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Iceland... a land of volcanoes and glaciers… elves and spirits… puffins and whales... epic sagas, heroic legends and a rich history…Come with us on our 8-day Iceland cruise aboard one of our newest ships, stylish, yacht-like Le Jacques Cartier . Sail from sophisticated Reykjavik to off-the-beaten-track towns, tiny villages and islands populated by just a handful of people. Bird watchers will be delighted by all the opportunities to observe puffins, arctic terns and other species that thrive in Iceland, and history lovers will find much of interest in Iceland’s story. Your yacht is small enough for an intimate cruise experience yet large enough to provide amenities found on large cruise ships; all staterooms and suites have ocean views, and 95% have private balconies.

  1. Day 1
    Arrive Reykjavik
    Tour begins: 12:00 PM, Reykjavik. When you arrive in Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik, you’ll be met at Keflavik International Airport and transferred to the Hilton Reykjavik Nordica or the Grand Hotel Reykjavik, where Tauck has reserved day rooms to accommodate those guests with early flight arrivals into Reykjavik today (on day 1 of the tour). Our welcome reception and luncheon will be memorable as you meet, mingle and dine at Kolabrautin Ristorante, on the fourth floor of Reykjavik's stunning waterfront Harpa Concert Hall. Following lunch, visit Old Town as well as the Perlan Museum and its Wonders of Iceland exhibit, spotlighting the forces of nature behind the country's amazing geological wonders; see, hear and feel the power of Iceland’s volcanoes, earthquakes and geothermal energy. Then board Le Jacques Cartier in Hafnarjördur to begin your Iceland cruise; enjoy dinner onboard this evening.
    Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  2. Day 2
    Grundarfjordur & fishing villages
    Begin the day with a relaxing morning at sea, where briefings set the stage for the week ahead – during which you’ll encounter daily life in fishing villages hugging the craggy coast, traditions and legends that are so much a part of Icelandic culture, pristine wilderness and natural wonders. After lunch onboard, the ship docks in Grundarfjordur midday for a choice of afternoon sightseeing. Take a scenic drive along the coast en route to Djúpalónssandur; when you see the eerie rocks rising from the ocean here, you’ll understand why local folks suspect that they belong to elves. These strange formations 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. A walking tour in and around the fishing hamlet of Arnarstapi reveals both village life and the abundant bird life that thrives in the area. And discover a black-lava landscape at Budir, as well as one of the very few yellow-sand beaches in Iceland. Alternatively, you can choose to embark on a Lava & Viking Adventure that explores both the rugged nature of the area and the literature it has inspired, visiting sites that have been immortalized in Icelandic sagas – including a walk up the slope of Mt. Helgafell for spectacular views. Return to the ship in Grundafjordur; Le Jacques Cartier sets sail for Grimsey late afternoon. Please join us onboard this evening for the ship's welcome dinner.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  3. Day 3
    Life on Grímsey & the Arctic Circle

    Your Tauck small ship calls at the small island of Grímsey today, locatedjust off the northern coast of Iceland on the Arctic Circle.Approximately 100 hearty souls make their homes on this northernmostinhabited part of Iceland. Learn about what life is like here, thefascination that chess holds for residents – and perhaps you’ll hear thelocal legend about the Arctic Circle crossing right down the middle ofthe local clergyman’s bed! Although there are no trees on the island,the impressive sea cliffs and rich marshland, grass and moss are anideal environment for birds – many, many birds. Go ashore to observevast colonies of arctic terns and comical puffins as well as otherspecies. Crossing the Arctic Circle in a single step will be a favoritememory of your Iceland cruise.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Day 4
    Akureyri to the Godafoss
    On the northern coast of Iceland cruise to the beautiful city of Akureyri, the second-largest city in the nation. Set amidst magnificent mountains, Akureyri is known as the "capital of North Iceland" and noted for its lively cultural life. First settled by Norse Vikings in the 9th century, the city was home to a Norwegian-British fighter squadron during World War II and today boasts the northernmost 18-hole golf course in the world. Your choices of activities today include: mineral bathing at the Myvatn Nature Baths in the geologically intriguing area around Lake Myvatn; visiting the historic fishing village of Siglufjordur and its significant ties to Iceland's 19th-century economy, with journeys "back in time" at the Folk Music Center and the Herring Era Museum; or leisurely exploration of Akureyri and environs – including a visit to the spectacular Godafoss waterfall to discover why it's locally known as "the falls of the gods", and hear about the Kristni Saga recounting the arrival of Christianity in Iceland and the banishment of the old pagan gods in 1000 AD. After reboarding Le Jacques Cartier in Akureyri, enjoy dinner onboard as you continue cruising to Isafjordur.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day 5
    Isafjordur, Vigur & island life

