Reykjavik (Iceland) - Reykjavik (Iceland) - (Ponant)
- The route taken by L’Austral will take you to the fringes of the Arctic Circle, where the first Vikings went ashore in the 9th Century. There are many stories and legends of their passage, describing the country’s wide open spaces, the last frontier of Europe, forged by fire and ice. Fjords with their abyssal sides, unfathomable glaciers, high volcanic plateaux – Iceland’s natural heritage is both wild and fascinating and has retained all of its mystery.
- On the edge of the Arctic, between vast glaciers, vertiginous fjords, volcanoes and boiling geysers, Iceland offers a kaleidoscope of wild and romantic landscapes; a rare and tormented beauty redolent of the dawn of Time.
8 days / 7 nights from AUD 4880 *
Departures: July 06, July 13 , July 20 & July 27 2016
Day 1 – Reykjavik – Hafnarfjordur (Iceland)
Embarkation from 17pm to 18pm
Day 2 – Grundarfjordur (Iceland)
The natural port of Grundarfjordur at the end of a beautiful fjord is our stepping off point to explore the region’s extinct volcanoes. As their role in the landscape has long since been completed and the glaciers have disappeared, it is the rivers which have fashioned the countryside on more gentle lines. The village is known for the Snaefellsjokull volcano that seems to watch over the peninsula from a lofty 1440 m and was made famous by Jules Verne in his novel “Voyage to the Centre of the Earth”
Day 3 – Grimsey island (Iceland)
Day 4 – Akureyri (Iceland)
At the end of a magnificent fjord more than 40 km long, the administrative capital of north Iceland deploys its charms on the banks of the Eyjajordur with its multi-coloured houses under the midnight sun. From the town you will leave to explore Lake Myvatn, shaped by volcanic eruptions and host to the famous “Waterfall of the Gods” at Godafoss. L’Austral’s route will take you into the very heart of north-west Iceland’s fjords, a wild unspoilt land of lost valleys and vertical cliffs where man can barely survive. In this isolated region, the Isafjordur fjord is arguably the most beautiful one in the country, notably for the stacks of ancient basalt rock slides. The delightful little town of Ísafjordur is dwarfed by mountains at the end of the fjord and is totally dependent on fishing
Day 5 – Isafjordur – sailing the fjords (Iceland)
Day 6 – Heimaey (Iceland)
Day 7 – Reykjavik – Hafnarfjordur (Iceland)
Welcome to Reykjavik or the “bay of steam”. Coiled within a large bay sheltered from the wind, the world’s most northern capital is blessed with an almost surreal beauty. Founded by a Viking chief in 874, this fascinating yet vibrant city is minutes away from fields of lava and the silvery reflections of the famous Blue Lagoon, a vast natural swimming pool
Day 8 – Reykjavik – Hafnarfjordur (Iceland)
• A team of experienced Lecturers.
• Discovery of Reykjavik, Capital of Iceland.
• “Golden Circle” excursion: the 3 most emblematic sites in Iceland.
• Natural delights: vast glaciers, breathtaking fjords, volcanic rocks, basalt pillars, jagged cliffs.
• Wildlife: Puffins, Blue Eyed Cormorants, Gannets, Arctic Terns.
Price per person: €210 / US$ 265 / AU$ 302
Fares listed are per person, based on double occupancy
|Prestige Stateroom – Deck 4|
|Prestige Stateroom – Deck 5|
|Prestige Stateroom – Deck 6|
|Prestige Suite – Deck 5|
|Prestige Suite – Deck 6|
|Safety and port taxes (for information purposes)|
|One Child (8-11 years old) sharing cabin with 2 adults|
|3rd adult Passenger in a Superior Stateroom|
|3rd Passenger in a Prestige Suite|
|Single supplement in cabin¹|
Starting at + 100%