8 Day Iceland: Land of Fire & Ice

Tauck Small Ship Cruise starting in Reykjavik and finishing in Reykjavik

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Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on Tauck's 8 Day Iceland: Land of Fire & Ice. Sold out year after year, this popular 7-night cruise aboard your yacht-like Tauck small ship explores Iceland's cosmopolitan Reykjavik, picturesque fishing villages, remote island farmland and the incomparable natural wonders of Iceland....read more


Operator: Tauck
Type: Small Ship Cruise (Premium)
Duration: 8 Days
From: Reykjavik to Reykjavik
Tour Code: ICED
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Visits: Iceland
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Day By Day


Arrive Reykjavik, Iceland

Tour begins: 12:00 PM, Reykjavik. A transfer is included upon arrival at Reykjavik's Keflavik International Airport to the Hilton Reykjavik Nordica or the Grand Hotel Reykjavik where a day room has been reserved for those guests with early flight arrivals into Reykjavik today (on day 1). Meet your fellow travelers at our welcome lunch at the glass-domed Perlan Restaurant, renowned for its cuisine and 360-degree revolving views of the city. An orientation tour includes Old Town and a guided visit to the National Museum. Embark the ship in Hafnarfjördur this afternoon for the start of your small ship cruise in "the land of fire and ice." Settle into outside-facing accommodations, inviting with memorable views of Iceland's mystical landscapes. Stay Seven Nights: Le Soléal (L/D)

Grundarfjordur, Iceland

Dock today in Grundarfjordur, nestled on the banks of a fjord and ringed with mountains, for a scenic drive along the rugged coast. Pass through fishing villages bustling with daily life on the way to Djúpalónssandur, a pebbled beach with a series of strange rock formations emerging from the ocean. The intriguing shapes towering over the Atlantic shores here have become the basis for many of Iceland's time-honored sagas; learn more about the traditional stories that tell tales of the country's early settlers, trials and tribulations during your visit, including how these rocks were used in strength competitions between local fishermen. Your journey continues to the tiny hamlets of Arnarstapi, home to an arctic tern colony, and Budir, set against a landscape of extinct volcanoes, glaciers and lighthouses. Join us this evening at the welcome dinner aboard ship. (B/L/D)

Grimsey, Iceland

Remote and weather-beaten, the tiny island of Grímsey - just 2½ miles by 1¼ miles - is the northernmost inhabited part of Iceland. Cliffs cover most of the island, providing ideal breeding sites for huge colonies of seabirds. The island's scant population of hardy residents, said to consistently number about 100, make their living from the bounty of the sea and limited farming. Step ashore for a walking tour to see arctic terns, the longest-distance migrating birds on Earth, and whimsical puffins, with penguin-like markings and beaks that bloom with color in the spring. During your visit, you'll be able to walk across the Arctic Circle, the imaginary line which marks the southern limit of the Arctic Region. North of here, periods of continuous daylight or night last up to six months at the North Pole. (B/L/D)

Akureyri, Iceland

Cruise to Akureyri, the commercial and cultural center of northern Iceland. Located just 60 miles from the Arctic Circle, the town boasts a spectacular setting in view of snow-tipped granite mountains and some of the warmest weather in the country. Guided sightseeing takes you to the sulphur fields at Namaskard, the unique volcanic rock formations of Dimmuborgir (Dark Castles) creating mysterious forms carved in lava and the small farming hamlet of Skútustadir. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, then follow the Ring Road to the powerful horseshoe-shaped waterfall, Godafoss, known to locals as "the falls of the gods" and star of the Kristni Saga. Legend has it that in 1000 AD the Icelandic "lawspeaker" tossed his icons of Norse deities into the falls, symbolizing the banishment of paganism and introducing Christianity as the official Icelandic religion. Return to Akureyri for a brief city tour and then enjoy free time before an evening's sail. (B/L/D)

Isafjordur, Iceland

Rugged mountain scenery dominates the landscapes surrounding Iceland's western fjords, setting a dramatic stage for your visit to Europe's westernmost town, Isafjordur, and a day of cultural discoveries. Visit the quaint "church on the hill" in the village of Bolungarvik and a turf-roofed fisherman's hut at Osvor Museum for a glimpse into the life of Icelandic fishing families. Back in Isafjordur, visit the Maritime Museum and then cruise to Vigur Island, home to the same family since 1884; their livelihood is based partly on collecting eider duck eggs and down. Your hosts will be serving homemade island refreshments. (B/L/D)

