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Le Bellot - 184 Guests

Iceland Voyage: Land Of Fire And Ice - With Smithsonian Journeys

In alliance with Smithsonian Journeys. This cruise is part of a collection of PONANT voyages that are specially-tailored for English-speaking travelers who want to engage with the world. In addition to the usual elements of the PONANT experience, the listed price for these voyages includes transfers to and from the ship, talks and discussions aboard ship by world class experts, and a shore excursion or activity in each port of call that encourages guests to embrace the sights, sounds, tastes, and smells of the local environment and culture.


 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

A voyage specially-tailored for English-speaking travelers including discussions with experts, transfers before and after your cruise, and an included excursion or activity in each port of call.
Engaging discussions onboard with Smithsonian Journeys Experts including geologist Scott Burns and Scandinavian languages and literature expert Elisabeth Ward.
Golden Circle excursion: the 3 most emblematic sites in Iceland.
Landscapes: vast glaciers, breathtaking fjords, volcanic rock, basalt pillars, jagged cliffs and geysers.
Wildlife: seabirds, Arctic terns, Minke whales, humpback whales, Icelandic horses.
Opportunity to visit the Beluga Whale Sanctuary on Heimaey.

DATES / RATES

Rates are listed per person in USD
Start DateEnd DateDeluxe StateroomPrestige Deck 4 Prestige Deck 5 Prestige Deck 6Deluxe Suite Deck 3,4,5,6Prestige Deck 5 SuitePrestige Deck 6 SuitePrivilege Suite Decks 5,6Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 6Owner's Suite
Aug 08, 2022Aug 15, 20227,9608,7309,1109,57012,94017,15018,00018,84020,61021,600
Aug 13, 2023Aug 20, 20238,0208,7809,1609,63012,98018,02018,02018,86020,62022,670
Rates are listed per person in USD
Start DateEnd Date(Starting from)
Deluxe Stateroom
(Mid-range)
Prestige Deck 5 Suite
(High-end)
Owner's Suite
Aug 08, 2022Aug 15, 20227,96017,15021,600
Aug 13, 2023Aug 20, 20238,02018,02022,670


ITINERARY

Day 1 - REYKJAVÍK
Iceland's capital stretches along the edge of a vast bay in the west of the country. Perlan, the "Pearl of Reykjavík", a museum located on 'Oskjuhlið hill, offers a panoramic view of the lush, green landscapes. A little further, one can easily spot the signpost showing the way to the evangelical Hallgrímskirkja church, and to the historical centre where one can stroll along the Skólavördustígur and the Laugavegur, two lively streets with charming small shops. For some relaxation just outside of the city, visitors have the opportunity to visit the Reykjanes peninsula and its famous thermal lagoons of the Blue Lagoon.

Day 2 - GRUNDARFJÖRDUR
This secret boreal hideaway is located at the foot of the Kirkjufell, on Snaefellsnes peninsula. Arriving by boat means you will get a closer view of the lava-stone rock standing like a sentinel at the entrance to the bay; Grundarfjörður lies sheltered behind this cone-shaped rock. A stone's throw from the jetty, crystal clear waters, tundra and beaches give onto the cerulean waters of Breiðafjörður. Scattered with its emerald-coloured lawns, this town, with its buildings that merge into the surrounding countryside, will most certainly win your favour.

Day 3 - GRÍMSEY
Grímsey is the northernmost island of Iceland surging from the Arctic ocean, with the Arctic circle running through the island. Its contrasted contours are surprising. From Grímseyjarhreppur, the island's only town located on the west coast, then heading due south, you can take in the beauty of the hillsides, lushly carpeted with moss and grass. On the rest of the coastline, imposing basalt cliffs inhabited by sea birds stand proud.

Day 4 - AKUREYRI
The elegant city of Akureyri is located very close to the Arctic circle, tucked away in the Eyjafjörður fjord. It displays a stunning palette of colours: blue waters in the harbour, bronze mountain ash on the squares and brightly-coloured houses in the historical centre. As you walk along the cobbled streets, you will come across rows of terraces with wooden furniture. A vast stairway cut into the hillside leads up to the emblematic feature of the town, namely the Akureyrarkirkja church. The very beautiful botanical garden made possible by a microclimate offers the opportunity to discover the Icelandic flora as well as plants from all over the world.