    The allure of the Westfjords that you'll explore on your Iceland cruise today includes spectacular scenery, history and encounters with the daily lifestyles of the people who live here. Dock at the fishing town of Isafjordur, which despite its isolation from the rest of Iceland is known for its rather urban atmosphere, flourishing cultural life and rich heritage of music and art. It also boasts some of the oldest houses in Iceland, dating from the 18th century. Your choices today include: a drive through Isafjordur for a look at the region's life and culture, including stops at the quaint church of the village of Bolungarvik, a restored Osvor fisherman's hut showcasing what life was like here for Icelandic fishermen before the 20th century, and the Maritime Museum; a hike and visit to the Arctic Fox Center in Sudavik, focusing on the biology and natural history of Iceland's only native mammal; or a short ferry trip to Vigur Island, inhabited only by three generations of the same family whose home it has been since 1884... and what seems like millions of birds, especially the Arctic Tern. See Iceland's only windmill and enjoy traditional Icelandic cakes served by the family in the restored Viktoria House, built in 1862. Return to the ship this afternoon and sail on to the Vesterman Islands.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day 6
    Heimaey & the "Islands of the western men"

    There are places on Earth that simply must be experienced and the geological children, Heimaey and Surtsey islands in the area of Iceland called Vestmannaeyjar (the Westman Islands), are among them. Named “islands of the western men” for a group of rebellious slaves whose daring exploits are the stuff of Icelandic legend, this remote part of Iceland – far off the beaten track, with its scenic beauty, huge seabird colonies and intriguing human saga – has an aura of adventure and magic. In 1973, a volcanic eruption on Heimaey, the only populated island, destroyed the small town and changed the island’s landscape forever. Come ashore on Heimaey 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; 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); and a walk up the youngest mountain in the world – which was born when Mt. Eldfell spewed lava over the island, creating the new “Pompeii” of the north. You won’t have to look too hard to see puffins, arctic terns, and other birds that inhabit the cliffs and coves. Return to the ship for a special Captain's Farewell Dinner and another day of discovery.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. Day 7
    Iceland's "Golden Circle", The Althing & the Blue Lagoon

    After Le Jacques Cartier arrives in Hafnarfjördur this morning, take in the "Big Three" – Gullfoss waterfall, the Geysir hot spring area and Thingvellir National Park – as well as many of Iceland’s most famous landmarks. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Thingvellir is significant both for its dramatic scenery and as the ultimate symbol of Iceland’s independence and national unity. The Althing (or Alping), the world’s oldest legislative parliament, first convened in this natural amphitheater in 930 AD and was Iceland’s legislature and highest court during the Old Commonwealth (930 – 1262/1264) era; discover the Law Speaker’s rock, from which laws were spoken aloud and Christianity was adopted around 1000 AD, and the remains of ancient turf shelters that housed the delegates. At Gullfoss, the "Golden Waterfall," the Hvíta River drops 96 feet in two falls creating Iceland's most famous and spectacular cascade. Geothermal activity surrounds you in the geyser area of Geysir, with its colorful mud formations rich in minerals and steaming vents. This afternoon you have an opportunity, if you wish, to go to the Blue Lagoon – an aqua-blue pool of mineral-rich geothermal seawater with a temperature between 98 and 102 degrees F. Return to the ship for a final evening.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  8. Day 8
    Journey Home
    Your Iceland cruise ends this morning in the town of Hafnarfjördur as you bid farewell to the captain and crew of Le Jacques Cartier. Tour ends: 8:00 AM with a transfer to Reykjavik's Keflavik International Airport. Please allow 3 hours for airport check-in.
    Meals: Breakfast
Countries Visited

Iceland

Cities Visited

Reykjavik, Akureyri

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Inclusions

Iceland... a land of volcanoes and glaciers… elves and spirits… puffins and whales... epic sagas, heroic legends and a rich history…Come with us on our 8-day Iceland cruise aboard one of our newest ships, stylish, yacht-like Le Jacques Cartier. Sail from sophisticated Reykjavik to off-the-beaten-track towns, tiny villages and islands populated by just a handful of people. Bird watchers will be delighted by all the opportunities to observe puffins, arctic terns and other species that thrive in Iceland, and history lovers will find much of interest in Iceland’s story. Your yacht is small enough for an intimate cruise experience yet large enough to provide amenities found on large cruise ships; all staterooms and suites have ocean views, and 95% have private balconies.

  • TAUCK EXCLUSIVE - 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
  • All gratuities to Tauck Director, ship staff and local guides
  • Tauck's private shore excursions and distinctive inclusions valued at $2,358
  •  Cruise aboard Le Jacques Cartier with an onboard naturalist who shares expert insights on land and at sea
  • Your cruise may be a shared ship experience with non-Tauck guests onboard as well; all Tauck guests will be accompanied by one Tauck Director for approximately every 40 Tauck guests, and your itinerary will always be highlighted by exclusive, private Tauck shore excursions

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Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

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