Circumnavigation of Iceland

Program Overview

From glaciers capping volcanoes to Viking ruins coexisting with geothermal baths and geysers, the natural wonder of Iceland is revealed on this eight-night cruise round-trip Reykjavík aboard the deluxe, World Traveller — a small ship able to glide into ports inaccessible to larger vessels and to alter course as ethereal waterways, rugged fjords and magisterial glaciers unfold before you. Explore cosmopolitan Reykjavík on a city tour that includes visits to the National Museum of Iceland and Hallgrímskirkja Church. Cruise into Siglufjörður to visit its Herring Era Museum, which recreates the history of fish salting during the early 20th century. Savor the breathtaking scenery of Lake Mývatn and see the “dark castle” lava formation of Dimmuborgir. Cross the Arctic Circle as you near the coast of UNESCO-designated Surtsey, one of Earth’s youngest islands. Immerse yourself in Iceland’s primal landscapes at the best time of year, when the midnight sun of the summer solstice melds into lingering twilight.

Program Details

June 25 to July 3, 2025 (World Traveller)
From approximately $6,995* plus air View Terms & Conditions
  • Exclusive journey to enchanting Iceland, the “Land of Fire and Ice,” where glaciers cap active and dormant volcanoes and Viking ruins coexist with geothermal baths, mud pots and geysers.
  • Created in our tradition of innovative programming and educational travel.
  • Access to ports unavailable to larger vessels and included excursions throughout your program.
  • Specially arranged walk on Grímsey Island, located directly on the Arctic Circle.
  • Distinguished guest speaker Felicity Aston, British polar explorer and the first woman to ski alone across Antarctica.
  • Two UNESCO World Heritage sites — Surtsey and Vatnajökull National Park - Dynamic Nature of Fire and Ice.
  • Reykjavík Pre-Extension Option.

Day 1      Depart home city

Day 2     Reykjavík, Iceland/Embark World Traveller

Day 3     Vigur Island/Ísafjörður

Day 4     Siglufjörður/Grímsey Island/Arctic Circle

Day 5     Húsavík/Lake Mývatn/Goðafoss

Day 6     Seyðisfjörður

Day 7     Djúpivogur/Jökulsárlón Glacier

Day 8     Heimaey, Westman Islands/Cruise by Surtsey Island

Day 9     Reykjavík/Disembark ship/Return to home city

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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World Traveller

Exclusively Chartered Small Ship 

  • Luxury small ship, able to dock in smaller ports inaccessible to larger ships 
  • 89 suites and staterooms, each with an ocean view, and most with a private balcony. 
  • All meals included on board the ship, as well as alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages 

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Iceland, Golden-Circle, Stokku Geyser

Reykjavík Pre-Cruise Extension

Soak in the Blue Lagoon and visit the iconic Hallgrímskirkja Church on this two-night immersion in Reykjavík. See Iceland’s “Big Three” wonders, known as the Golden Circle — the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Thingvellir National Park; the two-tiered “Golden Waterfall” of Gullfoss; and Strokkur, an active geyser that erupts every few minutes. Accommodations are at the deluxe Parliament Hotel.

The Pre-Cruise Extension is available at an additional cost. Details will be provided with your reservation confirmation. 

Felicity Aston

Felicity Aston MBE

There is an anecdote on Felicity Aston MBE’s website that talks about her first “expedition” at the age of 9, which involved “being bribed” up a modest peak in England by her parents. Aston, now one of the most accomplished polar explorers and climate scientists of modern times, says this childhood milestone changed her life. Today, she is both the only woman in the world to have skied across Antarctica alone and the first person in the world to have traversed the continent purely by muscle power, which gave her a place in the Guinness World Records. Her polar career began two decades ago when she traveled to Antarctica as a meteorologist with the British Antarctic Survey. By age 23, she was monitoring climate change at the Rothera Research Station on the Antarctic Peninsula. Her Kaspersky Lab Commonwealth Antarctic Expedition was the first to “Tweet to the Pole” and material from her Pole of Cold expedition has been developed into a traveling art exhibition. Aston has since written five books and produces articles for publications in the U.K. and abroad. She is also owner of Iceland's beautiful Vigur Island, where she lives with her family.

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Program Itinerary

Day 1 Depart home city

Depart your home city for the overnight flight to Reykjavík, Iceland.

Day 2 Reykjavík, Iceland / Embark World Traveller

Arrive in Reykjavík, Iceland, and join the group for a Reykjavík city tour.

Known as the “smallest big city in the world,” Iceland’s capital dates to 870. An Augustinian monastery was founded here during the medieval era, followed by centuries of settlers who fished, farmed and established a center for wool production. Today, this modern, cosmopolitan city is rich with culture, natural beauty and a thriving tourist economy.

Your panoramic excursion begins by showcasing Laugardalur Park, home to colorful botanical gardens, recreational facilities and Iceland’s only zoo. Pass by the park’s large pool, heated with geothermal water. Continue to the National Museum, where over 2,000 artifacts provide a window to Iceland’s rich history, culture and heritage. Collections span from the year 1600 to today.

Next, step into the remarkable Hallgrímskirkja, perched at the top of Skolavordustigur Street. Icelandic architect Guðjón Samúelsson found inspiration amid Iceland’s magnificent landscapes and features of nature — such as mountains and lava formations — can be spotted in the church’s impressive design. Your tour also includes a visit to the Perlan Museum where you can take in spectacular city views before returning to the port to embark the deluxe World Traveller.

