Iceland Circumnavigation 11 Days aboard Greg Mortimer
This fantastic cruise will take you all the way around the remote and visually stunning volcanic island of Iceland to get up-close to its awe-inspiring landscapes, fascinating culture, unique hospitality and abundant birdlife. The exquisitely diverse landscapes offer up a world of hot springs, volcanoes, thundering waterfalls, black sand beaches, towering mountains and lava fields, all waiting for you to discover them. Exploring along the coast and through enchanting inland areas, you will enjoy thrilling Zodiac cruises and exciting walks and hikes as we find out what makes this beautiful island so special.
Namibia Birding and Photography GuideAn accomplished and experienced Namibia birding and photographic guide, Toni holds a Namibia Academy for Tourism and Hospitality Level 3 qualification (the highest level attainable in Namibia) and is widely renowned for her extensive knowledge of the cultures, ornithology, flora, astronomy and wildlife of the country. Read more >
Wildlife Guide & PhotographerAndy is a 6th generation Falkland Islander, with a passion for wildlife, plants and photography. Raised in the Falkland Islands, Andy developed a close affinity with the Islands natural environment at a young age. School holidays where spent in the ‘camp’ or countryside with friends and family. For more than 10 years, Andy had the privilege of spending a time on Sea Lion Island, visiting his mother who managed one of the Islands premier tourist destinations. Read more >
Photographer and founder of the Travel Photographer Of The Year awardsA fascination with natural light and a passion with nature, landscape and travel underpin Chris Coe's photography. His images often have a striking simplicity and graphic quality. More recent work has introduced a subtlety with experimentation with both movement and light.Read more >
Falklands Expert & GuideBorn in Chartres in the West Falklands, Jenny grew up on the family farm where her love for animals was nurtured by the25,000 sheep, horses and cows that lived alongside her. Forever a nature, conservation and wildlife enthusiast Jenny has travelled extensively throughout the Falkland Islands, visiting each and every wildlife island at least once, and even travelling around some by yacht. Read more >
- Discover a world of incredible scenery, with waterfalls, volcanoes, hot springs, geysers and much more!
- Enjoy excellent whale watching opportunities
- Visit Vatnajökull National Park to see Europe’s largest glacier
- Explore around the remote fjords and bays of the Westfjords and learn all about the volcanic eruptions on Heimay in the Westman Islands
- See some of the most geologically active areas in Iceland including the incredible ‘heaven and hell’ contrast in landscape at Lake Mývatn
- Myriad birdlife
- Exciting Zodiac cruises and kayaking options
- Resident photography guide
- Full board accommodation on board ship with daily breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks
- Wines, beers and soft drinks with dinner
- One night hotel accommodation in Reykjavik pre-voyage
- Group transfers to and from ship
- Captain's Welcome and Farewell drinks including four-course dinner, house cocktails, house beer and wine, non-alcoholic beverages
- Zodiac landings and excursions
- Programme of expert lectures
- Loan of rubber boots
- Complimentary 3-in-1 polar jacket
- Printed photo book with images from your expedition
Special Offer Details
Book by 31st December and receive up to 20% discount off the published rates for select cabins!. Offer applicable when booked before 1st January 2020
Applies to new bookings in select cabins, subject to availability, and cannot be combined with any other offer. Full terms & conditions apply.
ITINERARY10 Nights 11 Days
- Days 1 - 2 | Reykjavik
- Day 3 | Stykkisholmur / Látrabjarg cliffs
- Days 4 - 5 | Westfjords
- Day 6 | Akureyri & Mývatn
- Day 7 | Grímsey / Húsavik
- Days 8 - 9 | Iceland's East Coast
- Day 10 | Westman Islands
- Day 11 | Reykjavik
Having arrived independently on day 1 to Reykjavik, Iceland’s vibrant capital city, you can make your way to the hotel for your included overnight stay. The rest of the day will be at your leisure and you may wish to spend some time soaking up the sights and sounds of this unique city.
After breakfast on the morning of day 2 you will join your included transfer to the port to board your expedition vessel. After settling into your comfortable cabin and exploring your new surroundings, the ship will set sail into the beautiful fjord of Hvalfjördur where some time on deck or in one of the observation lounges should reward in sightings of various seabirds and seals. Time permitting, we may enjoy our first Zodiac cruise here or a shore visit to see the old whaling station and war museum.
Throughout your Iceland cruise, our itinerary will be flexible, with your experienced captain and crew choosing the best course each day for optimal experiences.
Stykkisholmur / Látrabjarg cliffs
Our first full day of expedition adventure will bring us to Snaefellnes Peninsula, the gateway to the Snæfellsjökull National Park, where we will arrive at Stykkisholmur to enjoy a full day excursion around the town and its surrounding areas. An area of diverse landscapes, characterised by lava fields and glistening fjords and home to bird-rich Breidafjordur Bay, the area is crowned by the magnificent, ice-capped Snæfellsjökull volcano which will dominate the landscape throughout.
Magnificent areas you will visit on today’s excursion include Arnarstapi, where you can enjoy a walk around the town to see the columnar basalt, ravines and grottoes surrounding the pier and seek out observations of the resident Arctic tern colony. A walk along the coastline here will reward in more bird sightings including fulmars and kittiwakes as well as gaining excellent views of some magnificent lava formations.
