Iceland Circumnavigation Cruise Shore Excursions

We proudly present our wide range of shore excursions. A cruise’s biggest advantage is the possibility of visiting many different fascinating places with a floating hotel. Look forward to unforgettable impressions of cultures, histories and sceneries. Choose between e.g. interesting coach tours and active hikes! Please note that only one shore excursion per port of call is bookable in advance. Appearing possibilities of excursion-combinations will be announced on board! Enjoy your trip!

StykkiSholmur Shore Excursions: 

Tour Highlights: Breidafjördur‘s countless islands, bird life and sea food tasting. Look forward to a bird and nature watching tour. Experience a huge variety of birds and fantastic basalt rock formations. And if you have never tasted fresh scallops straight from the sea you‘ll get the chance to do so on this tour. Walking involved: No walking involved Remarks: Taste of fresh seafood Duration: 2 hours and 15 min Min/Max: -/30 Reservation Code: ST1

Tour Highlights: An introduction to the history and geology of Iceland, visit to the Shark Museum. Due to its diversity of landscapes and places of national interests, Snaefellsnes Peninsula is often called “Iceland en miniature”. This excursion includes views on the Snaefellsjökull Glacier, the dramatic rock formations of Snaefellsnes as well as the Londrangar Rock pinnacles, which are remnants of a large volcanic crater. En route you also visit the small fishing village of Arnarstapi and the “Shark Museum” in Bjarnarhöfn. Walking involved: This tour involves walking (ca. 45 min) on a rugged terrain but it is also possible to stay in the coach Remarks: Lunch boxes from OCEAN DIAMOND. Museum entrance included Duration: 8 hours Min/Max: 20/45 Reservation Code: ST2   

Tour Highlights: Glacier tour by snow cat. By snow cat your experienced guide takes you up to 4,600 feet on Snaefellsjökull Glacier! In good weather you can enjoy a fantastic view over Hellissandur and Breidafjördur Bay. On especially clear days you can even spot the far-off Westfjords. The famous novelist Jules Verne once chose Snaefelljokull Glacier as entrance on his “Journey to the center of the Earth”. Walking involved: Involves walking on the glacier Remarks: Lunch boxes from OCEAN DIAMOND. Open vehicle, warm clothes (gloves, hat, etc.) required Duration: 6-7 hours Min/Max: 20/30 Reservation Code: ST3

Isafjordur Shore Excursions: 

Tour Highlights: Extreme sea angling, close to nature. The waters along the Westfjords are extremely rich in marine life due to special current conditions and sustainable fisheries policy. This sea angling tour allows you to benefit from these factors to catch cod, haddock and halibut of stately size. The boat tour starts in either Sudureyri or Flateyri fishing village, 25 min drive from Isafjordur, and takes you out to a sandbank off the coast. Walking involved: No walking involved Remarks: Warm clothes required. Please bring a bottle of water with you. Duration: 4 hours Min/Max: 5/10 Reservation Code: I1

Tour Highlights: A slow travel high quality nature tour. Enjoy a short trip to Vigur. This serene little island, which boasts only five inhabitants, is a perfect location to observe an array of birds in their natural surroundings including puffins, eider ducks, arctic terns and black guillemot. While on the island, you can also visit Iceland‘s only extant windmill which dates from the 19th century. The boat tour takes about 35 minutes each way.  Walking involved: This tour involves an easy walk, ca. 30 min Remarks: Light refreshments (coffee, Tee) included Min/Max: 25/35 Duration: 3 hours Reservation code: I2

Tour Highlights: Harsh landscape, driving across mountains and the magnificent Dynjandi waterfall. This tour leads to Iceland’s most sparsely populated areas. On this daytrip you will explore the Westfjords, an historic village and a magnificent waterfall. With a population of about 260 inhabitants Thingeyri is both the area‘s first trading post and one of the oldest settlements. At the end we stop at the thunderous Dynjandi, the highest and most impressive waterfall in the Westfjord region. Walking involved: 45 minutes moderate walking to the waterfall. The waterfall can also be seen from the parking place. Remarks: Lunch boxes from OCEAN DIAMOND Duration: 6-7 hours Min/Max: 20/45 ReservationCode: I3

