Iceland cruise, Circumnavigation
A berth in a triple cabin from £1789.
Description of Iceland cruise, Circumnavigation
This 10-day cruise circumnavigates Iceland, exploring the island’s diverse natural wonders and amazing landscapes, and giving an insight into the Icelandic lifestyle through a host of exciting shore excursions. It’s the chance to experience the unique character of Iceland, visiting small communities and exploring well beyond the Reykjavik area that most tourists visit.
This cruise packs in a wide range of highlights and activities. Explore Breidafjördur Bay in the west of Iceland, known for its busy bird life, basalt rock formations and beautiful scenery. While here, you might like to join an adventurous Snowcat expedition to the extinct volcano glacier Snaefellsjökull or go sea fishing and bird watching, soaking up the silence, on the little island of Vigur.
At the award-winning Herring Museum you can find out about the golden age of Icelandic herring fishing in Siglufjördur. On a whale watching tour in Skjalfandi Bay near Húsavík look out for a big variety of whales, including Minke, Humpback and Orcas, as well as dolphins and porpoises. Visiting the ‘bird island’ of Flatey, off northeast Iceland, a huge array of seabirds live, including puffins, Arctic terns and eider ducks.
Other highlights include a 4X4 Jeep tour to the Vatnajökull glacier in the southeast and a boat trip on the Jökulsarlon glacier lagoon. Explore the East Fjords from the wonderfully picturesque port of Seydisfjördur, tucked in between the sea and steep mountains. Activities here include seal spotting, horse riding, kayaking and guided hikes of the Vestadalur area.
6 Reviews of Iceland cruise, Circumnavigation
Reviewed on 19 Jun 2019 by Christine AlltThe holiday as whole was memorable Read full review
Reviewed on 05 Jul 2018 by Karin NielsenWe really enjoyed the boat trip and all the many excursions we went on. We were sad when the trip finished. Read full review
Reviewed on 29 May 2018 by Anne LetainThe landscape of Iceland was the most memorable. Read full review
Reviewed on 23 Sep 2017 by Paul HweeOf course, the scenery were exceptional even after visited Death Valley, the Yellowstone National Park and the Canadian Rockies where there are some familiar environments. We were glad to be able to see the Northern Lights. and toured Iceland while it is still in a less commercialized setting. Read full review
Reviewed on 24 Jun 2017 by Jenny HoadleyThe geology, birdlife and culture of Iceland was the highlight. It was very good and pretty much what I expected and hoped for. Read full review
Reviewed on 28 Jun 2016 by Eduardo SteinSee the midnight sun. The quality of that light! Seeing the sun going from W to N and to East above the horizon Read full review
PlanetThe smaller size of our ship and the smaller passenger numbers ensures that any detrimental social and environmental impacts are minimised whilst allowing the passengers to visit smaller communities that don’t usually benefit from this form of tourism. Most tourists to Iceland stay (and often don’t leave) in the Reykjavik area and in a few other restricted locations, so by enabling our passengers to visit some different areas without putting any strain on local amenities, we are spreading the financial benefits and the load of our visit.
Whale watching is a growing industry in Iceland, and what better way to protect the whales from the whalers harpoon is there than to make these magnificent beasts a great financial benefit to the local community in such a way that hunting them, as still very occasionally happens, becomes economic madness for the community.
We rely heavily on small local businesses for providing local excursions for our passengers, providing an income to several smaller local firms.
Much of the food on board is bought locally, especially fish and lamb, and increasingly fruit & vegetables are all locally grown in hot houses powered with naturally sourced warm air taken from underground.
PeopleWe encourage all our passengers to engage with the local community on a social and economic level to ensure that this tourism has a benefit to both the visitors and the hosts. By visiting some of the more outlying communities we will spread the financial benefit of our visit to some rarely visited areas of the country.
The ship’s managers will buy as much of their produce as possible from local communities, and we will also encourage our passengers to spend money in the communities that we visit. By trying some local delicacies (often fish based), you will support the economy, it will be better for you and, who knows, you might enjoy it too.
We will endeavour to maximise the benefits of tourism and to minimise or eradicate any downside, socially, environmentally & economically.
We will encourage our passengers to learn and understand as much as possible about the local traditions and way of life to enable them to appreciate the reality of life in Iceland.
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