Day 5 - ISAFJÖRDUR
Your ship will take you to the heart of the fjords of North-West Iceland, a wild land of lost valleys and steep cliffs, where man struggles to survive. In this very isolated region we find the Isafjörður fjord, undoubtedly one of the most beautiful in the country, mainly for its relief, forged by many very ancient basaltic flows. The town of Isafjörður, which nestles at the back of its fjord, between imposing mountains, is a delightful little town that lives exclusively from fishing. The capital of the Western fjords, its old wooden houses bear witness to its past as a major fishing port.

Day 6 - HEIMAEY, VESTMANNAEYJAR
This land seated off the southern coast of Iceland is the largest of the Vestmann islands, and is the only inhabited island in the archipelago. The steep Edfell volcanoes and the green prairies of Herjólfsdalur offer rich contrast of nature. On the Stórhöfði road, look out over grey sand beaches and cliffs carved out by the Arctic ocean. From here, you can also see the bronze landscapes of the mountaintops. You could visit Eldheimar, an ultra-modern and interactive museum which traces the volcanic eruption has experienced Heimaey in 1973.

Day 7-8 - REYKJAVÍK
Iceland's capital stretches along the edge of a vast bay in the west of the country. Perlan, the "Pearl of Reykjavík", a museum located on 'Oskjuhlið hill, offers a panoramic view of the lush, green landscapes. A little further, one can easily spot the signpost showing the way to the evangelical Hallgrímskirkja church, and to the historical centre where one can stroll along the Skólavördustígur and the Laugavegur, two lively streets with charming small shops. For some relaxation just outside of the city, visitors have the opportunity to visit the Reykjanes peninsula and its famous thermal lagoons of the Blue Lagoon.

Le Bellot (Luxury Expedition, 184-guests)

Le Bellot embodies the unique atmosphere that is the cruise line's hallmark: a subtle blend of refinement, intimacy and comfort. Aboard this ship, you will experience the incomparable pleasure of an intimate cruise, with the possibility of exploring an ever-increasing range of destinations in an ethnic-chic ambiance with luxury service.

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WHAT'S INCLUDED

PONANT and Smithsonian Journeys have organised the following included programme for you, which starts the day of embarkation.

Included Features:

  • A program of onboard enrichment provided by Smithsonian Journeys Experts including geologist Scott Burns and Scandinavian languages and literature expert Elisabeth Ward.
  • Transfers and luggage handling from the airport in Reykjavík to the ship on the day of embarkation
  • Comprehensive 7-night cruise aboard the deluxe Le Bellot, with all the amenities for which PONANT ships are famous
  • One included shore excursion or activity in each port of call (see "Activities" for more information and choice of excursions, if applicable)
  • Transfer from the ship to the airport in Reykjavík at the end of the cruise on the morning of disembarkation
 
Not included:

  • Independent meals and beverages ashore
  • Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, etc.)
 
Notes:

  • This voyage is offered on a space available basis
  • Programme is subject to change without notice

Shore excursion or activity in each port of call + transfers included

2022 Sailing

  • 8/9/2022 THE SNAEFELLSNES PENINSULA 4 h 45
  • 8/11/2022 THE SPLENDORS OF LAKE MYVATN 7 h 30
  • 8/12/2022 TRADITIONS OF THE WESTFJORDS PENINSULA 3 h 00
  • 8/13/2022 BELUGA WHALE SANCTUARY 1 h 30
  • 8/13/2022 THE VOLCANIC ISLAND OF HEIMAEY 3 h 00
  • 8/14/2022 ICELAND'S GOLDEN CIRCLE 9 h 00

2023 Sailing

  • 8/14/2023 THE SNAEFELLSNES PENINSULA 4 h 45
  • 8/14/2023 WHALES OF THE SNAEFELLSNES PENINSULA 4 h 00
  • 8/16/2023 THE SPLENDORS OF LAKE MYVATN 7 h 30
  • 8/16/2023 THE THERMAL BATHS OF HUSAVIK 5 h 00
  • 8/17/2023 TRADITIONS OF THE WESTFJORDS PENINSULA 3 h 00
  • 8/17/2023 THE ABANDONED VILLAGE OF HESTEYRI 4 h 30
  • 8/18/2023 THE VOLCANIC ISLAND OF HEIMAEY 3 h 00
  • 8/18/2023 BELUGA WHALE SANCTUARY 1 h 30
  • 8/19/2023 ICELAND'S GOLDEN CIRCLE 9 h 00
  • 8/19/2023 REYKJAVIK WHALE WATCHING 4 h 00

 

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