Iceland: The Land of Fire & Ice – 7 Nights, 8 days, departing Saturdays with an itinerary that alternates between Reykjavik and Akureyri
7 Nights, 8 days, departing Saturdays.
Why go: if you need to think about this question we simply have to ask ‘which planet have you been on for the last few years?’ Currently the whole cruising world is talking about Iceland and the fantastic fauna in the seas that surround it. Trust us, it’s a wholly different sort of place and experience that you need to do in a small ship as we tie-up at ports where the locals can be counted in hundreds. If small was ever beautiful this is it and, let’s be honest, if you want to get value for your cruising pound you can’t beat a destination where there’s so much to see and the sun conveniently shines 24 hours a day!
In brief: this small island nation certainly punches above its weight when it comes to natural beauty and resources. On shore the landscape is dominated by hot springs, waterfalls, geysers, glaciers and black sand beaches – no surprises that the towns and cities are powered by geothermal technology. Meanwhile offshore, during the eternal days of high summer, the seas are brimming with the most incredible marine fauna including dolphins, orca and hump-backed whales.
For such a potentially inhospitable place there is also an enormous wealth of history, dating back to the Vikings and beyond. Fire & Ice, myth and legend, and a series of ports of call that sound like the cast list of a J. R. R. Tolkien novel, its mysteries await!
Your vessel: the Sailing Yacht Panorama
Ports of call: Akureyri – Husavik – Siglufjord – Isafjordur – Bildudadur – Borganes – Heimay Island – Reykjavik
Siglufjordur a fishing town close to the Arctic cirle, Heimaey Island, the Pompei of the North, The Myvatn Lake, Isasfjordur, Arnardalur Valley, Quaint fishing village of Husavik
The climate of Iceland’s coast is subarctic. The warm North Atlantic Current ensures generally higher annual temperatures than in most places of similar latitude in the world.
Regions in the world with similar climates include the Aleutian Islands, the Alaska Peninsula, and Tierra del Fuego, although these regions are closer to the equator. Despite its proximity to the Arctic, the island’s coasts remain ice-free through the winter.
Embark mid-afternoon but as we spend the night here there’s plenty of time (and daylight!) for a late afternoon walking excursion in Akureyri.
Aukreyri – Husavik
Our full day optional excursion takes you back to Viking days as we travel to Husavik via the Godafoss Waterfall (literally the waterfall of the Gods). Todays’ legend tells all about the Krisni Saga which recounts the arrival of Christianity and the end of Paganism on Iceland. Then it’s back to Akureyi and an evening sailing.
Husavik – Siglufjord – Isafjordur
Siglufjord is the northernmost city in Iceland, almost in the Arctic circle and widely regarded as the most picturesque harbour in Iceland. Originally a herring port with a population of 3,000 today it’s a small place of only just over 1,000 inhabitants and experiences ‘midnight sun’ during the weeks of high-summer. In the afternoon we sail for Isafjordur. Overnight at sea.
Morning arrival into Isafjordur, an old trading port with one of the largest fishing fleets in Iceland with a folk museum boasting the oldest surviving house in Iceland and dating back to 1734.Our optional morning excursion will take us to the Maritime Museum and walk the town. Overnight in port.
Isafjordur – Bildudadur – Akranes
Wikipedia claims that this small fishing village on the Westfjord coast of Iceland is home to less than 150 people. Lonely Planet says it’s surrounded by towering peaks and has one of the best fjord-side positions in the country. Famous for salmon and prawns and being something of a curiosity one thing is for sure – you wouldn’t get into here in a big ship! Morning optional excursion to Bildudadur, we stop by the Dynjandi Waterfalls, visit the town and the Sea Monsters Museum. Overnight at sea to Akranes.
Akranes – Heimaey Westmann Islands
We’ll have seen some ice along the way and now it’s time to see the fire! We arrive early morning in Akranes and moor up for our optional full day excursion to Deildartunguhver – the highest and most powerful hot spring in Europe where the water gushes forth at 97c. The day continues with a visit to the Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls. In the afternoon we sail to the Westfjords. Overnight at sea to Heimaey Westmann Islands
Heimay Island Westmann Islands – Reykjavik
We reach Heimaey Island in the morning, home to 4,500 people and 8 million puffins Heimaey is the only populated island of the beautiful Westmann archipelago. It rose to fame in 1973 when the local volcano erupted, threatening widespread death and destruction. Enterprising islanders sprayed the lava continuously with cold sea-water which saved much of the town. Optional half day excursion which will take us to 2 volcanoes and the Eldheimer Geological Museum. Overnight at sea to Reykjavik.
We’ve written the cruising itinerary this way around just so you can see how different and off the beaten track coastal Iceland can be. In so doing we’ve saved the biggest place until last – but even then this northernmost capital city in the world has a population only half the size of Reading. Despite that it’s enormously rich in life and culture, design and style, food and drink. Disembarkation 6 am – 10 am.
Discover a 3 masted Motorsailer which can accommodate up to 49 passengers in 24 cabins. The “Panorama” was launched in 1993 and has been rebuilt in 2001, followed by a latest renovation in 2014, when the Upper Deck cabins and lounge, as well as the Main Deck cabin en suite bathrooms and lounge have been refitted.
