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.
• 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The fifth vessel in Ponant's new line of Explorer ships, Le Bellot is a sleek and elegant vessel designed to offer a unique cruising experience. Featuring 92 staterooms, this limited-capacity vessel offers an intimate and luxurious experience. Each elegantly designed stateroom features spacious suites, large windows and lounge areas opening to the outside decks, offering incredible views in some of the most remote and pristine locations. As part of the new Explorer series of vessels, Le Bellot offers an intricate focus on sustainability, with a strong desire to preserve the unique and remote environments through which she sails. The vessel has improved its wastewater management to have absolutely zero impact on the environment, while the engines have been improved to lower emissions, receiving a certified IMO Tier III certification.
The fifth vessel in Ponant's new line of Explorer ships, Le Bellot is a sleek and elegant vessel designed to offer a unique cruising experience. Featuring 92 staterooms, this limited-capacity vessel offers an intimate and luxurious experience. Each elegantly designed stateroom features spacious suites, large windows and lounge areas opening to the outside decks, offering incredible views in some of the most remote and pristine locations.
As part of the new Explorer series of vessels, Le Bellot offers an intricate focus on sustainability, with a strong desire to preserve the unique and remote environments through which she sails. The vessel has improved its wastewater management to have absolutely zero impact on the environment, while the engines have been improved to lower emissions, receiving a certified IMO Tier III certification.
Length: 131m/ 430ft
Breadth: 18m / 59ftMax
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We believe that appropriate accommodation should add to the authentic travel experience, as well as providing utmost enjoyment. For that reason our accommodation is scrutinised by our staff on the ground frequently, ensuring the properties adhere to our high standards. This key will help you understand the levels of accommodation available on this tour.
Comfortable properties with dependable facilities and service.
Comfortable properties with dependable facilities and service.
Luxurious properties with impeccable facilities and service.
Optional Activities vary for each itinerary. Limited spaces available. Contact your Destination Specialist for pricing & availability.
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Cabin accommodation on board
All meals whilst on board including snacks
All scheduled landings and excursions
Guiding by experienced expedition leader and team
All port fees
All landing fees
Open bar (excluding premium brands)
Airfares to/from embarkation & disembarkation city
Visa fees (if applicable)
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.
Available upon request, contact us for more details.
Itinerary is subject to change depending on weather and ice conditions.
Departure date, season and availability.