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THIS IS NOT THE FULL BROCHURE

We invite you to call Sarah or Gwen at 1-800-762-4216 to request the full brochure. The brochure will include Important Traveler Information (and answers to most questions) and a Reservation Form. We can send the brochure through the Postal Service or as a PDF attachment. If you would like to receive a PDF, probably the best way to keep the message from going into a SPAM filter is to send a message to sarah@serioustraveler.com. If you are already on our mailing list, no need to complete the entire brochure request form.


June 16 - 25, 2018
From $3205* beginning and ending in Reykjavik
*in P cabin based on double occupancy

Dear World Traveler,

The Land of Fire and Ice is one of the most fascinating places on planet Earth! The awe-inspiring landscapes, the pristine forces of nature, the infinite and always-surprising combinations of earth, water, fire and air, are everywhere. Discover Iceland, where the fresh air and clean water are exhilarating. This itinerary takes us aboard the MS Ocean Diamond where we unpack only once for your 9-night stay while we circumnavigate this exciting island nation during the midnight sun!

Find enclosed the beautiful brochure that details all the aspects of our time aboard as well the shore excursions that blend warm Icelandic hospitality with the region’s rich Viking heritage and European cultures. The ship’s excellent maneuverability allows for access to remote bays and fjords, while excursions aboard the Zodiac boats provide even greater accessibility to unique and wonderful places that larger ships cannot venture.

We are pleased to be holding cabins in the P, O and D categories, but only until November 29th. Space is limited. You may see the description of each cabin category on page 9 and the deck plan on page 10. Our reserved sailing dates are June 16 – 25, 2018. Price of $3205 is per person based on double occupancy in a P category cabin beginning and ending at the ship’s dock in Old Reykjavik Harbor. Category O cabin is $4430 per person double occupancy and Category D cabin is $5475 per person double occupancy. These prices are valid if paid in full by December 30, 2017. Airfare is additional.

Speaking of airfare, what’s best for you is best for us when it comes to air. Icelandair offers many gateways from across the U.S. non-stop to Reykjavik. You may book your flight online at icelandair.com or allow us to assist. Transfers may also be arranged from the airport to the dock. See the terms and conditions for full details.

A deposit of 20% is required to hold your cabin and will be charged to your credit card at time of booking. So we invite you to act quickly by completing the reservation form to reserve your space today.

Sincerely,

Gwen
President, Travel Concepts International

 

Day by Day Itinerary

June 16 Reykjavík
Saturday

Welcome to Iceland! Plan to arrive Keflavik this morning by flight. Transfer to the ship can be arranged.

The OCEAN DIAMOND docks in Old Reykjavik Harbor in the heart of the city, a five-minute stroll from the main squares, shopping and dining. The ship departs in the evening.

June 17 Stykkisholmur
Sunday
Stykkisholmur is the starting point of our adventures on the Snaefellnes Peninsula. Often called “Iceland in Miniature” because of its diverse landscapes, the area is home to bird-rich Breidafjordur Bay and Snaefellsjokull glacier, which sits atop a 700,000-year-old dormant volcano that was featured in the Jules Verne novel Journey to the Center of the Earth.

June 18 Isafjördur
Monday

Today‘s destination is Isafjordur, an idyllic town in the Westfjords region. This secluded peninsula is connected to the Icelandic mainland by only a narrow strip of land and includes many roadless areas where cars have never been. The landscape includes jaw-dropping views of dramatic fjords carved by ancient glaciers, sheer table mountains that plunge into the sea and pristine North Atlantic vegetation.

June 19 Siglufjördur and Grimsey
Tuesday
By morning we reach the fjord town of Siglufjordur, once the hub of the global herring industry and now enjoying a rebirth in popularity. Learn about the golden age of herring at the award-winning Herring Era Museum located on the vibrant harbor-front. In the early afternoon we head to uninhabited Grimsey Island. Located about 25 miles (40 km) off the mainland on the Arctic Circle, the island harbors a variety of bird species including puffins, guillemots and gulls. Later we set sail for Akureyri, Iceland’s lovable second largest city.

 

June 20 Akureyri
Wednesday
Ranging inland from Akureyri, we visit the fascinating Lake Myvatn region, where the schizophrenic landscape looks as if “heaven and hell” have clashed. One side of the lake features rugged volcanic remnants, while the other side is blessed with lush vegetation and varied bird life.

June 21Husavik
Thursday
In the early morning hours we steam into Skjalfandi Bay and Husavik. Often called the “Whale watching capital” of Iceland, the town’s offshore waters are home to 15 different whale species, as well as dolphins and 30 variety of bird. Watching these graceful ocean giants in their Arctic habitat is an unforgettable experience.

June 22 Seydisfjördur
Friday
Iceland’s East Fjords are best explored from the impossibly picturesque port of Seydisfjordur, nestled between the sea and steep mountains. Activities include seal spotting, horseback riding, and visiting the beautiful nature reserve Skalanes.

