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Iceland Luxury Expedition Cruise Round-trip from Reykjavik with Silversea Cruises

Explore Iceland on this luxury expedition cruise, round-trip from Reykjavik, including airfare from Vancouver. This all-inclusive vacation includes exciting shore excursions such as observing Arctic foxes and avalanches, hiking in Skálavík Valley and Mt. Bolafjall, exploring waterfalls, and visiting the Glacier Lagoon. You will also visit beautiful destinations like Seydisfjordur, Djupivogur, Klaksvik, and the Faroe Islands. There has been a lot of interest in Iceland lately, and this is the perfect cruise to explore the country.
SHIP: Silver Wind

Iceland Luxury Expedition Cruise Round-trip from Reykjavik with Silversea Cruises

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DEPARTURE DATE: August 1, 2024
Countries Visited: Iceland
Departure Port:Reykjavik, Iceland

OVERVIEW

Iceland is exactly what comes to mind when thinking of remote and remarkable destinations, just the way we like it! This region is rife with natural wonder, rich history and a warm and welcoming culture. Join our expedition team to explore some of the region's most amazing spots using zodiacs to access remote beaches and landing sites. Keep a look out for a diversity of birds, land and marine animals, not forgetting the beautiful botany.

Travel Dates & Pricing

TRAVEL DATEPRICETYPE
August 1, 2024From $11,500 CAD - ALL-INCLUSIVE FARE DOOR TO DOORPer Person

What's Included

  • Included Private Executive Transfers - Private chauffeur driven transport from home to airport and back again (applicable for distance up to 80 km)
  • Roundtrip Airfare from Vancouver
  • 10 night cruise from Reykjavik
  • Included Shore Excursions
  • Included Food & Beverages - Choice of restaurants, diverse cuisine, open-seating dining. Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship, including champagne, selected wines and spirits
  • Included Personalised Service - Butler service in every suite and In-suite dining and room service
  • Unlimited Free Wifi
  • Onboard entertainment
  • Onboard gratuities
  • Taxes and port charges

Itinerary

DAYDATEPLACE
1Thu Aug 1Reykjavik ICELAND
2Fri Aug 2Stykkisholmur, ICELAND
2Fri Aug 2Flatey Island, ICELAND
3Sat Aug 3Vigur Island, ICELAND
3Sat Aug 3Bolungarvik, ICELAND
4Sun Aug 4Husavik, ICELAND
5Mon Aug 5Seydisfjordur, ICELAND
6Tue Aug 6Djupivogur, ICELAND
7Wed Aug 7Klaksvik, FAROE ISLANDS
8Thu Aug 8 Day at Sea
9Fri Aug 9Vestmannaeyjar, ICELAND
9Fri Aug 9Cruise Surtsey, ICELAND
10Sat Aug 10Thorklakshofn, ICELAND
11Sun Aug 11Reykjavik, ICELAND

Day 1 – Reykjavik, ICELAND

The capital of Iceland’s land of ice, fire and natural wonder, Reykjavik is a city like no other – blossoming among some of the world’s most vibrant and violent scenery. Home to two-thirds of Iceland’s population, Reykjavik is the island’s only real city, and a welcoming and walkable place – full of bicycles gliding along boulevards or battling the wind when it rears up. Fresh licks of paint brighten the streets, and an artistic and creative atmosphere embraces studios and galleries – as well as the kitchens where an exciting culinary scene is burgeoning. Plot your adventures in the city’s hip bars and cosy cafes, or waste no time in venturing out to Iceland’s outdoor adventures. Reykjavik’s buildings stand together – below the whip of winter’s winds – together with the magnificent Hallgrímskirkja church, with its bell tower rising resolutely over the city. Iceland’s largest church’s design echoes the lava flows that have shaped this remote land and boasts a clean and elegant interior. The Harpa Concert Hall’s sheer glass facade helps it to assimilate into the landscape, mirroring back the city and harbour. Its LED lights shimmer in honour of Iceland’s greatest illuminated performance – the northern lights. Walk in the crusts between continents, feel the spray from bursts of geysers and witness the enduring power of Iceland’s massive waterfalls. Whether you want to sizzle away in the earth-heated geothermal pools, or hike to your heart’s content, you can do it all from Reykjavik – the colourful capital of this astonishing outdoor country.

