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Epic Iceland

Iceland’s otherworldly beauty and cinematic grandeur is formed by an array of gurgling mud pools, spurting geysers, aquamarine pools, towering glaciers and tumbling waterfalls. We start our discovery of this unique island with a visit to the largely untouched West Fjords and venture east discovering areas such as Grimsey Island which is abundant in birdlife, the picturesque town of Siglufjordur and the breathtaking Vatnajokull Glacier.

A journey by small ship is an ideal way to get up close to nature and explore areas inaccessible to larger vessels. We will look out for humpback whales, orcas and white-beaked dolphins on our voyage, taking advantage of weather conditions and possible sightings to achieve the maximum with our time.
05 August, 2018 to 18 August, 2018 Make a booking request for Epic Iceland, departing on 05 August, 2018

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Amundsen Standard Suite £ 7395 GBP pp
Standard Suites located on the Amundsen deck measure approximately 21 square metres and feature large portholes. Each suite affords considerable comfort with en-suite bathroom featuring marble-topped vanity unit with sink and walk-in shower, large wardrobes, dressing table with large mirror and stool and excellent storage. There is a mini-fridge, flat screen television with inbuilt DVD/CD player and a telephone in each suite. Bottled water, towelling dressing gowns and slippers are also provided for your comfort. Other facilities include a programmable electronic safe, hairdryer, assorted Molton Brown toiletries and individually controlled air-conditioning and heating. Soft hues and blended tones will enhance the traditional maritime style making the passenger accommodation an inviting and relaxing place to be.
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Byrd Superior Suite £ 7695 GBP pp
Superior Suites located on the Byrd deck measure an average of 22 square metres with a large window. Each suite affords considerable comfort with en-suite bathroom featuring marble-topped vanity unit with sink and walk-in shower, large wardrobes, dressing table with large mirror and stool and excellent storage. There is a mini-fridge, flat screen television with inbuilt DVD/CD player and a telephone in each suite. Bottled water, towelling dressing gowns and slippers are also provided for your comfort. Other facilities include a programmable electronic safe, hairdryer, assorted Molton Brown toiletries and individually controlled air-conditioning and heating. Soft hues and blended tones will enhance the traditional maritime style making the passenger accommodation an inviting and relaxing place to be.
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Mawson Premuim Suite £ 8095 GBP pp
The Premium Suites located on the Mawson deck measure approximately 21 square metres and feature a large window. Each suite affords considerable comfort with en-suite bathroom featuring marble-topped vanity unit with sink and walk-in shower, large wardrobes, dressing table with large mirror and stool and excellent storage. There is a mini-fridge, flat screen television with inbuilt DVD/CD player and a telephone in each suite. Bottled water, towelling dressing gowns and slippers are also provided for your comfort. Other facilities include a programmable electronic safe, hairdryer, assorted Molton Brown toiletries and individually controlled air-conditioning and heating. Soft hues and blended tones will enhance the traditional maritime style making the passenger accommodation an inviting and relaxing place to be.
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Mawson Corner Suite £ 8695 GBP pp
The two magnificent Corner Suites located on the Mawson deck feature dual aspect windows and measure 22 square metres. Each suite affords considerable comfort with en-suite bathroom featuring marble-topped vanity unit with sink and walk-in shower, large wardrobes, dressing table with large mirror and stool and excellent storage. There is a mini-fridge, flat screen television with inbuilt DVD/CD player and a telephone in each suite. Bottled water, towelling dressing gowns and slippers are also provided for your comfort. Other facilities include a programmable electronic safe, hairdryer, assorted Molton Brown toiletries and individually controlled air-conditioning and heating. Soft hues and blended tones will enhance the traditional maritime style making the passenger accommodation an inviting and relaxing place to be.
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Scott Deluxe Balcony Suite £ 9695 GBP pp
