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VISITING: Iceland BROCHURE CODE: 5307
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Uncover the delights of Iceland during this circumnavigation voyage of the land of fire and ice. You will take in this land of spectacular natural wonders and diverse landscapes, meet the welcoming local people and tailor your holiday with a range of shore excursions. Voyaging on this smaller expedition vessel offers a unique way to uncover the delights of the land of fire and ice and witness it at its pristine best.

What's included?

  • Transfers: return airport transfers and return harbour transfers
  • Accommodation: 2 nights in a hotel in Reykjavik and 9 nights en-suite cabin Type P (outside cabin with porthole) (upgrades available)
  • Agenda: cruise itinerary as per agenda (subject to change)
  • Meals: 2 breakfasts in Reykjavik; 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 dinners and late evening snack each evening on board
  • Juice, water, tea and coffee are included
  • Wind jacket
  • Onboard entertainment programme including talks on Icelandic culture, history and wildlife throughout
  • Zodiac excursions (weather dependent)
  • Use of gym facilities on board the ship
  • Fully qualified wilderness guides and instructors during activities

Please note: the itineraries and excursions are subject to change due to weather, sea and ice conditions and may be changed without prior notice

A note on flights: flights are not included in the holiday price so that the best available fares and most appropriate schedules can be found for you at the time of booking. This route is served by both low cost and scheduled airlines and our Travel Experts will happily provide you with a quote and arrange flights on your behalf.


This cruise provides a complete circumnavigation of the wild and spectacular island of Iceland, staying on board a comfortable ship with all of your needs taken care of.

This is not a cruise where you will be herded around with thousands of others; the MS Ocean Diamond is designed as an expedition vessel and sleeps a maximum of 224 guests meaning that you see Iceland at its remote and untouched best.

Your ports of call have been determined by experts to ensure that those on board get to experience the variety of landscapes and experiences which Iceland offers. At each point, there are some exceptional shore excursions to choose from (see the ‘personalise’ section for details) which mean that you can fully tailor your holiday. There are leisurely trips focused on wildlife, heritage and nature alongside more active excursions to get you up close to the wilderness of this remote island.

During your nine nights on board the MS Ocean Diamond, you will be treated to exceptional service and a great deal of comfort. The experienced crew and expedition team will be on hand throughout as you cruise the coastline. Ocean Diamond was designed for the Arctic and has a strengthened hull for travelling in these icy climes. The ship’s smaller size means that she can dock at ports which elude larger vessels and this means that her passengers get to see a great deal more of Iceland’s coastline.

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There is no compromise on comfort as there are well-equipped and comfortable cabins for guests to relax in and the ship’s many facilities include a restaurant where all of your meals are served with panoramic views, a lounge bar area and a very popular Arctic library.

The Iceland cruise departs from and returns to Reykjavik, the most northerly capital in the world. You will have time to explore the city before and after your trip.

The ports of call are outlined below:

  • Stykkishólmur – Gateway to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula and the spectacular national park
  • Isafjördur – The largest town in the West Fjords, situated on a spectacular peninsula
  • Siglufjörður – A fishing village with a rich and varied history
  • Akureyri – The capital of the north and a delightful city from which to explore the Myvatn area
  • Husavik– Iceland’s whale watching capital
  • Seydisfjördur – Explore the East Fjords in a variety of unforgettable ways
  • Djupivogur – a brilliant starting point for exploring the world famous Vatnajökull Glacier and the famous Glacier Lagoon
  • Vestmannaeyjar – The Westman Islands are a volcanic archipelago off the south coast of Iceland

Iceland has more natural wonders than we can list here – waterfalls, glaciers, volcanoes and beaches to name just a few. This voyage is a wonderful way to appreciate the breathtaking beauty and many highlights of the island.


