We chose this cruise based on the ports of call in Iceland and were not disappointed. Additionally, we accompanied family and friends who had sailed with Viking in the past and strongly encouraged us to book Viking. The Icelandic tour was a relaxing yet meet our inquisitive natures about this country. We could not have been more satisfied. The excursions were well worth the money and provided an increased understanding of the "Land of Fire and Ice". It was exciting to see the tectonic plates, the various geothermal spots in Iceland, the sustainability efforts of the citizens is as natural as the individuals beliefs that nature is so much a part of living in Iceland. We loved this trip from the beginning to the end. The dining on the ship was always a fun experience with good food and great service. We just cannot say enough about the great experience we had on this cruise.
Our cabin was quite comfortable with all amenities included. The queen-sized bed was comfortable and the open space included a sofa and chair for lounging. The bathroom was spacious and everything was in working order. There was plenty of room for personal belongings in the bathroom, closes and cabin. The cleanliness was amazing. Our cabin staff was excellent in every way.
Our first excursion at this port was to Dynjandi (Bridal Veil Falls) was an amazing site and next we traveled to Sudurreyri, a fishing village. I would not recommend continuing the fishing village as part of the tour unless there is more content.
Our excursion to Lake Myvatn, Dimmurbrogir Lava Formations, the Namafjall Geothermal Area and the Godafoss Fall was wonderful. This excursion was fantastic and I would encourage everyone to experience this part of Iceland.
We enjoyed the walking tour of Seydisfjordur and the music provided at the local Lutheran church. Later we walked the village and did a bit of shopping. Loved the rainbow street in the middle of town.
We signed up for the National Treasure Black Beaches tour but did not end up doing it because we also participated in the included tour of the village which was a two hour walk and learned that much of the next tour would be a repeat of the same tour and information. I wish we had known of the overlap, we would not have signed up for the complimentary tour. The weather was quite cold and windy on that day so we just didn't go on the paid tour.
We loved the excursion on the boat circling some of the archipelago on the southern coast of Iceland. We saw so many birds and our guide was wonderful talking about the 1973 volcano and the islands in general. We also took a walking tour through Heimaey, including the museum about the 1973 volcano. We ate at a wonderful little pub in Heimaey.
We started and Reykjavik and before our cruise went to the Blue Lagoon for an afternoon of rest and relaxation. It was fabulous and we thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Our first excursion was one of whale watching and we did see many whales and birds. We also enjoyed the Golden Circle tour. The Thingvellir National Park was amazing and seeing the tectonic plates between the hemispheres is a humbling experience. Geysir, with the geysirs blowing every few minutes was fun. We next visited the Gullfoss Falls which were beautiful with the gray glacial river running through it. The last stop of the day at a geothermal power plant was interesting and informative.