Expedition Overview

Expedition Overview

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Complimentary Bar Tab and Gratuities

Book a voyage on the National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Orion, Sea Cloud, or Lord of the Glens and we will cover your bar tab on board and all tips for the crew.

Offer is for new bookings only, may not be combined with other offers, and is subject to availability. Must book by October 31, 2018. Please call for details.

  • Travel aboard the National Geographic Explorer, enjoying unparalleled access to Iceland's most remote landscapes, including offshore islands near the Arctic Circle.
  • Capture images of enchanting lava landscapes, towering waterfalls, and sea birds in flight, shooting alongside a National Geographic photographer.
  • Explore Iceland's coastal geology by Zodiac or kayak, and cruise among the icebergs of the Jökulsárlón ice lagoon in a small boat.
  • Learn from a team of naturalists while exploring geothermally active Mývatn, and take in the beauty of Goðafoss waterfall.

Itinerary

Itinerary

Experience an enchanting land of geological extremes on a circumnavigation of Iceland. Encounter vast volcanic landscapes and the world’s youngest island, walk on lava fields and ice sheets, and feel the spray of gushing hot springs and cascading waterfalls. Go birding on the Arctic Circle, kayak into fjords and serene bays, and hike along magnificent and remote stretches of the coast. Cap off the adventure with a soak in the famous Blue Lagoon.

This trip is offered in partnership with Lindblad Expeditions.

 

Days 1-2: U.S./Reykjavík, Iceland

Fly overnight to Reykjavík and take a guided tour of the old town, including the imposing and modern Hallgrímskirkja church. Learn about Norse culture at the National Museum, which features Viking treasures. Embark National Geographic Explorer.

Meals Included:Day 2 (Lunch, Dinner)
Day 3: Flatey Island/Látrabjarg

Explore Iceland’s wild western frontier, visiting Flatey Island, a trading post for many centuries. Take walks or explore by Zodiac, then sail past the soaring Látrabjarg cliffs, home to a large population of razorbills.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4: Exploring Northwestern Iceland

Get immersed in the stunning scenery of the Westfjords region. Head out on a hike to a remote waterfall, or cruise a Zodiac beneath cliff s teeming with seabirds. Enter Ísafjarðardjúp and anchor at Vigur Island, where we’ll visit an eider farm and view how the down of these ducks is processed.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5: Ísafjördur

Spend the morning in beautiful and remote Ísafjördur, hiking, exploring by Zodiac, and watching for nesting seabirds.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6: Siglufjördur and Akureyri

At Siglufjördur, once the center of Iceland’s herring industry, visit the award-winning Herring Museum for a living history reenactment and a tasting. In picturesque Akureyri, explore the old town, strolling past its beautifully maintained period houses, or visit the botanical garden.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7: Lake Mývatn and Húsavík

Begin the day with an unforgettable sight: Goðafoss, the waterfall of the gods. Next, drive to Mývatn, the most geologically active area in Iceland. See the boiling mud pools at Hverarönd; and at the Krafla geothermal area, visit the explosion crater at Viti. After lunch on shore, meet the ship in Húsavík, and watch for whales as we sail north to the land of the midnight sun. Take Zodiacs ashore to the tiny island of Grímsey on the Arctic Circle, and celebrate our official arrival in the Arctic.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8: Exploring Northeast Iceland

Iceland’s rugged east coast is an unspoiled stretch of rocky outcrops, hidden coves, and hills that beckon hikers. Today is left open to explore this beautiful landscape with our naturalists. Depending on the weather and tides, go for a Zodiac cruise to view the sea stacks near Raudanes, hike along a stretch of the Langanes Peninsula, or make our way even further down the coast.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9: Djúpivogur

Dock in Djúpivogur to explore the vast Vatnajökull ice cap. Then take small boats into the ice lagoon of Jökulsárlón, and get up close with icebergs of all shapes and sizes.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10: Westman Islands

Cruise by the Westman Islands, which are among the youngest of the world’s archipelagos. In 1973, Heimaey was threatened by lava flows that nearly closed off its harbor. Visit the island’s crater, where the earth is still hot.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11: Reykjavík /U.S.

Disembark in Reykjavík and choose to either soak in the geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon or visit the hot springs, geothermal power plant and horse farm, before your flight home.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch

Optional Extensions

Optional Extensions

  • Greenland Wilderness Adventure
Greenland Wilderness Adventure

Venture to the eastern edge of Greenland on an expedition to the wild and seldom-seen Arctic Riviera. Take in spectacular aerial views of this untamed terrain on a scenic helicopter ride to Tasiilaq. Then, using our comfortable Arctic expedition camp as a base, hike the flower-laden tundra, glide around majestic fjords and islands on Zodiac or sea kayaking excursions, and immerse yourself in local culture while mingling with the residents of remote villages.

 

Note: This extension begins on day 11 of the Circumnavigation of Iceland trip.

Day 1: Reykjavík, Iceland/Tasiilaq, Greenland

Disembark the National Geographic Explorer and transfer to Reykjavík’s domestic airport for your flight to Kulusuk, Greenland. Board a helicopter for a scenic flight to Tasiilaq, a quaint coastal town set amid Arctic wilderness. Set out on foot, exploring the bustling harbor, colorfully dotted with painted wooden houses; then make your way into the famed Valley of Flowers to experience the untamed beauty of the Arctic tundra in bloom.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:Hotel Angmagssalik
Day 2: Tasiilaq/Base Camp Greenland

Enjoy breakfast in Tasiilaq before heading north to Sermilik Fjord, the site of our wilderness campsite. Settle into your private, safari-style tent and enjoy light refreshments and relaxation time. This evening, savor gourmet cuisine prepared by the camp’s private chef and hear from one of our naturalists on the region’s remarkable natural history.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:Base Camp Greenland
Days 3-5: Sermilik Fjord

Over the next three days, explore the wilds of Sermilik Fjord and the delicate ecosystem surrounding the Greenland ice sheet. On Zodiac and sea kayaking excursions, glide through iceberg-studded waters in search of whales; or hike at the foot of rugged mountains draped by glaciers, on the lookout for birdlife—including eiders, loons, and peregrine falcons. Learn about the history and culture of the area from our expert naturalists and Greenlandic Inuit people who call this region home. At night, keep your eyes on the sky in search of neon northern lights dancing above.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily
Accommodations:Base Camp Greenland
Day 6: Base Camp Greenland/Kulusuk/Reykjavík, Iceland

This morning, enjoy one last delicious breakfast at camp before returning to Kulusuk by helicopter or boat. During the journey, keep your eyes peeled for a flotilla of icebergs or a whale pod. After arriving in Kulusuk, board a return flight to Reykjavík then transfer to the hotel. Settle in and enjoy dinner on your own this evening.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations:Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina or similar
Day 7: Reykjavík/Home

If your flight schedule allows, enjoy a soak in the geothermal waters of the famous Blue Lagoon before transferring to the airport.

Meals Included:Breakfast