The early morning was fine, sunny, and even warm here in Húsavík. We started our all-day tours. We learned a lot about local geology and Icelandic culture. Along the way, we spotted volcanos, bubbling mud pots, and a huge shallow lake, Mývatn, filled with a myriad of birds and framed with a surprising display of flowers. We ended the day at Akureyri with a live musical performance in the lounge after dinner.
National Geographic Explorer
We started the day with beautiful weather and a gorgeous sail into Heimaey. An adventurous group from National Geographic Explorer hiked up the volcano that threatened the city in 1973, and others took a panoramic tour of the area. The grand finale for everyone was a visit to the Volcano Museum, which is built around a house that was partially destroyed in the eruption. In the distance, we could see steam and gases from a new volcanic eruption. After leaving Heimaey, we sailed around several of the Westman Islands, where the only ‘residents’ are seabirds nesting on the cliffs. Gannets, northern fulmars, puffins, black guillemots, and red-necked phalaropes were prolific. We found a large group of gannets diving into the water to catch fish. Several minke whales were spotted briefly before we headed off for our visit to Surtsey, which we circumnavigated. After the guest slideshow and the Captain’s Farewell, our ship sailed by National Geographic Resolution as we passed the newly erupting Litli-Hrutur.