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A Circumnavigation of Iceland

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A Circumnavigation of Iceland
A Circumnavigation of Iceland, a 10-day expedition aboard the National Geographic Explorer, explores Iceland’s geology in all its world-class manifestations: glaciers, thundering waterfalls, immense cliffs, geothermal springs, boiling mud pots and rock and lava-scapes of unearthly beauty. These features alone makes a circumnavigation a very compelling idea. And when you add in the othe r itinerary components––Iceland’s people, their unique cultural heritage and contemporary character, the island’s geography and birdlife––seeing it all in one expedition is irresistible.

Geologically young, Iceland is located on both the Iceland hotspot and the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, which means it is highly geologically active with many volcanoes––hundreds of them, in fact. Most famously, the volcano in Eyjafjallajökull erupted in 2010. On this comprehensive itinerary you'll actively explore Iceland’s wild western coast; Siglutjörout in the north; the rarely- visited rugged east coast; and the Westman islands, one of the planet’s youngest archipelagos. See Europe's largest icecap while raveling with an expert team, including a National Geographic photograher, a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor, a Global Perspective guest speaker, an undersea specialist, a wellness specialist and a video chronicler.

This Iceland cruise allows for off-ship adventures every day—to Zodiac cruise, hike and walk, or kayak for personal encounters with beauty and wildness. You’ll have a choice of activities, plus your choice of naturalists to join—for a moveable feast of personalities, insights and interests. Choice also includes opting to relax, too. Enjoy the view from behind Explorer’s panoramic glass windows. Or visit the fitness center with its generous views of the ice vistas, or ease into the sauna or a massage in the wellness center.
read more A Circumnavigation of Iceland, a 10-day expedition aboard the National Geographic Explorer, explores Iceland’s geology in all its world-class manifestations: glaciers, thundering waterfalls, immense cliffs, geothermal springs, boiling mud pots and rock and lava-scapes of unearthly beauty. These features alone makes a circumnavigation a very compelling idea. And when you add in the other itinerary components––Iceland’s people, their unique cultural heritage and contemporary character, the island’s geography and birdlife––seeing it all in one expedition is irresistible.

Geologically young, Iceland is located on both the Iceland hotspot and the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, which means it is highly geologically active with many volcanoes––hundreds of them, in fact. Most famously, the volcano in Eyjafjallajökull erupted in 2010. On this comprehensive itinerary you'll actively explore Iceland’s wild western coast; Siglutjörout in the north; the rarely- visited rugged east coast; and the Westman islands, one of the planet’s youngest archipelagos. See Europe's largest icecap while raveling with an expert team, including a National Geographic photograher, a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor, a Global Perspective guest speaker, an undersea specialist, a wellness specialist and a video chronicler.

This Iceland cruise allows for off-ship adventures every day—to Zodiac cruise, hike and walk, or kayak for personal encounters with beauty and wildness. You’ll have a choice of activities, plus your choice of naturalists to join—for a moveable feast of personalities, insights and interests. Choice also includes opting to relax, too. Enjoy the view from behind Explorer’s panoramic glass windows. Or visit the fitness center with its generous views of the ice vistas, or ease into the sauna or a massage in the wellness center.
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Day 1 - U.S./Fly to Reykjavik, Iceland

Day 2 - Embark Reykjavik

Day 3 - Explore the West Coast of Iceland

Day 4 - Ísafjördur

Day 5 - The North Coast of Iceland

Day 6 - Lake Mývatn & Húsavík

Day 7 - Exploring Northeast Iceland

Day 8 - Djúpivogur, Iceland

Day 9 - Islands of Heimaey & Surtsey, Westman Islands

Day 10 - Disembark Reykjavik


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Day 1 - U.S./Fly to Reykjavik, Iceland

Fly to Reykjavik, Iceland. Recommended group flights may be available.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
n/a
MEALS:
n/a

Day 2 - Embark Reykjavik

Arrive in Reykjavik, the world’s northernmost capital, which lies only a fraction below the Arctic Circle and receives just 4 hours of sunlight in winter and 22 in summer. Have a guided overview of the Old Town, including Hallgrimskirkja Cathedral with its 210-foot tower, and perhaps shed some light on Nordic culture at the National Museum, with its Viking treasures and artifacts, and unusual whalebone carvings on display. Embark National Geographic Explorer.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
National Geographic Explorer
MEALS:
lunch and dinner