Heimaey, Iceland

Welcome to Westmann Islands, the "islands of the western men," so named for a group of rebellious slaves whose daring, albeit short lived, escape from captivity in ancient Iceland is still the stuff of legends on these volcanic shores. After a morning circumnavigation of volcanic Surtsey Island - the world's youngest island formed by an underwater eruption in the 1960s - come ashore on Heimaey Island for a day of exploration that includes a visit to Sprangan cliff, where young islanders are taught the sport of rope-swinging and cliff-side egg-collecting, and a stop at Storhöfdi, home to the island's largest colony of puffins and an incredible vantage point for breathtaking views of the island and the massive glaciers of the mainland (weather permitting). The volcanic eruption of Mt. Eldfell in 1973 spewed lava over the island landscapes, creating the youngest mountain in the world and the new "Pompeii" of the north. A walk around the crater rewards with spectacular views and a cruise to an island cliff may see puffins, weather permitting. Return to the ship to continue your cruise this evening. (B/L/D)

Thingvellir, Iceland

After your ship arrives in Hafnarfjordur this morning, embark on a tour of the "Golden Circle," encompassing Iceland's three major sights. Visit Thingvellir National Park - named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is also Iceland's most important historic landmark as it is where the Vikings established the world's first democratic parliament, the Alping, in 930 AD. View magnificent Gullfoss waterfalls, dropping down 96 feet in two roaring falls and arched with rainbows. Continue on to the spouting hot springs of Geysir, where many of its geysers erupt with clockwork precision in impressive flumes. Stop at a power plant to learn how Iceland's natural resources are put to work before a return to ship. Enjoy a farewell dinner tonight. (B/L/D)

Depart Hafnarfjordur / Reykjavik

A morning parade of nature awaits as you disembark your ship and drive from the town of Hafnarfjördur past Kleifarvatn Lake, through the geothermal fields of Krysuvik-Solfataras and the fishing village of Grindavik. Continue to the Blue Lagoon, an innovative wellness center and spa powered completely by geothermal energy. Schedule permitting, enjoy a dip in the lagoon's warm, blue waters before a farewell lunch. Visit the newly built Viking Museum and the Viking ship, Islendingur, a fully seaworthy replica of an ancient 70-crew Viking vessel, en route to the airport. Tour ends: 2:00 PM at Reykjavik's Keflavik International Airport. You should allow 3 hours for your flight check-in at the airport. (B/L)

Trip Inclusions

Travelling Well Includes...

  • 7-night Cruise aboard Le Soléal with an onboard naturalist who shares expert insights on land and at sea
  • Walk across the Arctic Circle on a guided tour of remote Grímsey Island and see arctic terns and puffins
  • Private visit to Vigur Island to tour a multi-generation family farm that offers a taste of daily island life
  • Learn about Icelandic history on an in-depth visit to Thingvellir National Park
  • A tour of Iceland's "Golden Circle" and a chance to dip in the geothermally heated waters of the Blue Lagoon spa
  • Lunch at the Perlan Restaurant in Reykjavik with spectacular views

Tauck Inclusions

  • Tauck's private shore excursions and distinctive inclusions
  • Your tour is conducted by a professional, fully trained Tauck Director who remains with the group throughout the tour.
  • Complimentary internet service and WIFI are available for your use while travelling on board the cruise ship.
  • Air conditioned cruise ship and motor coaches for your comfort.
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted in the itinerary.
  • Service charges, taxes, porterage, and applicable fuel surcharges.
  • All gratuities to Tauck Directors, local guides and ship staff.

Tauck Dining

  • Complimentary soft drinks, coffee and tea service are available throughout the day. Alcoholic beverages from a limited menu are included when lounges on board are open.
  • 22 meals (7 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 7 dinners)

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions subject to change
  • Price is for land, cruise and specified internal flights. International flights not included.


Operator Details

Region: Europe
Type: Small Ship Cruise
Style: Small Ship Cruise
Gratuities: All Included
Shore Excursions: All Included
Flights: Not Included
Airport Transfers: Included in Price
Free WiFi: Onboard Where Available
Drinks: Onboard Beverages Included
Accommodation: 4-5 Star
* Source: Tauck for river cruises in Europe. Some variances may occur on individual trips and information is provided as a guide only. Refer to Trip Inclusions section for more details.

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Tour Notes
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