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A Circumnavigation of Iceland (NG Orion)

Icelands geology in all its manifestationsglaciers, thundering waterfalls, immense cliffs, geothermal springs, boiling mud pots, and rock and lava-scapes of unearthly beautyis world-class. It alone makes a circumnavigation a very compelling idea. And when you add in the other itinerary componentsIcelands people, their unique cultural heritage and contemporary character, the islands geography and birdlifeseeing it all in one 360o expedition is irresistible.

Theres one place on Earth where geology is so exciting, its downright sexy, even if youre not a geologist: Iceland. Geologically young, Iceland is located on both the Iceland hotspot and the Mid-Atlantic Ridgewhich means it is highly geologically active with many volcanoeshundreds of them, in fact. Most famously, the volcano in Eyjafjallajokull erupted in 2010.

Experience an enchanting land of geological extremes
View one of Europes largest ice cap. Feel the percussive cascade and the spray of Godafoss Waterfall. Walk along lava fields and ice sheets. Zodiac cruise among magnificent icebergs in Jokulsarlon. Kayak into fjords and serene bays, or take a snowmobile jaunt on a glacier. Go hiking on magnificent and remote stretches of the coast. And cap off the adventure with a soak in the famous Blue Lagoon.

Every day is active and engaging
Youll get out on adventures every dayto Zodiac cruise, hike and walk, or kayak for personal encounters with beauty and wildness. Youll have a choice of activities, plus your choice of naturalists to joinfor a moveable feast of personalities, insights, and interests. Choice also includes opting to relax, too. Enjoy the view from behind Explorers panoramic glass windows. Or visit the fitness center with its generous views of the vistas, or ease into the sauna or a massage in the Wellness Center.

Travel in excellent company
Explore under the sure guidance of an expedition leader, an assistant expedition leader, eight veteran naturalists, a National Geographic photographer, plus a National Geographic certified photo instructor, a Global Perspective guest speaker, an undersea specialist, a wellness specialist and a video chronicler. Their knowledge and passion for the fascinating Arctic region is the key to your extraordinary experience.

A Circumnavigation of Iceland (NG Orion) itinerary:

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DAY 1: Reykjavik/Embark
Arrive in Reykjavik, the worlds northernmost capital, which lies only a fraction below the Arctic Circle and receives just four hours of sunlight in winter and 22 in summer. Have a guided overview of the Old Town, including Hallgrimskirkja Cathedral with its 210-foot tower, and perhaps shed some light on Nordic culture at the National Museum, with its Viking treasures and artifacts, and unusual whalebone carvings on display. Embark National Geographic Orion. (L,D)
DAY 2: Explore the West Coast of Iceland
National Geographic Orion navigates Icelands wild western frontier, sailing past the immense Latrabjarg cliffs, the westernmost point of Iceland and home to a huge population of razorbills. The cliffs are an area once famous for egg collecting; the men were tied to ropes and lowered like spiders down onto the ledges. Continue to Flatey Island, a trading post for many centuries, for walks around the charming little hamlet that grew here, and take a Zodiac cruise along the coast. (B,L,D)
DAY 3: Isafjordur
Located in the Western Fjords, Isafjordur is surrounded by water on three sides, sculpted by glaciers. Renowned for its traditional eider down production, it is a picture postcard of traditional Icelandic life and a great place for hiking, kayaking and for spotting eider ducks. (B,L,D)
DAY 4: Siglufjordur and Akureyri
Siglufjordur was the center of Icelands once-thriving herring industry. We stop by the Herring Museum for a talk and a tasting. Continue to picturesque Akureyri, backed by snow-capped mountains. Explore the old town, with its beautifully maintained period houses, or visit the botanical garden. (B,L,D)
DAY 5: Lake Myvatn and Husavik
Drive to Myvatn, the most geologically active area in Iceland. This is world-class field geology! See the bizarre mud pools at Hverarond so hot they actually bubble. At the Krafla geothermal area see the explosion crater at Viti and continue to an unforgettable sight: Godafoss, the waterfall of the gods. Meet the ship in Husavik, and watch for whales as we sail north to the land of the midnight sun. Take Zodiacs ashore to the tiny island of Grimsey, which lies exactly on the Arctic Circle. Here we celebrate being officially in the Arctic, in the company of nesting arctic terns, fulmars, and puffins in burrows, all bathing, courting and fishing another wonderful photo op. (B,L,D)
DAY 6: Exploring Northeast Iceland
With plenty of rarely-visited coastline, this day is left open to explore Icelands rugged east coast. Join our naturalists for a hike or a Zodiac cruise to get a better view of the beautiful stacks at the end of the peninsula. Or, conditions permitting, we may have our first chance to kayak today under the steep cliffs. (B,L,D)
DAY 7: Djupivogur, Iceland
Dock in Djupivogur to explore the vast Vatnajokull ice cap. Via small boat, get up-close and personal with the deep blue icebergs of the large ice lagoon of Jokulsarlon. Photo lovers may set off together with the National Geographic photographer. (B,L,D)
DAY 8: Islands of Heimaey & Surtsey, Westman Islands
With plenty of rarely-visited coastline, this day is left open to explore Icelands rugged east coast. Join our naturalists for a hike or a Zodiac cruise to get a better view of the beautiful stacks at the end of the peninsula. Or, conditions permitting, we may have our first chance to kayak today under the steep cliffs. (B,L,D)
DAY 9: Reykjavik/Disembark/Home
Today we complete our circumnavigation of Iceland, disembarking in Reykjavik. Stop by the famous Blue Lagoon thermal baths, prior to our flight home. Whether you choose to enjoy the surreal bath and spa facilities or just stroll around the fascinating environs, the Blue Lagoon is unforgettable! (B, L)
Please Note:
All day-by-day breakdowns are a sampling of the places we intend to visit, conditions permitting.

