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Iceland’s Natural Wonders

A circumnavigation of Iceland aboard the Ocean Diamond

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Join us for our circumnavigation of Iceland aboard the ideally suited Ocean Diamond which we have chartered for our exploration. There is nowhere better to see nature in the raw than Iceland, the ‘Land of Ice & Fire’ and during our expedition we will witness huge ice-caps and glaciers, active volcanoes, gurgling mud pools, steaming hot springs and lava fields. If this were not enough, the immense scale of the landscape is dominated by towering snow-capped mountains, thundering waterfalls and spontaneous erupting geysers.

Europe’s least populated country offers the visitor an unparalleled experience of elemental forces at work and whilst we sail its waters we will look out for humpback whales, orcas and white-beaked dolphins, taking advantage of weather conditions and possible sightings to achieve the maximum with our time. Early June is the optimum time for our expedition, the skies and rocks will be filled with the sights and sounds of puffins, guillemots and gannets, the wildflowers will be prevalent and the seas will hopefully be rich with whales and marine life.

In addition to the wildlife, the island also provides a unique historical, cultural and geological experience. Under the surface, Iceland simmers with the sparks that are the tell-tale signs of its youthfulness as Europe’s most recent geological addition, only 16-20 million years old. Iceland is continuously being created; some of its newest land is a mere 40 years old.

A journey by small ship is the ideal way to get up close to nature and explore areas inaccessible to larger vessels and an expedition such as this can only be undertaken by a special vessel with the selfsufficient qualities of the Ocean Diamond. With her expert expedition team and fleet of Zodiacs we will be able to land on remote beaches and cruise close to shorelines and cliffs crowded with birdlife. Join us on our summer expedition as we explore the magnificent landscapes and learn more of the centuries old legacies of a Viking and Norse heritage. Whether your passion lies in the natural world or discovering lesser visited sites this itinerary will have something for you.

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  • Itinerary Highlights


    • Full circumnavigation of the island

    • Excellent bird watching opportunities, most notably whilst cruising past Latrabjarg and Hornbjarg cliffs 

    • Whale watching, most notably in the waters off Husavik, Iceland’s whale watching capital

    • Discovery of the island’s cultural heritage in Seydisfjordur and Siglufjordur

    • Ability to access small ports which larger vessels are unable to access

    • Fleet of 14 onboard Zodiacs allows for flexibility and impromptu exploration when and where conditions permit

    • Crossing the Arctic Circle on Grimsey

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Ocean Diamond

Ocean Diamond

The 224 passenger vessel was completely refurbished in Norway in 2012 and is perfect for our exploration being large enough to provide stability, speed, spacious cabins and ample public space, yet small enough to manoeuvre in remote areas. The vessel is outfitted with the most current navigational and communications technology as well as with retractable stabilisers for smooth sailing. The vessel is ice strengthened and features 18 Zodiacs for our forays ashore.

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Day 1 - London to Reykjavik, Iceland.

Fly by scheduled flight. On arrival transfer to the Ocean Diamond and sail this evening.

Day 2 - Stykkisholmur.

Arrive this morning at Stykkisholmur located in Breidafjordur Bay and surrounded by an archipelago of islands. The town is famed for its beautiful and well preserved old houses and is also the gateway to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula which is dominated by the Snæfellsjokull volcano, regarded as one of the symbols of Iceland and known as the setting for Jules Verne’s “Journey to the Centre of the Earth”. A morning tour will drive through the lava landscape to the glacier visiting pretty fishing ports and beaches along the way. Return to the ship for lunch and spend the afternoon at leisure in the town or maybe join a Zodiac cruise in the archipelago looking for some of the local flora and fauna. Sail this evening past the Latrabjarg cliffs, the westernmost point of Europe and home to thousands of birds including puffins, northern gannets, guillemots and razorbills.

Day 3 - Western Fjords and Isafjordur.

Awake this morning in the Western Fjords, an isolated but spectacular area of Iceland. We will explore Isafjordur with the Ocean Diamond and, depending on local weather conditions, we will also use local boats or our fleet of Zodiacs to land on Vigur, a serene little island with only five residents but home to many more puffins, eider ducks, black guillemots and Arctic terns. Our island walks will also visit Iceland’s only extant windmill dating from the 19th century. Alternatively take a scenic drive to the village of Thingeyri, one of the oldest settlements in the Westfjords and the location of the area’s first trading post and return to the ship via the thunderous Dynjandi, the highest waterfall in the Westfjords. Ensure you are on deck this evening as we cruise around the north coast of Iceland at the Hornbjarg Cliffs. These stunning cliffs rise 534 metres from the sea and this is one of the largest centres for puffins in Iceland.

