Marine expedition around Iceland: volcanoes, vikings and whales

ICELAND

June 15 - 24, 2024
Iceland

Super offer until February 29, 2024 - minus 50% on the second passenger in the cabin!

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With the group of like-minded people and recognized international experts, you will go on an incredible journey and visit the remote Arctic regions.
With the help of Zodiac expedition boats, you will land on the rugged shores of Iceland. Our experienced captain can adjust the course, sequence of ports and duration of stops in real time, guided by the weather forecast and the advice of the expedition leader, to show as much as possible of the wildlife.
Iceland is more than a picturesque land with a pristine natural landscape. Iceland is a land where horses have the longest manes, where postal addresses have not changed for 1000 years, where all the indigenous people are relatives in one generation or another, where the history of the country is known from the very beginning, from the 9th century to this day, and the language has hardly changed over the centuries. All this is a country that has received the name "ice".

A Russian expedition led by Thaddeus Bellingshausen and Mikhail Lazarev on the sloops "Vostok" and "Mirny" discovered Antarctica on January 28, 1820.

We invite you to repeat the feat of the sailors and write your name in the history of exploration of the most mysterious sixth continent of the planet.

While Elon Musk swashbuckles the space, we washbuckle the ocean and explore the Earth space – Antarctica.
A trip to Antarctica is the choice of a Real Man. An event, the memories of which will stay with you for a lifetime!

SCHEDULE AND COST:

Dates: June 15 - 24, 2024

Duration of cruise: 9 days / 8 nights

Cost per person* (based on TWIN accommodation):

- Cabin with balcony BM5 28 sq.m - 11767$ 5835$
- Cabin with balcony BD6 28 sq.m - 12892$ 6435$
- Suit 44 sq.m - 14878$ 7785$

Super offer until February 29, 2024 - minus 50% on the second passenger in the cabin!
The price is inclusive of the discount.

* The price is indicated for 1 passenger with accomodation in the DBL cabin and may change. Availability of cabins please check with the manager.

Everything is included (except for flight and medical insurance).

Estimated cost of the flight to Rejkjavik : EUR 1 000 - 1 500.



TRAVEL PROGRAM: TOUR TO ANTARCTICA

Day 0. June 15, 2024. Departure to Reykjavik

Your expedition begins with a meeting at the airport of the northernmost capital of the world - Reykjavik. You will be met by a Swan Hellenic representative. The transfer will take you to the hotel. The next morning after breakfast, all members of the expedition will be taken to the port in an organized manner for registration on board the ship and departure for the expedition cruise.

Meals Included: No
Hotel accommodation

Day 1. June 16, 2024. Reykjavik. Exit to the sea

Connoisseurs of culture, contemporary art, music, nature and everyone who wants to relax and absorb Icelandic culture come here from all over the world. Walking through the streets of the city, look into the Lutheran Church of Hallgrimskirja, towering over the city, visit one of the many geothermal springs, taste Icelandic delicacies and immerse yourself in the life of the region. Museums, galleries, street sculptures and street art are at every turn - this is just an incomplete list of things to do in Reykjavik. Among the most popular excursions are relaxation in the Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa near the village of Grindavik (40 km from Reykjavik) and a visit to the so-called "Golden Circle", including the Gullfoss waterfall and the Strokkur geyser near the Hvitau River in the Thingvellir National Park.

Meals: all inclusive
Accommodation: in cabins on the yacht


Day 2. June 17, 2024 Dynyandi Waterfall

Tourists from all over the world come to Dynyandi for the striking beauty, the largest series of waterfalls in the Westfjords. Dinyandi is close to Dinjandisvogur Bay and Arnarfjordur Fjord, an area with stunning natural views, picturesque coastline and rich fauna. Dynyandi waterfall cascades into a total of about 100 meters, and the rise to it is no more than 15 minutes. A picturesque path leads to the waterfall, and on the way there are 6 small waterfalls. From the panoramic platform you can take great pictures. Hrafnseyri, near Dynjandi, is the birthplace of Jon Sigurdsson, leader of the 19th century Icelandic independence movement. The museum tells about the history of Iceland, and in addition to the museum itself, there is also a church on the territory and a prototype of a traditional Icelandic turf house.

Meals: all inclusive
Accommodation: in cabins on the yacht

Day 3. June 18, 2024 Isafjordur and Vigur Island

You arrive at Isafjordur, the "ice fjord", the largest city on the Vestfjordur peninsula in northwest Iceland. The first settlements appeared in the Isafjordur area shortly after the Vikings landed in Iceland. After some time, merchants from Iceland and Norway began to settle here, and from the XVI century foreign merchants from Germany and England began to create their own trading posts.
Today Isafjordur is a lively fishing town with colorful wooden houses from the 18th and 19th centuries. Roydisandur beach on the west coast of Westfjord, an abandoned American radar and the only windmill in the country are why people come to Isafjörður. Nearby are the Latrabjarg Cliffs, a nesting site for millions of seabirds.

Meals: all inclusive
Accommodation: in cabins on the yacht

Day 4. June 19, 2024 Grimsey Island.