Day 3 - Explore the West Coast of Iceland

National Geographic Explorer navigates Iceland’s wild western frontier, sailing past the immense Latrabjarg cliffs, the westernmost point of Iceland and home to a huge population of razorbills. The cliffs are an area once famous for egg collecting; the men were tied to ropes and lowered like spiders down onto the ledges. Continue to Flatey Island, a trading post for many centuries, for walks around the charming little hamlet that grew here, and take a Zodiac cruise along the coast.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
National Geographic Explorer
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4 - Ísafjördur

Located in the Western Fjords, Ísafjördur is surrounded by water on three sides, sculpted by glaciers. Renowned for its traditional eider down production, it is a picture postcard of traditional Icelandic life and a great place for hiking, kayaking and for spotting eider ducks.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
National Geographic Explorer
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5 - The North Coast of Iceland

Siglufjordur was the center of Iceland’s once-thriving herring industry. Stop by the Herring Museum for a talk and a tasting. Continue to picturesque Akureyri, backed by snow-capped mountains. Explore the old town, with its beautifully maintained period houses, or visit the botanical garden.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
National Geographic Explorer
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6 - Lake Mývatn & Húsavík

Drive to Mývatn, the most geologically active area in Iceland. This is world-class field geology! See the bizarre mud pools at Hverarönd — so hot they actually bubble. At the Krafla geothermal area see the explosion crater at Viti and continue to an unforgettable sight: Godafoss, the waterfall of the gods. Meet the ship in Húsavík, and watch for whales as the Explorer sails north to the land of the midnight sun. Take Zodiacs ashore to the tiny island of Grimsey, which lies exactly on the Arctic Circle. Here celebrate being officially in the Arctic, in the company of nesting arctic terns, fulmars and puffins in burrows, all bathing, courting and fishing — another wonderful photo op.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
National Geographic Explorer
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7 - Exploring Northeast Iceland

With plenty of rarely visited coastline, this day is left open to explore Iceland’s rugged east coast. Join the ship's naturalists for a hike or a Zodiac cruise to get a better view of the beautiful stacks at the end of the peninsula. Or, conditions permitting, you may have your first chance to kayak today under the steep cliffs.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
National Geographic Explorer
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8 - Djúpivogur, Iceland

Today see firsthand how the country got its chilly name. From Djúpivogur, explore the vast Vatnajökull ice cap, third largest in the world. For a closer look at the ice, take a boat ride through Jökulsárlón, a lagoon strewn with large, sculpted icebergs, or you may take a snowmobile ride across the ice. Photo lovers may set off together with the National Geographic photographer.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
National Geographic Explorer
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 9 - Islands of Heimaey & Surtsey, Westman Islands

The Westman Islands were formed by undersea volcanoes between 5,000 and 10,000 years ago and are among the youngest of the world’s archipelagos. In 1963, the world witnessed on film the birth of its newest island, Surtsey — a UNESCO World Heritage Site — which you see as you cruise past the coast. In 1973, Heimaey was threatened by lava flows that nearly closed off its harbor. Visit the crater, where the earth is still hot, and have amazing views of areas that had been engulfed by lava.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
National Geographic Explorer
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 10 - Disembark Reykjavik

Today, complete your circumnavigation of Iceland, disembarking in Reykjavík. Stop by the famous Blue Lagoon thermal baths, prior to your flight home. Whether you choose to enjoy the surreal bath and spa facilities or just stroll around the fascinating environs, the Blue Lagoon is unforgettable!
ACCOMMODATIONS:
n/a
MEALS:
breakfast and lunch

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, National Park regulation or at the captain's discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Arrival & Departure

A Circumnavigation of Iceland begins and ends in Reykjavik. Recommended group flights are available with transfers provided. If arranging flights/transportation on your own, the group departs to embark the ship from the Natura Hotel in Reykavik on day 2 at 2pm. Group flights depart Reykjavik at 5pm on day 10.
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1       Jul 12 - Jul 21, 2014National Geographic Explorer$7990 - $15980View Details
Category 1

Category 1 - $7990

Main Deck with one or two Portholes #301-308. Shared accommodations available.
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Category 2

Category 2 - $8690

Main Deck with Window #317-320, 335-336. Shared accommodations available.
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Category 3

Category 3 - $8990

Main Deck with Window #313-316, 321-328, 337-340, 342, 344, 346, 348, 350. Triples: Main Deck with Window #341, 343
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Category 4

Category 4 - $9790

Upper and Veranda Decks with Window #103-104, 107-108, 201-202, 204-207, 210, 212, 217, 226, 228.
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Category Solo A

