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Roundtrip Reykjavik
9-night Circumnavigation of Iceland Cruise
July 3, 2020
Lindblad Expeditions: National Geographic Explorer
Roundtrip Reykjavik
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Reykjavik

Reykjavik 07/04/2020

Arrive in Reykjavík, the world's northernmost capital, which lies only a fraction below the Arctic Circle and receives just four hours of sunlight in winter and 22 in summer. Have a guided overview of the Old Town, including Hallgrímskirkja Cathedral with its 210-foot tower, and perhaps shed some light on Nordic culture at the National Museum, with its Viking treasures and artifacts, and unusual whalebone carvings on display. Embark National Geographic Explorer. (L,D)

Optional Private Excursions

Avoid the crowds and hustle and bustle associated with a group activity. For a memorable trip ashore, we invite you to consider a private shore excursion. Enjoy the undivided attention of your own driver/guide and the flexibility of experiencing the aspects of the local culture that most interest you. Below are just some samples of the private shore excursions we can arrange for you. Let us personalize your experience!

Reykjavik - The Golden Circle - FD Tour

Capture the ‘The Big Three’ on this classic excursion to Gullfoss Waterfall, Geysir Strokkur and Thingvellir National Park.

From Reykjavík you will drive over the Mosfellsheidi heath to beautiful Thingvellir National Park, a place of tremendous interest as a primary site of both Iceland’s geological and historical heritage. In 2004 the site of Thingvellir was inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. On this tour you get the opportunity to walk through the geological fault known as Almannagja - the place where Europe’s oldest national legislative assembly, the Icelandic Althing, was established in the year 930AD, and where it convened in grandiose surroundings every summer for nearly eight centuries. After your walk in Thingvellir, the tour continues over the Lyngdalsheidi heath into the fertile farmlands of the south, to visit the most beautiful waterfall of the country, Gullfoss. Nearby, you’ll also stop at the Geysir geothermal area with its multitude of hot springs, where the most active one, Strokkur, spouts every few minutes. Return to Reykjavik through the Grimsnes region.
Tour Duration: 6-7 hours
Tour can operate: Morning
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes - however some rough grounds
Physical Activity Level: Moderate
Included: Transportation by deluxe vehicle & guided tour. Pick up/drop off at the port. 
Not Included: Meals
 
Reykjavik - Bathing in the Blue Lagoon - HD Tour

Here guests can enjoy a relaxing bathe in the surreal milky waters of Iceland’s most famous of geothermal Spas – The Blue Lagoon. So what exactly IS the Blue Lagoon? Well, it is Iceland's most unique and popular attraction. Guests will enjoy bathing and relaxing in Blue Lagoon geothermal seawater, known for its positive effects on the skin. A visit to the spa promotes harmony between body, mind and spirit, and enables one to soak away the stresses of modern life. The spa's guests rekindle their relationship with nature, soak up the scenic beauty and enjoy breathing the clean, fresh air. In addition to bathing in the lagoon guests have access to a sauna with a view of the lagoon, a sauna with white walls that resemble silica mud and a cozy steam bath carved into a lava cave. Of course, guests bathing in the milky waters of the lagoon have easy access to the famous white silica mud, an essential part of this ultimate in spa experiences.

Tour Duration: 3-4 hours

Tour can operate: Morning or Afternoon

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Physical Activy Level: Easy

Included: Transportation by deluxe vehicle, guided tour,  Blue Lagoon Comfort Experience (entrance fee, towel rental, Silica Mud Mask, choice of one drink at the Lagoon.) Pick up/drop off at the port. 

Not Included: Meals

Reykjavik - A Taste of Iceland - FD Tour

Leaving Reykjavik we head to the peculiar stillness of Lake Kleifarvatn (via Hafnarfjordur) where we make a stop to explore the nearby thermal area of Krysuvik.

Onwards to the dramatic bird cliffs of Krysuvikurbjarg where we will stop for photographs. In the summer months, the cliffs are home to thousands of nesting birds and visitors might even be lucky enough to sight Orka whales feeding out at sea.

From here we continue into the lowlands of the south - where impressive views to the Westman islands and beyond lie in store. We pass Strandakirkja church which is said to have been built by seamen in peril whose prayers for rescue were answered by an angel that appeared on the shore and guided them to land ("The guiding light of those who sail the sea").

Onwards for a 4x4 drive along the coast, we make a short stop on the black sandy shores of the North Atlantic Ocean.

From here we drive to a local restaurant for a lobster feast lunch.

After lunch we make our way to Thingvellir National Park a place of tremendous interest as a primary site of both Iceland’s geological and historical heritage.

We return to Reykjavik driving off road through the foothills of the Hengill volcano including an ancient route called the thousand waters trail which leads us across many rivers, streams and mud banks. The surrounding steam vents and bore holes constantly belch out steamy reminders of the areas recent volcanic history.

Tour Duration: 6-7 hours

Tour can operate: Morning

Wheelchair accessible: No

Physical Activity Level: Moderate  

Included: Transportation by deluxe 4x4 vehicle, guided tour, lobster feast lunch. Pick up/drop off at the port. 