The secluded island of Grimsey is located 40 kilometers off the northern coast of Iceland. Today, the island of only 5 km2 has a population of no more than 100 people, but it is very popular among travelers because it is located on the Arctic Circle line, and this is the only point in Iceland where polar day. Those who have reached the Arctic Circle must be given certificates to commemorate their crossing. The island also attracts travelers with its natural beauty and landscape. Despite its northern location, in summer Grimsey is covered with lush flowering meadows, where the local population grazes sheep and unusual Icelandic horses. About 60 species of birds live on the cliffs along the coast, including auks, guillemots, puffins and the Arctic Basin endemic auk.

Meals: all inclusive
Accommodation: in cabins on the yacht


Day 5. June 20, 2024 Akureyri

Iceland's second largest city, also referred to as its northern capital, is actually hardly a city, with only about 20,000 people. Akureyri is the gateway to Iceland's most beautiful natural attractions. Located at the mouth of the Eyjafjordur fjord, the city is surrounded by mountains on all sides. Thanks to them, Akureyri is protected from arctic winds. In the summer, Eyjafjordur is especially beautiful! In Akureyri itself, you can see the colorful old town, houses with peat roofs, well-preserved examples of ancient Icelandic dwellings, the Arctic Botanical Garden, the main church of Akureyri, which has become a symbol of the city, towering over the very center. Winters in Iceland are harsh, so Icelanders deal with seasonal depression in their own way: the traffic lights of this northern Icelandic city glow with red hearts. Ocean waters in the vicinity of Akureyri and Eyjafjordur abound with marine animals, especially whales, dolphins and porpoises. Not far from Akureyri is Lake Myvatn, the main attraction of northern Iceland. Huge lava fields, volcano craters, hot water cave, broken plates, giant frozen figures from lava, pseudocraters are found on the shores and in the vicinity of this lake. Nearby are the Game of Thrones filming locations and one of Iceland's most famous waterfalls, Godafoss. The vertical basalt walls of these cliffs smoothly turn into slopes overgrown with lupins. From here you can see the picturesque mountains of Iceland, located in the south, and the Arctic Ocean stretching to the very horizon, behind which the North Pole is hidden. Other attractions on the island include the Grimsey Church, built in 1867 from driftwood nailed to the shore, a lighthouse from 1937, a windmill, and a monument to American chess player Daniel Fiske, who became the island's patron after learning that chess was an important part of the life of the local population.

Meals: all inclusive
Accommodation: in cabins on the yacht


Day 6. June 21, 2024 Seydisfjordur

Today you will travel to the east coast of Iceland and visit the charming port city of Seydisfjordur. Particular attention is paid to this city by artists who are attracted by the views of the mountain ranges. fjords and waterfalls.
The city center is located on the eastern bank of the Fyardarau River, from where 25 waterfalls can be counted up the river. However, Seydisfjordur is attractive not only for its landscapes. On its territory, ancient wooden buildings erected by the first settlers have been preserved. At the beginning of the 20th century, this small port city became the site of a technological breakthrough: there was the first telegraph station in Iceland, as well as the first modern power plant and a machine shop operating from hydroelectricity.

Meals: all inclusive
Accommodation: in cabins on the yacht

Day 7. June 22, 2024. Djupivogur

The largest city in eastern Iceland is considered modern Höfn, the population
which is only about 1700 people. This is an absolutely indescribable sight that is definitely worth seeing with your own eyes! This pretty town is located on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, next to Europe's largest glacier - Vatnajökull, which is second only to the glaciers of Greenland and Antarctica in terms of water reserves. The area of the glacier is approximately 8300 km2, and there are several active volcanoes under its massif. 80 km from the city, one and a half kilometers from the ocean, there is the Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon, in which melted glacial water mixes with sea salt, and blocks of ice breaking off from the glacier form various bizarre shapes. There are a lot of fish in the waters of the lagoon, which are hunted by seals, willingly posing for tourists. The appearance of the city itself is represented by low houses with multi-colored roofs and smooth streets. In Höfn there is a museum with a rich exposition dedicated to an amazing natural site - Vatnajökull.

Meals: all inclusive
Accommodation: in cabins on the yacht


Day 8. June 23, 2024 Heimaey

There is a lighthouse from the beginning of the 20th century and an observation deck. However, do not forget to bring warm clothes: Storhöfdi is the windiest place in Europe. The strongest winds ever recorded in the Northern hemisphere. Other seabirds nest throughout the island. The Vestmannaeyjar archipelago is also known as the best place in Iceland to see
killer whales and fin whales. The largest and only inhabited island of the archipelago
Vestmannaeyjar, Heimaey is the world's largest colony of Atlantic puffins.
Ten million puffins migrate to the island every summer. The best place to see nesting puffins is without a doubt Storhöfdi, the "Big Cape" on the south side of Heimaey Island. There is only one city on the island with a population of about 4,000 people. You can learn more about the history of Heimaey at the Eldheimar Museum. Here you will be told about the massive volcanic eruption in 1973, during which about 400 houses were destroyed, and about the incredible courage of the locals. To limit the spread of lava, Icelandic rescue services sea water was pumped into it in order to accelerate its freezing. This technique saved the harbor, which is the basis of the island's economy, from closing. Returning on board, if you wish, look at the captain's bridge. open captaincy system cabin allows you to visit the main control post of the ship almost at any time of the day. The holy of holies of the liner is open for you! Don't miss the opportunity ask your questions to the crew members or, if possible, even
chat with the captain. On this day, the ship will head for Reykjavik. Waiting for you in the evening gala dinner with the captain, officers and expedition team.

