Iceland, Polar Bears and the Blue Lagoon Iceland, Polar Bears and the Blue Lagoon

Iceland, Polar Bears and the Blue Lagoon

We hope you can join us on this 29-night exploration of the Arcitc including Iceland and Norway.

Home to mythic long summer nights and housing some of the world's most fascinating wildlife, the Arctic is Mother Nature's playground.

For logistcal reasons we begin our journey with 2 nights in Oslo, it will also give you a chance to enjoy this truly beautiful city. After our relaxing 2 nights we will fly to Iceland and its capital, Reykjavik, known as the smallest big city in the world which offers so much to visitors and we are sure you will enjoy your time in the city.

From Reykjavik we we begin our exploration of Iceland on a 5 night tour of some of the most remarkable landscapes on the earth. We will travel by super jeep to discover glaciers, ice lagoons, waterfalls and volcanoes dotted throughout the country. At the end of our land tour we will make our way to the Retreat at the Blue Lagoon for an unforgettable 2 night stay. Located within the iconic Blue Lagoon, since the retreat's opening in 2018 it has received numerous awards and is among the most unique properties in the world.

After 2 life changing nights we will transfer by helicopter to Thríhnúkagígur Volcano where you will experience a tour unlike any other as you descend to the bottom of the crater in an open cable lift to explore the inside of the volcano. After the tour we will be transferrred by helicopter to our final destination back in Reykjavik for our overnight stay.

On the 1st of July we board Crystal Endeavor as we journey from Reykjavik to Tromso to explore some of the most remote regions of the world. Crystal Endeavor explores the world’s most intriguing destinations with extraordinary insight. Experience the rush of setting foot on the unknown and rarely explored, enter the realm of the polar bear, and the untamed landscapes of the Arctic; all while enjoying the distinctive, all-inclusive lifestyle on board Crystal Endeavor.

Our final stop of the tour will be Tromso where we will stay 2 nights giving enough time to explore this beautiful city sorrounded by steep mountains and stunning fjords.

 

"Our recent trip with Latitude 33 was truly one of our best holidays ever! Meticulous attention to detail, a unique itinerary, immersive experiences, luxurious accommodation and a great small group of like-minded travellers" - J. & B. Shaw 

Destinations: Arctic, Europe, Northern Europe

Commencing: Reykjavik, Iceland

Duration: 29 nights

Departure Date: 19 Jun 2023

Pricing: from $48,799

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Highlights

  • Small group limited to only 10 lucky guests
  • Hosted by a Latitude 33 Tour Host 
  • Aerial view of volcanoes and the Blue Lagoon by helicopter 
  • Explore the magma chamber of an extinct volcano

 

Iceland Exploration Tour | Explore some of the worlds most stunning landscapes

  • 6 Day/5 night exploration of Iceland by Super Jeep
  • Stay at Skalakot Manor- luxury accommodation at the bottom of Eyjafjallajökull volcano
  • Stay at Fosshotel- located between two of Iceland's most spectacular natural attractions, Skaftafell and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon's
  • Fully escorted by a local expert guide
  • All sightseeing included

 

The Retreat at Blue Lagoon | One of the 25 Wonders of the World 

  • Spend 2 nights in a Lagoon View Junior Suite 
  • Located in a sprawling, 800­ year­ old lava field in the heart of the Reykjanes Peninsula – a UNESCO Geopark
  • Carved into an 800 year old lava flow, the Retreat brings you into harmony with nature and the timeless powers of the Blue Lagoon's revitalizing warmth 

 

Crystal Endeavor | Unrivaled Discovery

  • 15 night cruise on board Crytal's purpose-built luxury Endeavor expedition cruise ship 
  • BONUS USD 300 shipboard credit per person
  • Unlimited fine wines, premium spirits and champagne
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Pre-paid gratuities and concierge services included
  • 1:1.7 Staff to guest ratio
  • Michelin-inspired cuisine
  • Complimentary waterproof parka
  • Select complimentary excursions
  • In-suite dining and 24-hour room service

 

 

 

Full Itinerary

click through the days of your journey

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    Day 01

    Monday 19 Jun 2023

    Australia | Oslo

    Welcome to Oslo! On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel to spend the afternoon and evening at your leisure.

    Grand Hotel Oslo

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    Day 02

    Tuesday 20 Jun 2023

    Oslo

    Spend a relaxing day at leisure or exploring this fascinating city.

    This evening we will come together for our welcome dinner.

    Grand Hotel Oslo (B/D)

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    Day 03

    Wednesday 21 Jun 2023

    Oslo | Reykjavik

    Today at the scheduled time we will transfer to Oslo Airport for our flight to Reykjavik. On arrival in Reykjavik we will be met and transferred to our accommodation in Reykjavik.

