Iceland’s Natural Beauty – Viking Oceans Cruise

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Iceland’s Natural Beauty – Viking Oceans Cruise

An epic journey into nature

Discover Iceland’s majestic shores as you explore this northern isle’s coastal towns. Encounter unparalleled natural beauty and witness cascading waterfalls amid pristine fjord landscapes. Discover Viking heritage as you follow in the footsteps of intrepid explorer Leif Eriksson. Or observe the wealth of wildlife, from puffins to the gentle giants of the sea. Join us for a truly immersive experience that brings you closer to nature and all her splendor.

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Expires 31st May 2024

Expired on Friday May 31st, 2024

Expired on Friday May 31st, 2024

Day 1: Reykjavík, Iceland

Embark your ship and settle into your stateroom. Reykjavík is the world’s northernmost capital city yet captures the distinctive feel of a fishing village. The Kentucky-sized island is Europe’s westernmost nation and one of the wildest places on earth. It is also lauded as one of the cleanest and most civilized countries, committed to finding the perfect balance between day-to-day living and harnessing its natural resources with eco-friendly practices. Vikings landed on this pristine land during the 9th century; their arrival is well chronicled in the medieval Sagas preserved at the Culture House.

Reykjavík is home to endless charms, watched over by the majestic Esja mountain range. The striking Hallgrímskirkja church stands in the city center as a towering vision in white, while the glass Harpa concert hall is a wonder of modern architecture. Höfði House is one of Reykjavík’s highlights and is the site of the meeting between Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, which marked the beginning of the end of the Cold War. Farther afield, breathtaking natural sites are in abundance, from towering waterfalls and soaring mountains, to blue thermal springs.

Shore Excursion

ÁRBÆR OPEN AIR MUSEUM & SNAPSHOTS OF REYKJAVÍK (Included)
DURATION: 2 HOURS 45 MINUTES

HISTORIC VILLAGE SETTING AND CITY LANDMARKS
Get acquainted with Iceland’s picturesque capital and visit the Árbær Open Air Museum. Begin with a panoramic drive to the museum, a unique collection of historical buildings that showcase Iceland’s cultural heritage. Listen to insights from knowledgeable guides as you stroll through this charming village setting, where traditional houses and turf-roofed buildings offer a glimpse into the past. After, drive up Öskjuhlío Hill to the Perlan vantage point, also known as “The Pearl.” This glass-domed building was built upon old hot-water storage tanks and offers sweeping city views. Descend into the city and pass several landmarks, including the Höfði House, where Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev met and marked the beginning of the end of the Cold War. At the Harpa Concert Hall, you can choose to continue exploring Reykjavík on your own or return to your ship.

?safjördur was founded in the 9th century by the Viking Helgi Magri Hrólfsson. Foreign merchants arrived in the 16th century and set up trading posts here. Today, ?safjördur is home to one of the largest fisheries in Iceland and, despite its remote locale, boasts a cultural scene rich in music and drama. The oldest house in Iceland is here, built in 1734, as is the country’s largest concentration of old timber-frame homes. Many visitors explore farther afield, delving into the surrounding wilderness of Hornstrandir or discover the fishing heritage of charming coastal towns.

Shore Excursion

ÍSAFJÖRDUR & BOLUNGARVÍK VILLAGE (Incuded)
DURATION: 2 HOURS

HISTORY AND CULTURE OF THE WESTFJORDS PENINSULA
Discover the wild beauty of Iceland’s northwest corner, and the culture and history of the region’s small towns. Embark on a scenic drive around Ísafjördur, the principal town of the Westfjords peninsula. Surrounded by mountains that offer endless opportunities to enjoy nature and wilderness during all seasons of the year, the town is also known throughout the country for its rich cultural life. The fishing industry, however, has traditionally been the mainstay of the town and surrounding municipality, known as Ísafjardarbaer. Visit the Ósvör Maritime Museum, a fascinating replica of an old fishing outpost that offers a glimpse of how life treated the Icelandic fishermen until the beginning of the 20th century. Continue to Bolungarvík and enjoy a guided tour of the village before returning to Ísafjördur.

Nicknamed the “Capital of the North,” Akureyri is set at the end of the Eyjafjördur and enjoys a mild climate, unusual for a northern city just 62 miles from the Arctic Circle. Folk culture is robust in Akureyri; the Vefarinn dance was invented here to celebrate the harvest. Other points of pride include the Public Park and Botanic Garden, where some 2,000 plant species grow, and the hilltop Akureyrarkirkja, the local church that is home to a stained glass window that originated in a church in London, England, prior to World War II.

