Iceland Cruise: The Land of Fire & Ice

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.

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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 recently refurbished Motor Yacht Calisto

M/Y Callisto

Ports of call: Akureyri – Husavik – Siglufjord – Isafjordur – Bildudadur – Borganes – Heimay Island – Reykjavik

Cruise Highlights

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 Weather

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.

Day-by-Day Itinerary

Iceland Cruise The Land of Fire & Ice

Akureyri

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. 

Lake Mývatn - Iceland Cruise - Land of Fire and Ice

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.

Lake Myvatn iIceland Cruise - Land of Fire and Ice

Isafjordur

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.

Godafoss - Iceland Cruise - Land of Fire and Ice

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.

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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.

Puffin in Iceland

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.

Iceland Cruise The Land of Fire & Ice

The Yacht - M/S Callisto

The elegant Motor Yacht Callisto recently joined the VARIETY CRUISES fleet and is true to her name: Elegant, classic. She was fully refit / rebuilt in 2000 and was thoroughly renovated in in 2015-16.

This classy Motor Yacht has performed several Atlantic Ocean crossings, and has also sailed along the most interesting coastal sites of Europe, North and West Africa. 

M/SCallisto
Launched Rebuilt2000 / 2005
Renovated2015 - 2016
Length50.00 meters
Breadth8.00 meters
Draft3.80 meters
Crew16 - 18 persons
Cruising speed10.00 knots
Cabins17

Cabins

Callisto Cabin Category B and C

Category C:

Lower Deck – (Twin Beds)

The category C cabins are located on the lower deck featuring port holes.They all have marble-appointed en suite bathrooms with showers. Cabins have individually controlled A/C and fitted with TV, telephone (for internal use), hairdryers, mini-fridge, central music, public address system and safe boxes.

Callisto Cabin Category B and C

Category B:

Lower Deck – (Twin Beds)

The category B cabins are located on the lower deck featuring port holes.They all have marble-appointed en suite bathrooms with showers. Cabins have individually controlled A/C and fitted with TV, telephone (for internal use), hairdryers, mini-fridge, central music, public address system and safe boxes.
Callisto Cabin Category A

Category A:

Main Deck – (Twin or Double Beds)

The category A cabins are located on the Main deck featuring large windows. Category A cabins at the bow section of the Main deck are equipped with Double beds, while all other Category A cabins are equipped with Twin beds. They all have marble-appointed en suite bathrooms with showers. Cabins have individually controlled A/C and fitted with TV,  telephone (for internal use), hairdryers, mini-fridge, central music, public address system and safe boxes

Callisto Cabins Category P

Category P:

Main Deck – (Twin or Double Beds)

The category P cabins are located on the Main deck featuring large windows. Category P cabins located at the bow section of the Main deck are equipped with Double beds, while all other Category P cabins at the Main Deck are equipped with Twin beds.They all have marble-appointed en suite bathrooms with showers. Cabins have individually controlled A/C and fitted with TV,  telephone (for internal use), hairdryers, mini-fridge, central music, public address system and safe boxes.

Prices

Iceland Cruise

2017 PRICES (£) PER PERSON
Departure datesCategory CCategory BCategory ACategory PSpecial offersRoute
10/06/2017£ 1,769£ 2,000£ 2,423£2,615-50%Reykjavik to Akureyri
17/06/2017£ 1,769£ 2,000£ 2,423£2,615-50%Akureyri to Reykjavik
24/06/2017£ 1,769£ 2,000£ 2,423£2,615Reykjavik to Akureyri
01/07/2017£ 1,769£ 2,000£ 2,423£2,615Akureyri to Reykjavik
08/07/2017£ 1,769£ 2,000£ 2,423£2,615-25% plus free excursionsReykjavik to Akureyri
15/07/2017£ 1,769£ 2,000£ 2,423£2,615Akureyri to Reykjavik
22/07/2017£ 1,769£ 2,000£ 2,423£2,615-25% plus free excursionsReykjavik to Akureyri
29/07/2017£ 1,769£ 2,000£ 2,423£2,615-25% plus free excursionsAkureyri to Reykjavik
05/08/2017£ 1,769£ 2,000£ 2,423£2,615Reykjavik to Akureyri
12/08/2017£ 1,769£ 2,000£ 2,423£2,615Akureyri to Reykjavik
19/08/2017£ 1,769£ 2,000£ 2,423£2,615-25% plus free excursionsReykjavik to Akureyri
26/08/2017£ 1,769£ 2,000£ 2,423£2,615-25% plus free excursionsAkureyri to Reykjavik
02/09/2017£ 1,769£ 2,000£ 2,423£2,615-25% plus free excursionsReykjavik to Akureyri
09/09/2017£ 1,769£ 2,000£ 2,423£2,615Akureyri to Reykjavik
Port charges£ 235£ 235£ 235£ 235

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2018 PRICES (£) PER PERSON
Departure datesCategory CCategory BCategory ACategory PRoute
09/06/2018£ 1,966£ 2,265£ 2,692£2,906Reykjavik to Akureyri
16/06/2018£ 1,966£ 2,265£ 2,692£2,906Akureyri to Reykjavik
23/06/2018£ 1,966£ 2,265£ 2,692£2,906Reykjavik to Akureyri
30/06/2018£ 1,966£ 2,265£ 2,692£2,906Akureyri to Reykjavik
07/07/2018£ 1,966£ 2,265£ 2,692£2,906Reykjavik to Akureyri
14/07/2018£ 1,966£ 2,265£ 2,692£2,906Akureyri to Reykjavik
21/07/2018£ 1,966£ 2,265£ 2,692£2,906Reykjavik to Akureyri
28/07/2018£ 1,966£ 2,265£ 2,692£2,906Akureyri to Reykjavik
04/08/2018£ 1,966£ 2,265£ 2,692£2,906Reykjavik to Akureyri
11/08/2018£ 1,966£ 2,265£ 2,692£2,906Akureyri to Reykjavik
18/08/2018£ 1,966£ 2,265£ 2,692£2,906Reykjavik to Akureyri
25/08/2018£ 1,966£ 2,265£ 2,692£2,906Akureyri to Reykjavik
01/09/2018£ 1,966£ 2,265£ 2,692£2,906Reykjavik to Akureyri
08/09/2018£ 1,966£ 2,265£ 2,692£2,906Akureyri to Reykjavik
Port charges£ 235£ 235£ 235£235
  • 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.

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