Day 4 - Siglufjordur and Grimsey Island.

Siglufjordur is a picturesque town that enjoys an idyllic setting in a small fjord backed by mountains. Here in the early 1900s, a booming economy due to the herring industry resulted in a prosperous town with some marvellous Icelandic architecture. Stroll through the town and visit the Herring Era Museum. In the afternoon we head to Grimsey Island. The Arctic Circle bisects this island which is known for its tiny community, basalt cliffs and large variety of birdlife. Here we enjoy free time to enjoy a nature walk on the island.

Day 5 - Akuyeri.

This delightful town on the north coast of Iceland is not what you would expect to find in such a remote location. In summer months the gardens and window boxes are ablaze with colour and on a morning tour we will explore the botanic garden where we find species from Africa, China and the Mediterranean growing alongside the Alaskan, Greenlandic and indigenous specimens. We will also have time to explore the town to visit Art Alley, where artisans keep their workshops and galleries, or the local church with its beautiful views over the fjord. Return to the ship for lunch and enjoy a free afternoon. Alternatively join a full day tour to the Lake Myvatn-Krafla area, a fine example of the volcanic world with lava fields, boiling and steaming mud pools and steam vents of sulphur and craters. The area illustrates the sheer magnitude of Iceland’s forces at work. The lake itself, with beautiful natural rock formations and hot springs, is also a unique ecosystem and the largest migratory bird sanctuary in Europe. Our route will then take us by Godafoss (falls of the Gods), an imposing sight.

Day 6 - Husavik.

This morning we hope to use the Zodiacs to land on one of the islands of Skjalfandi Bay such as Flatey or Lundey, which translates as “island of puffins”. Here you can join nature walks taking in the thousands of birds including puffins, terns and skuas that nest here. Over lunch we will sail to Husavik, the whale capital of Iceland. Using local boats we will explore the bays looking for one of the 15 species of whales that can be found here as well as dolphins and many different kinds of birds. Alternatively explore the pretty town at your own pace and maybe spend time at the excellent whale museum, the exploration museum and the quaint local church.

Day 7 - Seydisfjordur.

Today we arrive at the natural harbour at Seydisfjordur which has preserved its fishing heritage from the early 19th century and its architectural style. On a walking tour we will pass brightly painted and well preserved wooden buildings and visit the shops famous for their Icelandic patterned woollens. The keen walkers might prefer an energetic hike up the river trail through a verdant landscape of wildflowers.

Day 8 - Djupivogur.

Today we will see the shimmering white Vatnajokull Glacier, Europe’s largest glacier which is sometimes called an icecap. The 600 metre thick ice surmounts active volcanoes, one of which erupted in 1996, creating a crater on the surface of the glacier, a most unusual phenomenon. There will be a range of options today and the keen birders can join our ornithologist for a hike. A town walk will include the local museum with sculptures by Rikadur Jonsson as well as the stone garden workshop. Meanwhile there will be an option to visit nearby Papay Island where we will see the lighthouse and some of the nesting birds. Alternatively a full day tour will venture to Jokusarlon where we can watch the glacier which calves icebergs into the land-locked lagoon.

Day 9 - Westmann Islands.

Our last morning in Iceland is spent at the Vestmannaeyjar (Westmann Islands). Islanders here live with a dramatic volcanic history. In 1973 the island of Heimaey experienced an eruption which created a new mountain, Eldfell, known as Mount Fire. This morning, as part of our exploration of the Westmann Islands, we will circumnavigate Surtsey Island which was created volcanically in 1963 and is a closed nature reserve. Few places in the world illustrate more dramatically the powerful forces of nature. Later we will arrive at the only community, Heimaey, where half buried houses can be partially seen peeking out through the lava and ash. This afternoon if time permits we will use the Zodiacs to explore the cliffs and coves.

Day 10 - Reykjavik to London.

Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your scheduled flight to London.