Shore Excursion

PANORAMIC AKUREYRI (Included)
DURATION: 2 HOURS

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE “CAPITAL OF THE NORTH”
Enjoy the fjord setting and alpine backdrop of Akureyri, one of the most attractive Icelandic towns. You will be welcomed at the dock by your knowledgeable local guide to Iceland’s undisputed “Capital of the North.” Influences of its Danish trading past prevail, evident in the many contrasts in the town’s varied architecture. Pass by Akureyri Church; one of the town’s proud symbols, which houses many interesting artifacts including a stained glass window above the altar that was part of a set originating in England before being brought to Akureyri for safekeeping during World War II. Explore the historic midtown area and continue to Akureyri’s Public Park and Botanic Garden; the excellent botanical garden was opened within the park’s grounds in 1957. Two thousand species of local and foreign flowers grow here thanks to Akureyri’s warm microclimate.

Seydisfjördur enjoys a mountainous setting at the end of a fjord. It traces its origins to the early days of Viking settlements. Though the town is tiny, it boasts an impressive history. It hosted the world’s first modern whaling station and pioneered international communications when it welcomed the first telegraph cable, linking Iceland to Europe. Colorful wooden homes line the streets, overseen by starkly picturesque slopes and the soaring summits of Mounts Bjólfur and Strandartindur.

Shore Excursion

SEYDISFJÖRDUR ON FOOT & VIKING FESTIVAL (Included)
DURATION: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES

NORWEGIAN HERITAGE AT EAST ICELAND’S HARBOR TOWN
Venture out on foot during a stroll around picturesque Seydisfjördur and enjoy the Viking Festival. Meet your knowledgeable guide at the pier where you will set out for a leisurely walk. Stroll amid colorful streets and view the striking Blue Church as your guide explains more about the town’s culture. Brimming with creativity and rich in history, the town boasts a flourishing arts scene. Gain insight during a visit to the Herðubreið Community Center, where you will enjoy a musical performance of traditional Icelandic songs. You will also admire art exhibits showcasing works by local artists; various display pieces are available to for you to purchase, should you wish. Cap your tour with a tasting of typical Icelandic cuisine, before returning to your awaiting ship.

Djúpivogur lies on Iceland’s east coast and has been a trading center since the 16th century. The town is presided over by the towering Búlandstindur; a mountain famed in local folklore for its ability to grant wishes during the summer solstice. Dotted around the town, several cultural sights can be explored, including The Tank and the Eggs of Merry Bay. Residents here favor embracing a slower pace of life. The town has adopted the cultural trend known as “Cittaslow” which is dedicated to the promotion of sustainable living, improving the quality of life for its residents.

Shore Excursion

CULTURAL SIGHTS OF DJÚPIVOGUR (Included)
DURATION: 1 HOUR 30 MINUTES

EXPLORE THE TOWN’S HERITAGE AND HISTORY
Explore the cultural sights of Djúpivogur and its local displays of art. See the famous Eggs of Merry Bay, a set of sculptures that showcase the eggs of 34 bird species that nest along the coastlines of Iceland. Continue your stroll to The Tank, a disused storage facility that once held locally produced fish liver oil. Now, it is a celebrated cultural venue that supports local musicians and artists, and boasts unique acoustic features—step inside the tank and exercise your vocal cords to see for yourself. Pass one of the town’s art galleries, Bones, Sticks and Stones, where collections of stones and minerals are used to create wonderful handicrafts. You will also walk past Langabúð; now the town’s heritage museum, it is the oldest building in the village, built in 1790. After your tour, return to your awaiting ship.

Heimaey is the only populated island in the Westman Islands. The scenery is stunning with its volcanic landscapes, moss-covered clifftops and picturesque homes with brightly colored rooftops. A number of breathtaking natural sights are a result of the volcanic eruption that took place here in 1973, which saw the evacuation of all 5,000 residents to the mainland. Each summer, millions of puffins pay a visit and countless other species migrate here to feed and breed. Several efforts are underway to protect the wealth of wildlife, from puffins to the gentle giants of the sea.

Shore Excursions

HEIMAEY ON FOOT (Included)
DURATION: 2 HOURS

EXPLORE THE VOLCANIC HISTORY OF THE WESTMAN ISLANDS
Get a deeper understanding of the geology of Heimaey and visit the Eldheimar Museum. Meet your guide at the pier and set off on foot as you explore the island’s nature. During your walk, your guide will explain the recent volcanic activity, including the story of the last eruption that took place in 1973 less than a mile from the town of Heimaey. On this eventful night, all 5,000 inhabitants had to evacuate the island and escape to the mainland. Hear the story of how the local townspeople rebuilt their island from the ground up and witness the result of their efforts. Stop at the Eldheimar Museum and view the moving collection of photographs that showcase the memories of the people from Heimaey. After your tour, return to your awaiting ship.