Not Included: Drinks

Reykjavik - Glacier Safari with Optional Snowmobiles - FD Tour
Experience Iceland's stunning natural topography in an exhilarating new way during this full-day, off-road adventure on the Langjökull Glacier with optional snowmobile experience.
Start out early morning on a four-wheel-drive tour into Reykjavík’s hinterland. We drive through the tunnel of Hvalfjordur to the Borgarfjordur area. Watch for the historical home of the famed Icelandic historian and law speaker Snorri Sturluson, author of Snorra Edda. Along the way you will see the lava waterfalls of Hraunfossar and Barnafoss. Turning off the paved road you will travel into the gravel desert of Kaldidalur, from the edge of the Langjökull Glacier, you can either choose to board a snowmobile for an hour of fun and excitement on the ice, or opt to stay aboard the 4X4 and allow your driver to expertly take you on a drive out onto the icecap (weather and conditions permitting). All the basic equipment needed for the snowmobile tour will be provided, winter overalls and safety helmets, along with over boots and gloves. Our return journey takes us through the Kaldidalur or “Cold Valley” which offers spectacular views of the surrounding glaciers and their imposing landscapes. On clear days 3 glaciers can be seen from this point including Ók, thought in ancient times to be the home of giants! Our last stop will be at Thingvellir, the most significant historical and geological site in Iceland where in 930 AD the Vikings formed Althingi - the oldest still-existing parliament in the world. In 2004 the site of Thingvellir was inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. We then drive directly from Thingvellir to Reykjavik.
Please note: Due to the remote destination of this tour, there will be a box lunch along the way. Guests are asked to wear good footwear for this tour.
Tour Duration: 4-5 hours
Tour can operate: Mornings
Wheelchair Accessible: No
Physical Activity Level: Moderate / Strenuous
Included: Transportation by deluxe 4x4 vehicle, guided tour, boxed lunch. Pick up/drop off at the port. 
Not Included: Snowmobile tour is at additional cost
Reykjavik Highlights - HD Tour
The Reykjavik Capital Area consists of seven municipalities with approximately 200,000 inhabitants. With an abundance of space, clean air and natural green energy - Reykjavik clearly revels in its reputation as being one of the most modern, forward thinking societies in Europe. The city’s logo “pure energy” sums it up perfectly. Whether that pure energy is portrayed in the form of the city’s heating, nightlife or culture. Reykjavik delivers…
The city tour layout includes landmarks and visits as follows:
  • A visit to the open-air museum of Arbaer where more than 20 buildings have been relocated from around Iceland represented in the form of a town square, a village and a farm. The museum gives the visitor an insight into the architecture and lifestyles of Iceland’s interesting past.
  • A visit to the Pearl vantage point. Built in 1988 the Pearl is a remarkable building, unique in Iceland and probably the whole world. A glass dome constructed atop huge tanks in which natural hot water is stored for heating the city, The Pearl offers the visitor great views of the capital area and beyond.
  • Reykjavik’s colorful old quarter with its quaint wooden houses and narrow streets.
  • Hallgrimskirkja Church the largest in Iceland at 74,5 meters high its one of the city’s best known landmarks. In front of the church is a stature of Leif Eriksson which was a gift from the United States commemorating the 1000th anniversary of Iceland’s parliament at Thingvellir in 930 AD. 
  • The city’s university area.
  • A visit to the National museum The National Museum displays objects that provide insight into Icelandic cultural history - displays that encourage visitors to dwell on the past, present and future. Reopened after extensive refurbishment, the museum houses new, dynamic exhibitions that fulfill all the modern standards required of such an establishment housing the nation´s treasures.
  • The New Harpa Concert Hall 
  • The Hofdi house - venue of THE landmark “end of the cold war” meeting in 1986 between President Reagan and General Secretary Gorbachev.  
Tour Duration: 3
Tour can operate: Morning or Afternoon
Wheelchair Accessible: No - Arbaer museum is not accessible
Physical Activity Level: Easy
Included: Transportation by deluxe vehicle, guided tour, entrance fees. Pick up/drop off at the port. 
Not Included: Meals
07/04/2020 07/04/2020
Flatey Island

Flatey Island 07/05/2020

Explore Iceland's western frontier, visiting Flatey Island, a trading post for many centuries, for walks around the charming little hamlet that grew here, and take a Zodiac cruise along the coast. Sail past the immense Látrabjarg cliffs, the westernmost point of Iceland and home to a huge population of razorbills. The cliffs are an area once famous for egg collecting; the men were tied to ropes and lowered like spiders down onto the ledges. (B,L,D)
07/05/2020 07/05/2020
Latrabjarg Cliffs

Latrabjarg Cliffs 07/05/2020

Explore Iceland's western frontier, visiting Flatey Island, a trading post for many centuries, for walks around the charming little hamlet that grew here, and take a Zodiac cruise along the coast. Sail past the immense Látrabjarg cliffs, the westernmost point of Iceland and home to a huge population of razorbills. The cliffs are an area once famous for egg collecting; the men were tied to ropes and lowered like spiders down onto the ledges. (B,L,D)
07/05/2020 07/05/2020
Vigur Island

Vigur Island 07/06/2020

Explore the beautiful and peaceful Westfjords region of Iceland. Perhaps take a hike to a remote waterfall or a Zodiac cruise alongside bird-covered cliffs. Enter Ísafjarðardjúp and land at Vigur Island to visit the eider farm and view the down cleaning process. (B,L,D)
07/06/2020 07/06/2020
Isafjord

Isafjord 07/07/2020

Located in the Westfjords, Ísafjörður is surrounded by water on three sides, sculpted by glaciers. Explore by Zodiac and hike ashore to view the local landscape and photograph flowering plants. (B,L,D)
07/07/2020 07/07/2020
Siglufjordur

Siglufjordur 07/08/2020

Siglufjörður was the center of Iceland's once-thriving herring industry. We stop by the Herring Museum for a re-enactment and a tasting. Continue to picturesque Akureyri, backed by snow-capped mountains. Explore the old town, with its beautifully maintained period houses, or visit the botanical garden. (B,L,D)
07/08/2020 07/08/2020
Akureyri

Akureyri 07/08/2020

Siglufjörður was the center of Iceland's once-thriving herring industry. We stop by the Herring Museum for a re-enactment and a tasting. Continue to picturesque Akureyri, backed by snow-capped mountains. Explore the old town, with its beautifully maintained period houses, or visit the botanical garden. (B,L,D)

Optional Private Excursions

Avoid the crowds and hustle and bustle associated with a group activity. For a memorable trip ashore, we invite you to consider a private shore excursion. Enjoy the undivided attention of your own driver/guide and the flexibility of experiencing the aspects of the local culture that most interest you. Below are just some samples of the private shore excursions we can arrange for you. Let us personalize your experience!

