Scheduled flight from Germany to Keflavik
Journey to Reykjavik/Iceland
Reykjavik/Iceland, departure 19.00 hrs
At the northern edge of Europe, nature makes its mark with contrasts of heat and ice and geological extremes. Be enchanted by beautiful, mystical landscapes, deep fjords and fascinating wildlife. In the Nordic summer, you have a good chance of seeing humpback and fin whales that have returned after the winter. Your exciting circumnavigation begins with the Westman Islands. In 1973, the Eldfell volcano erupted on Heimaey covering it in lava streams. Take a scenic flight above volcanoes and waterfalls* and see the black fields stretch out below you. There is also a world of surprising contrasts to discover on the peninsula.
Relaxation at sea
East coast of Iceland (Seydisfjordur, Bakkagerdi )
Marvel at Seydisfjordur, located at the end of a fjord surrounded by snow-capped peaks. The historic wooden buildings will provide great photo opportunities as you take a walk. The flourishing plant variety in the Vestdalur Valley* is an enchanting sight. Iceland’s magical side as the “island of mythical creatures and trolls” is revealed in Bakkagerdi. Legend has it that the queen of the elves reigns over Borgarfjordhur and the bird-inhabited cliffs where countless puffins learn to fly.
North coast of Iceland (Husavik , Grimsey , Akureyri, Hrisey )
The feeling of a true expedition will develop on the north coast of Iceland. Together, the fjords and the sea create a natural canvas that is at once remote and soul-stirring. Husavik is the European capital of whale watching*. Will you manage to spot humpback whales, porpoises and dolphins in the ice-blue bay? The waterfalls of the north* are a wonder to behold – for example Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall cascading around 45 m (148 ft). A hike in Asbyrgi Canyon* will take you across the rocky horseshoe-shaped basin, an impression left behind by an enormous horse according to the legend. The expedition route takes you on to a magical destination: the northern Arctic Circle on Grimsey. Discover the striking basalt columns as your experts provide insights into the geology and wildlife on this volcanic island. A true pearl of the north, Akureyri sits on a long fjord. You will have plenty of time to explore the old town with its cultural scene and the famous botanical gardens at your own pace. The rugged north of Iceland* provides a fascinating contrast, with volcanic forces bubbling on the earth’s surface. Visit Godafoss, the “waterfall of the gods”. Following their Christianisation, the Icelanders are said to have consigned their pagan idols to the thundering waters. Alternatively, explore the remote, inhospitable and lunar-like settings of Iceland’s highlands in a jeep* or experience nature up-close with a ride on Icelandic horses*, known for their gentle demeanour and their special tolt gait. Conclude your adventures by seeing out the day in one of Akureyri’s restaurants or cafes and enjoy the ambience of an evening by the fjord. Will the next day’s weather allow you to land on the small island of Hrisey? Once ashore, this dreamy piece of earth tells of life in the home of the rock ptarmigan.
West coast of Iceland (Reykjarfjordur, cruising in the western fjords and off Latrabjarg, Grundarfjordhur)
The HANSEATIC nature shows you Iceland in a way that most other travellers cannot experience. Look forward to the magic of solitude in the western fjords. Rugged landscapes and deep inlets – with people only few and far between. The small village of Reykjarfjordur is an isolated place to live. Land with the Zodiacs and wander through the vast and seemingly endless terrain. Iceland’s natural treasures continue on a flexible cruise in the western fjords – fjords that stretch out into the Atlantic like fingers on a hand and create an extraordinary landscape. Take in the scenery from the many open deck spaces and the deck tour at the bow. With a little luck, you will have the opportunity to see whales. The sheer cliffs of Latrabjarg are a nesting ground for millions of puffins, guillemots and razorbills. Your experts are happy to share their expertise on the different species of bird and reveal exciting facts about them. The explorer in you will take flight in Grundarfjordhur. The western peninsula of Snaefellsnes* brings together all of Iceland’s characteristic natural elements: cooled lava flows, steep fjords and snow-covered volcanoes serve as reminders of the elemental power of creation. Your explorer’s heart is bound to beat faster on a cave adventure in the volcano*. A local guide will lead you towards the “centre of the earth” – as Jules Verne described it. Impressive rock formations and stalactites with yellowish crystals line the way. The final entry in the logbook of your unforgettable expedition.
Reykjavik/Iceland, arrival 7.00 hrs
Overnight stay with breakfast
Journey to Keflavik
Scheduled flight from Keflavik to Germany
* The shore activities are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage. Subject to change.
The itinerary depends on official approval and the weather conditions. The natural experiences and wildlife sightings described are possibilities on this expedition and are not guaranteed