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Key facts

Duration:11 nights
Pace:Set your own
Suitable for: Anybody over the age of 18. See our terms for further information.
Midnight Sun Dates: 11th June to 2nd July (the sun does set for a short time)
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  • Upon arrival at Keflavik Airport, you will be welcomed and transferred to your hotel in Reykjavik. Depending on your arrival time you can stroll around the most northerly capital in the world or just relax in your room. However, if you love seafood then we recommend trying some of the fish dishes in the Restaurant Reykjavik tonight (payable locally).

  • Your exciting cruise will set sail at approximately 8pm tonight so, you will have the day at leisure in this charming city. There is so much to see and do in this vibrant city and we would be happy to suggest some suitable itineraries for you. 

    Your ship, the MS Ocean Diamond will be waiting for you in the old harbour, just five minutes from the city centre.

    Embarkation will be completed in time for an 8pm sailing.

    On board the ship you can settle into your cabin before and explore the ship that will be your base for the next nine nights. A welcome drink and dinner will be served and you can relax in the knowledge that you are in the hands of the expert expedition team - so switch off and enjoy your holiday.

    Throughout your cruise the expedition crew will endeavour to take you in Zodiac boat trips to explore certain areas, they will do so as often as they are able. The use of Zodiacs is entirely subject to the weather and so any excursions which are confirmed whilst on board will be an added bonus during your holiday. They will also provide you with factual talks in the auditorium throughout your stay on board, should you wish to attend them.

  • This morning you will arrive in Stykkishólmur which is the starting point for your exploration of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, the incredibly scenic west coast of Iceland. The peninsula is known as ‘Iceland in miniature’ as here you can find a beautiful array of landscapes from volcanoes to sandy beaches to lagoons.

    There are also activities which can be arranged and these can all be found in the ‘Personalise’ section of the holiday page. Options for today include a wildlife and seafood tasting trip, a bus tour around the peninsula and a trip onto the Snaefellsjokull glacier.

  • Today's destination is the idyllic town of Isafjördur, the honorary capital of the Westfjords' region. This secluded peninsula is connected to the mainland of Iceland via a small strip of land and even by Icelandic standards, it remains exceptionally untouched.

    The scenery here though is some of the most dramatic on the island, characterised by mountainous peaks and fjords cut deep into the landscape. Here you can enjoy the peaceful silence and the nature that calls the peninsula its home.

    Optional tours on this day include sea fishing or a bird watching safari. You can also include a tour to Dynjandi waterfall, the highest (and most impressive) waterfall in the Westfjords or a kayaking trip for something more active.

  • This morning you will reach the town of Siglufjörður, a town that was once the centre of the Icelandic herring industry. Here you can learn about the golden age of Icelandic fishing and visit the award-winning herring museum (see ‘Personalise’ section for details).

    In the early afternoon, you will be heading towards Grimsey Island – Iceland’s northernmost inhabited island. You will enjoy a two hour walk around the island, which will take you to the spot where the Arctic Circle crosses Iceland.

    In the early evening, you will arrive in Akureyri, the capital of the north. Here you can take a stroll through the quaint and friendly town. A highlight of the city is the botanical garden where you can see an impressive variety of native Icelandic flowers, which thrive here despite the location close to the Arctic Circle.

  • Today the Ocean Diamond will remain in the port of Akureyri, allowing you the opportunity to explore Iceland's north shore. The city itself is home to an exciting array of shops, museums and restaurants, whilst just a short transfer away lies the starkly beautiful wilderness.

    The Lake Myvatn region is around 90 minutes away and has a wonderfully contrasting landscape – on one side the rugged remnants of volcanic activity, on the other, fertile plains with lush greenery and varied birdlife.

  • Early in the morning your will arrive in Husavik, known as Iceland’s whale capital. There can be up to 15 species of whale visible here as well as dolphins and an array of birdlife.

    There are a couple of activities which can be added today; a whale watching trip and a super jeep tour.

  • For your explorations of the East Fjords, the ship will dock in the port of Seydisfjördur, an almost impossibly beautiful region characterised by picturesque fishing villages, steep slopes and panoramic sea views.

