COMPREHENSIVE ICELAND CRUISE TOUR
From $8,339.00 USD
About Reykjavik, Iceland
Explore incredible Iceland from Land and Sea
Windstar Star Pride
COMPREHENSIVE ICELAND CRUISE TOUR REYKJAVIK TO REYKJAVIK: 10 DAYS
Make the most of your travel time to the far north as you embark on an extensive exploration of Iceland’s inland and coastal wonders. Venture to untouched regions where natural beauty reigns supreme, peppered with steamy hot springs, iridescent ice caves, spectacular waterfalls, and brooding volcanoes. Bask in the steamy comfort of cerulean hot springs encircled by black lava fields. Wander Reykjavik’s cultural museums and make your way along inviting side streets where former fishing homes offer basement bars, artisan boutiques and local coffee houses. Spend an evening in colorful and quirky Seydisfjordur, a summer haven for artists and a jumping-off point for naturalists and scientists studying seabirds and other wildlife. From Icelandic culture to surreal landscapes, this is a journey that rewards you at every turn.
CRUISE TOUR HIGHLIGHTS• Visit some of the world’s most rugged and pristine areas including Hraunfoss and Barnafoss Waterfalls• Enjoy a full day in Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO site• See the beautiful blue ice when you walk into the Lang jokull Ice Tunnels• Have your camera ready for Geysir Hot Springs’ famous Strokkur that spouts piping hot water up to 60 feet in the air• Soak in the soothing 98-104°F famous Blue Lagoon of Reykjavik• Overnight in Seydisfjordur with its colorful historic houses imported from Norway• Sail past the youngest place on earth, Surtsey Island, created by an eruption in 1963
• Guided trek through the glowing blue ice caverns beneath Lang jokull Glacier, the second-largest glacier in Iceland
• Spa time in the steamy comfort of the geothermal Blue Lagoon
• Tour of the Secret Lagoon natural hot springs, where rising steam gives the area a magical feel
• Hotel stays at the luxurious art deco Grand Hotel* in Reykjavik and the rustic-modern Hotel Hagar*, located amid the natural splendor of West Iceland’s highlands
• Guided tour of Pingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most important historical site in Iceland—site of the world’s oldest democratic parliament founded in 930
• Guided tours of Gullfoss Waterfall, Barnafoss Falls, and Hraunfossar Falls• 7-day cruise round trip from Reykjavik
CRUISE TOUR ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS
Day 1 Reykjavik, Iceland
Day 2 Husafell, Iceland
Day 3 Stokkseyri, Iceland
Day 4 Reykjavik, Iceland
Day 5 Heimaey Island, Iceland
Days 6/7 Seydisfjordur, Iceland (overnight)
Day 8 Akureyri, Iceland
Day 9 Isafjordur, Iceland
Day 10 Grundarfjordur, Iceland
Day 11 Reykjavik, IcelandColored destinations indicate land tour portion.
DEPARTURE DATES Star Pride: Jul 22, 29; Aug 5, 12, 26, 2021; Jul 23, 30; Aug 6, 13, 20, 27, 2022
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Day 1 • Reykjavik, Iceland: The world’s most northerly capital enjoys almost 24-hour sunlight in summer, all the better to show off the city’s eclectic architecture and dazzling natural wonders. Your English-speaking guide and driver meet you at the airport and take you to The Grand Hotel near the city center. If you like, walk to the nearby Saga Museum to brush up on Icelandic history, or catch a peek of historic Hofdi House, the site of the 1986 summit between Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev that effectively ended the Cold War. Get a good night’s sleep, because tomorrow will be a busy one. (Includes overnight at The Grand Hotel and airport transfer.)
Day 2 • Borgarfjordur & Husafell, Iceland: After breakfast, head to Borgarfjordur from Reykjavik. This region was the setting for most of the Icelandic sagas and you’ll learn some folk tales as you view the short, fierce rapids of Barnafoss Waterfall and the series of rivulets that form Hraunfossar Waterfall. After lunch, step into the dazzling, blue-hued Lang jokull Ice Tunnels and marvel at the natural beauty of one of the most striking glacier caves in Iceland. Enjoy a 3-course dinner at your hotel before retiring. (Includes overnight at the Hotel Hagar, breakfast, lunch, and dinner.)
Day 3 • Þingvellir National Park: Explore remarkable Þingvellir National Park after breakfast. This UNESCO World Heritage site is where the world’s oldest democratic parliament was founded in 930, and is also where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet. Because of this unique geography, Iceland has magma close to the surface – one of the criteria required to produce geysers. See this in action at nearby Strokkur Geyser before lunch at Hotel Geysir. Next up is Gullfoss Waterfall, where icy water thunders down a double fall into a deep gorge. Travel to the small village of Fludir, home to the Secret Lagoon natural hot springs, then to the village of Stokkseyri for a dinner of local dishes before heading back to Reykjavik and The Grand Hotel.(Includes overnight at The Grand Hotel breakfast, lunch, and dinner.)
