PER PERSON :
EARLY BOOKING RATES (till 02.27.2018)
$ 1,915.00 (triple cabin T)
$ 2,360.00 (outside with porthole P)
$ 2,765.00 (outside obstructed view O)
$ 3,110.00 (outside panorama window D)
$ 3,795.00 (suite B)
$ 4,400.00 (balcony suite A)
$ 2,090.00 (triple cabin T)
$ 2,625.00 (outside porthole P)
$ 3,130.00 (outside obstructed view O)
$ 3,560.00 (outside panorama window D)
$ 4,425.00 (suite B)
$ 5,180.00 (balcony suite A)
Great possibility to see Northern Lights and Whales on this special once-a-year combination of Iceland Land Tour and Iceland Fjord Cruise where you can get to know the Land of Fire and Ice both on land and at sea! This is a special time of the year when summer surrenders to autumn colors and Northern Lights. In addition to all natural wonders of the land tour you will have a great opportunity to explore marine world around Iceland. Lots of different whale species spend September along the shores of Northern Iceland. The chance to see “the giants of the sea” during the voyage is therefore very high.
We offer various shore excursions and our lecturers on board will present interesting topics on the Northern Lights and whales. Once OCEAN DIAMOND has reached the harbor of Akureyri you can look forward to an exciting bus tour through the highlands of Iceland back to Reykjavik.
Transfer to the old harbor close to the city center where the OCEAN DIAMOND awaits you. The ship leaves the port of Reykjavik at 8 p.m. Tonight you may have the first chance to see Northern Lights.
In the morning the OCEAN DIAMOND reaches the small village of Stykkisholmur, the starting point for our explorations of the Snaefellsnes peninsula. Snaefellsnes is also known as “Iceland in miniature” since this region contains nearly all different kind of Icelandic scenery. In the evening the OCEAN DIAMOND leaves Stykkisholmur for the direction of the Westfjords. And again dark clear sky might offer great opportunities for the Northern Lights.
Today‘s destination is the idyllic town of Isafjordur, capital of the Westfjords region. This secluded peninsula is connected to the rest of Iceland by only a narrow strip of land. Even by Icelandic standards, the area can be described as unusually isolated. The landscape is characterized by mesas and dramatic fjords that cut deep into the landscape.
In the early morning hours we steam into Skjalfandi Bay and Husavik. After disembarkation we explore the natural beauty of the Lake Myvatn area, including the peculiar lava formations at Dimmuborgir and the pseudo craters at Skutustadir. The pseudo craters were formed by gas explosions when boiling lava flowed over the wetlands. Last but not least we visit Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall, in the northern part of Vatnajokull National Park. Lunch will be provided on the way.
Dinner and overnight in the Husavik area.
Husavik is often called the “Whale watching capital” of Iceland, the town’s offshore waters are home to 15 different whale species, as well as dolphins. Watching these graceful ocean giants in their Arctic habitat is an unforgettable experience. An exciting trip with RIB boats (Rigid Inflatable Boat) to search for the gentle giants awaits you. On our way to Akureyri we visit the impressive Godafoss, “the waterfall of the Gods”. In the year 1000, the Icelandic parliament (Althing) decided to give up their pagan religion in favor of Christianity. The story goes that the idols of the ancient Nordic religion (godars) were then thrown from the top of the waterfall (foss). The cascade retains its name, Godafoss in memory of this event. Lunch will be provided on the way.
Dinner and overnight in West Iceland.
On our way back to Reykjavik we pass Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in the world. A stop will be made to admire the beautiful Hraunfossar waterfalls, before continuing to Thingvellir National Park, the ancient site of the world’s first parliament. Our journey ends after a city tour in Reykjavik. Lunch will be provided the way.
Overnight in Reykjavik.
All routes and excursions are provisional and subject to change.
All Zodiac excursions are weather dependent.