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Circumnavigating Iceland

Program Overview

Discover the enchanting “Land of Fire and Ice,” where glaciers cap active and dormant volcanoes and Viking ruins coexist with geothermal baths, mud pots, and geysers. Enjoy a city tour of Reykjavík, featuring visits to the lauded National Museum and Hallgrímskirkja Church. Cruise into Siglufjörður and Seyðisfjörður—dramatically-sited ports inaccessible to larger vessels. Cross the Arctic Circle as you cruise the coast of UNESCO-designated Surtsey, one of Earth’s youngest islands, and visit Grímsey Island. Complement your expedition with the Reykjavík and the Golden Circle Pre-Program Option.

Program Details

July 17 to 25, 2023 (Le Bellot) June 24 to July 2, 2023 (Le Bellot)
From $5,695 plus air View Terms & Conditions
  • Specially designed showcase of the enchanting “Land of Fire and Ice”—bubbling mud pots, picturesque waterfalls, powerful geysers, rugged coastlines, and pristine glaciers.
  • Unique, exclusively chartered, seven-night cruise circumnavigating Iceland aboard the five-star, ice-class expedition ship Le Bellot.
  • Cruise into ports unavailable to larger vessels—Siglufjörður and Seyðisfjörður.
  • Cruise along Surtsey, one of Earth’s youngest islands and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Visit to Grímsey Island, located on the Arctic Circle.
  • Opportunities to view orcas, humpback whales, and rare migratory birds.
  • Private cruise of Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon in UNESCO World Heritage-designated Vatnajökull National Park.
  • Educational lectures aboard ship.
  • Music performances, a live demonstration of traditional herring salting, and opportunities to learn more about Icelandic culture.
  • Le Bellot has only 92 suites and staterooms, each with a private balcony.
  • Complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages throughout the cruise and complimentary Wi-Fi access (conditions permitting).
  • Reykjavík and the Golden Circle Pre-Program Option.

Day 1 - Depart the U.S. or Canada

Day 2 - Reykjavík, Iceland / Embark Le Bellot

Day 3 - Grundarfjörður for Snaefellnes Peninsula

Day 4 - Siglufjörður / Grímsey Island for the Arctic Circle

Day 5 - Húsavík for Lake Mývatn

Day 6 - Seyðisfjörður

Day 7 - Djúpivogur for Jökulsárlón

Day 8 - Heimaey, Westman Islands / Cruise along Surtsey Island

Day 9 - Reykjavík / Disembark ship / Return to the U.S. or Canada

Please note that the ship’s cruising pattern and direction are dependent on weather and sea conditions and are subject to change.

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Le Bellot

Exclusively Chartered, Five-Star Luxury Small Ship

Le Bellot, launched in 2020, ushers in a new generation of five-star small ships, combining revolutionary design and a new standard of luxury for unparalleled cruising. Dock in smaller ports inaccessible to larger ships, where authentic cultural experiences and majestic scenery await you.

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Reykjavík and the Golden Circle Pre-Program Option

The captivating city of Reykjavík and its surrounding natural wonders provide you with the perfect prelude to Iceland. Tour the legendary Golden Circle—UNESCO World Heritage-designated Þingvellir National Park and the thundering terraced cataract of Gullfoss Falls and Strokkur, possibly the world’s most iconic fountain geyser. Enjoy an excursion to the Reykjanes Peninsula, a UNESCO Global Geopark and natural marvel with an array of lighthouses. There, you will visit Brimketill lava rock pool and the site of the lava flood from the volcanic activity of 2021. Accommodations are for three nights in the deluxe Hotel Borg.

The Pre-Program Option is available at additional cost. Details will be provided with your reservation confirmation.

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Program Itinerary

Day 1 Departure

Your trip will begin by departing the U.S. or Canada.

Day 2 Reykjavík, Iceland

Arrive in Reykjavík and begin your tour with a visit to botanical gardens of Laugardalur. Continue to the National Museum, where over 2,000 artifacts provide a window to Iceland’s history and culture, and visit Hallgrímskirkja church, whose distinct silhouette rises above Reykjavík’s skyline. Continue to Reykjavík’s old town center before embarking the boat.

Please note that the ship’s cruising pattern and direction are dependent on weather and sea conditions and are subject to change.

Day 3 Grundarfjörður for Snaefellnes Peninsula

Discover Iceland’s past in the village of Grundarfjörður and travel onward to Djúpalónssandur to explore the cove that once housed roughly 70 fishing stations. Stop in Malariff to view the 20-meter lighthouse and continue to the small fishing community of Arnarstapi. End your tour of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula in Búðir, famed for the dramatic black lava landscape and yellow sand beach. Watch for seals, which may be spotted basking in the bay. Attend the Captain’s Welcome Reception on board this evening.

Day 4, Morning Siglufjörður / Grímsey Island / Arctic Circle

See Siglufjörður, one of Iceland’s most dramatically sited towns, and visit its Herring Era Museum, which recreates the history of fish salting and oil processing during the early 20th century. Return to the ship and cruise to Grímsey Island, which straddles the top of the world at 66 degrees North. Walk across the Arctic Circle.

Day 5 Húsavík for Lake Mývatn

Explore northern Iceland’s extraordinary natural landscapes, stopping at Námaskarð—a geothermal wonder—and the pseudocraters at Skútustaðir, formed when hot lava flowed across the wetlands over 2,000 years ago. Walk among the surreal “dark castle” lava formations of Dimmuborgir and drive along the shores of Lake Mývatn. Continue to Goðafoss, or “Waterfall of the Gods.”

Day 6 Seyðisfjörður

Visit the sky-hued Blue Church on the 11-mile-long fjords of Seyðisfjörður and observe a specially arranged cultural and musical performance. 

Day 7 Djúpivogur for Jökulsárlón

Enjoy a full-day scenic excursion, along Iceland’s eastern coast with stunning mountain views. Board a specially designed small boat for a private cruise amid the luminous blue icebergs of Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon in UNESCO World Heritage-designated Vatnajoküll National Park and touch the ice that has calved off the outlet tidewater glacier (weather permitting).

Day 8, Morning Heimaey, Westman Islands / Cruise by Surtsey Island

Arrive at Heimaey Island, part of the Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands) archipelago, and stop at Sprangan. See the ruins of ancient Viking farmhouses dating from A.D. 650 in Herjólfsdalur Valley, observe Heimaey’s largest puffin colony from the headland of Stórhöfði and view a timbered stave church in scenic Skansinn. See the imposing Eldfell volcano and tour the Eldheimar Museum, which chronicles its fateful activity of 1973. This evening, cruise along the coast of Surtsey Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the youngest and most fragile islands on Earth. Enjoy the Captain’s Farewell Reception on board this evening. 

Day 9 Reykjavík / Return to U.S. or Canada

After breakfast, disembark and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the U.S. or Canada.