SNAPSHOTS OF HEIMAEY (Included)
DURATION: 1 HOUR 30 MINUTES

ISLAND DRIVE AND ELDHEIMAR MUSEUM
Enjoy a panoramic tour of the island of Heimaey and visit the Eldheimar Museum. Embark on a scenic drive with your guide and see the main sights. Marvel at the towering cliffs—home to multitudes of puffin, fulmar and guillemot, and the natural harbor below. Fishing has played an integral role in the lives of local residents since their arrival on this isle; today you will learn about how they continue to make their living from the sea. Stop at the Eldheimar Museum and learn about the volcanic eruption that struck the island on January 23, 1973. View the exhibits that showcase the events that took place and hear the story of how the local townspeople rebuilt their community. After your tour return to your awaiting ship.

Iceland is filled with geological wonders and the surrounding areas around Reykjavík are famed for their spellbinding vistas. The country is divided by the Mid-Atlantic Ridge; Iceland is the only place in the world where this rift sits above sea level. The North American and Eurasian tectonic plates in Thingvellir National Park are clearly visible. Deep ravines, filled with the meltwaters from the Langjökull glacier, are crystal clear, creating a wonderful underwater showcase of fascinating geology to explore. After breakfast, disembark your ship and journey home.

*Shore excursions vary by each itinerary and are subject to change.

Day by Day
To learn more about each port of call and our included as well as optional excursions please contact us for more information.

More days means more to discover, with extension packages you can add before or after your Viking cruise or cruisetour. Enjoy additional days to explore your embarkation or disembarkation city, or see a new destination altogether with a choice of exciting cities.

Pre & Post Cruise Extensions vary by itinerary and are subject to change.

2025 DIRECTION FARE
PER PERSON

Jun-18

Reykjavik to Reykjavik FROM
AU$6,995
Jun-25 Reykjavik to Reykjavik FROM
AU$6,995
Jul-02 Reykjavik to Reykjavik FROM
AU$6,995
Jul-09 Reykjavik to Reykjavik FROM
AU$6,995
Jul-16 Reykjavik to Reykjavik FROM
AU$6,995
Jul-23 Reykjavik to Reykjavik FROM
AU$6,995
Jul-30 Reykjavik to Reykjavik FROM
AU$6,995
Aug-06 Reykjavik to Reykjavik FROM
AU$6,995
Aug-13 Reykjavik to Reykjavik FROM
AU$6,995
2026 DIRECTION FARE
PER PERSON

Jun-22

Reykjavik to Reykjavik FROM
AU$6,995
Jun-29 Reykjavik to Reykjavik FROM
AU$6,995
Jul-06 Reykjavik to Reykjavik FROM
AU$6,995
Jul-13 Reykjavik to Reykjavik FROM
AU$6,995
Jul-20 Reykjavik to Reykjavik FROM
AU$6,995
Jul-27 Reykjavik to Reykjavik FROM
AU$6,995
Aug-03 Reykjavik to Reykjavik FROM
AU$6,995
Aug-10 Reykjavik to Reykjavik FROM
AU$6,995

 

*Cruise only offers, save up to AU$2,000 per couple

*All prices are in Australian dollars, per-person, based on double occupancy and reflect our current offers. Strikeout prices reflect brochure pricing.

*Call us for more information regarding stateroom

Expired on Friday May 31st, 2024

 

MORE FEATURES, SERVICES AND EXCURSIONS INCLUDED

  • One complimentary shore excursion in every port of call
  • Free Wi-Fi (connection speed may vary)
  • Beer, wine & soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner
  • 24-hour specialty coffees, teas  & bottled water
  • Port taxes & fees
  • Ground transfers with Viking Air purchase
  • Visits to UNESCO Sites
  • Enrichment lectures & Destination Performances
  • Complimentary access to The Nordic Spa & Fitness Center.
  • Self-service launderettes
  • Alternative restaurant dining at no extra charge
  • 24-hour room service
  • Onboard gratuities

 

YOUR STATEROOM INCLUDES:

  • King-size Viking Explorer Bed with luxury linen
  • 42″ flat-screen LCD TV with intuitive remote & complimentary Movies On Demand
  • Large private bathroom with spacious glass-enclosed shower, heated floor, anti-fog mirror & hair dryer
  • Premium Freyja® toiletries
  • Direct-dial satellite phone & cell service
  • Security safe
  • 110/220 volt outlets
  • Ample USB ports

Expired on Friday May 31st, 2024

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