June 23 Djupivogur
Saturday
Today’s port of call is Djupivogur, fishing village in southeast Iceland, starting point for an optional excursion to the amazing glacier lagoon. Huge blocks of ice constantly break off the glacier, Breiðamerkurjökull, and large icebergs float on the lagoon. The lagoon is not very wide but it is up to 250 meters deep which makes it the deepest lake in Iceland.

June 24 Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands)
Sunday
Located off Iceland’s south coast, the Westman Islands were formed by submarine volcanic eruptions around 10,000 years ago. Surtsey Island emerged from the sea in 1963 and is one the youngest land masses on earth. We go ashore on Heimaey, the only inhabited island, where half-buried houses remain from a violent 1973 eruption. During the shore landing there is time for bird watching and you might even spot whales.

June 25 Reykjavik
Monday
After breakfast we bid farewell to the OCEAN DIAMOND as we sail back into Reykjavik. Tour ends at the dock at disembarkation.

 

CRUISE PRICE
Cabin prices if paid in full by December 30, 2017 in double occupancy per person are as follows:
Cabin P: $3205
Cabin O: $4430
Cabin D: $5475
See page 4 of brochure for prices on other cabins and prices after the early-bird cut-off date of December 30, 2017. Other cabins are subject to availability.

THIS IS NOT THE FULL BROCHURE

We invite you to call Sarah or Gwen at 1-800-762-4216 to request the full brochure. The brochure will include Important Traveler Information (and answers to most questions) and a Reservation Form. We can send the brochure through the Postal Service or as a PDF attachment. If you would like to receive a PDF, probably the best way to keep the message from going into a SPAM filter is to send a message to sarah@serioustraveler.com. If you are already on our mailing list, no need to complete the entire brochure request form.

June 24 - July 7, 2018

based on double occupancy from Minneapolis, MSP via Icelandair
Alternate gateways available

Dear World Travelers,

We’ve put together a truly magical trip-of-a-lifetime - all at the top of the world!

A mere six-hour flight from Minneapolis via Icelandair takes us to Iceland to see the sights of the geothermal-heated capital city of Reykjavík and two of its museums - the Maritime Museum and its unique open-air museum, Árbæjarsafn.

Next, take a short flight to the Faroe Islands with its idyllic villages. Stop at the historical center at Fjørukráin and visit to a Viking farmstead run by a family for the last 17 generations! We’ll see the Vestmanna Bird Cliffs by boat tour. This is a bird-watchers paradise as these cliffs rise up out of the Atlantic Sea capturing the attention of birds on their migratory journeys.

Back by flight to Iceland, we venture out to Snæfellsnes Peninsula with its rugged terrain, volcanic craters and lava caves. Sample cured shark and Brennivín Schnapps before a cruise on Breiðafjörður Bay. Explore Reykjanes Peninsula with a walk across Lief the Lucky’s bridge connecting the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates. Get a good night’s rest before a 5-6 hour optional hike to the heated streams of Reykjadalur for a soothing plunge, followed by Icelandic horse show.

Fly to Greenland to marvel at active glaciers and enjoy a Midnight Sailing around the ice fjords. See UNESCO’s Sermermiut Inuit settlement before we return by flight to Iceland for one last taste - specifically of their world-famous cheese - skyr.

You won’t want to miss a single moment. Flights to Greenland and the Faroe Islands cannot be held in advance, so sign up now so we can confirm your space for this small group of 10 - 15 travelers.

Sincerely,

Gwen Erwood
President, Travel Concepts International

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Discovery Highlights

  • Fly roundtrip from Minneapolis-St. Paul, MSP to Keflavik via Icelandair
  • Travel in the excellent company of our guide, Mr. Fridrik Brekkan in Iceland
  • Explore narrow and winding paths in the idyllic villages of the Faroe Islands
  • Meet the family of a 17-generation run Viking Farmstead
  • Explore the rugged terrain on Snæfellsnes Peninsula
  • Enjoy bird-watching on the Breiðafjörður Bay and Vestmanna Bird Cliff boat tours
  • See the spectacular surf, coast and birds of Reykjanes Peninsula
  • Enjoy a horse show of Icelandic Horses with their unique gaits
  • Opportunities for hiking including one to a heated mountain stream in Reykjadalur
  • Take a Midnight Sailing cruise to see Eqi - the calving glacier
  • Learn the history of the UNESCO site of Sermermiut Valley
   

 

 

THIS IS NOT THE FULL BROCHURE

We invite you to call Sarah or Gwen at 1-800-762-4216 to request the full brochure. The brochure will include Important Traveler Information (and answers to most questions) and a Reservation Form. We can send the brochure through the Postal Service or as a PDF attachment. If you would like to receive a PDF, probably the best way to keep the message from going into a SPAM filter is to send a message to sarah@serioustraveler.com. If you are already on our mailing list, no need to complete the entire brochure request form.

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