EXPO CRUISES AND TOURS
Duration: May 28, 2019 - June 7, 2019


Experience an unforgettable journey around Iceland onboard the OCEAN DIAMOND.  Discover this mystical land steeped in Viking traditions and volcanic landscapes rarely seen anywhere else on earth.  This voyage reveals a diverse array of natural wonders and the Icelandic way of life.  A range of exciting shore excursions offers countless ways to interact with Iceland’s culture, nature, history, and people.

Day 1     Depart Toronto
Day 2     Reykjavik                Embark 8 pm
Day 3     Stykkisholmur       10 am    7 pm
Day 4     Isafjördur                9 am      5 pm
Day 5     Siglufjördur            8 am      1 pm
               Grimsey                  4 pm      7 pm
Day 6     Akureyri                   7 am      Midnight
Day 7     Husavik 6 am          4 pm
Day 8     Seydisfjördur          8 am      8 pm
Day 9     Djupivogur              6 am      6 pm
Day 10   Vestmannaeyjar
               (Westman Islands)  9 am      8 pm
Day 11    Reykjavik                 Disembark
               Depart for Canada

 

Day 1 – Tuesday, May 28, 2019                                  DEPART CANADA
Evening departure on an overnight flight from Toronto to Reykjavik, Iceland.

Day 2 – Wednesday, May 29                                       ARRIVE IN REYKJAVIK, ICELAND
Upon arrival early morning in Reykjavik, we will transfer to a local restaurant to have a full breakfast.  After breakfast, we drop off luggage at the pier (crew will deliver the luggage to your cabin later today when the cabin is ready). Then you will have a city tour to explore the unique charm of the world’s northernmost capital. After free time for your lunch, you will walk to pier with the assistant of the guide (pier is situated in the city center about 10 minutes walking).  The Ocean Diamond docks in Old Reykjavík Harbour in the heart of the city, a five-minute stroll to the main squares, shopping and dining.  The ship departs Reykjavík harbor at 8 p.m.  Accommodation: MS Ocean Diamond (10 days).  (B/D)

Day 3 – Thursday, May 30                                            STYKKISHOLMUR
Stykkisholmur is the starting point of our adventures on the Snaefellnes Peninsula. Often called “Iceland in Miniature” because of its diverse landscapes, the area is home to bird-rich Breidafjordur Bay and Snaefellsjokull glacier, which sits atop a 700,000-year-old dormant volcano that was featured in the Jules Verne novel Journey to the Center of the Earth.  (B/L/D)

Day 4 – Friday, May 31                                                  ISAFJÖRDUR
Today‘s destination is Isafjordur, an idyllic town in the Westfjords region. This secluded peninsula is connected to the Icelandic mainland by only a narrow strip of land and includes many roadless areas where cars have never been. The landscape includes jaw-dropping views of dramatic fjords carved by ancient glaciers, sheer table mountains that plunge into the sea and pristine North Atlantic vegetation.   (B/L/D)

Day 5 – Saturday, June 1                                               SIGLUFJÖRDUR AND GRIMSEY
By morning we reach the fjord town of Siglufjordur, once the hub of the global herring industry and now enjoying a rebirth in popularity. Learn about the golden age of herring at the award-winning Herring Era Museum located on the vibrant harbor-front. In the early afternoon we head to uninhabited Grimsey Island. Located about 25 miles (40 km) off the mainland on the Arctic Circle, the island harbors a variety of bird species including puffins, guillemots and gulls. Later we set sail for Akureyri, Iceland’s lovable second largest city.    (B/L/D)

DAY 6 – Sunday, June 2                                                 AKUREYRI
Ranging inland from Akureyri, we visit the fascinating Lake Myvatn region, where the schizophrenic landscape looks as if “heaven and hell” have clashed. One side of the lake features rugged volcanic remnants, while the other side is blessed with lush vegetation and varied bird life.     (B/L/D)

