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Iceland Ocean Cruise Walking & Hiking Tour

Passage to the Land of Fire & Ice

From $7,998 - $8,198 pp dbl. occ. | 8 days / 7 nights

(+$1,900 to $4,100 for sgl. occ.)

Discover Iceland as the Vikings did... by sea! Aboard a luxury ship, journey toward the Arctic Circle. Sojourn on secluded islands with vast puffin colonies. Cruise down magnificent fjords toward unspoiled wilderness. Venture inland to explore the wild volcanic landscape. Feel your own saga unfold as you glide effortlessly through Nordic waters.

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Iceland

Start/End Reykjavík

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Highlights

  • Hike amid ancient volcanoes, bizarre rock formations and pristine fjords as you voyage near the Arctic Circle
  • Explore dramatic landscapes and secluded islands exclusive to Backroads guests
  • Rejuvenate in mineral-rich thermal pools and venture near steaming mud pots
  • Indulge in the luxury of the intimate Ponant superyacht—with fine French cuisine, open-air lounges, a pool and spa treatments
Iceland

Start/End Reykjavík

Iceland Ocean Cruise Map

Itinerary

Days 1-2 Begin your adventure with a hike around tranquil and beautiful Hvalfjördur fjord, with its volcanic mountains and verdant valleys | See thundering Glymur Waterfall before boarding Ponant's refined ship—Le Champlain or Le Boréal | As we sail north, admire the majestic views, disembarking to explore Iceland's breathtaking Westfjords | Hike to the mighty Valagil Waterfall, built by layers of ancient lava | Meet up with a local expert to explore the rich heritage of the quaint and bustling fishing village of Ísafjördur.

Days 3-4 Greet one of the largest colonies of Iceland's most famous seabird, the Atlantic puffin | The vibrant green and grassy island of Grímsey is home to more than 60 species of birds—including razorbills, northern fulmar and black guillemots—along with about 100 inhabitants of mostly fishermen and their families | Marvel at beautiful basalt columns created when heavy lava flow met with the cold sea | Peek into Grjótagjá Lava Cave—a brilliant cavern where some scenes of Game of Thrones were filmed | Take in the views of serene and otherworldly Lake Mývatn | Discover the north's striking landscape and volcanic activity.

Days 5-6 Trek to picturesque and remote Skálanes Nature Reserve | Hike along a secluded shoreline and past cascading waterfalls in Seydisfjördur, one of the most captivating towns in Iceland, sitting on the inner point of its stunning namesake fjord | At Heimaey, climb to the crater rim of Eldfell Volcano—the highest point on the island, where panoramic vistas await | Visit a museum to learn about the 1973 eruption of Heimaey's Eldfell that almost destroyed the harbor and erased the town from the map.

Days 7-8 Completing our Iceland adventure, cruise to one of the country's most geothermally active regions, including the town of Hveragerdi | Trek through rugged landscapes near the active volcano of Mount Hengill | Hike along steaming waterfalls and take a dip in thermal waters | Head further into the breathtaking Reykjadalur Valley, past bubbling mud pots and a hidden cascade.

Please note: Due to the multiple stateroom options available on this trip, reservations can only be made by contacting one of our Trip Consultants at 800-462-2848 or via email.

PORTS OF CALL Hafnarfjördur | Ísafjördur | Grímsey Island | Akureyri | Seydisfjördur | Heimaey Island

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Prices

From $7,998 - $8,198 pp dbl. occ.
8 days / 7 nights

(+$1,900 to $4,100 for sgl. occ.)

Premiere Ship

Le Champlain
Ponant Ship

Le Champlain (7 nights)

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 1-3

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

Why Travel with Backroads in Iceland

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Accommodations may vary based on departure date. Any difference from what is listed below can be found by clicking on your desired date on the View Scheduled Dates or Private Dates tabs.

Le Champlain

Ponant Ship

Le Champlain (7 nights)

With just 92 staterooms, Ponant's Le Champlain has the intimacy and sophistication of a private yacht, including comfortable open-air lounge areas with panoramic views and elegantly designed staterooms. (pool, spa)

View the deck plans. See Dates & Prices for specific ship, stateroom category availability and embarkation/disembarkation details. 

This Trip Is Rated Levels 1-3

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next—and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

Daily Route Options (drag to see full )

Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 3 400
4 500
Embarkation in Reykjavík
2 3 100
3 200
Historic Tour of Ísafjördur (1 Hour)
3 5 700 6 800
4 1 200 6 1000
3 400 7 1200
4 600
5 3 0 6 0 6 700
6 3 200 4 1200
7 4* 200 200* 900 9* 900
8 3 300
4 500
Disembarkation in Reykjavík
 

Note: The terrain on this trip is a mix of narrow rocky mountain trails, well-maintained paths and rolling headlands, with some steeper inclines and descents.

* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity level and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Meals

All breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners

Also Included

  • Expert Backroads Trip Leaders, on ship and on shore
  • Off-the-beaten path exploration
  • Access to all ship amenities
  • Impeccable and personalized service from ship staff and Backroads Leaders
  • Exclusive activities that amplify your appreciation and understanding of the local culture
  • Exclusive routes
  • Gratuities on ship and on shore handled by your Backroads Leaders
  • Exploring lesser known routes away from busy ports
  • Easy-to-use route directions so you're free to explore independently
  • Access to all ship activities and excursions
  • Wine included with all onboard meals

Get the Straight Talk about This Trip

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Accommodations, Group Size & Meals

The ships we sail on are your floating luxury hotel for the entire trip, letting you visit a new city or country each day without having to unpack and pack up your bags! These 100- to 250-passenger ships are exclusive by ocean standards and are custom‐designed with a variety of inviting common spaces so you'll have plenty of room for both relaxing and socializing.

Itinerary

Our daily itinerary is based on scheduled sailing times and as a result some days have more opportunities for exploring on land while other days have more time aboard ship.

Climate

The combination of Iceland's prolific waterfalls, vast ice fields, vibrant green landscape and warm ocean currents makes this island like no other place in the world. The island's climate can be as surprising as its terrain, with weather patterns and microclimates that can bring sun, wind, fog, sleet, rain and snow all in the same day (or hour!). Please be sure to bring warm layers and waterproof gear for every day of the trip.

In addition, the fluctuating weather may result in delays to port departures and trip itinerary changes, but rest assured that your Backroads Trip Leaders are always prepared to make necessary adjustments to ensure a great trip while keeping safety the top priority. 

Why Travel with Backroads in Iceland

The Best Leaders in Iceland

Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in Iceland, and our guests back that up, rating our Trip Leaders an average of 9.75 out of 10 for all-around quality of performance. Get the facts (and no fluff) on how we recruit and develop the very best people for your trip.

A Variety of Routes Each Day

In Iceland you head off each morning after choosing among several expertly designed routes—all with detailed directions, mileage and shuttle options. Unlike trips with one fixed daily route (or worse, one guide that everyone's obliged to follow), you're free to enjoy the best of the region at your pace, stopping wherever you want to explore further.

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our Iceland trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

In Europe Since 1988

Backroads has been welcoming active travelers to Europe since before the Berlin Wall came down. Today it's virtually our second home. We know the perfect roads and trails, the most scenic valleys and hilltop towns, the hidden churches and gem-like museums, the up-and-coming vintners and celebrated chefs—and, of course, all the best places to stay.

We've Set the Standard

For nearly four decades we've worked to earn and maintain our right to call Backroads the world's #1 active travel company. In pursuing that vision on behalf of our guests, we believe we've set the standard for our industry—captured in the Backroads Quality Guide, which clearly sets out the benchmarks of excellence, choice and support that we live by

Quality You Can Measure

Since 1979, Backroads Founder and President Tom Hale has shown that staying #1 means constantly evaluating our performance using the best possible source of information: our guests. As we systematically analyze your feedback on our trip consultants, leaders, hotels, meals and on-trip activities, we never stop working to make a great company even better.

Experts with Secrets to Share

In choosing the ideal experts to enrich your travel experience, we look for people with a wealth of local knowledge, but also the ability to convey their insights in English. Too often travelers find themselves smiling politely, not quite understanding what they're being told. Our experts share intriguing facts, anecdotes and inside stories that stay with you forever.

Choose Your Fellow Travelers

With Backroads you won't end up with kids on what you thought was an adult trip; we have exclusive departures for families, so they're off having their own adventures. As you browse our unrivaled selection of trips and dates, you can count on finding a trip in Iceland that's geared exclusively to your choice of traveling companions.

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Straight Talk

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Accommodations, Group Size & Meals

The ships we sail on are your floating luxury hotel for the entire trip, letting you visit a new city or country each day without having to unpack and pack up your bags! These 100- to 250-passenger ships are exclusive by ocean standards and are custom‐designed with a variety of inviting common spaces so you'll have plenty of room for both relaxing and socializing.

Itinerary

Our daily itinerary is based on scheduled sailing times and as a result some days have more opportunities for exploring on land while other days have more time aboard ship.

Climate

The combination of Iceland's prolific waterfalls, vast ice fields, vibrant green landscape and warm ocean currents makes this island like no other place in the world. The island's climate can be as surprising as its terrain, with weather patterns and microclimates that can bring sun, wind, fog, sleet, rain and snow all in the same day (or hour!). Please be sure to bring warm layers and waterproof gear for every day of the trip.

In addition, the fluctuating weather may result in delays to port departures and trip itinerary changes, but rest assured that your Backroads Trip Leaders are always prepared to make necessary adjustments to ensure a great trip while keeping safety the top priority. 
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