THE ICELANDIC CRUISES 2017 on the 34-guest m/y callisto
7-NIGHTS/8-DAYS · from AKUREYRI to REYKJAVIK, ICELAND
EMBARKATION 3-4 PM – Overnight in port and time for an optional late afternoon walking excursion in Akureyri.
This morning our full day optional excursion will take you from Akureyri to Husavik (where you will meet the Callisto in the evening). You will meet the Callisto in the evening). We take the Ring Road to reach Godafoss Waterfall – the Falls of the Gods – and will hear about the Kristni Saga, recounting the arrival of Christianity and the end of Paganism. After lunch we visit Lake Myvatn, Namarksard and Dimmuborgir, all fine examples of the volcanic world with lava fields, boiling and steaming mud pools, steam vents and craters. We rejoin the Callisto in Husavik and will spend some time walking around this colorful port. Overnight in port
Morning sailing through the Skjafandi Bay to Siglufjordur. As always our Captain will inform you of whales’ sightings.
Midday arrival in Siglufjordur, Iceland’s northernmost city, very close to the Arctic Circle and possibly the most picturesque port of Iceland. Once known as the capital of Herring fishing. The optional walking tour through the city will take you to the port, the Herring Museum, the Folk Music center housed in Madame House, the oldest house in the city. In the afternoon, we sail for Isafjordur- Overnight at sea
Morning arrival at Isafjordur is a large fishing port in Wesfjords. Our morning optional excursion will take us to Bolungravik and then Osvor town where we will visit a restored fisherman’s hut. Back in town we will visit the Maritime Museum and walk around the town known for its rich cultural heritage and merchant’s homes dating from the 18th century. Overnight at Isafjordur, Iceland.
Morning optional excursion from Isafjordur to Bildudalur. The Callisto sails -without passengers who are joining the excursion – to Bildudalur. On the optional excursion, we will stop by the Dynjandi Waterfalls before reaching Bildudalur and visiting the town and the Sea Monsters Museum (We rejoin the Callisto in port). We sail South after lunch and will cruise around the Westford coast line and sail past the Latrarbag cliffs which rise 450 m over the sea .Overnight at sea.
This morning we reach Akranes for our full day Optional excursion to Deildartunguhver, Europe’s most powerful thermal spring, to the Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls area. We will stop in Reykholt which was at one time one of the intellectual centers of the island and had for many years one of the most important schools of the country. Here lived in the Middle Ages one of the most important persons in Icelandic history: Snorri Sturluson. He was a famous poet and politician whose records of the Old Norse language and mythology of medieval Iceland are invaluable to modern scholars. He lived and died here. Remains of his farm and a bathroom with hot pot and a tunnel between the bath and the house can still be visited. In the afternoon we rejoin the ship and sail to the Westfjords. Overnight at sea to Heimaey – Westmann Islands.
We reach Heimaey Island in the morning and discover a community which almost disappeared during a 1973 eruption that buried 400 homes and create a mountain. Heimaey is also known as the Pompeii of the North and our Optional half day excursion will take us to 2 volcanoes and the Eldheimar Geological Museum to understand what happened in 1973 and to other sites around the island. We leave Heimaey in the afternoon and sail to Reykjavik. Overnight at sea.
Disembarkation 6 am -10 am at Reykjavik Iceland.