ICELAND - Circumnavigation

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July 4th - July 13th, 2023

Iceland is an island of history and beautiful landscapes. On this sailing you will be with experts who can share with you the history and inform you of the environments you are experiencing. You will have opportunities to experience both the land and sea environments.

On this itinerary you get to visit the island of Grimsey, the only part of Iceland to earn the title 'Artic' due to is location. With shifts of the Artic Circle, it will be south of the circle by mid-century.

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Talk to our PTM Travel Agents about pre-sailing excursions including extending your sailing experience to include Scotland, the Faroe Islands and crossing the Norwegian Sea to Iceland.

Day 1 - July 4, 2023

Reykjavík, Iceland - Your Adventure Begins

Spend the day exploring Reykjavik then join your crew onboard for an evening departure.

Day 2 - July 5, 2023

Snæfellsnes Peninsula - Dramatic Landscapes

Today we will explore the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, a region known for its dramatic beauty and fascinating geological history. There will also be many opportunities to observe seabirds and marine life as we explore one of Iceland’s most amazing coastlines.

Day 3 - July 6, 2023

The Westfjords - Remote Coastlines

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 - July 7, 2023

Siglufjörður and Grimsey - Icelandic Culture and the Artic Circle

In its heyday, Siglufjörður bustled with activity as the centre of the herring fishing industry. Today Siglufjörður is resurgent. The Herring Era Museum, which includes re-enactments, is wonderful. Foodies will enjoy visiting the bakery, chocolate factory, and brewery. The folk music centre is a wonderful resource for Icelandic folk music.

Grímsey Island lies on the Arctic Circle. Its small human population shares the island with nearly a million seabirds! These include puffins, guillemots, and gulls. A Zodiac cruise among the rock formations is a trip highlight.

Day 5 - July 8, 2023

Akureyri - Museums and Botanical Gardens

Iceland’s second-largest urban area, Akureyri, enjoys a relatively mild climate and ice-free harbour. Shops, cafes, and restaurants make for good exploring of the urban kind, along with ten museums to discover and explore.

Akuyeri’s botanical gardens are among the northernmost in the world, miraculously growing several thousand plant species. The view from the steps of the monumental Lutheran church is worth the walk!

Day 6 - July 9, 2023

Húsavík - Whale Watching

Húsavík, on Skjálfandi Bay, is known as the whale capital of Iceland. Fifteen different whale species frequent the area; we also hope to see dolphins and dozens of varieties of birds, so be sure to bring your binoculars! Various museums await exploration, including the Whale Museum, Húsavík Museum, and the Exploration Museum, which houses artefacts from Apollo astronaut training in the area.

Day 7 - July 10, 2023

Seyðisfjörður - Picturesque Community and Skalanes Nature Reserve

Seyðisfjörður is nestled at the tip of its namesake fjord. The picturesque town of 700 is known for its flourishing art scene, cobbled rainbow road, and excellent handicrafts. There are numerous opportunities for hiking, including a walk up to Tvísöngur sound sculpture on a nearby hill.

Nearby Skalanes Nature Reserve is family owned and operated. The centre for research and interpretation of Iceland’s environment and cultural history is a model for sustainable tourism.

Day 8 - July 11, 2023

Southeast Iceland - Glaciers and Lagoons

The south of Iceland is home to some of the country’s most beautiful natural attractions. Here we have opportunities to explore a unique mix of volcanoes, lagoons, and glaciers—as well as hot springs, geysers, and spectacular waterfalls—to explore ashore on foot or by Zodiac cruise.

Day 9 - July 12, 2023

Heimaey, Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands) - Volcanic Landscapes

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, including the famous puffin, 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.

Day 10 - July 13, 2023

Reykjavík, Iceland

Today is the end of your Iceland Circumnavigation. You can continue exploring by extending your journey with the Iceland and Greenland sailing.



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