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From active volcanic landscapes, erupting geysers, and geothermal hot springs to thundering waterfalls, massive glaciers and black-sand beaches, venture into diverse and unique Iceland, “The Land of Fire and Ice.”  

Forged millions of years ago in volcanic eruptions, Iceland is the youngest land mass in Europe. Its isolated location and harsh environment lent to the distinctive country we know today. One of the most sparsely populated countries on earth, with around only 320,000 residents, much of Iceland’s population resides near the capital city. Icelanders take pride in the natural beauty of their country and strive to both preserve their fragile environment and harness the benefits of the natural resources. In fact, almost all electricity in Iceland is produced by renewable resources, such as geothermal energy.

This voyage will take you on an adventure through a one of a kind landscape. Visit some of the country’s most famous landmarks and attractions. Discover a land almost completely unaltered by human presence. Interact with the locals, sample Icelandic cuisine and be immersed in the history of this beautiful nation.

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1- Reykjvik Tour and Embarkation Day

Early morning arrival in Reykjvik. Meet outside airport for full day tour before embarking on cruise. We will start the day by having breakfast at a local hotel. This best-selling tour from Reykjavík includes three of the country's most famous landmarks – Þingvellir, Gullfoss, Geysir – and together they are known as the Golden Circle. This full day journey begins with a drive over the moorlands of Mosfellsheiði, an ancient undulating lava field. We'll reach Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that ranks at the top of Iceland's attractions. The area is surrounded by mountains and encompasses a vast lava plane of green moss and wild flowers. Þingvellir is situated in a rift valley that offers incredible views of the Reykjanes Ridge. This is the only place in the world where the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, which separates the Eurasian and North American plates, is above sea-level. Not only is Þingvellir of tremendous geological interest, it is also regarded by Icelanders as a sacred place because it is where the legislative parliament, the Althing, was founded in the year 930. Symbolically, it is considered the place where the settlers of Iceland became a unified nation and where some of the nation's most important historical events unfolded. We'll leave Þingvellir and continue on to the Gullfoss Waterfall. The “Golden Waterfall” is the most famous of the country's numerous waterfalls. Here, a vast amount of water rushes down a stone cascade into a deep ravine with incredible force, creating a powerful spectacle. The last of the “big three” is Geysir geothermal area, the place where the word “geyser” originates. Strokkur, an explosive geyser, erupts every few minutes. When we return to Reykjavík we'll make a scenic drive through the city. Later in the evening transfer to the ship to embark on your 7 night Icelandic cruise. (B,L,D)

Day 2 - Heimaey Westmann Islands, Iceland

We reach Heimaey Island in the morning and discover a community which almost disappeared during a 1973 eruption that buried 400 homes and created a mountain. Heimaey is also known as the Pompeii of the north and our excursions will take us to 2 volcanoes and the Eldheimar Geological Museum to understand what happened in 1973 and to other sites around the island. We leave Heimaey in the afternoon and cruise west to AKRANES. Overnight at sea. (B,L,D)

Day 3 - Akranes, Iceland

In the morning we reach Akranes for our optional full day excursion to Deildartunguhver, Europe's most powerful thermal spring, and to the Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls area. We will stop in Reykholt which was once an intellectual center of the island and had been, for many years, one of the most important schools in the country. In the Middle Ages, one of the most important persons in Icelandic history lived and died here: Snorri Sturluson, a famous poet and politician whose records of the Old Norse language and mythology of medieval Iceland are invaluable to modern scholars. Remains of his farm, and a bathroom with hot pot and a tunnel between the bath and the house, can still be visited. In the afternoon we rejoin the ship and sail to the Westfjords. Overnight at sea. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Bildudalur- Isafjordu, Iceland