The Deluxe Balcony Suites located on the Scott deck measure 20.9 square metres and boast a 4 square metre private balcony with table and chairs. Each suite affords considerable comfort with en-suite bathroom featuring marble-topped vanity unit with sink and walk-in shower, large wardrobes, dressing table with large mirror and stool and excellent storage. There is a mini-fridge, flat screen television with inbuilt DVD/CD player and a telephone in each suite. Bottled water, towelling dressing gowns and slippers are also provided for your comfort. Other facilities include a programmable electronic safe, hairdryer, assorted Molton Brown toiletries and individually controlled air-conditioning and heating. Soft hues and blended tones will enhance the traditional maritime style making the passenger accommodation an inviting and relaxing place to be.
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Shackleton Owner's Balcony Suite £ 10395 GBP pp
The Owner’s Balcony Suites located on the Shackleton deck measure 22 square metres and feature a large private balcony measuring 8 square metres with table, chairs and sun loungers. Each suite affords considerable comfort with en-suite bathroom featuring marble-topped vanity unit with sink and walk-in shower, large wardrobes, dressing table with large mirror and stool and excellent storage. There is a mini-fridge, flat screen television with inbuilt DVD/CD player and a telephone in each suite. Bottled water, towelling dressing gowns and slippers are also provided for your comfort. Other facilities include a programmable electronic safe, hairdryer, assorted Molton Brown toiletries and individually controlled air-conditioning and heating. Soft hues and blended tones will enhance the traditional maritime style making the passenger accommodation an inviting and relaxing place to be.
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Amundsen Standard Sole £ 11045 GBP pp
Standard Suites located on the Amundsen deck measure approximately 21 square metres and feature large portholes. Each suite affords considerable comfort with en-suite bathroom featuring marble-topped vanity unit with sink and walk-in shower, large wardrobes, dressing table with large mirror and stool and excellent storage. There is a mini-fridge, flat screen television with inbuilt DVD/CD player and a telephone in each suite. Bottled water, towelling dressing gowns and slippers are also provided for your comfort. Other facilities include a programmable electronic safe, hairdryer, assorted Molton Brown toiletries and individually controlled air-conditioning and heating. Soft hues and blended tones will enhance the traditional maritime style making the passenger accommodation an inviting and relaxing place to be.
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Shackleton Hebridean Suite £ 11895 GBP pp
The spacious Hebridean Suite located on the Shackleton Deck meaures 24.5 square metres and boasts an extra large balcony with table, chairs and sun loungers. Each suite affords considerable comfort with en-suite bathroom featuring marble-topped vanity unit with sink and walk-in shower, large wardrobes, dressing table with large mirror and stool and excellent storage. There is a mini-fridge, flat screen television with inbuilt DVD/CD player and a telephone in each suite. Bottled water, towelling dressing gowns and slippers are also provided for your comfort. Other facilities include a programmable electronic safe, hairdryer, assorted Molton Brown toiletries and individually controlled air-conditioning and heating. Soft hues and blended tones will enhance the traditional maritime style making the passenger accommodation an inviting and relaxing place to be.
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Byrd Superior Sole £ 11945 GBP pp
Superior Suites located on the Byrd deck measure an average of 22 square metres with a large window. Each suite affords considerable comfort with en-suite bathroom featuring marble-topped vanity unit with sink and walk-in shower, large wardrobes, dressing table with large mirror and stool and excellent storage. There is a mini-fridge, flat screen television with inbuilt DVD/CD player and a telephone in each suite. Bottled water, towelling dressing gowns and slippers are also provided for your comfort. Other facilities include a programmable electronic safe, hairdryer, assorted Molton Brown toiletries and individually controlled air-conditioning and heating. Soft hues and blended tones will enhance the traditional maritime style making the passenger accommodation an inviting and relaxing place to be.
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Epic Iceland itinerary:

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Day 1 - LONDON TO REYKJAVIK.
Fly by scheduled flight. On arrival transfer to the MS Caledonian Sky for embarkation.
Day 2 - WEST FJORDS.
Early this morning we arrive at Stykkishólmur with time to explore the town’s traditional architecture. Back onboard we cruise to Breidfjördur, more a bay than a fjord, strewn with islands and shallows that create a flourishing and diverse ecosystem. See the basaltic columns which provide a habitat for thousands of sea birds and catch glimpses of the majestic extinct volcano that dominates this interior sound. We plan to land at Flatey Island to walk and explore the charming but largely abandoned village with its brightly coloured houses and remarkable church murals. Late in the day we cruise along Látrabjarg, the largest bird cliffs in the world.
Day 3 - ISAFJORDUR.
Ísafjördur is an interesting contrast of isolation and worldliness set in a small fjord with a mountainous backdrop. The town of about 4000 features historic houses and a worthwhile heritage museum. Later we steam out of the fjord with distant views of Drangajökull Glacier, and along the coast of Hornstrandir Peninsula with mossy tundra, wildflower meadows, sandy bays, abandoned houses and rugged sea cliffs.
Day 4 - GRIMSEY ISLAND & SIGLUFJORDUR.
The Arctic Circle bisects Grímsey Island known for its tiny community, basalt cliffs and large variety of bird life. From Grímsey we head to Siglufjördur. An unbelievably picturesque town, Siglufjordur enjoys an idyllic setting in a small fjord backed by mountains. Here in the early 1900s, a booming economy due to the herring industry resulted in a prosperous town with some marvellous Icelandic architecture. Stroll through the town and visit the Herring Era Museum.
Day 5 - AKUYERI.
This delightful town on the north coast of Iceland is not what you expect to find in such a remote location. During the summer the gardens and window boxes are ablaze of colour and in the botanic garden you find species from Africa, China and the Mediterranean growing alongside the Alaskan and Greenlandic and indigenous specimens, all outdoors. We will also visit the beautifully situated fishing village of Olafsfjordur and the nearby lake where we will enjoy a picnic lunch. For the walkers there will the opportunity to take the old trail over Drangaskaro, a difficult and strenuous route, but scenically very rewarding.
Day 6 - HUSAVIK.
From Husavik we travel by bus to Lake Mývatn-Krafla area, a fine example of the volcanic world with lava fields, boiling and steaming mud pools, steam vents of sulphur and craters. The area illustrates the sheer magnitude of Iceland’s forces at work. The lake itself with beautiful natural rock formations and hot springs is also a unique ecosystem and largest migratory bird sanctuary in Europe. Our route will also take us by Godafoss (falls of the Gods), an imposing sight.
Day 7 - LANGANES PENINSULA.
The duck’s head shaped Langanes Peninsula is truly out of the way and largely a wilderness moorland with some bird cliffs, abandoned houses, driftwood beaches, wisps of fog and a remote lighthouse at the tip of the peninsula.
Day 8 - SEYDISFJORDUR.
The natural harbour here preserves its fishing heritage and its architectural style from the early 19th century. On a walking tour we will pass brightly painted and well preserved Norwegian style wooden buildings and visit the shops famous for their Icelandic patterned woollens. In the afternoon we steam out of the fjord and head along the southeast coast.
Day 9 - HOFN.
Today we will see the shimmering white Vatnajokull Glacier, Europe’s largest glacier, sometimes called an icecap. The 600 metre thick ice surmounts active volcanoes, one of which erupted in 1996, creating a crater on the surface of the glacier, a most unusual phenomenon. We will venture out on a guided excursion. After a local seafood lunch, watch the glacier which calves icebergs into the land-locked lagoon of Jokulsarlon.
Day 10 - WESTMANN ISLANDS & SURTSEY ISLAND.
Late morning as we cruise the coast, we expect to round Dyrhólaey (Door Island) with its distinctive arch and perhaps have views of Mýrdals Glacier in the background. In the afternoon we begin our exploration of Vestmannaeyjar (Westmann Islands). Islanders here live with a dramatic volcanic history. In 1973 the island of Heimaey experienced an eruption which created a new mountain, Eldfell, known as Mount Fire. As part of our exploration of the Westmann Islands, we circumnavigate Surtsey Island which was created volcanically in 1963 and is a closed nature reserve. Few places in the world illustrate more dramatically the powerful forces of nature. Visit the only community Heimaey where half buried houses can be partially seen peeking out through the lava and ash, and cruise amongst the islands and sea cliffs by Zodiac or ship.
Day 11 - REYKJAVIK TO LONDON.
Disembark this morning and enjoy a tour of Reykjavik before transferring to the airport for the return flight to London.