Grundarfjörður will be a highlight today as we get up-close views of one of Iceland’s most famous mountains, Mount Kirkjufell. This beautiful area is home to spectacular waterfalls and abundant birdlife. We will also visit Bjarnarhöfn to enjoy a guided tour of the shark museum and have the opportunity to taste the famed cured shark.
After a busy day on land, back on board we will sail towards Isafjordur passing the immense Látrabjarg cliffs along the way. This is Iceland’s westernmost point and is home to a huge population of razorbills and puffins.
We will now spend two days exploring around the spectacular Westfjords region where pristine North Atlantic vegetation, dramatic fjords and sheer table mountains that plunge into the sea create one of the most unforgettably diverse landscapes you might ever see. Our itinerary will be flexible here and may include visits to Isafjordur to see the famous Dynjandi waterfall and enjoy a cruise around the stunning fjords. There will also be ample opportunities for bird-watching, energetic hikes and optional kayaking excursions. Please note, kayaking excursions incur an additional cost and should be booked in advance.
During our time in this region we also hope to visit the Hornstrandir peninsula, among many other places, to enjoy its dramatic fjords, towering bird cliffs, stunning natural beauty and wildlife encounter opportunities.
Akureyri & Mývatn
This morning we will arrive at Iceland’s second largest city, picturesque Akureyri, where we can enjoy a gentle walk around the old town to see its beautifully maintained period houses which are perfectly framed by the glorious backdrop of a huge snow-capped mountain.
Following this we will head inland to the nearby Mývatn region, said to be the most geologically active area in Iceland. There will be a number of options for activities and excursions here, each taking up a full day and bringing you to the area’s most impressive sights. These excursions will take you to places such as the incredible Goðafoss waterfall, one of the most famous of all of Iceland’s many waterfalls, the sulphurous mud springs of Námaskarð, and Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe.
Other options include the Mývatn Nature Baths where you can enjoy a relaxing dip amidst clouds of steam rising up from a fissure deep in the Earth´s surface, the enormous lava rocks and cliffs of Dimmuborgir and the beautiful Akureyri Public Park and Botanic Garden.
Each tour will end with a transfer to Húsavik, where your ship will be waiting for you. You can explore the small town at your own leisure before re-boarding the ship to sail to Grímsey Island. Please enquire for full details of each available excursion.
Grímsey / Húsavik
The next stop on our Icelandic cruise will be the verdant grassy island of Grímsey where an exploration here will see us cross the imaginary line of the Arctic Circle. We will spend some time here enjoying Zodiac cruising through the waters in search of sightings of whales and seabirds including puffins, guillemots and gulls. This will also be another great spot for the kayakers among us.
Sailing back towards the mainland we will enjoy some further whale watching opportunities in the waters of Skjálfandi Bay around Húsavik, Iceland’s ‘whale watching capital’. Here we will hope for numerous sightings of some of the excellent numbers of 24 different whale species that are frequently found here along with dolphins and abundant seabirds. If luck is on our side we may enjoy memorable sightings of orca and even Blue whales, the largest animals on the planet!
Iceland's East Coast
Sailing along Iceland’s beautiful eastern coastline, the next stop on our action-packed expedition will be Mjóifjördur, a tranquil 11-mile long fjord hidden away between the Nordfjördur and Seydisfjördur mountains. Here we can enjoy Zodiac cruising and kayaking, as well as views of the area’s spectacular waterfalls.
Next up will be the lively fishing town of Höfn, at the gateway to the Vatnajökull National Park, home of Europe’s largest glacier, Vatnajökull. We will take a thoroughly enjoyable shore excursion here through the National Park to the incredible iceberg-filled Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, and walk through the colourful mountains and valleys to search for the rich birdlife, reindeers and seals that reside here.
Formed by volcanic eruptions around 10,000 years ago, the beautiful Westman Islands archipelago (Vestmannaeyjar), just off Iceland’s south coast, will be the perfect place to enjoy the last excursions of our trip. We will sail past the UNESCO World Heritage site of Surtsey Island before reaching Heimaey, the archipelago’s main island. Here we will see the remains of, and learn all about, the violent volcanic eruption in 1973 that changed the landscape of this area forever. We will also visit the fascinating Eldheimar museum, and search for more sightings of puffins, whales and seals along the way.
Arrival back in Reykjavik sadly signals the end of our Iceland cruise, and after breakfast a transfer will be provided to either the airport or to a downtown location should you wish to extend your stay in this fascinating city. Various extension tours are available here so please feel free to ask us if you need any advice on continuing your adventures.
What Our Customers
Superlatives abound – a truly amazing experience...awesome. Thanks to all for making it such a memorable experience.
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.
I came to Wildfoot because a friend had booked with you when you were Antarctica Bound and they were right. Everything went perfectly, even when our flight was cancelled, you made sure we still made it to the ship with time to spare. L’Austral is a beautiful ship with first class service and food and the guides looked after us well. Very happy to recommend Wildfoot and L’Austral...
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!
Just wanted to say thank you for suggesting a trip to Franz Josef Land as something different for the Arctic. We had a super trip and really enjoyed the Sea Spirit. Galapagos next!
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.
Thanks so much for enabling me to get to places I had always wanted to see from a very young age. “Ace” as my boys used to say!
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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