Dates and Prices

Prices per person based on double occupancy
7 to 16 June 2019
Category Brochure Price Special Offer Price
Category H Triple Cabin Lower Deck £4395 £4195
Category G Twin Cabin with restricted Views Upper Deck £4495 £4295
Category F Twin Cabin with restricted views Captains Deck £4595 £4395
Category E Twin Cabin with portholes Lower Deck £4695 £4495
Category D Twin Cabin with window Main Deck £4795 £4595
Category C Twin cabin with window Upper /Captains Deck £4895 £4695
Category B Suite with two windows Main Deck £5095 £4895
Category A Balcony Suite Observation Deck £5795 £5595
Category F For sole use Captains Deck £5695 £5495
Category E For sole use Lower £5795 £5595

Tour Reference Code: SCOD070619

PRICE INCLUDES: Economy class scheduled air travel • Nine nights aboard the Ocean Diamond on a full board basis • House drinks with lunch and dinner on board • Shore excursions • Noble Caledonia expedition team • Gratuities • Transfers • Port taxes.

Not Included: Travel insurance. NB. Ports and itinerary subject to change.

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Ocean Diamond

The 224 passenger vessel was completely refurbished in Norway in 2012 and is perfect for our exploration being large enough to provide stability, speed, spacious cabins and ample public space, yet small enough to manoeuvre in remote areas. The vessel is outfitted with the most current navigational and communications technology as well as with retractable stabilisers for smooth sailing. The vessel is ice strengthened and features 18 Zodiacs for our forays ashore.

  • Balcony Suite
    Ocean Diamond - Balcony Suite
  • Outside Cabin Porthole
    Ocean Diamond - Outside Cabin Porthole Cat P
  • Suite Deck 4
    Suite Deck 4
  • Restaurant
    Ocean Diamond - Restaurant
  • Observation Lounge
    Ocean Diamond - Observation Lounge
  • Pool deck
    Ocean Diamond - Pool deck
  • Main Lounge
    Ocean Diamond - Main Lounge
  • Your Cabin / Suite

    Your Cabin / Suite

    With a maximum of 224 passengers, the Ocean Diamond offers cabins across its five decks. There is a range of cabins and suites available and all feature outside views (porthole, window or balcony), full private en-suite bathrooms, a writing desk, individual temperature control, refrigerator, satellite phone access, hairdryer and flat-screen television and DVD player. Cabins range in size from 17 square metres to 30 square metres.

  • Your Space

    Your Space

    The Ocean Diamond features spacious public areas and ample deck space from where you can admire the beautiful passing landscapes. Public areas and facilities include an observation lounge with bar, a fitness centre, pool with bar, sun deck, lecture threatre with state of the art audio visual equipment, library and lounge. The restaurant serves all passengers in one, open seating and cuisine onboard is international. There is also a gift shop, clinic and a spa onboard.

  • Your Dining

    Your Dining

    The single sitting restaurant is located on the Lower Deck and is both spacious and light. Breakfast and lunch are served buffet style and dinner is served to your table. All meals include a vegetarian option. Afternoon tea also served daily around the afternoon excursions and coffee, tea and water are available complimentary around the clock. Weather permitting, there will be the opportunity to dine outside on occasion.

  • Life Onboard

    Life Onboard

    The atmosphere onboard is focused on exploration and discovery with all the creature comforts you would expect from a vessel of this calibre. The onboard crew offer excellent service and in addition the expedition team will enrich your experience with their knowledge of the region. Through a lecture programme and shore expeditions, they will share their expertise and passion with you. After a day of exploration ashore, you will return to the comfort of a sophisticated ship with a friendly crew and informal atmosphere. A fleet of Zodiacs are used for landings and nature cruises, and during your voyage you will have the opportunity to visit the Captain and Officers on the Bridge to learn more about your journey, further fostering the expeditionary nature of our voyage.

  • Ship Directory

    Ship Directory

    Please find below further details pertaining to the vessel or click on the booklet to download. 

    We are delighted you have chosen the Ocean Diamond for your upcoming voyage. The 224-passenger vessel was completely refurbished in Norway in 2012 and is large enough to provide stability and speed, yet small enough to manoeuvre in remote areas, making her an ideal vessel for expedition cruising. The atmosphere on board is welcoming and informal and the public areas are spacious and dedicated to discovery and relaxation. Relax with a book in the Observation Lounge or perhaps join new found friends in the bar to discuss the day’s events and wildlife sightings.

    The vessel is equipped with a fleet of 14 Zodiac landing craft and the Captain, Officers and crew offer a first-class service and have been selected for their professionalism and expertise. After a day of exploration ashore, you will return to the comfort and peace of a well-run and exceedingly comfortable ship. In addition, the expedition team, with their in-depth knowledge and experience are dedicated to offering you the best possible experience during your time on board and ashore.


    The entire ship is air conditioned and is set to an average temperature. Please feel free to change the temperature in your cabin to suit your preference using the individual thermostat.