Day 2- Stykkisholmur, ICELAND

Stykkishólmur, located in western Iceland at the northern end of the Snæfellsnes peninsula, is the commerce center for the area. Its natural harbor allowed this town to become an important trading center early in Iceland’s history. The first trading post was established in the 1550s, and still today fishing is the major industry. The town center boasts beautiful and well-preserved old houses from earlier times. Stykkisholmur is very environmentally conscious – it was the first community in Europe to get the EarthCheck environmental certification, was the first municipality in Iceland to start fully sorting its waste, and was the first town in Iceland to receive the prestigious Blue flag eco-label for its harbor. It has also been a European Destination of Excellence (EDEN), since 2011.

4 Included Shore Excursions

Taste of the Ocean – Boat Adventure around Breiðafjörður Bay
ACTIVITY LEVEL
Moderate

Stykkishólmur Town Walk
ACTIVITY LEVEL
Moderate

Hiking in the Berserk Lava Fields
ACTIVITY LEVEL
Extensive

Bjarnarhöfn Shark Farm and Helgafell
ACTIVITY LEVEL
Moderate

Day 2 – Flatey Island, ICELAND

Flatey is the ‘flat island’ just as the name sounds. These days Flatey is mainly seasonally populated with many brightly painted, wooden summer cottages to be found here. Like many other small islands around Iceland though, Flatey was once a hub for fishing and trade. This particular island prospered so much that it was the center of commercial and cultural life in the 19th century for this part of Iceland. Thanks to the surroundiung nutrient-rich waters 35 species of birds have been counted on Flatey ranging from Eider Ducks and Atlantic Puffins, to Arctic Terns, Red-necked Phalaropes, Ringed Plover and Snow Buntings.

1 Included Shore Excursion

Flatey Island Walking Exploration
ACTIVITY LEVEL
Moderate

Day 3 – Vigur Island, ICELAND

Vigur Island is the second largest island in the Isafjardardjup Fjord, measuring 2 kilometers in length by 400 meters in width. It is home to a single sheep farming family, which ferries the sheep in summer across to the mainland, so that the Eider Ducks nesting on the island will not be disturbed. One of the export articles from this small island was eider down and one can still see where the Eider Ducks nest and how the down is collected and cleaned. The small settlement of a few houses is on the southern side, next to a small rocky beach, a concrete wall and floating pier. On approach grey seals can often be seen on the otherwise seaweed-covered boulders. Apart from the grey of the basalt and green of the grass, lichens add a splash of color. A path has been prepared and the grass cut, so that visitors can leisurely walk across the island to take in the beautiful scenery and to observe the large colony of Arctic Terns, Black Guillemots and Atlantic Puffins usually only seen during the summer months. A meticulously preserved historical landmark, a small windmill dating back to the 1840s was still in use in 1917 to grind wheat imported from Denmark. Viktoria House, one of the preserved wooden farm houses dating back to 1862, is used as a café where home-baked cakes and cookies are offered to guests. One of Europe’s smallest post offices can be found here, too.

Day 3 – Bolungarvik, ICELAND

Although the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve is further north across the Isarfjardardjup, Bolungarvik is Westfjords’ and Iceland’s northernmost town. Despite its relative isolation, Bolungarvik has been settled for hundreds of years and is already mentioned in the settlement period of Iceland. Located next to rich fishing grounds and the cove of the same name, Bolungarvik has always been a place for fishermen and one of the town’s attractions is a replica of an old fishing station. Just to the northwest is Bolafjall Mountain which blocks off the wind and swell from the Atlantic Ocean. The view from the top (at 638 meters above sea level) not only covers Bolungarvik and the surrounding valleys and mountains, but several fjords and the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve. Although only 950 residents call Bolungarvik their home, this is the Westfjords’ second largest town. There even is a nine hole golf course (par 71) with 18 sets of tees.

