Trip Details at-a-Glance
|Lodging:||12 nights aboard 114-passenger vessel|
|Meals:||All meals included aboard ship and with the group ashore, including house wine, beer or soft drinks with lunch and dinner onboard|
|Activity:||Small Ship Cruising, Walking, Wildlife & Natural History|
12-day cruise, cultural explorations and walking tours
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Our voyage to the “Land of Fire and Ice” reveals a breathtaking realm of towering snow-capped mountains, huge icecaps and glaciers, volcanic fields, waterfalls, and magical fjords. Cruising aboard the Island Sky, we watch for humpback whales, orcas, and white-beaked dolphins as we explore some of Iceland’s most dramatic settings. Along the way to Iceland, we discover the mysterious standing stones of the Orkney Islands, the enchanting villages and birdlife of the Faroe Islands, and learn more of a centuries-old legacy of Viking and Norse heritage.
Leith, Scotland / Embark Island Sky / Orkney Islands
In Leith, embark on the Island Sky and sail to the Orkney Islands. In the Neolithic Heartland of Orkney, designated a World Heritage Site due to its wealth of prehistoric archaeology, we see the Standing Stones of Stenness and the Ring of Brodgar, a huge ceremonial circle of stones dating back almost 5,000 years. At the ancient village of Skara Brae, we see remarkable dwellings revealed from beneath the sand dunes by storms only 150 years ago.
From Torshavn we head over the hills to Kirkjubour, the island’s oldest cultural center, where we see the ruins of the 13th century St. Magnus Cathedral and the 11th century church. We also visit the 900-year-old “Roykstovan,” considered to be the oldest wooden house in Europe. Boarding Zodiacs, we explore the westernmost islands of the Faroes, including Mykines, whose single village has turf-roofed houses and turf streets. On the islet of Mtkinesholmur, our hike brings us encounters with puffins and gannets.
Vatnajokull Glacier / Fjords of southeast Iceland
Europe’s largest glacier is the shimmering white Vatnajokull Glacier, whose 600-meter-thick ice surmounts active volcanoes, one of which erupted in 1996, creating a crater on the glacier’s surface. We watch the glacier calving icebergs into land-locked Jokulsarlon lagoon, then explore the lesser-known fjords in the southeast of Iceland. Cruising through Mjoifjordur, we hope to land at the small town at Neskaupstadur to visit the local art gallery and museums, and hike to the avalanche barriers behind the town, which offer great views of the surrounding area.
Husavik / Lake Mývatn-Krafla area
From Husavik we travel to the Lake Mývatn-Krafla area, a volcanic world of steam vents, lava fields, and boiling mud pools. The lake is also a unique ecosystem and the largest migratory bird sanctuary in Europe. We then head to Godafoss (waterfalls of the Gods) and the Husavik whale museum.
Akuyeri / Grimsey Island
This delightful town on Iceland’s north coast is not what you would expect to find in such a remote location. In summer months the gardens and window boxes are ablaze with color and in the botanic garden you find species from Africa, China, and the Mediterranean growing alongside the Alaskan, Greenlandic, and indigenous specimens. We explore Akuyeri’s Art Alley, where artisans keep their workshops and galleries, or the local church with its beautiful views over the fjord. As we sail along the beautiful Eyafjordur we keep an eye out for whales. We cruise to Grimsey Island, bisected by the Arctic Circle, and view its rich birdlife before heading to Siglufjördur, an unbelievably picturesque town that enjoys an idyllic setting on a small fjord backed by mountains.
Western fjords / Snaefellsnes Peninsula
We cruise past cliffs that are home to puffins, northern gannets, guillemots, and razorbills, and board Zodiacs to explore Iceland’s western fjords. On the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, dominated by Snæfellsjökull volcano, we explore Arnastapi, a stunning sight with columnar basalt and magnificent lava formations (it was the setting for Jules Verne’s Journey to the Center of the Earth). As we cruise to Reykjavik we view arctic terns, kittiwakes, and fulmars at a nature reserve. Disembark in Reykjavík on Day 13 and fly home.
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What the Trip is Like
The trip is rated Level 1, Easiest, and is appropriate for anyone in good health who is physically active. This cruise offers visits to out of the way destinations, with landings ashore made by Zodiac landing craft. Shore excursions feature walks to archaeological sites, wildlife sanctuaries, scenic nature areas, and local villages. Some agility is required for getting in and out of the Zodiac landing crafts.
Jun 3-15, 2014 Island Sky
2014 Cruise Rates by Cabin Category
Per person, double occupancy
|Magellan Forward (SOLD OUT)||$7,325|
|Magellan Suite (SOLD OUT)||$7,985|
|Columbus Superior Suite (SOLD OUT)||$8,825|
|Marco Polo Premium Suite (SOLD OUT)||$9,295|
|Marco Polo Corner Suite (SOLD OUT)||$10,125|
|Erikson Deluxe Balcony (SOLD OUT)||$10,935|
|Explorer Owner's Balcony (SOLD OUT)||$11,595|
Trip Cost Includes:
- Accommodations aboard the Island Sky
- All meals included aboard ship and with the group ashore, including house wine, beer or soft drinks with lunch and dinner onboard
- Shore excursions
- Use of quietvox earphones during excursions
- Gratuities to crew and while on excursions
- Guest speakers
- Port taxes
Trip Cost Does Not Include:All air transportation; excess baggage charges; airport arrival and departure taxes; transfers for independent arrivals and departures; passport and/or visa fees; items of a personal nature such as laundry, e-mail/Internet/fax/telephone charges.
Trip Payment Schedule*
At time of reservation: 10%
100 days prior to departure: Balance
*Please note that this differs from our regular catalog departures.
Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule*
90 days or more prior to departure: 10% of trip cost
70-89 days prior to departure: 40% of trip cost
50-69 days prior to departure: 60% of trip cost
30-49 days prior to departure: 80% of trip cost
15-29 days prior to departure: 90% of trip cost
14 days or less: 100% of trip cost
*Please note that this differs from our regular catalog departures.
Arrival & Departure Information
Arrival & Meeting Place
Aboard the Island Sky, Edinburgh, Scotland
Date: June 3, 2014
Flight arrival time: No later than 2:00pm
Suggested Arrival Airport
Edinburgh, Scotland (airport city code EDI)
Plan on arriving Edinburgh on June 3, 2014 in the early afternoon. Ship embarkation begins at 4:00pm.
Date: June 15, 2014
Time: Not before 1:00pm
Suggested Airport for Departure
Reykjavik, Iceland (airport city code KEF)
Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport for return flights home.
One of the finest small ships in the world, the Island Sky features 57 spacious, outside-facing suites with marble-appointed bathrooms. Each suite includes a flat-screen TV with DVD player, hairdryer, individually controlled air-conditioning, and mini-fridge. High quality service and attention to detail are the order of the day aboard the Island Sky, with an on-board atmosphere more similar to a yacht than a cruise ship. Having undergone significant refurbishment in 2010, she features a large lounge, a library and bar, and an elegant dining room as well as spacious outside decks. The ship’s relatively small size lets her drop anchor in remote areas and in small ports where larger ships can’t go, and the fleet of inflatable zodiacs offers access in wonderfully remote places. Island Sky has a staff and crew of 75.