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Join Aboard Ocean Atlantic
With an international ice-class rating of 1B, General Tours expedition vessel is perfect for exploring remote regions of the North Atlantic. Its exceptional maneuverability, shallow draft and powerful engines, allow the Ocean Atlantic to navigate all the way north to the 80th Parallel – and into the deepest and most remote fjords. General Tours ship was recently renovated with welcoming public spaces and comfortable accommodations for just 198 passengers – and an experienced crew and Expedition Team of 140. All staterooms feature private en suite baths, individual climate control and television. International cuisine is served in a bright, spacious restaurant and the panoramic lounge features large windows, plenty of comfortable seating – and even binoculars. A full fleet of Zodiacs allow for exciting exploration on land and water with General Tours fine Expedition Team.
Day 1 - Day 1 - Arrive Reykjavik
|On arrival, you’ll be warmly greeted escorted to the Alda Hotel, where spacious Deluxe Rooms have been reserved for General Tours guests. After breakfast, explore Reykjavik with General Tours fine Icelandic guide. With their keen insights and some fun stories, you’ll get to know their city from the lively harbor district to the colorful Old Quarter with its traditional wooden homes. You’ll also see the turn-of-the-century clapboard house where Presidents Reagan and Gorbachev met in 1986 – the historic event that effectively ended the Cold War. Meals B|
Day 2 - Day 2 - The Blue Lagoon + Embarkation
|After breakfast and check-out, we’ll take you to one of Iceland’s most famous natural wonders. The geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon originate more than 6,000 feet below ground and reach the Earth’s surface at temperatures that usually range from 98 º to 104º. On its way to the surface, these waters absorb silica and other minerals that give the Lagoon its distinctive and captivating blue color. After this delightful experience, we’ll take you to the pier to board the Ocean Atlantic. Throughout their cruise, A+R guests will enjoy complimentary house wine, beer and soft drinks with all shipboard lunches and dinners. Meals B+D|
Day 3 - Day 3 - The Westman Islands
As General Tours near this archipelago just off Iceland’s southern coast, keep your eyes sharp for marine birds like the puffin and graceful gannet. We’ll pass close to Surtsey Island , born of volcanic activity just 50 years ago, to go ashore on Heimaey where a 1973 eruption buried 400 homes under a deep layer of ash. Experience life on the island and see some of the homes that have only recently been excavated. You can learn more of the island’s dramatic history at the Eldheimar Geological Museum. Meals B+L+D
Day 4 - Day 4 - Art + Culture of East Iceland
Go ashore in Djúpivogur with its centuries-old trading history to see its fine old homes and to experience its modern cultural scene. Unique outdoor art installations including one by famed Icelandic artist Sigurður Guðmundssonand are among the highlights. At the Cultural Center, set in an 18th-century house, you’ll find more artwork on display along with exhibits on village history and culture.
Day 5 - Day 5 - Skjálfandi Bay + Grimsey Island
|Having rounded Iceland’s rugged northeast coast, General Tours navigate this morning into Skjálfandi Bay where humpback and Minke whales are regularly spotted. Huge blue whales and magnificent sperm whales also come to feed in the nutrient-rich waters of the Bay. This afternoon finds us on Grímsey Island. Situated about 25 miles off the northern coast of Iceland and surrounded by the vast expanse of the Arctic Ocean, Grímsey is home to about one hundred people, mostly fishermen and their families, who live in a small prospering village by the harbor. It’s a welcoming community full of life, but the island is perhaps even better known for its seabirds – up to a million of them who arrive in the summer to nest in the high cliffs that surround much of the island. Atlantic puffin, black guillemot, common murre, wheatear, snow bunting and large tern colonies are what you can expect to see today. Meals B+L+D|
Day 6 - Day 6 - Akureyri + The Waterfall of the Gods
|Set between mountains and sea on the picturesque north coast of Iceland, the town of Akureyri boasts charming architecture and a thriving cultural scene of restaurants, cafes, galleries and boutiques. Going ashore today, you’ll have time to experience its allure at your own pace. You might stroll in some of the town’s lovely gardens or ascend Akureyrarkirkja, the local Lutheran Church, for splendid views.|
By special arrangement, A+R guests will also enjoy a guided excursion to visit Godafoss. Behold these thundering cascades as General Tours engaging guide enthralls you with the 1,000-year-old legend of how they came to be known as the Waterfall of the Gods. Before returning to ship, you’ll also experience the island’s powerful geothermal forces as you discover steaming fumaroles, bubbling mud pools, and the fascinating lava landscapes that surround Lake Mývatn. Meals B+L+D
Day 7 - Day 7 - The Magnificent Westfjords
|An unforgettable day unfolds as General Tours explore the Westfjords, a pristine peninsula on the island’s northwest coast. Sailing off the ruggedly beautiful coast of the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve, we’ll have a chance to spot whales and seals. Venturing into Hornvik Bay, we’ll see soaring cliffs where millions of seabirds nest. A guided walk on Vigur Island offers breathtaking views of mountains, sea and sky and a chance to marvel at the aerial acrobatics of soaring Arctic terns. Meals B+L+D|
Day 8 - Day 8 - The Pristine Western Coast
Early this morning, General Tours ship navigates past Látrabjarg Cliff. Rising 1,400 feet from the Atlantic, these rocky faces are home to millions of seabirds including puffins, northern gannets and razorbills. After breakfast, go ashore on Flatey Island, where no cars are allowed, to immerse in its tranquil ambience of farms and colorful summer homes. In the afternoon, discover the dramatic cliffs, lava fields and rocky beaches of the Snaefellsne Peninsula. At its western tip, the glacier-topped peak of the Snæfellsjökull Volcano soars to 5,000 feet. Meals B+L+D
Day 9 - Day 9 - Disembark in Reykjavik + Golden Circle Tour
|After stepping off ship, A+R guests will be met dockside for General Tours private Golden Circle excursion. With General Tours engaging Icelandic guide, you’ll explore Thingvellir National Park, a unique geological site where the North American and Eurasian Continents meet! Reaching the shores of Lake Thingvallavatn, you’ll see the world’s oldest democratic Parliament, founded more than 1,000 years ago. This pastoral region is also home to family farms where you’ll have a chance to see diminutive Icelandic horses.|
Then experience the geothermal powers of General Tours planet as you visit an area known for its geysers and hot springs. Behold the thundering cascades of Gullfoss Waterfall, one of Iceland’s most iconic sites, and gaze down upon Kerið Lake, deep inside a 3,000-year-old volcanic crater. Return to Reykjavik for an overnight at the Alda Hotel where a spacious Deluxe Room has been reserved for you. Meals B
Day 10 - Day 10 - Farewell, Iceland
We’ll take you to the airport today for your homeward flight. Meals B
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