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OCEAN ENDEAVOUR ICELAND

OVERVIEW

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Circumnavigating Iceland offers a complete exploration of the land of fire and ice, a viking stronghold with ever-changing culture, wildlife and immaculate scenery. At the edge of the Arctic Circle, Iceland is dominated by geology and defined by the sea. On this 10-day itinerary, the Ocean Endeavour will take you to active volcanoes, emerging islands, lava fields, geysers and glaciers. Include the iconic highlights of Lake Myvatn, Snaefellsnes Peninsula, the whale capital of Husavik, and the Westman Islands.

Priced from $7000.00pp twin share

HIGHLIGHTS

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Trace the routes of the Icelandic sagas' heroes

Soak up the culture in Reykjavík, one of the cleanest and greenest cities in the world

Marvel at bird colonies up to a million strong

Explore pristine fjords and volcanic landscapes unlike any on Earth

Visit traditional fishing villages dating back more than eight hundred years

Search for whales in the rich, productive waters of Húsavík

What's included? 

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On-board accommodation

All meals during the voyage 

Activities/shore excursions as specified 

Lectures and presentations by expedition staff 

Pre-departure material

Museum and park entrance fees 

Port taxes

What's not included? 

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International and internal airfares 

Arrival/departure taxes or reciprocity fees, visa fees where applicable 

Travel insurance 

Discovery fund fee US$250 per person 

Possible fuel surcharges

Gratuities

Any items not mentioned as included 

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Day 1: Reykjavík

Iceland’s cosmopolitan capital, Reykjavík was established in 874 AD. Powered by geothermal energy, Reykjavík is widely considered one of the cleanest, greenest cities on Earth. 

Despite centuries of relative isolation, today Reykjavík is a contemporary city with plenty to see and do. The National Culture House preserves treasures like the Poetic Edda, and the Norse Sagas in their original manuscripts. We depart Reykjavík in the evening aboard the Ocean Endeavour.

Day 2: Snæfellsnes Peninsula

The hundred-kilometre-long landscape of Snæfellsnes Peninsula is characterized by sparkling fjords, golden beaches, and undulating lava flows. The area is crowned by the glistening ice-capped stratovolcano Snæfellsjökull, 700,000 years old and immortalized in Jules Verne’s Journey to the Centre of the Earth. On clear days, the mountain can be seen from Reykjavík, 120 kilometres away. A few small settlements are located on the south side of the peninsula, and fishing villages can be found on the north.

Day 3: The Westfjords

Only about ten percent of Iceland’s visitors ever see this region, known for its jagged bird cliffs and multihued beaches. Coastal fjords, immense mountains, and tiny villages can be found here, and a traditional lifestyle is embraced by the region’s inhabitants. 

Day 4: Northern Iceland and Grimsey

Iceland’s north is a geologist’s dream. Lava fields—almost lunar in their composition—epic waterfalls, snowcapped peaks, and bays teeming with marine wildlife are characteristic of the region. 
Grimsey Island lies on the Arctic Circle. Its human population of about a hundred shares the island with nearly a million seabirds! These include puffins, guillemots, and gulls. 

Day 5: Akureyri

Iceland’s second-largest urban area, Akureyri enjoys a relatively mild climate and ice-free harbour. In addition, Akureyri is surrounded by mountains, which shield it from strong winds. First settled in the ninth century, Akureyri provided a base for Allied units during the Second World War.

Nearby Lake Myvatn offers stunning contrasts: one side of the lake features rugged volcanic remnants, while the other side is blessed with lush vegetation and varied bird life.

Day 6: Húsavík

Húsavík, on Skjalfandi Bay, is known as the "Whale Capital" of Iceland. Fifteen different whale species frequent the area; we also hope to see dolphins, and thirty varieties of birds.

The Húsavík Museum is located by the harbour. There are also numerous other museums including the Exploration Museum, which houses artifacts from Apollo astronaut training in the area; a whale museum, and a turf house museum.

Day 7: Seydisfjördur

Seydisfjördur is nestled at the tip of its namesake fjord. The town of seven hundred is known for its flourishing art scene, colourful roads, and shopping.

We will also have the opportunity to visit the Skalanes Nature Reserve. Family owned and operated, this is a centre for research and interpretation of Iceland’s environment and cultural history, and a model for sustainable tourism. The 3,000-acre area is a habitat for approximately fifty different bird species during the summer time, and, in particular, the eider duck. 

Day 8: Southeast Iceland

The south of Iceland is home to some of the country’s most beautiful natural attractions. It boasts a unique mix of volcanoes, lagoons, glaciers—as well as hot springs, geysers, and spectacular waterfalls.

Day 9: Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands)

Vestmannaeyjar lies off the south coast of Iceland and comprises fourteen islands, numerous rocks and skerries. Only the largest island, Heimaey, is inhabited.

Numerous species of seabirds nest in the steep rock faces along the ocean cliffs. The volcanically active area has seen two major eruptions in recent times: the formation of the island of Surtsey in 1963, and the Eldfell eruption ten years later that destroyed much of Heimaey and nearly blocked its harbour.

Day 10: Reykjavík

This morning we disembark the Ocean Endeavour and transfer to the airport.

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Terms and Conditions

Prices are per person (pp) in NZD, twin share based on lead in season. All care is taken to promote correct pricing at time of publication but is dependent upon availability and will be confirmed at time of reservation. Valid for sale until sold out. Airfares not included unless specified. Offers are subject to availability and can change without notification due to fluctuations in charges and currency. Credit card surcharges apply. For full terms and conditions please contact a World Travellers consultant.