Epic Iceland reverse itinerary:

show main itinerary
Day 11 - REYKJAVIK TO LONDON. *
Disembark this morning and enjoy a tour of Reykjavik before transferring to the airport for the return flight to London.
Day 10 - WESTMANN ISLANDS & SURTSEY ISLAND. *
Late morning as we cruise the coast, we expect to round Dyrhólaey (Door Island) with its distinctive arch and perhaps have views of Mýrdals Glacier in the background. In the afternoon we begin our exploration of Vestmannaeyjar (Westmann Islands). Islanders here live with a dramatic volcanic history. In 1973 the island of Heimaey experienced an eruption which created a new mountain, Eldfell, known as Mount Fire. As part of our exploration of the Westmann Islands, we circumnavigate Surtsey Island which was created volcanically in 1963 and is a closed nature reserve. Few places in the world illustrate more dramatically the powerful forces of nature. Visit the only community Heimaey where half buried houses can be partially seen peeking out through the lava and ash, and cruise amongst the islands and sea cliffs by Zodiac or ship.
Day 9 - HOFN. *
Today we will see the shimmering white Vatnajokull Glacier, Europe’s largest glacier, sometimes called an icecap. The 600 metre thick ice surmounts active volcanoes, one of which erupted in 1996, creating a crater on the surface of the glacier, a most unusual phenomenon. We will venture out on a guided excursion. After a local seafood lunch, watch the glacier which calves icebergs into the land-locked lagoon of Jokulsarlon.
Day 8 - SEYDISFJORDUR. *
The natural harbour here preserves its fishing heritage and its architectural style from the early 19th century. On a walking tour we will pass brightly painted and well preserved Norwegian style wooden buildings and visit the shops famous for their Icelandic patterned woollens. In the afternoon we steam out of the fjord and head along the southeast coast.
Day 7 - LANGANES PENINSULA. *
The duck’s head shaped Langanes Peninsula is truly out of the way and largely a wilderness moorland with some bird cliffs, abandoned houses, driftwood beaches, wisps of fog and a remote lighthouse at the tip of the peninsula.
Day 6 - HUSAVIK. *
From Husavik we travel by bus to Lake Mývatn-Krafla area, a fine example of the volcanic world with lava fields, boiling and steaming mud pools, steam vents of sulphur and craters. The area illustrates the sheer magnitude of Iceland’s forces at work. The lake itself with beautiful natural rock formations and hot springs is also a unique ecosystem and largest migratory bird sanctuary in Europe. Our route will also take us by Godafoss (falls of the Gods), an imposing sight.
Day 5 - AKUYERI. *
This delightful town on the north coast of Iceland is not what you expect to find in such a remote location. During the summer the gardens and window boxes are ablaze of colour and in the botanic garden you find species from Africa, China and the Mediterranean growing alongside the Alaskan and Greenlandic and indigenous specimens, all outdoors. We will also visit the beautifully situated fishing village of Olafsfjordur and the nearby lake where we will enjoy a picnic lunch. For the walkers there will the opportunity to take the old trail over Drangaskaro, a difficult and strenuous route, but scenically very rewarding.
Day 4 - GRIMSEY ISLAND & SIGLUFJORDUR. *
The Arctic Circle bisects Grímsey Island known for its tiny community, basalt cliffs and large variety of bird life. From Grímsey we head to Siglufjördur. An unbelievably picturesque town, Siglufjordur enjoys an idyllic setting in a small fjord backed by mountains. Here in the early 1900s, a booming economy due to the herring industry resulted in a prosperous town with some marvellous Icelandic architecture. Stroll through the town and visit the Herring Era Museum.
Day 3 - ISAFJORDUR. *
Ísafjördur is an interesting contrast of isolation and worldliness set in a small fjord with a mountainous backdrop. The town of about 4000 features historic houses and a worthwhile heritage museum. Later we steam out of the fjord with distant views of Drangajökull Glacier, and along the coast of Hornstrandir Peninsula with mossy tundra, wildflower meadows, sandy bays, abandoned houses and rugged sea cliffs.
Day 2 - WEST FJORDS. *
Early this morning we arrive at Stykkishólmur with time to explore the town’s traditional architecture. Back onboard we cruise to Breidfjördur, more a bay than a fjord, strewn with islands and shallows that create a flourishing and diverse ecosystem. See the basaltic columns which provide a habitat for thousands of sea birds and catch glimpses of the majestic extinct volcano that dominates this interior sound. We plan to land at Flatey Island to walk and explore the charming but largely abandoned village with its brightly coloured houses and remarkable church murals. Late in the day we cruise along Látrabjarg, the largest bird cliffs in the world.
Day 1 - LONDON TO REYKJAVIK. *
Fly by scheduled flight. On arrival transfer to the MS Caledonian Sky for embarkation.
* = Indicative
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Sea Explorer/Hebridean Sky , the ship servicing Epic Iceland

Sea Explorer/Hebridean Sky

 

Vessel Type: Expedition

Length: 90 metres

Passenger Capacity: 114

Built / refurbished: 1992 / 2005

 

Hebridean Sky - was the Sea Explorer has always been known for its effortless elegance, impeccable service and atmosphere of charm and camaraderie. Now we add increased adventure options and an on-site Passenger Service Representative. Sea Explorer is the perfect blend of luxury and adventurous exploration. Is it a luxury ship? An adventure ship? It’s both!

 

ONBOARD DINING

Great expeditions require great food! We are pleased to offer daily changing breakfast, lunch and dinner menus with an emphasis on providing well balanced and nutritional cuisine. Our team of international chefs has boat loads of creativity and you are sure to experience a variety of interesting dishes throughout your voyage. The restaurant is located on Deck 2 and our service team looks forward to providing a memorable dining experience.

IMPECCABLE SMALL-SHIP AMENITIES

Returning from excursions, passengers enjoy complimentary refreshments, afternoon tea and all-day coffee in The Club, a gracious space for relaxation, surrounded by panoramic windows. Other Sea Explorer features include:

  • Library with Internet access
  • Lounge with audiovisual facilities
  • Dining room
  • Wraparound sun deck with Jacuzzi
  • Exercise room
  • Medical facilities with available doctor
  • Elevator serving all passenger decks
  • Swimming/zodiac platform

Please note deck plan may vary.

Cabin layout for Sea Explorer/Hebridean Sky
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