Iceland Circumnavigation | 11 days
Remote and volcanic, Iceland has other-worldly landscapes, fascinating culture and history and friendly people. Mostly uninhabited, its terrain consists largely of plateaux, mountain peaks, and fertile lowlands characterised by volcanoes, thundering waterfalls, geysers, geothermal hot springs, black sand beaches, bubbling mud pools and lava fields.
We’ll spot whales in Húsavik and kayak, hike and birdwatch in the remote and pristine Westfjords. In Vatnajökull National Park you’ll see Europe’s largest glacier, glacial lagoons, black sand beaches and colourful mountains, diverse birdlife, reindeer and seals. On Heimay in the Westman Islands, we see the remnants of houses buried by the 1973 volcanic eruption of Mount Eldfell. The area around Lake Mývatn is said to be the most geologically active in Iceland. This itinerary makes a number of shore excursions inland by coach. Adventures include kayaking, hiking and birdwatching.
When: 1 - 11 August 2022
Guide price: £6,690 per person based on twin cabin (private facilities) with early booking offer (limited time)
Options: Join Ocean Endeavour for her Iceland Circumnavigation in July 2023. Ask for details.
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
“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)