Iceland Northern Lights & Whales
Iceland Northern Lights & Whales Combination Tour 7 Days aboard Ocean Diamond
This special journey in the land of “fire and ice” gives you the opportunity to witness the spectacular phenomenon of the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis), whilst enjoying unrivalled whale watching opportunities. Combining a 3 day cruise aboard the Ocean Diamond expedition ship with a 3 day bus tour, you will get to see both the coastal and inland delights of this geologically remarkable country. Discovering the volcanic landscapes and mystical lands steeped in Viking history that have made Iceland one of the most fascinating places to visit on earth, this unique expedition will allow you to explore a diverse array of natural wonders, enjoy exciting shore excursions, and get a full insight into the culture and history of Iceland.
Please note: This itinerary is also available in reverse.
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- Take a 3 night cruise around Iceland's north-west coast aboard the Ocean Diamond expedition ship
- Enjoy a 3 day inland bus tour to exciting destinations
- Great chances of seeing the Northern Lights!
- Spectacular scenery and natural landscapes of glaciers, volcanoes, lava fields and lagoons
- Abundant birdlife and whale watching opportunities
- Learn all about Iceland’s culture, nature, people and history
- A wide array of extra shore excursions and activities available
- Good standard accommodation throughout
- Full board accommodation onboard ship including all breakfasts, lunches and dinners, as well as coffee, tea and water
- All Zodiac excursions (weather dependent) with Icelandic/English speaking guide
- Presentation program delivered by a team of knowledgeable experts and guest speakers
- Onboard entertainment program
- Complimentary Windjacket
- 3 day bus tour with 3 nights in standard accommodation 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners
- Whale watching cruise in Húsavik on RIB boat
ITINERARY6 Nights 7 Days
- Day 1 | Reykjavik, Embarkation
- Day 2 | Stykkisholmur
- Day 3 | Isafjordur
- Day 4 | Husavik - Disembark for Coach Tour
- Day 5 | North to North-West Iceland
- Day 6 | Countryside to Reykjavik
- Day 7 | Reykjavik - Depart
Your Iceland combination tour will begin in Reykjavik, the vibrant and unique Icelandic capital. Having arrived in Reykjavik independently you will make your way to the Old Reykjavik Harbour, a five minute stroll from the main squares, to board your expedition vessel. We recommend spending some time either pre or post-cruise to explore the world’s northernmost capital city and we have a number of programmes and extension tours available should you wish to do so. We can also provide details of air and ground packages for convenient and hassle-free arrival to Reykjavik.
Embarkation will begin in the early evening and after having familiarised yourself with your home for the next 3 nights we will leave the harbour behind and begin our sail northwards. As we sail out of Reykjavik we recommend spending some time on deck as the spectacular Northern Lights may well make their first appearance for us!
The first stop on our Icelandic adventure will be the small town of Stykkisholmur on the Snaefellnes Peninsula. Thanks to its spectacular diverse landscapes, Stykkisholmur is often referred to as “Iceland in Miniature” and this is the perfect place from which to begin our exploration of this unique country. We will board our Zodiacs here to make land to discover this beautiful area that is home to the bird-rich Breidafjordur Bay and the Snaefellsjokull 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.
Numerous optional activities and excursions are available here including a fascinating boat tour with delicious sushi served “Viking style”, a bus tour around the peninsula, and a Snow Cat tour on the Snaefellsjokull glacier. Please note that these tours should be booked in advance and are not included in the cost of your package. Please enquire for rates and availability.
Day 3 of our Iceland cruise will take us to the idyllic town of Isafjordur, the largest town in the Westfjords region. Here we will discover awe-inspiring views of dramatic fjords carved by ancient glaciers, sheer table mountains that plunge into the sea and pristine North Atlantic vegetation. This remote peninsula, connected to the Icelandic mainland by only a narrow strip of land, offers ample opportunities for exploration and optional extras include a kayaking tour in Flateyri where you will have the chance to see an abundance of birdlife whilst paddling through the frigid waters surrounded by a spectacular mountain backdrop. A boat tour of the scenic island of Vigur, and a bus tour to the magnificent Dynjandi waterfall are other options here.
In the evening we will board the Ocean Diamond again for our last night onboard, and make sure to spend some time on deck as there will be excellent chances of more sightings of the Northern Lights.
Husavik - Disembark for Coach Tour
In the early hours of this morning we will sail into Skjalfandi Bay and Husavik, the “Whale watching capital” of Iceland. The town’s offshore waters are home to 15 different whale species, as well as dolphins, and this is quite simply the best place in Iceland to see these gentle giants at close range. Watching these graceful ocean giants in their Arctic habitat is an exhilarating experience, and after breakfast you will bid farewell to the Ocean Diamond and join your included whale watching RIB boat tour.
While you have been on your exciting whale watching cruise your luggage will have been transferred to the awaiting coaches for the land portion of your tour. After your whale watching experience you will board the coach to begin your 3 day guided bus tour, beginning with a trip to the beautiful Lake Myvatn area with lunch provided en-route. In the evening we will check into our hotel in either the Lake Myvatn area or Husavik. Your hotel for the night will be a good standard 3-star hotel and will include a tasty evening meal.
