Join us for a journey to see a land of fire and ice. Iceland’s location close to the Arctic Circle and on the mid-Atlantic Ridge has given the country unique natural and geological features. Circumnavigating the island, we will experience the beauty of fjords, waterfalls, bird cliffs, wetlands, arid highlands, geothermal power, lakes, lagoons and glaciers. Encounter the fascinating local culture against the backdrop of some of the world’s most breathtaking landscapes. Throughout the voyage, learn about the geology, wildlife and botany of this spectacular area from lecture presentations offered by your knowledgeable on board Expedition Team.
Vestmannaeyjar Island, Iceland –
Visit the town of Heimaey, partly covered by lava as the result of Eldfell’s volcanic eruption dating back to 1973. Hear the history of how an operation to cool the advancing lava with sea water saved the harbour. Later, cruise by ship past Surtsey; born from volcanic activity in 1963, it is Iceland’s youngest island.
Djupivogur, Iceland –
Enjoy a cruise by local watercraft across a huge freshwater lagoon formed by the melting ice of one of the several tongues of the Vatnajökull Glacier. See the crystal clear blue ice of hundreds of massive icebergs that float in the lagoon or have run aground.
Husavik, Iceland –
At Iceland’s self-declared “Whale Capital of Iceland,” visit the whale museum and go on a whale-watching excursion looking for humpback and minke whales, as well as other cetaceans.
Akureyri, Iceland –
Akureyri is the gateway to Lake Myvatn (“Midges Lake”). The lake is part of a protected nature reserve and many birds (including thirteen species of ducks) frequent the surrounding wetlands. Nature’s power is plainly displayed in Namafjall’s geothermal springs, as well as on a walk along the lake’s shore onto some pseudo-craters, and through the massive, often unusual lava formations of Dimmuborgir.
Hornbjarg and Latrabjarg bird cliffs, Iceland –
Silver Cloud will cruise past some of Europe’s largest bird cliffs, a truly stunning sight to experience. Watch as we sail for many miles along stretches where tens of thousands of Atlantic Puffins, Northern Gannets, Razorbills and guillemots perch, safely away from predators.
Vigur Island, Iceland –
Visit the tiny and private island to see how Icelanders collect eider down. The island is also home to Atlantic Puffins and Arctic Terns, which can be seen while walking across the island. After the walk enjoy home-baked cakes and cookies made by Vigur Island owners.
Dynjandi, Iceland –
Iceland is well-known for its dazzling waterfalls, and the Dynjandi is recognized as one of the country’s most impressive and majestic. Hike past six other spectacular waterfalls to reach Dynjandi, the Westfjords’ biggest at 100 feet wide, with a 330-foot tumble into the fjord below. Dynjandi means “the thundering one,” named for its enormous sound.
Weather permitting, the Silver Cloud offers the opportunity to kayak in a small group under the guidance of certified kayak instructors. These special excursions are a chance to appreciate the wilds of the Arctic in silence.
• Meet the owners of Vigur Island to learn about Eider Duck farming. Enjoy their company over a cup of tea or coffee and home-baked cookies and cakes.
• See Heimaey, the “Pompeii of the North” and hear the tale of how the surrounding harbor was saved.
Wildlife Watch List:
• Harbour seal and grey seal
• Humpback whales, Minke whales, white-beaked dolphins and harbour porpoises
• Birds of note: Red-breasted Merganser, Harlequin Duck, Arctic Skua, Common Eider, Black-legged Kittiwake, Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Common Gull, Redwing, Razorbill, Common Guillemot, Black Guillemot, Brünnich’s Guillemot, Atlantic Puffin, Redshank, Eurasian Oystercatcher, Arctic Tern, Northern Gannet, Northern Fulmar
Expedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather, wildlife activity and ice conditions. Expedition Team members scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation.
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