Shore excursions 2021

  • General Information Shore Excursions
    • Quality of the bus

      The busses in Iceland have a good technical standard. Anyhow it has to be pointed out that the busses are operated on extreme driving and weather conditions. Especially when crossing the highlands the vehicles are heavily loaded and this can be seen at the outward appearance. Dust development in the busses while driving gravel tracks can’t be avoided. Toilets are not available on the busses but enough stops are scheduled at each tour. You can leave your backpacks or non needed clothes on the bus-it will be locked at any stop.

    • Guides

      All shore excursions organized by us take place in English. Every now and then, however, it can happen that a bilingual excursion (in German & English language) takes place. All our guides are experienced, communicate a lot about country and people and are in constant contact with our service office in Reykjavik.

    • Itinerary

      Strong winds, snow or even rain can affect the route of our excursions. The course of the tour and the planned stops are followed as far as possible due to weather and road conditions. Sometimes it can even happen that parts of a street or entire streets are blocked. We must reserve the right to make changes.

    • Changes/Cancellations through Iceland ProCruises GmbH

      Due to weather and sea conditions, number of participants or cancellation by local service providers, Iceland ProCruises has the right to change the prices, duration and content of the excursions or even cancel them. Please note that the order of sights may vary from the description due to high traffic volumes or other organizational reasons.

    • Min/Max

      Shows the minimum and maximum number of participants for an excursion. If minimum numbers are not reached we may cancel the excursion on short notice.

    • Difficulty level and requirements

      1 - no requirements; solid closed boots; easy walking on paved paths
      2 - sure-footedness; hiking boots; moderate walking on partly unpaved paths
      3 - good sure-footedness; hiking boots; good condition needed; hike on uneven terrain; maybe with a little climb
      4 - very good sure-footedness; good hiking boots; very good condition needed; challenging hike over varying terrains
      5 - expert knowledge and experience for years as well as familiarity withvery difficult and challenging hikes needed

  • Stykkisholmur A small town situated on the Snæfellsnes peninsula in WestIceland.
    • ST1 – BOAT TOUR & SEAFOOD TASTING

      Tour Highlights: Fascinating bird life, breathtaking scenery and seafood tasting
      Difficulty level 1: For all guests suitable; short 10 minute walk to the pier
      Remarks: Warm, weatherproof jacket and sunglasses; excursion boat with indoor and outdoor seats
      Duration: Approx. 2.5 hours
      Min/Max: -/30
      Reservation code: ST1
      Price: USD 75.-

      If you have never tasted a fresh scallop straight from the sea you‘ll get the chance to do so on this tour. Experience the traditional Icelandic trapping method of mussels, scallops, shrimps or sea star and afterwards enjoy a delicious tasting of this “Viking-style sushi”. Look forward to cruising past picturesque and fairytale-like landscapes in the Breidafjordur Bay as well as a huge variety of birds (mid April to mid August) and terrific basaltic rock formations. With a bit of luck you can spot a majestic white-tailed eagle.

    • ST2 – BUS TOUR AROUND THE SNAEFELLSNES PENINSULA

      Tour Highlights: An introduction to the history and geology of Iceland, diverse landscapes and a visit to the shark museum
      Difficulty level 2: This tour involves walking (approx. 45 min) on a rugged terrain but it is also possible to stay on the bus
      Remarks: Clothes according to local weather; lunch boxes from OCEAN DIAMOND
      Duration: 5-6 hours
      Min/Max: 20/45
      Reservation code: ST2
      Price: USD 125.-

      Due to its diversity of landscapes and places of national interests, Snaefellsnes Peninsula is often called “Iceland in miniature”. This excursion includes a drive through beautiful sceneries, lava fields, black lava beaches and impressive glaciers. You will have a stunning view on the Snaefellsjokull Glacier, the dramatic rock formations of Snaefellsnes as well as the Londrangar rock pinnacles, which are remnants of a large volcanic crater. In the summer months (mid April to mid August) a huge variety of birds can be seen. En route you also visit the small fishing village of Arnarstapi and the shark museum in Bjarnarhofn.