    Isolated in a northern landscape of icy tranquility, Iceland is a land of volcanoes, hot springs, mountains and glaciers. As the capital of Iceland, Reykjavík reflects this natural diversity with ancient maritime history as well as a thriving modern energy and sophistication.

    Hotel Borg (B)

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    Day 04

    Thursday 22 Jun 2023

    South Coast

    Today we begin our exploration of Iceland as we depart Reykjavik for the South Coast.

    The South Coast of Iceland offers more variety of landscapes than any other part of the island. While heading east you will cover; lava fields with thick green moss, black glacial deserts, big rivers, green deserted capes, ice caps, columnar basalt, black sand beaches, waterfalls and sea cliffs... just to mention a few.

    Skalakot Manor (B)

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    Day 05

    Friday 23 Jun 2023

    Valley of Thor

    Named after Thor the thunder god, Þórsmörk, is a true Lord of the Rings wonderland. It has verdant realm of forest and flower-filled lees that looks onto curling gorges, icy rivers, and three looming glaciers. The Valley of Thor offers mountain view and endless popular walks in outstanding scenery.

    Skalakot Manor (B/L)

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    Day 06

    Saturday 24 Jun 2023

    Wilderness and Highlands

    Fjallabak highland is one of Iceland’s most beautiful regions where you really get the feeling of exploration. The remote area offers great 4x4 mountain tracks, river crossing, breathtaking scenery, amazing colors, solitude and Icelandic adventure at it’s best.

    Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon (B/L)

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    Day 07

    Sunday 25 Jun 2023

    Glaciers and Ice Lagoon

    Vatnajökull is Europe’s largest glacier with a surface of 8.100 km2 covering 8 % of Iceland’s landmass. The area is dominated by high mountain peaks, outlet glaciers, glacier lagoons, glacier rivers and black desserts. Truly one of the more spectacular regions of the country.

    Vatnajökull also holds the tallest peak in Iceland beneath its ice; Hvannadalshnjúkur is 2,200 m tall (7,218 feet). It also conceals some of the most active volcanoes in the country. The glacier boasts over 30 outlet glaciers, which are channels of ice that flow out of ice caps but remain constrained on the sides of the valley.

    Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon (B)

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    Day 08

    Monday 26 Jun 2023

    South Coast

    The South coast of Iceland offers more variety of landscapes than any other part of the island. While heading east you will cover; lava fields with thick green moss, black glacial deserts, big rivers, green deserted capes, ice caps, columnar basalt, black sand beaches, waterfalls and sea cliffs... just to mention a few.

    Skalakot Manor (B)

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    Day 09

    Tuesday 27 Jun 2023

    Reykjanes Peninsula | Blue Lagoon

    Today we make our way to the stunning Retreat at Blue Lagoon. 

    Located in the heart of an 800-year-old, moss-covered lava flow, the Retreat will be a place of relaxation, rejuvenation, and exploration. Conceived for both day and overnight experiences, the Retreat journey is designed to bring you closer to nature and the wonders of geothermal seawater.

    Retreat at Blue Lagoon (B)

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    Day 10

    Wednesday 28 Jun 2023

    Blue Lagoon

     The Retreat is non-smoking and there are no televisions. Their aim is to erase the boundary between hospitality and wellness, creating a sanctuary of peace and serenity where you can unwind the clock of modern life and unlock the door to a wonder of the world. 

    Retreat at Blue Lagoon (B)

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    Day 11

    Thursday 29 Jun 2023

    Blue Lagoon | Reykjavik

    Journey to the centre of the earth. The dormant Thrihnukagigur volcano, also known as "Three Peaks Crater" is a truly unique natural phenomenon. For your comfort, we'll transfer to the crater by helicopter giving you a bird's eye view of the surrounding landscape. Join the team for a descend to 120 metres to the bottom of the volcano's magma chamber in an open cable lift. The volcano last erupted over 4,000 years ago and there are no indications of it erupting again in the near future. We’ll transfer by helicopter from the volcano directly to our final destination for the day in Reykajvik.

    Hotel Borg (B)

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    Day 12

    Friday 30 Jun 2023

    Reykjavik

    Today enjoy a day at leisure exploring everything that Reykjavik has to offer.

    Hotel Borg (B)

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    Day 13

    Saturday 01 Jul 2023

    Reykjavik | Embark

    Today at the scheduled time we will transfer to the port to board Crystal Endeavor for the beginning of our Arctic adventure!

    Indulge in Crystal’s legendary six-star service with one of the highest staff-to-guest ratios in the industry. An experienced crew, selected from the award-winning ranks of Crystal, is joined by a team of experts – explorers, scientists and more.