    Here you can enjoy a delightful variety of optional activities: take a horseback tour along the coast where you will hopefully spot seals and wild reindeer, visit Skalanes Nature Reserve or delve into the region’s past with a visit to the wartime museum.

  • The fishing village of Djupivogur is the starting point for exploration of the Vatnajokull Glacier, an expanse of ice so vast that it is larger than all of the other glaciers in Europe combined.

    There are two very special shore excursions available for you today which get you up close to this wonderful land of ice. For those who want a seriously close encounter then a snowmobile tour on the ice is the way to go, there’s also an adventurous super jeep and hiking trip which offers views from further afield.

    One of the most spectacular sights in the area is the famous Glacier Lagoon where icebergs which have been formed by chunks of ice breaking free of the glacier float in the water. Our shore options include a boat trip through the icebergs.

  • Located around five miles from the coast of Southern Iceland, Vestmannaeyjar is a cluster of small islands first formed by volcanic eruptions around 10,000 years ago, with the youngest island, Surtsey, only emerging from the sea in 1963.

    You will go ashore at Heimaey, the only inhabited island of the group, for a firsthand look at the destructive power of nature. In 1973 the Helgafell volcano erupted here and in many places you will see houses half buried in lava and ash.

    Weather permitting, you will explore in Zodiac boats and circumnavigate the island, and stop at places of interest where you can see local bird life, visit caves and hopefully spot whales.

    Optional excursions include a bus tour of the island and the unique chance to play golf in a sunken volcanic crater!

  • This morning you will return to the port of Reykjavik where it's time for you to bid farewell to the ship.

    After your last breakfast on board, you will be transferred to your hotel in Reykjavik. There is so much to see and do and our travel experts will happily create an itinerary for you so you can explore further.

     

  • After a final breakfast at your hotel, you will be transferred to the airport for your flights back home.

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Skuggi Hotel

Nights: 1,11

This hotel is located in Reykjavik’s city centre, close to Laugavegur, the main shopping street, and an array of restaurants. ‘Skuggi’ is the Icelandic word for ‘shade’, and the hotel has a fitting interior design of cool greys and calming white. The Skuggi Hotel has one hundred rooms, designed with inspiration from the sublime black-and-white nature photography of Icelander Ragnar Axelsson.

Hotel facilities

  • Pick up a drink from the hotel’s stylish on-site bar
  • Free Wi-Fi means you can keep friends and family up to date
  • Wake up to a spread of hot and cold options at the breakfast buffet
  • You will be conveniently located for shopping, as Laugavegur street is just 140 metres away

Room type

Double room: These come with two twin beds, an en-suite bathroom with a shower, toilet, hairdryer, and toiletries, free Wi-Fi, a satellite television, a telephone, a tea and coffee set, clothes rack, a desk and chair

MS Ocean Diamond

Nights: 2-10

MS Ocean Diamond is a wonderful and modern vessel that has been specially equipped for Arctic voyages with ice-strengthened hull and stabilisers that help to reduce roll. She is an ideal expedition vessel but that does not mean that there is any need to compromise on comfort as the facilities on board are excellent. The experienced and expert crew works with the expedition team to ensure that guests have the best possible experience whilst on board.

She is compact and carries a maximum of 224 passengers, meaning that she can explore further than larger ships. This means that her passengers can take in highlights which may elude larger vessels.

Her average cruising speed is around 15.5 knots and she is the first ever polar passenger ship to be carbon neutral, with all emissions offset.

On board facilities

The ship has some fantastic facilities that make it both welcoming and comfortable.

