Iceland circumnavigation | 11 days
Explore a mystical land shaped by fire and ice - the ancient Viking stronghold of Iceland. Here, at the edge of the Arctic Circle, you will marvel at the island’s geological wonders and learn about its extraordinary history and culture – in both small fishing communities and the ancient and modern capital, Reykjavík, one of the cleanest and greenest cities in the world.
First settled in 874 AD, Iceland today is the most sparsely populated country in Europe, and possibly the most dramatic. Volcanically and geologically active, it is famed for its awe-inspiring lava fields, mountains, glaciers and glacial rivers. Bird colonies number up to a million strong, traditional fishing villages date back more than 800 years and, to cap it all there’s the chance of watching for whales in the rich, productive waters of Húsavík.
When: 4-14 July 2019
Guide price:£7,485 per person based on twin cabin (private facilities)
Fiona’s travel tipsWHAT TO WEAR: Good walking and waterproof shoes are a must. In summer, light clothing is often all you need - but be prepared for both cold and wet weather at all times of year. You can swim year-round in countless geothermal pools and lagoons with a typical temperature of 25-28°C, so a bathing suit is a must, whenever you visit!
“Once I got north of the Baldur Ferry it was more like Scotland. My hire car was excellent and the weather was kind – a cool wind but sunshine. In the Westfjords, the Fisherman Hotel at Suoureyri is lovely as is the Breidavik.”Martin Dawson, Iceland and Greenland, June 2017
“I had a splendid holiday, I liked the Polar Star very much. Nansen Fjord was superb, at last we had sunshine. That night there was a good display of the aurora, the first time I had seen it. I had never been to the Westmann Islands and I found the harbour at Heimaey delightful. The arrangements you made for me were very good and I recommend Arcturus to all.”
Elizabeth Lonkhurst, Steam to Ice (Polar Star)