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North Iceland

3-night sailing cruises to the Arctic Circle

Humpback whale releasing air

This tour includes: Akureyri • Grimsey • Husavik • Skjafandi Bay • Akureyri

Route map

North Iceland Route

Key facts

  • North Iceland: Arctic Circle, Whales & Aurora Borealis
  • Expedition cruise with specialist expedition leaders
  • 2018 departures:
    16 October (RVR32)
    19 October (RVR33)
    22 October (RVR34)
  • Nights: 3
  • Cabin price from: £910* ((triple shared porthole))
  • Deposit: 20%
  • Vessel: S/v Rembrandt van Rijn
  • Tour leader: Oceanwide Expeditions
  • * Please note that the prices quoted are for cruise only and do not include flights or hotel accommodation. We will arrange your flights and any accommodation but as fares and rates are subject to change, prices are quoted on request.
  • North Iceland 2018 cabin pricesNorth Iceland 2018 detailed itinerary

The ship

S/v Rembrandt van Rijn was built as a herring lugger early last century. She was rebuilt as a three-mast passenger sailing schooner in 1994. The vessel underwent a complete rebuilding and refurbishment program and the communication and navigation equipment has been completely renewed according to the latest SOLAS regulations.

S/v Rembrandt van Rijn

The Rembrandt is well suited for expedition cruising among small islands and offers excellent open deck viewing areas, even when under sail. The two inflatable rubber crafts (zodiacs) enable landing and wildlife viewing opportunities in otherwise inaccessible areas. Read more about the Rembrandt van Rijn

Your itinerary

Day 1
Embarkation in Akureyri at 16.00 hrs. The ship will leave port in the early evening and will sail north towards the island of Grimsey. Late night arrival and anchor outside town. At night we might see Aurora borealis (Northern Lights).

Day 2
Depending on weather conditions we will attempt a zodiac landing on the island of Grimsey in the morning. We will take a guided walk across the Arctic Circle. There is a sign on the island which marks the coordinate 66,34 degree North. The Arctic Circle is the most northerly of the five major circles of latitude that mark maps of the Earth. After lunch back on the ship, we depart towards the small town of Husavik. While sailing across Skjafandi Bay we hope to see whales. In the evening we arrive near Husavik and the ship will anchor outside town.

Day 3
We will spend the morning in town of Husavik with free time ashore and the possibility to visit the whale museum ( entrance fee not included ). Lunch will be served onboard. In the afternoon the ship will sail across Skjafandi Bay with good chances to witness Humpback whales, Minke whales, White-beaked dolphins and Harbour porpoise. We spend the night at sea , and arrive in Akureyri in the early morning hours.

Day 4
Disembarkation in Akureyri after breakfast at 09.00 hrs (no bus provided on this day).

Disclaimer: This itinerary is dependent on sea and ice conditions. The final itinerary will be decided by the ship's captain and your Expedition Leader to maximize opportunities.