Iceland & Isles

Discover Iceland and the Northern Isles

 

When visitors dive deeper into Iceland, they find so much more than they intended or expected. It is one of the few destinations in the world that has a little bit of everything. But many only see Reykjavík and its outer environs. While these are worthy destinations, and our guests will still experience those iconic sites, the real heart of the country is in its remote landscapes, vast interior, and hard-to-reach coastal gems where we center our explorations.

 

And for the 2021 season, we’ve curated nine incredible new activities on our Circumnavigation of Iceland expeditions to help you discover this island nation with all your senses. Choose from:

 

  • An exceptional culinary walk in Ísafjörður

  • Biking in scenic Bolungarvik

  • A tour of Iceland’s largest bird collection at the Sigurgeir’s Bird Museum

  • A rejuvenating body-and-soul experience at the tranquil GeoSea Baths

  • Hiking to the top of the striking Hálsar mountain range

  • 4x4 super jeep tour in the highlands and canyons of southeastern Iceland

  • Hiking dramatic black-sand beaches outside Djupivogur or taking an art and sculpture walk

  • Spotting teeming colonies of puffins, gannets, and guillemots at the Bird Cliffs of Heimaey

  • Beer tasting at a first-of-its-kind brewery in the Westman Islands

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A Circumnavigation of Iceland

July 11 & 24, August 2, 2021 | 11 Days | Aboard National Geographic Explorer

 

Iceland’s geology in all its manifestations––glaciers, thundering waterfalls, immense cliffs, geothermal springs, boiling mud pots, and rock and lava-scapes of unearthly beauty––is world-class. It alone makes a circumnavigation a very compelling idea. And when you add in the other itinerary components––Iceland’s people, their unique cultural heritage and contemporary character, the island’s geography and birdlife––seeing it all in one 360º Iceland circumnavigation cruise expedition is irresistible.

Wild Iceland Escape

July 7 & 20, 2021 | 6 Days | Aboard National Geographic Explorer

 

Discover why Iceland is known as the “land of fire and ice” on this 6-day escape to the remote fjords and volcanic isles along the country’s western coast. Sailing by ship offers a unique perspective of this island nation. Land at hard-to-reach coastal villages infused with the legacy of Viking explorers. Set out by Zodiac to view towering cliffs teeming with nesting seabirds. Hike the dramatic tundra punctuated with photogenic wildflowers. And for a closer look at Iceland’s interior choose your own adventure on one of five optional land extensions—from a thrilling heli-hiking tour of glaciers and ice caves to an exploration of the Snafellsnes peninsula’s epic natural wonders.


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Legendary Northern Isles: Scotland, Faroes, & Iceland

June 26, 2021 | 13 Days | Aboard National Geographic Explorer

 

Encounter Shetland ponies roaming verdant landscapes. Go back in time at Skara Brae, a 5,000-year-old stone-slab village on Orkney and see the mysterious standing stones of the Ring of Brodgar. Walk with a historian through Jarlshof archaeological site, a complex of ancient settlements spanning 4,000 years of human history. Meet the welcoming islanders who call the scenic Faroes home. Observe incredible birdlife—massive puffin colonies in the Faroes and Grimsey, and on the Cliffs of Noss, thousands of murres and kittiwakes. Experience a near circumnavigation of the geologic wonders of Iceland.

Volcanoes aren’t the only hot spots here, the culture scene is too!

 

Knútur_Svavar.jpgLocals in Iceland and the Northern Isles hold fast to tradition and you’ll find it infused in many different facets of their culture—from music and dance to daily life. Thanks to our deeply rooted network in the region, we’ve created uncommon encounters that will connect you to these places in an incredibly authentic way. Learn more and listen here!

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