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Ponant: Icelandic Mosaic

8 Days FROM AUD 5,920

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Discover the majestic landscapes of the Icelandic West Coast during this 8-day Ponant cruise.  You can expect to see vast glaciers, vertiginous fjords, volcanoes and boiling geysers. Iceland offers a kaleidoscope of wild and romantic landscapes as well an abundance of wildlife such as Atlantic puffins, Northern gannets, Arctic terns, Minke whales, humpback whales and Icelandic horses. Travel along the coast to Grundarfjordur Bay, see Kirkjufell and all its unique charm, a small hard-to-reach island full of basalt columns and the only inhabited island in the Westman archipelago. A magnificent journey full of wonders and mystical sites.

GREEN POINTS!

• Ponant fleets are awarded the international “Clean Ship” label which proofs their reduced environmental impact
 • Refrigerant gas is used for ac and refrigeration units which minimizes impact on the greenhouse gas effect and has no impact on the ozone layer
 • Water reduction is implemented by reusing water supplies such as bath, kitchen, laundry for washing external decks
 • All wasted is separated and sorted on board
 • Dynamic positioning systems are use to drop anchor in sensitive marine environments, to minimise damage coral reefs and protecting the seabed. 
 • Marine gas oil is used where possible as an alternative to heavy burning gas fuels.

Optional Activities : Kayaking

Trip Code: ACPOIM

Travel Style: Expedition Cruise

Location: Reykjavik, Grundarfjordur, Isafjordur, Grimsey, Akureyri, Heimaey

Ship: Le Jacques Cartier

Flights: We offer a range of flight options to meet your cruise. Contact us today to discuss.

WHY CHOOSE THIS CRUISE?

  • Discover the rustic and majestic landscape, whilst experiencing elegance and luxury on board the Le Jacques Cartier

  • Passionate lecturers on board to educate you on the wonders of Iceland 

  • See incredible wildlife such as Atlantic puffins, Northern gannets, Arctic terns, Minke whales, humpback whales and Icelandic horses.

  • Explore a small, hard-to-reach island where, in certain places, the volcanic rock forms magnificent basalt columns. Birds such as guillemots and puffins reign here.

  • Discover Heimaey an exceptional place composed of volcanoes and almost-desert landscapes, where fishing is the main food source. 

CRUISE ITINERARY

Please note embarkation is scheduled between 4 and 5PM with departure scheduled for approximately 9PM.

Iceland’s capital stretches along the edge of a vast bay in the west of the country. Perlan, the “Pearl of Reykjavík”, a museum located on ’Oskjuhlið hill, offers a panoramic view of the lush, green landscapes. A little further, one can easily spot the signpost showing the way to the evangelical Hallgrímskirkja church, and to the historical centre where one can stroll along the Skólavördustígur and the Laugavegur, two lively streets with charming small shops. For some relaxation just outside of the city, visitors have the opportunity to visit the Reykjanes peninsula and its famous thermal lagoons of the Blue Lagoon.

Embarkation in Reykjavik

This secret boreal hideaway is located at the foot of the Kirkjufell, on Snaefellsnes peninsula. Arriving by boat means you’ll get a closer view of the lava-stone rock standing like a sentinel at the entrance to the bay; Grundarfjörður lies sheltered behind this cone-shaped rock. A stone’s throw from the jetty, crystal clear waters, tundra and beaches give onto the cerulean waters of Breiðafjörður. Scattered with its emerald-coloured lawns, this town, with its buildings that merge into the surrounding countryside, will most certainly win your favour.

Grundarfjordur

Grimsey is the northernmost island of Iceland surging from the Arctic ocean, with the Arctic circle running through the island. Its contrasted contours are surprising. From Grímseyjarhreppur, the island’s only town located on the west coast, then heading due south, you can take in the beauty of the hillsides, lushly carpeted with moss and grass. On the rest of the coastline, imposing basalt cliffs inhabited by sea birds stand proud.

Grimsey Island

The elegant city of Akureyri is located very close to the Arctic circle, tucked away in the Eyjafjörður fjord. It displays a stunning palette of colours: blue waters in the harbour, bronze mountain ash on the squares and brightly-coloured houses in the historical centre. As you walk along the cobbled streets, you’ll come across rows of terraces with wooden furniture. A vast stairway cut into the hillside leads up to the emblematic feature of the town, namely the Akureyrarkirkja church. The very beautiful botanical garden made possible by a microclimate offers the opportunity to discover the Icelandic flora as well as plants from all over the world.

