Is Iceland on your bucket list? A new small ship expedition planned for next year by National Geographic Expeditions offers the chance to circle the entire island in just over a week.
Dubbed A Circumnavigation of Iceland, the eight-night sailing on Lindblad Expeditions' 148-passenger National Geographic Explorer will kick off July 11, 2013 in Reykjavík, Iceland and focus on the country's many geological wonders and natural areas.
National Geographic says highlights of the voyage will include walking on lava fields and ice sheets, visiting hot springs and waterfalls and birding in the Arctic Circle. Kayaking into fjords and serene bays, and hiking along remote stretches of the Iceland coast also is on the schedule, as well as visits to small coastal towns.
Fares for the trip start at $7,990 per person, based on double occupancy and not including airfare.
A Circumnavigation of Iceland is just one of several new small ship expeditions that National Geographic is rolling out for 2013. Also new is a 17-day trip into the Arctic Circle called Arctic Quest: Greenland and the Canadian High Arctic and a 12-day trip in the region called Along the Viking Trail: Iceland to Greenland. More information is online atnationalgeographicexpeditions.com.