5 Included Shore Excursions

Arctic Foxes & Avalanches
ACTIVITY LEVEL

Life & Culture
ACTIVITY LEVEL

VIEW
Biking in Bolungarvík
ACTIVITY LEVEL
Physically fit

Skálavík Valley & Mt Bolafjall
ACTIVITY LEVEL
Extensive

Valagil Hike
ACTIVITY LEVEL
Extensive

Day 4 – Husavik, ICELAND

There’s simply nowhere better than Husavilk – the European capital of whale watching – for getting up close and personal with the majestic giants of the ocean. Feel the awe as whales breach the waves around you, before gulping in air and plunging away with almighty tale flicks. Pretty Husavik is framed by the majestic Húsavíkurfjall mountain, which swells up behind, creating a stunning backdrop for the town’s tiny wooden warehouses, cherry red houses and undulating fishing ships. The little wooden church has been a beacon of light, guiding tired fishermen back to the shores of Iceland’s oldest settlement, since 1907. Let the wind rip through your hair and the sea speckle your face, as you ride waves out among the region’s almighty marine creatures, who throw their weight around so spectacularly. Sail among gentle giants in Shaky Bay, spotting humpbacks, minke whales and the world’s biggest – blue whales. You may also see teams of smaller white-beaked dolphins skipping across the waves, displaying the full range of acrobatic skills. The town’s whale museum is an interesting journey through Iceland’s relationship with the sea giants, while its restaurants serve up local specialities – taste juicy reindeer burger and plokkfiskur, a buttery mash of local fish. Hikes into the surrounding countryside can take you up around Lake Botnsvatn, to views down from the slopes of the Húsavíkurfjall – where purple spired lupin flowers spill down amongst the emerald slopes. From the summit, look out over views of the bay, reaching out to the crumpled snowy peaks beyond. Or feel the full force of this land of natural power, at Dettifloss Waterfall, one of Europe’s most powerful, thrashing flumes.

Day 5 – Seydisfjordur, ICELAND

A world of tumbling waterfalls and colourful creativity, Seydisfjordur is Iceland at its most epic and eccentric. A spectacular fjord lends the town its name, and the structures are dwarfed by this majestic setting, as they huddle around its glassy waters. Sail around the fjord, head out on a kayak amid the scenery, or venture to meet Puffins and other nesting birds settled on sharp cliffs. Encounter sea lions, or try some fishing as you immerse yourself in this highlight of the wild and wonderful Eastfjords. Herring fishing sustained this settlement founded by Norwegians in 1848, leading to a town of colourful wooden buildings, which gleam white against the moody scenery’s palette, providing a spirit-lifting splash of colour during the harsh winter months. A rainbow pathway leads to a pretty, pastel-blue church and there’s more local art and culture to unravel at Skaftfell, which displays bright and bold contemporary art. Its bistro also serves up a perfect caffeine hit and refreshments. Waiting on the open jaws of the Seydisfjordur, this is a gloriously picturesque town, and the steep fjord banks reflect beautifully on the smooth waters below. The snow-capped Bjólfur mountain stands above the town and invites you to crunch along hiking trails amid untouched nature – rewarding with mesmerising views across the fjord and town below. These hills can literally sing thanks to a unique sculpture – which resonates with a traditional five-tone harmony. The remote and gorgeous Skalanes Nature reserve is a major draw, with 47 bird species resting on its dramatic bird cliff, along with countless plant varieties.