You will also meet Guest Speaker Felicity Aston, who will be joining us on our journey.

Day 3 Vigur Island / Ísafjörður

Today you will tour of Vigur Island and Ísafjörður.

Captain’s Welcome Reception: Join your fellow passengers for a Captain’s Welcome Reception, followed by dinner on board this evening.

Day 4 Siglufjörður / Grímsey Island / Arctic Circle

This morning we arrive in Siglufjörður. During the first half of the 20th century, Siglufjördur was the center of the herring fishing industry in not just Iceland, but the North Atlantic. With unspoiled cliffs and a dazzling harbor, it has since transformed into one of the largest towns in Iceland.

Stroll through delightful Siglufjördur and step into its past at the Herring Era Museum — featuring five restored buildings, including a salt house, factory and former freezing plants. Listen to live accordion music, taste traditional rye bread and other specialties and explore period living quarters on this enlightening tour.

From there we cruise to Grímsey Island, which straddles the top of the world at 66 degrees north. It is the only part of Iceland that lies within the Arctic Circle. Disembark for a short excursion on foot and watch for sea birds, including large colonies of puffins and arctic terns.

Day 5 Húsavík / Lake Mývatn / Goðafoss

Begin your day of discovery at Námaskarð — a geothermal wonder with hot springs, fumaroles and boiling mud pools. You might immediately notice the barren landscape. Due to the soil’s heat and acidity, the earth here is not suitable for vegetation. Walk among the surreal lava formations of Dimmuborgir, which translates to “Dark Castles” or “Dark Cities.” This volcanic field is covered in unique craggy black lava stacks and caves. Continue driving along the shores of Lake Mývatn to see the pseudo craters at Skútustaðir, formed when hot lava flowed across the wetlands over 2,000 years ago. From there, you will travel to the legendary Goðafoss waterfalls.

Falling 40 feet, the waterfall fed by the Skjálfandafljót River earned its name from the time when Christianity was introduced to Iceland and ultimately prevailed as the country’s main religion. Under pressure from Norway to convert from its polytheistic traditions, the country was under threat of a potential Norwegian invasion. Legend has it that Thorgeir Thorkelsson, a lawspeaker in the Althing, Iceland's parliament, threw wooden idols of Norse mythology into the falls, which angered Thor, Loki and other Norse deities. The gods split the waterfall into two and the majestic falls have been known as “Waterfall of the Gods” ever since.

Day 6 Seyðisfjörður

Soak in Seyðisfjörður’s mountainous scenery, charming cafes, local handicrafts and traditional Icelandic architecture as you begin your tour. Witness the picturesque Blue Church with its trademark rainbow pavement leading down to the street. This iconic landmark stood at a farm until 1882 when it was moved to Vestdalseyri. After being destroyed in a storm in 1894, the church was rebuilt in a different location and was moved to Seyðisfjörður in 1920. Enjoy a specially arranged cultural and musical performance, featuring Icelandic songs.

Free Time: Enjoy some time at leisure to explore the town at your own pace or even take a hike up to the waterfall.

Day 7 Djúpivogur / Jökulsárlón Galcier

Drive through the small coastal town of Djúpivogur, nestled in a deep cove between the Hamarsfjörður and Berufjörður fjords. During your outing, take in views of towering mountain, unique land formations, wetlands, beaches and charming villages.

Pass by the outstanding Álftafjörður, or swan fjord, and the fishing town of Höfn before arriving at Jökulsárlón — a beautiful glacier lagoon in the UNESCO World Heritage‑designated Vatnajoküll National Park. Here, board specially designed small boats for a private cruise on this deep lake. Revel at luminous, drifting icebergs, spy seals resting nearby and touch ice that has calved off the outlet tidewater glacier. Along the way, listen for the majestic sounds of calving ice as it crumbles and crashes into the water.

Day 8 Heimaey, Westman Islands / Cruise by Surtsey Island

Disembark for a scenic tour of Heimaey Island, the largest of the 15 islands on the Westman Islands archipelago. Savor its picture-perfect vistas, sweeping scenery, moss-covered cliffs and wildlife as we travel to see the ruins of ancient Viking farmhouses in Herjólfsdalur Valley. From there, continue to observe Heimaey’s largest puffin colony from the headland of Stórhöfði (one of Europe’s windiest places), and view a Norwegian stave church in Stafkirkjan — a gift from Norway to commemorate the 1,000th anniversary of Christianity in Iceland.

Marvel at the imposing, 720-foot-high Mount Eldfell and then tour the Eldheimar Museum, which chronicles the fateful and heroic events of January 1973, when people were forced to evacuate the town of Vestmannaeyjabaer in the middle of the night. Today, the ground is still hot enough to bake bread.

This afternoon, we cruise along the coast of Surtsey Island, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the youngest and most fragile islands on Earth. This new island rose from the sea in 1963 and was named after Surtr, a fire giant from Norse mythology.

Captain’s Farewell Reception: Join fellow travelers for a Captain’s Farewell Reception and share your favorite stories from the expedition with fellow passengers. Dinner is also on board this evening

Day 9 Reykjavík / Disembark ship / Return to home city

After breakfast, disembark the ship and transfer to the airport for your flight home.