Akureyri - Jewels of the North & Myvatn Nature Baths- FD Tour

The tour starts by driving along the coast of Iceland’s longest fjord, Eyjafjordur, from where you will get an excellent view of Akureyri and its surrounding mountains. After crossing Víkurskard-pass, view the Fnjoskadalur valley, where clear geological remains from glacial and post glacial times can be seen. The first stop is by Godafoss falls - one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland; the water of the river Skjalfandafljot falls from a height of 12 m over a width of 30 m. In 1000 A.D., at the meeting of the Althing, the Icelanders voted to adopt Christianity. The wooden idols of the Norse mythology were thrown into the falls in a symbolic gesture that swept away the old religion. Thus the Godafoss literally means the "Waterfall of the Gods”. From there you will drive directly to the Lake Myvatn area, stopping by the unique craters at Skutustadir before having lunch. After lunch you will visit the Dimmuborgir lava labyrinth, a paradise of towering lava castles, natural arches and countless unexplored grottos.

Next is a visit to the Myvatn Nature Baths. The Nature Baths offer bathers a completely natural experience - a relaxing dip amidst clouds of steam and a luxurious swim in a pool of geothermal water drawn from depths of up to 2.500 meters. The baths contain a unique blend of minerals, silicates and geothermal micro-organisms. The warm, soothing waters are beneficial to skin and spirit alike, creating a sense of wellbeing and creating a lasting memory of your visit. Facilities include a reception area and cafeteria, changing rooms and showers for up to 120 guests, three natural steam baths accommodating up to 50 bathers at a time, and a 5000m2 outdoor geothermal bathing pool maintained at a constant temperature of 38-40ºC.

Due to its chemical composition, undesired bacteria and vegetation do not thrive in the lagoon making chlorine or any other disinfectant redundant. Following a relaxing bathe, you will then continue to the gurgling purple and yellow sulphur cauldrons at the high temperature thermal field of Namaskard, which are so hot that they actually boil. Following a short walk at Namaskard, enjoy a relaxed return drive to Akureyri.

Tour Duration: 8 hours
Tour can operate: Morning
Wheelchair Accessible: No
Physical Activity Level: Moderate
Included: Transportation by deluxe vehicle, guided tour., lunch (soup and bread, fish of the day), entrance fee to Nature Baths and 1 free tour escort. Pick up/drop off at the port. 
Not Included: Beverages during lunch, swimsuit and towel (swimwear and towel can be rented at the Nature Baths)

Akureyri - Godafoss Waterfall & Laufas Turf Farm - HD Tour
Leaving Akureyri, cross the waters of the fjord and travel along the slopes of Vadlaheidi Mountain, via the Fnjoskadalur Valley to Vaglaskogur Forest - one of Iceland's rare woodlands which is part of an extensive soil and vegetation reclamation project. From Fnjoskadalur, you'll travel to historic Godafoss - waterfall of the heathen gods that figure prominently in Iceland's 12th century Book of Settlement. Legend has it that Thorgeir of Ljosavatn, a chieftain present at the Thingvellir in the year 1000, was given the authority to decide which religion was to be adopted by the Icelanders. He was a pagan himself, but after a period of profound thought, decided that Christianity was to be the religion of Iceland. Upon his return home, he took the statues of the pagan gods he used to worship and threw them unceremoniously into a waterfall near his homestead. From this time, the waterfall has been named Godafoss (Waterfall of the Gods). After enjoying some time at the falls, the tour continues. The areas geological past is clearly visible on the surrounding hillsides and suggests that a once large periglacial lake filled the valley. Onwards to Laufas a 19th-century farmhouse built in the traditional Icelandic style of stone and turf – now one of the last turf farms in the country.  Originally it was a manor farm and vicarage, the farmhouse itself dates back to 1866 and contains many interesting household and agricultural implements used by the gentry at around that time. The nearby church was built in 1865. Following a pleasant scenic drive back to Akureyri, a stop is made at the towns Botanical Gardens famed for its 2,000 species of local and foreign flowers which, incidentally, bloom outside thanks to Akureyri’s warm microclimate.
 
Tour Duration: 3-4 hours
Tour can operate: Morning or Afternoon
Wheelchair Accessible: No
Physical Activity Level: Moderate
Included: Transportation by deluxe vehicle from Akureyri, guided tour, entrance fees. Pick up/drop off at the port. 
Not Included: Meals
07/08/2020 07/08/2020
Akureyri

Akureyri 07/09/2020

Begin the day by visiting an unforgettable sight: Godafoss, the waterfall of the gods. Next, drive to Mývatn, the most geologically active area in Iceland. This is world-class field geology! See the bizarre mud pools at Hverarönd — so hot they actually bubble. At the Krafla geothermal area see the explosion crater at Viti. After lunch ashore, meet the ship in Húsavík, and watch for whales as we sail north to the land of the midnight sun. Take Zodiacs ashore to the tiny island of Grímsey, which lies exactly on the Arctic Circle. Here we celebrate being officially in the Arctic, in the company of nesting Arctic terns, fulmars, and puffins in burrows, all bathing, courting and fishing — another wonderful photo op. (B,L,D)

Optional Private Excursions

Avoid the crowds and hustle and bustle associated with a group activity. For a memorable trip ashore, we invite you to consider a private shore excursion. Enjoy the undivided attention of your own driver/guide and the flexibility of experiencing the aspects of the local culture that most interest you. Below are just some samples of the private shore excursions we can arrange for you. Let us personalize your experience!

Akureyri - Jewels of the North & Myvatn Nature Baths- FD Tour

The tour starts by driving along the coast of Iceland’s longest fjord, Eyjafjordur, from where you will get an excellent view of Akureyri and its surrounding mountains. After crossing Víkurskard-pass, view the Fnjoskadalur valley, where clear geological remains from glacial and post glacial times can be seen. The first stop is by Godafoss falls - one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland; the water of the river Skjalfandafljot falls from a height of 12 m over a width of 30 m. In 1000 A.D., at the meeting of the Althing, the Icelanders voted to adopt Christianity. The wooden idols of the Norse mythology were thrown into the falls in a symbolic gesture that swept away the old religion. Thus the Godafoss literally means the "Waterfall of the Gods”. From there you will drive directly to the Lake Myvatn area, stopping by the unique craters at Skutustadir before having lunch. After lunch you will visit the Dimmuborgir lava labyrinth, a paradise of towering lava castles, natural arches and countless unexplored grottos.