3 Included Shore Excursions

Chasing Waterfalls
ACTIVITY LEVEL
Physically fit

Skálanes Nature Reserve
ACTIVITY LEVEL
Moderate

Hike to Hengifoss Waterfall
ACTIVITY LEVEL
Extensive

Day 6 – Djupivogur, ICELAND

Slow the pace and discover the refreshing approach to life that Djupivogur has made its trademark. You can leave your phone behind as you step out into this Icelandic town, which has won awards celebrating its leisurely outlook and stubborn rebellion against the frenetic pace of modern life. After all, who needs emails and notifications when you have some of the most humbling monochrome scenery and gashed fjords, waiting on your doorstep? Sitting on a peninsula to the south-east of Iceland, the glacial approach to life here wins many hearts. A place where hammers knock on metal in workshops, artists ladle paint onto canvases, and where you might spot a few Icelandic horses roaming across mountains, Djupivogur is an uninhibited artistic hub – full of makers and creatives. The most expansive project is the 34 egg sculptures that dot the coastline, created by the Icelandic artist, Sigurður Guðmundsson. Each egg represents a different native bird species. Fishing remains the primary industry, and you can savour the soft fruits of the labour in restaurants serving up smoked trout and fish soup within their cosy confines. Wander the surrounding landscapes, where snow-freckled mountains rise, and lazy seals lie on dark rock beaches, to feel Djupivogur’s natural inspiration seeping under your skin. Alive with greens and golds in summer, further ventures reveal glaciers and the sprawling waterfalls of Vatnajökull National Park. The cliff-hugging puffins of Papey Island are a must see, while Bulandstindur Mountain’s pyramid shape is a stand out even among these fairy-tale landscapes.

6 Included Shore Excursions

Glacier Lagoon
ACTIVITY LEVEL
Extensive

Rural East Iceland
ACTIVITY LEVEL
Extensive

Djúpivogur Super Jeep – Canyons and Valleys on 4×4
ACTIVITY LEVEL
Moderate

Hálsar Hike
ACTIVITY LEVEL
Physically fit

Nature Walk and Black Beaches
ACTIVITY LEVEL
Extensive

Culture Walk
ACTIVITY LEVEL
Moderate

Day 7 – Klaksvik, FAROE ISLANDS

Featuring rich hiking dramatic boat journeys and fascinating heritage Klaksvik opens up the Northern Isles’ slender fingers of scenic land for your exploration. Klaksvik is the second largest of the Faroe Islands’ towns and this scenic fishing capital is set amongst a dramatic valley overlooking the conical protrusion of Kunoy island – the Faroe’s highest peak. This is a town full of stories. Viking-era history and breathtaking natural scenery entice visitors to Klaksvik making it the perfect base for further explorations of these wild and remote fantasy islands. Pretty Christianskirkjan church was constructed from local materials and rises as a modern elegant church inspired by old Norse architecture. Dating back to 1963 it’s elegantly lit and full of detail. Look up to see the suspended wooden boat which survives from 1890 and was used by the sea-faring local priest to visit the surrounding communities. The boat is now dedicated to those lost at sea having survived a storm in 1913. The granite font alone has 4 000 years’ worth of history. These islands may be remote but they are teeming with birdlife. Sail out to the sheer cliff faces where adorable puffins and kittiwakes breed. Gorgeous hikes will take you across scenic mountain passes through historic hamlets and high up above stunning viewpoints like the one waiting at Hálsur. Or climb on a bike to feel the wind in your hair as you explore at your own pace along paths roaming through fertile green valleys.
2 Included Shore Excursions
Faroe Islands Natural Wonders
ACTIVITY LEVEL
Moderate

Faroese Heritage and Farm Life
ACTIVITY LEVEL
Moderate

Day 8 – Day at Sea

Day 9 – Vestmannaeyjar, ICELAND

The name Vestmannaeyjar refers to both a town and an archipelago off the south coast of Iceland. The largest Vestmannaeyjar island is called Heimaey. It is the only inhabited island in the group and is home to over 4000 people. The eruption of the Eldfell Volcano put Vestmannaeyjar into the international lime light in 1973. The volcano’s eruption destroyed many buildings and forced an evacuation of the residents to mainland Iceland. The lava flow was stopped in its tracks by the application of billions of liters of cold sea water. Since the eruption, life on the small island outpost has returned to the natural ebb and flow of a small coastal fishing community on the edge of the chilly and wild North Atlantic.

