Iceland Circumnavigation 2022

Reykjavik to Reykjavik

with Quark Expeditions

Experience an unforgettable journey around the island of fire and ice. Iceland is a country of contrasts and the diverse natural landscape provides the possibility for unique experiences like nowhere else on earth. This cruise reveals both natural wonders and the Icelandic way of living. A range of exciting shore excursions brings the unique character of Iceland closer to you. This voyage reveals a diverse array of natural wonders and the Icelandic way of life, including a visit to Grimsey, just north of the Polar Circle.

Cruising Reykjavik to Reykjavik Sailing Date 20 July 2022 From $6,673 pp share double

About your Ship, the Ocean Diamond
Passenger Capacity: 224
Built / refurbished: 1974 / 2012

The 224 passenger vessel was completely refurbished in Norway in 2012 and is perfect for our exploration being large enough to provide stability, speed, spacious cabins and ample public space, yet small enough to manoeuvre in remote areas. The vessel is outfitted with the most current navigational and communications technology as well as with retractable stabilisers for smooth sailing. The vessel is ice strengthened and features 18 Zodiacs for our forays ashore.

Your Cabin/Suite
With a maximum of 224 passengers, the Ocean Diamond offers cabins across its five decks. There a range of cabins and suites available and all feature outside views (porthole, window or balcony), full private en-suite bathrooms featuring bathtub and shower, a writing desk, individual temperature control, in-room safe, refrigerator, satellite phone access, hairdryer and flat-screen television and DVD player. Cabins range in size from 17 square metres to 30 square metres.

Your Space
The Ocean Diamond features spacious public areas and ample deck space from where you can admire the beautiful passing landscapes. Public areas and facilities include an observation lounge with bar, a fitness centre, pool with bar, sun deck, lecture threatre with state of the art audio visual equipment, library and lounge. The restaurant serves all passengers in one, open seating and cuisine onboard is international. There is also a gift shop, clinic and a spa onboard.

Your Dining
The single sitting restaurant is located on the Lower Deck and is both spacious and light. Breakfast and lunch are served buffet style and dinner is served to your table. All meals include a vegetarian option. Afternoon tea also served daily around the afternoon excursions and coffee, tea and water are available complimentary around the clock. Weather permitting, there will be the opportunity to dine outside on occasion.

Life Onboard
The atmosphere onboard is focused on exploration and discovery with all the creature comforts you would expect from a vessel of this calibre. The onboard crew offer excellent service and in addition the expedition team will enrich your experience with their knowledge of the region. Through a lecture programme and shore expeditions, they will share their expertise and passion with you. After a day of exploration ashore, you will return to the comfort of a sophisticated ship with a friendly crew and informal atmosphere. A fleet of Zodiacs are used for landings and nature cruises, and during your voyage you will have the opportunity to visit the Captain and Officers on the Bridge to learn more about your journey, further fostering the expeditionary nature of our voyage.

Itinerary
Day 1: Reykavik, Iceland

Use your leisure time in Reykjavik to discover the unique charm of the world’s northernmost capital. The OCEAN DIAMOND docks in Old Reykjavik Harbor in the heart of the city, a five-minute stroll from the main squares, shopping and dining. The ship departs in the evening.

Day 2: Stykkisholmur
Stykkisholmur is the starting point of our adventures on the Snaefellnes Peninsula. Often called “Iceland in Miniature” because of its it diverse landscapes, the area is home to bird-rich Breidafjördur Bay and Snaefellsjökull glacier, which sits atop a 700,000-year-old dormant volcano that was featured in the Jules Verne novel Journey to the Center of the Earth

Day 3: Isafjördur
Today‘s destination is Isafjördur, an idyllic town in the Westfjords region. This secluded peninsula is connected to the Icelandic mainland by only a narrow strip of land and includes many roadless areas where cars have never been. The landscape includes jaw-dropping views of dramatic fjords carved by ancient glaciers, sheer table mountains that plunge into the sea and pristine North Atlantic vegetation.