Tour Highlights: Authentic nature experience. Enjoy kayaking between the mountains and watch birds from a different angle amid wonderful scenery. Flateyri is located a 25 min drive from Isafjordur. Walking involved: No walking involved, but generally good physical condition necessary Remarks: Warm clothes, rain pants and jacket Duration: 4 hours Min/Max: 8/20 Reservation Code: I4 

Siglufjordur  Shore Excursions:

S1 | HERRING MUSEUM Tour Highlights: The history of the Icelandic herring industry. What changed Iceland into a contemporary society that it is today? Dive into the golden age of the herring boom at the award-winning “Herring Museum”. The museum‘s five exhibits illustrate the history of the industry, the processing of the herring into meal and oil, a fish freezing plant, and a waterfront dock area where visitors can stroll past 11 different fishing vessels on display. A life herring salting demonstration with traditional songs and dances is during the summer performed by a local theater group, where the spirit of old herring plants is revived. The golden age of the herring fishery play an important role in the history of the Icelandic equal right movement. Women got more opportunities to work outside of home, side by side with men on equal basis. Walking involved: Easy walking Remarks: - Min/Max: -/Duration: Reservation Code: S1

Akureyri Shore Excursions:

a1 | SUPER JEEP TOUR OFF THE BEATEN TRACK Tour Highlights: Hidden Treasures in North Iceland. By Super Jeep you will get off the beaten track and visit hidden treasures in North Iceland. This is a 7- hour Super Jeep adventure that takes you to lesser travelled trails in the vicinity of Akureyri. The goal of this tour is to visit interesting and remote destinations, which are only accessible by 4x4-drive. Enjoy beautiful views amid breathtaking landscapes. Your local guide will provide stories of locals as well as other worth knowing facts about the region. To make the most out of your travel experience, we adapt route and destination to weather conditions. Walking involved: Easy walking Remarks: Lunch boxes from OCEAN DIAMOND Duration: 7 hours Min/Max: 10/20 Reservation Code: A1

a2 | BUS TOUR: LAKE MYVATN CLASSIC Tour Highlights: The Lake Myvatn, Godafoss Waterfall, Dimmuborgir, Myvatn Nature Baths. Enjoy one of the most beautiful spots in northern Iceland. Lake Myvatn area teems with fauna. The tour starts with a stop at the spectacular Godafoss waterfall and continues to the small settlement of Skutustadagígar. We stop also at the impressive lava formations of Dimmuborgir, said to resemble a collapsed citadel. In Icelandic folklore Dimmuborgir is said to connect the earth to the infernal regions. Towards the end of the tour we visit the Myvatn Nature Baths for a relaxing geothermal bath. Look forward to an amazing journey through an area of extreme contrasts.  Walking involved: Easy walking, longest walking time 20 min Remarks: Lunch boxes from OCEAN DIAMOND, bring a bathing suit and a towel Duration: 8 hours Min/Max: 10/Reservation code: A2

a3 | BUS TOUR: LOCAL FOOD COASTLINE Tour Highlights: Tasting, visit Icelandic brewery and fresh local food, boat trip of 2 x 20 min. Join this gourmet tasting tour of local food producers. The trip takes you along the Akureyri coastline to meet local fishermen or brewers. You also visit the fertile island of Hrisey for a taste variety of fresh products from enthusiastic local food producers. Walking involved. Easy walking Remarks: Taste of food, snacks Duration: 4,5 hours Min/Max: 10/Reservation code: A3

Husavik Shore Excursions:

hu1 | WHALE WATCHING ON RIB BOATS Tours Highlights: Whale watching by speedboat. An exciting trip by RIB boats (Rigid Inflatable Boat) to watch for the gentle giants. On this tour we will pass the puffin island Lundey before we head off to encounter some of the world‘s biggest animals.  Walking involved: approx. 0,18 miles Remarks: Safety overalls included. Warm clothes recommended. Duration: 2 hours Min/Max: 6/40 Reservation code: HU1

hu2 | BUSTOUR: DIAMOND CIRCLE Tour Highlights: Dettifoss and Jökulsargljufur Canyon National Park. A number of Iceland’s highlights are included in this excursion. The horseshoe shaped depression Asbyrgi Canyon, said to be the meeting place of the pagan gods.The Jökulsargljufur Glacial Canyon and also the echoing cliffs Hljodaklettar and the Dettifoss Waterfall, Europe‘s most powerful waterfall. The tour also takes you to the Lake Myvatn area with its large population of waterfowl.  Walking involved: Moderate walking (1,5-1,8 miles) involved on rugged terrain Remarks: Lunch boxes from OCEAN DIAMOND Duration: 7-8 hours Min/Max: 10/Reservation code: HU2

