Godafoss, the waterfall of the gods. Meet the ship in Húsavík, and watch for whales as the Explorer sails north to the land of the midnight sun. Take Zodiacs ashore to the tiny island of Grimsey, which lies exactly on the Arctic Circle. Here celebrate being officially in the Arctic, in the company of nesting arctic terns, fulmars and puffins in burrows, all bathing, courting and fishing.

Day 8: Exploring Northeast Iceland

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: National Geographic Explorer

With plenty of rarely visited coastline, this day is left open to explore Iceland’s rugged east coast. Join the ship's naturalists for a hike or a Zodiac cruise to get a better view of the beautiful stacks at the end of the peninsula. Or, conditions permitting, you may have your first chance to kayak today under the steep cliffs.

Day 9: Djúpivogur, Iceland

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: National Geographic Explorer

Dock in Djupivogur to explore the vast Vatnajokull ice cap. Explore by small boat to get up-close and personal with the deep blue icebergs of the large ice lagoon of Jökulsárlón. Photo lovers may set off with the National Geographic photographer.

Day 10: Islands of Heimaey & Surtsey, Westman Islands

Meals: Breakfast and  Lunch

The Westman Islands were formed by undersea volcanoes between 5,000 and 10,000 years ago and are among the youngest of the world’s archipelagos. In 1963, the world witnessed on film the birth of its newest island, Surtsey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which you see as you cruise past the coast. In 1973, Heimaey was threatened by lava flows that nearly closed off its harbor. Visit the crater, where the earth is still hot, and have amazing views of areas that had been engulfed by lava.

Day 11: Disembark Reykjavik

Today, complete your circumnavigation of Iceland, disembarking in Reykjavík. Stop by the famous Blue Lagoon thermal baths, prior to your flight home. Whether you choose to enjoy the surreal bath and spa facilities or just stroll around the fascinating environs, the Blue Lagoon is unforgettable!

 

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Ship Name

National Geographic Explorer

Ship Stats

National Geographic Explorer

  • 148 guests
  • Year Built: 1982
  • Refurbished: 2008
  • Length: 367 feet
  • Beam: 52 feet
  • Draft: 16 feet
  • Cruising Speed: 18 knots
  • Flag: Nassau, Bahamas
  • Ice Class: 1A

Ship Description

The National Geographic Explorer is one of the finest expedition ships in the world. She is equipped for true expeditions to the farthest reaches of our planet is safety and comfort. At 148 guests and 356 feet she is larger than many other expeditions ships but her size ads stability and endurance for longer voyages. She is still small enough to access remote locations favored by small ship expeditions.

Choose the National Geographic Explorer if you are an active and inquisitive traveler seeking the one of the finest ships combined with the best on board experts from National Geographic.The experts and equipment on board this next generation expedition ship provide the finest intellectual and educational experience of any expedition cruise. If you are seeking an upscale expedition ship, with the best guides in the industry, and you are willing to pay the premium of such an experience, the National Geographic Explorer is the right expedition ship for you.

Deck & Cabin Plans

Bridge Deck

Main Deck

Category 1

Main Deck with one or two Portholes #301-308. Most cabins feature two lower single beds. Cabins 303-306 feature one queen-sized bed. All offer a writing desk, reading lamps, bathroom with a roomy glass-wall shower stall, and a TV showing the ship's position and programing. Shared accommodations available.

Category 5

Upper Deck with Balcony  cabins 209, 211, 214, 216, 218, 220-222 and 224. These cabins feature a balcony with sliding glass doors, feature one queen-sized bed, a writing desk and chairs, climate controls, a TV showing the ship's position and programing. Bathrooms are also generously sized with a roomy glass-walled shower stall. Cabin 221 has two lower single beds that can convert to an Olympic-sized queen.

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Standard Group

Maximum Number of People in Group: 148

148 Guests

Cancellation Policy:

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $1000 is required at the time of booking. A Reservation Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. The balance of the trip price is due 120 days before the departure date. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Cancellations are subject to the following per-person fees, based on number of days prior to departure:

180 or more days - $750, in form of a Lindblad Travel Certificate

179-120 days - Advance payment cost

119-90 days - 25% of trip cost

89-60 days - 50% of trip cost

59-0 days - No refund

Additional Information:

Travel Insurance

Emergency medical evacuation insurance is mandatory for this trip, with a minimum recommended coverage of $100,000 per person. Trip cancellation insurance is optional but highly recommended. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 21 days of booking your trip for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions

Reservations

All persons wishing to make a reservation, and all persons who will be traveling, must complete and sign the Traveller Information Form. All reservations are made with Adventure Smith Travel Services Inc., d/b/a Adventure Smith Explorations. No person has any authority on Adventure Smith Explorations’ behalf to vary these terms and conditions.

Travel Documents

The client must obtain and have possession of a valid passport, all visas, permits and certificates, and vaccination certificates, required for the entire tour. The client accepts responsibility for obtaining these documents and any other necessary documents. It is the client’s responsibility to assure that the name on your airline ticket, cruise tickets, or any other travel documents matches your name as printed in your passport (or domestic identification, where applicable) by providing the exact name as it appears on your passport (or domestic identification, where applicable) to Adventure Smith Explorations before tickets are issued.

Merger

This Agreement is the final, complete and exclusive statement of the parties’ agreement on the matters contained in this agreement. It supersedes all previous negotiations and agreements.

Trip ID#:

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Trip Excludes

  • Air transportation
  • Visa/immigration fees
  • Personal items such as alcoholic beverages, emails, laundry, etc.
  • Discretionary tips to ship's crew

Meals Included:

8 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches and 8 Dinners

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