Small Ship Cruising – Highlights of Iceland

Small Ship Cruising

Small Ship Cruising

The “Boutique” Category Of Cruiser

Hraunfossar West Iceland

Hraunfossar West Iceland

Lava Falls Are Beautiful And An Unusual Natural Phenomena

Relax In The Ship’s Lounge & Bar

Relax In The Ship’s Lounge & Bar

Sit Back & Relax With Like Minded Travellers

The Whale Capital Of Iceland

The Whale Capital Of Iceland

Husavik Is Nestled On The Edge Of Skjálfandi Bay,

Elegant & Classic Cruising

Elegant & Classic Cruising

Sailing Through The Quaint Fishing VillagesOf Iceland

Small Ship Cruising – Highlights of Iceland

See Iceland’s highlights from the classically designed and elegant 17-cabin mega yacht Callisto. Choose to start the cruise in one of Europe’s smallest capitals, Reykjavik or it’s second largest city, Akureyri, then spend 7 long summer days visiting some of Iceland’s most dramatic destinations, including the Westman Islands, the wilds of the Westfjords and the culturally rich and diverse North. This is cruising at its boutique best.

DAY 1 - Reykjavik
Fly to Keflavik international airport from a choice of regional airports. Here you will be met and enjoy a private transfer direct to your chosen hotel. The remainder of the day is free to familiarise yourself with your immediate surroundings. For those wanting to delve further afield, then do consider an evening Golden Circle Tour with our Super Jeep partners. This tour introduces a trio of treats including Thingvellir National Park, the Geyser geothermal area and Gullfoss waterfall, as well as a thrilling off-road experience.
DAY 2 - Akureyri
After breakfast, take a short taxi ride to Reykjavik domestic airport for the flight to Akureyri. This short 45 minute flight can offer some dramatic views of the lunar landscape below. Embarkation begins at 1500 hrs and as the first night is spent in port, there is time for a stroll around Akureyri. Despite being just 60km from the Arctic Circle, Akureyri can enjoy temperatures up to 25°c in the summer. This, together with the lush vegetation, helps to cultivate the world’s most northerly botanic garden. The Old Town area dates back 150 years, and the picturesque timber framed houses are a charming reminder of the town’s origins as a trading station.  The area is also home to The Museum of Akureyri and there are also museums dedicated to motorcycles, industry and aviation. Board M/Y Callisto, settle into your en-suite cabin and meeting your fellow travellers over dinner prepared by your international chef, using the best of the local produce.
DAY 3 - Akureyri to Husavik
Following breakfast, you can choose to stay on board and sail to Husavik or take a full day optional excursionOpting to spend today on land means you will meet the mighty Godafoss Waterfall, Europe’s most powerful, and a truly impressive sight. After lunch head towards a glimmering Lake Myvatn, the steaming mud pools of Namarksard and the contorted volcanic rock formations at Dimmuborgir.Rejoin the M/Y Callisto in Husavik, a whale-watching hub and where there is time to walk around the colourful port. Dinner is served on board and you overnight in the port.
DAY 4 - Husavik to Siglufjordur
Breakfast and enjoy the morning sailing through Skjafandi Bay to Siglufjordur, remembering to keep an eye out for any whale sightings. Siglufjordur is Iceland’s northernmost city and was once the capital of the Herring fishing industry. Possibly one of Iceland’s most picturesque ports and an optional walking tour will take you to the port, the Herring museum and the Folk Music Centre, located in the town’s oldest house. Dinner is served as you set sail for Isafjordur and overnight at sea.
DAY 5 - Isafjordur
Morning herald’s the arrival in the Westfjords, undoubtedly one of Iceland’s best kept secrets. This sparsely population Arctic wilderness is ideal for spotting birds, arctic fox and other unique fauna in their natural habitat. Today’s optional excursion will enable you to enjoy the small fishing port of Isafjordur’s with its rich cultural heritage and maritime museum, as well as nearby Bolungavik and Osvar, a replica of an old fishing outpost.
Return to M/Y Callisto for dinner and overnight at Isafjordur.
DAY 6 - Isafjordur to Bildudalur
Today Callisto will set sail for Bildudalur. Choose to stay on board or join an optional excursion to another iconic Icelandic image, Dynjandi, a series of seven waterfalls that cascade for a total of 100m down the mountainside. At Bildudalur, there is time to visit the town and Sea Monsters Museum, a theme which has played a colourful role in Icelandic folk culture. Rejoining the Callisto for lunch, you will sail past the Latrabjarg cliffs. Rising 450m out of the sea the westernmost point of Iceland is home to millions of birds including puffins, northern gannets, guillemots and razorbills, in fact 40% of the world’s population of some bird species. Dinner on board and overnight at sea.
DAY 7 - Borgarnes
Stay on board or depart by tender to explore Borgarnes at leisure. Borganes Museum exhibits include a photographic display of children throughout a century and narrative of Iceland's history. The Settlement Centre tells the Saga of The Settlement of Iceland and Iceland´s most famous viking and first poet Egill Skallagrimsson. Alternatively today’s full day optional excursion visits Deidartunguhver - Europes most powerful thermal spring and Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls, as well as Reykholt. Dinner on board and overnight at sea.
DAY 8 - Westman Islands
This morning you will arrive at the volcanic island of Heimaey in the Westman Islands archipelago, here the community almost disappeared in the infamous 1973 volcanic eruption. Still warm lava and half buried houses have earned this island the Pompeii of the North. Explore at leisure or join an optional half day excursion to see two volcanos and visit the Eidheimar Geological Museum to understand what happened in 1973. Leave late afternoon and head for Reykjavik. Dinner on board and overnight at sea.
DAY 9 - Blue Lagoon and return to the UK
The M/Y Callisto arrives in Reykjavik and disembarkation can be anywhere between 06.00 and 10.00. We have arranged a private transfer and premium entry to the Blue Lagoon, hailed as a ‘wonder of the world’ by National Geographic Magazine. While away the hours before your flight by relaxing in the warm, milky white, restorative waters of this natural geothermal spring. Included in your stay here is entry, mud and algae masks, use of towel, bathrobe and slippers, 1st drink of your choice, a table reservation at the LAVA restaurant and sparkling wine. Fully rejuvenated, head for the airport in time for the return flight to the UK.
 
Please do talk to our consultants should you wish to further extend your stay in Iceland. This cruise also operates in reverse. Please enquire.
 

The optional shore excursions described are booked and paid for locally. Please note that the itinerary and shore excursions are weather dependent and may change at short notice. Such itinerary changes do not automatically entitle passengers to a refund. Any decision to amend the itinerary is not taken lightly but with your health, safety and comfort in mind.

M/Y CALLISTO
M/Y CALLISTO
The Callisto is a state of the art 50m Motor Yacht, complying with the latest SOLAS regulations for International Voyages. Part of the award winning Variety Cruises fleet, this elegant and classic yacht was renovated last year and offers a high standard of accommodation, comfort and safety.
 
Carrying a maximum of 34 passengers in what can only be described as ‘boutique style’ sailing. The 17 exterior cabins have marble appointed en-suite bathrooms with showers and all have individually controlled A/C, flatscreen TV, hairdryers and mini-fridge. Main deck cabins have double beds and windows, lower deck cabins have twin beds and a porthole. There are plentiful public areas, elegantly styled with fine works of art and gleaming brass and woodwork. Enjoy the generous sun deck, lounge/bar, dining room as well as a cosy library – all with generous windows, ensuring a spectacular view at all times.
 
Life on board is casually elegant, yet relaxed and you will be served by a crew who are intent on making the Callisto a home from home during your journey along the Land of Fire and Ice.