Expedition Overview

Expedition Overview


Complimentary Bar Tab and Gratuities

Book a voyage on the National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Orion, National Geographic Endurance, 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 December 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.



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 Reykjavik, the world’s northernmost capital. On a walking tour of the old town, step into the Hallgrimskirkja, a church whose steeple soars to 210 feet, making it the highest building in Iceland. Learn about Norse culture at the National Museum, and browse a collection of Viking treasures and artifacts, and unusual whalebone carvings.

Meals Included:Day 2 (Lunch, Dinner)

Embark the National Geographic Explorer.

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, the westernmost point of Iceland and 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 in a Zodiac beneath cliffs teeming with seabirds. Enter Ísafjarðardjúp and anchor at Vigur Island, where we’ll visit an eider farm to see how duck down is processed.

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

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

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

At Siglufjörður, once the center of Iceland’s herring industry, visit the award-winning Herring Museum for a living history reenactment and a tasting. Continue to Akureyri, Iceland’s second largest city—with a population of just under 18,000. Stroll through the old town or visit the botanical garden.

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

Drive to Mývatn, the most geologically active area in Iceland. See the boiling mud pools at Hverarönd; and in the Krafla geothermal area, visit the crater at Viti, and continue to Goðafoss waterfall, the waterfall of the gods. 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 sail 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 to icebergs of all shapes and sizes. Sail to Papey Island to see nesting guillemots and other seabirds, and visit the oldest wooden church in Iceland.

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

The Westman Islands were formed by undersea volcanoes between 5,000 and 10,000 years ago and are among the youngest of the world’s archipelagos. In 1973, the isle of Heimaey was threatened by lava flows that nearly closed off its harbor. Visit the crater, where the earth is still hot, and take in amazing views of landscapes that were engulfed by lava. Catch sight of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Surtsey, a new island formed by a series of volcanic eruptions in the 1960s.

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 a geothermal power plant and horse farm before your flight home.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch