2019 - The Icelandic Saga: Akureyri to Reykjavik
Iceland - the land of Ice & Fire, a Nordic island nation, is defined by its dramatic volcanic landscape of geysers, hot springs, waterfalls, glaciers and black-sand beaches. The capital, Reykjavik, home to the majority of the population, runs on geothermal power and offers a renowned nightlife scene as well as Viking history museums. With the company of up to 49 fellow passengers, you will discover a fascinating country with amazing rugged landscapes, old legacies of the Vikings and the Norse. Visit Iceland in the summer months, the perfect season to sight humpback whales, orcas, dolphins. Discover the Myvatn Lake, the Namarskard a striking geothermal field, and the Godafoss Waterfall. The quaint fishing village of Husavik. Siglufjordur a fishing town close to the Arctic circle.
Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1 - Saturday : Akureyri, Iceland
Embarkation 3-4 PM - Overnight in port and time for an optional late afternoon walking excursion in Akureyri.
Day 2 - Sunday : Akureyri - Siglufjordur, Iceland
This morning our full day optional excursion will take you from Akureyri to Siglufjordur (where you will meet the Panorama in the evening). The Captain will inform you of whale sightings. Mid-day we reach Siglufjordur, Iceland's northernmost city, very close to the Arctic Circle and possibly the most picturesque port of Iceland. Once known as the capital of Herring fishing. The optional walking excursion through the city will take you to the port, the Herring Museum, the Folk Music center housed in Madame House, the oldest house in the city. We take the Ring Road to reach Godafoss Waterfall - the Falls of the Gods - and will hear about the Kristni Saga, recounting the arrival of Christianity and the end of Paganism. After lunch we visit Lake Myvatn, Namarksard and Dimmuborgir, all fine examples of the volcanic world with lava fields, boiling and steaming mud pools, steam vents and craters. We rejoin the Panorama in Siglufjordur in the afternoon. Time to walk around this colorful port or option to take a late afternoon whale watching excursion. Passengers not taking the excursion will be sailing from Akureyri to Siglufjordur with the Panorama. Overnight at sea to Holmavik.
Day 3 - Monday : Holmavik - Isafjordur , Iceland
Morning arrival in the small village of Holmavik, one of the least visited parts of Iceland's Westfjords. After breakfast on board, disembark for an optional full day excursion: first, we will visit the Museum of Sorcery and Witchcraft to learn about the old Viking traditions and culture, then we will stop for lunch at a local restaurant, built from the town's oldest house, and finally we will visit a local sheep farm to interact with the farmers daily lives and spend time observing the sheep. Evening return to the ship and sailing to Isafjordur. Overnight at sea.
Day 4 - Tuesday : Isafjordur, Iceland
Morning arrival in Isafjordur. After breakfast onboard, disembark for an optional tour to Thingeyri village and the interactive Viking Museum. After the "Viking experience" we return to Isafjordur and visit the Maritime and Heritage Museum, highlighting the rich history and culture of this fishing community. Return to Panorama. Late afternoon we cruise around the Westfjords on our way to the picturesque Patrekksfjordur. Overnight at sea.
Day 5 - Wednesday : Patreksfjordur, Iceland
Today we can choose from 2 optional excursions:
1. The optional Westfjord adventure excursion starts from our port and reaches the Látrabjarg cliffs, with the largest seabird colony in the northern Atlantic famous for its puffins colony. Your next stop is at Rauðasandur or "Red Sand" beach, distinct itself from most of Iceland's beaches, as it is golden and pink in color. We will ride on a tractor carriage with our expert guide and local farmer along the beach to the seal colony, where you can see the seals up close.
2. The optional excursion to the Dynjandi waterfall, one of the most beautiful in Iceland and Bildudalur for a visit to the sea monsters museum. Evening sailing to Grundafjordur. Overnight at sea
Day 6 - Thursday : Grundafjordur, Iceland
This morning we arrive in Grundafjordur, a quintessential Icelandic town, for our optional excursion of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. This small fishing village lies next to striking Mt. Kirkjufell, or "Church Mountain", one of the most photographed mountains in Iceland. From there we head to Olafsvik, passing the splendid Baejarfoss waterfall and we continue to the southern side of the peninsula to reach the villages of Arnarstapi and Hellnar before making our way to Snaefellsjokull National Park, one of the county's three national parks, established in 2001 in an effort to preserve the region's unique ecosystem and historical artifacts. After our visit to the park, we drive back to the ship for a relaxing afternoon and evening sailing to Reykjavik. Overnight at sea.
Day 7 - Friday : Reykjavik, Iceland
Morning arrival in Reykjavik. Our Golden Circle Optional excursion will start at the Thingvellir National Park, a place of tremendous interest as a primary site of both Iceland's geological and historical heritage. The tour continues to Gulfoss, Iceland's most beautiful waterfall and then to the Geysir geothermal area with its multitude of hot springs, where the most active one, Strokkur, spouts every few minutes. We stop at the Hveragerdi village, where geothermal water has been used to build up an extensive greenhouse industry and then at the Hellisheiði Geothermal Power Plant showcasing Iceland's ability to supply green power. Our tour end as we pass through Reykjavik's city center before arriving at the pier. Overnight in port.
Day 8 - Saturday : Reykjavik, Iceland
Disembarkation 9 am -10 am at Reykjavik, Iceland.
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