  • All meals as listed are included in your stay and they are prepared by the ship’s team of chefs. You are sure to experience a wealth of delicious specialities during your voyage. The restaurant offers panoramic views of your surroundings. Breakfast and lunch are a buffet and your evening meal will be à la carte. The dress code is casual and so you can leave your black tie at home and simply come equipped for the variable weather
  • Coffee, tea, water, apple and orange juice are included throughout and the lounge on deck 4 serves a late evening snack
  • The various deck and observation areas provide ideal viewpoints from which passengers can enjoy the surrounding scenery
  • The on board shop is a great place to pick up some souvenirs
  • Passengers can browse the books and DVDs in the well-stocked Polar library, sit back in the panorama salon or take advantage of the wellness programmes that are offered, such as yoga classes, massage therapy and aromatherapy treatments
  • There will be a range of talks held in the auditorium by local experts on the heritage and wildlife of the regions you are visiting and the ship’s Zodiac boats are on hand (when conditions are favourable) to give guests the chance to explore further afield
  • Wi-Fi is available on board for an extra charge

Cabin Types

There are many types of cabin to choose from during your stay. Our holidays are based on Category P but we can arrange for guests to upgrade or downgrade to any of the other options subject to availability. Simply contact our Travel Experts for a quotation.

Cabin Type P - Outside Cabin with porthole: These cabins are 19m² and contain double/twin beds, en-suite shower room, TV with DVD, safe, wardrobe, refrigerator, individual temperature control, satellite telephone access, hairdryer and two portholes. Please note that some views can be restricted by lifeboats, etc on deck.

Additional Cabin Options

Cabin Type O – Outside cabin with obstructed view: These cabins are 19m² and contain double/twin beds, en-suite shower room, TV with DVD, safe, wardrobe, refrigerator, individual temperature control, satellite telephone access, hairdryer and picture window. Please note that the view will be restricted by lifeboats or similar.

Cabin Type D – Outside cabin with picture window: These cabins are between 17-19m² and contain double/twin beds, en-suite shower room, TV with DVD, safe, wardrobe, refrigerator, individual temperature control, satellite telephone access, hairdryer and picture window.

Cabin Type A - Balcony suite: These cabins are 30m² and contain a double bed, en-suite bathroom with bath and shower, sitting area, TV with DVD, wardrobe, safe, refrigerator, individual temperature control, satellite telephone access, hairdryer, full-size window with sliding glass door and a balcony.

Cabin Type B – Suite: The suites are spacious at 37m² and feature either two twins or a double bed as well as an additional two twin beds, two private bathrooms with shower or bathtub, sitting area, TV with DVD-player, wardrobe, safe, refrigerator, individual temperature controls, satellite telephone access, hairdryer and picture window.

Cabin Type T – Triple cabin with porthole: These cabins are 19m² and contain two twin beds and one upper bed. They are en-suite with shower room, TV with DVD, safe, wardrobe, refrigerator, individual temperature control, satellite telephone access, hairdryer and two portholes. Please note that the view may be obstructed.

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Stykkishólmur - Bus tour around the Snæfellsnes Peninsula

This area is often called ‘Iceland in miniature’ due to its diverse landscapes. This trip will show you views of the Snaefellsjokull Glacier and the exceptional rock formations and pinnacles which the region is known for. You’ll also stop off in the small village of Arnarstapi and visit the Shark Museum in Bjarnarhofn.

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A packed lunch is included.

This tour involves walking (ca. 45 min.) on a rugged terrain. It is also possible to stay in the coach

Approximate duration: 7 hours

Min/Max participants: 20/45

Available: Day 3

Price: 125 USD per person

Please note: clients pay for the excursion on board in USD

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Activities

Stykkishólmur - Snæfellsjökull Glacier tour

A snowcat will take you up to 4600ft on the glacier! The views from here on a clear day can be exceptional and you may even see the distance Westfjords.

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A packed lunch is included. Warm clothing required.


Approximate duration: 6-7 hours

Min/Max participants: 20/30

Available: Day 3

Price: 189 USD per person

Please note: clients pay for the excursion on board in USD. This excursion will not be offered for the cruise departing on the 3rd September.

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Stykkisholmur - Viking Sushi adventure by boat

This boat tour highlights Breidafjordur’s countless islands, exceptional birdlife and stunning rock formations. You’ll also try the freshest seafood available as you enjoy delicious Viking sushi.

