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L’Austral Iceland Cruise Day 4: Beautiful and Lively Akureyri in North Iceland

L’Austral cruise ship sailed from Grimsey Island to Akureyri (pronounced ah-coo-rare-ee), docking at around 5:30p which gave passengers some time to walk into town. It was interesting that the National Geographic Explorer doing a complete circumnavigation of Iceland was also in port with us. Akureyri (pop:17,000) is Iceland’s second largest city and center for winter […]

L’Austral Iceland Cruise Day 4: Walk Across the Arctic Circle on Grimsey Island

Passengers on L’Austral were tendered in to Grimsey Island and tenders would run every 15 minutes until the ship sailed for Akureyi, the next port of call. (Each tender holds 60 people.) Grimsey Island (pop: 100) is located off the coast on the northernmost inhabited part of Iceland and on the Arctic Circle. Although there […]

L’Austral Iceland Cruise Day 4: Puffins and Arctic Terns on Grimsey Island

Approximately 3 square mile Grimsey Island is the northernmost inhabited island (pop: 100) of Iceland and is located about 40 kilometers/25 miles off Iceland’s coast. Grimsey inhabitants base their livelihood almost solely on the rich fishing in this area but also has limited agriculture and bird cliffs. Polars bears have often appeared on the island […]

A Mish-Mosh of Iceland and L’Austral Trivia

– The original Tauck Tours itinerary said the cruise would include a drive to Mt. Snaefell. Wrong, and I was disappointed because Snaefell volcano was made famous by Jules Verne in his epic Journey to the Center of the Earth. If you don’t remember either the book or movie storyline, they enter into Snaefell’s extinct […]

L’Austral Iceland Cruise Day 3: On the Snæfellsnes Peninsula – Djupalonssandur Beach

Last tour of the day was a walk down to the black stone beach of Djupalonssandur; one of the few areas that lead to the sea along the dramatic coast. Guide Lisa and local guide gave many cautions about staying out of the water because of fierce rip tides and also described the walk down […]

L’Austral Iceland Cruise Day 3: On the Snæfellsnes Peninsula – Bardur the Troll

Bardur the Troll is the deity of Mt. Snaefell. There is an entire Bardar/Bardur Saga about this mythological person, who was half man and half troll. He is said to have walked ashore at Djupalon, taken a bath in Baroarlaug pool, and then gave up on human company and walked into the glacier to live […]

L’Austral Iceland Cruise Day 3: On the Snæfellsnes Peninsula – Budir

L’Austral docked in Grundarfjorour/Grundarfjordur (pop: 974), a small town situated on the North Snæfellsnes Peninsula in West Iceland. Once a French settlement in the 1800s, fishing villas hug the scenic coast. Fishing is the chief industry in Grundarfjorour, half of the town’s working population is employed in this sector and there are many natural wonders […]

L’Austral Iceland Cruise Day 2: The Westmann Islands Bus Tour

Potty break over, the “Lisa” group boarded a bus for a brief tour with a new guide who tried hard to be funny and I guess most of the other guests thought she was since they gave her a rousing hand at the finish. We did not. Through town, past old houses, fish processing plants […]

L’Austral Iceland Cruise Day 2: The Westmann Islands Boat Tour

It is said there are places on Earth that simply must be experienced (Tauck words, not mine…) and Heimaey (pronounced hay-may) and Surtsey Islands in the area of Iceland called Vestmannaeyjar (the Westmann Islands) are among them. Heimaey (pop: 4,416) is the main island of the Westmann Islands, a group of 15-18 islands and about […]

L’Austral Iceland Cruise: Sailing from Reykjavik

There was still one last included Tauck Tour in addition to the Golden Circle and visit to Fridheimer Farm, to the Geothermal Energy Exhibition at Hellisheioi Power Plant. The Geothermal Energy Exhibition at Hellisheioi Power Plant, 20 minutes outside of Reykjavik, is a state-of-the-art look into harnessing of geothermal energy in Iceland and like every […]