5 Included Shore Excursions

Heimaey Exploration with Eldheimar Museum
ACTIVITY LEVEL
Minimal

Volcanic Hike
ACTIVITY LEVEL
Moderate

Boat Navigation of Heimaey
ACTIVITY LEVEL
Moderate

Rib Safari of Heimaey
ACTIVITY LEVEL
Moderate

Volcano ATV Experience
ACTIVITY LEVEL
Extensive

Day 9 – Cruise Surtsey, ICELAND

On 14 November 1963, a trawler passing the southernmost point of Iceland spotted a column of smoke rising from the sea. Expecting to find a burning boat they were surprised to find instead, explosive volcanic eruptions. They were witnessing the birth of a new island. Columns of ash reached heights of almost 30,000 feet in the sky and could be seen on clear days as far away as Reykjavík. The eruptions continued for three and a half years, ending in June 1967. Once formed, Surtsey was 492 feet above sea level and covered an area of almost 2 square miles. The island was named after the Norse fire god Surtur. It is a perfect scientific study area used to understand the colonization process of new land by plant and animal life.

Day 10 – Thorklakshofn, ICELAND

Thorklakshofn is a small fishing port located on the Reykjanes Peninsula, one of the few viable harbours on the south coast of Iceland. The small community is proud of its rich heritage and traditional fishing industry, which has been the lifeblood of the town for generations. Feel this connection to Iceland’s sea faring past, by walking out to the Hafnarnes lighthouse, easily accessible, on the outskirts of town. It’s one of over 100 dotted around the Icelandic coasts. On the way, keep an eye out for sculptures of Viking boats, inspired by an ancient Icelandic legend. The scenery is one of dramatic beauty, black volcanic sand beaches stretch as far as the eye can see. ATV tours are a popular activity, an opportunity to drive across the volcanic sands and explore further afield. The local coast with its impressive waves, offers absolute superb surfing conditions for all abilities. In the land of fire and ice why not take a tour of the nearby lava tunnel, Raufarhólshellir, one of the longest in Iceland. It’s an amazing opportunity to walk where lava flowed some 5200 years ago. Back on the surface, look to the night sky, Thorklakshofn’s a popular place to admire the northern lights.

Day 11 – Reykjavik, ICELAND

The capital of Iceland’s land of ice, fire and natural wonder, Reykjavik is a city like no other – blossoming among some of the world’s most vibrant and violent scenery. Home to two-thirds of Iceland’s population, Reykjavik is the island’s only real city, and a welcoming and walkable place – full of bicycles gliding along boulevards or battling the wind when it rears up. Fresh licks of paint brighten the streets, and an artistic and creative atmosphere embraces studios and galleries – as well as the kitchens where an exciting culinary scene is burgeoning. Plot your adventures in the city’s hip bars and cosy cafes, or waste no time in venturing out to Iceland’s outdoor adventures. Reykjavik’s buildings stand together – below the whip of winter’s winds – together with the magnificent Hallgrímskirkja church, with its bell tower rising resolutely over the city. Iceland’s largest church’s design echoes the lava flows that have shaped this remote land and boasts a clean and elegant interior. The Harpa Concert Hall’s sheer glass facade helps it to assimilate into the landscape, mirroring back the city and harbour. Its LED lights shimmer in honour of Iceland’s greatest illuminated performance – the northern lights. Walk in the crusts between continents, feel the spray from bursts of geysers and witness the enduring power of Iceland’s massive waterfalls. Whether you want to sizzle away in the earth-heated geothermal pools, or hike to your heart’s content, you can do it all from Reykjavik – the colourful capital of this astonishing outdoor country.

A major upgrade in December 2018 saw Silver Wind looking better than ever. A second refurbishment in November 2021 saw her benefitting from a strengthened ice-class hull and made her one of the most adaptable ships in our fleet. Still timelessly elegant, still luxuriously relaxed, Silver Wind’s improved cruising versatility means she can whizz from Polar Regions to iconic ports with fluid ease. Whether you want to get up close and personal to penguins in Antarctica or laze on the golden sands of the Caribbean, get ready for a wealth of diverse destination experiences aboard Silver Wind.

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