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Approximate duration: 2 hours 15 mins

Min/Max participants: 1/30

Available: Day 3

Price: 70 USD per person

Please note: clients pay for the excursion on board in USD

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Isafjordur - Kayaking in Flateyri

If you fancy something active then this kayaking trip is ideal. You can look back at the mountains and watch birds in flight from your wonderful viewpoint on the water. Flateyri is around 25 mins from the port. Full instruction included but you will need to take warm clothes, waterproof trousers and jacket.

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Approximate duration: 3 hours

Min/Max participants: 4/16

Available: Day 4

Price: 120 USD per person

Please note: clients pay for the excursion on board in USD. 

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Isafjördur - Boat trip to Vigur Island

The serene island of Vigur has only five inhabitants and is the perfect place for observing birds. Whilst on the island you may see eider ducks, puffins, Arctic terns and guillemots. You can also visit an historic windmill. The boat trip takes around 35 minutes each way.

Warm drinks included.

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Approximate duration: 3 hours

Min/Max participants: 25/35

Available: Day 4

Price: 99 USD per person

Please note:  Clients pay for the excursion on board in USD. This excursion will not be offered for the cruise departing on the 3rd September.

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Isafjördur - Thingeyri and Dynjandi Waterfall

This tour leads you through one of Iceland’s most sparsely populated areas. You will drive across mountains and take in the extreme landscape around the Westfjords before arriving at the highest and most impressive waterfall in the area, Dynjandi. Here you have a choice of whether to take the moderate 45-minute walk to get really close to the powerful waterfall or not, it can be seen clearly from the parking space if you prefer not to walk.

Lunchbox included.

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Approximate duration: 6 hours

Min/Max participants: 20/45

Available: Day 4

Price: 145 USD per person

Please note: Clients pay for the excursion on board in USD


 

Siglufjörður - Herring Museum

This trip highlights the history of the herring fishing industry in Iceland and how it this modern country has evolved. The exhibits at the museum are fascinating and explore all elements of the herring industry including herring salting. There are traditional songs and dances performed during the summer.

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Approximate duration: 2 hours

Min/Max participants: No min/max

Available: Day 5

Price: 45 USD per Person

Please note: Clients pay for the excursion on board in USD 


 

Akureyri - Classic Lake Myvatn

Enjoy one of the most spectacular spots in the island’s North; Myvatn is teeming with fauna. You will stop at the Goðafoss, one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland and explore the small settlement of Skutustadagigar. You’ll witness lava formations which are said to connect the earth with the infernal regions before relaxing in the geothermal pools at the Myvatn Nature Baths. This is an amazing trip through a land of contrasts.

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Packed lunch is included. Bathing suit and towel needed.


Approximate duration: 8 hours

Min/Max participants: 10/45

Available: Day 6

Price: 195 USD per person

Please note: Clients pay for the excursion on board in USD  

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Akureyri - Icelandic nature and culture

During this excursion, you will have the chance to see Iceland’s beautiful nature as you drive along Eyjafjord, the longest fjord in Iceland and across the mountain pass of Vikurskard. You will also stop at the spectacular Goðafoss Waterfall, which is known as one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland. Afterwards, it is time for some Icelandic culture - the Laufas farm which dates from 1850. The farm is now a museum and gives you an insight into life during that time. 

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 Approximate duration: 4 hours

Min/Max participants: 10/45

Available: Day 6

Price: 85 USD per person

Please note: clients pay for the excursion on board in USD

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Husavik - whale watching by RIB boat

Travelling by RIB (rigid inflatable boat) speed boat you will set off in search of these gentle giants. You will pass by the puffin island of Lundey before you hopefully encounter some of the world’s biggest animals.

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Warm clothes recommended. Safety overalls provided.

Approximate duration: 2 hours

Min/Max participants: 6/48

Available: Day 7

price: 185 USD per person

Please note: clients pay for the excursion on board in USD. This excursion is not suitable for clients with knee and back problems.