Akureyri

Your ship will take you to the heart of the fjords of North-West Iceland, a wild land of lost valleys and steep cliffs, where man struggles to survive. In this very isolated region we find the Isafjörður fjord, undoubtedly one of the most beautiful in the country, mainly for its relief, forged by many very ancient basaltic flows. The town of Isafjörður, which nestles at the back of its fjord, between imposing mountains, is a delightful little town that lives exclusively from fishing. The capital of the Western fjords, its old wooden houses bear witness to its past as a major fishing port.

Isafjordur

This land seated off the southern coast of Iceland is the largest of the Vestmann islands, and is the only inhabited island in the archipelago. The steep Edfell volcanoes and the green prairies of Herjólfsdalur offer rich contrast of nature. On the Stórhöfði road, look out over grey sand beaches and cliffs carved out by the Arctic ocean. From here, you can also see the bronze landscapes of the mountaintops. You could visit Eldheimar, an ultra-modern and interactive museum which traces the volcanic eruption has experienced Heimaey in 1973.

Heimaey, Vestmannaeyjar

This day in Reykjavik will be a day at leisure. There will be time to undertake a number of optional activities that focus on engaging with natural landscapes and the cultural heritage of the region.

Reykjavik Excursions

Disembarkation is scheduled for approximately 8 AM.

Take this time to say farewell to your fellow passengers and crew. Embrace the amazing memories you have made on this incredible journey, and gather inspiration for the journeys to come.

Disembarkation in Reykjavik
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Pricing & date

Ponant: Icelandic Mosaic from AUD 5,920
Departing Ending Duration
16 Aug 2020 23 Aug 2020 8
23 Aug 2020 30 Aug 2020 8
04 Aug 2021 11 Aug 2021 8
11 Aug 2021 18 Aug 2021 8
18 Aug 2021 25 Aug 2021 8
25 Aug 2021 01 Sep 2021 8
01 Sep 2021 08 Sep 2021 8

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

Kayaking

Kayaking

Important Information

  • Cabin accommodation on board Le Jacques Cartier
    All meals whilst on board including snacks
    All scheduled landings and excursions
    Expedition jacket provided (yours to keep) 
    Pair of expedition boots for use during your voyage
    Guiding by experienced expedition leader and team 
    All port fees
    All landing fees
    Open bar (excluding premium brands) 

    Exclusions 

    Airfares to/from embarkation & disembarkation city 
    Visa fees (if applicable) 
    Travel insurance
    Personal expenses, such as laundry, onboard communication (telephone calls, faxes and email service) 
    Gratuities for the crew
    Pre or post cruise travel expenses
    Optional activities, refer to optional activities section for details.

  • (2 Light Adventure)
  • Available upon request, contact us for more details. 

  • Itinerary is subject to change depending on weather and ice conditions. 

  • Departure date, season and availability.

SPEAK TO A SPECIALIST

Talk to one of our Destination Specialists to plan your South American adventure and turn your dream into a reality. With exceptional knowledge and first hand experience, our consultants will assist in every way possible to make your journey the most memorable it can be, matching not only the itinerary, but the accommodation and activities to suit your style of travel and budget.

Sustainability

Being environmentally accountable is a crucial part of our organisation. Chimu is currently striving towards using less paper, taking several initiatives to do so and tracking our progress along the way. Our goal: A paperless organisation. For this reason, all information given to you will be sent electronically. We encourage those who choose to travel with us to support our aspirations and actions and ask that you reconsider printing out documentation. To view these documents, you can download them to your iPad or portable computer before and during your trip.

Chimu is passionate and dedicated to sustainability measures and understands the crucial part sustainability plays within the tourism industry.

We use local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprint. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion and culture of the country you’re visiting. Our guides are all highly qualified (most with university degrees) or equip with many years of experience and are paid above the standard wage. Whether it be our knowledgeable local guides, locally produced meals or the transport on tour, we do not use imported goods when local products are available. We aim to minimise our impact on the environment and give as much back as possible to the communities we work in.

Ponant has a strong commitment toward sustainability. Technology is at the heart of Ponant fleet design, marine diesel oil is used as a lighter and less polluting alternative to heavy fuel oil, real-time energy consumption calculation tools are used to reduce energy consumption and dynamic positioning systems allow the vessel to remain in position without having to drop anchor in sensitive marine environments such as coral reefs. Ponant is also designing the first electric hybrid polar ship to be powered by LNG in the world. While visiting the many national parks, heritage sites, museums and landmarks our travellers are encouraged to explore whilst remaining culturally aware and sensitive. We further encourage you to buy appropriate souvenirs and discourage the buying of anything wrongfully made or taken from the environment i.e. shells and endangered species products. Information on how you can be environmentally conscious, and travel responsibly will be made available in our Travellers Guides and provided during your travels by guides and staff.

For more information on our sustainability policies, including how we are striving towards being a paperless organisation, click HERE