Why is Small Ship Cruising the Best Way to Explore Iceland?

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Iceland is definitely trending as a tourist destination, but a scarcity of accommodations has made the hotels increasingly expensive and rooms hard to find. Small Ship cruising with Beyond Cruises by Group IST is the best option for exploring Iceland, providing a memorable and private yacht experience. Guests embarking on a Beyond Cruises’ voyage can relax on the Panorama, a state-of-the-art Mega-Yacht Motorsailer with only 24 cabins. Passengers will explore and experience all the beauty Iceland has to offer, while not having to worry about booking a single hotel, or long drives to see the famous natural landmarks.

“Beyond Cruises by Group IST combines people-to-people experiential travel with the special delights of small-ship cruising, enabling guests to stay in ports not easily accessible to travelers especially with the hotel scarcity,” said Michael Goren, President & CEO, Group IST. “The natural wonders of Iceland are perfect for the Beyond Cruises small-ship experience.”

As tourist numbers have swelled in Iceland, so too has the concentration of visitors to Iceland’s popular natural landmarks and destinations leaving them at times overcrowded. While the Beyond Cruises voyage includes Iceland’s iconic destinations, like the Blue Lagoon and the capital city of Reykjavik, it also features some hidden gems only accessible to small ships, like the Westfjords.

After disembarking in Patreksfjörður, one of the largest towns in the Westfjords, guests travel to the pristine Látrabjarg Cliff. Over 8 miles in length and peaking at over 1,000 feet high, Látrabjarg Cliff is home to an untold number of seabirds including razorbills, white-tailed eagles, and Iceland’s iconic puffins. Descending from the cliff, guests take a quick photo stop with Iceland’s oldest steel ship, Garðar BA. Rauðisandur Beach, or “Red Sand” beach is the next stop in the Westfjords. Guests will ride on a tractor carriage with an expert guide and local farmer along the sandy beach to a seal colony, where you can see the seals up close. The last stop of the day is at the Arnarfjörður Fjord to view the Dynjandi Waterfall, sometimes referred to as the jewel of the Westfjords.

Highlights of this 8-day 7-night trip include: soaking in the famous Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa; exploring the inner depths of the Langjökull Glacier; visiting the award-winning Herring Era Museum; having an encounter with Iceland’s iconic puffins; exploring local fishing towns; and traversing striking geothermal fields.

On the Iceland voyage, guests will luxuriate in style aboard The Panorama. All cabins are well appointed with TVs, a telephone (for internal use), hairdryers, a mini-fridge, central music, a public-address system and a safe box. During the day, life on board centers around the outdoor areas, the two bars and the sun deck. In the evening guests can relax in one of the ship’s two lounges or library and have a drink while listening to classical music.

Beyond Cruises offers crowd-free environment yet fosters socializing whether at the deck bar and open seating dining. Each yacht has an intimate ambiance and a community of like-minded fellow travelers. Known for its high passenger-to-crew ratio, almost two to one. Beyond Cruises’ staff is able to cater to the needs of all its guests.

For more information and reservations contact your local travel agent or visit; or call 1 800 833 2111.

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