Shore excursions Iceland

  • Stykkisholmur A small town situated on the Snæfellsnes peninsula in WestIceland.

      Tour Highlights: Breidafjördur‘s countless islands, bird life and sea food tasting
      Walking involved: No walking involved
      Remarks: Taste of fresh seafood
      Duration: 2 hours and 15 min
      Min/Max: -/30
      Reservation code: ST1

      Look forward to a bird and nature watching tour. Experience a huge variety of birds and fantastic basalt rock formations. And if you have never tasted a fresh scallops straight from the sea you‘ll get the chance to do so on this tour.


      Tour highlights: An introduction to the history and geology of Iceland, visit to the Shark Museum
      Walking involved: This tour involves walking (ca. 45 min) on a rugged terrain but it is also possible to stay in the coach
      Remarks: Lunch boxes from OCEAN DIAMOND
      Duration: 8 hours
      Min/Max: 20/45
      Reservation Code: ST2

      Due to its diversity of landscapes and places of national interests, Snaefellsnes Peninsula is often called “Iceland in miniature”. This excursion includes views on the Snaefellsjökull Glacier, the dramatic rock formations of Snaefellsnes as well as the Londrangar Rock pinnacles, which are remnants of a large volcanic crater. En route you also visit the small fishing village of Arnarstapi and the Shark Museum in Bjarnarhöfn.


      Tour Highlights: Glacier tour in an open Snowcat.
      Walking involved: Involves walking on the Glacier.
      Remarks: Lunch boxes from OCEAN DIAMOND. Open vehicle, warm clothes (gloves, hat) required.
      Duration: 6-7 hours
      Min/Max: 20/30
      Reservation Code: ST3

      By Snowcat your experienced guide takes you up to 4,600 feet (1,400 m) on Snaefellsjökull Glacier! In good weather you can enjoy a fantastic view over Hellissandur and Breidafjördur Bay. On especially clear days you can even spot the far-off Westfjords. The famous novelist Jules Verne once chose Snaefelljokull Glacier as entrance on his “Journey to the center of the Earth”.

    The payment of the shore excursions will be at the end of the cruise in U.S. Dollars.

  • Isafjördur The largest town in the westfjords

      Tour Highlights: Extreme sea angling, close to nature
      Walking involved: No walking involved
      Remarks: Warm clothes required. Please bring a bottle of water with you.
      Duration: 4 hours
      Min/Max: 5/10
      Reservation Code: I1

      The waters along the Westfjords are extremely rich in marine life due to special current conditions and sustainable fisheries policy. This sea angling tour allows you to benefit from these factors to catch cod, haddock and halibut of stately size. The boat tour starts in either Sudureyri or Flateyri fishing village, 25 min drive from Isafjordur, and takes you out to a sandbank off the coast.

    • I2 – BOAT TOUR TO VIGUR - USD 99 p. p.

      Tour Highlights: A slow travel high quality nature tour
      Walking involved: This tour involves an easy walk, ca. 30 min
      Remarks: Light refreshments (coffee, Tee) included
      Min/Max: 25/35
      Duration: 3 hours
      Reservation code: I2

      Enjoy a short trip to Vigur. This serene little island, which boasts only five inhabitants, is a perfect location to observe an array of birds in their natural surroundings including puffins, eider ducks, arctic terns and black guillemot. While on the island, you can also visit Iceland‘s only extant windmill which dates from the 19th century. The boat tour takes about 35 minutes each way.


      Tour Highlights: Harsh landscape, driving across mountains and the magnificent Dynjandi waterfall
      Walking involved: 45 minutes moderate walking to the waterfall. The waterfall can also be seen very clearly from the parking place
      Remarks: Lunch boxes from OCEAN DIAMOND
      Duration: 6-7 hours
      Min/Max: 20/45
      Reservation Code: I3

      This tour leads to Iceland’s most sparsely populated areas. On this daytrip you will explore the Westfjords, an historic village and a magnificent waterfall. With a population of about 260 inhabitants Thingeyri is both the area‘s first trading post and one of the oldest settlements. At the end we stop at the thunderous Dynjandi, the highest and most impressive waterfall in the Westfjord region.

    • I4 – KAYAK IN FLATEYRI - USD 159 p. p.

