Iceland

7 to 21 days | PRICE: 3’500 € / week


Iceland is a volcanic island located midway between North America and mainland Europe. It lies just below the Arctic Circle between latitudes 64 and 66 degrees north. The capital is Reykjavik, the northernmost capital in the world and is located exactly halfway between New York and Moscow. Iceland gained full independence from Denmark in 1944 and is part of the EU. The Westfjords, especially from Reykjavik to Isafjördur, are ideal for cruising in spectacular fjords and bays where you can enjoy the wildlife, the endless hiking possibilities or visiting one of the innumerable small fishing harbors.

Departures:
From June 12, 2021
Embark & Disembark:
Reykjavik and / or Ísafjördur
Guests:
6 + 1 Guide

Overview


Iceland is a volcanic island located midway between North America and mainland Europe. It lies just below the Arctic Circle between latitudes 64 and 66 degrees north. The capital is Reykjavik,  the northernmost capital in the world and is located exactly halfway between New York and Moscow.

Iceland gained full independence from Denmark in 1944 and is part of the EU. The local currency is the Icelandic Króna (1 EUR = 153 ISK).

We are proposing 1 to 3-week itineraries, with  many possible routes depending on your project / duration and interests, that our team and crew will be happy to discuss with you in advance.

One option is sailing out of Iceland’s capital Reykjavik, heading up along the wild west coast and make your way north to the remote coastal town of Isafjördur (which can also be a departure and/or arrival point for our voyage, as it is connected to Reykjavik with daily flights and roads).

The Westfjords, especially from Reykjavik to Isafjördur,  are ideal for cruising in spectacular fjords and bays where you can enjoy the wildlife, the endless hiking possibilities or visiting one of the innumerable small fishing harbors. The northwestern coast looks like a hand stretching towards Greenland and consists of many long, steep fjords. The northernmost of these fjords, now largely uninhabited, are a paradise of flowers and birds in summer and provide fascinating cruising.

You can expect to see some of the world's largest creatures on your tour. No matter the port you leave from in summer, you have an excellent chance of seeing minke and humpback whales; sei, fin, and blue whales may also appear.



Some anchorages on the route


Hvalfjördour

This is the nearest major fjord to Reykjavik. It offers various sheltered anchorages. The landscape of Hvalfjörður is varied and beautiful, with wide areas of flat land along majestic mountains, green vegetation in summer and beaches cut with creeks.

Arnastapi

A spectacular anchorage under the SE flank of the Snaefellsjökull, a glacier-capped volcano. There is quite a large arctic tern colony in the village itself. A walk along the coastline is recommended to watch the birds and the magnificent lava formations. The seaside and the cliffs between Arnastapi and Hellnar have been made a Natural Reserve in 1979.

Grundarfjördour

A fishing port in attractive surroundings with view on the distinctive hill of Kirkjufell, one of Iceland’s most photographed landscapes. Whales and orcas have been seen from the harbour at Grundarfjörður numerous times.

Stykkisholmur

The atmosphere of this beautiful town Stykkishólmur is set by old houses that make you feel like a time traveler. The church in Stykkisholmur is a fascinating architectural structure. It makes a beautiful landmark both from land and sea. The view from the church over Breidarfjordur is spectacular.

Patreksfjördur

A charming village in the Westfjords of Iceland, Patreksfjörður is populated with approximately 650 inhabitants. The natural beauty of the area offers many exciting hiking options. A favorite local tourist attraction is a pirate exhibition depicting the stories of pirates that raided the Icelandic shoreline in the 15th and 16th century.

Þingeyri

Þingeyri is a small village situated on a spit of land in one of Iceland's most scenic fjords, Dýrafjörður. This small harbour is worth visiting for its historical connections with Basque whalers.

Ísafjörður

Bordered on three sides by dramatic mountains that form a natural harbor, the idyllic town of Ísafjörður—population 2,600—serves as a charming exploration hub for the surrounding Westfjords peninsula.


Life on board

You will be welcomed back onboard in a cozy and comfortable environment, securely at anchor in a protected bay. Your gear and ski clothing will be taken care of by the crew, making sure they are dry and ready for the next morning.

Getting a rest in your spacious cabins with individual restroom, shower and heating system, or enjoying the views surrounding the anchorage, you will find the environment to relish the day’s experience and properly relax ahead of dinner.

Ours is a culinary experience as well. Our first mate and chef will propose gourmet cuisine and typical local dishes assorted with a selection of quality wines, bearing in mind the nutritional requirements of outdoor activity. To store energy and recover properly we will carefully prepare meal packs with proper nutritional ingredients and hydration to carry with you as you head for your climb, and you will be treated with après-ski recovery snacks that will make you return eagerly onboard.

Evenings onboard become a special time for camaraderie and sharing experiences, planning the anchorages and ski lines along your voyage.


Prices include
  • Stay onboard the ship for the specified voyage duration
  • Professional skipper, chef and IFMGA mountain guide
  • Standard offshore lifejacket and lifeline
  • Shore landings and tours with the dinghy
  • Bedding and towels
  • Onboard food (breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner), hot beverages and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Fuel and all port dues

Prices exclude
  • Air fares to and from departure point.
  • Insurance (personal medical, travel, cancellation, etc)
  • Alcoholic beverages.
  • Food and beverages on the day of arrival until boarding
  • Ski, trekking or other outdoor activity gear.
  • Voice and data communication using onboard equipment.
  • Entry fees into parks, museums, etc

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