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A Circumnavigation of Iceland aboard the Ocean Diamond


Join a circumnavigation of Iceland aboard the ideally suited Ocean Diamond. Discover huge ice-caps and glaciers, active volcanoes, thundering waterfalls, gurgling mud pools, steaming hot springs, and lava fields in Europe’s least populated country. A fleet of Zodiacs is ready to whisk you to remote beaches and cruise close to shorelines and cliffs filled with the sights and sounds of puffins, guillemots, and gannets. Your summer expedition explores the magnificent landscapes and offer insights of the centuries old legacies of a Viking and Norse heritage. Whether your passion lies in the natural world or discovering lesser visited sites, this trip will have something for you.

Note: This cruise is not exclusive to, nor operated by, Wilderness Travel, who acts solely as agent in booking your reservation with the ship operator. The itinerary, lecturers, and all other arrangements are subject to change at the discretion of the cruise line.


Day 1, Jun 7, 2018
Reykjavik, Iceland

Fly from London to Reykjavik on scheduled flight. On arrival, transfer to the Ocean Diamond and sail this evening.

Day 2, Jun 8, 2018

Arrive this morning at Stykissholmur located in Breidafjordur Bay and surrounded by an archipelago of islands. The town is famed for its beautiful and well preserved old houses and is also the gateway to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula which is dominated by the Snæfellsjokull volcano, regarded as one of the symbols of Iceland and known as the setting for Jules Verne’s “Journey to the Centre of the Earth”. A morning tour will drive through the lava landscape to the glacier visiting pretty fishing ports and beaches along the way. Return to the ship for lunch and spend the afternoon at leisure in the town or maybe join a Zodiac cruise in the archipelago looking for some of the local flora and fauna. Sail this evening past the Latrabjarg cliffs, the westernmost point of Europe and home to thousands of birds including puffins, northern gannets, guillemots and razorbills.

Day 3, Jun 9, 2018
Western Fjords and Isafjordur

Awake this morning in the Western Fjords, an isolated but spectacular area of Iceland. Explore Isafjordur with the Ocean Diamond and, depending on local weather conditions, you will also use local boats or the fleet of Zodiacs to land on Vigur, a serene little island with only five residents but home to many more puffins, eider ducks, black guillemots and Arctic terns. Your island walks will also visit Iceland’s only extant windmill dating from the 19th century. Alternatively take a scenic drive to the village of Thingeyri, one of the oldest settlements in the Westfjords and the location of the area’s first trading post and return to the ship via the thunderous Dynjandi, the highest waterfall in the Westfjords. Ensure you are on deck this evening as you cruise around the north coast of Iceland at the Hornbjarg Cliffs. These stunning cliffs rise 534 metres from the sea and this is one of the largest centres for puffins in Iceland.

Day 4, Jun 10, 2018
Siglufjordur and Grimsey Island

Siglufjordur is a picturesque town that offers an idyllic setting in a small fjord flanked by mountains. In the early 1900s, a booming economy due to the herring industry resulted in a prosperous town with some marvelous Icelandic architecture. Stroll through the town and visit the Herring Era Museum. Alternatively, take a Zodiac cruise in Hedinsfjordur, a dramatic and unspoiled landscape located between Olafsfjordur and Siglufjordur. This uninhabited fjord is surrounded by the majestic mountains of the Trollaskagi Peninsula, and enjoy the scenery as you watch for wildlife. In the afternoon, head to Grimsey Island. The Arctic Circle bisects this island, known for its tiny community, basalt cliffs, and large variety of birdlife. Here, you enjoy free time for a nature walk on the island.

Day 5, Jun 11, 2018

This delightful town on the north coast of Iceland 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 on a morning tour you will explore the botanic garden where you find species from Africa, China, and the Mediterranean growing alongside the Alaskan, Greenlandic and indigenous specimens. You will also have time to explore the town to visit Art Alley, where artisans keep their workshops and galleries, or the local church with its beautiful views over the fjord. Return to the ship for lunch and enjoy a free afternoon. Alternatively join a full day tour to the Lake Myvatn-Krafla area, a fine example of the volcanic world with lava fields, boiling and steaming mud pools and steam vents of sulphur and craters. The area illustrates the sheer magnitude of Iceland’s forces at work. The lake itself, with beautiful natural rock formations and hot springs, is also a unique ecosystem and the largest migratory bird sanctuary in Europe. Your route will then take you by Godafoss (falls of the Gods), an imposing sight.

Day 6, Jun 12, 2018

This morning you might use the Zodiacs to land on one of the islands of Skjalfandi Bay such as Flatey or Lundey, which translates as “island of puffins”. Here you can join nature walks taking in the thousands of birds including puffins, terns and skuas that nest here. Over lunch you will sail to Husavik, the whale capital of Iceland. Using local boats you will explore the bays looking for one of the 15 species of whales that can be found here as well as dolphins and many different kinds of birds. Alternatively explore the pretty town at your own pace and maybe spend time at the excellent whale museum, the exploration museum and the quaint local church.

Day 7, Jun 13, 2018

Today, arrive at the natural harbour at Seydisfjordur, which has preserved its fishing heritage and its architectural style from the early 19th century. On a walking tour, pass brightly painted and well-preserved Norwegian-style wooden buildings and visit the shops famous for their Icelandic patterned woolens. Adventurous walkers might prefer an energetic hike up the river trail through a verdant landscape of wildflowers.

Day 8, Jun 14, 2018

Today, see the shimmering white Vatnajokull Glacier, Europe’s largest glacier. Ice up to 2,000 feet thick surrounds active volcanoes, one of which erupted in 1996, creating a crater on the surface of the glacier, a most unusual phenomenon. There will be a range of options today and the keen birders can join the ornithologist for a hike. A town walk will include the local museum with sculptures by Rikadur Jonsson as well as the stone garden workshop. Meanwhile there will be an option to visit nearby Papay Island where you will see the lighthouse and some of the nesting birds. Alternatively a full day tour will venture to Jokusarlon where you can watch the glacier which calves icebergs into the land-locked lagoon.

Day 9, Jun 15, 2018
Westmann Islands

Your last morning in Iceland is spent in Vestmannaeyjar (Westmann Islands). Islanders here live with a dramatic volcanic history. In 1973, the island of Heimaey experienced an eruption that created a new mountain, Eldfell, known as Mount Fire. This morning, as part of your exploration of the Westmann Islands, circumnavigate Surtsey Island, which was created volcanically in 1963, and is now a closed nature reserve. Few places in the world illustrate more dramatically the powerful forces of nature. Later, arrive at the only community, Heimaey, where half-buried houses can be seen peeking out through the lava and ash. If time permits, you will use the Zodiacs to explore the cliffs and coves in the afternoon.

Day 10, Jun 16, 2018

Arrive in Reykjavik and disembark after breakfast.  Transfer to the airport for your scheduled flight to London.



Full circumnavigation of Iceland
Cross the Arctic Circle near Grimsey Island
Discover the island’s cultural heritage in Seydisfjordur and Siglufjordur
Excellent birdwatching opportunities while cruising along Latrabjarg and Hornbjarg cliffs
Whale watching in the waters off Husavik, Iceland’s whale watching capital
Fleet of 14 Zodiacs for flexible and impromptu exploration when and where conditions permit


Length: 10 days
Cost From: £4195  
Arrive: Reykjavik, Iceland
Depart: Reykjavik, Iceland
Lodging: 9 nights aboard the 224-passenger vessel
Meals: All meals included on board, including house drinks with lunch and dinner onboard (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Small Ship Cruising
Trip Level:

10-day cruise, cultural explorations and walking tours
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