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Delight in Iceland’s natural treasures and rich cultures while exploring pristine fjords, wild coasts and colorful villages to discover an island of trolls, Vikings and extraordinary wildlife on our NEW Iceland Expedition Voyage! This pilot program travels at the height of wildlife season to explore coasts that are otherwise inaccessible. PLUS, we're offering you a FREE add-on extension to Wales. 

Sail Aboard the 23-Cabin Panorama

The Panorama three-masted motor-sailer is sleek and spacious. An aft Sun Deck equipped with loungers, cushy chairs and a bar is available. After briefings on history, culture and nature, enjoy the lounge, which features a small library and comfy sofas. Plus, you’re welcome on the open bridge to meet the captain and learn about navigation.

Daily Itinerary

Iceland Voyage Itinerary

  • Day
    1

    DEPART HOME

    May 31 2018

    Depart your home city on independent overnight flights to Iceland.

  • Day
    2

    KEFLAVIK / AKUREYRI / BOARD PANORAMA

    Jun 1 2018

    Upon arrival in Iceland, you’ll be met and transferred to the domestic airport to connect to the flight to Akureyri. After a stroll around the town and a lunch of local fare, board the Panorama for our Iceland expedition cruise. (B,L,D)

    Cuba Voyage ship Panorama deck
  • Day
    3

    AKUREYRI / GODAFOSS / LAKE MYVATN / HUSAVIK

    Jun 2 2018

    Travel the Ring Road to visit Godafoss, or “Waterfall of the Gods” into which Viking Lawspeaker Þorgeir Ljósvetningagoði cast statues of Norse deities upon acceptance of Christianity in the year 1,000.  Continue through the mountains to Lake Myvatn, one of Iceland’s most scenic and geothermally active locations as well as being the nesting ground for thousands of water fowl and other interesting birds, including gyrfalcon, greater scaup, Eurasian wigeon, common scooter, and common pochard, that spend the spring in the area. After also exploring the volcanic landscapes and craters of Namarksard and Dimmuborgir, continue to the colorful port city of Husavik. Enjoy time at leisure to meander through the town, which boasts its own fjord and views of distant snow-covered mountains. Dinner tonight is aboard Panorama as we continue toward Siglufjordur. (B,L,D)

    Godafoss
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    4

    SKJAFANDI BAY / SIGLUFJORDUR

    Jun 3 2018

    Enjoy a morning sailing through the rich waters of Skjafandi Bay, watching for the area’s prolific whales. While minke whales are the most commonly spotted species, the area is also home to humpback whale, white-beaked dolphin and harbour porpoise. In early summer, the bay has also played host to enormous blue whale. Journey on to Siglufjordur, once a bustling herring town! The Herring Era Museum is the only museum in Iceland to win the European Museum Award, naming it the best museum on the continent for 2014. It has been painstakingly and lovingly restored by local donors, artists, architects and volunteers to be a time portal, taking visitors back to the days of the herring boom through displays that bring to life every detail of what it was like to live and work here in those times.  Sample a traditional rye bread with local herring and Icelandic schnapps while taking-in a show of period music and dance. Before returning to Panorama, discover the local history and culture of this wonderful northern town on a guided walking tour. (B,L,D)

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    5

    ISAFJORDUR / HESTEYRI / DYNJANDI FALLS

    Jun 4 2018

    In 1952, the tiny, isolated village of Hesteyri was abandoned by its 80 inhabitants. With no roads or permanent residents, the native flora has flourished alongside Arctic fox, nesting birds and seals. On a guided walk, learn what it was like to live just south of the Arctic Circle and more of the town’s history. Savor traditional Icelandic refreshments at the old doctor’s house before setting back to Isafjordur. This is the ideal opportunity to photograph Jokulfirdir Fjord’s snow-flecked mountains and secluded coves. Back onboard Panorama, cruise around the jagged bird cliffs of the Westfjords and anchor in front of the majestic Dynjandi Waterfall. Dynjandi is one of the most photogenic falls in Iceland, thanks to its unusual triangular cascade. (B,L,D)

     isolated village of Hesteyri
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    6