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Husavik - bus tour around the Diamond Circle

A number of Iceland’s highlights are visited during this tour. The Asbyrgi Canyon and the Jokulsargljufar Glacial Canyon are spectacular and the ‘echoing’ cliffs at Hljodaklettar offer some wonderful basalt formations. The most powerful waterfall in Europe, Dettifoss, is also on the route today.

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Packed lunch provided.

Involves moderate walking on uneven terrain (approx. 1.5 miles)


Approximate duration: 8 hours

Min/Max participants: 10/45

Available: Day 7

Price: 140 USD per person

Please note: clients pay for the excursion on board in USD

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Husavik - Sea angling

This sea angling trip can be fairly full-on as you take to the waters of North Iceland to try and land some of the bounties that inhabit the waters. Cod, haddock and rather large halibut can be caught as you fish off the coast. Warm clothes and drinking water required.

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Approximate duration: 3 hours

Min/Max participants: 4/10

Available: Day 7

Price: 150 USD per person

Please note: clients pay for the excursion on board in USD. 

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Seydisfjördur - Horseback wildlife tour in Husey

The history of the Icelandic horse reaches back to the 9th Century. This smaller sized horse is considered to be intelligent, well-tempered and versatile. The farm at Husey is located between two glacial rivers, 37 miles north of Egilsstadir. The two-hour horseback ride offers a wonderful way to appreciate the beauty of the coast and the mountains nearby. This tour provides endless opportunities for spotting birds and seals.

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Packed lunch provided.


Approximate duration: 6 hours

Max weight: 220lbs

Min/Max participants: 10/18

Available: Day 8

Price: 180 USD per person

Please note: clients pay for the excursion on board in USD

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Seydisfjördur - Skalanes Nature Reserve

There are very few Icelanders who have visited this secluded and remote area and they are missing out on a real treat. You will explore fascinating archaeological sites with relics from the Viking era. You’ll then head along the fjord surrounded by mountains. At Skalanes Nature Reserve you will visit the heritage and nature centre and learn about the efforts to conserve this wild area for future generations. Around 50 different bird species live here in the summer and so the bird watching can be excellent.

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Approximate duration: 3.5 hours

Min/Max participants: 25/37

Available: Day 8

Price: 155 USD per person

Please note: clients pay for the excursion on board in USD. 


 

Seydisfjördur - Hike amongst the waterfalls

This 1.5 to 2 hours hike will start along a stream and will take you to one of the highest waterfalls in Iceland – the Hengifoss waterfall. It falls 128m from the edge of a plateau into a magnificent gorge and is surrounded by a colourful rock face. On the way, you can enjoy stunning views of the canyon and another astonishing waterfall called Litlanesfoss. Drinking water is required for this hike.

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 Approximate duration: 4 hours

Min/Max participants: 15/40

Available: Day 8

Price: 95 USD per person

Please note: clients pay for the excursion on board in USD


 

Djupivogur - Vatnajokull snowmobile tour

A 4x4 super jeep will take you up to Vatnajokull, the largest glacier in Europe. There are stunning mountain views to be had from up here and the glacier has been used in many films and TV shows, including Games of Thrones. Upon the ice, you will meet with your guide for full instruction and a safety briefing before setting off to explore for a one-hour snowmobile safari. You will travel two people per machine (the driver must hold a valid driving licence).

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As you will be away from the boat for the whole day, you will also enjoy a delicious Icelandic lobster lunch at a local restaurant.

You need to be in good physical health for this excursion.


Approximate duration: 9 hours

Min/Max participants: 10/18

Available: Day 9

Price: 395 USD per person

Please note: clients pay for the excursion on board in USD.

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Djupivogur - Glacier Lagoon

This tour takes you to the magnificent Glacier Lagoon at Jokulsarlon. Huge blocks of ice regularly break off from the vast Breidamerkurjökull Glacier and float as icebergs in the lagoon. You will board a specially equipped boat for a cruise amongst the ice.

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Soup lunch is included.


Approximate duration: 9 hours

Min/Max participants: 20/45

Available: Day 9

Price: 189 USD per person

Please note: clients pay for the excursion on board in USD.

