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MIDNIGHT SUN IN NORTH ICELAND, SIGLUFJÖRÐUR, GRÍMSEY, Hjalteyri, AND AKUREYRI.
A Pearl on the Arctic Circle North of Iceland
We fly you from Rekjavik to Akureyri, the capital of North-Iceland. The town is located in Eyjafjörður fjord, surrounded by snow-capped mountains during wintertime and blessed with sunshine and considerably warm climate during summertime.
We start by a sightseeing tour of the famous waterfall Goðafoss. Lake Mývatn and Dettifoss. Dettifoss is awesome, the most powerful waterfall in Europe, it should not be missed by any visiting the region. Dettifoss is fed by the powerful glacier river Jökulsá á Fjöllum which flows from the largest glacier in Europe, Vatnajökull. This amazing waterfall has an average waterflow of 193 cubic metres per second (6,186 cubic feet). It is 100 metres (330 feet) wide and plummets 45 metres (150 feet) down into Jökulsárgljúfur canyon. This unique canyon is in the northern part of the greater Vatnajökull National Park, the largest national park in the country, thus Dettifoss is well protected.
Lake Mývatn is a beautiful lake with many small islands in the north of Iceland. Due to its serenity, birdlife and volcanism, the lake is one of the most amazing natural attractions in the country.
Goðafoss waterfall is located in the river Skjálfandafljót in north Iceland, one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the country, falling from a height of 12 metres (39 feet) over a width of 30 metres (98 feet).
We are back to Akureyri by the end of day and we board the yacht Vera. We head for Siglufjörður a town of about 1,300 people, located in North-Iceland and the northernmost town of the mainland. Along with its natural beauty, it is a cultural hub, with the Herring Era Museum and Folk Music Festival. This is the first night on board Vera.
We sail to Grímsey, an island about 30 miles to the north east, a home to less than one hundred people, mostly anglers and their families – and one million seabirds. The island with its blue cliffs, surrounded by the wide Arctic Ocean is only about five square kilometers in size. Here the sun does not set in the summer and the winter nights are very long. The Arctic Circle crosses Grimsey, a bucket list item for many. We only sail to Grimsey if the weather is good, in case of changed schedule we have alternative adventures inside the fjord of Eyjafjörður including Hrísey. The island of Hrísey is rightly known as Eyjafjörður’s pearl of nature and is renowned for its abundant birdlife. This night is the second spent on board Vera, in Grimsey if the weather allows us to sail there, if not we will spend the night in Hrísey.
From Grímsey we set sails for Eyjaförður, head to Hjalteyri a small village on the western shores of Eyjafjörður. Until the early 20th century, this was one of the main hubs of the herring fishing industry and is today an aquaculture center where research is conducted into the feasibility of halibut culture. The buildings of the old herring factory are often used as a venue for art exhibitions during the summer months. Hjalteyri boasts some of the most interesting diver areas in the World, as the famous geothermal struts are right offshore. The sail inside Eyjafjörður includes whale watching opportunities as big whales including Hunchback can often be seen in the ford. We spend the third night at anchor in Hjalteyri.
We end this unforgettable adventure in Akureyri where it started, a town interesting enough to spend a time walking around, in the center you will find interesting galleries, shops and restaurants. We spend the fourth night in the harbor of Akureyri.
Full meals will be served by our renown chef all days, delicious breakfast lunch and dinner, and snacks in the afternoon and in the evenings. We will send out a questioner to all guests before start of expeditions, to see if there are allergies and food preferences.
You will arrive back in Rekjavik in the evening, you can see the Harpa concert hall codesigned by Ólafur Elíasson, we will organize this visit for those who are interested.
- Transportation from Reykjavík to Akureyri and from Akureyri to Reykjavík.
- Accommodation in made up double cabins (bunks), all en-suite with showers.
- All meals on board the yacht.
- Sightseeing tour to Goðafoss, Mývatn and Dettifoss
- Airfare to and from Iceland.
- Individual insurance.
- Excess baggage charges.
- Charges or items of personal nature.
- Alcoholic beverages
Itinerary 2021 | Price per person 3.900 €
19 June 2021 – Summer solstice – 4 berths available
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