    LATRABJARG CLIFFS / PATREKSFJORDUR

    Jun 5 2018

    Enjoy early morning birding along the famed Látrabjarg Cliffs, the western-most point of Europe. Join local birding guides to explore the cliffs looking for the prolific birdlife, which includes puffins, northern gannets, guillemots and razorbills. As much as 40% of the world’s population of razorbill live on the cliffs! Látrabjarg’s claim to fame is that it is reportedly the best place in the world to photograph puffins. After filling our cameras with photos of the birdlife, stop at the Heritage Museum at Hnjótur, learning how locals utilized the bird cliff and even rescued foreign fishermen from stranded ships. Panorama cruises to Bildudalur for a full afternoon of discovery. Our afternoon tour begins with a guided walk through the quaint fishing village of Patreksfjörður. Stop to sample varieties of delicious fish while visiting the main fish factory and learning about the area’s commercial fish processing. See a specially constructed wooden frame used to dry fish, and of course, taste the dried fish with Icelandic butter. After a short drive to Tálknafjörður village, call on the self-service fishmongers. While in the village, taste Arctic char and Arctic trout. En route to Bíldudalur, stop for an incredible vista over Arnarfjörður, widely considered the most beautiful fjord in the Westfjords because of its diverse landscape, magnificent mountains and impressive waterfalls. There is an extensive salmon farming in Bíldudalur and we get to taste their products. Cap-off our day at the Sea Monster Museum, delving into Icelandic folklore and culture. (B,L,D)

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    7

    AKRANES / SNÆFELLSNES PENINSULA / REKJAVIK

    Jun 6 2018

    Explore the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, home to majestic mountains, a variety of birdlife, basalt columns and Snaefellsjokull, the mountain where the characters of Jules Verne’s Journey to the Center of the Earth ascended on their expedition to find the core of our planet. Often called “Iceland in Miniature,” the 90-km long peninsula holds many of Iceland’s most Iconic sites, such as Kirkjufell Mountain and relics from explorations long ago. According to New Age beliefs, this is also one of the seven most energy-filled sites on Earth. Stroll through the sandy hills, black lava and yellow beaches of Búðir.  Arnarstapi is perhaps our most important stop – for the kittiwakes, fulmar, gulls, Arctic terns and more. End our exploration on Djúpalónssandur’s black-pebbled beaches. Embark the Panorama back in Akranes, and cruise toward Reykjavik. (B,L,D)

    Iceland Voyage
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    8

    REYKJAVIK: GOLDEN CIRCLE

    Jun 7 2018

    Explore a collection of Iceland’s greatest natural attractions, the iconic Golden Circle. Begin our day in Thingvellir National Park, site of one of the oldest parliaments in the world. Parts of Thingvellir form a fissure zone running through Iceland and are situated on the tectonic plate boundaries of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. This might be the only place in the world where you can walk on ground not part of any continent! Continue across the Lyngdalsheidi Heath to Gullfoss, a waterfall dropping over 100 feet into a canyon over a mile long. It offers a spectacular view of the forces and beauty of untouched nature. On a stroll through the geothermal park at Geysir find amazing geological forces at work. The park sits atop a vast boiling cauldron of steam and lava. We find belching sulfurous mud pots of unusual colors, hissing steam vents, hot and cold springs, warm streams and primitive plants can all be found here. Visit Hveragerdi, a small village where geothermal water has been used to build up an extensive greenhouse industry. End our Golden Circle tour at Hellisheiði Geothermal Power Plant. Icelanders’ use of clean, green geothermal energy has long since surpassed that of any nation in the world. In fact, more than 90% of all houses in Iceland are heated with geothermal energy. The Hellisheidi Power Plant combines a high tech exhibition, experienced guides and a look into this extraordinary aspect of daily life in Iceland. It's an impressive building with magnificent views over the surrounding lava fields and pillars of geothermal steam. En route to the port, enjoy a driving tour of Reykjavik. (B,L,D)

    Thingvellir National Park
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    9

    REYKJAVIK / DEPART

    Jun 8 2018

    After breakfast, say goodbye to our friends aboard Panorama and transfer to Keflavik International Airport Depart for your independent flights home. (B)

Accommodations

Cuba Voyage ship Panorama

Panorama

International Expeditions has chartered an incredible yacht to ensure you experience the highest standard of comfort for our extraordinary voyage around the coast of Iceland. Accommodating only 46 guests on our pilot program, the Panorama three-masted motorsailer is sleek and spacious. While most of our time is spent strolling through colorful villages and exploring volcanic landscapes, while onboard Panorama, emphasis is placed on time outdoors. An aft Sun Deck equipped with loungers, cushy chairs and a bar is available. After briefings on history, culture and nature, enjoy the lounge, which features a small library and comfy sofas. Plus, you’re welcome on the open bridge to meet the captain and learn about navigation. Along the way, you’ll enjoy a sumptuous selection of cuisine sure to please any palette.

Field Leaders

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Bolivar Sanchez

Expedition Leader

Expedition Leader Bolivar Sanchez is not only an expert in Earth science, but he is also an IE favorite! Boli developed a strong interest in wildlife and the outdoors as a child and has been learning as much as possible ever since. For the past two decades, he has worked as a certified naturalist and guide in Galapagos National Park, as well as leading IE programs in Cuba and beyond. His great personality and wonderful sense of humor make him an incredible travel companion. Boli's other interests include swimming, snorkelling, kayaking and hiking.

From: $5,900 per person
Duration
9 Days, 8 Nights
Trip Type
Land & Sea
Destinations