Next is a visit to the Myvatn Nature Baths. The Nature Baths offer bathers a completely natural experience - a relaxing dip amidst clouds of steam and a luxurious swim in a pool of geothermal water drawn from depths of up to 2.500 meters. The baths contain a unique blend of minerals, silicates and geothermal micro-organisms. The warm, soothing waters are beneficial to skin and spirit alike, creating a sense of wellbeing and creating a lasting memory of your visit. Facilities include a reception area and cafeteria, changing rooms and showers for up to 120 guests, three natural steam baths accommodating up to 50 bathers at a time, and a 5000m2 outdoor geothermal bathing pool maintained at a constant temperature of 38-40ºC.

Due to its chemical composition, undesired bacteria and vegetation do not thrive in the lagoon making chlorine or any other disinfectant redundant. Following a relaxing bathe, you will then continue to the gurgling purple and yellow sulphur cauldrons at the high temperature thermal field of Namaskard, which are so hot that they actually boil. Following a short walk at Namaskard, enjoy a relaxed return drive to Akureyri.

Tour Duration: 8 hours
Tour can operate: Morning
Wheelchair Accessible: No
Physical Activity Level: Moderate
Included: Transportation by deluxe vehicle, guided tour., lunch (soup and bread, fish of the day), entrance fee to Nature Baths and 1 free tour escort. Pick up/drop off at the port. 
Not Included: Beverages during lunch, swimsuit and towel (swimwear and towel can be rented at the Nature Baths)

Akureyri - Godafoss Waterfall & Laufas Turf Farm - HD Tour
Leaving Akureyri, cross the waters of the fjord and travel along the slopes of Vadlaheidi Mountain, via the Fnjoskadalur Valley to Vaglaskogur Forest - one of Iceland's rare woodlands which is part of an extensive soil and vegetation reclamation project. From Fnjoskadalur, you'll travel to historic Godafoss - waterfall of the heathen gods that figure prominently in Iceland's 12th century Book of Settlement. Legend has it that Thorgeir of Ljosavatn, a chieftain present at the Thingvellir in the year 1000, was given the authority to decide which religion was to be adopted by the Icelanders. He was a pagan himself, but after a period of profound thought, decided that Christianity was to be the religion of Iceland. Upon his return home, he took the statues of the pagan gods he used to worship and threw them unceremoniously into a waterfall near his homestead. From this time, the waterfall has been named Godafoss (Waterfall of the Gods). After enjoying some time at the falls, the tour continues. The areas geological past is clearly visible on the surrounding hillsides and suggests that a once large periglacial lake filled the valley. Onwards to Laufas a 19th-century farmhouse built in the traditional Icelandic style of stone and turf – now one of the last turf farms in the country.  Originally it was a manor farm and vicarage, the farmhouse itself dates back to 1866 and contains many interesting household and agricultural implements used by the gentry at around that time. The nearby church was built in 1865. Following a pleasant scenic drive back to Akureyri, a stop is made at the towns Botanical Gardens famed for its 2,000 species of local and foreign flowers which, incidentally, bloom outside thanks to Akureyri’s warm microclimate.
 
Tour Duration: 3-4 hours
Tour can operate: Morning or Afternoon
Wheelchair Accessible: No
Physical Activity Level: Moderate
Included: Transportation by deluxe vehicle from Akureyri, guided tour, entrance fees. Pick up/drop off at the port. 
Not Included: Meals
07/09/2020 07/09/2020
Godafoss

Godafoss 07/09/2020

Begin the day by visiting an unforgettable sight: Godafoss, the waterfall of the gods. Next, drive to Mývatn, the most geologically active area in Iceland. This is world-class field geology! See the bizarre mud pools at Hverarönd — so hot they actually bubble. At the Krafla geothermal area see the explosion crater at Viti. After lunch ashore, meet the ship in Húsavík, and watch for whales as we sail north to the land of the midnight sun. Take Zodiacs ashore to the tiny island of Grímsey, which lies exactly on the Arctic Circle. Here we celebrate being officially in the Arctic, in the company of nesting Arctic terns, fulmars, and puffins in burrows, all bathing, courting and fishing — another wonderful photo op. (B,L,D)
07/09/2020 07/09/2020
Lake Myvatn

Lake Myvatn 07/09/2020

Begin the day by visiting an unforgettable sight: Godafoss, the waterfall of the gods. Next, drive to Mývatn, the most geologically active area in Iceland. This is world-class field geology! See the bizarre mud pools at Hverarönd — so hot they actually bubble. At the Krafla geothermal area see the explosion crater at Viti. After lunch ashore, meet the ship in Húsavík, and watch for whales as we sail north to the land of the midnight sun. Take Zodiacs ashore to the tiny island of Grímsey, which lies exactly on the Arctic Circle. Here we celebrate being officially in the Arctic, in the company of nesting Arctic terns, fulmars, and puffins in burrows, all bathing, courting and fishing — another wonderful photo op. (B,L,D)
07/09/2020 07/09/2020
Hverarönd

Hverarönd 07/09/2020

Begin the day by visiting an unforgettable sight: Godafoss, the waterfall of the gods. Next, drive to Mývatn, the most geologically active area in Iceland. This is world-class field geology! See the bizarre mud pools at Hverarönd — so hot they actually bubble. At the Krafla geothermal area see the explosion crater at Viti. After lunch ashore, meet the ship in Húsavík, and watch for whales as we sail north to the land of the midnight sun. Take Zodiacs ashore to the tiny island of Grímsey, which lies exactly on the Arctic Circle. Here we celebrate being officially in the Arctic, in the company of nesting Arctic terns, fulmars, and puffins in burrows, all bathing, courting and fishing — another wonderful photo op. (B,L,D)
07/09/2020 07/09/2020
Viti

Viti 07/09/2020

Begin the day by visiting an unforgettable sight: Godafoss, the waterfall of the gods. Next, drive to Mývatn, the most geologically active area in Iceland. This is world-class field geology! See the bizarre mud pools at Hverarönd — so hot they actually bubble. At the Krafla geothermal area see the explosion crater at Viti. After lunch ashore, meet the ship in Húsavík, and watch for whales as we sail north to the land of the midnight sun. Take Zodiacs ashore to the tiny island of Grímsey, which lies exactly on the Arctic Circle. Here we celebrate being officially in the Arctic, in the company of nesting Arctic terns, fulmars, and puffins in burrows, all bathing, courting and fishing — another wonderful photo op. (B,L,D)
07/09/2020 07/09/2020
Husavik

