Iceland at a Slower Pace: Circumnavigating a Land of Fire and Ice

Sail around Iceland and see a land of contrasts aboard an expedition ship. Visit remote villages and explore the unique landscape of fjords, glaciers, waterfalls and geothermal springs.
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Program No. 22973RJ
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I think it is a good review generally. As I said I think there should be no trips by boat after mid August for the reason stated. I really like the ship except for rather cool water in the shower

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Check out my blog about our Road Scholar trip to Iceland http://katiea48.blogspot.com/2018/10/iceland-2018.html

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Trip was not what we planned,but proved to be better. We were disappointed to learn that we could not cruise, but since we were in Iceland we decided to take the offered land option. Would have packed differently for bus travel. Pro Cruises Iceland did everything they could to make the best of a difficult situation. The staff worked tirelessly during the night to make flight arrangements for those returning home. The logistics for them were mind boggling as they had guests departing as well as staying in Iceland and this all needed to be worked out. As for our bus trip, I think we saw more of Iceland than the cruise would have afforded. Peter from Pro Cruises assured that we had a wonderful experience in Iceland. We ate tasty local foods, saw breathtaking scenery,and visited not to be missed treasures like Petra's Rock and Mineral Collection. Peter was often on the phone making arrangements for our tour. Some of our meals and accommodations were in quaint places. We learned about the places we were visiting as well as legends connected with them. I am a bird watcher and Peter helped me when I saw an unfamiliar bird. I added 10 birds to my life list. My only suggestion would be a more central hotel when we arrived and smaller groups on the buses the first few days. Our group leader Einor was very good. Transportation to and from the airport was flawless. I was somewhat embarrassed by the reactions of some of the Road Scholar participants when we learned about the abrupt change of circumstances. Unexpected things happened when traveling. I had wanted to visit Iceland for many years and this trip exceeded my expectations. We got a feel for the Icelanders and their way of life as well as the land they call home. Theirs is a wholesome way of life. The lectures helped us know Iceandic life better.

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After exploring Reykjavik and the surrounding area via bus including the Golden Circle for the first few days, the circumnavigation portion of the program was cancelled due to a boat motor malfunction. Road Scholar was able to generate 2 versions of the trip we could select from or go home. Some people went home because they wanted the cruise. We picked option 2 which took us to the south and east coast of this wonderful country which included a lot of the original program sites offered plus a few more. Since the weather was rough in the north I think we made a good decision - we had sun every day. We visited a variety of museums re: first settlements of Iceland; volcanoes; early fishing industry; ice caves; shark museum and 360 degree view of Reykjavik and the surrounding area. We went to Pingvellir National Park where the Icelandic Parliament was founded in 930 and saw where the tectonic plates were expanding; took a 3 hr boat ride in a fjord and watched whales and dolphins; saw the Eyjafjallajokull volcano which had erupted in 2010; hiked up to the crater of Eldfell, a volcano that erupted 1973 on Heimaey; saw geysers and bubbling pots, lots of waterfalls, glaciers and former volcanoes; ate dried shark meat, boated in a glacier fjord among ice bergs; visited black sand beach and diamond beach and plunged into 2 geothermal lagoons. We even saw the Northern lights our last evening. We ate incredible meals including fresh cod, lamb, salmon and chicken and delicious soups. Einar Arnason, our guide was so knowledgeable and filled our bus time with information of Iceland including the terrain we were passing, the history, the unique people, the pride they have and what they want to be in the future. I always wanted to go to Iceland and this trip went far beyond my expectations even though the circumnavigation was cancelled.

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