    • ST4 - BERSERKJAHRAUN HIKE

      Tour Highlights: Walk across the lava and listen to ghosts and berserker stories
      Difficulty level 3: Approx. 2.5-3 hours walking on uneven paths and lava fields
      Remarks: Clothes according to local weather; please bring a bottle of water with you; bus transfer (ca. 30 minutes per way) included
      Duration: 3-4 hours
      Min/Max: 15/40
      Reservation Code: ST4
      Price: USD 60.-

      The impressive and beautiful Berserkjahraun, or the Berserk Lava Field, is a 4,000-year-old lava field situated on the Snaefellsnes peninsula. The lava field was created after four scoria craters erupted in short intervals. The name Berserkjahraun comes from one of the Icelandic Sagas, Eyrbyggja-Saga. So be prepared to hear interesting but also scary stories about berserkers, ghosts and cruel people while walking through the beautiful lava scenery.

    All excursions are subject to local weather/ice conditions as well as minimum/maximum numbers of participants. If an excursion is cancelled due to weather conditions or an insufficient number of participants, we reserve the right to provide notification of this at any point prior to the time of departure of the tour in question.
    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
    • I1 – CULINARY HIGHLIGHTS OF ISAFJORDUR (This excursion is combinable with I2)

      Tour Highlights: Highlights of Isafjordur incl. a presentation from our local fish monger with several fish tasting and a visit to the local brewery including beer tasting
      Difficulty level 2: Approx. 1.5 to 2 hours walking
      Remarks: Clothes according to local weather
      Duration: 3-3.5 hours
      Min/Max: 8/20
      Reservation code: I1
      Price: USD 75.-

      On this walking tour through Isafjordur you will learn more about culture, traditions, the life and history of the town by getting culinary experiences of the Westfjords. You will walk through the picturesque center of Isafjordur. On the way you will stop at our local fish monger Kari who will introduce you to the local fishing industry and let you taste different kind of fish specialities. A guided tour of the Westfjords first and only brewery, that brews high class craft beer is another highlight of this tour. Here, you will not only get to taste a handful of exclusive brewed flavors with specialty branded beers but will also learn more about the local micro brewery.

    • I2 – IT`S A VIKING THING (This excursion is combinable with I1)

      Tour Highlights: Interactive, fun Viking experience; history & culture of the Vikings
      Difficulty level 1: Short walking tour
      Remarks: Clothes according to local weather
      Duration: 3-3.5 hours
      Min/Max: 8/36
      Reservation code: I2
      Price: USD 130.-

      Take a journey to another place in time. Learn about traditions of the Vikings that still echo in the lives of the locals. The tour starts with a drive to the village of Thingeyri, often called the Viking Village. There you go on a short, guided walking tour from the recreated Viking area through the ruins of the old “Viking Thing”, parliament of the Viking period, and into the Viking Centre. Here you get the opportunity to become a Viking yourself by dressing up in authentic handmade Viking clothing, bake Viking bread on an open fire, try out replicas of their weapons and cheer with a Viking beer.

    • I3 – BUS TOUR - DYNJANDI WATERFALL

      Tour Highlights: Tour through harsh landscapes to the magnificent Dynjandi waterfall
      Difficulty level 2: 20 minutes moderate walking on uneven ground to the waterfall; the waterfall can also be seen very clearly from the parking lot
      Remarks: Clothes according to local weather; lunch included
      Duration: 5-6 hours
      Min/Max: 20/45
      Reservation code: I3
      Price: USD 130.-

      Discover the beauty of Iceland’s mystic Westfjords which is even for Iceland a very sparsely populated area. Experience breathtaking rough nature, high summits and beautiful deep fjords. You will visit a typical Icelandic fishing village along the way where you will also have lunch. Another highlight of this tour is the magnificent Dynjandi waterfall, the highest and most impressive waterfall in the Westfjord region. It consists of six different waterfalls that flow fan-shaped together and its impressive height of 328 feet and width of 196 feet make it a spectacular natural beauty.