Husavik 07/09/2020

Begin the day by visiting an unforgettable sight: Godafoss, the waterfall of the gods. Next, drive to Mývatn, the most geologically active area in Iceland. This is world-class field geology! See the bizarre mud pools at Hverarönd — so hot they actually bubble. At the Krafla geothermal area see the explosion crater at Viti. After lunch ashore, meet the ship in Húsavík, and watch for whales as we sail north to the land of the midnight sun. Take Zodiacs ashore to the tiny island of Grímsey, which lies exactly on the Arctic Circle. Here we celebrate being officially in the Arctic, in the company of nesting Arctic terns, fulmars, and puffins in burrows, all bathing, courting and fishing — another wonderful photo op. (B,L,D)
07/09/2020 07/09/2020
Grímsey

Grímsey 07/09/2020

With plenty of rarely-visited coastlines, this day is left open to explore Iceland's rugged east coast. Perhaps join our naturalists for a hike along a stretch of the Langanes Peninsula or we may have a Zodiac cruise to view the beautiful stacks near Rauðanes. We will keep it flexible to be able to choose the best option for the day. (B,L,D)
07/09/2020 07/09/2020
Langanes Peninsula

Langanes Peninsula 07/10/2020

Dock in Djúpivogur to explore the vast Vatnajökull icecap. Via small boat, get up-close and personal with the deep blue icebergs of the large ice lagoon of Jökulsárlón.(B,L,D)
07/10/2020 07/10/2020
Djupivogur

Djupivogur 07/11/2020

Dock in Djúpivogur to explore the vast Vatnajökull icecap. Via small boat, get up-close and personal with the deep blue icebergs of the large ice lagoon of Jökulsárlón.(B,L,D)
07/11/2020 07/11/2020
Heimaey

Heimaey 07/12/2020

The Westman Islands were formed by undersea volcanoes between 5,000 and 10,000 years ago and are among the youngest of the world's archipelagos. In 1963, the world witnessed on film the birth of its newest island, Surtsey — a UNESCO World Heritage Site — which we will see as we cruise past the coast. In 1973, Heimaey was threatened by lava flows that nearly closed off its harbor. We visit the crater, where the earth is still hot, and have amazing views of areas that had been engulfed by lava. (B,L,D)
07/12/2020 07/12/2020
Surtsey

Surtsey 07/12/2020

The Westman Islands were formed by undersea volcanoes between 5,000 and 10,000 years ago and are among the youngest of the world's archipelagos. In 1963, the world witnessed on film the birth of its newest island, Surtsey — a UNESCO World Heritage Site — which we will see as we cruise past the coast. In 1973, Heimaey was threatened by lava flows that nearly closed off its harbor. We visit the crater, where the earth is still hot, and have amazing views of areas that had been engulfed by lava. (B,L,D)
07/12/2020 07/12/2020
Reykjavik

Reykjavik 07/13/2020

Today we complete our circumnavigation of Iceland, disembarking in Reykjavík. Choose to visit the famous Blue Lagoon thermal baths or enjoy the hotsprings, geothermal power plant, and horse farm prior to flights home. (B, L)

Optional Private Excursions

Avoid the crowds and hustle and bustle associated with a group activity. For a memorable trip ashore, we invite you to consider a private shore excursion. Enjoy the undivided attention of your own driver/guide and the flexibility of experiencing the aspects of the local culture that most interest you. Below are just some samples of the private shore excursions we can arrange for you. Let us personalize your experience!

Reykjavik - The Golden Circle - FD Tour

Capture the ‘The Big Three’ on this classic excursion to Gullfoss Waterfall, Geysir Strokkur and Thingvellir National Park.

From Reykjavík you will drive over the Mosfellsheidi heath to beautiful Thingvellir National Park, a place of tremendous interest as a primary site of both Iceland’s geological and historical heritage. In 2004 the site of Thingvellir was inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. On this tour you get the opportunity to walk through the geological fault known as Almannagja - the place where Europe’s oldest national legislative assembly, the Icelandic Althing, was established in the year 930AD, and where it convened in grandiose surroundings every summer for nearly eight centuries. After your walk in Thingvellir, the tour continues over the Lyngdalsheidi heath into the fertile farmlands of the south, to visit the most beautiful waterfall of the country, Gullfoss. Nearby, you’ll also stop at the Geysir geothermal area with its multitude of hot springs, where the most active one, Strokkur, spouts every few minutes. Return to Reykjavik through the Grimsnes region.
Tour Duration: 6-7 hours
Tour can operate: Morning
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes - however some rough grounds
Physical Activity Level: Moderate
Included: Transportation by deluxe vehicle & guided tour. Pick up/drop off at the port. 
Not Included: Meals
 
Reykjavik - Bathing in the Blue Lagoon - HD Tour

Here guests can enjoy a relaxing bathe in the surreal milky waters of Iceland’s most famous of geothermal Spas – The Blue Lagoon. So what exactly IS the Blue Lagoon? Well, it is Iceland's most unique and popular attraction. Guests will enjoy bathing and relaxing in Blue Lagoon geothermal seawater, known for its positive effects on the skin. A visit to the spa promotes harmony between body, mind and spirit, and enables one to soak away the stresses of modern life. The spa's guests rekindle their relationship with nature, soak up the scenic beauty and enjoy breathing the clean, fresh air. In addition to bathing in the lagoon guests have access to a sauna with a view of the lagoon, a sauna with white walls that resemble silica mud and a cozy steam bath carved into a lava cave. Of course, guests bathing in the milky waters of the lagoon have easy access to the famous white silica mud, an essential part of this ultimate in spa experiences.

Tour Duration: 3-4 hours

Tour can operate: Morning or Afternoon

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Physical Activy Level: Easy

Included: Transportation by deluxe vehicle, guided tour,  Blue Lagoon Comfort Experience (entrance fee, towel rental, Silica Mud Mask, choice of one drink at the Lagoon.) Pick up/drop off at the port. 