    Crystal Endeavor (B/L/D)

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    Day 14

    Sunday 02 Jul 2023

    Látrabjarg Cliffs, Iceland

    The crags of this rugged Westfjords promontory provide a perfect breeding environment for puffins, gannets, guillemots and razorbills. In fact, this towering bird cliff – Europe's largest – is vital to the continued survival of its avian residents. Don’t try counting them; there are millions here. Top photogenic honors go to the colorful, comical puffins, often seen with a short stack of sardines balanced in their beaks.

    Crystal Endeavor (B/L/D)

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    Day 15

    Monday 03 Jul 2023

    Akureyri, Iceland

    How’s this for a visualization exercise: close your eyes and imagine standing deep inside a rugged Icelandic mountainscape watching frigid glacier-melt waters thunder down through a series of seven spectacular falls on their way to the sea. Better yet, sail with us into unspoiled Arnarfjörður fjord, Zodiac to a remote landing spot, trek up to the storied cascades at Dynjandi – and visualize the real thing. It’s an eyeopener, to be sure.

    Crystal Endeavor (B/L/D)

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    Day 16

    Tuesday 04 Jul 2023

    Cruising the Greenland Sea

    From Crystal Endeavor’s two-story, glass-enclosed Solarium to the only casino on an expedition yacht, enjoy all manner of entertainment day into night.

    The Palm Court is an inviting, contemporary space with expansive forward views where guests can enjoy Afternoon Tea, destination and enrichment presentations and lectures by day, and cocktails, dancing and entertainment by night.

    Crystal Endeavor (B/L/D)

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    Day 17

    Wednesday 05 Jul 2023

    Jan Mayen, Norway

    The small Norwegian island of Jan Mayen lies between Greenland and Norway in the Arctic Ocean north of Iceland. At an elevation of 7,500 feet, its crown jewel is the glacier-clad Mount Beeren, also known as Beerenberg, the world's northernmost volcano. Declared a nature reserve in 2010, visits to the island require government approval. Jan Mayen attracts a host of seabirds, including fulmars, puffins, guillemots and kittiwakes. Seals and whales are sometimes spotted in the surrounding waters.

    Crystal Endeavor (B/L/D)

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    Day 18

    Thursday 06 Jul 2023

    Cruising the Greenland Sea

    Today is a day of cruising the Greenland Sea and a chance to explore this stunning ship and all it has to offer.

    This evening discover unmatched culinary options with flexible, open-seating dining in one of Crystal Endeavor’s six stunning venues.

    Crystal Endeavor (B/L/D)

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    Day 19

    Friday 07 Jul 2023

    Longyearbyen, Svalbard and Jan Mayen

    Norway's Longyearbyen is nestled in the majestic Adventfjord on the west coast of Spitsbergen, a mountainous island in the Svalbard archipelago, north of the Arctic Circle. The town, which is the administrative hub of the area, claims about 2,100 residents, and is the gateway for most adventures in Svalbard. There is an airport as well as a variety of lodgings, shops, restaurants, bars, and museums. Polar bears often roam its outskirts, while reindeer sometimes walk right through the town center.

    Crystal Endeavor (B/L/D)

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    Day 20

    Saturday 08 Jul 2023

    Northwest Spitsbergen National Park

    There are several deep fjords and prominent glaciers in the northern reaches of Svalbard, as well as the northern hemisphere’s widest glacier front. Ice conditions will dictate how much can be accessed in terms of cruising bird islets like the Andøyane Islets or approaching glaciers like Monaco Glacier and Seliger Glacier.

    Crystal Endeavor (B/L/D)

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    Day 21

    Sunday 09 Jul 2023

    Northwest Spitsbergen National Park

    Explore a magnificent landscape of glaciers and fjords, islands and sounds, hot springs and old volcanoes. With several bird cliffs, colonies and sanctuaries, at least one-third of the park is declared an Important Bird Area, attracting barnacle and brent geese, common eiders, black guillemots and more. 

    Crystal Endeavor (B/L/D)

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    Day 22

    Monday 10 Jul 2023

    Northwest Spitsbergen National Park

    History lives on in the area with remnants of whaling stations and 17th-century graves, while Monaco Glacier creaks and groans as it calves into the sea and Woodfjorden serves as a haul-out for walruses.

    Crystal Endeavor (B/L/D)

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    Day 23

    Tuesday 11 Jul 2023

    Northwest Spitsbergen National Park

    The Troll and Jotun hot springs in the park along the edge of the Bockfjorden are the northernmost documented terrestrial hot springs on earth at almost 80 degrees north latitude. The first documentation of these springs was in the late 1800s. 

