Our optional “Air & Ground” - package provides a convenient arrival. Use your leisure time in Reykjavik to discover the unique charm of the world’s northernmost capital and book one ouf our pre-programs. Or explore the sights of south and west Iceland on a self-drive road trip. The OCEAN DIAMOND docks in Old Reykjavik Harbor in the heart of the city, a five-minute stroll from the main squares, shopping and dining. The ship departs in the evening. Tonight you may already have a first opportunity to see the Northern Lights!
Cruise details - Northern Lights and Whales
Get to know the island of “fire and ice” in autumn on this special journey that gives the opportunity to witness Northern Lights and different species of whales. Look forward to a 3-day-cruise with shore excursions and interesting lectures, before an exciting bus tour along the Northwest coast and back to Reykjavik follows.
This voyage is also possible in reverse order (Tour 2).
From USD 1,915 p.p. (triple occupancy) / USD 2,360 p.p. (double occupancy)
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- Included on ship: Accommodation in booked cabin category
- All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
- Coffee, tea and water
- Zodiac excursions (weather-dependent)
- Icelandic/English speaking guide
- All presentations from cruise staff and guest speakers
- Onboard entertainment program
- Iceland ProCruises Windjacket
- Included on bus tour: 3 nights in a typical hotel room with shower/toilet
- 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
- Icelandic/English speaking guide
- Whale Watching on RIB boat
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Day 1 Reykjavik
Day 2 Stykkisholmur
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.
Day 3 Isafjördur
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.
Day 4 Husavik/Myvatn
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.
Day 5 Akureyri/West Iceland
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.
Day 6 Reykjavik
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.
Day 7 Reykjavik
Explore the sights of south and west Iceland on a self-drive road trip. You can also simply hang out in Reykjavik, a perfect city for those who want to refresh their spirit in a place that combines invigorating outdoor activities, great food and world-class entertainment. More post-cruise programs can be found here. Our optional “Air & Ground” - package provides a convenient arrival and departure.
All routes and excursions are provisional and subject to change.
All Zodiac excursions are weather dependent.