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Djupivogur - Adventurous super jeep tour and hike

Enjoy a super jeep tour from Djupivogur and head towards the Vatnajökull National Park with its hidden nature gems. You will then set off on foot for a challenging hike which is set in exceptionally wild and remote mountain valley scenery. The challenging hike itself lasts for around two hours.

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Back in the jeep, you will tour the area, crossing glacial rivers and driving through spectacular mountain scenery.

A packed lunch is included. You will need appropriate hiking gear and wet weather clothing.


Approximate duration: 5-6 hours

Min/Max participants: 4/18

Available: Day 9

Price: 295 USD Per Person

Please note: clients pay for the excursion on board in USD.

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Vestmannaeyjar - Golf in the volcano

This is a truly unique experience as you have the chance to play just over four hours of golf in the famous golf course, located beside the sea in a sunken volcanic crater. You can take in the stunning views and the rugged coast while playing 18 holes. The course is ranked as one of the best 200 courses in Europe.

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Course fee and equipment included golf balls are extra (around USD 5 each).

Approximate duration: 6 hours

Min/Max participants: 4/20

Available: Day 10

Price: 190 USD per person

Please note: clients pay for the excursion on board in USD. Handicap 36 is required.

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Vestmannaeyjar - Lava Tour (Pompeii of the North)

In the Westman Islands, you can enjoy a guided tour of Heimaey by bus. This excursion will highlight the power of nature as you witness the semi-buried homes and the volcanic crater which have been caused by recent eruptions. A museum visit gives an insight into the geology of the island and an account of both the 1973 eruption, which damaged the homes and the 1963 eruption which created the island of Surtsey (entrance to the museum is included).

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Approximate duration: 3 hours

Min/Max participants: 10/45

Available: Day 10

Price: 110 USD per person

Please note: clients pay for the excursion on board in USD.

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Vestmannaeyjar - Hike on the trail of pirates

You will be taken to Heimaey, the ‘Home Island’, which is known for its extraordinary volcanic landscape. In 1627 the Algerian pirates landed on Heimaey and started to plunder and burn down houses, farms and the church. On this two hour hike, you will learn more about the history of the pirate raid that took place in July 1627.  Drinking water is required for this hike. 

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Approximate duration: 3 hours

Min/Max participants: 15/40

Available: Day 10

Price: 45 USD per person

Please note: clients pay for the excursion on board in USD


 

We include more, no hidden costs

On each of our holidays you will see a clear outline of exactly what's included in the price of your holiday. We never use 'headline' or 'lead-in' prices like so many tour operators, as we prefer to include as much as we can, rather than see our clients incur considerable additional costs in our destinations.
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You can make a pre-reservation to secure your holiday at this stage by paying a deposit but, the provisional departure dates, prices and itineraries remain subject to change. We will contact you when the final dates, prices and itineraries are confirmed and you will have 14 days to decide if you would like to go ahead. If you decide not to travel we will refund your deposit. Our Travel Experts will happily provide you with full terms and a complete quotation.

 

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Thu 09 May 2019
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Adults£ 3,915 Single Adult£ 6,845
Sat 18 May 2019
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Mon 27 May 2019
to Fri 07 Jun 2019
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Adults£ 4,100 Single Adult£ 7,165
Fri 14 Jun 2019
to Tue 25 Jun 2019
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Adults£ 4,100 Single Adult£ 7,165
Sun 23 Jun 2019
to Thu 04 Jul 2019
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Adults£ 4,100 Single Adult£ 7,165
Tue 02 Jul 2019
to Sat 13 Jul 2019
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Adults£ 4,100 Single Adult£ 7,165
Thu 11 Jul 2019
to Mon 22 Jul 2019
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Adults£ 4,100 Single Adult£ 7,165
Sun 01 Sep 2019
to Thu 12 Sep 2019
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Adults£ 3,915 Single Adult£ 6,845

For our full booking terms and conditions please click here

Holiday group size (approximate)

Approximately 150 - 220 on board the ship but for activities the group size will be much smaller.