    Crystal Endeavor (B/L/D)

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    Day 24

    Wednesday 12 Jul 2023

    Southeast Svalbard Nature Reserve

    With a whaling history dating to the 17th century, this area encompasses the islands of Barentsoya and Edgeoya. Noted for its wide plateau-shaped mountains and open valleys, its rich tundra is home to Svalbard reindeer and Arctic foxes. The area is considered an important resting place for walruses, and kittiwakes colonize the steep cliffs. It is also an Important Bird Area for red-throated divers, barnacle and brent geese, Arctic terns, purple sandpipers and glaucous gulls.

    Crystal Endeavor (B/L/D)

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    Day 25

    Thursday 13 Jul 2023

    Southeast Svalbard Nature Reserve

    Svalbard’s largest national park includes majestic mountains, glaciers and four separate bird sanctuaries located off the southern and western coasts: Sørkapp, Dunøyene, Isøyene, and Olsholmen. Eider ducks and barnacle geese breed and nest here, both on bird cliffs and on islands and islets. Look for Svalbard reindeer and Arctic fox, too.

    Crystal Endeavor (B/L/D)

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    Day 26

    Friday 14 Jul 2023

    Bear Island, Norway

    This southernmost island of Norway's Svalbard archipelago lies in the western region of the Barents Sea, midway between the North Cape and Spitsbergen. Now a nature reserve, remnants of its whaling and mining history remain on Bear Island. Despite its name, coined by 16th-century explorer Willem Barentsz, polar bears are not a common sight. Instead, the island's steep cliffs and sea stacks provide a habitat for an array of nesting seabirds, including guillemots, fulmars, puffins, and more.

    Crystal Endeavor (B/L/D)

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    Day 27

    Saturday 15 Jul 2023

    Skarsvag, Norway

    Bearing the distinction as the world’s northernmost fishing village, Skarsvag is located on the island of Magerøya just eight miles from the North Cape. The geological wonder of Kirkeporten here is a marvel that magnifies the midnight sun, which shines through the several meters-long fissure in the rocky cliff, creating breathtaking views and reflections.

    Crystal Endeavor (B/L/D)

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    Day 28

    Sunday 16 Jul 2023

    Tromsø, Norway | Disembark

    Long renowned as an important center of science and exploration, Tromsø lies on a forest-covered island in a narrow waterway, hemmed in by steep mountains and connected to the mainland by a bridge. The imaginative Arctic Cathedral, the Polaria Centre and a scenic cable car ride are among its varied attractions.

    On arrival into Tromso we will be met and transferred to our accommodation.

    Clarion Hotel The Edge (B)

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    Day 29

    Monday 17 Jul 2023

    Tromsø

    Today we will explore Tromso and its sorrounds on an included half-day tour.

    This evening we will come together for our farewell dinner at a local restaraunt.

    Clarion Hotel The Edge (B/D)

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    Day 30

    Tuesday 18 Jul 2023

    Tromsø | Australia

    At the scheduled time today we will be transferred to the airport for our onward flights.

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Inclusions

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01 | FLIGHT & TRANSERS

  • Return home airport transfers in Australia (conditions apply)^
  • Return economy Class airfares 
  • All transfers and baggage handling on tour
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02 | ACCOMMODATION

 

Grand Hotel, Oslo (2 nights)

Hotel Borg, Reykjavik (3 nights, 1 night pre-tour and 2 nights post-tour)

Skalakot Manor (3 nights)

Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon (2 nights)

Retreat at Blue Lagoon (2 nights in a Lagoon View Junior Suite)

Crystal Endeavor (15 nights)

Hotel Clarion The Edge, Tromso (2 nights in a Junior Suite)

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03 | ICELAND EXPLORATION TOUR

 

Visit some of the most dramatic and scenic landscapes on earth on our 6 day/5 night tour. Travelling by Superjeep and staying in some truly unique locations you will experience the best that nature has to offer, from towering waterfalls, magnificent glaciers, expansive ice lagoons and ancient volcanoes.

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04 | RETREAT AT BLUE LAGOON

 

Built into the volcanic frontier and encircled by the Blue Lagoon’s mineral-rich geothermal waters, the suites at the Retreat open the door to unparalleled hospitality. Included with the accommodation experience is full access to the Retreat spa, the Blue Lagoon Ritual, the Retreat lagoon, and the Blue Lagoon. 

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05 | CRYSTAL ENDEAVOR

 

Exploring in all-suite, all-verandah comfort, a mere 200 guests will be hosted by Crystal’s award-winning staff, attentive butlers, and team of expedition and destination experts. Prepare for unrivaled discovery.

 

 
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