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Iceland Circumnavigation Cruise

On this Iceland Circumnavigation cruise, explore the entire coastline of the “Land of Ice and Fire,” going to remote shores where cars cannot reach, yet hitting many of the inland hotspots on full-day, land-based excursions. An added bonus for active travelers is the opportunity to add on kayaking to see this island country like no other expedition.

Itinerary highlights include: whale watching in Húsavík, Iceland’s whale watching capital that’s home to up to 24 different whale species; exploring the Látrabjarg bird cliffs, the largest seabird cliffs in Europe; and discovering Seydisfjordur, a hidden gem on Iceland’s east coast; plus Husavik. Also visit Djupivogur, the gateway to Vatnajokull National Park with Europe’s largest glacier, and a black-sand-beach iceberg lagoon; as well as the famous Godafoss waterfalls. Along the way, enjoy choices for daily excursions, with activities for various fitness levels.

See snow-capped peaks that rise above glaciers and hear active volcanoes rumble. Walk along black-sand beaches strewn with glittering bergy bits and discover geysers and fumaroles and bubbling mud pools. Explore markets, art sculptures and charming fishing towns. In one of the most geologically active places on earth, enjoy the flexibility that a small ship expedition provides. Your captain will set the course some days to take advantage of weather and wildlife. And expert naturalists and historians will reveal the Iceland below the surface, a land rich in wildlife, culture and fascinating human history.

An alternative 26-day ultimate adventure—Northern Isles: Scotland & Iceland—offers a combination of the main Iceland Circumnavigation Cruise + Wild Scotland Cruise. Also, an alternative 23-day ultimate adventure—Arctic Wonders: Iceland & Spitsbergen—offers a combination of the main Iceland Circumnavigation Cruise + Spitsbergen: Realm of the Ice Bear Cruise.

Home base is the 132-guest Greg Mortimer, but note that in order to experience some of Iceland’s incredible scenery, a number of the shore excursions on this itinerary use overland coach to travel away from the coast for the best of both worlds.

Read on for details about this Iceland circumnavigation, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s Iceland cruises, Svalbard cruises, Northern Europe cruises, Arctic cruises and Arctic trips.