Around Iceland

Summer cruising the Land of Fire & Ice with Windstar

July 21-August 1, 2017

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Fri / Tue - 12 Days

Dramatic scenery and curious communities coalesce on this week-long circumnavigation of Iceland. Explore a country few people will ever visit, and go far beyond the tourist hotspots to remote fjords, raging waterfalls, and small fishing villages. Get to know the independent and creative Icelanders, and watch whales and seabirds play offshore. This is yachting at its most inventive.

Treat your eyes to crayon-colored buildings, eccentric architecture, and crystalline waterfalls cascading over velvet green hills in the world's most northernmost capital, as lively and spontaneous as the geothermal activity beneath its surface.

Sail past Surtsey Island, the youngest place on earth, created by an eruption in 1963. Visit the island of Heimaey, the Pompeii of the North, covered in ash by a devastating 1973 eruption. Admire the colorful historic houses of Seydisfjordur, imported from Norway by wealthy merchants at the turn of the 20th century.

Options available on this cruise offer opportunities galore! For example, take a polar flight to Grimsey Island and stand half in, half out of the Arctic Circle, witness the rainbow-colored beauty of Godafoss, “Waterfall of the Gods,” outside Akureyri, meet a friendly Icelandic horse, brought to Iceland by the Vikings in the 9th or 10th century A.D., board a boat for an excursion to Vigur Island, home to eider ducks, puffins, black guillemots, Arctic terns, and more.

Itinerary Ship Map

Fri, Jul 21: Fly to Reykjavik, Iceland.

Sat, Jul 22: Reykjavik. Arrive and enjoy a welcome breakfast and a city tour before checking into the hotel. Later this afternoon, consider an optional excursion to the Blue Lagoon or enjoy shopping on Laugavegur, Reykjavik’s most popular shopping street in. Visit the Hallgrimskirkja (church), tour one of many museums or simply enjoy a relaxing day at the hotel. Don‘t be surprised if you see babies in their carriages sleeping outside of the stores while their mothers shop – it’s an Icelandic custom to allow babies to breathe in the fresh air! (Meal: Breakfast)

Sun, Jul 23: Reykjavik. After breakfast at the hotel, travel the popular Golden Circle to Gullfoss, the breathtaking double “Golden Falls” and the active geothermal area of Geysir, where you will see the Strokkur (or churn) geyser spout up to 70 feet every five to seven minutes. Enjoy an included lunch buffet before a visit to the ancient Viking Parliament area of Thingvellir National Park tops off the day. Return to Reykjavik and have dinner on your own. (B,L)

Mon, Jul 24: Reykjavik. Have a free morning to enjoy the city prior to an afternoon transfer to the ship to embark on Windstar’s Star Pride. (B,L,D)

Tue, Jul 25: Heimaey Island. Witness a world still in transition. Circle Surtsey Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which rose from the sea in the 1960s. Next up, Heimaey, where a volcanic eruption created a modern-day Pompeii in 1973. (B,L,D)

Wed, Jul 26: Seydisfjordur. A place as unusual as its spelling, Seydisfjordur is both a gorgeous fjord and a welcoming, creative town of about 700 souls. Keep your eyes open while we navigate the deep fjord – it is home to puffin colonies – a type of auk that sports brightly colored beaks during mating season. The ship will overnight in port and it is here that the included Windstar Destination Discovery Event will take place. Upon arrival in this picturesque town, your eye will be drawn to the most prominent of Seydisfjordur’s timber buildings – the photogenic Blue Church. You will enjoy a concert there, as well as popular local drinks and canapés, including the Icelandic delicacy, reindeer meat. After the performance, a traditional ring dance will be performed outside the church. Windstar guests are encouraged to join in! Mingle with the locals or check out the local bar before taking the shuttle back to the yacht or walking the short distance on your own. (B,L,D)

Thu, Jul 27: Seydisfjordur. Seydisfjord is 11 miles of long, narrow, beautiful waterway surrounded by high mountains that ends at the town of Seydisfjordur, known for its old multi-colored wooden buildings and cascading waterfalls even in the town. This is home of the Skalanes Nature Reserve with its wide variety of wildlife including more than 45 bird species. The first high-voltage electricity in Iceland was opened here in 1913 and is still in operation today. A popular hiking path starts at the town center, following the east bank of the Fjardara River that flows through the center of town. There will be more optional shore excursions offered today as well. (B,L,D)

Fri, Jul 28: Akureyri. Akureyri is an important port and fisheries center especially because of its ice-free harbor so close to the Arctic Circle. It lies at the end of Iceland’s longest fjord, which is 37 miles long, at sits at the base of snow-capped peaks that offer some of Iceland’s best skiing during the winter. Must-sees in Akureyri include the Listagil (art canyon), which is home to many arts and crafts galleries and shops, the beautiful church in the center of town, the botanical garden, and Hafnarstraeti, the main shopping street. This is also the perfect place to ride an Icelandic horse or soak in the sky-blue Myvatn Nature Baths. (B,L,D)

Sat, Jul 29: Isafjordur. Small and easily walkable Isafjordur has one of the largest fisheries in Iceland. But the sever decline of the fishing industry has caused Isafjordur to look elsewhere for work. Despite its small size, this town has a school of music and has become a center for alternative music and they host a yearly festival that provides a platform for local musicians, band from around Iceland and the world to perform. (B,L,D)

Sun, Jul 30: Grundarfjordur. Beautiful Grundarfjordur is located between a mountain range and the sea. The road nearby crosses a lava field that is partially warm so snow does not always stick there. The main attraction of the area is Snaefellsjokull National Park, full of regal glaciers, lava fields, waterfalls, caves, calderas and basalt cliffs. The peninsula received the EARTHCHECK Sustainable Community Award in 2010, the first area in Iceland to win such an award. (B,L,D)

Mon, Jul 31: Reykjavik. Disembark and begin a fun day excursion to the Icelandic Horse show, a visit to the Viking World museum and farewell crab feast! End the day at an airport hotel. (B,D)

Tue, Aug 1: Transfer to the airport for flights home.

Star Pride
Carrying only 212 guests, the Star Pride will make you feel as if you’re on your own Private yacht. Highlights: spacious suites with full-size tubs and ocean views • in-suite fully-stocked mini bars/refrigerators, fresh flowers and fresh fruit • restaurant • bar/lounges • Wi-Fi Internet access (fees apply) • 24/hour room service • casino • screening room • onboard entertainment • library • computer center • fitness center • outdoor pool • two whirlpools • unlimited use of all water sports equipment • nightly port talks and destination briefings.



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Snaefellsjokull National Park / photo © Iurie Belegurschi

Highlights Include


  • Pre and post-cruise hotel stays in Reykjavik for sightseeing
  • Windstar included excursion in Seydisfjordur
  • Visit Heimaey Island, a modern day Pompeii
  • Popular Golden Circle tour to visit Gulfoss, Geysir, and Thingvellir National Park
  • Discover unique Icelandic ports of call with a variety of optional excursions
  • Fakasel Icelandic Horse show
  • Farewell crab feast

Package Includes


  • R/T commercial air from Indianapolis to Reykjavik, Iceland
  • 7 nights shipboard accommodations on Windstar’s Star Pride
  • 3 nights hotel accommodations in Reykjavik (2 pre/1post)
  • 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner on land
  • All meals on the ship
  • Windstar Destination Discovery Event
  • Sightseeing and excursions per itinerary
  • Hotel and ship baggage handling
  • Transfers
  • Taxes and port charges
  • Locally Hosted

    Ship’s Registry: Germany

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