      Tour Highlights: Authentic nature experience
      Walking involved: No walking involved, but generally good physical condition necessary
      Remarks: Warm clothes, rain pants and jacket
      Duration: 4 hours
      Min/Max: 8/20
      Reservation Code: I4

      Enjoy kayaking between the mountains and watch birds from a different angle amid wonderful scenery. Flateyri is located a 25 min drive from Isafjordur.

    The payment of the shore excursions will be at the end of the cruise in U.S. Dollars.

  • Siglufjördur A small fishing town in a narrow fjord on the northern coast of Iceland
    • S1 – HERRING MUSEUM - USD 39 p.p.

      Tour Highlights: The history of the Icelandic herring industry. What changed Iceland into a contemporary society that it is today?
      Walking involved: Easy walking
      Remarks: -
      Min/Max: -/-
      Reservation Code: S1

      Dive into the golden age of the herring boom at the award-winning “Herring Museum”. The museum‘s five exhibits illustrate the history of the industry, the processing of the herring into meal and oil, a fish freezing plant, and a waterfront dock area where visitors can stroll past 11 different fishing vessels on display. A life herring salting demonstration with traditional songs and dances is during the summer performed by a local theater group, where the spirit of old herring plants is revived. The golden age of the herring fishery play an important role in the history of the Icelandic equal right movement. Women got more opportunities to work outside of home, side by side with men on equal basis.

    The payment of the shore excursions will be at the end of the cruise in U.S. Dollars.

  • Akureyri The capital of the north
    • A1 – BUS TOUR – MÝVATN MAJOR - USD 95 p.p.

      Tour Highlights: The Lake Myvatn, Godafoss Waterfall, Dimmuborgir, Myvatn Nature Baths
      Walking involved: Easy walking, longest walking time 20 min
      Remarks: Lunch boxes from OCEAN DIAMOND; Bring a bathing suit and a towel
      Duration: 8 hours
      Min/Max: 10/-
      Reservation code: A1

      Enjoy one of the most beautiful spots in northern Iceland. Lake Myvatn area teems with fauna. The tour starts with a stop at the spectacular Godafoss waterfall and continues to the small settlement of Skutustadagígar. We stop also at the impressive lava formations of Dimmuborgir, said to resemble a collapsed citadel. In Icelandic folklore Dimmuborgir is said to connect the earth to the infernal regions. Towards the end of the tour we visit the Myvatn Nature Baths for a relaxing geothermal bath. Look forward to an amazing journey through an area of extreme contrasts.


      Tour Highlights: Europe‘s most powerful waterfall, Dettifoss and Jökulsargljufur Canyon
      National Park
      Walking involved: Moderate walking involved on uneven Terrain up to 2,5-3 km
      Remarks: Lunch boxes from OCEAN DIAMOND
      Duration: 7-8 hours
      Min/Max: 10/-
      Reservation code: A2

      A number of Iceland’s highlights are included in this excursion. The horseshoe shaped depression Asbyrgi Canyon, said to be the meeting place of the pagan gods. The Jökulsargljufur Glacial Canyon and also the echoing cliffs Hljodaklettar and the Dettifoss Waterfall, Europe‘s most powerful waterfall. The tour also takes you to the Lake Myvatn area with its large population of waterfowl.

    The payment of the shore excursions will be at the end of the cruise in U.S. Dollars.

  • Husavík The hot spot for whale watching

      Tours Highlights: Whale watching by speedboat
      Walking involved: approx. 0,18 miles
      Remarks: Safety overalls included. Warm clothes recommended.
      Duration: 2 hours
      Min/Max: 6/40
      Reservation code: HU1

      An exciting trip by RIB boats (Rigid Inflatable Boat) to watch for the gentle giants. On this tour we will pass the puffin island Lundey before we head off to encounter some of the world‘s biggest animals.

    • HU2 – ÁSBYRGI/TJÖRNES - USD 75 p.p.