This state of the art Motorsailer has performed several Atlantic Ocean crossings and has sailed from the Seychelles to Monte Carlo and from the Black Sea to Tunis and offers the highest standard of accommodation and comfort safety.
|Launched Rebuilt||1993 / 2001|
|Crew||16 - 18 persons|
|Cruising speed||11.00 knots|
Lower Deck – 1 Double Bed or 2 Twin Beds
The Category C cabins are located on the Lower Deck and have portholes. The cabins are air-conditioned and fitted with TV, telephone, hairdryers, mini-fridge, central music, and public address system and safe boxes. The fully equiped bathrooms are finished with marble.
Lower Deck – 2 Lower Beds
The Category B cabins are located on the Lower Deck and have portholes. The cabins are air-conditioned and fitted with TV, telephone, hairdryers, mini-fridge, central music, and public address system and safe boxes. The fully equiped bathrooms are finished with marble or corian.
Upper Deck or Main Deck – 2 Lower Beds or 1 Double Bed Cabin
The Category A cabins are located on the Upper Deck or on the Main Deck and have large windows enabling a breathtaking view or the areas you are cruising in. The cabins are air-conditioned and fitted with TV, telephone, hairdryers, mini-fridge, central music, and public address system and safe boxes. The fully equiped bathrooms are finished with marble or corian.
The lounge is situated on the main deck and has a library where you can enjoy a book and look through the floor to roof windows.
During the day life on board centers around the outdoor areas, the sun deck and the shaded exterior deck on the aft of the Panorama.
Upper Deck Bar Lounge area:
The classy spacious indoor and outdoor bar lounge area is located on the Upper Deck and is surrounded by large windows providing beautiful views and is ideal to relax in the evening.
The classy spacious dining room is located in the Main Deck and is surrounded by large windows providing beautiful views and accommodates all guests in one seating.
Upper Deck – Outdoor Lounge Area
The Upper Deck indoor lounge area extends to outdoor sitting area to enjoy the views.
Iceland Cruise2018 PRICES (£) PER PERSON
SATURDAY DEPARTURES FROM REYKJAVIK OR AKUREYRI
|Departure Dates||Category C||Category B||Category A||Early Booking Discount||Route|
|09/06/2018||£1,966||£2,265||£2,692||-10%||Reykjavik to Akureyri (West&North)|
|16/06/2018||£1,966||£2,265||£2,692||-10%||Akureyri to Reykjavik(East & South))|
|23/06/2018||£1,966||£2,265||£2,692||-10%||Reykjavik to Akureyri (West&North)|
|30/06/2018||£1,966||£2,265||£2,692||-10%||Akureyri to Reykjavik(West &North)|
|14/07/2018||£1,966||£2,265||£2,692||-10%||Akureyri to Reykjavik(East & South))|
|28/07/2018||£1,966||£2,265||£2,692||-10%||Akureyri to Reykjavik(West &North)|
|04/08/2018||£1,966||£2,265||£2,692||-10%||Reykjavik to Akureyri (West&North)|
|11/08/2018||£1,966||£2,265||£2,692||-10%||Akureyri to Reykjavik(West &North)|
|18/08/2018||£1,966||£2,265||£2,692||-10%||Reykjavik to Akureyri (West&North)|
|25/08/2018||£1,966||£2,265||£2,692||-10%||Akureyri to Reykjavik(West &North)|
|01/09/2018||£1,966||£2,265||£2,692||-10%||Reykjavik to Akureyri (West&North)|
|08/09/2018||£1,966||£2,265||£2,692||-10%||Akureyri to Reykjavik(East & South))|
Iceland Cruise - port charges, flights and supplements
|Category C||Category B||Category A|
|Flights inc luggage from||£450||£450||£450|
|3rd person reduction||N/A||-30%||N/A|
- 7 nights accommodationon board inyour chosen cabin grade, with private SH/WC & air conditioning, mini fridge and flat screen TV with complimentary movies.
- Full-board: Buffet breakfast and two meals daily, including a Welcome Cocktail, local Theme Evening and Captain’s Dinner.
- Regular (filter) coffee, tea and drinking water free all day, plus abundant fresh fruit.
- Use of fishing and snorkelling equipment plus sea kayak (subject to availability).
- English speaking expert Guest Speaker.
- Professional English speaking Cruise Director.
- Beverages, except regular (filter) coffee, tea and drinking water.
- Shore excursions on the islands or other land arrangements.
- Crew tips.
- Passenger personal expenses
- Wi-Fi (available at charge)
3 hour flights from London Heathrow & Gatwick with late morning/afternoon departures and 2,5 hours from Glasgow with afternoon departures.
Return afternoon flights from Reykjavik (Keflavik) to Heathrow and Gatwick and early morning departures to Glasgow.
ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is 9511
From Keflavik airport to Reykjavik harbour or domestic airport for flights to Akureyri approximately 45 minutes by road.
In Akureyri, from airport to harbour 10 minutes by road.
Domestic flights to Akureyri approximately 45 minutes.