Discover the ethereal “Land of Fire and Ice”—one of the world’s most enchanting and distinctive destinations—on this specially designed seven-night circumnavigation cruise of this stunning Nordic island nation. Cruise aboard the exclusively chartered, Five-Star, small ship LE CHAMPLAIN, featuring only 92 Suites and Staterooms and the world’s first multisensory underwater observation lounge. Look for orca, humpback whales and rare migratory birds; see landscapes of ancient Viking ruins and crystalline glaciers atop simmering volcanoes; and touch ice fragments calved from one of Europe’s largest glaciers. Cross the Arctic Circle on Grímsey Island and cruise along the coast of Surtsey, one of Earth’s youngest islands and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore the majestic and rocky vista of a former lava lake and marvel at dramatic Goðafoss, the “Waterfall of the Gods.” Includes round-trip air from Boston, New York-JFK, Newark, Toronto and Washington-Dulles; Low Air Add-Ons are available from select cities.
Day 1: Depart the U.S. or Canada for Reykjavík, Iceland
Day 2: Reykjavík / Embark LE CHAMPLAIN
Day 3: Vigur Island / Ísafjörður
Day 4: Siglufjörður / Arctic Circle / Grímsey Island
Day 5: Husavik for Lake Mývatn
Day 6: Seyðisfjörður
Day 7: Djúpivogur for Jökulsárlón
Day 8: Vestmannaeyjar for Heimaey Island / Cruise along Surtsey Island
Day 9: Reykjavík / Disembark ship / Return to the U.S. or Canada
Optional two night pre-tour: Reykjavick and the Golden Circle
Optional three night post-tour: Greenland’s Ice Fjord and Glaciers
**Itinerary and pricing subject to change up until date of brochure publication**
Matt Ayres is a Professor of Biological Science at Dartmouth College, where he offers courses in Ecology and The Nature and Practice of Science. He is Co-chair of Dartmouth’s graduate program in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Associate Director of the Institute of Arctic Studies, and Director of the Biology Foreign Studies Program. His degrees include a B.S. and M.S. in Biology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and a Ph.D. in Entomology from Michigan State. He came to Dartmouth in 1993, having previously been a Fulbright Fellow in Finland and a Research Scientist with the USDA Forest Service.