Not Included: Meals

Reykjavik - A Taste of Iceland - FD Tour

Leaving Reykjavik we head to the peculiar stillness of Lake Kleifarvatn (via Hafnarfjordur) where we make a stop to explore the nearby thermal area of Krysuvik.

Onwards to the dramatic bird cliffs of Krysuvikurbjarg where we will stop for photographs. In the summer months, the cliffs are home to thousands of nesting birds and visitors might even be lucky enough to sight Orka whales feeding out at sea.

From here we continue into the lowlands of the south - where impressive views to the Westman islands and beyond lie in store. We pass Strandakirkja church which is said to have been built by seamen in peril whose prayers for rescue were answered by an angel that appeared on the shore and guided them to land ("The guiding light of those who sail the sea").

Onwards for a 4x4 drive along the coast, we make a short stop on the black sandy shores of the North Atlantic Ocean.

From here we drive to a local restaurant for a lobster feast lunch.

After lunch we make our way to Thingvellir National Park a place of tremendous interest as a primary site of both Iceland’s geological and historical heritage.

We return to Reykjavik driving off road through the foothills of the Hengill volcano including an ancient route called the thousand waters trail which leads us across many rivers, streams and mud banks. The surrounding steam vents and bore holes constantly belch out steamy reminders of the areas recent volcanic history.

Tour Duration: 6-7 hours

Tour can operate: Morning

Wheelchair accessible: No

Physical Activity Level: Moderate  

Included: Transportation by deluxe 4x4 vehicle, guided tour, lobster feast lunch. Pick up/drop off at the port. 

Not Included: Drinks

Reykjavik - Glacier Safari with Optional Snowmobiles - FD Tour
Experience Iceland's stunning natural topography in an exhilarating new way during this full-day, off-road adventure on the Langjökull Glacier with optional snowmobile experience.
Start out early morning on a four-wheel-drive tour into Reykjavík’s hinterland. We drive through the tunnel of Hvalfjordur to the Borgarfjordur area. Watch for the historical home of the famed Icelandic historian and law speaker Snorri Sturluson, author of Snorra Edda. Along the way you will see the lava waterfalls of Hraunfossar and Barnafoss. Turning off the paved road you will travel into the gravel desert of Kaldidalur, from the edge of the Langjökull Glacier, you can either choose to board a snowmobile for an hour of fun and excitement on the ice, or opt to stay aboard the 4X4 and allow your driver to expertly take you on a drive out onto the icecap (weather and conditions permitting). All the basic equipment needed for the snowmobile tour will be provided, winter overalls and safety helmets, along with over boots and gloves. Our return journey takes us through the Kaldidalur or “Cold Valley” which offers spectacular views of the surrounding glaciers and their imposing landscapes. On clear days 3 glaciers can be seen from this point including Ók, thought in ancient times to be the home of giants! Our last stop will be at Thingvellir, the most significant historical and geological site in Iceland where in 930 AD the Vikings formed Althingi - the oldest still-existing parliament in the world. In 2004 the site of Thingvellir was inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. We then drive directly from Thingvellir to Reykjavik.
Please note: Due to the remote destination of this tour, there will be a box lunch along the way. Guests are asked to wear good footwear for this tour.
Tour Duration: 4-5 hours
Tour can operate: Mornings
Wheelchair Accessible: No
Physical Activity Level: Moderate / Strenuous
Included: Transportation by deluxe 4x4 vehicle, guided tour, boxed lunch. Pick up/drop off at the port. 
Not Included: Snowmobile tour is at additional cost
Reykjavik Highlights - HD Tour
The Reykjavik Capital Area consists of seven municipalities with approximately 200,000 inhabitants. With an abundance of space, clean air and natural green energy - Reykjavik clearly revels in its reputation as being one of the most modern, forward thinking societies in Europe. The city’s logo “pure energy” sums it up perfectly. Whether that pure energy is portrayed in the form of the city’s heating, nightlife or culture. Reykjavik delivers…
The city tour layout includes landmarks and visits as follows:
  • A visit to the open-air museum of Arbaer where more than 20 buildings have been relocated from around Iceland represented in the form of a town square, a village and a farm. The museum gives the visitor an insight into the architecture and lifestyles of Iceland’s interesting past.
  • A visit to the Pearl vantage point. Built in 1988 the Pearl is a remarkable building, unique in Iceland and probably the whole world. A glass dome constructed atop huge tanks in which natural hot water is stored for heating the city, The Pearl offers the visitor great views of the capital area and beyond.
  • Reykjavik’s colorful old quarter with its quaint wooden houses and narrow streets.
  • Hallgrimskirkja Church the largest in Iceland at 74,5 meters high its one of the city’s best known landmarks. In front of the church is a stature of Leif Eriksson which was a gift from the United States commemorating the 1000th anniversary of Iceland’s parliament at Thingvellir in 930 AD. 
  • The city’s university area.
  • A visit to the National museum The National Museum displays objects that provide insight into Icelandic cultural history - displays that encourage visitors to dwell on the past, present and future. Reopened after extensive refurbishment, the museum houses new, dynamic exhibitions that fulfill all the modern standards required of such an establishment housing the nation´s treasures.
  • The New Harpa Concert Hall 
  • The Hofdi house - venue of THE landmark “end of the cold war” meeting in 1986 between President Reagan and General Secretary Gorbachev.  
Tour Duration: 3
Tour can operate: Morning or Afternoon
Wheelchair Accessible: No - Arbaer museum is not accessible
Physical Activity Level: Easy
Included: Transportation by deluxe vehicle, guided tour, entrance fees. Pick up/drop off at the port. 
Not Included: Meals
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Lindblad Expeditions: National Geographic Explorer

National Geographic Explorer is a state-of-the-art expedition ship. It is a fully stabilized, ice-class vessel, with an Ice-1A Super on the forward hull, enabling it to navigate polar passages while providing exceptional comfort. It carries kayaks and a fleet of Zodiacs. An Undersea Specialist operates a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and sophisticated video equipment, extending access to the underwater world

Dining

Main Dining Room

Main Dining Room
The multi-windowed main Dining Room is a casual and relaxing place. There's no assigned seating to allow for free mingling - and configurations from tables for two to banquettes and a Captain's Table that seats twelve. Breakfast and lunch are buffet-style, while dinner is served.