Category Solo A - $10860

Main Deck with Window #309-312, 329-334.
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Category Solo B

Category Solo B - $11240

Upper and Veranda Decks with Window #105-106, 203, 208.
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Category 5

Category 5 - $11580

Upper Deck with Balcony #209, 211, 214, 216, 218, 220-222, 224.
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Category 6

Category 6 - $13860

Veranda Deck–Suite #101-102; Upper Deck-Suite with Balcony #213. Triples: #101-102.
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Category 7

Category 7 - $15980

Upper Deck–Suite with Balcony #215, 219, 230. All cabins are available as triples.
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2       Jul 20 - Jul 29, 2014National Geographic Explorer$7990 - $15980View Details
Category 1

Category 1 - $7990

Main Deck with one or two Portholes #301-308. Shared accommodations available.
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Category 2

Category 2 - $8690

Main Deck with Window #317-320, 335-336. Shared accommodations available.
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Category 3

Category 3 - $8990

Main Deck with Window #313-316, 321-328, 337-340, 342, 344, 346, 348, 350. Triples: Main Deck with Window #341, 343
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Category 4

Category 4 - $9790

Upper and Veranda Decks with Window #103-104, 107-108, 201-202, 204-207, 210, 212, 217, 226, 228.
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Category Solo A

Category Solo A - $10860

Main Deck with Window #309-312, 329-334.
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Category Solo B

Category Solo B - $11240

Upper and Veranda Decks with Window #105-106, 203, 208.
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Category 5

Category 5 - $11580

Upper Deck with Balcony #209, 211, 214, 216, 218, 220-222, 224.
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Category 6

Category 6 - $13860

Veranda Deck–Suite #101-102; Upper Deck-Suite with Balcony #213. Triples: #101-102.
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Category 7

Category 7 - $15980

Upper Deck–Suite with Balcony #215, 219, 230. All cabins are available as triples.
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3       Jul 07 - Jul 16, 2015National Geographic Explorer$9440 - $18880View Details
Category 1

Category 1 - $9440

Main Deck with one or two Portholes #301-308. Shared accommodations available.
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Category 2

Category 2 - $10290

Main Deck with Window #317-320, 335-336. Shared accommodations available.
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Category 3

Category 3 - $10620

Main Deck with Window #313-316, 321-328, 337-340, 342, 344, 346, 348, 350. Triples: Main Deck with Window #341, 343
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Category 4

Category 4 - $11560

Upper and Veranda Decks with Window #103-104, 107-108, 201-202, 204-207, 210, 212, 217, 226, 228.
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Category Solo A

Category Solo A - $12830

Main Deck with Window #309-312, 329-334.
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Category Solo B

Category Solo B - $13280

Upper and Veranda Decks with Window #105-106, 203, 208.
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Category 5

Category 5 - $13680

Upper Deck with Balcony #209, 211, 214, 216, 218, 220-222, 224.
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Category 6

Category 6 - $16370

Veranda Deck–Suite #101-102; Upper Deck-Suite with Balcony #213. Triples: #101-102.
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Category 7

Category 7 - $18880

Upper Deck–Suite with Balcony #215, 219, 230. All cabins are available as triples.
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Included

Ship accommodations; meals indicated; excursions; services of Lindblad Expeditions’ leader, naturalist staff and expert guides; use of kayaks; all port charges and service taxes; entrance fee to Blue Lagoon on day 10.

Exclusions

Air transportation; visa/immigration fees; personal items such as alcoholic beverages, emails, laundry, etc.; discretionary tips to ship's crew.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $1000 is required at the time of booking. A Reservation Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date (120 days for 2015 departures). Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. 2014 cancellations are subject to the following per-person fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
120 or more days - $150, in form of a Lindblad Travel Certificate
119-90 days - Advance payment cost
89-60 days - 25% of trip cost
59-30 days - 50% of trip cost
29-0 days - No refund

Departures in 2015 are subject to the following per-person cancellation fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
180 or more days - $750, in form of a Lindblad Travel Certificate
179-120 days - Advance payment cost
119-90 days - 25% of trip cost
89-60 days - 50% of trip cost
59-0 days - No refund

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information is sent upon confirmation.

Travel Insurance

Emergency medical evacuation insurance is mandatory for this trip, with a minimum recommended coverage of $100,000 per person. Trip cancellation insurance is optional but highly recommended. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 21 days of booking your trip for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.
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