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Experience an unforgettable journey around the island of fire and ice. Iceland is a country of contrasts and the diverse natural landscape provides the possibility for unique experiences like nowhere else on earth. This cruise reveals both natural wonders and the Icelandic way of living. A range of exciting shore excursions brings the unique character of Iceland closer to you.
May 15, 24; June 11, 20, 29; July 8, 17 - from $3,530 per person
Single supplements on request, please inquire!
Borton Overseas can assist with transatlantic air and other travel arrangements in conection with this program. Please inquire!
Day 1 Reykjavik
Spend the day in Reykjavik to explore the highlights of the world’s northernmost national capital city on your own, or book one of the exciting pre-cruise programs and discover Reykjavik and its surroundings by land or air. The Ocean Diamond docks in the old harbor located in the heart of town which is a 5 minute walk to the inner city. The ship will depart Reykjavik harbor at 8 p.m.
Day 2 Stykkisholmur B L D
Stykkisholmur is the starting point of our adventures on the Snaefellnes Peninsula. Often called “Iceland in Miniature” because of its it diverse landscapes, the area is home to bird-rich Breidafjördur Bay and Snaefellsjökull 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.
Day 3 Isafjordur B L D
Today‘s destination is Isafjördur, an idyllic town in the Westfjords region. This secluded peninsula is connected to the Icelandic mainland by only a narrow strip of land and includes many roadless areas where cars have never been. The landscape includes jaw-dropping views of dramatic fjords carved by ancient glaciers, sheer table mountains that plunge into the sea and pristine North Atlantic vegetation.
Day 4 Siglufjordur and Grimsey B L D
By morning you reach the fjord town of Siglufjördur, once the hub of the global herring industry and now enjoying a rebirth in popularity. Learn about the golden age of herring at the award-winning Herring Era Museum located on the vibrant harbor-front. In the early afternoon we head to uninhabited Grimsey Island. Located about 25 miles (40 km) off the mainland on the Artic Circle, the island harbors a variety of bird species including puffins, guillemots and gulls. Later you set sail for Akureyri, Iceland’s lovable second largest city.
Day 5 Akureyri B L D
Ranging inland from Akureyri, we visit the fascinating 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. Optional summer shore excursion include a journey to Askja volcano via Super Jeep.
Day 6 Husavik B L D
In the early morning hours you steam into Skjalfandi Bay and Húsavík. 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 30 variety of bird. Watching these graceful ocean giants in their Arctic habitat is an unforgettable experience.
Day 7 Seydisfjordur B L D
Iceland’s East Fjords are best explored from the impossibly picturesque port of Seydisfjördur, nestled between the sea and steep mountains. Activities include seal spotting, horseback riding, kayaking and guided hikes of the Vestadalur area.
Day 8 Djupivorgur B L D
Today’s port of call is Djupivogur fishing village in southeast Iceland, starting point for an optional excursion to Vatnajokull glacier.
Day 9 Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands) B L D
Located off Iceland’s south coast, the Westman Islands 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. 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 you might even spot whales.
Day 10 Reykjavik B
In the morning we return to the port of Reykjavik. After breakfast it’s time to bid farewell to the Ocean Diamond.
Extend your stay in Iceland and book one of our post-cruise programs or explore Reykjavik and the surrounding area on your own. Reykjavik, which is both the economic and cultural hub of Iceland, boasts a variety of museums and shops. Scattered around the city are fascinating natural wonders like glaciers, waterfalls and geysers.
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS (at extra cost), subject to availability:
Bus tour to Snaeffelsnes Peninsula • Snaefellsjokull Glacier • Viking Sushi Adventure by Boat • Sea angling from Flateyri/Sudureyri • Boat Trip to Vigur Island • Thingeyri and Dynjandi Waterfall • Kayak in Flateyri • Herring Museum • Bus Tour to Myvatn • Wonders of National Park Myvatn • Whale Watching by RIB boat • Asbyrgi/Tjornes • Super Jeep and Nature's Lesser Travelled Trails • Sealwatching on Horseback • Skalenes Nature Reserve • East Fjords - Petra's Stone, Mineral and the Wartime Museum • Glacier Lagoon Jokulsarlon • Vatnajokull Glacier Snowmobile • Adventurous Super Jeep • Lava tour - Pompeii of the North • Golf in the Volcano • Golden Circle, South Shore Adventure and More