Meals: all inclusive
Accommodation: in cabins on the yacht

Day 9. June 24, 2024. Reykjavik. Flight home

The cruise ends, the ship arrives in Reykjavik. After breakfast you will say goodbye
with crew and crew and go ashore. Depending on future plans for
Expedition members will be transferred to a hotel or Reykjavik airport.
Upon returning home, a pleasant surprise awaits you. By tradition, the Swan team
Hellenic will send each guest a link to download the film, which will include a photo essay and video report of the perfect expedition cruise for a long memory.

Meals: breakfast
Accommodation: no

* Please do not purchase tickets without prior approval from us.

** The program is subject to change due to weather conditions.


Expedition vessel SH Vega
Put into operation in 2022.
The SH Vega was conceived and designed specifically for expeditions. You will be able to visit remote corners of the planet without giving up the usual level of comfort and service.
SH Vega is a modern sophisticated design and elegant interiors in Scandinavian chic style. The ship has well-thought-out infrastructure and spacious common areas.
There are: an equipped observation deck, an expeditionary laboratory and a thematic library, a stage, screens and equipment for lectures.
This vessel is built with the latest environmental standards and requirements in mind.
Cost includes:

  • All transfers: from the airport to the hotel the day before boarding the ship, from the hotel to the port, on the day of landing, from the port to the airport at the end of the cruise (groups);
  • Accommodation in a 4-5 * hotel before the cruise (1 night with breakfast), as well as on board in a cabin selected category during the cruise;
  • Meals on board and room service 24 hours a day;
  • Coffee, tea, soft drinks and some alcoholic drinks 24 hours a day;
  • The Swan Hellenic Expedition Signature Parka and drop-off waterproof backpack will delivered to the cabin on the first day of the cruise;
  • Rubber boots are provided for disembarkation;
  • Lecture programs of expeditionary experts and invited speakers;
  • All Zodiac landings and excursion/expeditionary activities at each port of call on an itinerary of Swan Hellenic's choice;
  • Basic WIFI package;
  • Tipping on board and port fees.



Cost excludes (additionally paid):

  • International flight to the port of boarding the ship and the start of the cruise;
  • Travel insurance;
  • Alcoholic beverages of premium brands,
  • Spa and beauty treatments, laundry services, shopping in retail stores on board.




Take with you:

  • Shoes and clothing for the cities where your cruise starts and ends;
  • Waterproof trousers;
  • Wool sweater or fleece jacket;
  • Vest or sweatshirt;
  • Thermal underwear (2 sets);
  • Turtleneck and shirt;
  • Several T-shirts;
  • Jeans or other comfortable trousers;
  • Sportswear for sports on board;
  • Swimwear for visiting the SPA and the pool on board;
  • Mittens, waterproof gloves and glove liners (2 pairs);
  • Warm windproof hat;
  • Warm shirt or scarf;
  • Balaclava;
  • Warm socks (several pairs);
  • Comfortable waterproof boots with ribbed soles (trekking boots);
  • Optional tourist foam-hoba for comfortable riding on the Zodiac;
  • Sneakers or comfortable boots in which you will be comfortable on board;
  • Sunglasses with UV protection;
  • Sunscreen for face and lips, hand cream;
  • Camera, additional memory cards and flash drives, interchangeable batteries and lenses;
  • Laptop or tablet for taking notes and uploading photos;
  • Chargers for equipment, adapters, power bank;
  • Waterproof sealed case for the camera and other equipment;
  • An extra pair of eyeglasses or an extra set of contact lenses;
  • Medicines prescribed by a doctor with a margin for a few extra days;
  • Documentation
    KEY FEATURES:
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    Best season: June - September


    The best invited experts in the field of geology, glaciology,
    ornithology, marine biology and history will accompany the cruise with lectures, presentations, scientific facts and amazing stories. Marine biologist Alberto Martinez is among them.

    Incomparable Arctic landscapes and unique wildlife await you: humpback whale, fin whale, killer whale, dolphin, arctic fox, thousands of birds in their natural habitat... and all this surrounded by giant glaciers, active volcanoes and ice fjords;

    Visit Heimaey Island, the world capital of watching Atlantic puffins, often referred to as "parrots of the sea" because of their bright beak;
    Listen to the thunderous roar of waterfalls and appreciate the grandeur and beauty

    numerous Icelandic fjords;

    You will be able to observe killer whales and humpback whales in the waters of the North Atlantic;

    Get acquainted with the history and learn many legends of this mysterious country;

    Capture stunning volcanic landscapes on camera - from
    thermal pools and geysers in the west to lava flows and seething mud pools in the east.

    Possible activities depend on weather conditions, their availability and safety is determined by the captain of the yacht, based on the actual situation.
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