Iceland cruise, Circumnavigation

“Cruise round Iceland for 10 days on a small expedition vessel, starting in Reykjavik. Spot birds, watch whales and enjoy shore excursions to explore dramatic landscapes, glaciers and lagoons.”

Highlights

Reykjavik | Stykkisholmur and the Snaefellnes Peninsula | Breidafjördur Bay | Snaefellsjökull glacier | Isafjördur | Siglufjördur | Akureyri | Lake Myvatn region | optional shore excursion to Askja volcano via Super Jeep | Skjalfandi Bay and Húsavík | Djupivogur fishing | Vestmannaeyjarb | Heimaey Island

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.

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11 May 2018
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Responsible tourism: Iceland cruise, Circumnavigation

Environment

The 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.

Community

We 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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Reviewed on 23 Sep 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The realization of how the Icelandic people persevered in such difficult environment and still could remain optimistic about the future. To live and flourish in such continuous danger is commendable and inspiring. Of 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.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Prepare for the sudden changes in temperature and weather in Iceland. Prepare also for the sticker shocks of the food prices and smaller accommodations. Prepare to observe and enjoy the mother nature's master pieces.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I do think that tourists like us help out with the economy of the local people. With the increase in tourism, I would think that there would be an increase in the environmental impacts and less conservation as the needs of hotels, food consumption and transports increase. Comparing to areas outside of the Golden Triangle and the Blue Lagoon where there are just too many people at any given time, the other regions, so far, are less impacted by the increase in tourism. I do have my doubt that the increase in tourist population would be limited to the Golden Triangle for long.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


It was a great experience for us and a place that we would not forget.

Reviewed on 24 Jun 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The geology, birdlife and culture of Iceland

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Expect the weather to be cool or cold even in June and be prepared for rain
Do some pre-reading about Iceland before going

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


In terms of the ship using local food producers and local guides, and time to go to museums not included in the itinerary. However on board I felt more could have been done to encourage re-cycling and the constant supply of clean towels and bedlinen I thought was probably unnecessary. Bottled water was supplied for packed lunches but I wondered if just taking a personal water bottle and using the excellent fresh water on board would have been a "greener" option.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


It was very good and pretty much what I expected and hoped for.

Reviewed on 28 Jun 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


See the midnight sun. The quality of that light! Seeing the sun going from W to N
and to East above the horizon

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Check well your excursions on shore before reserving. Plan well ahead cause
cabins in the 3rd and 4th floor sell quickly!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes and no. Yes, cause the water use was low in the toilets (vacuumed). Yes because at every stop there is a chance to eat on the place and buy stuff or visit attractions. I would reduce the carton use in the lunch boxes and encourage people to reuse those nasty plastic water bottles (we used only a pair in the whole trip).

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


I loved it, I rested, I got excellent service.
Only criticism: the cost of shore excursions. Quality/price of the horse (too
short for good riders) and superjeep tour that was not adventurous at all.

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