    All excursions are subject to local weather/ice conditions as well as minimum/maximum numbers of participants. If an excursion is cancelled due to weather conditions or an insufficient number of participants, we reserve the right to provide notification of this at any point prior to the time of departure of the tour in question.
    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 – MYVATN MAJOR (This excursion is combinable with A4)

      Tour Highlights: The Lake Myvatn, Godafoss Waterfall, Dimmuborgir, Myvatn Nature Baths
      Difficulty level 1: Easy walking, longest walking time 20 min
      Remarks: Clothes according to local weather; bring a bathing suit and a towel (provided by ship); entrance fee to Nature Baths included; lockers at Nature Baths available; Lunch included
      Duration: 7-8 hours
      Min/Max: 20/45
      Reservation code: A1
      Price: USD 180.-

      Enjoy one of the most beautiful areas of Northern Iceland. The local unique landscape would be fascinating on its own. However, in the area around Lake Myvatn there are also countless bird species (mid April to mid August). You will also stop at the impressive black lava formations of Dimmuborgir and visit the spectacular Godafoss waterfall (waterfall of the gods). In the end, a soothing bath awaits you at Myvatn Nature Baths. The thermal bath offers you a unique composition of minerals, silicates and geothermal microorganisms. The warm, soothing water is a treat for body and mind and leaves a lasting effect after this visit. Look forward to an amazing journey through an area of extreme contrasts.

    • A2 – BUS TOUR – ICELANDIC NATURE AND CULTURE (This excursion is combinable with A4)

      Tour Highlights: Godafoss Waterfall, Eyjafjord, Icelandic culture and history
      Difficulty level 1: Easy walking, longest walking time 20 min
      Remarks: Clothes according to local weather; entrance to the farm Laufas included
      Duration: Approx. 4 hours
      Min/Max: 20/45
      Reservation code: A2
      Price: USD 85.-

      This half-day excursion combines scenic highlights as the Eyjafjord, the mountain pass Vikurskard and one of the spectacular waterfalls in Iceland, the Godafoss, with extensive Icelandic history and culture. The well-preserved farm Laufas from 1850 is nowadays a museum and gives impressions of the living conditions during former times. This farm was built of strips of sod and turf and was home to the local priest and his attendants. It was one of the richest farms in the area.

    • A3 - KAYAK TOUR (This excursion is combinable with A4)

      Tour Highlights: Impressive nature seen from the kayak
      Difficulty level 2: Short stretches of walking involved; generally good physical condition necessary
      Remarks: Warm clothes, sunglasses and gloves needed; please bring a bottle of water with you; life vest and rain trousers/jackets provided; bring a bathing suit and a towel (provided by ship); transfer included (approx. 20 min per way); sit-on-top double kayaks
      Duration: Approx. 4 hours
      Min/Max: 2/10
      Reservation code: A3
      Price: USD 110.-

      Look forward to an approx. 1.5 hours kayak tour that will show you the huge variety of birds (mid April to mid August) and the beautiful mountain backdrop from a fascinating different angle. This tour is both suitable for beginners and veterans. Enjoy the silence and the beautiful views while you slide through the impressive fjord landscape. If you are lucky you might even spot whales! After a fascinating kayak tour you get time to relax in the geothermal hot pot at the beach in Hjalteyri with beautiful views of the fjord and the mountains or you can stroll around the old fishing village before you head back to Akureyri.

    • A4 - FLIGHT ABOVE THE HIGHLIGHTS OF NORTHERN ICELAND (This excursion is combinable with all excursions in Akureyri)

      Tour Highlights: Godafoss Waterfall, Dettifoss Waterfall, Lake Myvatn and much more
      Difficulty level 1: short walking distance to the plane
      Remarks: Window seats only; transfer included
      Duration: Approx. 2 hours
      Min/Max: 5/7
      Reservation code: A4
      Price: USD 395.-

      There are many great ways to experience Iceland, but none is more unique than exploring Iceland by air. This is a unique opportunity to experience Northern Iceland from a completely different perspective. Fly through the landscape of The Game of Thrones, Oblivion and Prometheus, filmed in this dramatic landscape. Circle the waterfall of the gods, Godafoss, and be impressed by Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe. You will be amazed by the 1.5 hours long flight above the highlights of Northern Iceland. This tour is an unforgettable experience.

