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Iceland Circumnavigation Ultimate Fire and Ice

12 days

Our expedition around Iceland offers an in-depth exploration of this small island of geological extremes. Encounter unrivaled natural diversity, from volcanic landscapes to lava fields, ice sheets, gushing hot springs and cascading waterfalls. Our Expedition team will make every effort to maximize your experiences with all the extremes of this land, its incredible bird life, colorful hamlets, friendly and hearty people and serene bays perfect for kayaking.

Day-by-Day Expedition in Brief

  • Visit Golden Circle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Watch geysers erupting
  • Visit the Blue Lagoon and the highland lava desert and sulfur pits of Húsavík
  • Experience Icelandic culture, art and food
  • Arctic bird life such as puffins, and great whale watching opportunities

Day 1 — Reykjavik

Arrive in the Icelandic capital this morning and transfer to the Grand Hotel Reykjavik. You will have the day on your own to explore the city. Join us at the hotel in the evening for a welcome reception and orientation.

Day 2 — Golden Circle and Embarkation

After breakfast, we will venture south from Reykjavik along Iceland’s famous Golden Circle route, starting with Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 3 — Grundarfjörður

Today we will reach the photogenic Snaefellsnes peninsula and visit our first small Icelandic town.

Day 4 — Ísafjörður

We awake to the sight of the Westfjords area, with its high rock walls carved by intense glacier action.

Day 5 — Grindavík and the Blue Lagoon

Today we’ll visit one of Iceland’s most popular attractions, the Blue Lagoon.

Day 6 — Heimay and Surtsey Islands

Lying off the southern coast of Iceland, these islands are an example of the constant geological battle being waged underground.

Day 7 — Jökulsárlón and Höfn

Day 8 — Seydisfjordur

We’ll call into Seydisfjordur, a small, friendly town with a thriving art scene.

Days 9 and 10 — Húsavík and Grimsey Island

Húsavík is an excellent example of the geological processes that have made Iceland famous. We will spend the day crossing through the highland lava desert, past lava formations, mud pools and sulfur pits en route to the impressive canyons and waterfalls that lie beyond.

Day 11 — Westfjords: Hornvik and Area

Today we reach the very top of Iceland as we venture north into the peaceful bay of Hornvik.

Day 12 — Disembarkation in Akureyri

On our last day we arrive in Akureyri, where we board our charter flight back to Reykjavík.
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Adventure Options Add an Extra Rush of Adrenaline to Your Expedition

Every Quark Arctic voyage includes great daily outdoor activities including Zodiac cruises, hiking and some also offer snowshoeing. We also offer kayaking on most of our voyages; a great way to experience the beauty of the Arctic in a more personal way. Contact a Quark Polar Travel Adviser to learn more about adventure options, including physical requirements.

Hiking is a great way to appreciate the immense windswept landscapes of the Arctic.

The tundra comes alive during the brief Arctic summer, with bursts of color from shrubs and plants that eke out a living in this Polar environment.

You’ll and each hike is different — exploring communities, shorelines or glaciated landscapes, often on the lookout for wildlife. Hiking participation is optional and your Expedition Team will advise you of what you can expect prior to each excursion.


  • Optional on most Arctic voyages
  • All guides and instructions are provided by Quark
  • No experience is required; optional lengths and levels of hiking offered

Pre- and Post-Trip Options Extend Your Stay

Getting to the Antarctic can be just as much fun as being there. Quark offers multiple travel packages that enable you to see more of the world before and after your Antarctic adventure.

Iceland Experience Package

From the charming city of Reykjavik, to the therapeutic waters of the Blue lagoon, and the bubbling hot springs of Thingveller National Park, you will be mesmerized by the unique beauty and striking geography of this Nordic island. Iceland offers adventures for every activity and skill level – ask about the other options available to enjoy the fresh air and explore the dramatic landscape.