Discover the most beautiful landscapes on the Icelandic west coast during an 12-day PONANT cruise.
On the edge of the Arctic, between vast glaciers, vertiginous fjords, volcanoes and boiling geysers, this circumnavigation will enable you to discover the wild and romantic landscapes of Iceland.
Departing from Reykjavík, you will set off aboard LeDumont-d'Urville, heading for Heimaey, the only inhabited island in the Westman archipelago. It is an exceptional place composed of volcanoes and almost-desert landscapes, where fishing is the main food source. You will then set sail for the bay of Grundarfjörður, right near Kirkjufell. This stunning cone-shaped mountain possesses a unique charm and this will be an opportunity to take some beautiful photos.
After visiting the villages of Ísafjörður and Djúpavík, you will head for Siglurfjörður, to the north of the Tröllaskagi peninsula, whose mountainous silhouettes are reminiscent of French alpine reliefs. Founded in the 10th century, this small port reputed for herring fishing is also known for the beauty of its fjord.
Le Dumont-d'Urville will sail for Grímsey, a small, hard-to-reach island where, in certain places, the volcanic rock forms magnificent basalt columns. Birds such as guillemots and puffins reign here.
Akureyri, the capital of north Iceland, will welcome you on the shores of the Eyafjörður fjord, very close to the Arctic Circle.
Your ship will then head south again to Hornafjörður, in the Vatnajökull National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will be dazzled by the beauty of the landscapes around the Jökulsarlon glacial lake.
Finally you'll reach Reykjavík, the most northerly capital in the world.