Iceland, Geysers & Glaciers

8 days / 7 nights
    Expedition
    Iceland, Geysers & Glaciers

    Cruise The Arctic

    from 27 July 2016 to 3 August 2016
    8 days / 7 nights

    Departure Port : Reykjavík
    Arrival Port : Reykjavík

    Ship : L'AUSTRAL

    • Ref : A270716

    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.

     

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    Highlights

    • 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.

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      L'AUSTRAL

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      L'AUSTRAL

      In May 2011, l'Austral joined PONANT's fleet. This superb mega-yacht with 132 staterooms is the result of the expertise of the Italian Fincantieri shipyard and French sophistication, as interpreted by designer Jean-Philippe Nuel. L'Austral remains faithful to our philosophy - to create a unique atmosphere, a subtle blend of luxury, intimacy and well-being.
       
      A sleek silhouette softened by elegantly smooth contours and large, arched windows opening up to the sea and the light: so many features come together to give L’Austral her distinctive shape. Precious materials, discreet elegance and a perfect balance between chic and casual, combine to make you feel as if you are on your own private yacht. A design blending tradition and innovation, where a nautical mood has been subtly recreated. A welcoming atmosphere of relaxed sophistication revolves around shades of grey, taupe, white and ivory enlivened by touches of cinnamon, caramel and tan.. So many personal touches create the spirit of a “private yacht.”
       
      You will encounter unique itineraries, calls inaccessible to large ships, chic and elegant yacht-like ambiance, refined and personalized service as well as gastronomic cuisine.

      Port of call & excursions

      27 July 2016 – Grundarfjordur

      Reykjavík

      Embarkation 27/07/2016 from 17H00 to 18H00 . Departure 27/07/2016 at 21H00 .

      Iceland’s capital stretches along the edge of a vast bay in the west of the country. For a panoramic view of the lush, green landscapes, make your way to Perlan, the “Pearl of Reykjavík”, alarge environmental structure located on ’Oskjuhlið hill. Look out for the signpost showing the way to the evangelical Hallgrímskirkja church, and to the historical centre where you can stroll along the Skólavördustígur and the Laugavegur. The little shops in these lively streets will entice you to do a bit of shopping. For some relaxation just outside of the city, you’ll have the opportunity to visit the Reykjanes peninsula and its famous thermal lagoons of the Blue Lagoon.

      28 July 2016 – Grundarfjordur

      28 July 2016 – Grundarfjordur

      Arrival 28/07/2016 late morning. Departure 28/07/2016 late afternoon.

      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.

      29 July 2016 – Grimsey Island

      29 July 2016 – Grimsey Island

      Arrival 29/07/2016 early afternoon. Departure 29/07/2016 early evening.

      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.

      30 July 2016 – Akureyri

      30 July 2016 – Akureyri

      Arrival 30/07/2016 early morning. Departure 30/07/2016 late afternoon.

      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 you up to the emblematic feature of the town, namely the Akureyrarkirkja church. You’ll be amazed by the very beautiful botanical garden made possible by a microclimate.

      31 July 2016 – Isafjordur - hofn

      31 July 2016 – Isafjordur - hofn

      Arrival 31/07/2016 early morning. Departure 31/07/2016 early afternoon.

      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.

      1 August 2016 – Heimaey

      1 August 2016 – Heimaey

      Arrival 01/08/2016 midday. Departure 01/08/2016 evening.

      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.

      2 August 2016 – Reykjavik - Hafnarfjordur

      2 August 2016 – Reykjavik - Hafnarfjordur

      Arrival 02/08/2016 early morning. Departure 02/08/2016.

      3 August 2016▸2 August 2016 – Reykjavik - Hafnarfjordur

      Reykjavík

      Disembarkation 03/08/2016 at 00H00 .

      Iceland’s capital stretches along the edge of a vast bay in the west of the country. For a panoramic view of the lush, green landscapes, make your way to Perlan, the “Pearl of Reykjavík”, alarge environmental structure located on ’Oskjuhlið hill. Look out for the signpost showing the way to the evangelical Hallgrímskirkja church, and to the historical centre where you can stroll along the Skólavördustígur and the Laugavegur. The little shops in these lively streets will entice you to do a bit of shopping. For some relaxation just outside of the city, you’ll have the opportunity to visit the Reykjanes peninsula and its famous thermal lagoons of the Blue Lagoon.

      Formalities

      • The information below is current but subject to change at any time without advance notice from government authorities. Please consult your respective government agencies for visa and health information.

      • Passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond the completion of your trip. Passport must contain at least two completely clear, blank, unused visa pages for each visa required, not including any amendment pages. Visa pages with stains or ink from other pages in the passport are not usable. Guests who deviate from the scheduled embarkation or disembarkation port should research the foreign entry requirements for the port country. Due to government regulations, regrettably, PONANT will have to deny boarding to any guest who fails to obtain the appropriate travel documentation for this trip.

      Pre/Post & Overlands

      1. Your packages

        27/07/2016 – Pre Transfer Reykvajik+Post Icelandic Landscapes+Flights

      2. Before your cruise

        27/07/2016 – Transfer to the pier of Reykjavik

        44.00 $ **

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