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Isolated. Beautiful. Diverse. There are a lot of words to describe the rich nation of Iceland. From bubbling hot springs and snow-capped mountains to red-hot volcanoes and rushing waterfalls, it seems like everything in Iceland is constantly moving and flowing – it’s not called ‘the land of fire and ice” for nothing! 

With land that continues to change, the best way to see Iceland is on a trek or cruise with AE Expeditions. Are you a hiking enthusiast or lover of the great outdoors? The challenge of the intense, yet stunning Icelandic landscape would be well suited to your tastes.

Explore the streets of Reykjavik, the world’s most northerly capital, before escaping the urban environment and witnessing Mother Nature at work in the ever-changing Icelandic wilderness. Climb Mount Hekla, an active volcano and tour floating icebergs and glaciers in Fjallsárlón – you’re totally immersed in Iceland’s spectacular backdrop.

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Iceland Cruises & Expeditions

Iceland Cruises

Embark on an AE Expeditions cruise for a true Icelandic adventure. Our Iceland tours are for explorers that have a sense of adventure and want to experience everything the “Land of Fire and Ice” has to offer. During our Iceland tours, you will sail in a small, purpose-built ship with a world-class Expedition Team who will help you explore this beautiful country, its craggy coastlines and the most popular destinations around Iceland.

On our Iceland tours, you can do everything from circumnavigating Iceland on one of our small expedition cruise ships to enjoying guided walks through some of Iceland’s most stunning terrain. Our itineraries include destinations and activities that should be in every Iceland vacation package but go beyond this with our focus on enrichment and our comprehensive activity program, which enables you to experience Iceland more fully. Plus, you’ll have the luxury of a comfortable cabin to recharge in, while meeting like-minded travellers in modern common areas.

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Why Join Iceland Tours and Cruises with AE Expeditions?

Ah, Iceland, the “land of fire and ice”. A place where stark beauty and dramatic landscapes capture the imagination and lift the soul. A destination where Mother Nature gifts and withdraws in equal measure. Where hot springs, calving glaciers, lava-strewn fields and craggy volcanoes create unrivalled experiences for every kind of traveller.

Iceland is known as the “Land of Fire and Ice” due to its impressive array of active volcanoes and glaciers. It is divided into seven geographic regions, which differ slightly in terms of culture and landscape, although all uniquely Icelandic. Travellers flock to explore Iceland for its rugged landscapes and scenery. Its natural wonders include the Northern Lights, Blue Lagoon, countless volcanoes, glaciers and waterfalls. Iceland is also famous for its Viking history.

There are many characteristics that make this country so unique. Here are 10 interesting facts about Iceland that may surprise you!

Iceland Wildlife Encounters

Icelandic wildlife will not disappoint. When you embark on one of our Iceland cruises, you may be lucky enough to see dozens of different species of Arctic seabirds that use the region for nesting during the summer months. If you are a keen bird watcher our AE Expeditions Iceland vacation packages are for you. Here the sea cliffs around the country provide the perfect nesting spots for Kittiwakes, Puffins and Skuas.

There are also a few wild land mammals that you may spot on one of the Iceland trips ashore or hikes in your itinerary, including the Arctic fox, mink, rabbits and reindeer. However, Iceland’s marine life is also a highlight for travellers. On your Iceland cruise, your knowledgeable Expedition Team will point out different species of whales, dolphins and seals. Iceland’s diverse marine life is drawn to the nutrient-rich waters around the country to feed.

Unique Icelandic Experiences

When you travel to Iceland with AE Expeditions your adventure includes a number of activities that you can’t experience anywhere else in the world. You will enjoy guided walks with your experienced Expedition Team on black sand beaches, through valleys, between glaciers and past waterfalls. Our guided walks in Iceland are perfect for all levels as the terrain is relatively flat and easy to traverse. You will learn about the history of Iceland, and about the environment and wildlife in each destination.