A Circumnavigation of Iceland (NG Orion) reverse itinerary:

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Please Note: *
All day-by-day breakdowns are a sampling of the places we intend to visit, conditions permitting.
DAY 9: Reykjavik/Disembark/Home *
Today we complete our circumnavigation of Iceland, disembarking in Reykjavik. Stop by the famous Blue Lagoon thermal baths, prior to our flight home. Whether you choose to enjoy the surreal bath and spa facilities or just stroll around the fascinating environs, the Blue Lagoon is unforgettable! (B, L)
DAY 8: Islands of Heimaey & Surtsey, Westman Islands *
With plenty of rarely-visited coastline, this day is left open to explore Icelands rugged east coast. Join our naturalists for a hike or a Zodiac cruise to get a better view of the beautiful stacks at the end of the peninsula. Or, conditions permitting, we may have our first chance to kayak today under the steep cliffs. (B,L,D)
DAY 7: Djupivogur, Iceland *
Dock in Djupivogur to explore the vast Vatnajokull ice cap. Via small boat, get up-close and personal with the deep blue icebergs of the large ice lagoon of Jokulsarlon. Photo lovers may set off together with the National Geographic photographer. (B,L,D)
DAY 6: Exploring Northeast Iceland *
With plenty of rarely-visited coastline, this day is left open to explore Icelands rugged east coast. Join our naturalists for a hike or a Zodiac cruise to get a better view of the beautiful stacks at the end of the peninsula. Or, conditions permitting, we may have our first chance to kayak today under the steep cliffs. (B,L,D)
DAY 5: Lake Myvatn and Husavik *
Drive to Myvatn, the most geologically active area in Iceland. This is world-class field geology! See the bizarre mud pools at Hverarond so hot they actually bubble. At the Krafla geothermal area see the explosion crater at Viti and continue to an unforgettable sight: Godafoss, the waterfall of the gods. Meet the ship in Husavik, and watch for whales as we sail north to the land of the midnight sun. Take Zodiacs ashore to the tiny island of Grimsey, which lies exactly on the Arctic Circle. Here we celebrate being officially in the Arctic, in the company of nesting arctic terns, fulmars, and puffins in burrows, all bathing, courting and fishing another wonderful photo op. (B,L,D)
DAY 4: Siglufjordur and Akureyri *
Siglufjordur was the center of Icelands once-thriving herring industry. We stop by the Herring Museum for a talk and a tasting. Continue to picturesque Akureyri, backed by snow-capped mountains. Explore the old town, with its beautifully maintained period houses, or visit the botanical garden. (B,L,D)
DAY 3: Isafjordur *
Located in the Western Fjords, Isafjordur is surrounded by water on three sides, sculpted by glaciers. Renowned for its traditional eider down production, it is a picture postcard of traditional Icelandic life and a great place for hiking, kayaking and for spotting eider ducks. (B,L,D)
DAY 2: Explore the West Coast of Iceland *
National Geographic Orion navigates Icelands wild western frontier, sailing past the immense Latrabjarg cliffs, the westernmost point of Iceland and home to a huge population of razorbills. The cliffs are an area once famous for egg collecting; the men were tied to ropes and lowered like spiders down onto the ledges. Continue to Flatey Island, a trading post for many centuries, for walks around the charming little hamlet that grew here, and take a Zodiac cruise along the coast. (B,L,D)
DAY 1: Reykjavik/Embark *
Arrive in Reykjavik, the worlds northernmost capital, which lies only a fraction below the Arctic Circle and receives just four hours of sunlight in winter and 22 in summer. Have a guided overview of the Old Town, including Hallgrimskirkja Cathedral with its 210-foot tower, and perhaps shed some light on Nordic culture at the National Museum, with its Viking treasures and artifacts, and unusual whalebone carvings on display. Embark National Geographic Orion. (L,D)
* = Indicative
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National Geographic Orion , the ship servicing A Circumnavigation of Iceland (NG Orion)

