Uncover Iceland on this 8 day cruise – save 30% now from $6039 per person
Discover the majestic landscapes of the Icelandic West Coast during this 8-day Ponant cruise. You can expect to see vast glaciers, vertiginous fjords, volcanoes and boiling geysers
SALE – from $2589 per person off on this Arctic Cruise, plus a treat from us of a further €600 onboard credit per booking too!
Luxury multi award winning Ponant to the Arctic, look how much 30% off will save you on the below inclusions-
▶ Luxury Cabin
▶ Open bar covering most drinks▶ Cabin accommodation on board Le Jacques Cartier
▶ All meals whilst on board including snacks
▶ Expedition jacket provided (yours to keep)
▶ Pair of expedition boots for use during your voyage
▶ Guiding by experienced expedition leader and team
▶ All port fees
▶ All landing fees
Iceland offers a kaleidoscope of wild and romantic landscapes as well an abundance of wildlife such as Atlantic puffins, Northern gannets, Arctic terns, Minke whales, humpback whales and Icelandic horses. Travel along the coast to Grundarfjordur Bay, see Kirkjufell and all its unique charm, a small hard-to-reach island full of basalt columns and the only inhabited island in the Westman archipelago. A magnificent journey full of wonders and mystical sites.
Highlights of this Arctic cruise
Discover the rustic and majestic landscape, whilst experiencing elegance and luxury on board the Le Jacques Cartier
Passionate lecturers on board to educate you on the wonders of Iceland
See incredible wildlife such as Atlantic puffins, Northern gannets, Arctic terns, Minke whales, humpback whales and Icelandic horses.
Explore a small, hard-to-reach island where, in certain places, the volcanic rock forms magnificent basalt columns. Birds such as guillemots and puffins reign here.
Discover Heimaey an exceptional place composed of volcanoes and almost-desert landscapes, where fishing is the main food source.
Please note for this cruise scheduled landings and excursions are not complimentary
DAY 1: Embarkation in Reykjavik
Please note embarkation is scheduled between 4 and 5PM with departure scheduled for approximately 9PM.
Iceland’s capital stretches along the edge of a vast bay in the west of the country. Perlan, the “Pearl of Reykjavík”, a museum located on ’Oskjuhlið hill, offers a panoramic view of the lush, green landscapes. A little further, one can easily spot the signpost showing the way to the evangelical Hallgrímskirkja church, and to the historical centre where one can stroll along the Skólavördustígur and the Laugavegur, two lively streets with charming small shops. For some relaxation just outside of the city, visitors have the opportunity to visit the Reykjanes peninsula and its famous thermal lagoons of the Blue Lagoon.
DAY 2: Grundarfjordur
This secret boreal hideaway is located at the foot of the Kirkjufell, on Snaefellsnes peninsula. Arriving by boat means you’ll get a closer view of the lava-stone rock standing like a sentinel at the entrance to the bay; Grundarfjörður lies sheltered behind this cone-shaped rock. A stone’s throw from the jetty, crystal clear waters, tundra and beaches give onto the cerulean waters of Breiðafjörður. Scattered with its emerald-coloured lawns, this town, with its buildings that merge into the surrounding countryside, will most certainly win your favour.
DAY 3: Grimsey Island
Grimsey is the northernmost island of Iceland surging from the Arctic ocean, with the Arctic circle running through the island. Its contrasted contours are surprising. From Grímseyjarhreppur, the island’s only town located on the west coast, then heading due south, you can take in the beauty of the hillsides, lushly carpeted with moss and grass. On the rest of the coastline, imposing basalt cliffs inhabited by sea birds stand proud.
DAY 4: Akureyri
The elegant city of Akureyri is located very close to the Arctic circle, tucked away in the Eyjafjörður fjord. It displays a stunning palette of colours: blue waters in the harbour, bronze mountain ash on the squares and brightly-coloured houses in the historical centre. As you walk along the cobbled streets, you’ll come across rows of terraces with wooden furniture. A vast stairway cut into the hillside leads up to the emblematic feature of the town, namely the Akureyrarkirkja church. The very beautiful botanical garden made possible by a microclimate offers the opportunity to discover the Icelandic flora as well as plants from all over the world.
DAY 5: Isafjordur
Your ship will take you to the heart of the fjords of North-West Iceland, a wild land of lost valleys and steep cliffs, where man struggles to survive. In this very isolated region we find the Isafjörður fjord, undoubtedly one of the most beautiful in the country, mainly for its relief, forged by many very ancient basaltic flows. The town of Isafjörður, which nestles at the back of its fjord, between imposing mountains, is a delightful little town that lives exclusively from fishing. The capital of the Western fjords, its old wooden houses bear witness to its past as a major fishing port.
DAY 6: Heimaey, Vestmannaeyjar
This land seated off the southern coast of Iceland is the largest of the Vestmann islands, and is the only inhabited island in the archipelago. The steep Edfell volcanoes and the green prairies of Herjólfsdalur offer rich contrast of nature. On the Stórhöfði road, look out over grey sand beaches and cliffs carved out by the Arctic ocean. From here, you can also see the bronze landscapes of the mountaintops. You could visit Eldheimar, an ultra-modern and interactive museum which traces the volcanic eruption has experienced Heimaey in 1973.
DAY 7: Reykjavik Excursions
This day in Reykjavik will be a day at leisure. There will be time to undertake a number of optional activities that focus on engaging with natural landscapes and the cultural heritage of the region.
DAY 8: Disembarkation in Reykjavik
Disembarkation is scheduled for approximately 8 AM.
Take this time to say farewell to your fellow passengers and crew. Embrace the amazing memories you have made on this incredible journey, and gather inspiration for the journeys to come.
Ponant Icelandic Arctic Cruise with bonus discounts and on-board credits
4th, 11th, 18th, 25th August, 1st September 2021
From $6039 per person
Airfares to/from embarkation & disembarkation city
Visa fees (if applicable)
Travel insurance – please ask for a competitive quote
Personal expenses, such as laundry, onboard communication (telephone calls, web and email service)
Gratuities for the crew
Pre or post cruise travel expenses
Note: This Ponant 30% discount is on sale until 31st of August only and is subject to cabin availability on a limited number of sailings. Airfare is additional, we will source the best possible according to your specific requirements. Based on cash transfer of funds, use of a credit card will incur their fee.