DAY 7 – Monday, June 3                                               HUSAVIK
In the early morning hours we steam into Skjalfandi Bay and Husavik. Often called the “Whale watching capital” of Iceland, the town’s offshore waters are home to 15 different whale species, as well as dolphins and 30 variety of bird. Watching these graceful ocean giants in their Arctic habitat is an unforgettable experience.   (B/L/D)

DAY 8 – Tuesday, June 4                                               SEYDISFJÖRDUR
Iceland’s East Fjords are best explored from the impossibly picturesque port of Seydisfjordur, nestled between the sea and steep mountains. Activities include seal spotting, horseback riding, and visiting the beautiful nature reserve Skalanes.  (B/L/D)

DAY 9 – Tuesday, June 5                                               DJUPIVOGUR
Today’s port of call is Djupivogur, fishing village in southeast Iceland, starting point for an optional excursion to the amazing glacier lagoon. Huge blocks of ice constantly break off the glacier, Breiðamerkurjökull, and large icebergs float on the lagoon. The lagoon is not very wide but it is up to 250 meters deep which makes it the deepest lake in Iceland.  (B/L/D)

DAY 10 – Wednesday, June 6                                     VESTMANNAEYJAR (WESTMAN ISLANDS)
Located off Iceland’s south coast, the Westman Islands were formed by submarine volcanic eruptions around 10,000 years ago. Surtsey Island emerged from the sea in 1963 and is one the youngest land masses on earth. We go ashore on Heimaey, the only inhabited island, where half-buried houses remain from a violent 1973 eruption. During the shore landing there is time for bird watching and you might even spot whales.  (B/L/D)

DAY 11 – Thursday, June 7                                           REYKJAVIK – CANADA
After breakfast we bid farewell to the OCEAN DIAMOND as we sail back into Reykjavik.  We will visit the famous Blue Lagoon bathe in the mineral-rich geothermal pools, before proceeding to the airport for our flight home.  (B)

Who else knows Iceland’s highlights better than a native? On board the OCEAN DIAMOND you will experience the “Land of Fire and Ice” in an especially authentic way. Together with our Icelandic team and a moderate ship size you will enjoy a personal atmosphere onboard as well as unforgettable travel experiences. With only 107 cabins, all of them outside cabins, the highly maneuverable OCEAN DIAMOND is able to approach ports and fjords, which are inaccessible for bigger ships.  Thanks to two stabilizers that significantly reduce roll and an ice-strengthened hull, the OCEAN DIAMOND is the ideal ship for exploring the waters around Iceland and Greenland.  Due to its compact size, the OCEAN DIAMOND can enter fjords and bays too shallow for larger vessels. The ship features a range of modern onboard amenities and is staffed with outstanding officers and crew, as well as bilingual expedition leaders and guides.  The ship’s Zodiacs are available for shore excursions. After a busy day of exploration, passengers can browse books in the well-stocked Polar Library, savor a health or beauty treatment in the onboard Spa, or enjoy views of the spectacular Arctic scenery from the Panorama Salon.

Exterior views
Facilities en suite
Flat-screen TVs and DVD players
Chef-prepared meals (all meals and daily snack included)
Bar staffed by a professional bartender
Presentations by local experts
Massage and wellness programs
Library with a collection of books and DVDs
Internet access


Theatre-style auditorium with presentations by local experts
Maximum of 199 passengers
All cabins offer private facilities and exterior views
Chef-prepared meals
Polar Library with large collection of books & DVDs
Internet access
Theatre-style auditorium with presentations by local expert

 

Initial deposit of 20% of the cruise fare is required.  Final payment is due by:  FEBRUARY 8, 2019.

DOUBLE OCCUPANCY FARES:                                   
Outside with Portholes – Category “P”                                               Sold Out
Outside with Picture Window (obstructed view*) – Category “O”       $ 7,795
Outside with Picture Window (full view) – Category “D”                     $ 8,995      

SINGLE OCCUPANCY FARES:                                                     
Outside with Portholes – Category “P”                                               Sold Out
Outside with Picture Window (obstructed view*) – Category “O”       $ 11,999         

All prices are in Canadian Dollars per person and include:
Return airfare from Toronto; for departures from other cities please call our office.
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