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A Circumnavigation of Iceland

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11 Days
Availability : Jul 15, Jul 24, Aug 02, Aug 11, 2019
Reykjavik - Iceland
Reykjavik - Iceland
National Geographic Expeditions

EXPEDITION OVERVIEW
  • Travel aboard the National Geographic Explorer, enjoying unparalleled access to Iceland’s most remote landscapes, including offshore islands near the Arctic Circle.
  • Capture images of enchanting lava landscapes, towering waterfalls, and sea birds in flight, shooting alongside a National Geographic photographer.
  • Explore Iceland’s coastal geology by Zodiac or kayak, and cruise among the icebergs of the Jökulsárlón ice lagoon in a small boat.
  • Learn from a team of naturalists while exploring geothermally active Mývatn, and take in the beauty of Goðafoss waterfall.
EXPEDITION TEAM

Accompanying each expedition is a diverse team of experts – from naturalists to regional specialists – who will share their knowledge and insights the wildlife, landscape and local culture. Select a member of the expedition team below to see their bio and dates.

Jenny Adler
Gianluca Colla
Karen Kasmauski
 
 
 
ITINERARY

Experience an enchanting land of geological extremes on a circumnavigation of Iceland. Encounter vast volcanic landscapes and the world’s youngest island, walk on lava fields and ice sheets, and feel the spray of gushing hot springs and cascading waterfalls. Go birding on the Arctic Circle, kayak into fjords and serene bays, and hike along magnificent and remote stretches of the coast. Cap off the adventure with a soak in the famous Blue Lagoon.

This trip is offered in partnership with Lindblad Expeditions.

 
DAYS 1-2: U.S./REYKJAVÍK, ICELAND

Fly overnight to Reykjavík and take a guided tour of the old town, including the imposing and modern Hallgrímskirkja church. Learn about Norse culture at the National Museum, which features Viking treasures. Embark National Geographic Explorer.

Meals Included:Day 2 (Lunch, Dinner)
 
DAY 3: FLATEY ISLAND/LÁTRABJARG

Explore Iceland’s wild western frontier, visiting Flatey Island, a trading post for many centuries. Take walks or explore by Zodiac, then sail past the soaring Látrabjarg cliffs, home to a large population of razorbills.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 
DAY 4: EXPLORING NORTHWESTERN ICELAND

Get immersed in the stunning scenery of the Westfjords region. Head out on a hike to a remote waterfall, or cruise a Zodiac beneath cliff s teeming with seabirds. Enter Ísafjarðardjúp and anchor at Vigur Island, where we’ll visit an eider farm and view how the down of these ducks is processed.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 
DAY 5: ÍSAFJÖRDUR

Spend the morning in beautiful and remote Ísafjördur, hiking, exploring by Zodiac, and watching for nesting seabirds.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 
DAY 6: SIGLUFJÖRDUR AND AKUREYRI

At Siglufjördur, once the center of Iceland’s herring industry, visit the award-winning Herring Museum for a living history reenactment and a tasting. In picturesque Akureyri, explore the old town, strolling past its beautifully maintained period houses, or visit the botanical garden.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 
DAY 7: LAKE MÝVATN AND HÚSAVÍK

Begin the day with an unforgettable sight: Goðafoss, the waterfall of the gods. Next, drive to Mývatn, the most geologically active area in Iceland. See the boiling mud pools at Hverarönd; and at the Krafla geothermal area, visit the explosion crater at Viti. After lunch on shore, meet the ship in Húsavík, and watch for whales as we sail north to the land of the midnight sun. Take Zodiacs ashore to the tiny island of Grímsey on the Arctic Circle, and celebrate our official arrival in the Arctic.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 
DAY 8: EXPLORING NORTHEAST ICELAND

Iceland’s rugged east coast is an unspoiled stretch of rocky outcrops, hidden coves, and hills that beckon hikers. Today is left open to explore this beautiful landscape with our naturalists. Depending on the weather and tides, go for a Zodiac cruise to view the sea stacks near Raudanes, hike along a stretch of the Langanes Peninsula, or make our way even further down the coast.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 
DAY 9: DJÚPIVOGUR

Dock in Djúpivogur to explore the vast Vatnajökull ice cap. Then take small boats into the ice lagoon of Jökulsárlón, and get up close with icebergs of all shapes and sizes.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 
DAY 10: WESTMAN ISLANDS

Cruise by the Westman Islands, which are among the youngest of the world’s archipelagos. In 1973, Heimaey was threatened by lava flows that nearly closed off its harbor. Visit the island’s crater, where the earth is still hot.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 
DAY 11: REYKJAVÍK /U.S.

Disembark in Reykjavík and choose to either soak in the geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon or visit the hot springs, geothermal power plant and horse farm, before your flight home.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch
 
WHAT TO EXPECT

Your expedition experience can be tailored to the activity level you choose, whether it’s light or moderate or a little of both. Travelers should be in good health, comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time, and able to get in and out of expedition landing craft. Daily activities may include walking tours, visits to cultural or historic sites, Zodiac cruises, and easy hikes, with options for more physical activities such as longer hikes, kayaking, or biking.

Expedition Team
A National Geographic photographer joins the expedition team on every departure aboard the National Geographic Explorer and the National Geographic Orion.

 
SHIPS & DECK PLANS

Traveling aboard the National Geographic-Lindblad fleet, you’ll enjoy the daily thrill of discovery without sacrificing comfort. Each of our ships provides an inviting home base with superior amenities, personalized service, and a vibrant yet casual onboard atmosphere. Step aboard and you’ll find comfortable cabins, a well-stocked library, and dining rooms serving regionally inspired cuisine with fresh, local ingredients. Expansive decks provide an exceptional vantage point for spotting and photographing wildlife.

National Geographic Explorer – Capacity 148 Guests
 

The National Geographic Explorer is arguably the finest expedition vessel on the seas. A state-of-the-art, ice-class expedition ship, the Explorer accommodates 148 guests in 81 spacious cabins, each with outside views; private bathrooms; and sleek, modern furnishings. Single cabins in Category 2 are highlighted in bright blue and include cabins 309-312 and 310-332. Single cabins in Category 3 are highlighted in bright pink and include cabins 105, 106, 203 and 208. 

The ship carries kayaks and a fleet of Zodiac motorized landing craft, as well as sophisticated video equipment that allows access to the underwater world. Public areas include a lounge and bar; a library; a spa; a fitness center; a sauna; and a selection of dining options that offer regionally inspired cuisine using fresh, local ingredients. Services include a full-time doctor, a wellness specialist, and an Internet cafe.

 
WHAT’S INCLUDED
  • Transfers upon arrival/departure for guests booked on recommended group flights
  • Accommodation aboard the world-class expedition ships of the National Geographic-Lindblad fleet or a luxury chartered ship
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Daily activities and excursions as indicated in the itinerary
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
  • Airfare to and from destination, as well as internal airfare where applicable
  • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Gratuities

 

SPECIAL OFFERS

Complimentary Bar Tab and Gratuities

Book a voyage on the National Geographic ExplorerNational Geographic OrionSea Cloud, or Lord of the Glens and we will cover your bar tab on board and all tips for the crew.

Offer is for new bookings only, may not be combined with other offers, and is subject to availability. Must book by October 31, 2018. Please call for details.

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