North to North-West Iceland
After breakfast at the hotel, this morning we will board the coach again for a full day guided tour of the north and north-western areas of Iceland. As we make our way through the spectacular scenery of this diverse part of the country highlights will include a visit to the impressive Godafoss, “the waterfall of the Gods”. Lunch will be provided on route.
After a full day of exploring this evening we will check in to a 3-star hotel in the northwest Icelandic countryside to enjoy a tasty dinner and a great night’s sleep.
Countryside to Reykjavik
After breakfast at the hotel, we will board the coach for the last day of our guided coach tour. Today we will make our way back to Reykjavik, passing some remarkable sights along the way including Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in the world. We will enjoy lunch whilst admiring the beautiful Hraunfossar waterfalls and will have time to stop at Thingvellir National Park, the ancient site of the world’s first parliament.
Upon arrival in Reykjavik you can enjoy an included tour of this unique city at the top of the world before checking in to your 4-star hotel for your included overnight stay. Please note that dinner tonight is not included in the cost of your package and can be taken at your leisure. You may wish to enjoy dinner in one of the city’s excellent eateries, and we can offer advice on the best places to go.
Reykjavik - Depart
This morning sadly signals the end of your Iceland tour. If you have opted for an optional air & ground package then you will be transferred to the airport for your flights home. Alternatively, there are multiple options available for extending your stay in Reykjavik and we will be happy to share details of these with you. You could explore inland areas like the Golden Circle and its famous Gullfoss waterfall, take a helicopter tour of the silver circle, visit the famous Blue Lagoon and Geysir areas, or simply relax in the city and soak up the unique atmosphere and hospitality.
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We have just returned from our Spitsbergen trip with Wildfoot and had to tell you what an amazing time we had! We saw 6 polar bears including a mother with 2 cubs as well as whales, walruses and lots of birds. The ship (Expedition) was really comfortable and the guides were so helpful and friendly. Thank you so much for making it all so easy.
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We had always wanted to see the Arctic and travelling all the way from Australia needed lots of information. After getting nowhere, we came across Wildfoot and found people who knew what they were talking about! Sara and John were so helpful and made the process easy, suggesting Iceland Greenland and Spitsbergen. This was perfect for us – amazing scenery and lots of wildlife, especially the polar bears in Spitsbergen. Thanks for everything. Ps, the ship was great too!
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Standing on the North Pole has been an ambition of mine since childhood and now I have done it! Thank you for making the process so easy - seeing polar bears and whales too was a real bonus.
The Sea Spirit expedition was excellent and the team organising it all were extremely good. 10 out of 10. Everything went very smoothly. The Iceland extension worked perfectly, all the organisation, connections etc. were excellent
The cruise was beyond my expectations. Got to see everything the captain wanted, even a polar bear mother with three cubs. Coal Miners Cabins were smashing. I did loads of birding and exploring over three days. All the people were great from the expedition leaders down to the passengers. So glad to have achieved my ambition of some 50 years standing and got amongst the ice of the Arctic, walked amongst it’s islands and witnessed the antics of its wonderful wildlife. What’s next??? I’ll need to speak with Sara again.
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Just wanted to send a quick note to say thank you very much for all your help in arranging our recent trip to Svalbard. Everything ran smoothly and the trip was a great success. Unfortunately I had to flew back a few days early and missed out on Isfjord Radio, which the rest of the team said was a brilliant place with amazing food, still the Basecamp Hotel and Nordenskiold Lodge were pretty amazing places, so I’m not complaining!
Writing back to tell you that the trip to the Arctic was all that it promised and more. It was a great wild-life sightseeing opportunity and the staff were really good.I had an excellent trip and have thousands of photos to go through.
I had an absolutely fabulous time won the Sergey Vavilov, it is an excellent ship. Sara was indeed right in her recommendation that they would be the most likely to push north into the ice to find the polar bears. We even circumnavigated Spitsbergen which was awesome and not o n the itinerary.It is such a wonderful way to take a trip when you are on your own – so if any of your potential single clients are unsure, definitely recommend it – I didn’t feel alone from the moment I stepped on board. I will be at the Birdfair next weekend and so will catch up with whoever is there – regarding this trip, and potentially my next!
Great cruise, staff and expedition team. Had a great trip.
Great cruise, staff and expedition team. Had a great trip.
We had a wonderful time, even though we didn't do all the places we were supposed to but we all felt were we went instead couldn't beaten. Saw animals I wanted to see. Bit worried what the food was like as some of the ships cooking leaves something to be desired, but food was very good. We thought all the guides were brilliant and informative, friendly and knowledgeable It was far better than we expected and even my husband thoroughly enjoyed it!
I wanted to let you know that I had a wonderful cruise in the Russian Far East. The landscape and destination were inspiring, we had some excellent wildlife sightings (sea otter, grey whale, Steller's sea eagle, snowy owl and Arctic fox were all firsts for me), and the Heritage team were superb. Rough seas forced a few changes to the itinerary but we also had some fabulous weather. All in all, a thrilling travel experience.Thanks once again for all your efforts
I thought you might like to know that this was an excellent holiday. Our guide, Brad, was absolutely wonderful, his enthusiasm and knowledge made the holiday even better. All in all the whole trip was excellent and we saw lots of bears, 24 on the first day. Fewer on the second and third days but still plenty, as well as arctic foxes,silver foxes and snowy owls. Even on the last day near the town we saw a bear on rocks by the beach.
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