Holiday Cruises & Tours
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13-Night Svalbard & Iceland Cruise

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Silver Wind
July 8 - 21, 2022

10 Included Shore Excursions for Husavik:

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1. Bird Watching at Lake Myvatn(Duration: 5.5 hours)

We will start the tour at Sigurgeirs Bird Museum which is located on a farm beside Lake Myvatn. The interactive display of the bird collection is both interesting and educational. It contains a specimen of all of the Icelandic breeding birds except for just one. There is a logbook of recent sightings at the museum, telescopes set up to watch the birds on the lake, and a remote camera displays live wildlife images from one of the lake islands. Nowhere in the world can so many species of duck be found in one place.

Much of the birdlife of Lake Myvatn can be viewed directly in front of the museum and several comfortable birds' hides are located close to the wildlife with facilities for photography and bird watching.

Our journey continues to Hofoi, a rocky promontory that reaches into the waters of Lake Myvatn. Here, we have a great view of the lake, and this post is also known to be an excellent site for bird watching.

Our final stop will be at Bjarnarflag, where we learn how the Icelandic geyser bread is made and get a taste. We then head back to Husavik.

Please note: While this tour includes various steps taken throughout the tour and rough or gravel surfaces, there is little walking required (most are optional). Clothing, appropriate to local weather, and comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

2. Cave Exploration - Lofthellier (Duration: 8 hours)

We drive straight to Lake Myvatn from Husavik and drive along a rugged track to the unique volcano Hverfell, through the crater row of Ludentarborgir craters, to the roots of Mt. Hvannfell. After a 23-30 minute walk across a lava field, which is adorned by endless ropey lava, we reach the Lofthellir Lava Cave.

At least one hour is spent inside the cave, observing this unbelievable natural phenomenon.

On the way back to Husavik, we will stop by Godafoss Waterfall before returning to Husavik.

Please note: This tour is not suitable for people with claustrophobia or for those that are not in a reasonable physical condition. This tour is for the physically active. The short entry (approx. 1.5 m) into the cave is narrow and guests need to crawl on all fours to enter. There is ice and water on the floor inside the cave and the temperature is ca. 32 degrees Farenheight, so dress appropriately. Bring warm and waterproof clothing (no jeans or skirts), mittens, good walking/hiking shoes and a water bottle.

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3. Diamond Circle (Duration: 8 hours) 

We continue our journey to Dettifoss, Europe's most powerful waterfall. It is 44m high and 100m wide, where up to 1500 tons of water, mud and sand can be witnessed rumbling into Jokusargljufur - here guests will see the greatest and the most spectacular canyon in the country.

Our journey continues down to Lake Myvatn, where we will enjoy lunch before hiking to Mt. Hverfjall. Hverfjall is one of Iceland's most beautiful and symmetrical explosion craters, besides being one of ht largest of its kind in the world. After our hike, we head back to Husavik.

Please note: While this tour includes various steps taken throughout the tour and rough or gravel surfaces, there is little walking required (most are optional). Clothing appropriate to local weather and comfortable walking shoes is recommended.

4. Husavik Walking Tour - Discover the Whale Capital of Iceland
(Duration: 2 hours)

 

We continue to Skruogarourinn, the attractive town gardens, where the bubbling Budara flanks the winding path and small wooden bridges criss-cross the brook.

Other locations visited are the area of the oldest house ever built in Iceland by Swedish explorer Gardar Svavarsson in winter 870, and a panoramic viewpoint over the harbour, the heart of the town in the past, which even nowadays, differently, is the core of the local community. While walking, history, culture, and folklore emerge, unusual local tales and fun facts are told.

We end the tour by the Whale Museum, where several real whale skeletons are displayed, including the impressive Blue Whale and the peculiar Narwhal. Various other exhibits - including a recent one on whaling - allow the visitors to get an insight into the biology and habitat of these fascinating creatures.

Please note: distance walked during the tour is approx. 3km, on easy and mainly flat terrain. Tour ends at the Whale Museum, where guests return to the ship on their own.

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5. Husavik Hike - Lake Botnsvatn(Duration: 3.5 hours)

We start our journey walking towards the small but charming botanical garden, Skrudgardur. Skrudgardur is a lovely little garden to explore before we continue our journey. After walking through the botanical garden, we follow a footpath uphill towards Lake Botnsvatn. Following this trail, we walk alongside the river Budara which flows from the lake down towards the botanical garden, through town, and into the Atlantic Ocean at Skjalfandi Bay.

