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Callisto

Journeys in the Land of Ice and Fire 8 Day Cruise (West and North Cruise from Reykjavik)

The latest addition to the Variety Cruises fleet is the elegant motor yacht Callisto. Recently renovated this sophisticated boutique category cruiser offers the highest standard of accommodation, comfort and safety. The cabins and public areas are cosy and welcoming decorated in wooden furnishings, brass, antiques and fine works of art. The yacht amenities include a lounge/bar and dining room as well as a cosy library located on the Sun Deck. The yacht features two broad Sun Decks for sunbathing and the swimming platform on Callisto’s stern enables you to swim off the ship when in sheltered bays.

 

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Embark

Embark the ship in Reykjavik.

Day 1: Reykjavik

Embark the Callisto in Reykjavik this afternoon between 3pm-4pm. Meet your fellow passengers and crew at a Welcome Cocktail followed by dinner.

Day 2: Heimaey Westmann Island's (*2018 remain in Reykjavik)

The ship arrives at Heimaey island in the morning where you will discover a community which almost disappeared during a 1973 eruption that buried 400 homes and create a mountain. Heimaey is also known as the Pompeii of the north and you may join an optional half day excursion taking you to two volcanoes and the Eldheimar geological museum to understand what happened in 1973 and to other sites around the island. Depart Heimaey in the afternoon and cruise west to Borgarnes. Overnight at sea. *2018 cruises will sail to Akranes for an optional full day excursion to Deildartunguhver, Europe’s most powerful thermal spring, to the Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls area.

Day 3: Borgarnes (2018 Bildudalur-Isafjordur )

Reach Borgarnes and disembark by tenders for an optional full day excursion to Deildartunguhver, Europe’s most powerful thermal spring, to the Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls area. Stop in Reykholt which was at one time one of the intellectual centre of the island and had for many years one of the most important schools of the country. Here lived and died in the middle ages one of the most important persons in Icelandic history: Snorri Sturluson, a famous poet and politician whose records of the old Norse language and mythology of medieval Iceland are invaluable to modern scholars. Remains of his farm and a bathroom with hot pot and a tunnel between the bath and the house can still be visited. In the afternoon rejoin the ship and sail to the west fjords. Overnight at sea. *2018 cruises will sail to Bildudalur where you may join an optional excursion to the dynjandi waterfall and you will walk around Bildudalur and visit the sea monsters museum. In the afternoon, cruise around the Westfjords to Isafjordur. Evening arrival in Isafjorfur.

Day 4: Bildudalur

Today the Callisto sails past the latrarbag cliffs which rise 450 metres over the sea and reach Bildudalur. In the afternoon you may join an optional excursion to the dynjandi waterfall, walk around Bildudalur and visit the sea monsters museum. In the afternoon, cruise around the Westfjords to Isafjordur. Evening arrival in Isafjorfur.

Day 5: Isafjordur

Arrive at Isafjordur, a large fishing port in Wesfjords. Today you may join an optional excursion to Bolungravik and then to Osvor town where you will visit a restored fisherman's hut. Return to the town and visit the maritime museum and walk around the town known for its rich cultural heritage and merchant's homes dating from the 18th century. In the afternoon Callisto sails to Siglufjordur.

Day 6: Siglufjordur

This morning arrive at Iceland's most northern city, Siglufjordur. The city is situated very close to the arctic circle and possibly the most picturesque port of Iceland. Join an optional walking tour through the city which will take you to the port, the Herring museum, the folk music center housed in Madame house, the oldest house in the city. After lunch leave for nearby Husavik port. Late in the afternoon the ship sails into the Skjafandi Bay to reach Husavik, Europe's capital of whale watching. You will have time to stroll around this charming fishing village and visit the wooden church, the best preserved church in Iceland.

Day 7: Husavik - Akureyri

This morning you may join an optional full day excursion from Husavik to Akureyri. You will visit the lake Myvatn, Namarksard and Dimmuborgir, all fine examples of the volcanic world with lava fields, boiling and steaming mud pools, steam vents and craters. After lunch continue on the ring road to reach Godafoss waterfall - the falls of the gods - and will hear about the kristni saga, recounting the arrival of Christianity and the end of paganism. Rejoin the Callisto in Akureyri the capital of northern Iceland where you will spend some time walking around this colorful city visiting in particular the art alley.

Day 8: Akureyri

Disembark the ship in Akureyri after breakfast.

Disembark

Disembark the ship in Akureyri.

Includes

  • 7 Nights' accommodation on board the Callisto
  • Full board: Buffet breakfast and two meals daily, including a Welcome Cocktail, a local Theme Evening , fun BBQ (weather permitting) and Captain’s Dinner
  • Filter coffee, tea and mineral water available throughout the day
  • Use of fishing and snorkelling equipment (subject to availability)
  • Multilingual Cruise Escort

Excludes

  • International flights
  • Transport to and from the ship
  • Beverages (other than those already mentioned)
  • Shore excursions and other land arrangements
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses
  • Personal insurance
  • Passport and visa costs, where applicable
  • Wi-Fi (available at a charge)
 

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