Make the most of your vacation with a shore and land excursion that appeals to your interests. Knowledgeable, professional guides lead all excursions and offer special insights into the culture, history, wildlife, and geology of each destination. Discover first-hand how islanders went about the business of growing, harvesting and refining sugar in 18th century Barbados. Take an invigorating mush across a snow-covered glacier aboard an Alaskan dogsled. Or stroll through the maze of tiny streets in Mykonos, the birthplace of Apollo.
As you travel through its timeline of cityhood, stop at a modern church whose stained glass windows are renowned, stroll through the lovely Botanic Gardens, and visit the Nonni Museum. An exhibit here commemorates the children's books written by Pastor John Sveinsson in the 1930s-1950s. See the fishing boats in the busy harbor en route to Listagil Street, where artisans keep their workshops and galleries. A short time is allocated for browsing or shopping. Then, you'll drive out to Santa's House, a Christmas store that operates all year round. This is a great opportunity to pick up a memento of your trip to Iceland.
A tour that is packed with volcanic energy and natural wonders. Vast lava fields, bubbling hot pools and hissing fumaroles. Craters and Luna-landscapes. Historical waterfalls and internationally acclaimed bird life. Sweeping valleys and green pasture lands.
This tour leads from Akureyri, the cultural and commercial centre of the North, towards the beautiful Godafoss, "Waterfall of the Gods". Drive through the oldest part of the town. You make a stop at Fossholl, on the eastern bank of the river Skjalfandafljot at a short distance from Godafoss where you pause for approx. 30 minutes. From Godafoss you return to Akureyri which is an extremely friendly town, colourfully framed by the sea and the mountains. On your way back to ship you will drive through the oldest part of the town and also get acquainted with the newer parts of Akureyri. You will make a stop at the Botanical Garden.
What better way to enjoy a visit to one of Europe's most spectacular and unique destinations than a bathing tour or just a visit to Iceland's newest health-spa? Myvatn Nature Baths is the latest addition to the region's many visitor attractions. The tastefully designed complex offers bathers a completely natural experience with a relaxing dip in clouds of steam rising up from a fissure deep in the Earth's surface. Containing a unique blend of minerals, silicates and geothermal micro-organisms, the warm, soothing waters of Myvatn Nature Baths benefit both skin and spirit alike.
Visit Godafoss, "waterfall of the Gods" before heading to the Laufas Folk Museum located in a turf farmhouse that dates back to 1866. Enjoy a pleasant drive aling the fjord back to Akureyri to visit the Botanical Gardens.
More than 40 km north of the mainland lays the island of Grimsey. Only 5.3 km in size the island can best be described as a green oasis in north Atlantic where industries such as fishing and farming are the main pillars of its 115 inhabitant's life. People often visit this northernmost Icelandic settlement in order to put their foot over the Arctic Circle and receive a certificate to state this that is exactly what you will be doing today.
Important: Please remember you have up to 4 days prior to your sail date to purchase your regular shore excursions online. If you are within the 4 days, you will then need to purchase your shore excursions onboard; land excursions would need to be purchased directly through your Tour Director on the land portion of the Alaska Cruisetour. For example, if you are sailing on October 18, you can make Shore & Land Excursion purchases online until October 13.