    All excursions are subject to local weather/ice conditions as well as minimum/maximum numbers of participants. If an excursion is cancelled due to weather conditions or an insufficient number of participants, we reserve the right to provide notification of this at any point prior to the time of departure of the tour in question.
    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
    • HU1 – WHALE WATCHING ON RIB BOATS

      Tour Highlights: Whale watching on RIB boats (Rigid Inflatable Boat)
      Difficulty level 2: Short 10-minute walk to the pier
      Remarks: Warm safety overalls included; gloves, scarf and hat recommended; not allowed for pregnant women and passengers with heart, knee or back problems
      Duration: 1.5-2 hours
      Min/Max: 6/48
      Reservation code: HU1
      Price: USD 180.-

      Husavik is the whale watching capital of Iceland where you can see the gentle giants at close range. On this tour you will pass the puffin island Lundey where you can experience thousands of puffins during the nesting period (mid April to mid August). The speedboats are not only adventurous and fun but also more agile and maneuverable giving you the opportunity to look for whales. So look forward to an unforgettable whale watching tour!

    • HU2 – HIKE TO THE LAKE BOTNSVATN

      Tour Highlights: Panoramic views and stunning nature
      Difficulty level 3: Approx. 6 miles long hike on uneven ground
      Remarks: Clothes according to local weather; please bring a bottle of water with you
      Duration: 3.5-4 hours
      Min/Max: 10/40
      Reservation code: HU2
      Price: USD 45.-

      Deep-set beneath the colourful slopes of Husavik Mountain, a fair distance from civilisation,
      Lake Botnsvatn is a particularly serene and peaceful location to visit. It is surrounded by mountains from three sides. Along the way you will follow a small river and will be surrounded by pure beauty and silence. Up at the lake you might be lucky to hear the eerie calls of the Northern Diver (mid April to mid August), or simply just sit down for awhile and relax while soaking in the views as the waters lap at the shore.

    • HU3 – BUS TOUR – DIAMOND CIRCLE

      Tour Highlights: Europe‘s most powerful waterfall, Dettifoss and Vesturdalur
      Difficulty level 2: Moderate walking for 30 to 60 min on partially uneven ground
      Remarks: Clothes according to local weather
      Duration: 5-6 hours
      Min/Max: 20/45
      Reservation code: HU3
      Price: USD 130.-

      A number of Iceland’s highlights are included in this excursion – travel alongside the Jokulsargljufur Glacial canyon to Vesturdalur valley and to Hljodaklettar, the echoing cliffs. They are world known for their basalt columns that characterize the ancient lava flow. You also stop at the Dettifoss Waterfall, Europe‘s most unique and powerful waterfall, and also where a mass of water, mud and sand rumbles into Iceland’s most impressive canyon.

    These shore excursions can be combined. All excursions are subject to local weather/ice conditions as well as minimum/maximum numbers of participants. If an excursion is cancelled due to weather conditions or an insufficient number of participants, we reserve the right to provide notification of this at any point prior to the time of departure of the tour in question. 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
    • D1 – BUS TOUR - GLACIER LAGOON/JOKULSARLON

      Tour Highlights: Amphibian boat tour on the Glacier Lagoon, dramatic landscapes
      Difficulty level 1: Easy walking
      Remarks: Clothes according to local weather; gloves, hat and scarf are recommended; approx. 2.5 hours bus tour per way with photo and toilet stops; lunch included
      Duration: 7-8 hours
      Min/Max: 20/45
      Reservation code: D1
      Price: USD 195.-

      This tour takes you to the magnificent Glacier Lagoon 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. Sail among the huge icebergs in the picturesque scenery of Jokulsarlon with a specially equipped boat for approximately 35 minutes.

