Circumnavigation of Iceland: Land of Fire & Ice Aboard Le Bellot
Discover the ethereal “Land of Fire and Ice”—one of the world’s most enchanting and distinctive destinations—on this specially designed seven-night circumnavigation cruise of this stunning Nordic island nation. Cruise aboard the exclusively chartered, Five‑Star, expedition vessel Le Bellot, featuring only 92 Suites and Staterooms and the worlds first multiensory underwater observation lounge. Look for orca, humpback whales and rare migratory birds; see landscapes of ancient Viking ruins and crystalline glaciers atop simmering volcanoes; and touch ice fragments calved from one of Europe’s largest glaciers. Tom Moriarity is the study leader on the June 17 date and John Meffert on the June 24 departure.
Complimentary alcoholic & nonalcoholic beverages are included throughout the cruise!
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- Trip Type
- Group Travel Tour, International Ocean & Sea Voyages
- Departure Dates
Jun 17, 2023 - Jun 25, 2023
Jun 24, 2023 - Jul 2, 2023
Tom Moriarity is a nationally recognized preservationist and urban development specialist. Trained as an architect, Tom was one of the founders of the National Trust’s pioneering Main Street Program. As Managing Principal at Retail & Development Strategies LLC, Tom has been involved in major restoration and urban rehabilitation projects across the U.S. and the world. He will bring his expertise on architecture, architectural history, historic preservation and adaptive use that will help each traveler better understand the beauty and significance of the places we will visit. Tom holds two degrees in Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin.
John Meffert, consultant on Heritage Conservation Services, has a long tradition with the National Trust. He has served as the Director for our Southern Office from and was the director of the Preservation Society of Charleston, the oldest nonprofit organization in the United States, responsible for preserving the historic resources of Charleston, S.C. John has delighted many study tour groups with his lectures and insights on preservation, and receives rave reviews as study leader.
CANCELLATION FEES: Final payment due at least 95 days prior to departure. Cancellation fees and penalties apply as follows:
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96 days or more prior*
95-61 days prior
60-45 days prior
44-0 days prior
50% of program price
75% of program price
100% of program price
*In the event of a cancellation between 45 and 95 days prior to departure, the refund will be by credit, usable on a future Gohagan & Company trip which commences on or before December 31, 2023. In addition, for all bookings, any applicable airline cancellation fees, optional excursion cancellation fees and administrative fees may apply. Click here for more information.
day 1 & 2
Depart home city/ Reykjavík, Iceland/ Embark the ship
Depart your home city and arrive the next day in Reykjavík and begin your tour with a visit to botanical gardens of Laugardalur. Continue to the National Museum, where over 2,000 artifacts provide a window to Iceland’s history and culture, and visit Hallgrímskirkja church, whose distinct silhouette rises above Reykjavík’s skyline. Continue to Reykjavík’s old town center before embarking the five‑star Le Bellot.
Grundarfjörður for Snaefellnes Peninsula
Discover Iceland’s past in the village of Grundarfjörður and travel onward to Djúpalónssandur to explore the cove that once housed roughly 70 fishing stations. Stop in Malariff to see the 20-meter lighthouse and continue to the small fishing community of Arnarstapi. End your tour of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula in Búðir, famed for the dramatic black lava landscape and yellow sand beach. Watch for seals, which may be spotted basking in the bay. Attend the Captain’s Welcome Reception on board this evening.
Siglufjörður/Arctic Circle/Grímsey Island
See Siglufjörður, one of Iceland’s most dramatically sited towns, and visit its Herring Era Museum, which recreates the history of fish salting and oil processing during the early 20th century. Return to the ship and cruise to Grímsey Island, which straddles the top of the world at 66 degrees North. Walk across the Arctic Circle.
Húsavík for Lake Mývatn
Explore northern Iceland’s extraordinary natural landscapes, stopping at Námaskarð—a geothermal wonder—and the pseudocraters at Skútustaðir, formed when hot lava flowed across the wetlands over 2,000 years ago. Walk among the surreal “dark castle” lava formations of Dimmuborgir and drive along the shores of Lake Mývatn. Continue to Goðafoss, or “Waterfall of the Gods.”
Visit the sky‑hued Blue Church on the 11-mile-long fjords of Seyðisfjörður and observe a specially arranged cultural and musical performance.
Djúpivogur for Jökulsárlón
Enjoy a full‑day scenic excursion along Iceland’s eastern coast with stunning mountain views. Board a specially designed small boat for a private cruise amid the luminous blue icebergs of Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon in UNESCO World Heritage‑designated Vatnajoküll National Park and touch the ice that has calved off the outlet tidewater glacier.
Heimaey, Westman Islands/Cruise along Surtsey Island
Arrive at Heimaey Island, part of the Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands) archipelago, and stop at Sprangan. See the ruins of ancient Viking farmhouses dating from A.D. 650 in Herjólfsdalur Valley, observe Heimaey’s largest puffin colony from the headland of Stórhöfði, and view a timbered stave church in scenic Skansinn. See the imposing Eldfell volcano and tour the Eldheimar Museum, which chronicles its fateful activity of 1973. This evening, cruise along the coast of Surtsey Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the youngest and most fragile islands on Earth. Enjoy the Captain’s Farewell Reception on board this evening.
After breakfast, disembark and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the U.S. (b)
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