Day 4 • Reykjavik to the Ship, Blue Lagoon: Breakfast at the hotel before seeing the sights of Reykjavik. Experience the Iceland of the past at the Open-Air Museum at Arbaer, take in panoramic views of the city from Perlan planetarium’s observation deck, and admire the skyline-dominating tower of Hallgrimskirkja church. Wrap up the day with an iconic experience – bathing in the famous Blue Lagoon – before heading to your waiting ship.(Includes breakfast and transfer to ship.)
Day 5 • Heimaey Island, Iceland: Witness a world still in transition as we explore two lands – one created by a volcanic eruption and one nearly destroyed by one. As we circle Surtsey Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you’ll get to see one of the newest islands on the planet. Surtsey rose from the sea in the 1960s and offers a unique opportunity to study how species colonize a virgin land. Next up, Heimaey Island. Back in 1973, Eldfell Volcano erupted without warning, swallowing much of the main town and turning the rest into a modern-day Pompeii.
Days 6/7 • Seydisfjordur, Iceland: Wind your way up the 11 mile-long Seydisfjord, a narrow, beautiful waterway surrounded by high mountains. At the head of the fjord is Seydisfjordur, a small, scenic town where cascading waterfalls seem to be everywhere. During our overnight stay, you’ll have time to enjoy this beautiful part of the country and its unusual claims to fame, including a lake with a mythical “Ness” and Iceland’s largest national forest. Bird watchers won’t want to miss Skalanes Nature Reserve with its more than 45 bird species. Trekkers can make their way to spectacular Hengifoss Waterfall. Or simply stroll the quaint town of 700 with its colorful Norwegian kit-houses shipped in at the turn of the century.
Day 8 • Akureyri, Iceland: Akureyri nestles like a gem at the head of Iceland’s longest fjord. It’s just a stone’s throw from the Arctic Circle, yet it offers some of Iceland’s warmest weather and a rare ice-free harbor. It’s due to this strange geographic quirk that the town became a famous trading center under the Danes, and also accounts for the town possessing one of the northernmost botanical gardens in the world with a greenhouse that’s geothermically heated. Spend your day riding an Icelandic Horse across the Icelandic countryside, or go for a soak in the sky-blue Myvatn Nature Baths.
Day 9 • Isafjordur, Iceland: A breathtaking journey up Ísafjarðardjúp Bay precedes our arrival in Isafjordur, surprisingly urbane for a village of 2,600. Old Town’s 19th-century buildings take you back to the days of the tall ships, while the abandoned town of Hesteyri remains frozen in the 1940s. This is another great port for bird watchers as Vigur Island is teeming with puffins, eiders, guillemots, and Arctic terns.
Day 10 • Grundarfjordur, Iceland: Viking sagas come to life here, as does Jules Verne’s tale Journey to the Centre of the Earth. You may share the inspiration to set pen to paper, but don’t feel bad if words fail you. The views defy description.
Day 11 • Reykjavik, Iceland Disembark back in Reykjavik with its surprisingly vibrant local museum and art scene.
All Accommodations Feature
Queen Size Bed with Luxurious Linens Waffle Weave Robe and Slippers Flat Screen TV with DVD Player Fully Stocked Mini Bar/Refrigerator Safe Direct Dial Phone L'Occitane Bath Amenities Fresh Flowers Fresh Fruit Hair Dryers and 110/220 outlets Wi-Fi (internet cards can be purchased at reception) Mirrored closet with ample drawer space Bathroom with granite countertop and shower Granite vanity with magnifying mirror and chair
CAPACITY: 312 guests
OWNER'S SUITES: 4, with private verandas
CLASSIC SUITES: 2, with private verandas
DELUXE SUITES: 3, 2 with French-style balconies
STAR BALCONY SUITES: 22, with French-style balconies
BALCONY SUITES: 36, with French-style balconies
STAR OCEAN VIEW SUITES: 21, with picture windows
OCEAN VIEW SUITES: 58, with picture windows
STAR PORTHOLE SUITES: 10
DECKS: 6 guest decks
CREW: 188-190 international staff
SHIP'S REGISTRY: Bahamas
LENGTH: 522 ft (159 meters)
DRAFT: 17.7 ft (5.4 meters)
BEAM: 63 ft (19 meters)
TONNAGE: 12,995 gross registered tons (grt)
PROPULSION: Twin propeller, driven by two Wartsila diesel engines
SPEED: Cruising speed 15 knots