      Tours Highlights: Ásbyrgi, Tjörnes.
      Walking involved: 1,5-2 hour easy walking trail.
      Remarks: Approx. one hour bus drive to Ásbyrgi. Warm clothes recommended
      Duration: 4-4,5 hours
      Min/Max: -/40
      Reservation code: HU2

      Ásbyrgi is one of the wonders of nature, a wide, horseshoe-shaped canyon with sheer cliff faces up to
      0,06 miles high. It is 21,7 miles long and over 0,62 miles. A distinctive rock formation rises up from the center of Ásbyrgi, up to 0,16 mile wide, known as Eyjan(the Island) which we will hike up. From
      Eyjan we will have a beautiful view over the canyon and the black sands in the north. Same drive back
      to ship.


      Tour Highlights: Hidden Treasures in North Iceland
      Walking involved:
      Remarks: Lunch boxes from OCEAN DIAMOND
      Duration: 7 hours
      Min/Max: 10/20
      Reservation code: HU3

      Get off the beaten track in a Super Jeep and visit hidden treasures in North Iceland. This is a 7 hour Super Jeep adventure that takes you to lesser travelled trails in the vicinity of Húsavík. The goal of this tour is to visit interesting and remote destinations, accessible by 4x4. Enjoy beautiful views, landscapes and stories of the people of the land in the good company of our local guide. Each day we pick a destination according to weather and road conditions to make the most out of the experience.

    The payment of the shore excursions will be at the end of the cruise in U.S. Dollars.

  • Seydisfjördur A town in the eastfjords of Iceland

      Tour Highlights: Icelandic horse tour
      Walking involved: Easy walking
      Remarks: Lunch boxes from OCEAN DIAMOND, Max weight 220 lbs
      Duration: 6 hours
      Min/Max: 10/16
      Reservation Code: SF1

      The history of the Icelandic horse reaches back to the 9th century. This small sized horse is considered to be intelligent, well-tempered and versatile. The farm Husey is located between two glacial rivers, 37 miles north of Egilsstadir. The 2-hour-horseback tour offers a wonderful way to appreciate the beauty of the coast and the nearby mountains. This tour provides also endless opportunities for spotting birds and seals.


      Tour Highlights. Remote Nature Reserve and a Technological Museum
      Walking involved: 45 min of moderate walking on uneven paths
      Remarks: Refreshment at Skalanes House. Entrance to museum included
      Duration: 4 hours
      Min/Max: 25/39
      Reservation code: SF2

      This tour is a unique opportunity to get to know one of Iceland’s most remote places that even few Icelanders have visited so far. The tour begins with a drive to the archaeological interesting site of Thorarinsstadirm. Here we’ll take a look at an excavation site with relicts of the Viking era, before the tour continues along the fjord surrounded by high mountains. The nature and heritage center of Skalanes covers 1250 hectares. The center aims to create a site where Icelandic environment and cultural history can be researched and interpreted whilst maintaining a model for sustainable tourism. The area is a habitat for approx. 50 different bird species during summer time. Also Eider ducks nest a colony on site. A 45-minutes-hike will be carried out to the 1920 feet high sea cliffs. Before heading back to the town of Seydisfjordur we’ll enjoy some local refreshments at Skalanes House. In Seydisfjordur, we plan a 30-minutes-visit to the technological museum.


      Tour Highlights: Narrow fjords, Mineral Collection, Wartime Museum
      Walking involved: Easy walking
      Remarks: Lunch boxes from OCEAN DIAMOND. Entrance to both museums included
      Duration: 7 hours
      Min/Max: 20/45
      Reservation code: SF3

      Narrow fjords, jagged mountain peaks, remote farms and small fishing villages are some of East Iceland’s characteristics. This coach tour takes you from Seydisfjordur to the inland and via the mountain road Breiddalsheidi further to Stodvarfjordur. There we‘ll visit Petra‘s impressive “Stone and Mineral Collection”. Walk through her remarkable garden and see amazing stones, which she has collected throughout her life. From Stödvarfjordur we head to Reydarfjordur and visit the Wartime Museum. The museum is located by the barracks that were a part of a big hospital camp and shows Icelandic life in the 1940's, the high point of the World War II. The museum's exhibitions give a full account of days gone by, both from the perspective of the soldiers as well as the habitants of Reydarfjördur village.

    The payment of the shore excursions will be at the end of the cruise in U.S. Dollars.