National Geographic Orion

Vessel Type: Luxury Expedition

Length: 103 metres

Passenger Capacity: 102 (in 53 cabins)

Built: 2003 / Refurbished 2014

Engineered for maximum comfort and safety, Orion is equipped with the latest technology including large retractable stabilizers, sonar, radar, and an ice-strengthened hull. A shallow draft plus bow and stern thrusters provide the convenience of being able to maneuver close to shore. 14 Zodiacs ensure quick disembarkation and offer the ideal transport for up-close exploration.

National Geographic Orion meets strict specifications for environmental protection and the on board waste management systems meet the stringent Antarctic operational standards enabling us to travel to the most pristine environments. A host of advanced design features and technology ensures sustainable marine environmental practices.

National Geographic Orion accommodates 102 guests in 53 cabins, including several with balconies. She is spacious and modern, with a variety of public rooms that offer panoramic views of the passing landscape. Friendly and informal, Orion fosters a welcoming atmosphere where like-minded guests share in exceptional experiences and enrichment.

Her public rooms include a dramatic window-lined main lounge, as well as an observation lounge and library perched at the very top of the ship, with plentiful observation decks. The spacious lounge is the heart of our expedition community, and is suited for spirited cocktail hours, informative presentations and our nightly tradition of Recap. In addition, a dedicated theater provides a unique setting for specialist presentations or films and slideshows. Both the main dining room and outside buffet easily accommodate all guests at once for open seating dining. On selected nights, weather permitting, our dining room menu is also available on the outside deck.

While Orion interiors are elegant, life aboard is always casual, with no need for formal clothing. And you’ll find shipboard services like laundry, in-room cabled internet, and public-area wifi make packing and traveling more convenient.

 

 

 

Cabin layout for National Geographic Orion
Experience all of Icelands geological manifestations: glaciers, geysers, thundering waterfalls, immense cliffs, geothermal springs, boiling mud pots and rock- and lava-scapes of unearthly beauty

Meet Icelands people, learn about their unique cultural heritage and contemporary character

Actively explore Icelands wild western coast; Siglutjorout in the north; the rarely-visited rugged east coast; and the Westman islands, one of the planets youngest archipelagos

Enjoy superlative photos ops and on-board photo assistance

Travel with an expert team on a holistic, narrative voyage
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