Whether you want to immerse yourself in art and culture, get in touch with nature, or take advantage of a full day of sunlight (depending on the season), then a cruise that includes Reykjavik may be right for you! Whether you want to spend time absorbing museums and street murals, savoring freshly caught seafood dishes, or uncovering the best of nature, there is something for everybody to enjoy while in Reykjavik. Plus, if you’ve forgotten to pack warm, handmade wool sweaters are plenty in this city!
There is currently a nice selection of cruises departing from Reykjavik. If you are looking for a luxury cruise from Reykjavik, you might consider booking with Crystal Cruises, Regent Seven Seas, Seabourn, or Silversea. Cruises from these lines range in length from 9- to 16-nights, with some going over 20 nights.
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The following cruise destinations can be visited on a cruise from Reykjavik, Iceland. Select a destination to view the upcoming cruises that are available:
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On a luxury cruise line, guests experience highly personalized service, a more intimate (and usually formal) onboard experience, gourmet cuisine, well-appointed accommodations, and fantastic amenities. Many of these brands have smaller ships, allowing them to reach ports of call that the larger ships can't, which results in unique itineraries.
All of these brands feature a version of all-inclusive pricing, and some of them have ships with all-suite accommodations. Although these cruise lines are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.
These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.
On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.
Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).
Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.
These cruise lines fit (quality and, usually, price-wise) somewhere in between Premium and Luxury cruise lines.
A country club casual atmosphere can be expected on these lines, as can be elegant accommodations and gourmet cuisine. These cruise lines are a great option for adults looking for a upscale, yet laid back, vacation.
Unique itineraries are often available on these cruise lines, as their small-to-mid-sized ships can visit ports of call that large ones can't get to.
The pricing on Azamara Club Cruises includes select beverages and pre-paid gratuities, while the pricing of Viking Ocean Cruises includes shore excursions and select beverages.
These cruise lines enhance what mainstream cruise lines typically offer, by providing their guests with higher quality service and cuisine, along with more spacious public spaces and accommodations.
Depending on the cruise line, the ships in this class range in size from small to very large.
These cruise lines appeal to a more discerning traveler, and are typically more expensive than mainstream cruise lines, but more affordable than the luxury lines.
Value is a key feature of these popular cruise lines, as they offer lots of activities, entertainment and dining options, along with a variety of stateroom types. Some of the cruise lines in this category have ships with unique innovations like water slides, rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rinks, surfing simulators, bowling alleys, and boardwalks.
Their ships are usually anywhere from mid-sized to very large "mega" ships, accommodating thousands of guests. These ships give the feel of being in a large resort.
Mainstream cruise lines are a great option for just about everyone (including multi-generation families, and first-time cruisers), and typically have great youth programs.
During the cruise, entertainment may include Broadway productions, Vegas-style shows, comedians, and music. Some of these lines have select formal nights during the cruise. Specialty restaurants are becoming more and more common (some which have a cover charge for this type enhanced dining experience). Buffets are usually available throughout the day, besides room service, and the main dining room(s).
Becoming more and more popular, a river cruise is an immerse and destination-focused vacation experience, on a small and luxurious vessel.
River cruises sail through the inland waterways of some of the world's most interesting vacation destinations (i.e. Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America), and provide their guests with a greater opportunity to spend time visiting more unique ports of call than a traditional cruise typically would.
Because the destination is the star of a river cruise, (typically guided) shore excursions are included at no additional charge by many River cruise lines. There are usually many interesting lectures given during the cruise, by experts on the history and culture of the region being visited.
Among the famous rivers that one may take a river cruise on are the Rhine, Mississippi, Seine, Danube, Mekong, Nile, Yangtze, Amazon and Douro.
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Reykjavik, along with a brief description:
Hallgrimskirkja, the largest church in Northern Europe, is located right in the middle of Reykjavik! Its tower skyrockets over 200 feet into the sky, providing some of the best views in the region from its open-air viewing area! Plus, there’s no need to worry about climbing a bunch of stairs – a lift is available to take you right to the top! Hours vary by season and are subject to change, especially since this is currently an active church.
♦ The Golden Circle
If you are fascinated or energized by nature, then you certainly don’t want to skip over Reykjavik’s Golden Circle! This route includes Thingvellir National Park (Iceland’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site), the Geysir Geothermal Valley (a collection of natural hot springs and geysers), and Gullfoss Waterfall (a simply breathtaking waterfall). Since each of these icons are two hours away from Reykjavic at most, you can easily visit all 3 in one day.
For those who are looking for an active adventure in Reykjavik, you might be interested in Laugavegur. This moderately challenging hiking trail is one of the most gorgeous in the world, according to National Geographic Magazine. Along the way, you can pass by mountains, lava, hot springs, lakes, sand, and plenty of forestry. You might even consider a guided hike, as your guide will be able to point out natural wonders and explain them in great detail. If you are camping along this trail in late August/early September, you may even be able to witness the famous Northern Lights!
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