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.
1-2 Kick off your Icelandic adventure at the remarkable World Heritage site of Thingvellir National Park, where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates come together in a way unlike anywhere else in the world Nearly half of Iceland's array of flora grows here, though you'll find nothing taller than a shrub-like dwarf birch Tour a geothermal greenhouse before making yourself at home on Ponant's stylish and refined ship Walk between jagged cliffs, lava outcrops, black-sand beaches and the ocean as you admire the stunning Snaefellsnes Peninsula If it's a clear day, you can even view the Snaefellsjökull Glacier.
3-4 Greet a colony of puffins in a remote part of the world Grímsey Island is a bird-lover's dream with over 60 species calling the island's cliffs home As you explore the island, step over the Arctic Circle from south to north and back again Set out on a hike from Grjótagjá, a locals' favorite lava cave with a thermal spring inside Walk through lava fields for a close-up look at Hverfjall Volcano's caldera Take in the views of starkly beautiful Lake Mývatn Get to know the museums and galleries of Akureyri—the country's second largest city.
5-6 Breathtaking scenery awaits—from tall, steep mountains to historic coastal towns On the west coast of Álftafjördur, discover the picturesque and friendly fishing village of Súdavík Hike to the mighty Valagil Waterfall, built by layers of ancient lava Wander in the lush Tunguskógur Valley, home to a rare forest of Sitka and Lutz spruce Explore the flourishing cultural life and rich heritage of bustling Ísafjördur At Heimaey, climb to the highest point on the island and the top of Eldfell—a volcanic mountain formed in the significant 1973 eruption—for panoramic vistas before hiking down to navigate the island's most recent lava field Back on the coast, visit the Danish fort of Skansinn and wooden stave church, gifted to the Westman Islands from Norway.
7-8 Cruise to one of Iceland's most geothermally active regions, including the town of Hveragerdi, renowned for its hot springs and greenhouses heated by geothermal power Trek through rugged landscapes to the active volcano of Mount Hengill After you ascend to a high plateau meadow strewn with wildflowers and lined with hot springs and a steaming hot waterfall, dip a toe (or take a soak!) in the thermal waters Heading further into Reykjadalur Valley, enjoy vistas of bubbling mud pots and a hidden cascade.