hu3 | BUSTOUR: BIRDWATCHING AND LAKE MYVATN Tour Highlights Incredible birdlife - the biggest breeding place of ducks species in Iceland. Lake Myvatn and the nearby Laxa River are home to the largest diversity of duck species worldwide. Join expert guides, visit sights and locations that the locals use to get the best glimpse of the diverse bird life of the Lake Myvatn area. Visit also Sigurgeirs Bird Museum, located on a farm beside Lake Myvatn. Walking involved: Moderate, short walks on a rugged terrain Remarks: Lunch boxes from OCEAN DIAMOND Duration: 7-8 hours Min/Max: 10/Reservation code: HU3

Seydisfjordur Shore Excursions:

Sf1 | HUSEY – HORSEBACKRIDING Tour Highlights: Icelandic horse tour. The history of the Icelandic horse reaches back to the 9th century. This small sized horse is considered to be intelligent, well-tempered and versatile. The farm Husey is located between two glacial rivers, 37 miles north of Egilsstadir. The 2-hour-horseback tour offers a wonderful way to appreciate the beauty of the coast and the nearby mountains. This tour provides also endless opportunities for spotting birds and seals. Walking involved: Easy walking Remarks: Lunch boxes from OCEAN DIAMOND, Max weight 220 lbs Duration: 6 hours Min/Max: 10/16 Reservation Code: SF1

Sf2 | BUSTOUR: SKALANES NATURE RESERVE Tour Highlights. Remote Nature Reserve and a Technological Museum. This tour is a unique opportunity to get to know one of Iceland’s most remote places that even few Icelanders have visited so far. The tour begins with a drive to the archaeological interesting site of Thorarinsstadirm. Here we’ll take a look at an excavation site with relicts of the Viking era, before the tour continues along the fjord surrounded by high mountains. The nature and heritage center of Skalanes covers 1250 hectares. The center aims to create a site where Icelandic environment and cultural history can be researched and interpreted whilst maintaining a model for sustainable tourism. The area is a habitat for approx. 50 different bird species during summer time. Also Eider ducks nest a colony on site. A 45-minutes-hike will be carried out to the 1920 feet high sea cliffs. Before heading back to the town of Seydisfjordur we’ll enjoy some local refreshments at Skalanes House. In Seydisfjordur, we plan a 30-minutes-visit to the technological museum. Walking involved: 45 min of moderate walking on uneven paths Remarks: Refreshment at Skalanes House. Entrance to museum included Duration: 4 hours Min/Max: 25/39 Reservation code: SF2

Sf3 | BUS TOUR: EAST FJORDS – MINERAL AND WARTIME HISTORY Tour Highlights: Narrow fjords, Mineral Collection, Wartime Museum. Narrow fjords, jagged mountain peaks, remote farms and small fishing villages are some of East Iceland’s characteristics. This coach tour takes you from Seydisfjordur to the inland and via the mountain road Breiddalsheidi further to Stodvarfjordur. There we‘ll visit Petra‘s impressive “Stone and Mineral Collection”. Walk through her remarkable garden and see amazing stones, which she has collected throughout her life. From Stödvarfjordur we head to Reydarfjordur and visit the Wartime Museum. The museum is located by the barracks that were a part of a big hospital camp and shows Icelandic life in the 1940’s, the high point of the World War II. The museum’s exhibitions give a full account of days gone by, both from the perspective of the soldiers as well as the habitants of Reydarfjördur village. Walking involved: Easy walking Remarks: Lunch boxes from OCEAN DIAMOND. Entrance to both museums included Duration: 7 hours Min/Max: 20/45 Reservation code: SF3

