The Best Ways To Explore Iceland With Hurtigruten
PHOTO: The amazing hot springs of Iceland. (Photo courtesy of Hurtigruten)
Sailing, sailing over the bounding main! If you’ve sung this children’s song before or you’ve simply dreamed about sailing over the seas, vacationing in Iceland is a dream come true.
Iceland’s rich Viking history and the geographic beauty of its geysers and volcanos, hot springs and waterfalls, make it a trip for the explorer and environmentalist alike.
Hurtigruten offers a variety of different voyages to help you to explore
Be a Viking! Between 800 and 1000 A.D., the Vikings carried out a number of expeditions to explore the North Atlantic Ocean. Bring out the explorer in you as you take a two-week expedition through Iceland, as well as through Greenland and Canada, and stop at the same destinations that the legendary explorers Erik the Red and Leif Erikson did. You will learn about Norse/Viking history and see sites such as Snæfellsjökull Glacier. On other excursions, you will actually see where Eric the Red settled and where his son, Leif Eriksson, embarked, as well as several remains from the Norse period and the famous ruins of Garðar, once the religious heart of Norse Greenland.
Climate Change Curriculum: You’ve heard about climate change and maybe read about it in a magazine or watched a documentary on television, but you’ll never experience it like this. Starting in Iceland, you can sail the same direction as the "global ocean conveyor belt," a constantly-moving system of deep-ocean circulation driven by temperature and salinity. It’s a symbol for climate change and as you explore Iceland’s beauty and wonder, and see marine mammals and seabirds, you will learn all about climate change.
Take an Artic Adventure: How many times have you heard your friends say, “I want out of the hustle and bustle of city life. I want to move to somewhere in the Arctic?” Well, you won’t move here, but you can come and see Iceland’s unspoiled and dramatic nature, rugged landscapes with volcanic craters, caves, lava fields, geothermal waters, and hot springs. This adventure also stops in Reykjavik, is the capital and largest city of Iceland. Here you can visit glaciers, waterfalls, geysers, and volcanoes.
Mythical Iceland: Did you even think it would be possible to hike through a lava field? On this trip to Iceland, you’ll do even more, including swimming in natural springs, seeing glaciers, geysers and waterfalls. You’ll experience The Sagaland’ in Stykkishólmur with lava and rock formations, glaciers, volcanic activity, and hot and cold springs. Enjoy kayaking, hiking, and horseback riding. You’ll also travel to Grímsey where the Arctic Circle meets Iceland. There’s so much more to see on this adventure, and Húsavík, the oldest settlement in Iceland and a prominent whale watching center, is a must. It includes Húsavíkurkirkja, a wooden church built in 1907.
On these explorations, you will travel to remote parts and see some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world.
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