Following on from my previous blog here is a list of the main ports of call and major towns in Iceland
The capital city on the South Western coast and Iceland’s largest city. It’s a plethora of multi coloured buildings overlooked by the outsanding Hallgrimskirkja church, you can go right to the top for spectacular views of the city. Other famous landmarks are The Sun Voyager, a steel sculpture and Harpa, and the large modern concert hall most definately worth a visit.
The Golden circle is a recommended route from here and easy to book as an excursion from your cruise, beginning in Reykjavik driving along baron roads to Geyser, onto the Golden circle and stop off at an extinct volcanic crater Kerid.
The second largest city in Iceland is in the North of the Island, at the bottom of the Eyjafjörður Fjord and surrounded by mountains. It is also a good base to see many of Iceland’s most beautiful natural sights including waterfalls, Lake Myvatn, volcanic areas and canyons as well as river rafting, hiking, fishing, whale watching and horse riding.
This peninsula is over 90km long at the western tip of Iceland and one of the most spectacular parts of the island, in Winter it can be difficult to reach by road so a cruise is your ideal way to visit. There are golden beaches, stretches of lava fields, amazing gorges and waterfalls, lovely villages and folklore a plenty, the locals love to tell of trolls and elves. The most spectacular view however is the Snæfellsjökull glacier, a dormant volcano towering above the national park. Rumours arise that people believe it to be one of the seven chakras in the world and a meeting point for extra terrestrials
The largest town in the Westfjords region of northwest Iceland, its an important trading port of the island, its one of the most important fishing towns, as seen on Jane Mcdonald’s show. Ísafjörður also holds some of the most celebrated festivals in Iceland, including the music festival Aldrei fór ég suður, Runners’ Festival, mud-soccer European Championships, and Við Djúpið a classical music festival
Grímsey is a small island, 40 kilometres off the north coast in the Arctic. Tourists go to solely step over the line that is the Arctic circle. Home to only 100 people mainly fishermen, but over a million seabirds this is a nature and birdwatching paradise.
Husavik a pretty little town in the north East of Akureryi, is known as the whale watching capital of Iceland and one of the best in the world, mainly so due to its ecosystem in Skjalfandi bay leading to masses of plankton, the main source of food for humpback, mink and blue whales.
On the Eastern coast this is a small town full of culture, history and waterfalls. Lonely Planet have actually named it one of the best places to visit in Iceland, and with many old wooden buildings surrounded by snowcapped mountains and cascading waterfalls it is a charming little town.
So if this has whet your appetite for a visit to Iceland please contact me Marcia@cruiseclubuk.com or
0161 798 2516
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