    Our planned schedule may be changed at short notice due to weather conditions or technical reasons. Should there be any alterations the Captain or Expedition Leader will inform you of any changes.


    During your time on board, various announcements will be made by the ship’s crew and the Expedition Leader. Please listen out for these announcements as they will be of importance or interest.


    During your voyage you may be invited to visit the Bridge where you can observe how the Captain and Officers sail and navigate the ship. A map of your expedition path will be available so that you can see exactly where you have been. As the Bridge is an important working area on the ship, we ask that you keep noise to a minimum during your visits to avoid distracting the officers from doing their jobs efficiently.


    Outside Cabins: (Category C-H) Outside cabins measure between 17-19 square metres. All cabins are equipped with a private bathroom with shower or bathtub, TV with DVD-player, wardrobe, refrigerator, individual temperature control, satellite telephone access (telephone deposit can be purchased at reception), hairdryer and picture window or porthole. The bed can be configured as a double or twin.

    Balcony Suites: (Category A) Balcony suites are approximately 30 square metres and are equipped with a private bathroom with shower or bathtub, sitting area, TV with DVD player, wardrobe, refrigerator, individual temperature controls, hairdryer, full-size window with sliding glass doors and balcony. The bed can be configured as a double or twin.

    Family Cabin (Category B): These cabins are approximately 37 square metres and are equipped with two private bathrooms with shower or bathtub, sitting area, TV with DVD player, wardrobe, refrigerator, individual temperature controls, hairdryer and a picture window. The bed can be configured as a double or twin.


    Your cabin is serviced daily including a turndown service. If you are feeling unwell and not able to join the meals in the restaurant, food and drinks can be served in the cabin during dining hours. There is a a special menu for this service in your cabin.


    The vessel has a wireless network accessible from your personal computer, smartphone or tablet from virtually anywhere on board. A pre-paid “Pin Card” will need to be purchased on board in order to gain access to the Wi-Fi network. In some areas, signal strength and availability may vary and so access may not always be available and cannot be guaranteed. Ship to shore calls via satellite phone can be made from the ship but a pre-paid pin card will also be required to make calls. Please note that mobile phone reception coverage, should be possible, however due to the remote areas we may sail, signal may sometimes be difficult due to weak satellite signals or poor weather.


    Upon embarkation you will receive your personal cruise card which you should keep with you at all times. This card is used on board for payments (except in the onboard shop) and as an identity card.


    A Daily Programme, detailing the following day’s arrangements as well as any specific information about the day’s activities is produced on board and delivered to your cabin each evening.


    If you have any dietary requirements such as vegetarian, low salt, gluten free and low cholesterol, please notify the Reservations Department. We regret that these, and any other special dietary needs, cannot be guaranteed. If you have any specific or special foods that you require we recommend that you take some with you although we will endeavour to accommodate your needs. Once on board, please speak to the Chef or Hotel Manager on your first night onboard to reconfirm your requirements.


    Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the Restaurant and there is open seating at all meals. Breakfast and lunch are served buffet style whereas dinner is à la carte with table service. House wine, beer and soft drinks are included during lunch and dinner on board and drinks outside of mealtimes can be purchased at the bar. In the afternoon tea and coffee is available in the Lounge on Deck 4. A midnight snack is also served between 22:00 and 24:00 hours.


    There is a lift on board the vessel but there are no facilities for disabled or wheelchair dependent passengers.


    The dress code on board is casual. You may leave ties, jackets and evening dresses at home. It is rather more important to wear the right clothes in order to adapt to the different weather conditions. We recommend comfortable, breathable, waterproof and windproof clothing as well as a pair of gloves and sturdy footwear. For the Captain’s Welcome and Farewell cocktail we recommend smart casual attire.


    The electrical current on board is 220 volts (European Standard) and requires a 2-pin plug. We recommend you bring an international adaptor.


    Throughout your cruise you will be accompanied by an experienced expedition team, including Naturalists and Zodiac Drivers, who will be happy to assist you with any queries or requests.


    Gratuities have been included in your holiday price, however if you feel that certain individuals deserve special award, you are of course free to remunerate as you please.


    The vessel is equipped with a Medical Centre. A Doctor is on call 24-hours when at sea. When docked, emergency care may also be obtained through local medical facilities. Guests may be charged for medical services and for medications used for their medical treatment. The Medical Centre is not intended or designed to provide ongoing treatment for pre-existing conditions or for extended critical care. If you have mobility issues or walk with assistance devices, please carefully consider your participation on this expedition. Getting in and out of Zodiacs and walking on sometimes rocky terrain can be challenging. The expedition team members can help you into the Zodiac and on to shore, but cannot escort you once on shore as they have other duties. The Expedition Leader and Captain reserve the right to limit the landing participation of people with limited mobility.