Djupivogur Shore Excursions:

d1 | BUS TOUR: GLACIER LAGOON/JOKULSARLON Tour Highlights. Vatnajokull’s glacial tongues, boat tour on the Glacier Lagoon (Amphibian Boat). This tour from Djupivogur takes you to the magnificent Glacier Lagoon of Jokulsarlon. Huge blocks of ice constantly break off the glacier, Breidamerkurjokull, and large icebergs float on the lagoon. The lagoon is not very wide but it is up to 750 feet deep which makes it the deepest lake in Iceland. Breidamerkurjokull is an outlet of the Vatnajokull glacier. Sail among the huge icebergs in the picturesque scenery of Jokulsarlon with a specially equipped boat. Walking involved: Easy walking Remarks: Lunch boxes from OCEAN DIAMOND Duration: 9-10 hours Min/Max: 20/45 Reservation code: D1

d2 | VATNAJOKULL GLACIER – SNOWMOBILE TOUR Tour Highlights: 4x4 Super jeeps, snowmobile tour. This tour start as a coach tour from Djupivogur before a specially equipped 4x4 vehicle will take you up to Vatnajokull - Europe‘s largest glacier. The peak offers stunning views over glacier, mountain valleys and the Ocean. Several film sequences have been shot on this glacier including the opening sequence in James Bond movie “A View to a Kill”. In 2011, it was used as a location for the hugely popular HBO series Game of Thrones. On the glacier you will enjoy 1 hour snowmobile tour (2 persons per scooter). The tour includes a lunch at the lobster restaurant Humarhofnin in Hofn.  Walking involved: Easy to moderate on the glacier. The snowmobile tour requires generally good physical condition. Remarks: Warm clothes necessary. 2 persons per snowmobile for 1 hour. Safety helmets and overalls for the snowmobiles will be provided. Lunch is served at the lobster restaurant “Humarhofnin” in Hofn. Duration: 9-10 hours Min/Max: 10/20 Reservation code: D2

d3 | ADVENTUROUS SUPER JEEP TOUR Tour Highlights: Super jeep tour and challenging hiking. Enjoy a Super Jeep drive from Djupivogur towards Illikambur/Evelridge in Lonsoraefi close to Europe’s biggest glacier. From Illikambur it is a 2 hour walk to Mulaskali and back to the jeep. On the jeep tour we will cross glacier rivers and drive through spectacular mountain sceneries.  Walking involved: Challenging hiking for 2 hours Remarks: Lunch boxes from OCEAN DIAMOND and light refreshments Duration: 5-6 hours Min/Max: 4/6 Reservation code: D3

d4 | BUS TOUR: HISTORY TOUR FROM DJUPIVOGUR Tour Highlights: Nature of Djupivogur and the zeolite cliffs at Teigarhorn nature reserve. This excursion leads through the vicinity of Djupivogur. The tour therefore includes the beautiful Breiddalur Valley as well as the mountain road Öxi, the artwork “the Eggs” in Gledivik, the impressive rock formation of Rakkaberg and the waterfalls in Fossar Valley. We will also visit the Teigarhorn nature reserve with renowned zeolites cliffs. Refreshments will be served in Berunes. Walking involved: Easy walking Remarks: Refreshment at Berunes hostel. Duration: 5-6 hours Min/Max: 10/18 Reservation code: D4 

Vestmannaeyjar Shore Excursions:

v1 | BUS TOUR: POMPEII OF THE NORTH Tour Highlights: A geologically and historically interesting bus tour, visit of the Volcanic Museum. This guided bus tour around Heimaey Island includes the volcanic crater and houses half-buried from the volcanic eruption of 1973. It‘s a unique and fascinating landscape with diverse birdlife.The tour ends at the volcanic center. This unique museum tells the story of the Heimaey volcanic eruption in 1973, the Surtsey Island in 1963 and the geology of the Vestmannaeyjar Islands.  Walking involved: Easy walking Remarks: Entrance to the Volcanic Museum included Duration: Approx. 2 hours Min/Max: 10/45 Reservation Code: V1

v2 | GOLF IN THE VOLCANO Tour Highlights: Golf course inside the Volcano. Grab the chance to play a memorable round of golf (ca. 4,5 hour) on the famous Vestmannaeyjar islands golf course, which is located beside the sea in a sunken volcanic crater. You will be stunned by the panoramic views over the rugged coast and the volcanic landscape while playing 18 holes. The course is ranked by Golf Digest as one of the best 200 courses in Europe. Walking involved: Easy walking Remarks: Course fee and equipment included. Golf balls not included (price approx. 5 USD a piece) Duration: 6 hours Min/Max: 4/20 Reservation Code: V2

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