Day 4:  Siglufjordur/Hrisey

By morning we reach the fjord town of Siglufjordur, once the hub of the global herring industry and now enjoying a rebirth in popularity. Learn about the golden age of herring at the award-winning Herring Era Museum located on the vibrant harbor-front. In the early afternoon we head to Hrisey, the second largest island of Iceland. With only 153 inhabitants, the island is located in Eyjafjordur, about 22 miles (35 km) north of Akureyri.

Day 5 Flatey/Husavik
In the morning we visit Flatey Island. Its a natural haven for birdlife and home to the arctic tern and puffins, which can be observed at close quarters. In the early afternoon we steam further into the Skjalfandi Bay and visit Husavik.

Day 6: Husavik

Husavik is often called the “Whale watching capital” of Iceland, the town’s offshore waters are home to 15 different whale species, as well as dolphins and 30 varieties of birds. Watching these graceful ocean giants in their Arctic habitat is an unforgettable experience.

Day 7:  Seydisfjördur

Iceland’s East Fjords are best explored from the impossibly picturesque port of Seydisfjordur, nestled between the sea and steep mountains. Activities include seal spotting, horseback riding, and visiting the beautiful nature reserve Skalanes.

Day 8: Djupivogur
Today’s port of call is Djupivogur, fishing village in southeast Iceland, starting point for an optional excursion to the amazing glacier lagoon. Huge blocks of ice constantly break off the glacier, Breiðamerkurjökull, and large icebergs float on the lagoon. The lagoon is not very wide but it is up to 250 meters deep which makes it the deepest lake in Iceland.

Day 9:  Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands)
Located off Iceland’s south coast, the Westman Islands were formed by submarine volcanic eruptions around 10,000 years ago. Surtsey Island emerged from the sea in 1963 and is one the youngest land masses on earth. We go ashore on Heimaey, the only inhabited island, where half-buried houses remain from a violent 1973 eruption. During the shore landing there is time for bird watching and you might even spot whales.

Day 10: Reykjavik
After breakfast we bid farewell to the OCEAN DIAMOND as we sail back into Reykjavik. Explore inland areas like the Golden Circle and its famous Gullfoss waterfall via our Air & Ground package or other post-cruise programs. Or simply hang out in Reykjavik, a perfect city for those who want to refresh their spirit in a place that combines invigorating outdoor activities, great food and world-class entertainment.

Please Note:
All routes and excursions are provisional and subject to change as weather, sea and ice conditions may affect the itinerary.

Includes
* 10 day cruise as shown onboard Ocean Diamond
* All meals while onboard, including coffee, tea & water
* All Zodiac Excursions ashore with an expert expedition team
* Icelandic/English speaking guides
* Lectures and entertainment onboard
* Expedition Jacket to keep (please note this is a waterproof layer only, you will need warm layers underneath)

Where will my cabin be?
Porthold cabins (Category P) are located on the Lower Deck. Please note porthole covers may be closed during sea days or during inclement weather for saftey reasons
Obstructed View (Category O) are located on the Captains Deck
Twin Window (Category D) are located on Upper, Main and Captains Decks
Further cabin categories and pricing available on request

Travel dates
Sailing Date 20 July 2022

Please note:
Many departures available through 2022 and 2023, please enquire and we will find out for you what dates may be available.

Book by
31 December 2021

Price
From $6,673 pp share double Porthole Cabin Category P
From $9,341 per person share twin Obstructed View Category O
From $12,637 per person share twin Window Cabin Category D

Subject to availability at time of booking. Further cabins and prices available on request

Terms & Conditions
Prices shown unless otherwise stated are in NZ$, and are subject to currency fluctuations and are for payment by cash, Eftpos, direct deposit or cleared cheque only.  Credit Card payments are also accepted but will incur a small surcharge, please enquire.   Price includes all discounts.  Price includes your cruise fare based on a share twin/double basis in NZ$, based on cabin categories shown, and known Port Taxes & Govt Fees. Gratuities additional. Must book by 31 December 2021,  with deposit due immediately upon booking confirmation.  Prices correct as at 01 September 2021 and are subject to change or withdrawal without notice. Other conditions may apply.