- Reykjavik: De voertaal van de reis is Engels, vandaar dat de dagbeschrijving ook in het Engels is. De prijzen van de excursiemogelijkheden zijn van 2019, de prijzen voor 2020 volgen in November 2019.
Use your leisure time in Reykjavik to discover the unique charm of the world’s northernmost capital or book one ouf our pre-programs. The OCEAN DIAMOND docks in Old Reykjavik Harbor in the heart of the city, a five-minute stroll from the main squares, shopping and dining. The ship departs in the evening.
- Stykkisholmur: Stykkisholmur is the starting point of our adventures on the Snaefellnes Peninsula. Often called “Iceland in Miniature” because of its it diverse landscapes, the area is home to bird-rich Breidafjördur Bay and Snaefellsjökull glacier, which sits atop a 700,000-year-old dormant volcano that was featured in the Jules Verne novel Journey to the Center of the Earth.Excursions:ST1 – BOAT TOUR-VIKING SUSHI ADVENTURE USD 67 P.P.Tour Highlights: Breidafjördur‘s countless islands, bird life and sea food tastingWalking involved: No walking involvedRemarks: Taste of fresh seafoodDuration: 2 hours and 15 minMin/Max: -/30Look forward to a bird and nature watching tour. Experience a huge variety of birds and fantastic basalt rock formations. And if you have never tasted a fresh scallops straight from the sea you‘ll get the chance to do so on this tour.ST2 – BUS EXCURSION AROUND THE SNAEFELLSNES PENINSULA USD 99 P.P.Tour highlights: An introduction to the history and geology of Iceland, visit to the Shark MuseumWalking involved: This tour involves walking (ca. 45 min) on a rugged terrain but it is also possible to stay in the coachRemarks: Lunch boxes from OCEAN DIAMONDDuration: 8 hoursMin/Max: 20/45Due to its diversity of landscapes and places of national interests, Snaefellsnes Peninsula is often called “Iceland in miniature”. This excursion includes views on the Snaefellsjökull Glacier, the dramatic rock formations of Snaefellsnes as well as the Londrangar Rock pinnacles, which are remnants of a large volcanic crater. En route you also visit the small fishing village of Arnarstapi and the Shark Museum in Bjarnarhöfn.ST3 – SNAEFELLSJÖKULL GLACIER USD 189 P.P.Tour Highlights: Glacier tour in an open Snowcat.Walking involved: Involves walking on the Glacier.Remarks: Lunch boxes from OCEAN DIAMOND. Open vehicle, warm clothes (gloves, hat) required.Duration: 6-7 hoursMin/Max: 20/30By Snowcat your experienced guide takes you up to 4,600 feet (1,400 m) on Snaefellsjökull Glacier! In good weather you can enjoy a fantastic view over Hellissandur and Breidafjördur Bay. On especially clear days you can even spot the far-off Westfjords. The famous novelist Jules Verne once chose Snaefelljokull Glacier as entrance on his “Journey to the center of the Earth”.
- Isafjördur: Today‘s destination is Isafjördur, an idyllic town in the Westfjords region. This secluded peninsula is connected to the Icelandic mainland by only a narrow strip of land and includes many roadless areas where cars have never been. The landscape includes jaw-dropping views of dramatic fjords carved by ancient glaciers, sheer table mountains that plunge into the sea and pristine North Atlantic vegetation.Excursions:I1 – SEA ANGLING FROM FLATEYRI/SUDUREYRI USD 175 P.P.Tour Highlights: Extreme sea angling, close to natureWalking involved: No walking involvedRemarks: Warm clothes required. Please bring a bottle of water with you.Duration: 4 hoursMin/Max: 5/10The waters along the Westfjords are extremely rich in marine life due to special current conditions and sustainable fisheries policy. This sea angling tour allows you to benefit from these factors to catch cod, haddock and halibut of stately size. The boat trip starts in either Sudureyri or Flateyri fishing village, 25 min drive from Ísafjördur, and takes you out to a sandbank off the coast.I2 – BOAT TRIP TO VIGUR USD 99 P.P.Tour Highlights: A slow travel high quality nature tour.Walking involved: This tour involves an easy walk, ca. 30 min.Remarks: Light refreshments (coffee, Tee) includedMin/Max: 25/35Duration: 3 hoursEnjoy a short trip to Vigur. This serene little island, which boasts only five inhabitants, is a perfect location to observe an array of birds in their natural surroundings including puffins, eider ducks, arctic terns and black guillemot. While on the island, you can also visit Iceland‘s only extant windmill which dates from the 19th century. The boat tour takes about 35 minutes each way.I3 – BUS TOUR-THINGEYRI AND DYNJANDI WATERFALL USD 145 P.P.Tour Highlights: Harsh landscape, driving across mountains and the magnificent Dynjandi waterfallWalking involved: 45 minutes moderate walking to the waterfall. The waterfall can also be seen very clearly from the parking placeRemarks: Lunch boxes from OCEAN DIAMONDDuration: 6-7 hoursMin/Max: 20/45This tour leads to Iceland’s most sparsely populated areas. On this daytrip you will explore the Westfjords, a historic village and a magnificent waterfall. With a population of about 260 inhabitants Thingeyri is both the area‘s first trading post and one of the oldest settlements. At the end we stop at the thunderous Dynjandi, the highest and most impressive waterfall in the Westfjord region.I4 – KAYAK IN FLATEYRI USD 159 P.P.Tour Highlights: Authentic nature experienceWalking involved: No walking involved, but generally good physical condition necessaryRemarks: Warm clothes, rain pants and jacketDuration: 4 hoursMin/Max: 8/20Enjoy kayaking between the mountains and birdwatching from a different angle amid wonderful scenery. Flateyri is a 25 min drive from Isafjördur.
- Siglufjördur: By morning we reach the fjord town of Siglufjordur, once the hub of the global herring industry and now enjoying a rebirth in popularity. Learn about the golden age of herring at the award-winning Herring Era Museum located on the vibrant harbor-front. Later we set sail for Akureyri, Iceland’s lovable second largest city. If weather conditions allow, we visit Hrísey, the second largest island of Iceland. With only 153 inhabitants, the island is located in Eyjafjörður, about 35 kilometers north of Akureyri.Excursions:S1 – HERRING MUSEUM USD 39 P.P.Tour Highlights: The history of the Icelandic Herring Industry. What changed Iceland into a contemporary society that it is today.Walking involved: Easy walkingRemarks: -Min/Max: -/-Duration:Dive into the golden age of the herring boom at the award-winning Herring Museum. The museum‘s five exhibits illustrate the history of the industry, the processing of the herring into meal and oil, a fish freezing plant, and a waterfront dock area where visitors can stroll past 11 different fishing vessels on display. A life herring salting demonstration with traditional songs and dances is during the summer performed by a local theater group, where the spirit of old herring plants is revived. The golden age of the herring fishery play an important role in the history of the Icelandic equal right movement. Women got more opportunities to work outside of home, side by side with men on equal basis.