  • Djupivogur An Icelandic fishing town in the south-eastern part of the country

      Tour Highlights. Vatnajokull’s glacial tongues, boat tour on the Glacier Lagoon (Amphibian Boat)
      Walking involved: Easy walking
      Remarks: Lunch boxes from OCEAN DIAMOND
      Duration: 9-10 hours
      Min/Max: 20/45
      Reservation code: D1

      This tour from Djupivogur takes you to the magnificent Glacier Lagoon of Jokulsarlon. Huge blocks of ice constantly break off the glacier, Breidamerkurjokull, and large icebergs float on the lagoon. The lagoon is not very wide but it is up to 750 feet deep which makes it the deepest lake in Iceland. Breidamerkurjokull is an outlet of the Vatnajokull glacier. Sail among the huge icebergs in the picturesque scenery of Jokulsarlon with a specially equipped boat.


      Tour Highlights: 4x4 Super jeeps, snowmobile tour
      Walking involved: Easy to moderate on the glacier. The snowmobile tour requires generally good physical condition.
      Remarks: Warm clothes necessary. 2 persons per snowmobile for 1 hour. Safety helmets and overalls for the snowmobiles will be provided. Lunch is served at the lobster restaurant “Humarhofnin” in Hofn.
      Duration: 9-10 hours
      Min/Max: 10/20
      Reservation code: D2

      Coach tour from Djupivogur before a specially equipped 4x4 vehicle will take you up to Vatnajökull - Europe‘s largest glacier. The peak offers stunning views over glacier, mountain valleys and the Ocean. Several film sequences have been shot on this glacier including the opening sequence in James Bond movie “A View to a Kill”. In 2011, it was used as a location for the hugely popular HBO series Game of Thrones. The tour includes a lunch at the lobster restaurant Humarhöfnin in Höfn.


      Tour Highlights: Super jeep tour and challenging hiking
      Walking involved: Challenging hiking for 2 hours
      Remarks: Lunch boxes from OCEAN DIAMOND and light refreshments
      Duration: 5-6 hours
      Min/Max: 4/6
      Reservation code: D3

      Enjoy a Super Jeep drive from Djupivogur towards Illikambur/Evelridge in Lonsoraefi close to Europe’s biggest glacier. From Illikambur it is a 2 hour walk to Mulaskali and back to the jeep. On the jeep tour we will cross glacier rivers and drive through spectacular mountain sceneries.

    The payment of the shore excursions will be at the end of the cruise in U.S. Dollars.

  • Vestmannaeyjar A volcanic island archipelago off the south coast of Iceland
    • V1 – BUS TOUR - POMPEII OF THE NORTH - USD 90 p.p.

      Tour Highlights: A geologically and historically interesting bus tour, visit of the Volcanic Museum
      Walking involved: Easy walking
      Remarks: Entrance to the Volcanic Museum included
      Duration: Approx. 2 hours
      Min/Max: 10/45
      Reservation Code: V1

      This guided bus tour around Heimaey Island includes the volcanic crater and houses half-buried from the volcanic eruption of 1973. It‘s a unique and fascinating landscape with diverse birdlife.The tour ends at the volcanic center. This unique museum tells the story of the Heimaey volcanic eruption in 1973, the Surtsey Island in 1963 and the geology of the Vestmannaeyjar Islands.

    • V2 – GOLF IN THE VOLCANO - USD 190 p.p.

      Tour Highlights: Golf course inside the Volcano
      Walking involved: Easy walking
      Remarks: Course fee and equipment included. Golf balls not included (price approx. 5 USD a piece)
      Duration: 6 hours
      Min/Max: 4/20
      Reservation Code: V2

      Utilize the chance to play a memorable golf (ca. 4,5 hour) in the famous Vestmannaeyjar islands golf course which is located beside the sea in a sunken volcanic crater. You will be stunned by the panoramic views over the rugged coast and the volcanic landscape while playing 18 holes at this challenging par 70 course. The course is ranked by Golf Digest as one of the best 200 courses in Europe.

    The payment of the shore excursions will be at the end of the cruise in U.S. Dollars.

  • Reykjavik Iceland's lively capital
    • Golden Circle, South Shore Adventure and more

      Get to know Iceland's capital and its surroundings with our excursion before or after your cruise with Ocean Diamond. Explore the inside of a real vulcano and observe the sizzling geysers that are close to Reykjavik. We offer a wide range of shore excursions in this region - learn more about them in our pre- and post tours section.