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Iceland Circumnavigation

Iceland Circumnavigation

11 Days/10 Nights from AUD $9,700 per person (twin share)*

2nd to 12th June 2020

Situated in the Atlantic Ocean and with Greenland as its western neighbour, Iceland is a remote volcanic island with mind-blowing landscapes and fascinating culture and history to please even the most discerning traveller. With most of the country uninhabited, much of Iceland’s terrain consists of plateaux, mountain peaks, and fertile lowlands. The landscape is characterised by volcanoes, thundering waterfalls, geysers, geothermal hot springs, black sand beaches, bubbling mud pools and lava fields. With many deep fjords that are ideal for kayaking and Zodiac cruising, and glaciers to explore including Europe’s largest, Vatnajökull, combined with splendid birdlife and friendly locals, a circumnavigation of Iceland is an experience not to be missed.

Important Note: in order to experience some of Iceland’s incredible scenery, a number of the shore excursions on this itinerary require overland coach travel away from the coast.

Number of passengers: 120 passengers (including 20 kayakers)

Itinerary Overview

Day 1 Reykjavik
Day 2 Embark the Greg Mortimer / Hvalfjördur
Days 3 Stykkisholmur / Snaefellnes Peninsula / Snæfellsjökull National Park / Látrabjarg cliffs
Days 4&5 Westfjords
Day 6 Akureyri & Lake Myvatn
Day 7 Húsavik & Grimsey Island
Day 8 Mjóifjördur
Day 9 Hofn & Vatnajökull National Park
Day 10 Westman Islands
Day 11 Reykjavik

Voyage highlights

  • Keep watch for blow holes, breaching and tail flukes as we spot whales in Húsavik
  • Westfjords offer some of the remotest fjords, bays and pristine environments in Iceland – perfect for kayaking, hiking and bird-watching
  • Visit Vatnajökull National Park featuring Europe’s largest glacier, glacial lagoons, black sand beaches, colourful mountains and rich birdlife, reindeers and seals
  • On Heimay in the Westman Islands, see the remnants of houses buried by the 1973 volcanic eruption of Mount Eldfell and sail past UNESCO heritage-listed Surtsey Island, created by volcanic eruptions lasting 3.5 years starting in 1963
  • Witness the incredible ‘heaven and hell’ contrast in landscape at Lake Mývatn – an area said to be the most geologically active area in Iceland

Expedition Inclusions

  • One night hotel accommodation in Reykjavik on day 1
  • Transfer from the hotel to pier on day 2
  • Transfer from the pier to downtown Reykjavik or to the airport on day 11
  • On-board accommodation during voyage including daily cabin service
  • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage
  • Beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises
  • Educational lectures and guiding services from expedition team
  • Access to our onboard doctor and basic medical services
  • A 3-in-1 waterproof polar expedition jacket
  • Complimentary use of muck boots during the voyage
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • A printed photo book produced with photos from your voyage
  • Port surcharges, permits, and landing fees

Note: A $15 USD per person per day gratuity for the crew is automatically added to your onboard account. It is at your discretion if you would like to remove the tip (or increase/decrease the amount) when you settle your bill. It is not necessary to tip the expedition team members.

Expedition Exclusions

  • International or domestic flights, unless specified
  • Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Passport, visa, reciprocity fees and vaccination charges
  • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
  • Hotels and meals not included in itinerary
  • Optional excursions not included in the itinerary
  • Optional activity surcharges

Optional Activities

Sea Kayaking – AUD $1,200 per person

Exploration by sea kayak is an ideal way to surround yourself in the sights and sounds of Iceland - padding along pristine and quiet fjords and to observe wildlife in an unobtrusive manner. Paddlers will have the option to kayak as often as possible during the voyage (weather conditions permitting), or to join fellow expeditioners on shore landings. Some kayak excursions may be long in duration and on choppy water, so a reasonable level of kayaking experience is required to participate in this activity.

Photography - (free)

All voyages offer fantastic opportunities for photography and videography and on selected voyages an expert photographer will offer informal lectures filled with tips to improve your skills. Whether you’re a beginner or advanced amateur, you’ll certainly pick up some useful hints in the presentations.

Terms & Conditions

Please read our terms and conditions carefully to ensure you understand what is included in the trip cost as well as any fees that may be applicable in case you are required to cancel your trip. Although every effort will be made to adhere to the itinerary provided, please note that due to the unpredictable nature of expedition travel, changes beyond our control may occur and Aurora Expeditions reserves the right to alter the itinerary or not operate shore excursions with little or no notice when necessary.

Exclusive Bonus Offer (from Southside World Travel)

  • 10% discount on travel insurance (nib, Suresave, CHI or Covermore)

Contact us now for full itinerary, availability and up to date pricing.