The Land of Ice and Fire 8 days
Reykjavik – Grundafjordur – Patreksfjordur – Isafjordur – Holmavik – Siglufjordur – Akureyri
Inclusions: 7 nights cruise aboard MS Panorama, full board meals (buffet breakfast and two meals daily including a welcome cocktail, local Theme Evening, fun BBQ and Captain's Dinner), complimentary tea, coffee and water, services of an experienced captain, crew and English-speaking Cruise Escort, use of fishing and snorkelling equipment (subject to availability), port charges.
Exclusions: Shore excursions (paid locally)
2019 SPECIAL OFFER: Save up to AUD5,000 per couple when you book and deposit by 28 June 2019. Plus receive up to AUD900 per couple in Discover More Travel Vouchers on June 8; August 10, 31 departures. Applicable to Category C, B and A. Limited cabins available.
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Reykjavik to Akureyri
Jun 8, 22
Aug 3, 31
Akureyri to Reykjavik
Jun 15, 29
Itinerary (please click here)
Day 1 Reykjavik
Welcome to Reykjavik, Iceland! Embarkation is from 3.00pm. Enjoy an evening at leisure as you overnight in the capital. (D)
Day 2 Reykjavik
Today you will have the opportunity to join an optional Golden Circle excursion. Commence with a visit to the Thingvellir National Park, a fascinating site of unique geological and historical heritage. It showcases where Viking settlers gathered for the world’s oldest parliament and the stunning Thingvellir Rift Valley. Continue to the beautiful Gulfoss waterfall and the Geysir geothermal area with its multitude of hot springs.
Also stop at Hvergerdi village, where geothermal water was used to build an extensive greenhouse industry and the Hellisheiði Geothermal Power Plant. In the afternoon, pass through Reykjavik’s city centre and re-join your ship at the pier. Overnight in port. (B, L, D)
Day 3 Grundafjordur
This morning we arrive in Grundafjordur, a quintessential Icelandic town, for our optional excursion of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. This small fishing village lies next to striking Mt. Kirkjufell, or “Church Mountain”, one of the most photographed mountains in Iceland. Continue your exploration of the area to Olafsvik, passing the splendid Baejarfoss waterfall and on to the southern side of the peninsula to reach the villages of Arnarstapi and Hellnar. Then visit the beautiful Snaefellsjokull National Park, one of the county’s three national parks, established in 2001 in an effort to preserve the region’s unique ecosystem and historical artefacts. In the evening cruise to Patreksfjordur. Overnight at sea. (B, L, D)
Day 4 Patreksfjordur
This morning you reach Patreksfjordur, the biggest town in the southern part of the Westfjords. Join an optional excursion to the Látrabjarg cliffs, home to the largest seabird colony in the northern Atlantic and is famous for its puffins colony. Your next stop is at Rauðasandur or “Red Sand” beach, with its distinctive golden and pink coloured sand. Also take a ride on a tractor carriage with your expert guide and a local famer to a seal colony, where you can see the seals up close. Late afternoon, cruise around the Harnafjordur and anchor in front of the majestic Dynjandi Waterfall. After drinks to celebrate this wonder of nature, cruise to Isafjordur. Overnight at sea.
Overnight at sea. (B, L, D)
Day 5 Isafjordur
Isafjordur is a large fishing port in Wesfjords. Disembark for an optional tour to Thingeyri village and the interactive Viking museum. Return to Isafjordur and visit the Maritime and Heritage Museum, highlighting the rich history and culture of this fishing community. In the afternoon you cruise to Holmavik.
Overnight at sea. (B, L, D)
Day 6 Holmavik
This morning arrive in the small village of Holmavik, one of the least visited parts of Iceland’s Westfjords. After breakfast on-board, disembark for an optional full day excursion. You will visit the Museum of Sorcery and Witchcraft to learn about the old Viking traditions and culture. After lunch at a local restaurant, built from the town’s oldest house, visit a local sheep farm to gain insight into the farmer’s daily lives. In the evening return to the ship and sail to Siglufjordur. Overnight at sea. (B, L, D)
Day 7 Siglufjordur
This morning you will arrive at Siglufjordur, Iceland’s northern most city and possibly the most picturesque port in the country. Join an optional walking excursion through the city known as the capital of Herring fishing. Visit the local herring museum, the folk music center housed in Madame House, the oldest house in the city. Continue on to the Ring Road to reach Godafoss Waterfall - the Falls of the Gods – and you will hear about the Kristni Saga, recounting the arrival of Christianity and the end of Paganism. In the afternoon, join an optional excursion to Lake Myvatn & Godafoss waterfall. You will head to the thermal field of Namaskard and then visit the Dimmuborgir lava labyrinth, a paradise of towering lava castles, natural arches and grottos. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and then continue along the shores of Lake Myvatn to reach Skutustadir and take in views of its amazing craters. Afterwards then continue to the Godafoss, one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland. At the end of the optional tour re-join your vessel in Akureyri. Overnight at port. (B, L, D)
Day 8 Akureyri
Your cruise concludes in Akureyri upon disembarkation after breakfast, between 6am-10am. (B)
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