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A CIRCUMNAVIGATION OF ICELAND - Lindblad Nat Geo - 3rd Aug 19

There`s one place on Earth where geology is so exciting, it`s downright sexy, even if you’re not a geologist: Iceland.

There`s one place on Earth where geology is so exciting, it`s downright sexy, even if you’re not a geologist: Iceland. Geologically young, Iceland is located on both the Iceland hotspot and the Mid-Atlantic Ridge - which means it is highly geologically active with many volcanoes - hundreds of them, in fact. Most famously, the volcano in Eyjafjallajokull erupted in 2010. On this unique 360 degree itinerary you will:
- Experience all of Iceland`s geological manifestations: glaciers, geysers, thundering waterfalls, immense cliffs, geothermal springs, boiling mud pots and rock - and lava-scapes of unearthly beauty
- Meet Iceland`s people, learn about their unique cultural heritage and contemporary character
- Actively explore Iceland`s wild western coast; Siglutjorout in the north; the rarely-visited rugged east coast; and the Westman islands, one of the planet`s youngest archipelagos
- Enjoy superlative photos ops and on-board photo assistance
- Travel with an expert team on a holistic, narrative voyage

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A CIRCUMNAVIGATION OF ICELAND Cruise-Only package includes:
- 10 night EXPEDITION cruise aboard the 148 guest National Geographic Explorer round trip from Reykjavik including:
- All meals and non-alcoholic beverages*
- Your bar tab and all crew gratuities are included in the voyage price on all National Geographic Explorer voyages. Please call for details.
- Cappuccinos, lattes & filtered water
- 24-hour coffee, tea & soda on demand
- Hors d`oeuvres & snacks during Recap
- Fitness center or exercise equipment, depending on the ship
- Fully stocked library, and other gracious public spaces
- The guidance and company of our expedition staff
- The services of a physician on certain ships/destinations
- Sightseeing & entrance fees
- Special access permits, park fees, port taxes
- The expertise of the Lindblad National Geographic expedition staff
- All excursions
- Zodiac & kayak explorations
- Presentations and guest speakers in the lounge


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DAY TO DAY ITINERARY
(subject to weather and local conditions)

DAY 1: Reykjavik/Embark
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)

DAY 2: Flatey Island/Latrabjarg
Explore Iceland`s western frontier, visitng 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. Continue to (B,L,D)

DAY 3: Exploring Northwestern Iceland
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)

DAY 4: Isafjordur
Located in the Westfjords, Ísafjördur 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)

DAY 5: Siglufjordur and Akureyri
Siglufjordur 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)

DAY 6: Lake Myvatn and Husavík
Begin the day by visiting an unforgettable sight: Godafoss, the waterfall of the gods. Next, drive to Myvatn, 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 Husavík, and watch for whales as we sail north to the land of the midnight sun. Take Zodiacs ashore to the tiny island of Grimsey, 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)

DAY 7: Exploring Northeast Iceland
With plenty of rarely-visited coastline, 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 Raudanes. We will keep it flexible to be able to choose the best option for the day. (B,L,D)

DAY 8: Djupivogur
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 Jokulsarlon.(B,L,D)

DAY 9: Islands of Heimaey & Surtsey, Westman Islands
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 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)

DAY 10: Reykjavik/Disembark/Home
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)

Please note: All day-by-day breakdowns are a sampling of the places we intend to visit, conditions permitting.

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*Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin (unless stated as single) in AUD, based on best published cruise fare at time of publication (12Apr18). Some cabins may have obstructed views. All prices based on cash payment - credit card fees may apply. All airfares/taxes are due in full 24 hours from reservation and strict cancellation/change fees apply. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. Please note that the prices shown here are not shown in real time. International airfare/taxes, hotels and transfers are not included. While we endeavour to keep our pricing as up-to-date as possible, the advertised prices shown here may differ from the prices in our booking system at time of reservation. Offer subject to availability at time of booking. Travel insurance is mandatory but not included.

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Special Conditions

*Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin (unless stated as single) in AUD, based on best published cruise fare at time of publication (12Apr18). Some cabins may have obstructed views. All prices based on cash payment - credit card fees may apply. All airfares/taxes are due in full 24 hours from reservation and strict cancellation/change fees apply. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. Please note that the prices shown here are not shown in real time. International airfare/taxes, hotels and transfers are not included. While we endeavour to keep our pricing as up-to-date as possible, the advertised prices shown here may differ from the prices in our booking system at time of reservation. Offer subject to availability at time of booking. Travel insurance is mandatory but not included.