Group sizes
Most of our holidays require a minimum number of participants to operate. Minimum numbers are detailed on each holiday page and are always approximate. Group sizes for tailor made holidays will vary for each of the activities. For private departures you may also be joined by other guests during the activities unless you have discussed specific private activities with us.

If your selected date has not yet reached minimum numbers you will be informed at the time of booking. In the unlikely event that your chosen date has not reached the required minimum numbers nine weeks before your scheduled departure date we will contact you and discuss the various options available to you. We will always do all we can to operate a holiday and in some cases we may be able to operate the holiday by combining your itinerary with that of other guests for some activities (this may mean that the maximum group size is increased but this will be discussed in full with you).

If we are unable to operate the holiday then you will be offered the chance to transfer to an alternative holiday or date (subject to availability). If the alternative is more expensive you will be asked to pay the difference, if it is cheaper then you will be reimbursed. You will also be offered the option to cancel and receive a full refund of all monies paid.

Minimum age

Whilst Artisan Travel only sells holidays to those aged 18 years and over on a small selection of holidays there may be those under the age of 18 who have booked with other companies and where our local supplier also allow those under 18 to participate (additional activities during tailor made holidays for example). Our travel experts will answer any concerns you may have in this regard.

Medical History and advice

You must inform us at the time of booking if any of your party has a disability, medical or behavioural conditions which could affect their own participation in the holiday or indeed that of the other people on the holiday.

We cannot be held responsible for any incident or event arising from your failure to do so.

Experience and fitness

Any activities included in your itinerary are all designed for beginners. Full instruction and tuition is provided for all activities and you do not need to have any previous experience. For example you need never have set foot on a pair of skis of any kind before a cross-country ski tour. We have adults of all ages and fitness levels taking part in our holidays.

We do highlight certain itineraries where an increased level of fitness is required.If you have any questions at all with regards to fitness levels please get in touch and talk to one of our experts. You can find further details in our trip preparation section online. You must inform us at the time of booking if any of your party has a disability, medical or behavioural conditions which could affect their own participation in the holiday or indeed that of the other people on the holiday.

Guides and safety
It is absolutely essential when partaking in any activity that you listen very closely to, and abide by, the instructions provided. Nobody knows the environment better than our activity providers who work here almost everyday.

Consequently, their knowledge and experience is unsurpassed. If there is anything that you are unsure of during a safety briefing or that you would like to clarify with the guides please make this clear to them immediately before starting the activity.

There may be rare occasions when our guides consider local conditions unsuitable for a certain activity. Hence, your itinerary may be subject to change at short notice but we will always endeavour to firstly find a replacement on the day and secondly, to provide the cancelled activity later in your stay whenever possible. Very occasionally it proves impossible to provide the activity in which case you will be refunded when you return home.

Our guides' word on activities is always final and your safety is their principal concern at all times, please respect their decisions. By following their instructions, your safety and enjoyment during each activity will be greatly enhanced.

You must inform us of any medical conditions that may affect your participation in an activity at the time of booking.

Booking activities locally
In almost all of our destinations you can book and pay for additional activities locally. Please note that we cannot be held responsible for any injury or loss that occurs through any activities that are booked in your destination (see our terms and conditions for further details).

Please always ensure that your safety is your primary concern when arranging any such activity.

Car Hire

If your trip includes car hire the named driver must have a credit card registered in their name which they can present when they collect their car along with their driving licence, as a deposit will be held on the credit card.  Please see your trip dossier for full details.

Payment and cancellation terms:

Please note that the following payment and cancellation terms supersede those mentioned in sections 2 and 6 of our general booking terms and conditions.

Payment terms

A deposit of 20% of the total holiday cost is required at the time of booking. Full payment is required 90 days prior to departure.

Cancellation terms

After booking and more than 62 days prior to departure = loss of deposit

61-43 days prior to departure = 30%

42-29 days prior to departure = 60%

28-15 days prior to departure = 90%

14 days or less prior departure = 100%



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