    • D3 – ADVENTUROUS SUPER JEEP TOUR

      Tour Highlights: 4x4 Super Jeep tour, mountains and canyons
      Difficulty level 2: Short easy walking distances
      Remarks: Clothes according to local weather; not suitable for passengers with back problems; lunch boxes from OCEAN DIAMOND
      Duration: 5-6 hours
      Min/Max: 4/36
      Reservation code: D3
      Price: USD 290.-

      Enjoy a Super Jeep drive to the hidden gems of nature that can be discovered in the National Park Vatnajokull. On the Jeep tour you will not only cross glacier rivers but drive through spectacular mountain scenery too. And you can expect narrow and steep canyons, fierce waterfalls and dramatic mountain formations.

    All excursions are subject to local weather/ice conditions as well as minimum/maximum numbers of participants. If an excursion is cancelled due to weather conditions or an insufficient number of participants, we reserve the right to provide notification of this at any point prior to the time of departure of the tour in question.
    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 – LAVA TOUR (This excursion is combinable with V2)

      Tour Highlights: A geologically and historically interesting bus tour, visit of the Volcano Museum Eldheimar
      Difficulty level 1: Easy walking
      Remarks: Clothes according to local weather; entrance to the Volcano Museum and transfer to the ship included
      Duration: Approx. 3 hours
      Min/Max: 10/45
      Reservation code: V1
      Price: USD 110.-

      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 (mid April to mid August). The tour ends at the volcanic center, a unique museum that tells the story of the Heimaey volcanic eruption 1973, the emergence of Surtsey Island 1963 and the geology of the Westman Islands.

    • V2 – THRILLING QUAD (ATV) EXPERIENCE (This excursion is combinable with all excursions in Vestmannaeyjar)

      Tour Highlights: 4x4 Quad (ATV) tour in the lava fields; driving a Quad (ATV) yourself
      Difficulty level 2: Approx. 15 min walk to the starting point; the Quad (ATV) tour requires generally good physical condition
      Remarks: Safety helmet, waterproof jacket/trousers, fleece sweater, gloves and listening gadget will be provided; driver’s license for the driver of the Quad (ATV) necessary
      Duration: Approx. 1.5 hours
      Min/Max: 2/7 or 2/14
      Reservation code: V2
      Price: USD 145.- (single use, 1 person per Quad (ATV))
      USD 110.- (double use, 2 persons per Quad (ATV))

      On this one hour guided Quad (ATV) tour you will ride through stunning lava fields while experiencing the real offroad feeling. While driving around you get great views over the island and the surrounding areas. And if you are lucky you might even get a glimpse of the world famous volcano Eyjafjallajokull on the other side on the mainland. This is a unique and adventurous opportunity to experience Westman Islands! Don´t miss out on the fun!

    • V3 - VOLCANO HIKE (This excursion is combinable with V2)

      Tour Highlights: Climbing a volcano, visit of the Volcano Museum Eldheimar
      Difficulty level 3: Approx. 3.3 miles and 2 hours hike on uneven ground, partly uphill
      Remarks: Clothes according to local weather; please bring a bottle of water with you; entrance to the Volcano Museum included
      Duration: Approx. 3 hours
      Min/Max: 10/40
      Reservation code: V3
      Price: USD 45.-

      Various catastrophes have befallen the island of Heimaey and its inhabitants throughout history. Probably the most tragic incident to take place on the island is the volcanic eruption in 1973. Learn more about the geology and volcanology of Iceland during this 2 hour hike upon a volcano. After reaching the top of the volcano you will not get to see lava flow but you can still feel the warmth of its activity. At the end of the hike, you will visit the unique volcano museum that tells the story of the Heimaey volcanic eruption in 1973, the emergence of Surtsey Island in 1963 and the geology of the Westman Islands.

    All excursions are subject to local weather/ice conditions as well as minimum/maximum numbers of participants. If an excursion is cancelled due to weather conditions or an insufficient number of participants, we reserve the right to provide notification of this at any point prior to the time of departure of the tour in question.
    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.

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