Deep-set beneath the colorful slopes of Mt. Husavik, with a fair distance from civilization, Lake Botnsvatn is a particularly serene and beautiful place to visit. It is an oligotrophic lake that is situated approximately 130 meters above sea level and is a very popular site for locals who love the outdoors. On a good day, it is perfect for picnics, and walking or jogging around the perimeter is a great way to see the lake. It is also perfect for catching Arctic Char - which is abundant in the lake. The view in the area is absolutely stunning. Sit back, relax and enjoy nature before we head back to town.

We will take a different trail back to town. While walking downhill, embrace the beautiful surroundings before we end back at the pier.

Please note: distance walked during the tour is approx. 6km and elevation gain are 130 meters. Good physical condition is required. It is essential to wear comfortable clothing for walking, weather/rainproof clothing, and good walking/hiking closed-toe, non-slip sole footwear.

6. Viking Horse Riding at Saltvik (Duration: 3 hours)

 

Experience riding the "tolt" - the special gait for which this horse is so famous. Extremely sure-footed, keen, and friendly, the horses are a joy to ride and are very beautiful with long, shaggy manes and thick coats. A purebred descendant of its Viking ancestors, the Icelandic horse, is a proud product of isolation and a thousand years of breeding. Famed for their good riding qualities, gentle, friendly disposition, and calm manner, they are a delight for anyone to ride.

Alongside the "normal" gaits of walk, trot, canter, and gallop - the Icelandic horse offers another unique gait - the tolt, a flowing 4-beat gait, where the rider stretches down in the stirrup, sits back and enjoys the sensation of floating. Particularly suited in Iceland's glacially shaped landscape, its secure high step allows the Icelandic horse to move easily over rough terrain that would stop other breeds in the tracks. Icelandic horses average around 13-14 hands, although suggesting to an Icelander that they are ponies, is perhaps, not such a good idea.

Please note: While this tour includes various steps taken throughout the tour and rough or gravel surfaces, there is little walking required (most are optional). Clothing appropriate to local weather and comfortable walking shoes is recommended.

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7. Whale Watching & the Whale Museum(Duration: 4 hours)

Enjoy the magnificent wildlife and stunning scenery aboard a renovated traditional oak fishing boat. There is perhaps no better place in the world to see the friendly minke whale (normally quite timid creatures). In Skjalfandi Bay, they have been known to approach the boats and surface right alongside.

Whales are often encountered within 20 minutes of leaving the harbour and appear to take as much interest in humans as we do in them. Boisterous, white-beaked dolphins and harbour porpoises frequently join the party, and sometimes humpback and other large whales are spotted.

Upon our return to Husavik, we take the short walk to the whale museum, where we have the opportunity to learn more about these fascinating gentle giants of the ocean.

Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking (1.5km approximately), including a 10-minute walk up the hill or steps to reach the museum, making this tour unsuitable for those with walking difficulties. Clothing appropriate to local weather and comfortable walking shoes is recommended. Wildlife sightings likely, but not guaranteed.

8. Lake Myvatn (Duration: 8 hours)

 

Discover the spectacular natural wonders of the region on this tour of the region's scenic highlights. Depart Husavik and head towards the gurgling purple and yellow sulfur cauldrons at the high-temperature thermal field of Namaskard, which are so hot, that they actually boil.

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After exploring the geothermal field, continue to Dimmuborgir lava labyrinth, a paradise of towering lava castles, natural arches, and countless unexplored grottos. Driving along the shores of Lake Myvatn, your next stop will be at Hofdi.

After lunch at a local venue, make your last stop at Godafoss Falls, created by the water of the river Skjalfandafljot, which falls from a height of 12m over a width of 30m. Godafoss is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland and is associated with a fascinating local legend: in the year 1000, at the Thingvellir legislative assembly, Thorgeir of Ljosavatn, a pagan priest and chieftain, was given the authority to decide which religion was to be practiced by Icelanders. He was a pagan himself, but after profound thought, decided that pagans could still practice their religion in private, but officially, Christianity was to be the religion of Iceland. Upon his return home, and after he, himself, converted to Christianity, Thorgeir took the statues of the pagan gods he used to worship and threw them into the waterfall as a symbolic gesture of abandoning his pagan religion. From then on, the waterfall was named Godafoss (Waterfall of the Gods).
 

