EYOS Expeditions has announced its latest per cabin charter expedition from 3 -10 July 2021, departing from Iceland’s capital Reykjavik, then cruising through the nation’s wild northwest coast, before ending in Akureyri (additional dates available on request). The scheduled departure onboard the private 47-meter expedition yacht Hanse Explorer will offer the exclusivity of a private yacht experience, but with the convenience of a scheduled departure with individual cabins for sale.
Guests will be greeted on arrival at the airport before being transferred to a luxury hotel for the evening. The next day they will enjoy a private e-mountain bike tour to Fagradalsfjall volcano to witness the spectacular ongoing eruption. Afterwards, they board Hanse Explorer and set sail that afternoon.
The next six days will be spent exploring Iceland’s northwest coast with its towering sea cliffs. Using the yacht’s nimble Zodiacs and kayaks, guests will access remote landings, anchor in protected, secluded fjords and search for wildlife. There will be an opportunity to hike remote trails in the Snæfellsjökull national park, dominated by its glaciated volcano where Jules Verne’s classic novel Journey to the Centre of the Earth began, and trek along volcanic beaches, mysterious sea caves, untouched lava fields and green grasslands. Guests will also visit innumerable islands of Breiðafjörður with its jaw dropping fjords framed by jagged cliffs and head above the Arctic Circle and the land of the midnight sun on a visit to Grimsey.
Long summer evenings will be spent watching for blue whales along the coastline from the comfort of the Hanse Explorer, or out in the yacht’s Zodiacs if conditions permit under the high summer sun.
They will also be able to get up close to wildlife including arctic foxes and puffins, and two expert, personable EYOS guides will be onboard to provide interpretation and insight along the way.
Tim Soper, co-founder of EYOS, said: “I have been visiting Iceland for more than 25 years. This itinerary has distilled the best of the best into seven days, focusing on arguably the most beautiful and wild part of the country in the northwest, while still having opportunities to visit better known sites near civilisation, including the amazing volcanic eruption that started this year and makes visiting Iceland particularly exciting.”
Ben Lyons, CEO, added: “This is a unique opportunity to experience a private superyacht without having to charter the entire vessel. Traveling with a maximum of 12 guests allows for a very personalised and intime experience, whether onboard at dinner or on shore watching puffins. Time and time again, we find that the sheer excitement of an expedition always creates a natural camaraderie onboard. After more than a year of Covid, escaping to the wilds of Iceland is a wonderful way to celebrate the ability to travel and explore again!”
Hanse Explorer can accommodate up to 12 guests. Per person prices are EUR16,000 per person/week. Guests are required to be vaccinated in order to join this departure. Hanse Explorer will also be available for private charters for 155,000 EUR / week plus expenses throughout the summer.