We sail past the Latrarbag cliffs, which rise 450 m over the sea, and reach Bildudalur, the "good-weather-capital of the Westfjords.” Our excursion will feature a walk around Bilduadalur, taking us to the Dynjandi waterfall and the Sea Monsters Museum. In the afternoon, we cruise around the Westfjords to Isafjordur. Evening arrival in Isafjorfur. Overnight in port. (B,L,D)

Day 5 – Isafjordur, Iceland

Isafjordur is the largest fishing port in Wesfjords, with a trading post dating back to the 16th century. Our afternoon excursion will take us to Bolungarvik and then to Osvor town where we will visit a restored fisherman's hut. We will visit the Maritime Museum and walk around the town, known for its rich cultural heritage and merchant's homes dating from the 18th century. In the afternoon we sail to Siglufjordur. Overnight at sea. (B,L,D)

Day 6 – Siglufjordur- Husavik, Iceland

This morning we reach Siglufjordur, Iceland's northernmost city and possibly the most picturesque port of Iceland. Once known as the capital of herring fishing, Siglufjordur is very close to the Arctic Circle. The walking tour through the city will take you to the port, the herring museum, and the Folk Music Center housed in Madame House, the oldest house in the city. Late in the afternoon we sail in the Skjafandi Bay and reach Husavik port, Europe's capital of whale watching. We will have time to stroll around this charming fishing village and visit the wooden church, the best preserved church in Iceland. Overnight in port. (B,L,D)

Day 7 – Husavik- Akureyri, Iceland

This morning our full day optional excursion will take you from Husavik to Akureyri (where you will meet the Callisto in the evening). You will visit Lake Myvatn, Namarksard and Dimmuborgir, all fine examples of the volcanic world, with lava fields, boiling and steaming mud pools, steam vents and craters. After lunch we continue on the Ring Road to reach Godafoss Waterfall - the Falls of the Gods - and will hear about the Kristni saga, recounting the arrival of Christianity and the end of paganism. We rejoin the Callisto in Akureyri, the capital of northern Iceland. We will spend some time walking around this colorful city, visiting, in particular, the art alley. Overnight in port. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - Akureyri, Iceland

Disembark the Callisto for your trip to the airport and your flight back to the United States. (B)

*(B,L,D) = Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation

Cuba M/Y Callisto - Category A

Cuba M/Y Callisto - Category A

Cuba M/Y Callisto - Category A

Cuba M/Y Callisto - Category A

Destinations

  1. Reykjvik

  2. Heimaey Island

  3. Akranes

  4. Bildudalur

  5. Isafjordur

  6. Siglufjordur

  7. Husavik

  8. Akureyri

Vessels

The elegant Motor Yacht Callisto recently joined the VARIETY CRUISES fleet and is true to her name: Elegant, classic. She was fully refit / rebuilt in 2000 and was thoroughly renovated in in 2015-16. This classy Motor Yacht has performed several Atlantic Ocean crossings, and has also sailed along the most interesting coastal sites of Europe, North and West Africa. The M/Y Callisto is of the “boutique” category of cruiser, and offers the highest standard of accommodation, comfort and safety. The yacht’s public areas are cozy and generous, decorated with rich fabrics, handsome woodwork, gleaming brass, antiques and fine works of art. During the day, life on board centres around the indoor and outdoor areas including the Upper deck Indoor and Outdoor lounge/bar and dining areas as well as the cosy Library located on the Sun Deck. The lounge/bar and dining room on the Upper deck are connected by the gallery, displaying exquisite art and adding to the overall feeling of elegance and style. In the evening you can relax in the ship’s lounge, enjoy a drink overlooking the stars or relax with a book in the library with its wraparound windows. The spacious lounge and bar area on the Upper Deck is surrounded by large picture windows and opens onto the Outdoor Dining area. The yacht features a broad Sun Deck for sunbathing and the swimming platform on Callisto’s stern enables you to swim off the ship when in sheltered bays. Service on board is provided by your Captain, the Cruise Coordinator and your experienced Marine and Hotel crew members.

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