    Laundry service is available at additional charge (prices available in your cabin). Laundry will be collected in the morning and will be returned to you in approximately two days. Ironing facilities are also available for a fee, however please note there is no dry cleaning on board.


    The onboard library offers a wide range of books in English and German from fiction to travel literature.


    Lost property can be handed in to the ship’s reception. Please ensure you have all of your belongings with you before you return home. Should you leave items on board the ship we are only able to return them to you at your own cost.


    The currency on board is US Dollars. You will have your own “ship account” which allows you to sign a chit for any expenses and then settle your bill at the Reception Desk at the end of the cruise. Personal cheques and debit cards are not accepted on board. Your onboard account can be settled by: • Credit Card (Visa, MasterCard and American Express) • Cash (US Dollars) • Travellers’ Cheques (US Dollars)


    The picture windows in the Observation Lounge offer an excellent view of the passing scenery. The lounge is an ideal place to relax in one of the comfortable armchairs and enjoy the cosy atmosphere.


    Passports will be collected for clearing formalities at the beginning of the voyage. The passports will be kept safely by the crew during the whole voyage and will be handed back on the last day. We therefore recommend preparing copies of all documents before your trip starts.


    Reception is staffed from 06:00 until 23:00 hours and you will be able to contact a member of the crew 24 hours a day.


    The ship is equipped with stabilisers in order to reduce the ship’s roll. If you suffer from sea sickness please consult your doctor before the trip for helpful pharmaceuticals in case of sickness. You can also purchase pills to prevent against seasickness at the reception on board.


    Prior to the ship’s departure all guests are instructed on the security operations on board. You will be informed where the safety equipment is located and how it is used. Each cabin is equipped with lifejackets. Furthermore you should become familiar with the emergency evacuation plan of the ship.


    For safety reasons and to protect the health of our guests and employees, smoking is permitted only in the designated smoking area on the outside deck. Smokers are asked to use extreme care when smoking on the outer decks and to use the ashtrays provided. Smoking is strictly prohibited in all cabins, on balconies and in all other locations on the ship.


    There is a range of spa services on board including massages and aromatherapies. Appointments for spa treatments can be made directly with the spa on Deck 3 and charges apply.


    Guests may enjoy spending time on the sundeck where there is a pool for swimming and deckchairs are available for relaxation. The pool bar offers refreshments.


    As there are no safes in your cabin, we urge you to leave valuable jewellery at home. We are not responsible for any valuables left in the cabins.


    The tap water on board is completely safe and drinkable.


    Much of the success we enjoy on our expeditions is due to the proper handling and usage of Zodiac landing craft. These rubber boats, of which there are 14 on board, are ideal for our operations; they have a shallow draft and contain air-filled compartments. Guests will be advised where and when to meet the Zodiac for travel to and from the ship. Please ensure that your hands are free at all times and accept the assistance given by the crew when boarding the Zodiacs. A Zodiac safety briefing will be given.

    PLEASE NOTE: The above information is accurate and correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of publishing. Noble Caledonia accepts no responsibility for any errors or omissions and none of the facilities or features of the vessel described herein which are not specifically described in our advertisements and on your holiday invoice as being included in your holiday price will be deemed to be included in your holiday package. If you would like further information about the vessel or about any of your holiday arrangements, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Itinerary Highlights

• Full circumnavigation of the island

• Excellent bird watching opportunities, most notably whilst cruising past Latrabjarg and Hornbjarg cliffs 

• Whale watching, most notably in the waters off Husavik, Iceland’s whale watching capital

• Discovery of the island’s cultural heritage in Seydisfjordur and Siglufjordur

• Ability to access small ports which larger vessels are unable to access

• Fleet of 14 onboard Zodiacs allows for flexibility and impromptu exploration when and where conditions permit

• Crossing the Arctic Circle on Grimsey

Tour Extensions

    • 16th to 18th June 2019

      If you would like to spend some time in Reykjavik, we are offering a two night optional extension staying at a centrally located hotel on a bed and breakfast basis. During your stay there will be a half day Reykjavik city orientation tour and a full day tour to the Golden Circle including the Geysir geothermal area, Gullfoss Waterfall and Thingvellir National Park.

      Reykjavik Reykjavik
    • Prices per person based on double occupancy
      Twin £595
      Single £695

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