Our popular Iceland Circumnavigation expedition cruise incorporates a number of different unique activities as part of our comprehensive activity program. Whale, mammal, and bird watching are common because of the rich and diverse wildlife of Iceland. Whether you do this from the ship, on a Zodiac cruise or on a shore landing, the wildlife mixed with the dramatic and otherworldly landscapes provides good photo opportunities for those keen on documenting the trip and improving their photography skills, with the help of a professional photographer. For those who want more adventure, we also have some optional activities that can be added to your travel package, that will help you explore Iceland from a different perspective. Whether you go sea kayaking in small groups through fields of icebergs, or scuba diving to explore the underwater landscapes of Iceland, you are guaranteed the adventure of a lifetime. Fun fact: Iceland is the only place in the world where you can dive between two tectonic plates!

Iceland Tours Regions

Charismatic Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland

Capital Region - Reykjavík

This includes the capital city of Iceland, Reykjavík, and surrounding municipalities. While the region comprises less than 1% of Iceland’s landmass, it is home to over half its population. Reykjavík is the natural starting point for many Iceland tours and travellers visiting Iceland and is a destination unto itself. It boasts trendy cafes, cosy restaurants, world-class shopping, fascinating museums and a thriving nightlife scene.

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, Iceland

South Iceland

The South Coast is one of the most popular regions for adventure travellers when they visit Iceland. It is home to some of the best natural attractions and must-visits on your Iceland vacation. Some of the biggest attractions on the South Coast include Diamond Beach and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, Hvíta River, and Vatnajökull National Park, which contains Europe’s biggest glacier. Geothermal activity is high in South Iceland, particularly in the southwest and the Golden Circle, which is Iceland’s premier sightseeing trail, incorporating Thingvellir National Park, the Geysir Geothermal Area and Gullfoss Waterfall.

Expeditioner admiring the town of Arnastarpi in West Iceland

West Iceland

A short drive from Reykjavík, West Iceland is one of Iceland’s most geologically diverse regions and popular destinations for tour operators. The adventure starts with the mesmerising natural wonders, from slumbering volcanoes and magnificent waterfalls to hot springs and the mystical glacial cap of Snæfellsjökull. This is ‘Viking Country’, where much of the action in the famous Sagas occurred. Soak up Iceland’s history as you explore this region, retracing the footsteps of Icelandic settlers.

Iceland Westfjords explorer

Westfjords

The Westfjords peninsula is a true Icelandic wilderness area and undoubtedly the ideal place for spotting birds and Arctic foxes in their natural habitats. Explore the vast landscapes, beautiful fjords, stunning waterfalls, quirky villages, hot pools, and endless beaches. Adventure through the Westfjords to see the puffins and more sheep than people. This remote part of Iceland is a true hidden gem and one of the most underrated spots to view the Northern Lights.

Blue Lagoon Iceland

Reykjanes

Most visitors travel to Iceland via Keflavík International Airport in the Reykjanes peninsula. Here, you are greeted by otherworldly landscapes. Reykjanes means “smoking peninsula”, and lives up to its name, with endless moss-covered lava fields, volcanoes, hot springs (the Blue Lagoon is found here) and in general heightened geothermal activity. Reykjanes boasts more lighthouses than villages, which were erected to help fishermen navigate rough seas surrounding the peninsula.

Hikers exploring

East Iceland

East Iceland or ‘Austurland’ is characterised by pristine nature and traditional villages that have developed around the fishing industry. Nature lovers will be spoilt for choice here, surrounded by breathtaking fjords, cascading waterfalls, glaciers, mountains and wild reindeer.

Marvel at Goðafoss waterfall in North Iceland, one of the most spectacular in the country

North Iceland

Experience the natural and cultural wonders of this part of Iceland. The Diamond Circle is the north’s answer to the Golden Circle and includes the highlights of North Iceland. Experience otherworldly landscapes, active volcanoes, stunning fjords, rustic fishing villages and Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe. Keep your eyes peeled for seals, whales and countless species of waterbirds. Be awed by the midnight sun as you near the Arctic Circle in summer and the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights in the winter when the nights are darker and longer.

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      Our Iceland Vacation Activities

      Visit Iceland with AE Expeditions and our Expedition Team will take you on excursions unique to the High Arctic, fully included in the cost of your expedition. For those interested in a little extra excitement, there are optional activities designed to get you closer to the action. Our Iceland expeditions provide a mix of comfort and adventure; for those willing to explore the Arctic the memories will last a lifetime.

