Nature fans wake up to a different port every day on a new cruise that circles this isolated nation at the top of the world.

Glaciers, geysers, mud pots, volcanoes….you’ll discover nature at its extremes in Iceland. One day you’re soaking in a hot springs swimming pool or hiking up an active volcano, another day marveling at icebergs or romping in the snow. They call it the Land of Fire and Ice.

Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon  (Photo by Ottar Sveinnsson)

Located just below the Arctic Circle, Iceland in recent years has become a hot travel destination, and now there’s a cruise that ties it all together into one neat package. The nine-night, circumnavigation itinerary offered by Iceland ProCruises’ 224-passenger Ocean Diamond combines comfortable shipboard accommodations with soft-adventure excursions in ports of call with strange names like Stykkisholmur, Akureyri and Seydisfjordur.

On our June sailing from Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, most travelers were Germans and Americans, with a smattering of Canadians, Brits and other nationalities. Well-traveled and mostly over 60, they had been on Galapagos Islands, Australia/New Zealand and other exotic-destination cruises, adding Iceland as another feather in their cap. A Road Scholar group of 15-20 Americans had their own lectures and shore tours… Download the Magazine to Read the Full Article

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