Bistro Bar

Bistro Bar
Choose to dine in the Bistro Bar whenever you prefer, or drop by for a cappucino or a latté, or a drink in the evening - especially when a gifted player is seated at the piano.
Explore the Ship

Deck Spaces

Deck Spaces
Explorer's bow and deck spaces are perfect for stretching your legs; shooting photos; gathering with onboard experts to observe and learn; and experiencing the unparalleled freshness and immediacy of life at sea.

The Library

The Library
The well-stocked library, furnished with inviting leather reading chairs and brimming with definitive guides, books, novels and gorgeously illustrated coffee table books, offers a warm and relaxing environment for reading and scanning the horizon.

Observation Lounge

Observation Lounge
The Lounge is the heart of the expedition community. It's where guests and expert staff convene daily for Recap - entertaining and informative presentations, cocktails, hors d'oeuvres. The Lounge is also a great place to hunker down with a book, open your laptop, or catch the "golden hour" in midnight sun geographies.

The Mud Room

The Mud Room
The Mud Room enables safe, simple loading and unloading of Zodiacs, allowing more exploration time. It also contains assigned lockers for conveniently stowing life vests, outdoor clothing and gear.

Chart Room

Chart Room
The Chart Room, decorated in hues of warm mahogany and cool chromes, is a magnet for the navigation-enthused. It boasts nautical maps and hot beverage station offering coffee, tea and hot cocoa.

LEXspa

LEXspa
Visit the LEXspa for relaxing massages and body treatments. Includes sauna, shower, towels and robes, two Wellness specialists, and two treatment rooms.

Fitness Center

Fitness Center
The onboard fitness center is equipped with freeweights, stretch bands, balance balls, treadmills, elliptical and stationary bikes.
Global Perspectives

Travel with a veritable Who’s Who of fascinating travel companions from the top tiers of world affairs, journalism and exploration.
The guest speakers in our Global Perspectives program ratchet up the caliber of experience, expertise and insight our expedition team and National Geographic photographers provide. Available exclusively aboard National Geographic Explorer, our program provides the opportunity to travel with fascinating people that you might have seen in the news, on television, or in a lecture hall – now easily available to you in person, in the intimate and conversational context of an expedition.

Ship Statistics
Year Built
1982
Year Refurbished
Year Entered Present Fleet
Previous Name
Country of Registry
Tonnage (GRT)
15000
Guests (Lowers)
162
Total Guests
148
Passenger Decks
6
Number of Crew
40
Officers' Nationality
Cruise/Hotel Staff Nationality
Total Rooms
81
Suites
6
Balconies
9
Ocean/River View
66
Interior
Accessible
You can rush to the deck for a spontaneous dinner hour wildlife sighting, without worry that it's wrecking havoc in the kitchen. All of the public spaces offer expansive windows and instant access to the outside decks. The handsomely-designed library invites you to curl up with a good book or go deeper into a new topic that interests you. Each evening at cocktail hour, the Expedition Leader convenes everyone in the lounge for recap, a hallmark of Lindblad's unique expedition style.
Tipping Policy
At guest's discretion.
Shipboard Policies
  • Internet Access
Public Rooms
  • Bar(s)/Lounge(s)
  • Internet Café
  • Library
Stateroom Amenities
  • Bath Robes
  • Hair Dryer
  • In-Stateroom Movies
  • Showers and/or Bath Tubs
  • Television / Radio
Entertainment
  • Classes and Workshops
  • Guest Lecturers
Dining
  • Dining Style: Open Seating
Other Facilities
  • Infirmary / Medical Center
Sports, Health and Fitness
  • Cardio Equipment
  • Free Weights
  • Sauna
  • Spa
Explorer's private spaces are as alluring as her public ones. Decorated in relaxing earth tones, Explorer's 81 outside-facing cabins are inviting and rewarding, with deluxe bedding, signature feather duvets and thick terry robes. All cabins feature flat screen TVs with movie programming, as well as the live feed from Explorer's remote-controlled crow's nest camera and electronic chart system. All cabins are also equipped with ethernet connections to the ship's satellite internet service, and plugs for laptops and phone or camera chargers. Sleek teak, tile and glass bathrooms feature vanities, shelves and hairdryers.

Information provided within these pages has been updated as of July 2019. While we do our best to ensure that stateroom descriptions and deckplans appearing in this website are complete and accurate, we cannot be responsible for inaccurate representations, which may or may not be under our control. Please reconfirm stateroom accommodations and deck placement prior to booking.

Porthole

Double with Porthole (01) Limited Availability
Double with Porthole
  • Category: 01
  • Main Deck
  • Queen bed or two lower single beds (convertible to Olympic Queen bed, 6" wider than a Standard Queen)
  • Premium linens with signature feather duvets
  • Plush terry robes
  • Hi-Lo intensity reading lights
  • Sink with vanity
  • Glass-walled shower
  • Signature toiletries and complimentary rubber "Zodiac" holder
  • Complimentary refillable water bottle
  • Built-in closet with drawers
  • Desk with two drawers and chair
  • Floor length mirror
  • 22" LCD HD Video Screen with movie programming, live feed from crow's nest camera and electronic chart system
  • Reading/sitting chair

Stateroom Images are representative of staterooms in that category and type. Some rooms in the same category may have different furniture configurations, facilities and/or window/view configuration. Room measurements are approximate. Please see deck plans for specific information.

Oceanview

Solo with Window (SB) Limited Availability
Solo with Window
  • Category: SB
  • Veranda Deck
  • Upper Deck
Solo with Window (SA) Limited Availability
Solo with Window
  • Category: SA
  • Main Deck
Double with Window (04) Limited Availability
Double with Window
  • Category: 04
  • Veranda Deck
  • Upper Deck
  • Queen bed or two lower single beds (convertible to Olympic Queen bed, 6" wider than a Standard Queen)
  • Premium linens with signature feather duvets
  • Plush terry robes
  • Hi-Lo intensity reading lights
  • Sink with vanity
  • Glass-walled shower
  • Signature toiletries and complimentary rubber "Zodiac" holder
  • Complimentary refillable water bottle
  • Built-in closet with drawers
  • Desk with two drawers and chair
  • Floor length mirror
  • 22" LCD HD Video Screen with movie programming, live feed from crow's nest camera and electronic chart system
  • Reading/sitting chair

Stateroom Images are representative of staterooms in that category and type. Some rooms in the same category may have different furniture configurations, facilities and/or window/view configuration. Room measurements are approximate. Please see deck plans for specific information.