      Telescope

      Bird Watching

      Camera

      Photography

      Snorkel

      Polar plunge

      Trips ashore

      Trips ashore

      Walking

      Walking

      Whale

      Whale and mammal spotting

      Zodiac

      Zodiac cruises

      Lecture

      Lecture on wildlife, our environment, history and destinations

      Add-on Activities

      Sea kayaking in the Arctic

      Sea Kayaking

      Sea Kayaking is one of the most exhilarating ways to experience Antarctica, the Arctic and beyond. Sea kayaking holidays in the humbling…

      *Optional add-on activities are available on select voyages. They are listed on each itinerary page and additional fees apply. 

      Iceland Cruises FAQs

      The cost of a cruise to Iceland with AE Expeditions varies depending on factors such as the duration of the expedition, the type of cabin chosen and any additional services or excursions selected. Prices typically start from US $10,795 per person. The expedition cost includes accommodations, meals, guided excursions and the unique opportunity to explore Iceland’s captivating landscapes and cultural treasures from the comfort of a well-equipped expedition vessel. See the cruises above for more details.

      Our Iceland expeditions range from 9 days to 24 days. These journeys offer an immersive exploration of Iceland’s diverse landscapes, including glaciers, volcanoes and picturesque fjords. Travelers can expect a comprehensive experience that combines wildlife encounters, cultural insights and adventure. For precise information on the length of a particular cruise, it is advisable to review the detailed itineraries from the expeditions above

      For an Iceland cruise with AE Expeditions, packing essentials include layers for varying temperatures, waterproof and windproof outerwear and comfortable hiking boots for on-shore excursions. Don’t forget sunglasses, a hat and sunscreen for sun protection. Binoculars are useful for wildlife observation and a camera is a must to capture Iceland’s stunning landscapes and wildlife. Additionally, pack essentials like toiletries, medications and personal items. Check our guide here on what to pack for a trip to the polar regions. It’s also advisable to check the specific cruise details for any additional recommendations and tailor your packing list accordingly for a comfortable and enjoyable expedition in Iceland’s diverse and captivating landscapes.

      An Iceland cruise with AE Expeditions is undoubtedly worth it for those seeking a unique and immersive adventure. Iceland’s landscapes, from majestic glaciers and waterfalls to geothermal wonders, offer a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The cruises provide exclusive access to remote areas, guided by experts who enhance the journey with their knowledge. Encounter diverse wildlife, witness the Northern Lights and explore iconic landmarks. The comfort of an expedition vessel complements the exploration, ensuring a perfect balance of luxury and discovery. An Iceland cruise with AE Expeditions promises an unforgettable journey, where each moment unveils the country’s unique wonders and cultural richness.

      Travelers should make their way to Reykjavik, where our Iceland expeditions start. Travelers will likely arrive in Iceland via Keflavík International Airport, which is approximately 32 miles away from Reykjavik. Having arrived at Reykjavik, travellers will be met by a representative of AE Expeditions and transferred to our group hotel. See the full details within the itinerary of each cruise.

      The optimal time for an Iceland cruise or expedition is during the summer months, from June to August. This period offers milder temperatures, longer daylight hours and optimal conditions for exploring Iceland’s stunning landscapes, including glaciers, waterfalls and volcanic features. Summer also provides opportunities to witness the Midnight Sun phenomenon. Choosing a departure within this timeframe ensures a more comfortable and enjoyable exploration of Iceland’s diverse natural wonders. It’s recommended to check our specific itineraries so you can select a departure that aligns with your preferences for weather, daylight and overall expedition enjoyment.

      While Iceland is generally a safe destination, travellers should be mindful of certain health considerations and should carry necessary medications and health supplies. Iceland’s weather can be unpredictable, so pack appropriate clothing and be prepared for changing conditions. Staying informed about current health guidelines and adhering to recommended precautions ensure a safe and enjoyable expedition in Iceland’s captivating landscapes.

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