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Discover the Island of Contrasts - Iceland by Sea

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Discover the Island of Contrasts - Iceland by Sea

from 2,630.00

10 DAYS / 9 NIGHTS

9 nights on board the Ocean Diamond

(Limited availability for 2018 Departure Date: September 22;
EARLY BIRD PRICING AVAILABLE for Fixed 2019 Departure Dates)

 

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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

If you're looking for a unique way to experience the hot destination of Iceland, why not hop onboard the Ocean Diamond for an unforgettable, 10 day journey around the island? Discover this mystical land steeped in Viking traditions and volcanic landscapes rarely seen anywhere else on earth. This voyage reveals a diverse array of natural wonders like nothing you've ever seen, while simultaneously getting a peek into the Icelandic way of life. Choose from a range of exciting shore excursions that offer countless ways to interact with Iceland’s culture, nature, history and people.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Accommodation in booked cabin category; 3 hotel nights on land
  • All meals (B. L, D)
  • All Zodiac excursions (weather-dependent)
  • Icelandic/English speaking guides
  • All presentations from cruise staff and guest speakers
  • Onboard entertainment program
  • Iceland ProCruises Windjacket

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 1: Welcome to Reykjavik! Board the Ocean Diamond.

Enjoy some leisure time during embarkation day in Reykjavik to discover the unique charm of the world’s northernmost capital. The Ocean Diamond docks in Old Reykjavik Harbor in the heart of the city, a five-minute stroll from the main squares, shopping and dining. The ship departs in the evening.

Overnight on board the Ocean Diamond (D)


Day 2: Explore the Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Stykkisholmur is the starting point of our adventures on the Snaefellnes Peninsula. Often called “Iceland in Miniature” because of its diverse landscapes, the area is home to bird-rich Breidafjordur Bay and Snaefellsjokull glacier, which sits atop a 700,000-year-old dormant volcano that was featured in the Jules Verne novel Journey to the Center of the Earth.

Overnight on board the Ocean Diamond (B, L, D)


Day 3: Discover Isafjordur

Today‘s destination is the idyllic town of Isafjordur, capital of the Westfjords region. This secluded peninsula is connected to the rest of Iceland by only a narrow strip of land. Even by Icelandic standards, the area can be described as unusually isolated. The landscape is characterized by mesas and jaw-dropping views of dramatic fjords carved by ancient glaciers, sheer table mountains that plunge into the sea and pristine North Atlantic vegetation.

Overnight on board the Ocean Diamond (B, L, D)


Day 4: The Herring Museum and the unihabited island of Grimsey

By morning we reach the fjord town of Siglufjordur, once the hub of the global herring industry and now enjoying a rebirth in popularity. Learn about the fascinating golden age of herring at the award-winning Herring Era Museum located on the vibrant harbor-front. In the early afternoon we head to the wild, uninhabited Grimsey Island. Located about 25 miles (40 km) off the mainland on the Arctic Circle, the island harbors a variety of bird species including puffins, guillemots and gulls. Later we set sail for Akureyri, Iceland’s lovable second largest city.

Overnight on board the Ocean Diamond (B, L, D)


Day 5: Akureyri and Lake Myvatn

Inland from Akureyri lies the magnificent Lake Myvatn region, where the schizophrenic landscape looks as if “heaven and hell” have clashed. One side of the lake features rugged volcanic remnants, while the other side is blessed with lush vegetation and varied bird life.

Overnight on board the Ocean Diamond (B, L, D)


Day 6: Whale Watching in Husavik

In the early morning hours we steam into Skjalfandi Bay and Husavik. Often called the “Whale watching capital” of Iceland, the town’s offshore waters are home to 15 different whale species, as well as dolphins and up to 30 varying species of bird. Watching these graceful ocean giants in their Arctic habitat is an unforgettable experience.

Overnight on board the Ocean Diamond (B, L, D)


Day 7: East Fjords in Seydisfjordur

Today's stop brings you to Iceland’s stunning East Fjords. Best explored from the impossibly picturesque port of Seydisfjordur, the. fjords are nestled between the sparkling sea and steep mountains. Exciting activity choices include seal spotting, horseback riding, and visiting the beautiful nature reserve Skalanes.

Overnight on board the Ocean Diamond (B, L, D)


Day 8: Fishing Village of Djupivogur

Today’s port of call is Djupivogur, fishing village in southeast Iceland, starting point for a breathtaking optional excursion to the glacier lagoon. It is a good day to explore on your own, enjoy the boat, or have a rest, taking the day at your own pace.

Overnight on board the Ocean Diamond (B, L, D)


Day 9: South Coast of Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands)

Today's journey takes you off Iceland’s south coast, to the Westman Islands which were formed by submarine volcanic eruptions around 10,000 years ago. Surtsey Island emerged from the sea in 1963 and is one the youngest land masses on earth. We go ashore on Heimaey, the only inhabited island, where half-buried houses remain from a violent 1973 eruption. During the shore landing there is time for bird watching and possibly whale spotting!

Overnight on board the Ocean Diamond (B, L, D)


Day 10: Disembarkation in Reykjavik

After breakfast we bid farewell to the lovely Ocean Diamond as we sail back into Reykjavik. Explore inland areas like the Golden Circle and its famous Gullfoss waterfall with optional post-cruise programs. Or simply hang out in Reykjavik, a perfect city for those who want to refresh their spirit in a place that combines invigorating outdoor activities, great food and world-class entertainment.

Interested in extending your stay? Ask about our pre and post packages, giving you more options to explore all this incredible country has to offer.


LODGING INFORMATION

The Ocean Diamond Ship

With an ice-strengthened hull, advanced onboard technology and relatively small vessel size, the OCEAN DIAMOND is able to offer an adventurous sea voyage in Arctic waters beyond the boundaries of a conventional cruise itinerary. Join us on a voyage of discovery as we share the unique nature, geology, culture and history of these big North Atlantic islands while being pampered with a level of comfort and service normally not available in such remote regions.

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