Double with Window (03) Limited Availability
Double with Window
  • Category: 03
  • Main Deck
  • Queen bed or two lower single beds (convertible to Olympic Queen bed, 6" wider than a Standard Queen)
  • Premium linens with signature feather duvets
  • Plush terry robes
  • Hi-Lo intensity reading lights
  • Sink with vanity
  • Glass-walled shower
  • Signature toiletries and complimentary rubber "Zodiac" holder
  • Complimentary refillable water bottle
  • Built-in closet with drawers
  • Desk with two drawers and chair
  • Floor length mirror
  • 22" LCD HD Video Screen with movie programming, live feed from crow's nest camera and electronic chart system
  • Reading/sitting chair

Stateroom Images are representative of staterooms in that category and type. Some rooms in the same category may have different furniture configurations, facilities and/or window/view configuration. Room measurements are approximate. Please see deck plans for specific information.

Double with Window (02) Limited Availability
Double with Window
  • Category: 02
  • Main Deck
  • Queen bed or two lower single beds (convertible to Olympic Queen bed, 6" wider than a Standard Queen)
  • Premium linens with signature feather duvets
  • Plush terry robes
  • Hi-Lo intensity reading lights
  • Sink with vanity
  • Glass-walled shower
  • Signature toiletries and complimentary rubber "Zodiac" holder
  • Complimentary refillable water bottle
  • Built-in closet with drawers
  • Desk with two drawers and chair
  • Floor length mirror
  • 22" LCD HD Video Screen with movie programming, live feed from crow's nest camera and electronic chart system
  • Reading/sitting chair

Stateroom Images are representative of staterooms in that category and type. Some rooms in the same category may have different furniture configurations, facilities and/or window/view configuration. Room measurements are approximate. Please see deck plans for specific information.

Balcony

Double with Balcony (05) Limited Availability
Double with Balcony
  • Category: 05
  • Upper Deck
  • Queen bed or two lower single beds (convertible to Olympic Queen bed, 6" wider than a Standard Queen)
  • Premium linens with signature feather duvets
  • Plush terry robes
  • Hi-Lo intensity reading lights
  • Sink with vanity
  • Glass-walled shower
  • Signature toiletries and complimentary rubber "Zodiac" holder
  • Complimentary refillable water bottle
  • Built-in closet with drawers
  • Desk with two drawers and chair
  • Floor length mirror
  • 22" LCD HD Video Screen with movie programming, live feed from crow's nest camera and electronic chart system
  • Reading/sitting chair

Stateroom Images are representative of staterooms in that category and type. Some rooms in the same category may have different furniture configurations, facilities and/or window/view configuration. Room measurements are approximate. Please see deck plans for specific information.

Suite

Suite with Balcony (07) Limited Availability
Suite with Balcony
  • Category: 07
  • Upper Deck
  • Queen bed or two lower single beds (convertible to Olympic Queen bed, 6" wider than a Standard Queen)
  • Premium linens with signature feather duvets
  • Plush terry robes
  • Hi-Lo intensity reading lights
  • Sink with vanity
  • Glass-walled shower
  • Signature toiletries and complimentary rubber "Zodiac" holder
  • Complimentary refillable water bottle
  • Built-in closet with drawers
  • Desk with two drawers and chair
  • Floor length mirror
  • 22" LCD HD Video Screen with movie programming, live feed from crow's nest camera and electronic chart system
  • Reading/sitting chair

Stateroom Images are representative of staterooms in that category and type. Some rooms in the same category may have different furniture configurations, facilities and/or window/view configuration. Room measurements are approximate. Please see deck plans for specific information.

Suite with Balcony (06) Limited Availability
Suite with Balcony
  • Category: 06
  • Veranda Deck
  • Upper Deck
  • Queen bed or two lower single beds (convertible to Olympic Queen bed, 6" wider than a Standard Queen)
  • Premium linens with signature feather duvets
  • Plush terry robes
  • Hi-Lo intensity reading lights
  • Sink with vanity
  • Glass-walled shower
  • Signature toiletries and complimentary rubber "Zodiac" holder
  • Complimentary refillable water bottle
  • Built-in closet with drawers
  • Desk with two drawers and chair
  • Floor length mirror
  • 22" LCD HD Video Screen with movie programming, live feed from crow's nest camera and electronic chart system
  • Reading/sitting chair

Stateroom Images are representative of staterooms in that category and type. Some rooms in the same category may have different furniture configurations, facilities and/or window/view configuration. Room measurements are approximate. Please see deck plans for specific information.

Prices are per person and include cabin fare, taxes, fees, excursions and all meals while onboard.  Airfare is available at an additional charge unless otherwise stated.

Price is per person, double occupancy.

Costs Include: All accommodations aboard ships or in hotels per itinerary or similar, all meals , nonalcoholic beverages* aboard ship and meals on land as indicated, air transportation where indicated as included, shore excursions, sightseeing and entrance fees, special access permits, transfers to and from group flights, use of taxes and service charges, and services of our expedition staff.
*Alcoholic beverages except super-premium brands and crew tips now included on Explorer and Orion.

All fares are quoted in US Dollars.

Bridge Deck
Wellness Deck
Veranda Deck

Stateroom Key

  • Double with Window (04)
  • Suite with Balcony (06)
  • Solo with Window (SB)
Upper Deck

Stateroom Key

  • Double with Window (04)
  • Double with Balcony (05)
  • Suite with Balcony (06)
  • Suite with Balcony (07)
  • Solo with Window (SB)
Main Deck

Stateroom Key

  • Double with Porthole (01)
  • Double with Window (02)
  • Double with Window (03)
  • Solo with Window (SA)
B Deck