Welcome to Iceland – Prepare for magical fjords, ancient volcanoes and wildlife experiences found nowhere else on the planet.

Day 1 - Reykjavik

After a short transfer you will join your yacht in Reykjavik, the world’s most northerly capital and largest city in Iceland, where you will begin your Nordic adventure.

Clean, green and cosmopolitan, the majority of Iceland’s population live in Reykjavik where only a few skyscrapers give way to colourful buildings housing lively cafés, art galleries and a thriving local music scene.

Explore the inside of the dormant volcano, Thríhnúkagígur, one of the few places in the world where you can venture close to the centre of the earth. Hike to the top crater which last erupted over 4,000 years ago and take the lift down into the bottom of its magma chamber that once was filled with red-hot molten lava.

Day 2 - The Westman Islands

The Westman archipelago is located off the southwestern coast of Iceland. Formed after a series of underwater eruptions, it is composed of 15 islands and approximately 30 islets.

You will wake up to breath-taking scenery having made the journey from Rekyavik in the early hours of the morning. Enjoy a day’s hiking among the spectacular fjords, with the option to add in a journey to the top of the 205m Eldfell volcano.

Enjoy lunch on board followed by a cruise in the surrounding waters, keep a look out for pods of orca whales in their natural habitat, a truly magical sight.

Day 3 - Snaefellsnes Peninsula & Arnarstapi

Sparkling fjords, glacier-capped volcanoes, towering sea cliffs, sweeping golden beaches and tranquil fishing villages make up the diverse and fascinating landscape of the 100km-long Snaefellsnes Peninsula.

Kayak along the dramatic coastline and witness the magnificent naturally occurring sea arches, a view only a yacht charter can provide. In the afternoon head out for a hike to discover the basalt cliffs of Arnarstapi, often nicknamed ‘Stapi’, looking out for local wildlife along the way.

During the summer months the region is full of sea birds including: Arctic Tern, kittiwakes, gulls and fulmars. Tours of the nearby lava caves can also be arranged.

Day 4 - Flatey Island

Flatey is the largest island of the western islands, a cluster of about 40 large and small islands and islets located on the northwestern part of Iceland, believed to have been formed under the weight of a great glacier during the previous Ice Age.

The houses on the island were built over 100 years ago and remain unchanged over time, transporting visitors to a time gone by, the town feels much like a movie set. Kayak around the island to fully appreciate the scenery and to catch a glimpse of the local puffin population.

The island is unusually flat hence the translation of its name: ‘flat island’. You have the option to visit the Latrabjarg cliffs to spot even more birdlife including northern gannets, guillemots and razorbills.

Day 5 - Westfjords

Today you will continue north along the west coast, the scenery along the way is phenomenally wild and dotted with a series of waterfalls; Dyjandi, which look to be plucked from fantasy film. You will have the opportunity to get out in the kayaks to make the most of the landscape.

These waters also present the perfect opportunity to fish. The waters are bountiful and offer the chance to catch cod and haddock which can be later be prepared by the chef and enjoyed on board.

Although not guaranteed, you might also be able to spot seals, humpback whales, harbour porpoises and white-beaked dolphins.

Day 6 - Isafjordur & Vigur Island

This morning after breakfast on board you will visit the charming traditional town of Isafjordur with its wooden houses topped with corrugated tin roofs, built by fishermen in the 18th and 19th centuries.

The settlement is one of the few large enough in the Icelandic Westfjords to be considered a town, with a population of around 2,600 people. In the afternoon you will cruise to Vigur Island, renowned for its beautiful landscape and clifftops filled with thousands of seabirds.

The island is a national treasure and is an important nesting site for puffins and eider ducks. There are only five permanent residents on the island, you can visit the local farm guided by its owner whose family has farmed the land for six generations.

Day 7 - Siglufjorder

After cruising the journey to Siglufjorder overnight you will wake amongst the dramatic mountains with fresh eyes. While the whole of Iceland is dripping in awe-inspiring scenery, Siglufjorder takes things to the next level.

It’s time to make use of the onboard helicopter to gain a new perspective of the landscape, looking out for whales in the waters below.

Back on land, the town has several folk and history museums to visit. A private tour of the Herring Era Museum is a must, it is Iceland’s largest maritime museum which tells the story of the once booming fishing town over five exhibition buildings.

Day 8 - Akureyri

Wake for your last morning on board in Akureyri. There will be time for one last kayak trip in the waters surrounding this scenic fjord before disembarking.

If you have time to spare in Akureyri before your return flight home visit the municipal botanic garden and enjoy organic local produce in one of the town’s restaurants.

Welcome to Iceland – Prepare for magical fjords, ancient volcanoes and wildlife experiences found nowhere else on the planet.

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