Make the 45-minute scenic return drive to Husavik.

Please note: While this tour includes various steps taken throughout the tour, and rough, or gravel surfaces, there is little walking required (most is optional) and may be suitable for those with walking difficulties, who can still board and disembark the coach on their own. Clothing appropriate to local weather and comfortable walking shoes is recommended.

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9. Asbyrgi Canyon - Walking Tour(Duration: 4 hours)

Tour the majestic Asbyrgi canyon, on foot, on this unforgettable walking tour. Start your journey from the town of Husavik, driving along the beautiful Tjornes peninsula, with its high cliffs and green hills towards Asbyrgi canyon.

Also referred to as "The Shelter of the Gods," Asbyrgi canyon is part of Vatnajokull National Park and was formed by the actions of water, fire, and ice. Enormous, catastrophic glacial bursts are believed to have carved out deep ravines and rocky basins that eventually formed the uniquely shaped horseshoe cliffs.

In Norse mythology, legend has it that Asbyrgi was formed when the eight-legged horse Sleipnir, owned by the Norse God Odin, took a giant step and thus, created a horseshoe-shaped canyon with high cliffs.

Upon entering the Asbyrgi canyon, begin your walk from a campsite towards Eyjan, a beautiful basalt rock formation, also known as the "Island." At 250 meters wide, the cliff is divided, in the center of Asbyrgi, and its location provides an incredible view of the magnificent canyon. The hiking trail that leads up to Eyjan and back is an easy-to-moderate walk, up an incline, the wooden steps are located at the cliff for an easier ascent. Once you have reached the top, relax, breathe in the fresh air, and enjoy the incredible view of Asbyrgi.

After taking some time to appreciate the view, begin your descent back to the vehicle to transfer to another part of the canyon. Walk along a path towards the innermost end to reach a pond named Botnstjorn, a small pond surrounded by luxuriant vegetation. At the pond, there is a wooden platform where guests can sit down, enjoy the calmness, and even meditate in these beautiful, peaceful surroundings. A haven for birds, you might see Wigeon and Red-necked Phalarope, and Arctic Fulmars nesting on the cliffs. The area is so serene, one automatically starts whispering, not wanting to disturb the incredible nature.

A few steps away from the pond, there are stone steps that lead up to a small hill, overlooking the pond and the Asbyrgi canyon. For those wishing to see the canyon from another angle, you may walk up the hill to enjoy the incredible view the canyon offers. Walk back to the vehicle and drive back to Husavik, feeling restored by this experience of the wonders of nature.

Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking over rough gravel surfaces with various steps and inclines to navigate and guests must be able to keep up with the guide: this tour is unsuitable for those with walking difficulties. Clothing appropriate to local weather and comfortable walking or hiking shoes is recommended.

10. Kayaking with Silversea Expedition Team

 

Today is another spectacular opportunity to kayak and should port authorities allow, your Kayak guide will take you on a paddle to try and locate some of the Humpback whales that frequent the fjord near Husavik.

Please note: The activity level and duration of this activity are approximate. More specific information and logistic details will be communicated by the Expedition Leader on board. This activity is recommended only for guests in the good physical condition and can require up to 60-minutes of paddling. Although no walking is required, guests must be able to climb into the transfer Zodiac and lift their own weight to transfer from the Zodiac into the kayak and vice versa. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who use a wheelchair, and for guests who suffer from bodily injuries which prevent the movement of all joints. Lifejacket, dry suit, neoprene booties, gloves, and dry bags are provided. The maximum available dry suit size is XXL. We suggest you wear warm, comfortable, flexible clothing to wear under the drysuit. Wear long-sleeved thermal layers, a warm hat with a brim, sunglasses, propylene, wool, silk, or synthetic clothing (not cotton, as it has poor heat retention when it is damp or wet), and use sunscreen. The minimum age to participate is 16 years. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Guests must be able to speak conversational English to understand safety instructions. Some prior kayaking experience is required to participate in this activity. It is recommended to have electronic equipment sealed in waterproof bags, in case of rain or spray.

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