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Northern Lights and Chasing Whales - Iceland by Sea and Land

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Northern Lights and Chasing Whales - Iceland by Sea and Land

from 2,665.00

7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS

3 nights on board the Ocean Diamond
1 night in Husavik area
1 night in West Iceland
1 night in Reykjavik

(Limited availability for 2018 Departure Date: September 22;
EARLY BIRD PRICING AVAILABLE THROUGH DECEMBER 30th for Fixed 2019 Departure Dates)

 

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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

Iceland is proving itself to be one of the hottest destinations for travelers. Get to know the island of “fire and ice” in autumn on this special journey that will open your eyes to two of the world's most fascinating wonders: the incredible Northern Lights and a breathtaking encounter with whales in the "Whale Watching Capital of Iceland". Look forward to a 3-day-cruise with shore excursions and interesting lectures, before an exciting bus tour along the majestic Northwest coast and back to the charming city of Reykjavik.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Accommodation in booked cabin category; 3 hotel nights on land
  • All on board meals; meals on land as per itinerary (below)
  • Onboard Zodiac excursions (weather-dependent)
  • On Land Whale Watching & other activities as per itinerary
  • Icelandic/English speaking guides
  • All presentations from cruise staff and guest speakers
  • Onboard entertainment program
  • Onboard Iceland ProCruises Windjacket

DETAILED ITINERARY

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

Use your leisure time in Reykjavik in order to get to know the unique charm of the city. Your “floating hotel” awaits you. The OCEAN DIAMOND docks in the old harbor, located in the heart of town, which is a 5 minute walk to the inner city. In the evening the ship sets course for the Snaefellsnes peninsula. Tonight you may already have a first opportunity to see the Northern Lights!

Overnight on board the Ocean Diamond (D)


Day 2: Explore the Snaefellsnes Peninsula

In the morning the OCEAN DIAMOND reaches the small village of Stykkisholmur, the starting point for our explorations of the Snaefellsnes peninsula. Snaefellsnes is also known as “Iceland in miniature” since this region contains nearly all different kind of Icelandic scenery. In the evening the OCEAN DIAMOND leaves Stykkisholmur for the direction of the Westfjords. And again dark clear sky might offer great opportunities for the Northern Lights.

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


Day 3: 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 dramatic fjords that cut deep into the landscape.

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


Day 4: Disembarkation in Husavik and Lake Myvatn area

In the early morning hours we steam into Skjalfandi Bay and Husavik. After disembarkation we explore the natural beauty of the Lake Myvatn area, including the peculiar lava formations at Dimmuborgir and the pseudo craters at Skutustadir. The pseudo craters were formed by gas explosions when boiling lava flowed over the wetlands. Last but not least we visit Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall, in the northern part of Vatnajokull National Park. Lunch will be provided on the way.
Dinner and overnight in the Husavik area.

Overnight in Husavik area (B, L, D)


Day 5: Whale Watching, Akureyri, and West Iceland

Husavik is often called the “Whale watching capital” of Iceland, the town’s offshore waters are home to 15 different whale species, as well as dolphins. Watching these graceful ocean gi- ants in their Arctic habitat is an unforgettable experience. An exciting trip with RIB boats (Rigid Inflatable Boat) to search for the gentle giants awaits you. On our way to Akureyri we visit the impressive Godafoss, “the waterfall of the Gods”. In the year 1000, the Icelandic parliament (Althing) decided to give up their pagan religion in favor of Christianity. The story goes that the idols of the ancient Nordic religion (godars) were then thrown from the top of the waterfall (foss). The cascade retains its name, Godafoss in memory of this event.

Overnight in West Iceland (B, L, D)


Day 6: Thingvellir National Park and Reykjavik City Tour

On our way back to Reykjavik we pass Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in the world. A stop will be made to admire the beautiful Hraunfossar waterfalls, before continuing to Thingvellir National Park, the ancient site of the world’s first parliament. Our journey ends after a city tour in Reykjavik.

Overnight in Reykjavik (B, L)


Day 7: Departure from Reykjavik

After breakfast this morning, you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight home. Interested in extending your stay? Let us help you plan some more magical nights in stunning Iceland. Pre and Post Programs are available that offer exciting adventures including, but not limited to, Helicopter Tours, Jeep Safaris, descending the Thrihnukagigur Volcano, and visiting the Golden Circle.


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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