Iceland Cruise: The Land of Fire & Ice

This cruise is not operating in 2020

Departing Saturdays with an itinerary that alternates between Reykjavik and Akureyri

january, 2020

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Don’t miss…

  • Godafoss – the waterfall of the Gods
  • Siglufjord, the most picturesque harbour in Iceland
  • The Maritime Museum in Isafjordur
  • The tiny fishing village of Bildudadur
  • The Sea Monsters Museum
  • The thermal springs as Deildartunguhver
  • The volcanic Reykjanes Peninsular

Currently the entire cruising world is talking about Iceland. It’s a wholly different sort of place, but an experience that you can only really make the most of in a small ship as we tie-up at tiny 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!

This small island nation certainly punches above its weight when it comes to natural beauty and resources. The landscape is dominated by hot springs, waterfalls, geysers, glaciers and black sand beaches, whilst offshore the seas are brimming with the most incredible marine fauna including dolphins, orca and hump-backed whales. Fire & Ice, myth and legend dating back to the Vikings, and ports of call that sound like the cast list of a J. R. R. Tolkien novel, many mysteries await!

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

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


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


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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This morning we reach Akranes for our full day Optional excursion to Deildartunguhver, Europe’s most powerful thermal spring, to the Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls area. We will stop in Reykholt which was at one time one of the intellectual centers of the island and had for many years one of the most important schools of the country. Here lived in the Middle Ages one of the most important persons in Icelandic history: Snorri Sturluson. He was a famous poet and politician whose records of the Old Norse language and mythology of medieval Iceland are invaluable to modern scholars. He lived and died here. Remains of his farm and a bathroom with hot pot and a tunnel between the bath and the house can still be visited. In the afternoon we rejoin the ship. Overnight in port.


Morning sailing and arrival in Reykjavik. All day optional excursion in Reykjavik city before leaving to enjoy a panoramic tour to the volcanic Reykjanes Peninsula. Vikingaheimar, and the geothermal fields of Krysuvik. Overnight in port.

Puffin in Iceland


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

Saturdays Departures with an itinerary that alternates between Reykjavik and Akureyri. June to September

Cruise routes may need to be varied in the event of adverse weather and operating conditions at the captains discretion, in the interests of the comfort and safety of guests. The Captain and Cruise Director will will keep you fully briefed on the daily programme.

Your vessel: the Sailing Yacht Panorama

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.

Iceland by Variety Cruises M/S Panorama

Home at Sea

  • Single seating dining Indoor & Outdoor Lounge – Bar
  • Indoor Restaurant
  • Audiovisual in Lounge
  • Mini library
  • Beach Towels
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Kayak
  • Board Games
  • Swimming Platform
  • Wi-Fi

Comfort Zone

  • Windows: Upper & Main deck cabins
  • Portholes: lower deck cabins
  • Triple Occupancy cabins: Category B
  • Flat-Screen TV
  • Mini Safe
  • Mini Fridge
  • Individually controlled A/C
  • En suite bathroom with shower
  • Hairdryers
  • Telephone for internal use
  • Central music
Cabin Category C MS Panorama

Category C:

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.

Cabin Category B MS Panorama

Category B:

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.

Category A:

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.

M S Panorama Lounge Area:

Lounge Area:

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.

Panorama Sundeck


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.

M S Panorama Upper Deck Bar Lounge area:

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.

Panorama Dining Room:

Dining Room:

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.

M S Panorama Upper Deck - Outdoor Lounge Area

Upper Deck – Outdoor Lounge Area

The Upper Deck indoor lounge area extends to outdoor sitting area to enjoy the views.

Optional Cruise & Stay

Reykjavik has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe and deserves thorough exploration. If you fancy a night or two either pre- or post your cruise, the contemporary styled Reykjavik Lights Hotel in the city centre,is ideal.

Explore popular Reykjavik for a couple of nights, pre or post cruise at the contemporary styled hotel Reykjavik Lights in the centre of town.

Reykjavik Lights Hotel

2 night add-on including transfers

From £570


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2019 Cruise Only Prices ($) Per Person
Saturday Departures from Reykjavik or Akureyri
Vessel: M/S Panorama
Departure DatesCategory CCategory BCategory ADeparture Port

Iceland - Port Charges and Suppelments 2019

 Category C Category B Category A 
Port charges (mandatory)$330$330$330
Transfers from$192
Single supplement50%50%75%
3rd Person reduction30%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.
  • Flights & transfers (where booked as a flight inclusive package).
  • Beverages, except regular (filter) coffee, tea and drinking water.
  • Shore excursions on the islands or other land arrangements.
  • Crew gratuities (optional –  recommend  Eur10-14 per passenger per day).
  • Passenger personal expenses.
  • Wi-Fi (available at charge).
  • Flights & transfers (unless booked as a flight inclusive package).

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

One way transfer with regular flybus between Keflavik airport and Reykjavik £26 (45min)

Private transfer from Akureyri airport to Akureyri port, £60 (10 min)

Private transfer from Keflavik airport Reykjavik airport to £215 (45 min)

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